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Bon Iver – Skinny Love (Guitar Chords)

Picture of Bon Iver

Photo credit: Count Me Out.

Tuning

I’ve done this in an open G C tuning: G C C G C C. I tried a number of different tunings (E A D F# B B + capo I was a favourite), and this is the one I think works best. On the record, he’s tuned just slightly below pitch, but it’s easy to figure out if you listen to the ringing top notes (they’re both C) and tune backwards from there.

Since it’s such an open tuning, you can be as sloppy as you need/want to be. If you’re having trouble making the chords, you can omit everything but the notes on the low E (fattest) string.

[UPDATE]: I’ve added a way to play it in regular tuning.

[UPDATE #2]: I’ve noticed a lot of people ending up here searching for “how to tune G C C G C C”. Don’t be scared about breaking your strings and do the following:

  • E: up three steps to G
  • A: up three steps to C
  • D: down two steps to C
  • G: keep as is
  • B: up one step to C
  • e: down four steps to C

Chords

Bon Iver
Skinny Love

Tuning: G C C G C C
*Note: on the record, he's tuned a bit down. Since the top two strings are the same, it's best just to tune based on them.

Am: 204000 -or- 200000
C: 507000 -or- 000000
D: 707000 -or- 700000
C/B: 407000 -or- 400000

- or -

Tuning: E A D G B e (standard)
*Note: This is only an interpretation for standard tuning. Chords are labeled to coincide with the way I named the open-tuned version.

Am: x0201x
C: x3201x
D: x5403x
C/B: x2x01x

Here are a couple of the riffs he uses throughout the song. Since it's in an open tuning, you can let the other strings ring out:

C|-------------------|-------0---------|
C|-------------------|-7-9-7---7-9-7-5-|
G|-7-9-7-5---7-9-7-5-|-----------------|
C|-------------------|-----------------|
C|-------------------|-----------------|
G|-------------------|-----------------|

Intro:
Am C
Am C
A C
D Am C

Verse:

Am              C
Come on skinny love just last the year
Am             C
Pour a little salt we were never here
        Am           C
My, my, my, my, my, my, my, my
               D                                Am   C
Staring at the sink of blood and crushed veneer


Am                 C
I tell my love to wreck it all
Am               C
Cut out all the ropes and let me fall
        Am           C
My, my, my, my, my, my, my, my
             D                   Am
Right in the moment this order's tall


Chorus:

  C
I told you to be patient
  C/B            Am
I told you to be fine
  C
I told you to be balanced

  C/B            Am
I told you to be kind
       C
In the morning I'll be with you
            C/B             Am
But it will be a different "kind"

        C
I'll be holding all the tickets

              C/B            Am
And you'll be owning all the fines

Verse:

Am               C
Come on skinny love what happened here
Am             C
Suckle on the hope in lite brassiere
        Am           C
My, my, my, my, my, my, my, my
               D                          Am
Sullen load is full; so slow on the split


C

Chorus:

  C
I told you to be patient
  C/B            Am
I told you to be fine
  C
I told you to be balanced

  C/B            Am
I told you to be kind
    C
Now all your love is wasted?

     C/B              Am
Then who the hell was I?
        C
Now I'm breaking at the britches
           C/B             Am
And at the end of all your lines


Bridge:

C
Who will love you?

C/B      Am
Who will fight?

C        C/B      Am
Who will fall far behind?

Outro:

Am C
Am C
Am C
D Am C

Tabbed by Matthew Gruman, matthewgruman.com
Lyrics: http://www.lyricsandsongs.com/song/877591.html

Music Video

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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