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Serpents Chords

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Artist: Sharon Van Etten
Title: Serpents
Album: Tramp
Transcribed by: Nick T
Based On: http://youtu.be/bMR7WotR7pA


Tuning: Standard  (Capo on 2nd fret)

G6sus4*  Em     F#  or  F# or D      C  or  C/G
0--------0------0-------0-----2------0------0
0--------0------0-------0-----3------1------1
0--------0------2-------2-----2------0------0
2--------2------0-------0-----0------2------2
3--------2----- 3-------3-----x------3------3
3--------0------2-------0-----x------x------3

*G6sus4 played as C chords still sounds fine to me, also C/G (as per video)

There's a little variation scattered throughout the song if you care to throw it in...

Em      Esus4
0-------0
0-------0
0-------2
2-------2
2-------2
0-------0

[Intro]
G6sus4  Em (x3)
F#


[Verse]
G6sus4               Em
It was a close call
G6sus4                     Em
Sitting in the back of the room
                    G6sus4
With a bowl you had owned
Em              F#       C
But they didn't know

            Em
Closing  on my black eye
   C                  Em     C
Feel safe at times
           Em        C
Certain emblems
        Em           F#
Tell me it's time


[Chorus]
         C              Em      F#
Serpents in my mind
        C           Em       F#
Looking for your crimes
         C          Em       F#
Everything changes
         C         Em     F#
I don't want mine to this time


[Verse]
C         Em
You enjoy sucking on dreams
C                     Em
So I will fall asleep with someone other than you
C               Em                F#
I had a thought you would take me seriously
C               Em         F#
And listen on


[Chorus]
         C              Em      F#
Serpents in my mind
    C       Em    F#       C

I'm searching for your crimes
     Em               F#
Everything changes
   C
In time


[Verse]
            Em
You'll stay frozen in time
C
Collaging girls
Em                    C
Controlling minds
                Em
You hold the mirror well
F#      C             Em        F#
To everybody else


[Chorus]
         C              Em      F#
Serpents in my mind
          C    Em   F#    C
Trying to forgive your crimes
           Em   F#   C
Everyone changes in time
       Em         F#    C       Em
I hope he changes this time

[Outro]
C       Em     C      Em     F#
C
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MerelyPoppy wrote on April 14 2014, 07:17 am

I think that if you replace all the F# chords with D chords it fits better.

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Nex_ wrote on April 16 2014, 10:13 pm, edited at 10:18 pm

That's true, my tab was to mirror how Sharon plays it in the video linked. Nevertheless with D it sounds fine, I'll update to add that as an alternative since that other chord isn't 'friendly'

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and1 wrote on November 30 2014, 12:39 pm

I just played your tab and checked the video footage. From what I hear and see, the F# should be a D7/F# and for the beginning she just plays the lower 3 strings of the C/G and E chords. The rest is fine.


D7/F#
E|--x--|
B|--3--|
G|--2--|
D|--x--|
A|--3--|
E|--2--|


Thank you for transcribing!

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