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Elliott Smith - A Question Mark

Chords used (in order of appearance):
D:     xx0232
D/Db:  x40232 (mostly you're just walking down using the Db note)
D/A:   x00232 (mostly you're just walking down using the A note)
C/G:   332010
C:     x32010
E:     022100
C6:    8x7980
B7:    x21202
B7/Gb: 2x1202
Cmaj7: 8'10'10'900
Badd11:799800
Gmaj7: 3x0002
Am:    x02210
Am*:   577555
B:     799877

Intro (note: play this for the first line of both verses):
 D              /Db /A   C/G
|---------------------------------|
|---------------------------------|
|---------------------------------|
|---------------------------------|
|---------------------------------|
|10--10--10--10--9---5---3b-------|<--listen to the recording for the 
rhythm...this is just which notes to play on which beat

riff 1:
 E
|0---------s4--2--0--------s4--2--|
|0----------0--0--0---------0--0--|
|1---------s4--2--1--------s4--2--|
|2----------------2---------------|
|2----------------2---------------|
|0----------------0---------------|

riff 2:
 E
|0----------0--0--0---------0--0--|
|0----------3--0--0---------3--0--|
|1----------4--2--1---------4--2--|
|2----------0--0--2---------0--0--|
|2----------5--4--2---------5--4--|
|0----------------0---------------|

Verse:
D           /Db /A    C/G    E    riff 1
 I've got a question, Mark.
D                         /Db  /A    C          E    riff 1
 You got a need to always take some shot in he dark.
C6                        B7      /Gb         E    riff 2
 I don't have to make pretend the picture i'm in is totally clear.
               C6                B7       /Gb         E
You think that all things have a way they ought to appear.

Chorus:
           Cmaj7     Badd11    Cmaj7      E
'Cause you know, you know, you know, you know,
    Cmaj7     Badd11    Cmaj7      E
you know, you know, you know, you know,
    Cmaj7   Badd11   Cmaj7
you know, I don't, I dream.
Cmaj7     Badd11    Cmaj7      E
Don't know what you mean.

Verse:
D                         /Db  /A  C/G    E    riff 1
 Panic called you out and took you in.
D                   /Db  /A   C           E    riff 1
 Giving you an easy game and letting you win.
C6                            B7    /Gb         E               riff 2
 You're giving back a little hatred now to the world, 'cause it treated you bad.
                      C6               B7        /Gb         E
 'Cause you couldn't keep the great unknown from making you mad.

Chorus:
           Cmaj7     Badd11    Cmaj7      E
'Cause you know, you know, you know, you know,
    Cmaj7     Badd11    Cmaj7      E
you know, you know, you know, you know,
    Cmaj7   Badd11   Cmaj7
you know, I don't, I dream.
Cmaj7     Badd11    Cmaj7      E
Don't know what you mean.

Bridge:
Gmaj7         Am    C        E walkup    Am            D
   said your final word but honesty and love could've kept us together
Gmaj7  Am          C        E walkup      Am
   one day you'll see it's worth it after all
          Am*                     B                      Cmaj7...
  if you ever want to say you're sorry you can give me a call

Instrumental Outro (chorus chord progression):

           Cmaj7     Badd11    Cmaj7      E
           Cmaj7     Badd11    Cmaj7      E
           Cmaj7     Badd11    Cmaj7
           Cmaj7     Badd11    Cmaj7      E


transcribed by: robertdanielmaher(at)gmail(dot)com
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xalemander wrote on March 11 2014, 03:44 pm, edited at 03:45 pm

great tab .. pretty good work!!some weeks ago i thought about to make a propper tab of this song.- but you did a great job on it!!one questions:what do you mean with the "E walkup"?? - would like to get some more details!------i play the chorus usually like this:

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xalemander wrote on March 11 2014, 03:49 pm

i play the chorus usually like this:


-0-------0------0-------0-------
---0-------0------0-------0-----
----------------------------1---
-----2-------1------2-------2---
-----3-------2------3-------2---
-----3-------2------3-----------


thanks, man!
check out my elliott smith tabs .. i tabbed some unreleased and rare songs!! hope you'll like it!

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Carazycool wrote on March 11 2014, 05:42 pm

Thanks xalemander!

The way you wrote out the chorus works, for sure. It depends on however you are most comfortable and how you want to voice the chords. You have the 5th as the bass note of the C and B chords (and they're an octave lower from where I play it). Also gotta make sure to mute the 3rd string on that Badd11 if you voice it your way. Totally a matter of preference. I like playing around with sliding into the Cmaj7 from the Badd11.

I've just been strumming the full chords on that part, but Elliott does something more like what you wrote out with the individual E and B notes before the chords.

Thanks for your addition! I will check out your elliott tabs.

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