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Everybody Cares Everybody Understands Tab

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Artist: Elliott Smith
Song: Everybody Cares, Everybody Understands
Album: XO (1998)
Tabbed by Kevin Tracy
Standard Tuning

This is one of my favorite Elliott Smith songs, but there were no tabs for it on
UG so I figured it out myself. This is my first ever tab submission so go easy on me.

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Chords Used: Of course there's multiple ways to play these chords but these sound the best to me.

       Em       Em6       C/E        G       D/F#        F      C/E        B7
e |----0----|----0----|----0----|----3----|---------|----1----|----0----|----2----||
B |----0----|----2----|----1----|----3----|----3----|----1----|----1----|----4----||
G |----0----|----0----|----0----|----0----|----2----|----2----|----2----|----2----||
D |----2----|----2----|----2----|----0----|----0----|----3----|----0----|----4----||
A |----2----|----4----|----3----|----2----|----0----|----3----|----3----|----2----||
E |----0----|----0----|----0----|----3----|----2----|----1----|----0----|---------||

      B7/A       B7/G     B7/F#    B7sus4       D7         Cm
e |----2----|----2----|----2----|----x----|----5----|----3----|
B |----4----|----4----|----4----|----5----|----7----|----4----|
G |----2----|----2----|----2----|----2----|----5----|----5----|
D |----4----|----4----|----4----|----4----|----7----|----5----|
A |----0----|----x----|----x----|----2----|----5----|----3----|
E |---------|----3----|----2----|---------|---------|---------|


--------------------

INTRO: Em


VERSE:

Em                Em6   C/E         G      D/F#
Everybody cares, everybody understands
       F   C    B7-B7sus4-B7
Yes everybody cares about you
             F         C       B7-B7sus4-B7
Yeah, and whether or not you want them to
       Em          Em6         C/E            G         D/F#
It's a chemical embrace that kicks you in the head
        F         C       B7-B7sus4-B7
To a pure synthetic sympathy
         F      C         B7-B7sus4-B7
 that infuriates you totally
          F    C     B7           B7/A       B7/G     B7/F#
And a quiet lie that makes you want to scream and shout

CHORUS:

     G                   F         C            Em      [Riff A]
So here I lay dreaming, looking at the brilliant sun
     G              F     C                 Em      [Riff B]
Raining its guiding light upon everyone
        Em                 Em6     C/E                  G     D/F#
For a moment's rest you can lean against the banister
         F            C        B7-B7sus4-B7
After running upstairs again and again
                F           C            B7-B7sus4-B7
From wherever they came to fix you in, but


Riff A:

|--------------------------------------------------|
|--------------------------------------------------|
|---------------------------------------------0----|
|--2---------------------------------2h4-2-2-------|
|--2------------------0--2---2-3-2-----------------|
|--0---0---2-2---3-3-------------------------------|

Riff B:

|---------------------------------------------------------|
|---------------------------------------------------------|
|--------------7--------------------------------------0---|
|---------7h9-----9--7-----7------------------------------|
|------10--------------10-------------------7h9-7-7-------|
|--------------------------------7-7h8--7-----------------|

VERSE:

Em                 Em6   C/E          G      D/F#
Always fair city's finest follow right behind
                F      C     B7-B7sus4-B7
You've got a pretty vision in your head
    F        C         B7-B7sus4-B7
A pencil full of poison lead
         F          C     B7        B7/A    B7/G    B7/F#
And a sickened smile illegal in every town

CHORUS:

     G                   F     C               Em   [Riff A]
So here I lay dreaming, looking at the brilliant sun
 G                  F      C           Em      [Riff B]
Raining its guiding light upon everyone
    G                  F     C                Em    [Riff A]
Here I lay dreaming, looking at the brilliant sun
    G               F     C                    Em   [Riff B]
Raining its guiding light upon everyone


BRIDGE:

C                                            G
You say you mean well, you don't know what you mean
Cm                              D7                                              Em
Fucking oughta stay the hell away from things you know nothing about




CODA:
My favorite part of the song. I'll tab out the main guitar part but there's a few
layers of guitar/keyboard so just jam out and mess around with a wah pedal or whatever if you can

First chords are the same as verse:

Em     Em6     C/E      G      D/F#

sweet guitar part at ~2:43
|-------------------|-------------------------|
|-------------------|------------4------------|
|-----0h2-0---------|------4-----------4------|
|--3----------------|----4----4-----4-----4---|
|--3------------3---|-2-----------------------|
|--1----------------|-------------------------| x 2

Then 3:08:

|-------------------|---------------------------|
|-------------------|---------------------------|
|-----0h2-0---------|------4---------4----------|
|--3----------------|----4--------4-------------|
|--3------------3---|-2--------0----------------|
|--1----------------|---------------------------|

|-------------------------|
|-------------------------|
|---------4-----------4---|
|------4----------4-------|
|-------------------------|
|--3----------2-----------|

|------------------------|------------------2--------------|
|---------------------3--|------------------0--------------|
|------------------2-----|------------------2--------------|
|--------2------0--------|---2--------------1---2---4---5--|
|-----2------------------|---3---0---1---2-----------------|
|--0---------------------|---------------------------------|


Then the rhythm guitar goes a little something like this (3:17):


     B7           G         Em            D           C          B7

|---2-------------------|---0---0-0------------------------------|
|---0-------------------|---0---0-0-----3-3-3--------------------|
|---2-------------------|---0---0-0-----2-2-2--------------2-----|
|---1----2--4------5----|---2---2-2-----0-0-0-----2--------1-----|
|---2-------------------|---2---2-2---------------3--0--1--2-----|
|-----------------------|---0------------------------------------|


And the last chord progression (3:40) is:

B7     B7/A     B7/G     B7/F#     Em     D     C     B7


And thats about it...enjoy
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lol_im_franco wrote on June 6 2012, 04:48 pm

wow thanks, this a really good tab!

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JunkBondTrader wrote on August 18 2012, 08:16 am

This is a very good tab :) Good job.

I'm not saying the E6 is wrong, it sounds great, but if anyone is looking for a simpler alternative, a plain D chord actually fits pretty nicely as well...

This songs so fun to play, especially the chorus :)

excellent tab

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