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Giving Up Chords

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I know there are other versions of this song on UG, but none of them sounded
perfectly accurate to my ear. So this is my try for a precise transcription.

Notice: use capo on 5th fret and play the chords exactly as given. For the 
strumming pattern just listen closely to the song. And for the best sound: 
don't use a pick! The song gets most of its fragility and hopelessness from 
the finger strumming. Enjoy!

G        |320003|              Cmaj7    |03200x| (chorus)
Gsus4    |330003|              Dsus4    |x00233|
Cmaj7    |x32003| (verses)     Dsus4/F# |200233|
Em       |022003|              G7       |323003|
A7sus4   |x02033|              D        |x00232|
B7       |x21202|              A7       |x02023|
C        |x32010|              


Giving Up
Ingrid Michaelson
(Be OK - 2008)

Capo +5

Intro: G Gsus4 (4x)


G          Gsus4  G          Gsus4   Cmaj7
   What if we    stop having a      ball?
G          Gsus4  G               Gsus4  Cmaj7
   What if the   paint chips from the   wall?
Em                                     A7sus4
   What if there's always cups in the sink?
B7                       C         G Gsus4  G Gsus4
What if I'm not what you think I am?


G          Gsus4  G           Gsus4  Cmaj7
   What if I     fall further than  you?
G          Gsus4  G             Gsus4  Cmaj7
   What if you   dream of somebody    new?
Em                          A7sus4
   What if I never let you win,  
    B7                        C
And chase you with a rolling pin?
                 G Gsus4 G 
Well, what if I do?


 Cmaj7 Dsus4  G     Dsus4/F#
I am  giving up on making passes and
 Cmaj7 Dsus4  G          G7
I am  giving up on half empty glasses and
 Cmaj7 Dsus4  Em    A7sus4
I am  giving up on greener grasses
Cmaj7 D       G Gsus4 G Gsus4
 I am giving up

G Gsus4 G Gsus4


G          Gsus4 G             Gsus4  Cmaj7 
   What if our  baby comes in after   nine?
G          Gsus4 G         Gsus4   Cmaj7 
   What it your eyes close before  mine?
Em                              A7sus4
   What if you lose yourself sometimes?
     B7                 C                   G  G4 G
Then I'll be the one to find you safe in my heart


 Cmaj7 Dsus4  G     Dsus4/F#
I am  giving up on making passes and
 Cmaj7 Dsus4  G          G7
I am  giving up on half empty glasses and
 Cmaj7 Dsus4  Em    A7sus4
I am  giving up on greener grasses
Cmaj7 D
 I am giving
       Cmaj7 Dsus4  G        Dsus4/F#
Cause I am  giving up (I am  giving up)
       Cmaj7 Dsus4  G        G7
Cause I am  giving up (I am  giving up)
    Cmaj7   D      Em     A7sus4
And I    am giving up on greener grasses
Cmaj7 D       Em     A7
 I am giving up for you
         Cmaj7 D       Em     A7
Oh, oh, I am  giving up for you
         Cmaj7 D       G  Gsus4 G Gsus4 G
Oh, oh, I am  giving up
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roflwafl wrote on June 6 2012, 10:00 pm

Hopelessness? Read the lyrics, this song is far from hopeless! It's about realizing that you've found someone you want to spend the rest of your life with, and are "Giving Up" on all the 'what-ifs' that single life has to offer. Which is scary, but certainly not hopeless.

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roflwafl wrote on June 6 2012, 10:01 pm

But, these chords are great. Thank you. :)

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