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Baby Britain Chords

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Baby Britain - From the Album "XO"
By Elliott Smith

This song is actually played on Piano but it transfers to Guitar fine.

Chords used:

Em7:  022030
Am7:  x02010
G:    320033
C:    x32010
G/B:  x20003
Am:   x02210
A/C#: x4222x
D:    xx0232
B/D#: x6444x

Em7                     Am7
baby britain feels the best
G              C
floating over a sea of vodka
Em7                Am7
separated from the rest
G                   C
fights problems with bigger problems
Em7                     Am7
sees the ocean fall and rise
G                         C
counts the waves that somehow didn't hit her
Em7                    Am7
water pouring from her eyes
G            C
alcoholic and very bitter

Chorus:

    Em Em/G Em/A Em/B  C
for someone half as   smart
      Em Em/G  Em/A  Em/B  C
you'd be   a   work  of    art
    Em  Em/G Em/A Em/B C G/B  
you put your-self  a-  part
Am                    C
and i can't help until you start

Verse 2:

Em7                        Am7
we knocked another couple back
G                       C
the dead soliders lined up on the table
Em7                     Am7
still prepared for an attack
G                           C
they didn't know they'd been disabled
Em7                    Am7
felt a wave a rush of blood
G                     C
you won't be happy til the bottle's broken
Em7                            Am7
and you're out swimming in the flood
G                 C
you kept back kept unspoken

Repeat chorus

Bridge:

C                      A/C#
you got a look in your eye
                       D
when you're saying goodbye
                   B/D#
like you wanna say hi

Instrumental:

Em Em/G Em/A  Em/B  C (3X)
G/B Am  C

Verse 3:

Em7                         Am7
the light was on but it was dim
G              C
revolver's been turned over
Em7                      Am7
and now it's ready once again
G                     C
the radio was playing crimson and clover
Em7                       Am7
london bridge is safe and sound
G                      C
no matter what you keep repeating
Em7                     Am7
nothing's gonna drag me down
G                 C
to a death that's not worth cheating


Repeat chorus 2X


For the chorus part, all you are doing is playing Em7 with an ascending
bass line that looks like this when tabbed out:

All E minors listed here are actually Em7 chords

 Em Em/G Em/A Em/B   C
--0---0----0----0----0---------
--0---0----0----0----1---------
--0---0----0----0----0---------
--2---2----2----2----2---------
--2---2----0----2----3---------
--0---3------------------------
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mistercharlie wrote on September 24 2012, 08:35 pm

Looks great! But the walk-up is slightly off, it's E F# G B C, not E G A B C.

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tutani wrote on October 28 2012, 01:39 pm

mistercharlie is right.
Also, I think one should try to mimic the way Elliott plays it at the beginning of the short film "Lucky Three": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=461EilD9Tz8 His guitar seems to be tuned down a bit in that, maybe by a half-step.

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BrobeCagre wrote on December 2 2013, 02:13 am

Yeah, I always try to emulate the "Lucky Three" early version when I play it. And he tuned down a whole step for that, in case you're interested to know.

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