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These are the chords to the song Deathbed. The tabs before were not totally accurate, 
because this song is so amazing, I wanted to get a 100% accurate version out. I have 
a chord chart. i am not a chord name fundi but the chords are right even if the
names arn't. Enjoy!

A       Am       A/G#   OR A/G#     A/G      Bb       Bm      Bm7
x02220  X02210   4X2400    4X2450   3X2400   X13331   X24432  X24232

C       Cm       C/G    OR C/G      C/E      Cm/Eb    D
X32010  X35543   332010    33555    032010   x6554x   X0232

D/C#    D/C      D/F#      D/F#     Em7      F    OR  F       G5
x4x232  X3X232   200232    200230   022030   133211   XX3211  320022

G       Gm       G/B       Gm/Bb    G/D  OR  G/D  OR  G/D
355433  355333   X2X022    X1X022   XX0022   X50322   XX0787

I can smell the death on the sheets, covering me
                             C     G
I can't believe this is the end


    C          F          G         Am
But this is my deathbed I lie here alone
      C            F         G            C
If I close my eyes tonight I know I'll be home

Verse 1:

    C                       Gm
The year was nineteen forty one I was
Bb                               F
Eight years old and Far far too young
   C                        Gm
To know that the stories Of battles and glory
      Bb                      F
Was a tale a kind mother made up for her son You see
C                   Gm
Dad was a traveling preacher
Bb                        F
Teaching the words of the Teacher
    C                     Gm
But mother had sworn went off to the war
    Bb                    F
And died there with honor somewhere on a beach there

       Am                 A/G#
But he left once to never return
      C/G                     D/F#
Which taught me that I should unlearn
Fmaj7                C/E
Whatever I thought a father should be
  Cm                             D
I abandoned that thought Like he abandoned me

   D                 D/C#
By forty seven I was fourteen
    D/C                             G/B
I'd acquired a taste for liquor and nicotine
Gm/B                 D/A
I smoked until I threw up
                    A      A/G#        A/G           D/F#
Yet I still lit 'em up for thirty more years Like a machine

   Fmaj7                C
So right there you have it
     Fmaj7           C
That one filthy habit
        Dm           C      G
Is what got me where I am today

I can smell the death on the sheets Covering me
                            C     G
I can't believe this is the end
I can hear those sad memories Still haunting me
                       C    G
So many things I'd do again


    C           F         G        Am
But this is my deathbed I lie here alone
      C              F       G            C
If I close my eyes tonight I know I'll be home

Verse 2:

      C                    Gm
I got married on my twenty first
Bb                     F
Eight months before my wife would give birth
     C                     Gm
It's easier to be sure you love someone
         Bb                       F
When her father inquires with the barrel of a gun

    Am                 Am/G#
The union was far from harmonious
       C/G                         D/F#
No two people could have been more alone than us
    Fmaj7                       C/E
The years would go by and she'd love someone else
    Cm                       D
And I realized I hadn't been loved yet myself

    D                    D/C#           D/C
And there's your typical spiel Yeah, if life was a highway
      G/B                       Gm/Bb                D/A
I was drunk at the wheel I was helping the loose ends All fall apart
       A            A/G#       A/G                    D/F#
Yeah I swear I was destined to fail And fail from the start

  Fmaj7                    C
I bowled about six times a week
    Fmaj7                   C
The bottle of Beam kept the memories from me
    Fmaj7                 C
The marriage had taken a seven-ten split
Dm            C            G
Along with my pride the ex-wife took the kids


I can smell the death on the sheets covering me
                            G     C
I can't believe this is the end
I can hear those sad memories still haunting me so many things
        G    C
I'd do again


    C           F         G        Am
But this is my deathbed I lie here alone
     C             F
If I close my eyes tonight
  G            C
I know I'll be home

Verse 3:

      C                      Gm
I was so scared of Jesus but He sought me out
         Bb                        F
Like the cancer in my lungs that's killing me now
         C                    Gm
And I've given up hope on the days I have left
      Bb                      F
But I cling to the hope of my life in the next

     Am                    A/G#
Then Jesus showed up said "Before we go"
   A/G                      D/F#
"I thought that we might reminisce"
     Fmaj7                           C/E
"See one night in your life When you turned out the light"
     Cm/Eb                    D
"You asked for and prayed for my forgiveness"


          D        Bm                     A
You cried wolf The tears they soaked your fur
    G5                       Em7
The blood dripped from your fangs
    D                  A
You said, "What have I done?"
               Em7       D            Bm
You loved that lamb With every sinful bone
     A              G5        Em              A
And there you wept alone Your heart was so contrite
           Em7            D                G5
You said, "Jesus, please forgive me of my crimes
Em7            D                G5
Sanctify this withered heart of mine
Em            D                 G5
Stay with me until my life is through
   Em7                 D                 G5
And on that day please take me home with you"

I can smell the death on the sheets covering me
                            D   A
I can't believe this is the end
I can hear You whisper to me, "It's time to leave
                 Bb      D     A
You'll never be lonely again"


    D            G5        A          Bm
But this was my deathbed I died there alone
       D               G5          A        G/D   D   G/D    D   repeat.
When I closed my eyes tonight You carried me home

Jon Foreman of Switchfoot sings, as the voice of Jesus:]


D        D/F#       Bm7             G   A
I am the Way follow Me and take My hand
    D        D/F#      Bm7          A           G
And I am the Truth, embrace Me and you'll understand
    D        D/F#         D/C               G
And I am the Light and for Me you'll live again
    G A  Bm   G  A  Bm
For I am Love I am Love
D   Em    G A  D
I----I  , I am Love

That's it. Just use my chord chart and you'll do fine. Please rate! God Bless!
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hi_it's_me! wrote on October 4 2008, 02:51 pm

Hey sorry the chord chart got messed up. :( If you just pretend the chord names are in line they line up (in your head) :-)

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hi_it's_me! wrote on October 5 2008, 03:56 pm


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Christinme823 wrote on October 21 2008, 04:41 pm

that was awesome man, it plays very smoothly except, I don't know if I sang the part right where it says, youll never be lonely again cuz that Bb didn't sound right to me but hey, it was prolly me. This is the best version on here though

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