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Shiny Chords

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Artist: The Decemberists
Song: Shiny
Album: 5 Songs [EP]
Tuning: Standard EADGBe
Notes: Capo on 2nd Fret

This is a fairly easy song to play,
but uses some rather uncommon chords,
complete with long and weird names.
My advise would be to not be thrown
by the odd chords, but just to learn
the shapes of them, where they fit
into the song and keep at it :)
Here are all the chords used in the
song:



  Cadd9     Cmaj7       B5       Em        D/F
e|--0--|  e|--0--|  e|-----|  e|--0--|  e|--2--|    
B|--3--|  B|--0--|  B|--0--|  B|--0--|  B|--3--|
G|--0--|  G|--0--|  G|--4--|  G|--0--|  G|--2--|
D|--2--|  D|--2--|  D|--4--|  D|--2--|  D|--0--|
A|--3--|  A|--3--|  A|--2--|  A|--2--|  A|--0--|
E|-----|  E|-----|  E|-----|  E|--0--|  E|--2--|<-- fret this with your thumb


    G        Am        B7       Em9/D       D         C
e|--3--|  e|--0--|  e|--2--|  e|--0--|  e|--2--|  e|--0--|
B|--0--|  B|--1--|  B|--0--|  B|--3--|  B|--3--|  B|--1--|
G|--0--|  G|--2--|  G|--2--|  G|--0--|  G|--2--|  G|--0--|
D|--0--|  D|--2--|  D|--1--|  D|--4--|  D|--0--|  D|--2--|
A|--2--|  A|--0--|  A|--2--|  A|--5--|  A|-----|  A|--3--|
E|--3--|  E|-----|  E|-----|  E|-----|  E|-----|  E|-----|

~

Introduction: 

Cadd9   Cmaj7   Cadd9   Cmaj7   B5  Em  B5  Em

Verse 1:

Cadd9  Cmaj7        Cadd9  Cmaj7          B5    Em  B5  Em
by the bumper cars, in the pretty twining light, 

Cadd9        Cmaj7        
  i may have gone too far, 

Cadd9        Cmaj7              B5  
  i may have gone too much, too long. 

  Em  G                 Cadd9   Cmaj7   Cadd9   Cmaj7   B5  Em  B5  Em
i'm a dull and witless boy. 

Cadd9   Cmaj7       Cadd9       Cmaj7         B5  Em  B5  Em
 in the after bars, think i was sullied by a dream.

Cadd9   Cmaj7
 in the killing jar, 
 
Cadd9    Cmaj7         B5
 you and me at war at arms 

 Em G            Cadd9   Cmaj7   Cadd9   Cmaj7   B5  Em  B5  Em
all falling in embrace. 

Em   D/F   G   Am  B7
tell me    why you lied 

    Em             D               Cadd9   Cmaj7  Cadd9  Cmaj7 
and what it is you do to keep your eyes,

     Em9/D   Cadd9  Cmaj7  Cadd9  Cmaj7  B5  Em  B5  Em
 all shiny 

Cadd9    Cmaj7
 a tawny gypsy girl 

Cadd9     Cmaj7         B5  Em  B5  Em
 sleeping blanketed by stars 

Cadd9       Cmaj7
 'neath the tilt-a-whirl 

Cadd9          Cmaj7         Bm          
 where we were coyly caught alone 

 Em  G                  Cadd9  Cmaj7  Cadd9  Cmaj7  B5  Em
all  fumbling with your blouse 

Em   D/F  G   Am  B7
tell me   why you lied 

    Em             D               Cadd9  Cmaj7  Cadd9  Cmaj7 
and what it is you do to keep your eyes, 

    Em9/D
all shiny 

D                         C
 and in the rollercoaster din 

D                     C                Em
 by the parachutes in saddle shoes you break your shin 

D                          C       B5   Em  B5  Em
 but i have never seen two eyes so shiny

Cadd9  Cmaj7  Cadd9  Cmaj7  B5  Em  B5  Em

Cadd9  Cmaj7  Cadd9  Cmaj7  B5  Em  B5  Em

D                     C 
 and the sullen beery swine 

D                     C            Em
 try to tangle you in sullen beery balls of twine

D                       C        B5  Em  B5  Em
 have they ever seen two eyes so shiny? 

Cadd 9       Cmaj7      
 the boys in denim vests 

Cadd9    Cmaj7       B5   Em  B5  Em
 smoking cigarettes between 

Cadd9            Cmaj7
 their bootblack fingertips 

Cadd9    Cmaj7         B5     Em
 sweetly tipsy by the half-light 

    G                Cadd9  Cmaj7  Cadd9  Cmaj7  B5  Em
the light and the half-light 


Em   D/F# G   Am  B7
tell me   why you lied 

    Em             D               Cadd9  Cmaj7  Cadd9  Cmaj7
and what it is you do to keep your eyes, 

    Em9/D
all shiny, all shiny


The rest of the song is the norman verse chord 
sequence "Cadd9  Cmaj7  Cadd9  Cmaj7  B5  Em  B5  Em" 
Over Colin singing "All shiny" repeatedly.
The song then finishes with:

Em  D/F  G  Am  B7

Thanks for reading and enjoy playing :)
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oneshotnothing wrote on May 23 2007, 04:34 pm

the Am to G in the chorus should be Em to D:

Em D/F# G Am B Em D C
tell me why you lied and what it is you do to keep your eyes

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Hankjwimbleton wrote on July 14 2007, 06:37 pm

Em7/C is Cadd9, and Em/C is Cmaj7.

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Hankjwimbleton wrote on July 14 2007, 06:38 pm

That's the same fingerings, just the correct chord names.

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