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Peter Gabriel, Thomas Newman - Down to Earth

  Capo IV

Intro: Em  C  Em  Am    
       [ G      A  ] x4 

Verse 1:
         [  G      A  ]    x4
Did you think that your feet had been bound
By what gravity brings to the ground?
         Em            C       
Did you feel you were tricked
         G (Em)        C (Am)
By the future you picked?
               G   A  G  A
Well, come on down
           Em          C
All those rules don't apply
           G (Em)      C (Am)
When you're high in the sky
             G      A       G
So, come on down
Come on down

Chorus 1:
       [ D           A ]   x2
We're coming down to the ground
There's no better place to go
           G (D)          A
We've got snow up on the mountains
           D           A     
We've got rivers down below
        [ D           A ] x2
We're coming down to the ground
We hear the birds sing in the trees
          G (D)            A
And the land will be looked after
             D               A
We send the seeds out in the breeze

[ G   A ] x2

Verse 2:
Did you think you'd escaped from routine
By changing the script and the scene?
Despite all you made of it
You're always afraid
Of the change
You've got a lot on your chest
Well, you can come as my guest
So come on down
Come on down

Chorus 1.

Bridge:  [ G 
Like the fish in the ocean
            A ]   x8
We felt at home in the sea
We learned to live off the good land
Learned to climb up a tree
Then we got up on two legs
But we wanted to fly
When we messed up our homeland
We set sail for the sky

Chorus 1.

Chorus 2: (just [ D     A ] x8)
We're coming down
Coming down to Earth
Like babies at birth
Coming down to Earth
We're gonna find new priorities
These are extraordinary qualities
(You find on Earth)
Down to Earth

Chorus 1.
Chorus 2.

[ D    A ] to fade
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stevefranks wrote on February 22 2012, 05:36 pm

A few thoughts on V4 (this version):
After hashing the three versions already on ultimate-guitar.com, I took what
worked for me from each of them. I don't know if this is proper etiquette,
but I'll tell you what I learned so you can figure out what works for you (I
went through the versions backwards for some reason):
v3: the C* is interesting, haven't tried it yet (would be A* in capo IV,
which might explain the seventh in v1). This version gives a good idea of
the structure and was easy to transcribe to capo IV (although I later found
I disagree with which several chords). This one has the G in the chorus,
like v1, so call that 2 votes for the G.
v2: Got the first Em C right in the verse (E A was not working), and does
the choruses as all D A (skips the G), which I find works; I'm ambivalent
about the G. If you are looking for relative locations of the chords and the
words, and a correct description of the structure of the chord ordering,
this is it.
v1: had the most correct chords, and clued me in to the intro, but I think
it was transcribed from memory, as the ordering did not work for me at all.
oh, and why capo I? Those chords are obscure to a campfire player (me). Thus
I put it all in capo IV - Peter seems to sing in whatever key that is alot.

My version (V4):
Alternate chords in (parentheses). I can't decide on these myself!
Repeated sections in [square brackets] with how many times.
The aforementioned G in the chorus and the alternate (D).
The intro appears bang-on (although the x4 could be x6, I lose count).
I tend to work in a kerned font, so the chord-to-word placement is not to be
trusted. I just try to break things down where you can see how the chord
structure repeats and remember it, which doesn't always line up.
The Em-C-G-C section in the verse - I find this appears to match v1's verse,
but the intro I fixed from v1 also fits in right here, and you know how
writers like to recycle progressions. I find the Em-C-G-C more upbeat here,
and the alternate Em-C-Em-Am a touch darker, but neither kills my ear.
Last, I find on the bridge a single strum of the chord (G or A) for each
line follows the album if you care.

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stevefranks wrote on February 22 2012, 05:42 pm

I got edited by ultimate-guitar: If you read my commentary, you'll note the A in the verse may optionally be played as a 7th chord, A7. UG seemed to think it should be played at the 7th fret instead - not what I meant; hopefully I don't confuse the hardcore tabbers. Either probably works though, I just don't know how to play an A at the 7th fret. Steve

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