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Helplessness Blues Chords


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This is my first ever tab, but this song is so damn awesome that I had to put a 
tab out there for it that people can either use or improve upon. Again, I am not 
an expert with chords but I think this sounds fairly close.

Tuning: Half-Step Down

Chords:   E    x22100
          A    xx2220
          B    xx4442
      Aadd9    xx22xx
      Asus4    xx223x

Verse 1:

I was raised up believing
I was somehow unique
Like a snowflake distinct among snowflakes
   A                       E
Unique in each way you can see

Verse 2:
And now after some thinking
I'd say I'd rather be
A functioning cog in some great machinery
 A                       E
Serving something beyond me


E                                        A
But I don't, I don't know what that will be
         E                       A         E
I'll get back to you someday soon you will see

Verse 3:

What's my name, what's my station
Oh just tell me what I should do
I don't need to be kind to the armies of night
           A                    E
That would do such injustice to you

Verse 4: 
Or bow down and be grateful
And say "Sure take all that you see"
To the men who move only in dimly-lit halls
       A                    E
And determine my future for me

E                                     A
And I don't, I don't know who to believe
         E                     A           E
I'll get back to you someday soon you will see

Verse 6: 

If I know only one thing
It's that every thing that I see
Of the world outside is so inconceivable
A                  E
Often I barely can speak

Yeah I'm tongue tied and dizzy
And I can't keep it to myself
What good is it to sing helplessness blues?
           A                 E
Why should I wait for anyone else?

E                                          A
And I know, I know you will keep me on the shelf
          E                    A       E
I'll come back to you someday soon myself

Short Instrumental: E

Choral Section:

E           A
If I had an orchard
    E             A    (Aadd9)
I'd work till I'm raw
A6          E
If i had an orchard
                  A      Asus4   A
I'd work till I'm sore

    E              A
And you would wait tables
    E            A    Asus4   A
And soon run the store

E                 A
Gold hair in the sunlight
   E            A    (Aadd9)
My light in the dawn
A6          E
If I had an orchard
                  A    Asus4    A
I'd work till I'm sore

   E       A
If I had an orchard
   E              A    Asus4   A
I'd work till I'm sore

Harmony Verse - follow same chord pattern as before...

   E         A
Someday I'll be
        E               A
Like the man on the screen

A - Asus4 - A - E 
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elganol wrote on June 5 2011, 03:03 am

You could also play this song in standard tuning with a capo on the 4th fret. The chords would then be:

By playing the 5th of each chord as the bass note you get the same kind of depth that you hear in the song.

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Slinden wrote on October 14 2011, 01:30 am

These lyrics are so damn depressing...

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Who66 wrote on January 17 2012, 01:55 am

Capo third fret for standard tuning in C; it's what Skye is playing. Depressing lyrics + Super-uplifting music=great tune.

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