Lyrics: Land of the Bloody Unknown

There were letters unopened at the foot of my bed
When I woke up with you in the morn
There were lions roaring on ships in the harbour
The night my true love was born

There’s a minstrel singing of the holy dove
On the mountain of old St Jerome
There is glass on the floor of the hallway I walk
When the stars bear down from their throne
And the old southern cross is shown
And it points down the sad road home
To the land of the bloody unknown

I heard that your mother took off in the fall
With her pretty curls and her wooden spoon
I heard you whispering to yourself last night
She’ll be coming home some day soon

Well the wine you drink is stained deep in your shirt
And just like the sin in my soul
It is never ever ever ever coming out
While the stars bear down from their throne
And the old southern cross is shown
And it points down the sad road home

To the land of the hunter dancing under the trigger
And the bride washing up on the shore
I could never really dance that well
I can’t raise the flags or ring them bells
But I can shoot my gun down the line towards my home
To the land of the bloody unknown

There’s a black dog watching over me in my sleep
And I stir just to toss him the bone
There’s a red moon rising on the hills tonight
Where the stars bear down from their throne
And the old southern cross is shown
And it points down the sad road home

15 Responses to Lyrics: Land of the Bloody Unknown

  1. glosoli says:

    It’s pretty hard to decipher some of this, but I think I’m pretty close except maybe for the 3rd and 4th lines. Anyone have suggestions for those?

  2. harveyswaggger says:

    great job! I reckon you’ve pretty much got it. For what its worth in line 3 I had ‘eyes’ instead of ‘lives’ but not 100% on that. And for line 4 I had ‘not’ instead of ‘that’…I think you’ve nailed the chorus. Also, in second to last verse it sounds like – I ‘can’t’ raise the flags…

  3. dono says:

    for line 4 maybe the night my true love was born?

  4. glosoli says:

    gonna go with ‘lies rolling’ instead of ‘eyes rolling’, though still not sure…

    correction: “lions roaring”

  5. NickB says:

    3rd 4th line sounds to me like ” there were ???? rolling those ships in the harbour when that much of love was born

  6. JackP says:

    Do you have guitar chords for this?

  7. joegreen says:

    my attempt at chords
    standard tuning

    verse
    F                           C                        Bb               F
    There were letters unopened at the foot of my bed                                               
    F(cont.)                                      Bb
    When I woke up with you in the morn
    Bb (cont.)            C                F                Bb
    There were lions roaring on ships in the harbour
    F                    C                   Bb
    The night my true love was born
    
    chorus
    F                                C          Bb
    And the old southern cross is shown
    F                                 C         Bb
    And it points down the sad road home
    F                                 C         Bb
    To the land of the bloody unknown
    
    
    there is a variation
    Bb
    I could never really dance that well
    Dm
    I can’t raise the flags or ring them bells
    

    and i don’t know the intro chords..

    hope this helps to getting a tab up!

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