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Helplessness Blues Chords

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Song: Helplessness Blues
Artist: FLEET FOXES
Album: "Helplessness Blues" [2011]

Tabbed by: Young Pacific's Devin Miller (www.youngpacificmusic.com)

Tuning: Open D (DADF#Ad)

*CAPO 1st FRET*

========================================================================

CHORD REFERENCE CHART:

    D#   G#  D#7M G#2  G7M
e|--0----0----0----0----0---|
B|--0----2----4----5----5---|
G|--0----1----3----5----5---|
D|--0----0----0----0----4---|
A|--0----2----4----x----x---|
E|--0----0----0----5----5---|

D# (strum for intro)

----

VERSE 1

      D#
I was raised up believing

      G# 
I was somehow unique

       D#7M             
Like a snowflake distinct among snowflakes

   G#                      D#
Unique in each way you can see


And now after some thinking

        G#
I'd say I'd rather be

  D#7M
A functioning cog in some great machinery

G#                       D#
Serving something beyond me

----

CHORUS

      D#                                          G#2
But I don't, I don't knowwwwwwwwww what that will be

         D#   G#2    D#       G#2                 D#
I'll get back to you someday, sooooooon, you will see

----

VERSE 2

          D#
What's my name, what's my station

         G#
Oh, just tell me what I should do

        D#7M
I don't need to be kind to the armies of night

           G#                   D#
That would do such injustice to you


Or bow down, and be grateful

         G#
And say "Sure, take all that you see"

       D7#M
To the men who move only in dimly lit halls

       G#                    D#
That determine my future for me

----

CHORUS

      D#                                     G#2
But I don't, I don't knowwwwwwwwww who to believe

         D#   G#2    D#       G#2                 D#
I'll get back to you someday, sooooooon, you will see

----

VERSE 3

     D#
If I know only one thing

          G#
It's that everything that I see

       D#7M                              
Of the world outside is so inconceivable

G#                 D#
Often I barely can speak


Yah, I'm tongue tied and dizzy

       G#
And I can't keep it to myself

     D#7M
What good is it to sing helplessness blues?

           G#                D#7M
Why should I wait for anyone else?

----

CHORUS

      D#                                           G#2
And I know, I knowwww, youuuuu will keep me on the shelf

          D#   G#2    D#       G#2            G#2
I'll come back to you someday, soooooooon, my saint

----

TIME SIGNATURE CHANGE (3/4)

Electric guitar, standard tuning, tremolo picking:

e|----------11-------|----------14-10----|
B|-------11----11----|-------11-------11-|
G|----12----------12-|----12-------------|
D|-13----------------|-13----------------|
A|-------------------|-------------------|
E|-------------------|-------------------| x 2

         "If I had an orchard......."
e|----------11-------|----------13-------|----------13-------|
B|-------11----11----|-------13----13----|-------13----13----|
G|----12----------12-|----13----------13-|----13----------13-|
D|-13----------------|-15----------------|-15----------------|
A|-------------------|-------------------|-------------------|
E|-------------------|-------------------|-------------------|

D#           G7M
If I had an orchard

    D#             G7M
I'd work till I'm raw

   D#             
If I had an orchard

                  G7M
I'd work till I'm sore

*(These next notes on the low E string):

    4th 7th   5th  2nd  5th   4th D#            G7M            
And you would wait taaaables, and soon run the store

   D#          G7M
Go hail in the sunlight

   D#             G7M
My light in the dawn

   D#
If I had an orchard

                  G7M
I'd work till I'm sore

   4th  7th 5th 2nd 5th   4th D#            G7M
If I    had an  or  chard I'd work till I'm sore

D#         G7M
Ooooohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

D#         G7M
Ooooohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

D#         G7M
Wooooahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

4th 7th 5th  2nd 5th  4th D#         G7M
Someday I'll be  like the man on the screen

D#

************************************

| /   slide up
| \   slide down
| H   hammer-on
| p   pull-off
| ~   vibrato
| +   harmonic
| x   Mute note
| B   Bend
| pb  Pre-bend
| br  Bend release
| pbr Pre-bend release
| brb Bend release bend

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nblauss wrote on December 23 2011, 03:50 pm

I think that D#7M should be:
e-2-
B-4-
G-3-
D-0-
A-0-
E-x-

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menotbug wrote on December 31 2011, 05:25 am

This point

4th 7th 5th 2nd 5th 4th D# G7M
If I had an or chard I'd work till I'm sore

For me is better in this way..

4th 11th 9th 5nd 9th 7th D# G7M
If I had an or chard I'd work till I'm sore

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JamesSolstice wrote on July 14 2012, 10:14 am

I think this is really close, but it is actually not open D. It is a variation.
I posted a Youtube video to explain.
http://youtu.be/Sijn3Zrz0Eg

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