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I Am Trying To Break Your Heart Acoustic Tab

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"I Am Trying to Break Your Heart (Acoustic)"
by Wilco (Jeff Tweedy)

Tabbed by Drew Whitaker


I used the Sunken Treasure DVD of Jeff's solo shows to make some of this, but I'm still 
100% sure it's right.  It's just slightly different than the other tabs and only uses 
guitar... thought some might like it.

Standard Tunning
Capo 2nd Fret


[A] I am an American [Em] aquarium [D] drinker
[A] I assassin down the [Em] avenue [D]
[A] I'm hiding out in the [Em] big city [D] blinking
[A] What was I thinking when I [Em] let go of [D] you

[A  Em  D] x 2

Let's forget about the tongue-tied lightning
Let's undress just like cross-eyed strangers
This is not a joke so please stop smiling
What was I thinking when I said it didn't hurt

[A  Em  D] x 2

I want to glide through those brown eyes dreaming
Take it from the inside, baby, hold on tight
You were so right when you said I'd been drinking
What was I thinking when we said goodnight

Riff 1 x 2
Riff 2 x 2

I want to hold you in the bible-black pre-dawn
You're quite a quiet domino, bury me now
Take off your band-aid 'cause I don't believe in touchdowns
What was I thinking when we said hello

Riff 2 x 2

I always thought that if I held you tightly
You'd always love me like you did back then
Then I fell asleep and the city kept blinking
What was I thinking when I let you back in

(palm mute during this next verse in a steady rhythm)

I am trying to break your heart
I am trying to break your heart
And still I'd be lying if I said it wasn't easy
I am trying to break your heart

[A  Em  D] x 4

Disposable dixie cup drinker
I assassin down the avenue
I'm hiding out in the big city blinking
What was I thinking when I let go of you


Riff 1:

E -----------------------------------------------------------------------|
B --0h2p0--0--2--5~-----0h2p0--0--2--3~----------------------------------|
G -----------------------------------------------------------------------|
D -----------------------------------------------------------------------|
A -----------------------------------------------------------------------|
E -----------------------------------------------------------------------|

Riff 2:

----5------2/3-----3-----2-----------------------------------------------|
----2-------2------2-----2-----------------------------------------------|
----2-------2------2-----2-----------------------------------------------|
----2-------2------2-----2-----------------------------------------------|
----0-------0------0-----0-----------------------------------------------|
-------------------------------------------------------------------------|

You have to listen to the recording to figure out Riff 2's strumming pattern, and I know 
I'm missing some notes, but it still sounds pretty close.  Also, he strums the A and D 
in a steady rhythm like in the verses between chord changes during the riff.

Enjoy!
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farrelly wrote on March 26 2007, 09:50 pm

in riff 1, the last 3 should be either a 7 or a 2 on the high e string, i perfer a 7 on the B, otherwise good tab

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Jarvillian wrote on December 30 2007, 07:49 am

Very good try, but you're literally one or two notes out on the riffs:
Riff 1:


E -----0-----2-----|
B -2p0---0-2-----2p0---0-2-
----|
G -----2-----2-----|
D -----|
A -----|
E -----|


and
Riff 2:

e|----5-5-----3-5---1-2--
---|
B|----2-2-----2-2-----1p0
-----|
G|----2-2-----2-2-----2--
|
D|----2-2-----2-2-----|
A|----0-0-----|
E|-----|



Nice one.

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Jarvillian wrote on December 30 2007, 07:50 am

Bloody word wrap.
Decipher that ^ and you'll see what I mean.

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