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Souverian Tab

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Andrew Bird Souverian Tab

(The first chord is a C major strummed down)

(Whistling bit)
e---------------------------------------------------------|
B---------------------------------------------------------|
G----5---0--4---2-0---------------5---0-4^5^4--2--0-------|
D-------------------3-2-0---------------------------3-2-0-|
A--------------------------3------------------------------|
E---------------------------------------------------------|

      (Piano Intro)
e--------------------------------------------------------|
B--------------------------------------------------------|
G---------0--0^2-----------------------------------------|
D-------2---------2-0---0--2-3---------------------------|
A--3--3---------------3---------3-2-0-2-3----------------|
E-----------------------------------------3--------------|

e--------------------------------------------------------|
B--------------------------------------------------------|
G------0--0^2-----------------0--------------------------|
D----2--------2-0---0-2-3---3---3-2---------2-3-2-0------|
A--3--------------3--------------------------------------|
E--------------------------------------------------------|

e--------------------------------------------------------|
B--------------------------------------------------------|
G--------------------------------------------------------|
D---3-2-0--------0---------------------------------------|
A---------3-2--2---3-2-3---------------------------------|
E--------------------------------------------------------|


(Fingerpick this part how you see fit)
Pick C lightly    G                             C
Though bells will ring church steeples catchin' fire
                   G                            C
And if you promise spring then I know you are a liar

(Strum this part)
              Am                               C
'Cause in the spring tender grasses won't burn easily
                Am                        Em
Though thrushes sing still my lover won't return to me
     F                    C
Wild parsnips, they still scald my lungs
      G                     C
While thistles will burn my feet
           F        C               G          C
And if you join our chorus you will never fear anymore
        F         C              G               C
So here comes the chorus, we will meet on a fatal shore

F                          C       G
Souverian, souverian, the elder Oh-oh
F                        C       G
Souverian, souverian the free Oh-oh
F                       C           G
Souverian, souverian we felt her Oh-oh
F                                 C
So very young, so very young were we

(Play the whistling melody again here)

           Am                        C
Birds will sing still my lover won't return to me
            Am                          Em
You promise spring still my lover won't return to me
     F        C                  G
Wild parsnips scald my lungs and thistles are burning my
C
feet
           F         C              G          C
So here it comes the chorus, you'll never fear anymore
       F        C              G         C
If you join our chorus we will meet on a fatal shore

F C x4

(The piano plays this occasionally)
e---3-1-0------------------------------------------------|
B---------3--1-0-1---------------------------------------|
G--------------------------------------------------------|
D--------------------------------------------------------|
A--------------------------------------------------------|
E--------------------------------------------------------|

F
Under the elders the older get younger
    C
The younger get over, over their elders
    F 			                       C (piano)
And under the elders pretend that you're older now
F
Under the elders the older get younger
    C
The younger get over, over the elders
F				       C
Under the elders bending your branches down

			    Am                C
We who are so very young still my lover won't return to me
             Am                        Em
The thrushes sing still my lover won't return to me
F			 C                    G
Wild parsnips they still scald my lungs while thistles
	      C
still burn my feet

Tabbed by Josh C
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LouVelvet wrote on March 15 2010, 05:45 pm

On the phrase that begins, 'Cause in the spring...,' try playing (Am), (F), C and then (Am), (G), C for the next phrase. And then for the whole part that begins, 'And if you join our chorus...,' just play F, C

And for the chorus try F, C, C/B

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LouVelvet wrote on March 16 2010, 09:06 am

Sorry to double post :(

I wanted to make a BIG correction though from my comment above.

The second chord progression I showed should be (Am), (F), Em and both come off of the C chord you already show.

Sorry about that. Good tab man, it definitely helped me learn the song :)

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LouVelvet wrote on March 16 2010, 09:19 am

Somebody please shoot me :\

The part that starts, 'And if you join our chorus...,' is just G, C the whole time.

I don't know what I was thinking, I'm pretty deHIGHdrated right now, that might have something to do with it. Anyway, PEACE!

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