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Ben Howard - Burgh Island
tabbed by Jasper121

live version: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4TIAM5rM6b8

I'm not so sure about the lyrics I found on the internet, I corrected them where I
could but some parts don't sound right to me.

Tuning: D A D A A D
Capo on 3th fret not covering the low E string

Intro/Verse
d|------------------------------------------------------|
A|-----12/9--7--5----12/9--7--0-------------------------|
A|-----12/9--7--5----12/9--7--0-------------------------| = part A
D|-----0---------------------------7---7-----7--7-------|
A|---------------------------------7---7-----7--7-------|
D|--0---------------0------------7---7---7-7---7--7-----|

d|--------------------------9-----------------------------------|
A|-----12/9--7--5/14-9-12-----9---------------------------------|
A|-----12/9--7--5/14-9-12--------0------------------------------|
D|-----0---------------------------0-----7---7-----7--7---------| = Part B
A|---------------------------------------7---7-----7--7---------|
D|--0----------------------------------7---7---7-7---7--7-------|

d|-----------------------------------------------|
A|-----------------------------------------------|
A|-----------------------------------------------|
D|-----------------------7----7-----7---7--------|
A|---5/4/2---2---2p0-----7----7-----7---7--------|
D|--0------0-0-0-0-----7----7---7-7---7---7------|

d|-----------------------------------------------|
A|-----------2/4/5/4/2p0-------------------------|
A|-----------2/4/5/4/2p0-------------------------|
D|-------------------------7--7----7--7----------|
A|----5/4/2--2/4/5/4/2p0---7--7----7--7----------|
D|--0---------------------7--7--7-7--7--7--------|

Verse I = Part A + Part B x2

brown eyes shining short light on the way to go,
And the sun tries you're reeling home, against your glow
And we lost sight of it, and breath tied up in someone's hold,
And your eyes screamed it, Burgh Island, in sepia tones.

d|----------------9-----------------------------------|
A|-----14-9-12------9---------------------------------|
A|-----14-9-12--------0-------------------------------|
D|-----------------------0-----7---7-----7--7---------|
A|-----------------------------7---7-----7--7---------|
D|---------------------------7---7---7-7---7--7-------|
    Burgh Island in sepia tones

Chorus
d|-----------------------------------------------|
A|--------------------------5--4-----------------|
A|--------------------------5--4-----------------|
D|---9------/12-----/7---------------------------|
A|---9------/12-----/7---------------------------|
D|---9------/12-----/7---------------------------|
And if was ever to leave, I'll say before I go

d|-----------------------------------------------|
A|-----------------------------------------------|
A|-----------------------------------------------|
D|-----------------------7----7-----7---7--------|
A|---5/4/2---2---2p0-----7----7-----7---7--------|
D|--0------0-0-0-0-----7----7---7-7---7---7------|
That you're the best woman I have ever known.

d|-----------------------------------------------|
A|-----------2/4/5/4/2p0-------------------------|
A|-----------2/4/5/4/2p0-------------------------|
D|-------------------------7--7----7--7----------|
A|----5/4/2--2/4/5/4/2p0---7--7----7--7----------|
D|--0---------------------7--7--7-7--7--7--------|

d|-----------------------------------------------|
A|-----------2/4/5/7/9-0-------------------------|
A|-----------2/4/5/7/9-0-------------------------|
D|-------------------------7--7----7--7----------|
A|----5/4/2--2/4/5/7/9-0---7--7----7--7----------|
D|--0---------------------7--7--7-7--7--7--------|

Verse II (same as verse I)

Repeat chorus

Outro (here you play above the capo)
d|-----------------------------------------------|
A|--------0----------2----------0----------0-----|
A|-----------------------------------------------|
D|----0------0---2------2---0------0---0------0--| repeat till end
A|--2---2---2--0---0---0--0---0---0--0---0---0---|
D|-0-0-0-0-0--2-2-2-2-2--3-3-3-3-3--3-3-3-3-3----|

I bite my tongue
that you may be the first to ruin
Cause I heard its song
the man is a fickkled child that the wind blew in
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tspain wrote on July 15 2013, 10:16 pm

great start mate

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luffacoustic wrote on May 20 2015, 12:38 pm

Hi awesome song and great tab definitely got all the chords right. I've got a few amendments to the rhythm, particularly the bit with Monica Heldal.


d|------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|----------0---------------2---------------0---------------0-------|
A|------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|----0----0----0-----2----2----2-----0----0----0-----0----0----0---| repeat
A|---2---2-----2-----0---0-----0-----0---0-----0-----0---0-----0----|
D|-0----0-----0--0-2----2-----2--2-3----3-----3--3-3----3-----3--3--|

There are definite pairs of notes, I'm pretty sure Ben plays into a swing rhythm for this last bit. In the tab above you have 6, 5-4, 6-5, 4-2, 6-5-4-6 with dashes joining pairs and commas denoting a slight rest. Playing it over to myself it sounds right but that is from ear so...

Also, the 7-7-7 bit i think the way it is tabbed misses the rhythm slightly. Perhaps this:

d|----------------------------------|
A|----------------------------------|
A|----------------------------------|
D|-----7--------7------7------7-----|
A|----7-------7-------7-------7-----|
D|--7---7---------7-7---7-------7---|
1 aa2 3 a 4 a 5 aa6 7 a 8
n n n n n
d d d d d


Hope that makes some sense, the beats below the tab should help get the rhythm.

Finally, a suggestion about the lyrics at the end:
" 'Cause I heard it sung
That man is a fickle child, that the wind blew in."

What do you think about these edits? They work for me very well on acoustic.

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