Oops, an error
Loading. Please wait.

On The Bus Mall Chords

62,930 views 128 this week
3 commentsread comments
1 2 3 4 5
excellent!
x 20
add to favorites launch autoscroll
font size
0
reset
transpose
0
reset
highlight chords
display chords
Autoscroll
+/-
esc
set tempo
stop
Contributor
Difficulty
intermediate
WARNING: You are trying to view
                                    content from Ultimate-Guitar.com
                                    in an unauthorized application,
                                    which is prohibited.

                                    Please use an official Ultimate
                                    Guitar Tabs application for iPhone,
                                    iPad or Android to access legitimate
                                    chords, guitar, bass, and drum tabs
                                    from Ultimate-Guitar.com database.

                                    Type "ultimate guitar tabs" in Apple
                                    App Store's or Android Market's
                                    search to find the application.
Song: On the Bus Mall
Artist: The Decemberists
Album: Picaresque
Tabbed by: Aaron Wolfe
Email: truegoogle@yahoo.com

Tuning: Standard

Guitar 1: Acoustic 12-String
Guitar 2: Electric with some kind of sustain pedal

Intro:

Guitar 1

Cmaj7  G (x2) then guitar 2 comes in

Guitar 2:
Cmaj7                                       G
e|-12h14p12-12---10h12p10-10---7h9p7-7-----12p10p9-10-7-----|
B|-------------------------------------8--------------------|
G|----------------------------------------------------------|x2
D|----------------------------------------------------------|
A|----------------------------------------------------------|
E|----------------------------------------------------------|


*Note: at the point where the chord is Cmaj7-C, strum the Cmaj7
chord once then hammer on the 1 on the B string immediately.
Basically, you'll be strumming the C chord, then lift of the B
string C for one strum, then hold it again. If you listen to
the song, you can kind of tell. 


  Cmaj7
In matching blue raincoats, our shoes were our showboats
   G
we kicked around
     Cmaj7
From stairway to station, we made a sensation
         G
with the gadabout crowd
    Cmaj7
And oh what a bargain, we're two easy targets
        G
For the old men at the off-tracks
       Cmaj7
Who've paid in palaver and crumpled old dollars
         G
Which we squirreled away 
       Em                    Am        Asus2  Am
In our rat-trap hotel by the freeway
       C                 Cmaj7-C    G
And we slept in Sundays

     Cmaj7
Your parents were anxious, your cool was contagious
       G
At the old school
    Cmaj7
You left without leaving a note for your grieving
      G
Sweet mother while your brother was so cruel
    Cmaj7
And here in the alleys your spirits were rallied
       G
As you learned quick to make a fast buck
   Cmaj7
In bathrooms and ballrooms, on dumpsters and heirlooms
   G
We bit our tongues
           Em                               Am
Sucked our lips into our lungs 'til we were falling
             C
Such was our calling


    Em          D         Am                  C
And here in our hollow we fused like a family
    Em         D         C
But I will not mourn for you
   Em           D          Am                     C
So take up your makeup and pocket your pills away
      Am                   Cm
We're kings among runaways
       G
On the bus mall
      Cm          G
We're down on the bus mall

Intro x2

Cmaj7
Among all the urchins and old chinese merchants
       G
Of the old town
   Cmaj7
We reigned at the pool hall with one iron cue ball
       G
And we never let the bastards get us down
       Cmaj7
And we laughed off the quick tricks, the old men with limp dicks
       G
On the colonnades of the waterfront park
   Cmaj7
As four in the morning came on cold and boring
   G
We huddled close
       Em                 Am           Asus2   Am
In the bus stop enclosure enfolding
                  C        Cmaj7-C
Our hands tightly holding

    Em          D         Am                  C
But here in our hollow we fused like a family
    Em         D         C
But I will not mourn for you
   Em           D          Am                     C
So take up your makeup and pocket your pills away
      Am                   Cm
We're kings among runaways
       G
On the bus mall
      Cm          G
We're down on the bus mall
      Cm          G
We're down on the bus mall (At this point, Guitar 2 comes in with Intro riff)
Cm          G
Down on the bus mall
D Cmaj7 G Cmaj7 G
Ohhhh

Chords Used: 
         [EADGBe]
Cmaj7    [x32000]
G        [320033]
C        [x32010]
Em       [022000]
Am       [x02210]
Asus2    [x02200]
D        [xx0232]
Cm       [x35543]  or   [x3x043]

h=hammer on
p=pull off

http://www.decemberists.com







3 comments total.
+1 reply
wolfey89 wrote on November 8 2005, 12:41 pm

Actually, without bothering to fix the actual tab, the intro riff MIGHT be a 7h8p7 instead of 7h9p7, and a 12p10p8 instead of 12p10p9 (aka a C instead of a C#)

0 reply
plus_seven7 wrote on December 11 2008, 12:11 am

The chords sound great, but I think the riff is:

e|-14h15p14-12---10h12p10-8----7h8p7-7-----12p10p8-10-7-----|
B|-------------------------------------8--------------------|
G|----------------------------------------------------------|x2
D|----------------------------------------------------------|
A|----------------------------------------------------------|
E|----------------------------------------------------------|

0 reply
jonathanxz wrote on January 20 2013, 03:16 pm

Great tab, great song. I've been looking for this song, and this tab suits my needs. Works fine alone on my acoustic.

I want to post or [tab]
guest
You may want to rate the tab now too:
select rating
Please do not post tabs as comments. Select "correction" instead!