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White Shadows Tab

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Coldplay
White Shadows
X&Y

Hope this is correct, figured it out on my acoustic. Kinda hard with all the synths 
on in the background but i think i got it.

Rhythm Acoustic Guitar - Capo 2 - Tuning: Standard
Electric Guitar - No capo - Tuning: Eb A D G B e (tune down low E a half step, this was 
only way i could find it possible to do the second verse)

Key:
b=bend

Chords Used (relative to Acoustic w/capo on 2nd fret, chords in parentheses are actual 
chords)
F#m (G#m) - 244222
A (B) - x02220
Bm (C#m) - x24432
E (F#) - 022100
C#m (D#m)- x46654
D (E) - x00232

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INTRO/RIFF 1 - Main Elec. Guitar Part w/ lots of delay and reverb (chords above played 
acoustic guitar w capo 2)

  F#m                                         C#m
e-11-11------11-11------11-11----11------b11--------11-11--------11-11--|
B-------9-9--------9-9--------9-9---9--9------11-11--------11-11--------|
G-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
D-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
A-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
Eb----------------------------------------------------------------------|

                     F#m                                  C#m
e------11-------b11------11-11------11-11----11------b11--------11-11-----|
B-11-11---11--11-----9-9-------9-9--------9-9---9--9------11-11--------11-|
G-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
Eb------------------------------------------------------------------------|

e----11-11-------11-------b11---|
B-11--------11-11---11--11------|
G-------------------------------|
D-------------------------------|
A-------------------------------|
Eb------------------------------|

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VERSE 1 - Rhythm Acoustic Guitar

F#m          A           C#m      Bm
When I was a young boy I tried to listen

F#m         A         C#m
And I wanna feel like that

F#m          A       C#m       Bm
Little white shadows blink and miss them

F#m       A       C#m
Part of a system, I am

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REPEAT INTRO/RIFF 1 1x
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VERSE 2&3 - Rhythm Acoustic Guitar plays same chords as above with Elec. Guitar playing 
2 (imitates the bass in the song)--->

e---------------------------------------------------------------------|
B---------------------------------------------------------------------|
G---------------------------------------------------------------------|
D---------------------------------------------------------------------|
A---------------------------------------------------------------------|
Eb--5-5-5-5-5-5-3h5-0h5--5-5-5-5-5-5-3h5-0h5--etc---------------------|

VERSE 2

(With RIFF 2)
If you ever feel like something's missing
Things you'll never understand

[INTRO/RIFF 1 reappears here (an octave lower than in the intro)]
Little white shadows
Sparkle and glisten
Part of a system, a plan

VERSE 3

(with RIFF 2)
When I was a young boy I tried to listen
Don't you wanna feel like that?

[INTRO/RIFF 1 an octave lower again]
You're part of the human race
All of the stars and the outer space
Part of the system, a plan

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PRECHORUS 1&2 - Rhythm Acoustic Guitar

D               Bm
All this noise, I'm waking up

D               Bm
All this space, I'm taking up

D             Bm
I cannot hear you're breaking up

D       E
Ohhhhhhhh

PRECHORUS 1&2 - Elec. Guitar RIFF 3 (above chords are once again rhythm acoustic guitar 
capo 2)

  D                   Bm                  D
e-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-----6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-----7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7------|
B-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-x2--5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-x2--5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-x2---|
G-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-----6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-----4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4------|
D--------------------------------------------------------------|
A--------------------------------------------------------------|
Eb-------------------------------------------------------------|

  Bm                  D                   Bm
e-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-----4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-----6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6------|
B-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-x2--5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-x2--5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-x2---|
G-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-----4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-----6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6------|
D--------------------------------------------------------------|
A--------------------------------------------------------------|
Eb-------------------------------------------------------------|

  D                   E
e-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-----9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-----|
B-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-x2--7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-x2--|
G-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-----6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-----|
D-----------------------------------------|
A-----------------------------------------|
Eb----------------------------------------|

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CHORUS 1&2 - Rhythm Acoustic Guitar

F#m                       D
Maybe you'll get what you wanted

A                         C#m
maybe you'll stumble upon it

F#m                 D
Everything you ever wanted

A              C#m
In a permanent state

(Same chords as above)
Maybe you'll know when you see it
Maybe if you say it, you'll mean it
And when you find it you'll keep it
In a permanent state, a permanent state

CHORUS 1&2 - Elec. Guitar RIFF 4 play throughout whole chorus

  F#m                    D                      A
e-16-16-16-14--14-16-14--16-16-16-14--14-16-14--16-16-16-14--14-16-14--|
B--0--0--0--0---0--0--0---0--0--0--0---0--0--0---0--0--0--0---0--0--0--|
G----------------------------------------------------------------------|
D----------------------------------------------------------------------|
A----------------------------------------------------------------------|
Eb---------------------------------------------------------------------|

  C#m
e-------------------------------|
B-16-16-16---14-14-14---12-12---|
G-15-15-15---15-15-15---13-13---|  x4
D-------------------------------|
A-------------------------------|
Eb------------------------------|

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OUTRO - Organ transcribed for Rhythm Acoustic Guitar

F#m
Swam on a sea of faces

D
A tide of the human races

A                           C#m
Oh, an answer now is what I need

(same chords as above)
See it in a new sun rising
See it break on your horizon
Oh, come on love, stay with me

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Phew...thats it. Pretty easy song, but complex arrangement and its hard to hear all the 
intricacies that the guitarist is employing under all those organs. anyways...good luck!

Corrections/Comments email me at: mskarsz@ucdavis.edu
Tabbed by: Michael
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craigypoo wrote on January 2 2006, 07:40 am

DUde your chords are way off. Look at mine for the chords. They are correct on mine because i checked with the official book.

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craigypoo wrote on January 2 2006, 07:41 am

Soz dude ignore my last comment. I wasnt looking care fully enough, i thought you were tabbing What If. This is White Shadows. I apologise for my own dumb self.

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mattant wrote on April 23 2006, 11:57 am

good tab, well done

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