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Fond Farewell Chords

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Elliot Smith - Fond Farewell
tabbed by: grptertius@yahoo.com
Standard Tuning (but probably meant to be 1/2 step down)

GUITAR 1:
Chords used:
    Ab m    B      F#    Eb m   Bb m    Bm
e----4------2------2------6------6------2----|
B----4------4------2------7------6------3----|
G----4------4------3------8------6------4----|
D----6------4------4------8------8------4----|
A----6------2------4------6------8------2----|
E----4------2------2------6------6------2----|

Intro: 
Ab m    B     F#      Eb m   (x3)

Ab m    B

Verse 1:
F#                    B           F#
The litebrite's now black and white
           Ab m                      Eb m
Cause you took apart a picture that wasn't right
Bb m                 B
Pitch burning on a shining sheet
Ab m                       B
The only maker that you'd want to meet
Eb m                B        F#
The dying man in a living room
        Ab m            Eb m
Whose shadow paces the floor
Bb m                   B
He'll take you out any open door

Chorus:
Ab m            B
This is not my life
             F#
It's just a fond farewell to a friend
Ab m               B
It's not what I'm like
             F#                  Eb m
It's just a fond farewell to a friend
Ab m                     B
Who couldn't get things right
   F#                  Eb m
A fond farewell to a friend

Ab m     B

Verse 2:
F#                     B        F#
He said really I just wanna dance
         Ab m                        Eb m
Good and evil matched perfect it's a great romance
Bb m                   B
I can deal with some psychic pain
Ab m                   B
If it'll slow down my higher brain
Eb m                B        F#
Veins full of disappearing ink
Ab m             Eb m
Vomiting in the kitchen sink
Bb m                    B
Disconnecting from the missing link

Chorus:
Ab m            B
This is not my life
             F#
It's just a fond farewell to a friend
Ab m               B
It's not what I'm like
             F#                  Eb m
It's just a fond farewell to a friend
Ab m                     B
Who couldn't get things right
   F#                  Eb m
A fond farewell to a friend

Ab m     B

Verse 3:
F#            B        F#
I see you're leaving me
Ab m                   Eb m
And taking up with the enemy
Bb m                     B
The cold comfort of the in between
Ab m                  B
A little less than a human being
Eb m                  B        F#
A little less than a happy high
Ab m                 Eb m
A little less than a suicide
Bb m                      B
The only things that you really tried

Chorus:
Ab m            B
This is not my life
             F#
It's just a fond farewell to a friend
Ab m               B
It's not what I'm like
             F#                  Eb m
It's just a fond farewell to a friend
Ab m                     B
Who couldn't get things right
   F#                  Eb m
A fond farewell to a friend
Ab m            B
This is not my life
             F#                 Eb m
It's just a fond farewell to a friend

Outro:
Ab m    B    Bm    F#    Eb m   (x3)

Ab m    B    Bm    Bm

GUITAR 2:
Intro:
e--------------6---------------6----------------|
B--------9-7-9----7--------7-9----7--7-7--9b----|
G------8--------------8-------------------------|
D----6-------------------9----------------------|
A-----------------------------------------------|
E-----------------------------------------------|

e--------------6---------------6------------6b--|
B--------9-7-9----7--------7-9----7--7-7--9-----|
G------8--------------8-------------------------|
D----6-------------------9----------------------|
A-----------------------------------------------|
E-----------------------------------------------|

e--------------6---------------6--9--9-9--11----|
B--------9-7-9----7--------7-9------------------|
G------8--------------8-------------------------|
D----6-------------------9----------------------|
A-----------------------------------------------|
E-----------------------------------------------|

e--------------6--11--9--6----------------------|
B--------9-7-9--------------9-7-----------------|
G------8----------------------------------------|
D----6------------------------------------------|
A-----------------------------------------------|
E-----------------------------------------------|
(the final line is also played between the chorus and verses 2 and 3)

Outro:
e--------------6---------------6-----------------------------|
B--------9-7-9----7--------7-9----7--7-7--9b----9p7----------|
G------8--------------8-----------------------------8--------|
D----6-------------------9----------------------------7-6----|
A------------------------------------------------------------|
E------------------------------------------------------------|

e--------------6---------------6------------6b------------|
B--------9-7-9----7--------7-9----7--7-7--9-----11p9-7----|
G------8--------------8-----------------------------------|
D----6-------------------9--------------------------------|
A---------------------------------------------------------|
E---------------------------------------------------------|

e--------------6---------------6--9--9-9--11----|
B--------9-7-9----7--------7-9------------------|
G------8--------------8-------------------------|
D----6-------------------9----------------------|
A-----------------------------------------------|
E-----------------------------------------------|

e--------------6--11--9--6----------------------|
B--------9-7-9--------------9-7-----------------|
G------8----------------------------------------|
D----6------------------------------------------|
A-----------------------------------------------|
E-----------------------------------------------|
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seanious wrote on May 22 2005, 12:00 am

Yea flat tuning works better, although i cant say i've seen Elliott play this song
Abm = Am
B = C
Ebm = E
F# = G
You can play it the way you have it, its just a bit easier to play it with open chords.

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vboston wrote on October 28 2012, 03:35 pm

Elliott played most songs tuned down a whole step. This one is played with mostly open chords if it's tuned that way.

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JunkieDreams wrote on October 4 2013, 04:27 am

The Ebm/D#m should be barred up higher.
Or aiming for the higher 4 strings if played open.
^This is a must to sound right^

The book 'The Essential Elliott Smith' offers a more in depth transcription (more notes with the electric guitar).

This book and every other liable source says to play Barre chords.

It offers playing with a capo on the 2nd fret in standard. This would make the intro played as (F#m - A - E - C#m) relative to the capo.

They show an addition chord in the chord chart. This is what I suppose the reason for the capo is.
Bmadd11/F#
|-0-| <--(relative to capo) |-2-| <--(actual)
|-1-| |-3-|
|-2-| |-4-|
|-2-| |-4-|
|-2-| |-4-|
|---| |---|

The chord chart displays, these chords. I will write them in standard.

Bmadd11/F#

I gathered this information from a preview page of this score.
I don't know where this chord is located but I thought I'd throw it out there. I haven't bought the book yet or but that much study in this song yet. I highly recommend this book because it looks really accurate and legit.

(P.S. I'm strung out)

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