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January Hymn Chords

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Song: January Hymn
Band: The Decemberists
Album: The King is Dead
Tabbed by: Jon Ransom

I'm compiling this tab using jimts and Don Tago's versions, so thanks goes
to them for laying all of the ground work.  The only major change to this
tab you'll see are the Csus2 and Csus4 chords that Colin uses to fill in
between the FM7 chords.  I've seen him play this live and it isn't that
difficult to get the hang of the chord changes.

Standard Tuning with Capo on 2nd Fret

Chords (relative to capo)
      EADGBe
C    :032010
Csus2:030010
Csus4:033010
F    :033210 actually an Fm7
G    :320030
Gsus2:300030
G6   :322000
G7   :323003

Intro: C  Csus2  C  Csus4  FM7  G  Gsus2  G x3


Verse 1:
C              F  G     C Csus2 C Csus4     
On a winter's Sunday I go   
    F      G       C  Csus2 C Csus4
To clear away the snow
     F         G      C  Csus2 C Csus4  F  G
And green the ground below
C             F  G    C Csus2 C Csus4
April all an ocean away
    F               G                C  Csus2 C Csus4   
Is this the better way to spend the day?  
F           G         C Csus2 C Csus4  F  G
Keeping the winter at bay


Chorus 1:
F               G                C              F
What were the words I meant to say before you left?
    Am                  F                        G  G7  G6  G
When I could see your breath lead where you were going to
C               F    G      C  Csus2 C Csus4
Maybe I should just let it be
     F             G                C Csus2 C Csus4
And maybe it will all come back to me
      F     G       C
Sing: O, Janu--ary, O


C  Csus2  C  Csus4  FM7  G  Gsus2  x2


Verse 2:
C              F    G        C Csus2 C Csus4     
How I lived a childhood in snow
     F      G       C  Csus2 C Csus4 
And all my teens in tow
     F         G        C  Csus2 C Csus4  F  G
Stuffed in strata of clothes
C           F    G           C  Csus2 C  Csus4      
Pale the winter days after dark
F               G             C  Csus2 C Csus4
Wandering the gray memorial park
   F         G          C  Csus2 C Csus4 F  G
A fleeting beating of hearts 


Chorus 2:
F               G               C              F
What were the words I meant to say before she left?
    Am                  F                        G  G7  G6  G
When I could see her breath lead where she was going to
C               F    G      C  Csus2 C Csus4
Maybe I should just let it be
     F             G                C Csus2 C Csus4
And maybe it will all come back to me
      F    G    F    G       C   
Sing: O, Janu-, O Janu--ary, O

  
C  Csus2  C  Csus4  FM7  G  Gsus2  G  x4  End on C

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Der_Kaiser wrote on March 20 2011, 11:25 pm

Sounds great man, 5/5!

It's sort of a combination of picking and strumming, but it's actually very easy to figure out from the chords what exactly is going on. I'm usually terrible at figuring that sort of stuff out, but here it's very intuitive.

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primotiv86 wrote on March 21 2011, 02:32 am

thanks! I appreciate that. I am also quite terrible when it comes to figuring songs out and tabbing them. I usually look for tabs that someone else has done. for this one I only filled in the gaps. I am the kind of person who wants to play a song exactly how the band plays it.

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Der_Kaiser wrote on April 7 2011, 12:36 am

Also after playing it several times and listening to it several hundred (you know how it goes) I noticed something. You know those light strums you can hear in the background? You have any idea what the pattern is for them? I've been messing around with it fair amount but can't get it to sound quite right. I got the melody just fine, but it'd be nice to get the background in as well.

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