Beirut – Nantes (Ukulele/Guitar Chords)

Concert photo of Beirut

Photo credit: other songs, it could be. To emulate the organ sound, I flick my fingers downward, individually, after hitting a root note with my thumb. Does that make sense? It sounds like “boom, da da da da da, da da” over and over again.

Chords

Beirut
Nantes

For ukelele tuned a 1/2 step up (G# C# F A#)

Dm: 2210
C: 0003
F: 2010

To play on guitar, capo VI:

Dm(Am): x02210
C(G): 320003
F(C): x32010

Intro:

Dm C F F x2

Verse:

                 Dm         C         F
Well it's been a long time, long time now
	   Dm       C         F
since I've seen you smile.
	 Dm       C     F
And I'll gamble away my fright.
	 Dm       C     F
And I'll gamble away my time.
	 Dm      C       F
And in a year, a year or so
          Dm     C      F
this will slip into the sea
                  Dm         C         F
Well, it's been a long time, long time now
           Dm       C         F
since I've seen you smile


Dm C F F x4

Chorus:

Dm     C           F
Nobody raise their voices
Dm           C        F
Just another night in Nantes

Dm     C           F
Nobody raise your voices

Dm           C        F
Just another night in Nantes

Bridge:

Dm C F F x2

Verse:

                 Dm         C         F
Well it's been a long time, long time now
	   Dm       C         F
since I've seen you smile.
	 Dm       C     F
And I'll gamble away my fright.
	 Dm       C     F
And I'll gamble away my time.
	 Dm      C       F
And in a year, a year or so
          Dm     C      F
this will slip into the sea
                  Dm         C         F
Well, it's been a long time, long time now
           Dm       C         F
since I've seen you smile

Outro:

Dm C F F x4

Tabbed by Matthew Gruman, matthewgruman.com
Lyrics from: http://www.sweetslyrics.com/523261.Beirut%20-%20Nantes.html

Note for Guitarists

The “low” string on a ukulele is higher than the next two subsequent strings. So, while the strings go G C E A, the relative pitches (1 being low, 4 being high) are 3 1 2 4. To replicate the sound, you would have to replace your D string with something much thinner (i.e. whatever you use for your high E) and tune it up an octave.

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Comments

  1. Natalie | January 9th, 2008 | 2:03 am

    I would like to say a hell yes to the ukulele chords!

    Too bad I can no longer play being sans a uke :(

  2. Kait | January 20th, 2008 | 10:32 pm

    Love this song.

  3. Freddy T | January 24th, 2008 | 12:00 pm

    The lyrics on one particular line I believe to be “I gamble away my Francs”, and not “fright” because its a song of Nantes, France.

  4. Matthew | January 24th, 2008 | 1:29 pm

    Thanks for the suggestion, Freddy. I can very distinctly hear a hard “T” at the end of “fright” on the record, though.

  5. Tom | January 24th, 2008 | 10:23 pm

    Great tab, thanks very much! Also for the record, E# is actually F.

  6. Matthew | January 24th, 2008 | 11:15 pm

    HA! Thanks, Tom… completely slipped my mind. Fixed.

  7. Freddy T | January 25th, 2008 | 5:49 am

    I’ve been listening to it again and I’m not so sure anymore, anyways it should be Francs-that’s how I’m singing it.

  8. Michael | April 8th, 2014 | 3:31 am

    It’s fright. Other than being clear on the track, this kid is 25. Never spent a franc if I was betting. I like franc though. If only:)

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