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Cotton Chords


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The Mountain Goats – Cotton
Chords by Danilo Herrera
I’m 99% sure this is right, and 100% sure it’s more accurate than the other one on this site.

As played in the album “We Shall All Be Healed”
Standard tuning (EADGBe)
Time signature: 4/4
Chords used:
C              Bb             Dm             F
X 3 2 0 1 0    X 1 3 3 3 1    X X 0 2 3 1    1 3 3 2 1 1

Am             Gm                
X 0 2 2 1 0    3 5 5 3 3 3

CBbDmFC  (Play the C and Bb chords for 8 beats each, and the Dm and F 
chords for just 4 beats each)

  This song is for the rats
  Who hurled themselves into the ocean
          Dm                              F
When they saw that the explosives in the cargo hold 
Were just about to blow 

  This song is for the soil
  That's toxic clear down to the bedrock 
       Dm                        F       
Where no thing of consequence can grow 
Drop your seeds there, let them go 

             C     Am     F    Am --> play for 4 beats each    
Let them all go 

             C    Am     F    Am*    C   
Let them all go 

  This song is for the people 
  Who tell their families that they're sorry 
      Dm                   F                 C
For things they can't and won't feel sorry for 

  And once there was a desk 
And now it's in a storage locker somewhere 
          Dm                                 F  
And this song is for the stick pins and the cottons 
I left in the top drawer 

             C      Am      F      Am
Let 'em all go 
             C      Am      F      Am* 
Let 'em all go 

C    Gm    F    C  --> Play each chord for 4 beats. Play 4 times

  I wanna sing one for the cars 
That are right now headed silent down the highway 
         Dm                         F
And it's dark and there is nobody driving 

And something has got to give 

  I saw you waiting by the roadside 
  You didn't know that I was watching 
Dm            F
  Now you know 
  Let it all go 

             C      Am      F      Am
Let 'em all go 
             C      Am      F      Am*
Let it all go

C   Gm   F    C  --> Play each chord for 4 beats. Play 4 times.

Strum the Am chord a few times and at the final strums release the index finger 
from the B string and strum. Alternate between this and the normal Am 2 or 3 
times. Listen to the song to get the hang of it

Feel free to mail me about comments or questions. daniloh91@hotmail.com
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Vada*Strums wrote on June 7 2010, 02:23 am

This is SO spot on. Probably one of the most accurate and detailed chords I have ever found online. Thanks friend, sounds just like this great great song! Cant wait to get to work!

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reservoirdog wrote on June 26 2010, 09:38 pm

i'm pretty sure the bridge is actually

C, Eb, Dm, C.

but good work other wise :)

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