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Artist: The Decemberists
Album: The King Is Dead
Tracks:
1. Don't Carry It All          (Tuning: EADGBE)
2. Calamity Song               (Tuning: EADGBE)
3. Rise To Me                  (Tuning: EADGBE)
4. Rox In The Box              (Tuning: EADGBE CAPO 2)
5. January Hymn                (Tuning: EADGBE CAPO 2)
6. Down By The Water           (Tuning: EADGBE)
7. All Arise!                  (Tuning: EADGBE CAPO 2)
8. June Hymn                   (Tuning: EADGBE CAPO 2)
9. This Is Why We Fight        (Tuning: EADGBE CAPO 2)
10.Dear Avery                  (Tuning: DADGBE CAPO 3)


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1. Don't Carry It All
   Tuning: EADGBE
Tabbed By: RandMcNally





G                 G              G             Em     D
Here we come to a turning of the season.
G              G              G                Em     D
Witness to the arc toward the sun.
G                   G             G            Em     D
A neighbors blessed burden within reason.
G                G               G            
Becomes a burden born of all and one.

    Em      D      C
And nobody, nobody knows.
C                 C        G
Let the oath fall from our shoulders.
C                 C                Em             (D)
Don't carry it all, don't carry it all.
C              C         G
We are all our hands and holders.
Bm                              C
Beneath this bold and brilliant sun.
C
This I swear to all.

G             G               G                Em     D
Monument to build beneath the arbors.
Upon a blimp that towers toward the trees.
Let every vessel pitching hard to starboard.
Lay it's head on summer's freckled knees.

    Em      D      C
And nobody, nobody knows.
C                 C        G
Let the oath fall from our shoulders.
C                 C                Em             (D)
Don't carry it all, don't carry it all.
C              C         G
We are all our hands and holders.
Bm                              C
Beneath this bold and brilliant sun.
C               G                  Em          D
This I swear to all......and this I swear to all.

Bm                                    C
Bare a wreath of trillium and ivy.
Bm                                    Em
Laid upon the body of the boy.
Bm                                    C
Lazy will the love come from it's hiding.
Am                                    D
And return this quiet searcher to the soil.

G             G               G                Em     D
So raise a glass to turnings of the season.
And watch it as it arcs towards the sun.
And you must bare your neighbors burden within reason.
And your labors will be borne when all is done.

    Em      D      C
And nobody, nobody knows.
C                 C        G
Let the oath fall from our shoulders.
C                 C                Em             (D)
Don't carry it all, don't carry it all.
C              C         G
We are all our hands and holders.
Bm                              C
Beneath this bold and brilliant sun.
C               G                  Em          D
This I swear to all......and this I swear to all.

And this I swear to all...
And this I swear to all...
To all, to all, to all...



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2. Calamity Song
   Tuning: EADGBE
Tabbed By: CrackedCan


Verse; Repeats a bunch of times. Play along with the song to get the rhythm.

e|--------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|--------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|-2----2-2-4-2----2----2-2-----2------2----2-2-4-2----2----2-2-----2-------|
D|-0----0-0-0-0----0----0-0-2h4---2-0--0----0-0-0-0----0----0-0-2h4---2-0---|
A|--------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|--------------------------------------------------------------------------|

e|--------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|--------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|--------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|-2----2-2-4-2-----2-----2-2-----2-----2----2-2-4-2----2----2----5----4-2-0|
A|-0----0-0-0-0-----0-----0-0-2h4---2-0-0----0-0-0-0----0----0----0----0-0-0|
E|--------------------------------------------------------------------------|


Chorus; its just G and D repeating. Probably not perfect.

e|-------3---------3------------3-------------------------------------------|
B|------------0---------0------------0--(0)---------------------------------|
G|--------------0---------0------------0------------------------------------|
D|-----0--------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|---2----------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|-3------------------------------------------------------------------------|

e|-------0----2------------0----2-------------------------------------------|
B|-----3----------(3)----3----------(3)-------------------------------------|
G|---2-----------------2----------------------------------------------------|
D|-0-----------------0------------------------------------------------------|
A|--------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|--------------------------------------------------------------------------|


The very end

e|---------------------------------------------------------------------------0|
B|---------------------------------------------------------------------------3|
G|-2----2-2-4-2-----2-----2-2-----2-----2----2-2-4-2----2--------------------2|
D|-0----0-0-0-0-----0-----0-0-2h4---2-0-0----0-0-0-0----0----2----4----5-7---0|
A|----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|----------------------------------------------------------------------------|


Lyrics:
Had a dream
You and me and the war of the end times
And I believe
California succumbed to the fault line
We heaved relief
As scores of innocents died

And the Andalusian tribes
Setting the lay of Nebraska alight
'Til all that remains is the arms of the angel

Petty greed
Queen of supply-side bonhomie bone-drab
You know what I mean
On the road
It's well advised that you follow your own bag
In the year of the chewable Ambien tab

And the Panamanian child
Stands at the Dowager Empress's side
And all that remains is the arms of the angel
And all that remains is the arms of the angels

And you've receded into loam
And they're picking at your bones
Will call cold
We'll come home

Quiet now
Will we gather to conjure the rain down?
Will we now
Build a civilization below ground?
And I'll be crowned the community kick-it-around

And the Andalusian tribes
Setting the lay of Nebraska alight
'Til all that remains is the arms of the angels
'Til all that remains is the arms of the angels 



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3. Rise To Me
   Tuning: EADGBE
Tabbed By: {LLC}Jaroom


Am:002210
Bm:224432
C: 032010
D: 000232
Em:022000
G: 320003

INTRO Lick to G chord 2X:
e----------------------------------3
B--3---10-10-10---7-7-7---5-5-5----3
G--2---9--11-9----7-9-7---5-7-5-0--0    
D--0---0--0--0----0-0-0---0-0-0----0
A----------------------------------2
E----------------------------------3

C            Am           Bm                 C
Big mountain, wide river, there's an ancient port
C                 Bm                  D                  C
These tree trunks, these stream beds, leave our bellies full

           G    D          C            G
They sing out, "I am gonna stand my ground"
    D               C             G
You rise to me and I'll blow you down
Em         C        D         D                  C          G
I am gonna stand my ground, you rise to me and I'll blow you down

[Interlude same as intro]

Hey Henry, can you hear me? Let me see those eyes [use verse chords]
This distance between us can seem a mountain size

But boy, you are gonna stand your ground [use chorus chords]
They rise to you, you blow them down
Let me see you stand your ground, they rise to you, you blow them down

[Instrumental: intro once, C, Am, Bm, C, C, Bm, D, C, G, intro once]

My darling, my sweetheart, I am in your sway [use verse chords]
Two cold climbs, come springtime, so let me hear you say

My love, I am gonna stand my ground [use chorus chords]
They rise to me, and I'll blow them down
I am gonna stand my ground, they rise me and I'll blow them down
D                 C        G           D                 C           G 
Cause I am gonna stand my ground, you rise me, and I'll blow you down 

[G,D, intro once]



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4. Rox In The box
   Tuning: EADGBE CAPO 2
Tabbed By: DonTago


Intro: [Am - C - Em - Am] x2


Verse 1:
           Am                        C                        G
We get the rocks in the box, get the water right down to your socks
     Em                                 Am
This bulkheads built of fallen brethren bones
       Am                   C               G
We all do what we can, we endure our fellow man
       Em                                           Am
And we sing our songs to the headframes, creeps and bones


Chorus 1:
         F                       C
And it's one, two, three, of the wrong side of the lee
        G                  Am
What we meant for, what we meant for
        F                                C
And its seven, eight, nine, you get your shuffle back in line
    G                                            Am
And if you ever make it to ten you won't make it again
    G                                            Am
And if you ever make it to ten you won't make it again


Interlude: [Am - C - Em - Am] x2


Verse 2: [use verse 1 chords]
And you won't make it time on this gray ground of mountain mine
Of dirt your made and of dirt you will return
So while were living here, let's get this other one thing clear
There's plenty of men to die, you don't jump your turn


Chorus 2: [use chorus 1 chords]
And it's one, two, three, of the wrong side of the lee
What we meant for, what we meant for
And its seven, eight, nine, you get your shuffle back in line
And if you ever make it to ten you won't make it again
And if you ever make it to ten you won't make it again


Interlude: [Am - C - Em - Am] x2, then
           [Am - G - Em - C] x2


Chorus 3: [use chorus 1 chords]
And it's one, two, three, of the wrong side of the lee
What we meant for, whatever your meant for
And its seven, eight, nine, you get your shuffle back in line
And if you ever make it to ten you won't make it again
And if you ever make it to ten you won't make it again
And if you ever make it to ten you won't make it again



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5. January Hymn
   Tuning: EADGBE CAPO 2
Tabbed By: Primotiv86 


 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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6. Down By The Water
   Tuning: EADGBE
Tabbed By: Chris_Parker



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)



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7. All Arise!
   Tuning: EADGBE CAPO 2
Tabbed By: DonTago


Intro: G


Verse 1:
G
Baby wants a new spin, baby wants a broken heart
G
I hear you found a lynch pin to keep it all falling apart
                 C                   G
But you keep on rolling, you keep on rolling
G
Better find a way, better kick it from your big brown eyes
G
If it tightens up when you fall at the fifteenth try
               C                     G                     C                     G              
Like a ship at ocean, like a ship at ocean, like a ship at ocean, like a ship at sea


Chorus 1:
D                                               C                G
You spit thick and you cross your heart but the culverts all run dry
     C                G       D                       G
From keeping shotguns shy all around me, just be mine tonight


Verse 2: [use verse 1 chords]
So the dollar-shop shoppers broke a lock and they knocked you down
Better call the coppers if you need someone to push you around
You keep on stealing, you keep on stealing, you keep on stealing
There's nothing left to steal


Chorus 2: [use chorus 1 chords]
You spit thick and you cross your heart but the culverts all run dry
From keeping shotguns shy all around me, just be mine tonight
Just be mine tonight, just be mine tonight



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8. June Hymn
   Tuning: EADGBE CAPO 2
Tabbed By: DonTago & Bensulley


Intro: G


Verse 1:
G                  D*             Em   G           D*             Em
Here's the hymn to welcome in the day, heralding a summer's early sway
                             C    C/B      Am    C/B
And all the bulbs all coming in   to begin
    C                 C/B             Am                G/Am     D*
The thrushes bleating battle with the wrens disrupts my reverie again


Verse 2: [Use verse 1 chords]
Pegging clothing on the line
Training jasmine how to vine up the arbor to your door, and more
You're standing on the landing with the war you shouldered all the night before


Chorus 1: 
C                  D*                    G               C 
And once upon it,  the yellow bonnets,  garland all the lawn
Am                    D*                     G              C
And you were waking   and day was breaking,  a panoply of song
D                   C/G         G
And summer comes to Springville Hill


Verse 3: [use verse 1 chords]
A barony of ivy in the trees, expanding out its empire by degrees
And all the branches burst to bloom, in the boom
Heaven sent this cardinal maroon to decorate our living room


Chorus 2: [use chorus 1 chords]
Once upon it, yellow bonnets, garland all along
You were waking, day was breaking, a panoply of song
And summer comes to Springville Hill


Bridge:
C               D*                Em          C
And years from now when this old light isn't ambling anymore
Am      D/F#            G      D*        Em 
Will I bring myself to writ-E-ite-E-ite-ite-E-ite
C                 D*           G
I give my best to Springville Hill


Interlude: [G - Em - G - Em], then
           [C - C/B - Am - G/Am], then
           [C - C/B - Am - G/Am - D/F#]


Chorus 3: [use chorus 1 chords]
Once upon it, yellow bonnets, garland all along
You were waking, day was breaking, a panoply of song
And summer comes to Springville Hill



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9. This Is Why We Fight
   Tuning: EADGBE CAPO 2
Tabbed By: AgusBegue


Chords Used:
G:  320033
C:  x32010
D:  xx0232
Em:  022000
Em7:022033
Em7/F#:2x2033



Intro: [Em7 - Em7/F# - G] x4


Verse 1:
Em              C     Em            C
        Come the war,       come the avarice
Em              C          Em            C
        Come the war, come how?
Em              C     Em            C
        Come attrition,        come the reek of bones
Em              C          Em            C
        Come attrition, come how?


Chorus 1:
G             D          Em         C
  This is why,  why we fight, why we lie awake
G             D             C
  This is why,  this is why we fight
G             D          Em         C
  And when we die,   we will die,   with our arms unbound
G             D             C             Em7 Em7/F# G   Em7 Em7/F# G    
  This is why,   this is why we fight,    come how?


Verse 2: [use verse 1 chords]
Right of quiet, writer on quiet vein
Right of quiet, right of how
Come the arches, come the infant cheek
Come the arches of how


Chorus 2: [use chorus 1 chords]
This is why, why we fight, why we lie awake  
This is why, this is why we fight
And when we die, we will die, with our arms unbound  
This is why, this is why we fight, come how, come how?


Interlude: [Em7 - Em7/F# - G] x4


Chorus 3: [use chorus 1 chords]
This is why, why we fight, why we lie awake  
This is why, this is why we fight
And when we die, we will die, with our arms unbound  
This is why, this is why we fight


Chorus 4: [use chorus 1 chords]
So come to me, come to me now
Lay your arms around me
This is why, this is why we fight 
Come how, come how, come how, come how?



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10.Dear Avery
   Tuning: DADGBE CAPO 3
Tabbed By: Phalex


Chords:
Dsus2:  000230
Gm:     000333 or (sometimes 000330)
D:      000232
A:      002220
G:      55500-
Em:     222000
Bm:     -24430


Intro:
Dsus2   Gm
Dsus2   Gm


Verse:

     Dsus2                     Gm
Dear Avery, I think of you only

         Dsus2                             Gm
Were you waving? Were you dead on the vine?

     Dsus2                     Gm
Oh Avery, I think of you lonely

                Dsus2                             Gm
But I could just grab you by the nape of your neck


Chorus:

        A               G                       D
There are times life will rattle your bones and will bend your limbs

             A                G                D
You're still far and away the boy you've ever been

       A             G             D
So you bend back and shake at the frame Of the frame you made

    Bm               A           G
But don't you shake alone

       Em        A
Please Avery-y-y-y, come home


Dsus2   Gm
Dsus2   Gm


Verse (Dsus2 Gm):
Headstrong, you and your long arms
Listing lazily on the cusp of your teens
But you were my Avery and when you needed saving
I could just grab you by the nape of your neck


Chorus:
There are times life will rattle your bones
And will bend your limbs
You're still far and away the boy you've ever been
So you bend back and shake at the frame
Of the frame you made
But don't you shake alone
Please Avery, come home

Bm         A      G
(Don't you shake alone!)

       Em        A
Please Avery-y-y-y, come home

Dsus2 Gm (repeat to end)


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END!!!!!
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guitar gorilla wrote on August 17 2013, 02:00 pm

Small lyrical correction on This is Why We Fight, 2nd verse. It's not... come the "arches" Come the "infant cheek" Come the "Arches of how".

It is..Come the "archers" come the "infantry" come the "archers of hell"

Make's more sense don't it? plus it's way more badass.

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