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Artist: Jack Johnson
Title: “Flake”
Album: Brushfire Fairytales”
			tabbed by Roy Uno (ryomauno@earthlink.net)

I saw D.Yamaki’s version of the tab. It was good, but it was somewhat confusing, 
so I thought I’d make it more easy to understand. Unfortunately, I don’t know the 
slide guitar part melody for the interlude, so if anyone figures it out before me,
 then please e-mail me.

I tried to show the strumming pattern as well as I could but, Listen to the song for 
the strumming pattern. 

The chords used:
          Dm            F             Bb          C5           A          Fm         C#5        B5
E-----5------1---------------------5-------1-------------------|
B-----6------1---------------------5-------1-------------------|
G-----7------2-------3------5------6-------1------6-----4------|
D-----7------3-------3------5------7-------3------6-----4------|
A-----5------3-------1------3------7-------3------4-----2------|
E------------1---------------------5-------1-------------------|

	NOTE: For the Dm chord you may use the basic chord in the first position but 
Jack Johnson plays it in the fifth position. 
           The “x” is in the place where he mutes/”chops” the strings.

So the song in tablature goes like this:
INTRO/VERSE:
     Dm                    F                                        Bb
E--5--5-x---5---5-5---x---1--1-x---1---1-1-x--------x---------x-
B--6--6-x---6---6-6---x---1--1-x---1---1-1-x--------x---------x-
G--7--7-x---7---7-7---x---2--2-x---2---2-2-x---3--3-x--3--3-3-x-
D--7--7-x---7---7-7---x---3--3-x---3---3-3-x---3--3-x--3--3-3-x-
A--5--5-x---5---5-5---x---3--3-x---3---3-3-x---1--1-x--1--1-1-x-
E--------x------------x---1--1-x---1---1-1-x--------x---------x-
             F                                                     C5
E-----1--1-x----1----1-1----x---------------|
B-----1--1-x----1----1-1----x---------------|
G-----2--2-x----2----2-2----x----5-------*--|  Repeat
D-----3--3-x----3----3-3----x----5-------*--|
A-----3--3-x----3----3-3----x----3----------|
E-----1--1-x----1----1-1----x---------------|

NOTE: When going into the chorus, (the last verse line) the verse goes like this
     Dm                       F                           Bb                   
E--5--5-x---5---5-5---x---1--1-x---1---1-1-x---------x---------x-
B--6--6-x---6---6-6---x---1--1-x---1---1-1-x---------x---------x-
G--7--7-x---7---7-7---x---2--2-x---2---2-2-x----3--3-x--3--3-3-x-
D--7--7-x---7---7-7---x---3--3-x---3---3-3-x----3--3-x--3--3-3-x-
A--5--5-x---5---5-5---x---3--3-x---3---3-3-x----1--1-x--1--1-1-x-
E--------x------------x---1--1-x---1---1-1-x---------x---------x-               
	           C5
E----------x------------x----|
B----------x------------x----|
G-----5--5-x---5---5-5-x----|  
D-----5--5-x---5---5-5-x----|
A-----3--3-x---3---3-3-x----|
E----------x------------x----|

CHORUS:
        F             C5                                 C#5  Dm
E--1--1-x--1---1-1--x--------x----------x-----5--5-x--5--5-5-x-
B--1--1-x--1---1-1--x--------x----------x-----6--6-x--6--6-6-x-
G--2--2-x--2---2-2--x---5--5-x--5--5-5--x---6-7--7-x--7--7-7-x-
D--3--3-x--3---3-3--x---5--5-x--5--5-5--x---6-7--7-x--7--7-7-x-
A--3--3-x--3---3-3--x---3--3-x--3--3-3--x---4-5--5-x--5--5-5-x-
E--1--1-x--1---1-1--x--------x----------x----------x---------x-
       A              Bb                                    B5  C5
E--5--5-x--5---5-5--x--------x----------x-----------x----------x-
B--5--5-x--5---5-5--x--------x----------x-----------x----------x-
G--6--6-x--6---6-6--x---3--3-x--3--3-3--x---4--5--5-x--5--5-5--x-
D--7--7-x--7---7-7--x---3--3-x--3--3-3--x---4--5--5-x--5--5-5--x-
A--7--7-x--7---7-7--x---1--1-x--1--1-1--x---2--3--3-x--3--3-3--x-
E--5--5-x--5---5-5--x--------x----------x-----------x----------x-
       F                                       C5                           
E--1--1-x--1---1-1--x--------x-----------x----|
B--1--1-x--1---1-1--x--------x-----------x----|
G--2--2-x--2---2-2--x---5--5-x--5--5-5--x----*|  REPEAT
D--3--3-x--3---3-3--x---5--5-x--5--5-5--x----*|
A--3--3-x--3---3-3--x---3--3-x--3--3-3--x-----|
E--1--1-x--1---1-1--x--------x-----------x----|

INTERLUDE (The backing for the slide guitar solo)
    Fm
E----1--1-x---1----1-1----x----|
B----1--1-x---1----1-1----x----|
G----1--1-x---1----1-1----x---*|   REPEAT
D----3--3-x---3----3-3----x---*|
A----3--3-x---3----3-3----x----|
E----1--1-x---1----1-1----x----|

Then when he starts to sing again:
      Fm  
E--1--1-x--1---1-1--x---1--1-x---1---1-1--x---1--1-x---1---1-1-x-
B--1--1-x--1---1-1--x---1--1-x---1---1-1--x---1--1-x---1---1-1-x-
G--1--1-x--1---1-1--x---1--1-x---1---1-1--x---1--1-x---1---1-1-x-
D--3--3-x--3---3-3--x---3--3-x---3---3-3--x---3--3-x---3---3-3-x-
A--3--3-x--3---3-3--x---3--3-x---3---3-3--x---3--3-x---3---3-3-x-
E--1--1-x--1---1-1--x---1--1-x---1---1-1--x---1--1-x---1---1-1-x-

      C5            Fm                                         Bb        
E-------x-----------x--1--1-x---1---1-1--x--------x----------x-
B-------x-----------x--1--1-x---1---1-1--x--------x----------x-
G--5--5-x--5---5-5-x---1--1-x---1---1-1--x---3--3-x--3---3-3-x-
D--5--5-x--5---5-5-x---3--3-x---3---3-3--x---3--3-x--3---3-3-x-
A--3--3-x--3---3-3-x---3--3-x---3---3-3--x---1--1-x--1---1-1-x-
E-------x----------x---1--1-x---1---1-1--x--------x----------x-
      
      Fm             C  	                           Fm        
E--1--1-x--1---1-1--x-------x-----------x--1--1-x--1---1-1--x--|
B--1--1-x--1---1-1--x-------x-----------x--1--1-x--1---1-1--x--|
G--1--1-x--1---1-1--x--5--5-x---5---5-5-x--1--1-x--1---1-1--x-*|
D--3--3-x--3---3-3--x--5--5-x---5---5-5-x--3--3-x--3---3-3--x-*|
A--3--3-x--3---3-3--x--3--3-x---3---3-3-x--3--3-x--3---3-3--x--|
E--1--1-x--1---1-1--x-------x-----------x--1--1-x--1---1-1--x--|

REPEAT

The song with the lyrics goes like this:

INTRO:
	Dm, F, Bb, F

   	Dm                                      F
	   I know she said it's alright
	   Bb                                        F
	   But you can make it up next time
	   Dm                                   F
   	I know she said it's not right
	   Bb                                        F
	   There ain't no use in Lying
   	Dm                                          F
	   Maybe she thinks I know something
     Bb                                                   F
	   Maybe maybe she thinks it's fine
	   Dm                                             F
	   Maybe she knows something I don't I'm so, 
	   Bb                           B5  C5
   	I'm so tired, I'm so tired of trying

CHORUS:
   	F                                         C5    C#5
	   It seems to me that maybe     
    Dm                                           A
	   It pretty much always means no
   	Bb               C#5  C5                       F     Bb     C
	   So don't tell me you might just let it go
	   F                                          C
   	And often times we're lazy
   	Dm                                 A
	   It seems to stand in my way
   	Bb               B   C5                                  F    Bb    C
	   Cause no one no not no one wants to be let down

VERSE:
	   Dm                                        F
	   I know she loves the sunrise
	   Bb                                                  F
   	no longer sees it with her sleeping eyes
   	Dm                                                       F
	   And I know that when she said she's gonna try
	   Bb                                                     F
   	Well it might not work because of other ties
	  Dm                                                          F          
	  And I wouldn't want to break 'em, nah, 
   	Bb
	   I wouldn't want to break em
	   Dm                                      F            
	   Maybe she'll help me to untie this but
	   Bb                        B5     C5
	   Until then well, I'm gonna have to lie to her

CHORUS:
   	F                                         C5    C#5
	   It seems to me that maybe     
    Dm                                           A
	   It pretty much always means no
   	Bb            C#5  C5                       F     Bb     C
	   So don't tell me you might just let it go
	   F                                          C
   	And often times we're lazy
   	Dm                                 A
	   It seems to stand in my way
   	Bb           B   C5                                  F    Bb    C
	   Cause no one no not no one wants to be let down

CHORUS:
   	F                                         C5    C#5
	   It seems to me that maybe     
    Dm                                           A
	   It pretty much always means no
   	Bb            C#5  C5                       F     Bb     C
	   So don't tell me you might just let it go
	   F                                          C
   	And often times we're lazy
   	Dm                                 A
	   It seems to stand in my way
   	Bb            B   C5                                  F    Bb    C
	   Cause no one no not no one wants to be let down


INTERLUDE:
	Fm, 
	Then he starts to sing:
	Fm, Fm, Fm, C5, Fm, Bb, Fm, C, Fm
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soxfan5000 wrote on April 28 2002, 12:00 am

Very good tab, fun to play

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neverkwiterite wrote on January 31 2003, 12:00 am

um, just one little thing if you wanna play it exactly how Johnson plays it. Bb is played barred at the 6th fret like this
E-6
B-6
G-7
D-8
A-8
E-6
they are the same note but thats how he actually plays it and i think it makes it a bit easier to play. Thanx for a great tab, peace

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galvao wrote on March 6 2006, 04:18 pm

just watch jack play it on leno with ben u'll see u got it all wrong.

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