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Song: "Down By The Water"
Artist: The Decemberists
Album: The King Is Dead (Down By The Water Release)-2010/2011

Transcribed by Chris Parker
~~

EDIT: Many thanks to Isabel_W for sending me the correct lyrics. I haven't 
been checking my messages lately, nor the Decemberists' website, but they 
have made the lyrics available online, which I have now updated. 

Thanks again!
~

So, this song was just released for download today by The Decemberists 
themselves, and it blew me away. I've listened to it now a total of three 
times (about to be four to double-check the lyrics).

It just now occurred to me it would be a lot of fun to learn, so I picked up
 my classical and went at it. It's in Em, and the chords you're going to 
want to grab are here (God, being in music school and majoring in jazz has
 made me hate tab... here they are in not-tab and relative chord fingering 
to make me feel better)

Em |0-2-2-0-0-0|
G  |3-2-0-0-0-3|
D  |x-x-0-2-3-2| or D/F# |2-x-0-2-3-2|
C  |x-3-2-0-1-0| or C/G  |3-3-2-0-1-0|

The inverted chords are to taste. They fit (obviously) within the song's 
progression, and you can add them if you want to. I play the F# in the D 
major chord (really it's just a triad with doubled notes) with my thumb.


I'm taking the lyrics from the unregistered chord sheet on this site for 
ease of use, but I'm changing the chords since, well, they were wrong. (Note
 on the intro, I made it like a lead sheet you'd see in a jazz band: The 
upward line is a bar line, the slashes are the same chords based on 
rhythm/spacing. The Em is played in the same rhythm as the chords before it,
 but the D major chord is played as two staccato quarter notes; you'll hear
 it in the song)

Lines in parentheses are words I can't quite make out.

~~~~~~~~~
INTRO

C | Em | C | Em / D  / |

VERSE

Em               G
See this ancient riverbed
D                 C
See where all the follies led
Em                        D                  Em
Down by the water, (and) down by the old main drag

Em             G
I was just some towhead teen
D                       C
Feelin' 'round for fingers to get in-between
Em                   D                 Em 
Down by the water, down by the old main drag

PRECHORUS

Em         D       Em
The season rubs me wrong
Em        D      C
The summer swells anon

CHORUS

Em               G
So knock me down, tear me up
D                                  C
But I would bear it all broken just to fill my cup
Em                   D                 Em 
Down by the water and down by the old main drag

BREAK

C | Em | C | Em / D  / |

VERSE

Em                 G
Sweet decsend this rabble 'round
    D                      C
the pretty little patter of a seaport town
Em                        D                      Em 
Rolling in the water and rolling down the old main drag

Em              G
All dolled up in gabardine
D                         C
The lash-flashing Leda of pier nineteen
Em                    D                  Em 
Queen of the water and queen of the old main drag

PRECHORUS

Em        D        Em 
The season rubs me wrong
Em        D      C
The summer swells anon

CHORUS 

Em               G
So knock me down, tear me up
D                                  C
But I would bear it all broken just to fill my cup
Em                   D                 Em 
Down by the water and down by the old main drag

BREAK/SOLOS

C | Em | C | Em  D  |
Em | G | D | C | Em | D

PRECHORUS

Em        D        Em
The season rubs me wrong
Em        D      C
The summer swells anon

CHORUS

Em               G
So knock me down, tear me up
D                                  C
But I would bear it all broken just to fill my cup
Em                   D                 Em
Down by the water and down by the old main drag

OUTRO/CODA

Em                   D                 Em
Down by the water and down by the old main drag
Em                   D                 Em 
Down by the water and down by the old main drag 

(There's a ritardando in the last line, you'll hear it)

~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Well, that's their latest song!

Like I said, totally blew me away, hope you guys have fun with it.
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pr_gax70 wrote on November 17 2010, 06:39 pm

Great song,especially for free! Too bad my computer thinks my itouch is a camera so i cant add it.

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osiris45 wrote on December 11 2010, 02:01 am

on the very last repeat of the lyrics "down by the water..." its C D Em

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mlhnpt wrote on January 17 2011, 09:28 am

Loved this song from the first time I heard it, perhaps since I am an REM fan and Peter Buck's unmistakeable sound rings true here.

I pre-ordered the CD, but you can hear the song on YouTube now.

Thanks for posting this! Sounds great.

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