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A Nervous Tic Motion of the Head to the Left by Andrew Bird
Transcribed by: Chuck or Charmister      Email: chhuckim@gmail for Q&A
(LONG transcription; There are song comments "between the lines" and you can
copy+paste and cut out the comments in Word if wanted: Credit to Charmister)

Tuning: Standard E


[Intro]

(Either strum once lightly for melancholy effect or rhythmically)
Dm
Over prescribed
G
Under the mister
C      C/B   (01022X) Play as walk down from open chord ‘C’
We had survived to
A7
Turn on the history channel
Dm                   G
And ask our esteemed panel
           C
Why are we alive
    C/B               A7
And here's how they replied
Dm                                      G
You're what happens when two substances collide
       Dm               G                Am
And by all accounts you really should've died
Am      E      (Pluck Root note and then rest of chord in 4/4)
        E       (Then play ‘E’ chord loud into interlude…)


[Interlude] (RIFF 1):

Am C/G Gm F E 
(Interlude chords played behind RIFF 1)

         Am                C/G             Gm
e|----------------------------------------------------------|
B|----------------------------------------------------------|
G]-----99--------[x2]-----99-55----[x2]----77-------[x2]----|
D]--77----1010-77------55-------55------55----88-55---------|
A|----------------------------------------------------------|
E|----------------------------------------------------------|

          F               E
e|---------------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------------|
G]-----99--------------1010-99-----------|    {last measure
D]--77----1010-77---77---------99--------|    one time}
A|---------------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------------|


(All notes should be relatively staccato)

[[Play this Interlude into Verse as many times as you want… Or if you are
as does Andrew in his live version, then play until comfortable. w/ looping, have riff continue
Verses and Chorus.]]

[Verse 1]

Am                   C/G
Stretched out on the tarmac
Gm                 F              E
Six miles south of North Platte
Am                C/G
He can't stand to look back
Gm                 F         E
At sixteen tons of HazMat

[Pre-Chorus]

              Am
And it's what goes
B     E
Undelivered
A   D    Gm Gm/F E
Undelivered

[Chorus]

           Am                        C/G                 Gm
And it's a nervous tic motion of the head to the left
                                 F
It's a nervous tic motion of the head to the left
                    E
Of the what? Of the head to the left
Am                      C/G            Gm
Exercise yourself 'till you're bereft
                                        F
'Cause it's a nervous tic motion of the head to the left
                  E
Of the...of the...to the...


[Verse 2]
(same as verse 1)

Am                      C/G ..etc.
Splayed out on a bathmat
Six miles north of South Platte
And he just wants his life back
What's in that paper knapsack

[Pre-Chorus]

              Am
And it's what goes
B     E
Undelivered
A   D    Gm Gm/F E
Undelivered
[Chorus]
Am                               C/G               Gm
It's a nervous tic motion of the head to the left
              F             E
A nervous tic motion of the head

[Outro]

Dm
Over imbibed
G
Under the mister
C      C/B
Barely alive we
A7                    Dm
Cover the blisters in flannel
                              G
Though the words we speak are banal
                    C
Not one of them's a lie
    C/B             A7
Not one of them's a lie
            Dm
You're what happens when
               G
Two substances collide
           Dm
And by all accounts
                     Am
You really should've died
(Song order may vary -Follow recording or cover in your own way.

This song is one of my most favorites of Andrew Bird’s. I watch his live
on “looping” and was inspired to buy a 'Loop' pedal myself.
Live Version that I am transcribing nearly to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wRk2iHkOcNE
I had to comprise (between live and album versions), for to mimic Andrew is to only try
because of his talking-singing-voice and incredible whistling and violin playing).
God Bless, and joyful music-ing!
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