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):


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

The entire song is Em B Am Em




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

Lyrics from:

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.

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  1. Keith Hamon | May 25th, 2012 | 6:17 am

    Thanks for this tab, Matthew. Jason Molina is also one of my favorites. His songs persist long after the gilt/guilt is gone.

  2. Jaap | March 20th, 2013 | 11:19 am

    Such a great song.
    I named my band after this song.
    Too sad Jason died last weekend.
    Fortunately this song will stick around,


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