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Study in Scarlet

She goes to the church on a Sunday, and even though it's not a Monday yet,
She has no money to pay her debts
And when she's called to the altar, she knows she's been faltering
She's been wearing everything from black to red

It's a study in scarlet
It's a study in scarlet

She gave her last farthing, and now she is parting
She's leaving from the graveyard from the church
And then she spots a fire, and she sees it growing higher
And she throws the red in the fire

It's a study in scarlet
It's a study in scarlet
Whoa, a study in scarlet
Whoa, a study in scarlet

She'd rather be dead then have to wear this red again
She'd rather be dead then have to wear this red again
This red, this red again
[2x]

She goes to the church on a Sunday, and even though it's not a Monday yet,
She has no money to pay her debts
And when she's called to the altar, she knows she's been faltering
She's been wearing everything from black to red

It's a study in scarlet
It's a study in scarlet
Whoa, a study in scarlet
Whoa, a study in scarlet
 


Words and music by Peter Forrest

Year Written: May 1986 (Montréal)
Date Recorded: 1986 (4-track, Montréal, Québec CANADA)
Musicians: Peter Forrest (guitar and vocals), John McGrath (bass), François Dubeau (drums)

Song Notes: This is one of Pete's favourite song and it was the first song he wrote when he moved to Montreal (from Quebec City) in May 1986. The title was based on a Sherlock Holmes novel.  The song has a catchy guitar riff that is played on the bass that he made up while watching a rerun of "Three's Company." No joke.  The idea for this song was also inspired by the Beatles "Yes it Is" that his friend John Cash had sent him on a mix tape to Montreal. This song was part of the first Vee Gates Montreal demo. 

Basic Guitar Chords: 

Opening: Cm, Bb (etc.)
Verses: Cm, Bb, Cm, Bb, Cm, Bb, Ab, B
Chorus: Cm, Bb (etc.)
Bridge: Cm, Ab, Bb, Eb, Cm, Ab, Bb, Eb, Ab, Bb