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When I Drink Chords

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Artist: The Avett Brothers
Song: When I Drink
Album: The Gleam EP

Capo Two

C/B: x20010

Verse 1:

   C      Am    F              G             Am     C  
When I drink,   I say things I don't wanna say
F             G             C   C/B    Am
I do things i don't  wanna do
F              G
I talk mean to you.
C         Am     F                 G                   Am     C  
But if I think,   I just might get something out of this
F                       G             C   C/B   Am
My parents taught me to learn  when i miss  
F            G
Just do your best.
Am           C
Just do your best.


Chorus:

  Em                           Dm
It's the only way to keep that last bit of sanity
Am                       G
Maybe I don't have to be good but I can try to be
   F                              G
at least a little better than I've been so far.


Verse 2:

C             Am    F                    G               Am     C
 But when I drink,   I hear things that aren't really there
F                      G               C    C/B   Am 
I feel things when i shouldn't  really care
     F                    G
Have fist fights with the air.
C            Am   F              G         Am      C
 But if I think,   about someone besides myself
F                     G            C   C/B   Am
I lived through the silver and the bell
F                G
With something to tell
Am            C
 Just do your best


Chorus:

  Em                           Dm
It's the only way to keep that last bit of sanity
Am                       G
Maybe I don't have to be good but I can try to be
   F                              G
at least a little better than I've been so far.


Verse 3:

C            Am     F                G             Am     C     
 But when I drink,   I spend the next morning in a haze
F            G          C   C/B   Am   
But we only get so many days
F              G
Now I have one less
Am          C
Just do your best.


Chorus:

  Em                           Dm
It's the only way to keep that last bit of sanity
Am                       G
Maybe I don't have to be good but I can try to be
   F                              G
at least a little better than I've been so far.
      F                               G               C
Oh, at least a little better than I've been so far.
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politik827 wrote on August 28 2010, 11:28 pm

The second chord in the chorus, at "last bit of sanity" is a D minor. Besides that, perfect!

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jifigz wrote on September 21 2010, 01:53 pm

I believe politik827 is 100% right. Thanks for the great tab though. Figuring out those simple bass notes is a piece of cake and you pretty much nailed it. Ill 5 star ya.

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nickwayne54 wrote on January 24 2011, 05:28 pm

I also believe it is a capo four as shown in there live version on youtube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1tV8zSsMFSo.

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