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I Can Tell
Saosin
Arranged for acoustic by Tim Martin
standard tuning

note:  I'm pretty proud of this acoustic version I figured out.  I wanted a version I
could sing to for intentional acoustic romanticism, so here it is.  Its in the same key
as the recordings.  Use a capo and just play the same shapes if it's too high or too low
for you.  Many an unsuspecting female has succumbed to the sheer beauty and sonic wonder
accompanying a skillful performance of this, even though I have to sing it at the full
octave below what Anthony or Cove belts out.  Oral pleasure is sure to follow.  Just
kidding.  But not really.  If you feel like complaining or criticizing this because
you're not very good at guitar or if you'd like to chat about this sort of thing in any
way at all, I'm dashtim7@hotmail.com.  More acoustic versions of Saosin songs sure to
follow like it or not.   

Intro (in expanded measure to show 16th notes)
Technique here is fast alternate sweep picking

4/4 Count:
One and two and three and four and one and two and three and four and 
Am                                Cmaj                             
|--------0---------------3-------|--------0---------------3-------|
|----1-----1---3---3---1---1---1-|----1-----1---3---3---1---1---1-|
|------2-----2---2---2-2-----2---|------0-----0---0—--0-0-----2---|
|--2-------------2-----2---------|--2-------------2-----2---------|
|0-------------------------------|3-------------------------------|
|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|

Fmaj7                             G5
|--------1-----1---1-----0-------|--------3-----0-----------------|
|----1-----1---------1-----1---1-|----3-----3-------3---3-3-1-0-1-|
|--2---2-----2---2-----2-----2---|------0-----0---0---0-----------|
|3-------------------------------|--0-----------------------------|
|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
|--------------------------------|3-------------------------------|

Verse

"Betray!..."                  ..."I'm following..."
Am               Cmaj             Fmaj7            G5
|0---------------|0---------------|0---------------|3---------------|
|1---------------|1---------------|1---------------|3---------------|
|2---------------|0---------------|2---------------|0---------------|
|2---------------|2---------------|3---------------|0---------------|
|0---------------|3---------------|----------------|x---------------|
|----------------|----------------|----------------|3---------------|

"Orion glows..."              ..."I once believed..."
Am               Cmaj             Fmaj7            G5
|----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
|----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
|----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
|----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
|----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
|----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|

Prechorus:
"If only I...                      "You'd be..."
 F                G                F                G
|0---------------|x---------------|----------------|----------------|
|1---------------|3---------------|----------------|----------------|
|0---------------|0---------------|----------------|----------------|
|3---------------|0---------------|----------------|----------------|
|x---------------|x---------------|----------------|----------------|
|1---------------|3---------------|----------------|----------------|

Chorus: (here you can use the same chord suspensions as in the intro, while strumming
this time, in order to capture the song's sweet intro/chorus guitar melody)

 "If  you  keep  as-king  me I'll melt  away  in the summer air"           
Am                                Cmaj
|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
 "It won't hurt half..."       "...beg for you to stop..."
Fmaj7                             G5
|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|

Bridge:  same progression as intro/verse/chorus.  Get creative.  If you're capable of
playing the intro at speed, you're good enough to figure out 
something cool for yourself here.  Here's how you can play the riff in an open position,
so integrate it while picking or strumming the chords.

|--------3---------------3-------|
|0-1-0-1---1-0-1-0-1-0-1---1-0-1-|
|--------------------------------|
|--------------------------------|
|--------------------------------|
|--------------------------------|

prechorus

Chorus

Outro:  In my opinion, there's no good way to make the outro work on acoustic without
rewriting the song.  It is very dissonant, stepping out of key and creating a lot of
tension for the end.  If you want to play it that way, get it from a different tab. I
always end it with the chorus or maybe the intro.

dashtim7@hotmail.com
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slacker1990aaa wrote on August 3 2006, 11:52 am

great tab. when i play the intro i think it sounds better to strum it. and also for the bridge, i play am, cmaj, fmaj7, and g5 but with the progression you have... you combine them together. if you can do it it sounds really good.

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Vinnie9 wrote on July 27 2008, 09:18 pm

Exceptionally great tab; sounds great on acoustic as well as through an amp. The lyrics are still a mystery though...

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SaoSurvive wrote on November 21 2008, 11:23 pm

i haven't finished trying to learn your intro.. i've been playing this song with this progression for a year or two.. I do what slacker does but i do it like this
|----0---3-----------0---3-------| ---------3|
|0-1---1---1-0-1-0-1---1---1-0-1-| the final measure -0---1----|to F
|--------------------------------|
|--------------------------------|
|--------------------------------|
|--------------------------------|
these chords
|-0---0---0----------------------------|
|-1---1---1---0------------------------|
|-2---0---2---0------------------------|
|-2---2---3---0------------------------|
|-0---3--------------------------------|
|--------------------------------------|
idk i think this is how they play it in the song but either way sounds good.
this song does work with the ladies.. but i find wish you were here by pink floyd more effective in my experiences.. which is lame cuz i like this song more.. its probably because wish you were here is easier to comprehend lyrically and an easier vocal range to really nail.. great job with this tab - its got it all, a good creative idea for the intro and you also mention other ways to do most the parts based on the players style and ability very nice

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