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Song: Studying Politics Acoustic (THIS IS AN ACOUSTIC VERSION, I SCREWED UP WHEN NAMING IT AND CAN'T CHANGE THE DISPLAY NAME... Sorry) Band: Emery Album: The Question Tabber: DriveToNowhere Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tuning: Standard (EADGBe) Thanks to hXc_guitarist for his version of this tab. I used it as a general guide. ***IMPORTANT NOTE***: This is not the exact version that Emery plays. This is my cover of it based on a coupled videos I’ve seen online, the album version of the song, and my personal tastes. Most of the notes in parentheses are explaining how I play it; if you don’t read them it might not make a lot of sense. If you’re lost listen to the album version, I tried to stay fairly true to it. Thanks, Enjoy. [Verse 1] (Throughout verse one play all six strings on a seventh fret harmonic, At the places where I have chords just strum Down-Up and go right back to scratching) It’s like a pencil with erasers at both ends I want it all but we’re dealing in percents G5 And these activities that you have engaged in E5 This is the politics of seeing you dance with him B5 We began with concluding remarks B5 Pick up the pieces and examine the parts E5 Your words always cut when they're cliché Em But here’s my knife because I came for the buffet (Switch to chorus with a G octave chord strum Up-Down-Up) It looks like this: U D U E|----------| B|----------| G|-12-12-12-| D|--x--x--x-| A|-10-10-10-| E|----------| [Chorus] (The chords in parentheses I play the same way I play the G octave, Just up-down-up real quick to mimic the album version. It’s not necessary but it sounds cool. Also on the “uh uh” part I just do two upstrokes on that beat.) Bm This is the way it goes (A5) With you a part of it Bm Nervously saying words (G5) That oh-so-tightly fit Em (G5 G5) A mark beneath the chin (Uh Uh) (G octave) I’ve caught you once again Bm (A5) It’s in the way you sell every word and phrase Bm (G5) And leaving me to know how much the meaning weighs Em (G5 G5) Saying that but meaning this (Uh Uh) Em Using hands for emphasis (This part I play the way it is on the album with the pick scratching [E.G., Em Em 2 & 3 & 4 &]) Em Bm (Oh Ho)(Oh Ho)(Oh Ho)(Oh Ho)[x2] [Verse 2] (I play this weird with the Em just a “1 &” down up strum, followed by a rest, then I strum the Bm. Again I think it adds some flavor to it, but do whatever you want) Em Em Bm You’d like to think that you’re the best part of me Em Em Bm But I confess there is nothing left of you here (nothing left of you here) Em Em Bm These parallels and silly games Em Hide your face and say the name Em (G octave) Say the name (say the name) [Chorus] [Bridge] I lead into to this thusly: E|------------------------------------| B|------------------------------------| G|-12-12-12-12---9-9-9---7-7-7---9-9--| D|--x--x--x--x---x-x-x---x-x-x---x-x--| A|-10-10-10-12---7-7-7---5-5-5---7-7--| E|------------------------------------| (Hit the Bm minor and start singing right after this, it’s my attempt to mimic the album version.) Bm A There’s that smile again Em A You fake it and I follow you right in Bm What a fool I've been To fall for it each time [Chorus] Bm (arpeggiate) This is the way it goes With you a part of it Nervously saying words That oh-so-tightly fit Em (arpeggiate) It’s in the way you sell every word and phrase And leaving me to know how much the meaning weighs Bm This is the way it goes With you a part of it A Nervously saying words Em That oh-so-tightly fit Bm It’s in the way you sell every word and phrase A And leaving me to know G how much the meaning weighs (Same pattern as before but after the fifth “oh ho”, just pound the Em three times and the Bm once, same rhythm as the album.) Em Bm Em (Oh Ho)(Oh Ho)(Oh Ho)(Oh Ho)(Oh Ho) And that’s it! My take on Emery’s “Studying Politics” on the acoustic guitar. Enjoy! ~ Michael