Citizen Cope – More Than it Seems (Guitar Chords)

Citizen Cope

Photo source: Showclix.

Thirds

Citizen Cope/Clarence Greenwood has a very restrained playing style in that he rarely plays full chords. Most of the guitar work in this song is with thirds; you can try these chords:

  • G: 320xxx
  • C: x320xx
  • A: 542xxx

The Chords

Citizen Cope
More Than it Seems

The entire song is: G C A G

Lyrics:

Your so Pure(ah)
Your heart is full of
All i ever need
And i cant take it
I cant speak
So i just sit here and stare

My adorer, let me tell you a story
About someone in me
Now its gunna be surrounding me

Break my silence

Yea its a little bit more than it seems
We can make outside my dreams
Yea its a little bit more than it seems
We can make outside my dreams

My adorer, they say i dont know ya
I sure do know
Sure do miss ya
I can't take it
I can't take it

My adorer, your heart is full of
All ill ever need
I cant take it
I cant speak

Break my silence

Yea its a little bit more than it seems
We can make outside my dreams
Yea its a little bit more than it seems
(We can make it) We can make outside my dreams
Yea its a little bit more than it seems
(We can make it) We can make outside my dreams
Yea its a little bit more than it seems
(We can make it) We can make outside my dreams
Outside my dreams

Tabbed by Matthew Gruman

http://matthewgruman.com

Lyrics from: http://www.lyricsmania.com/lyrics/citizen_cope_lyrics_9271/every_waking_moment_lyrics_31222/more_than_it_seems_lyrics_338473.html

Rilo Kiley – A Better Son/Daughter (Guitar Chords)

Rilo Kiley

Photo Source: Good and Reckless and True.

The Chords

Rilo Kiley
A Better Son/Daughter

The entire song is:
E A E A E B

Lyrics:
Sometimes in the morning I am petrified and can't move
Awake but cannot open my eyes
And the weight is crushing down on my lungs
I know I can't breathe
And hope someone will save me this time
And your mother's still calling you insane and high
Swearing it's different this time
And you tell her to give in to the demons that possess her
And that god never blessed her insides
Then you hang up the phone and feel badly for upsetting things
And crawl back into bed to dream of a time
When your heart was open wide and you love things just because
Like the sick and dying

And sometimes when you're on
You're really fucking on
And your friends they sing along
And they love you
But the lows are so extreme
That the good seems fucking cheap
And it teases you for weeks in its absence
But you'll fight and you'll make it through
You'll fake it if you have to
And you'll show up for work with a smile
And you'll be better
You'll be smarter
More grown up and a better daughter or son
And a real good friend
And you'll be awake
You'll be alert
You'll be positive though it hurts
And you'll laugh and embrace all of your friends
And you'll be a real good listener
You'll be honest
You'll be brave
You'll be handsome and you'll be beautiful
You'll be happy

Your ship may be coming in
You're weak but not giving in
To the cries and the wails of the valley below
Your ship may be coming in
You're weak but not giving in
And you'll fight it you'll go out fighting all of them


Tabbed by Matthew Gruman

http://matthewgruman.com

Lyrics from: http://www.sing365.com/music/lyric.nsf/A-Better-Son-Daughter-lyrics-Rilo-Kiley/A36AC8377594A6DA48256CB5002BA661

Music Video

Architecture in Helsinki / Dr. Dog – Heart it Races (Guitar Chords)

Architecture in Helsinki

Photo Source: LeftOfMainstream.

Covers

Dr. Dog has managed to do an incredible cover of an excellent song. I would definitely spend some time at Hype Machine if you’d like to hear a more laid-back version.

The Chords

Heart it Races
Architecture in Helsinki / Dr. Dog

Capo III

Intro:
G Em x2

Verse:
G                                              Em
And we're slow to acknowledge the knots in the laces
Heart it races
G                                           Em
And we go back to where we moved out to the places
Heart it races
  G
I bought it in a can and stirred it with my fingers singing
Em
Boom dah dah dah dah dah
Boom dah dah dah dah
Threw it out the window
    G
And lately you been tanned, suspicious for the winter with your
Em
Boom dah dah dah dah dah
Boom dah dah dah dah
Legs like little splinters


Chorus:
G        Em
Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
G        Em
Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

Verse:
G                                              Em
And we're slow to acknowledge the knots in the laces
Heart it races
G                                           Em
And we go back to where we moved out to the places
Heart it races
  G
I sold it to a man and threw him out the window
He went
Em
Boom dah dah dah dah dah
Boom dah dah dah dah
Made his wife a widow


Chorus:
G        Em
Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
G        Em
Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

Outro:
G
Boom dah dah dah dah dah
Boom dah dah dah dah
Boom dah dah dah dah dah
Boom dah dah dah dah
Em
Boom dah dah dah dah dah
Boom dah dah dah dah
Boom dah dah dah dah dah
Boom dah dah dah dah


Tabbed by Matthew Gruman

http://matthewgruman.com

Lyrics from: http://www.onlylyrics.com/hits.php?grid=6&id=1008936

Music Video

I wish more bands would release their videos on quality websites like Vimeo.

Castanets – Three Days, Four Nights (Guitar Chords/Tab)

The Castanets

Photo Source: Michigan Daily.

The Style

Most of the song is played very sparsely; just hitting a few notes here and there. If you watch the video below, you’ll see that he plays it without a capo. Replace the chords with these if you want to play it that way:

  • Am -> Bm
  • G -> A
  • F -> G
  • E -> F#

The Chords

Castanets
Three Days, Four Nights
Capo II

Am                 G
There's three days, and four nights to go

F                       E
And I wont be with you anymore
Am               F
Four nights like this to
Am
go


Am                  G
In the trees like a freeway with that wind
F                E
A devil howling, silent again

Am                 F
And the chill of that sheet

           Am
On your skin


Am G F E Am F Am x2

Solo:
Played with a slide (or not), without a capo.

e|------------------------------------------------------|
b|--10/12-12-12--12--10/12-12-12--12~~~-----------------|


e|--14/15-15-15--14/15-15-15---14/15-15-15---\12--12/14-|
b|------------------------------------------------------|


e|--20---19---19/20-20-20---19/20-20-20----19-----------|
b|------------------------------------------------------|

The last note is up close to the bridge.

Am
We aint free my love
G
We are not our masters

F
Without side looks faster

E
Drowned and distanced
Am

Rest and listen

F
As I cross these miles

Am
I try to tell you I love you


Am

Am G F E Am F Am X2

Am

            F
The walk we take

                G
In the rain today

                  E
Your feet in your boots
                     Am
On the mud of the graves


         F              Am
The way we refuse to be saved
Am       F              Am
The way we refuse to be saved
Am           F            Am
The way we refuse to be saved

Am


Tabbed by Matthew Gruman

http://matthewgruman.com

Lyrics: http://www.songmeanings.net/lyric.php?lid=3530822107858518610

Music Video

Songs: Ohia – Captain Badass (Guitar Chords/Bass Tab)

Jason Molina

Photo Source: Secretly Canadian.

The Chords

The entire song is three chords (G#m Eb C#m) with occasional embellishments. You can either play it with barre chords, or slap a capo on the 4th fret and use more open chords.

The Tab

Songs: Ohia
Captain Badass

Chords (bracketed chords are embellishments to throw in occasionally):

G#m: 466444 (466454)
Eb: x68xxx (x69xxx)
C#m: x46654

The entire song is G#m Eb C#m G#m

Alternate chords (bracketed chords are embellishments):

CAPO IV

Em: 022000 (022010)
B: x24xxx (x25xxx)
Am: x02210

The entire song is Em B Am Em

Bass:

G|-----------------------
D|-----------------------
A|-----6---4-6-4---------
E|-4-6---7-------4-6-7-6-

Lyrics:

departure and worry
and worry, and worry
still shake me
resistance failed
resistance failed
and friendship failed
and friendship failed
as lovers we did not fail
as lovers we did not fail
brown eyes your pulse is getting hotter
brown eyes your pulse is getting quicker
quote Captain Badass,
"i am setting your heart on fire
so when you leave me
i will burn on in your soul"
you won't have to think twice
if it's love you will know
we get no second chance in this life
we get no second chance in this life
so a hot pulse is alright
so a quick pulse is alright
so a hot kiss is alright
so a long kiss is alright
so a long night is alright
and all night is alright
there ain't no contest
against the final day
we'll rise above us either way
we're either greeted
by life or it's reverse
then each day greeted
by fortune or it's reverse
will you stand up for your one chance
will you stand up for love
we get no second chance in this life
we get no second chance in this life
you won't have to think twice if it's love
you will know

Tabbed by Matthew Gruman

http://matthewgruman.com

Lyrics from: http://www.lyricstime.com/songs-ohia-captain-badass-lyrics.html

The Anecdote

“Captain Badass” was the first song I heard from Songs: Ohia. I was writing for The Alt (a now defunct Perth-based music magazine that had one of the first mp3 blogs) and was introduced by the editor. Songs: Ohia (and Jason Molina’s solo work, and Magnolia Electric Co.) is still one of my all-time favourites.

k-os (ft. Kevin Drew and Sam Roberts) – Valhalla (Guitar Chords)

k-os

Photo Credit: The Edge.

Guest Appearances

Kevin Drew (of Broken Social Scene and Broken Social Scene Presents: Kevin Drew) and Sam Roberts (allegedly, he’s the “king of pranks” and sometimes slips acid into the drinks of the bands he tours with; from an interview I saw, possibly with the Stills) sing the chorus vocals on this one.

Riff VS Chords

The record version is essentially the same riff repeated over and over again. When he plays it acoustically, the guitarist (one of the best I’ve had the pleasure see in concert; don’t worry if you can’t emulate his style) uses a lot of variants on G and C chords; mostly hanging on a G. You’ll be pretty safe sticking with G for the whole song and just switching up to C on “the world is a ghetto” and “feel your sorrow” in the chorus.

The Chords

Valhalla
k-os (ft. Kevin Drew and Sam Roberts)

Riff (play throughout):
     G                C
A|--------------------3--|
E|---3-(repeat a lot)----|

Chords:

G: 320033
C: x32010

(Chorus)
Ghetto Heaven
The world is a ghetto
Freedom, oh yeah
Feel your sorrow

(Verse 1)
5:35 and I'm living senseless
Just another homie picking on the defenceless
Don't request yet, nothing really to mention
Lookin through the mirror and I'm making a censure
Whoa, black people in the morning breeze
Came around the corner and she caused me to freeze up
Ease up, watch how the world could tease us, ease us
But only G.O.D can please us
Hey, got my ride and my Momma's too
Show me how to roll without breakin the rules
Payin my dues, MC's droppin out choose
Decides to get with lyrical facts, don't stop
Whoa, black people time to shine
Everything is fine when you're losing your mind
I'm like a black alley cat, freestyle batter-up
Doesn't get better than that, is that a gat in the back?

(Chorus)

(Verse 2)
And the Valkyrie's blood runs red through the halls of the dead
oh the warrior's blood runs red through the hearts of the dead
the Valkyrie's blood runs red through the halls of the dead
And the life you're been lookin for in the world that you live 2x
In the name, we were all born in the flame
Not the same, but under the moon on the desert plane
We roam, home, take the coast ghost
I saw with my naked eye, way to close now
I was the son of a man on a mission
Who worked with his hands and brought him the former land
In the inter-land, swingin the mic like an axe
With a fear in the atmosphere, layin down tracks

(Chorus)

Tabbed by Matthew Gruman

http://matthewgruman.com

Lyrics: http://www.music-lyrics-chord.com/K-OS/288497-Valhalla.html

Music Video

Gordon Downie – Into the Night (Guitar Chords)

Gorden Downie

Photo Credit: ChartAttack.

The Chords

Gordon Downie
Into The Night

*note* It sounds more like the record if you make the C chords as 8th fret barres (8 10 10 9 8 8), or add a high G (x 3 2 0 1 3).

F
I saw you running with your friends
G
I called your name too loud - 'come back'
F
so many times it might have been embarrassing
G
if you hadn't come walking back

C

F
Here's where I shook you by the shoulders
G
shoved you up against a truck - 'what's up'
F
it was a picture of someone getting older
G
and of someone growing up

C

A                  C
someone growing up
A                  C
someone growing up
A                  G
someone growing up

C

F
it was like you were in disguise
G
you were so nonchalant - 'come on'
F
as though your well half-lidded eyes said,
G
'what the hell do you want?'

C

F
Well I must've said something
G
for you to feel I was alright - 'alright'
F
We had a great conversation
G
that went on well into the night

C

A                           C
went on well into the night
A                           C
went on well into the night
A                           G
went on well into the night
                      C
went on well into the night

Tabbed by Matthew Gruman

http://matthewgruman.com

Gordon Downie – 11th Fret (Guitar Chords)

Gordon Downie

Photo Credit: Pregnant Without Intercourse.

Jangle Jangle

The intro part of this is very jangly, so just bash at the strings with your heart’s desire.

The Chords

Gordon Downie
11th Fret

*note*  For the intro, play the E5 as x799xx and the Emaj7(no 3rd) as x798xx.
Don't worry about hitting the open strings, it sounds good if you just bang at it.

Intro:
E5 Emaj7(no 3rd) E5 E5

A          E
So this is fucking off by degrees and
A                   E
I suppose we turned out to be not-quite-Hawaii but
A                    B
I can float back to sleep cause at least you're lying to me like
A
music that dances from glowing apartments as
E
shadows entwine into a creamy darkness like
A
jewelry hung down from rich silhouettes
E                              B
portrays on the sidewalk where wetness reflects all the
A
colours of evening and the onset of lights
         B                                          E
like the promise of nothing, sweet nothing, tonight.
    B
Ahhhhh

C E C E C B

E

A          E
So this is enacting ecstasy and
A                   E
I suppose we turned out to be bathroom graffiti but
A                   B
I can float back to sleep cause at least you're lying to me like
A
shoveling hope into the infinite us til the
E
world surges in yelling, 'this is a drug bust'
A
might turn up the heat and make us into one person
E                                        B
but then the temperature plunges and the predicament worsens
            E
til we're a fleck of new snow on the eyelash of a cow
       B
and we melt away, melt away,
   E
now
    B
Ahhhhhh

C E
                    C        E
Melt away melt away now
                    C        B
Melt away melt away now

Melt away now

E

*During the bridge, you can play this as the lead:

g|-5-7-9-11-12-11-12-14-16-|

It is repeated 3x with a variation at the end

Tabbed by Matthew Gruman

http://matthewgruman.com

Ron Sexsmith – These Days (Guitar Chords)

Ron Sexsmith

Photo Credit: WikiMedia.

The Chords

Ron Sexsmith
These Days

Capo IV

Intro:  G C

G
Promises are made to be broken
C
Haven't you heard?
G
He said he'd never break your heart
C
Now haven't you learned?
    D
You believed in the words
                 C
In all that they meant
        D
Oh, but love is not some popular song
C                 D
Filled with empty sentiment

Am                     D
That's what passes for love
Am                     D
That's what passes for love these
G        C
Days
   G          C
Oh these days

G
It won't take a miracle, darlin'
C
Just keep it real
     G
This world can make us cynical, darlin'
C
I know how it feels
D
You took it to heart
                      C
What they said on the screen
        D
Oh, but love is not just playing a part
C            D
In some very scripted scene

Am                     D
That's what passes for love
Am                     D
That's what passes for love
Am                     D
That's what passes for love these
G     C
Days

           Am           D           C
No one can complete you or make you whole
        G
Well
                      Am             D
But love will come to greet you half way
           C                 G          C
Though the streets are never paved with gold

G
Promises are made to be broken
C
Haven't you heard?
G
He said he'd never break your heart
    C
Now haven't you learned?
    D
You believed in the words
                      C
In all that they meant
        D
Oh, but love is not some popular song
C               D
Filled with empty sentiment

Am                     D
That's what passes for love
Am                     D
That's what passes for love
Am                     D
That's what passes for love these
G    C
Days

G C

Tabbed by Matthew Gruman

http://matthewgruman.com

Copyright

I’ve spent the past couple of days “reclaiming” the tabs I’ve put on the ‘net over the past few years. I could not find this one ANYWHERE. The only sites that had it indexed had removed it due to copyright restrictions. Luckily, I found it on the old Windows machine. This is a really great song.

Tragically Hip – Stay (Guitar Chords)

The Tragically Hip

Photo Credit: Hip Museum.

Playing Notes

For the intro part, I just play octaves (i.e. for E I play x7x9xx, D is x5x7xx, etc.)

The Chords

The Tragically Hip
Stay

E D C B A G \
F   F   C   / x2

F                               C
You did the best that you could do.
G
You were a great crew,
F
who tried to nurture and preserve your
G
faith in you.
F                         C
And with the bureau chiefs
G
and the shrugging spies
F                    G
You could stay, but why.

G

Am
You see a light and then another
F
and everything you fought for
         C
naught's uncovered.
You're not a fighter, you're a lover.
                    Am
You got no business in here, brother
      F      G
so... stay.
Stay.

E D C B A G C
E D C B A G \
F F C       / x2

F                              C
Is it the worst that you could do?
G
You were a great you,
F
who tried to nurture and preserve your
G
faith in you
F                         C
and with the bureau chiefs
G
and the shrugging spies
F                  G
you could stay and why.

Am
Cause you see a light and then another.
F
Everything you thought you
         C
sought's uncovered.
You're a fighter and a lover
                      Am
and there's no one up above her
      F      G
so ...stay.
Stay.

E D C B A G C

F C

F
All things being balanced,
                         C
it's balanced and called balancing
                            F
somewhere beyond everything it's being
balanced not for the
                    C
sake of balance but balancing between
the throes of learning
        Bb
and the entire thing
          C
entirely
Bb
balancing.

E D C B A G C

Tabbed by Matthew Gruman

http://matthewgruman.com

Anecdote

About five years ago, Dany introduced me to this song. He was just learning to play guitar and asked if I could figure it out for him. “Sure” I said, “give me a few days”.

About a year later, I was listening to the song and, overcome with guilt, tabbed this out. Dany never learned how to play it, but it’s one of my favourites now.

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