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Bagmans Gambit Tab

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Artist: The Decemberists
 Album: Picaresque
  Song: The Bagman's Gambit

Note: Section "I" here has many variations. Try them all and play the one you like!

I
e|--0--0-0--0-0--------------|
B|--5--3-3--0-0--0-0--0-0-0--|
G|--4--0-0--0-0--0-0--4-4-0--|
D|--2--2-2--2-2--2-2--2-2-2--|
A|--3--3-3--3-3--3-3--3-3-3--|
E|---------------------------|

OR

I
e|-0---0-0---0-0---0-0-2-2-0----|
B|-1---3-3---0-0---1-1-1-1-1----|
G|-0---0-0---0-0---0-0-0-0-0----|
D|-2---2-2---2-2---2-2-2-2-2----|
A-------------------------------|
E|------------------------------|

OR

e--3---3-3---3-3---3-3-3-3-3----|
B--5---3-3---0-0---5-5-7-7-5----|
G--5---5-5---5-5---5-5-5-5-5----|
D-------------------------------|
A-------------------------------|
E-------------------------------|

II
e|--------------------------|
B|--1--0-0--3-3--0-0--1-1-0-|
G|--2--2-2--2-2--2-2--2-2-2-|
D|--2--2-2--2-2--2-2--2-2-2-|
A|--------------------------|
E|--------------------------|

(Intro:)
I I

I
On the lam from the law
I
On the steps of the capital
I                                        I
You shot a plainclothes cop on the ten o'clock
II
And I saw momentarily
II                                        I
They flashed a photograph, it couldn't be you
II
You'd been abused so horribly
II                                   I    I
But you were there in some anonymous room
I
And I recall that fall
I
I was working for the government
I                                        I
And in a bathroom stall off the national mall
II
How we kissed so sweetly
II                            I
How could I refuse a favor or two
II
And for a tryst in the greenery
II                                 I   I
I gave you documents and microfilm too

G
And from my ten floor tenement
                      Am
Where once our bodies lay
                         C
How I longed to hear you say
Cm                         G
"No they'll never catch me now
Cm
No they'll never catch me
Am                      F
No they cannot catch me now
   E               F
We will escape somehow
Fm
Somehow, oh"

I I

I
It was late one night
I
I was awoken by the telephone
I                                         I
I heard a strangled cry on the end of the line
II
Purloined in Petrograd
II                                           I
They were suspicious of where your loyalties lay
II
So I paid off a bureaucrat
II                                           I    I
To convince your captors there to secret you away

G
And at the gate of the embassy
                          Am
Our hands met through the bars
                           C
As your whisper stilled my heart
Cm                         G
"No they'll never catch me now
Cm
No they'll never catch me
Am                      F
No they cannot catch me now
   E               F
We will escape somehow
Fm
Somehow, oh"

(Interlude:)
C B C B G

G
And I dreamt one night
                  F#
You were there in form
      G
Hands held high
      F#
In uniform
G
Oh
F#
Oh

I I

I
It was ten years on
I
When you resurfaced in a motorcar
I                                              C
And with the wave of an arm you were there and gone
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Mr. Salt wrote on June 16 2008, 07:24 pm

Amazing tab!
Agh! I love this song to the depths of no avail!
Sorry for the big words, I thought they would be funny if you understood them. Or not, I'm not trying to tell you what to do or what to be.
All in all, a job well done.

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Mr. Salt wrote on June 18 2008, 05:08 pm

One more thing...
On the first variation of section I, the second to last chord, E5/C sounds better when you play it like this, I could be wrong though.
E:-----
B:--0--
G:--4--
D:--4--
A:--3--
E:-----

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Gugnums wrote on August 27 2008, 02:31 pm

E:--0-0-0-0----------0-0-0-0---------3-3-3-3-
B:-1-1-1-1--4-4-4-4-1-1-1-1--4-4-4--3-3-3-3--
G:---C-----4-4-4-4-----C----4-4-4-4----G-----
D:------------B----------------B-------------
A:-------------------------------------------
E:-------------------------------------------

This the tab for the interlude part I think. Correct it if it is wrong. Great tab. Also, the letters indicate during which chord to play them.

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