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Sign of 4

We need to find who they really are
Who is behind the sign of four… sign of four
The four… sign of four
The sign of four, the sign of four!

Bring two friends, and she brought two
Yet, who were they, and what could they do?
It's a mystery of the pearls she wore
Yet, what could be seen, except the sign of the four

We need to find who they really are
Who is behind the sign of four… sign of four
The four… sign of four
The sign of four, the sign of four!

Cause when I went, I went too far
And now I've seen the sign of the four
It's too late, the violence is done
Yet who has lost and who has won?

We need to find who they really are
Who is behind the sign of four… sign of four
The four… sign of four
The sign of four, the sign of four!
 


Words and music by Peter Forrest

Year Written: 1986 (Québec City)
Date Recorded: 1988 (4-track, Montreal, Québec CANADA)
Musicians: Peter Forrest (vocals), François Dubeau (guitars, bass, drum programming)

Song Notes: This was a song that Pete wrote in that basement apartment (room) in Quebec City during a blizzard in February 1986.  No other song made it to the Vee Gates' repertoire from his Quebec City days that were mostly introspective acoustic songs.  However, when relocating to Montreal, John Cash came up with that amazing bass line riff that made the song even cooler.

The title was based on a Sherlock Holmes novel.  The song has a catchy guitar riff that is also played on the bass.  François produced an excellent version with his university prof's acoustic guitar on the opening riff.  It was recorded in François' N.D.G. (Montreal) apartment.  hehe

Basic Guitar Chords: 

Opening: Gm, Cm, F, Bb
Chorus: Gm, Bb, F, Eb (2x), D, Eb, D
Verses: (notes only) G, Bb, Eb, D