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Talking To Mary Chords

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**** I did NOT do this tab. I'm merely sharing it on Ultimate-Guitar for anyone 
who doesn't know of the website it was taken from, and is looking for the tab. 
Again, I did NOT tab this song. It was taken from http://www.sweetadeline.net/
talking_to_mary.txt. If you're interested in more Elliott Smith tabs, check out 
http://www.sweetadeline.net/tabs.html. Enjoy!****

It almost killed me but here's my attempt at most of the chords and fills.
this is all a note higher than the mp3 that I have so I assume Elliott
played with his guitar tuned down to D.  So bottom line, for the brain dead
like me, to play along with the recording you gotta tune all your strings 
down a step, (two notes right?) That's too much trouble for me.

   E  E9       E/F#      G A2 A2/B C C5b   D        F     Em


E9           E
talking to Mary
E/F#                       G     Asus2 Asus2/B
you know you don't have to shout
C                        C5b
she can hear what you're thinking
D                                 F   Em
like you were saying it right out loud
E9       E
I'm sure she 
E/F#                   G     Asus2 Asus2/B
sees behind that dirty look
C               C5b
it was her that followed 
D                               F   Em
down every stupid turn that you took

   C/G    D  Cmaj7  G (w/fill)


C/G D          Cmaj7  G
one day she'll go
C/G D          Cmaj7  G
I   told you   so
C/G D          Cmaj7  G
one day she'll go
C/G D          Cmaj7  G
I   told you   so

E9          E
saw the one big 
E/F#                        G     Asus2 Asus2/B
problem you keep under your hat
    C             C5b
and it's pretty unlikely that
D                            F   Em
anybody else'll be cool with that
    E9                      E
you got bus fare in your pocket
E/F#                    G     Asus2 Asus2/B
more money down in your sock
C                             C5b
but she can't tell you how to contact
D                              F    Em
her if you won't listen to her talk

C/G D          Cmaj7  G
one day she'll go
C/G D          Cmaj7  G
I   told you   so
C/G D          Cmaj7  G
one day she'll go
C/G D          Cmaj7  G
I   told you   so

C       B7
it's no problem 
I'll just keep quiet
if it's easier for you
C         B7
to make believing
that I don't love you 
as much as I do

C/G D          Cmaj7  G
one day she'll go
C/G D          Cmaj7  G
I   told you   so
C/G D          Cmaj7  G
one day she'll go
C/G D          Cmaj7  G
I   told you   so
C/G D          Cmaj7  G
I   told you   so
C/G D          Cmaj7  G
I   told you   so
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HipsterDoucheba wrote on November 21 2010, 12:37 am

This is a very good tab. Not only do all the chords work perfect but you get the melody in there too. A+

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oldguypepps wrote on February 14 2011, 11:47 am

Agreed with this being an ace tab. The chords are dead on...but tuning a guitar 2 full steps down sort of puts you a little lower and higher on some of the recorded bits.

This may be incorrect, but it is my belief that there are two guitars on the recording. One playing chords and the other playing some of the melodies. But, sometimes, you can hear the melodies being played on both guitars...sometimes slightly not in time with one another....if you want to get investigative..

I've seen some excellent videos on Youtube of some fellows taking stabs at this song and the best one I could find that shows finger placement is this one:

The uploader states that he thinks only some strings could be down tuned...He is slightly out of range on vocals, which throws off listening a bit, but it's still fairly dead on. Hence my belief that maybe, just maybe, on the recording one guitar is tuned slightly different than the other...by maybe only two or three strings. E had a tendency for not really caring if guitars were tuned correctly, and he did record bins of songs with guitars that weren't necessarily his/tuned properly...

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