transcription by Paco Jimenez-
intro riff in Em

Spine-tingling railway sleepers
G              Am                        Em +riff
Sleepy houses lying four-square and firm
Orange beams divide the darkness
G              Am                    Em +riff
Rumbling fit to turn the waking worm.

Sliding through Victorian tunnels
                  B7                   Em +riff
where green moss oozes from the pores.
Dull echoes from the wet embankments
                  B7                   Em +riff
Battlefield allotments.  Fresh open sores.

In late night commuter madness
G                      Am               Em +riff
Double-locked black briefcase on the floor
like a faithful dog with master
G                      Am                    Em +riff
sleeping in the draught beside the carriage door.
To each Journeyman his own home-coming
                 B7                   Em +riff
Cold supper nearing with each station stop
Frosty flakes on empty platforms
                     B7             Em +riff
Fireside slippers waiting.  Flip. Flop.

(i'm not very shure on this part)
            B               A                E
     Journeyman night-tripping on the late fantasic
      B           A               B
     Too late to stop for tea at Gerard's Cross
        Em         G               Em           G
     and hear the soft shoes on the footbridge shuffle
            Am            A           C            Em
     as the wheels turn biting on the midnight frost.

On the late commuter special
Carriage lights that flicker, fade and die
Howling into hollow blackness
Dusky diesel shudders in full cry.
Down redundant morning papers
Abandon crosswords with a cough
Stationmaster in his wisdom
told the guard to turn the heating off.
words and music by  IAN ANDERSON


[Em]Spine-tingling railway sleepers
[G]Sleepy houses [Am7] four [D]square and firm
[Em]Orange beams [Bm7]di-[Em]vide the darkness
[G]Rumbling fit to [Am7] the [D]waking [Em]worm
[Am]Sliding through Victorian tunnels
where green moss [C]oozes [D] from the [Em]pores
Dull [Am]echoes from the wet embankment
Battlefield al-[D]lotment fresh [Em]open sores
[B]Journeyman night [A]tripping on the [B]late
fan-[A]tastic [B] too late to [A]stop for tea at
[B] Gerard's [A]cross [D] [Em]and hear the soft shoes
on the foot bridge shuffle as the [G]wheels turn
[C]biting on the [D]midnight [Em]frost
*There are very slight variations from verse to verse.
Here's an example:
[Em]On the late [Bm7]com-[Em]muter special [G]carriage
lights that [Am7]flicker, fade and die [Em]...
(slightly different than verse one).

sent by Jim McWeeney