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First Day Of My Life Tab

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First Day of My Life by Conor Oberst a.k.a Bright Eyes

there are two acoustic guitars playing in this song along with bass and vocals.

guitar one:

intro/main lick:

   C major    E major    A minor  A minor  F major  G major  C major

e|------0----|-----0---|-------0-|---0----|-1----1-|-3-3---|------0----|
B|--1--------|-0-----0-|-1-------|-1---0--|----1---|----2--|-1------1--|
G|---------0-|---------|-----2---|------2-|---2----|-----0-|----0------|
A|------2----|---2-----|---2---2-|---2----|-4----4-|-0-----|---2--2----|
A|--3--------|-2-------|-0-------|-0------|--------|-------|-3------3--|
E|-----------|---------|---------|--------|--------|-------|-----------|

most of it is played pretty fast listen to the record for the timing.

verse:


      C          E         Am       Am        F        G        C

e|------0----|-----0---|-------0-|---0----|-1----1-|-3-3---|------0----|
B|--1--------|-0-----0-|-1-------|-1---0--|----1---|----2--|-1------1--|
G|---------0-|---------|-----2---|------2-|---2----|-----0-|----0------|
A|------2----|---2-----|---2---2-|---2----|-4----4-|-0-----|---2--2----|
A|--3--------|-2-------|-0-------|-0------|--------|-------|-3------3--|
E|-----------|---------|---------|--------|--------|-------|-----------|
        "This..First.....Life                Swear..born....doorway"


(couldnt fit the whole line, but the words are underneath the
 corresponding note for the timing. it'll take a listen or two as well)

                                             D7    G major

the alternate one is the same as above then-2-----|-3----3----|
                                           -------|---3--3-3--|
                                           -------|----0------|
                                           -0-----|-0---------|
                                           -------|-----------|
                                           -------|-----------|
                        "They're spreadin' blankets..beach"


bridge:

   C       C/B  Am  Am     F       G        C      C/B   Am     Am

e|------------------0----|-1----1-|-3------|----------------0------0----|
B|-1--------1----1----1--|----1---|---3-3--|-1-------1----1---1--1---0--|
G|-0--------0----2-----2-|---2----|----0---|-0-------0----2----2-2----1-|
D|-2--------0----2--2----|-4----4-|-0------|-2-------0----2-2----2-2----|
A|-3--------2----0-------|--------|--------|-3-------2----0------0------|
E|-----------------------|--------|--------|----------------------------|
  "Thought..let..know      These..forever  I especially...slow"


    Dm7                   G

e|-------1----1---------|-------3---8-3---|----------------------------|
B|-----1----1--------1--|-----3---3-------|----------------------------|
G|---2----2----2---2----|---4----4--------|--main lick-----------------|
D|-0(let ring)---0------|-5(let ring)-----|----------------------------|
A|----------------------|-----------------|----------------------------|
E|----------------------|-----------------|----------------------------|
  "But i realise that I...wandered if i......home oh oh oh ohh"

   Dm7                G

e|-------1-----5--1-|-------3-----8-3---|
B|-----1-----1------|-----3-----3-------|
G|---2-----2--------|---4-----4---------|
D|-0(let ring)------|-5(let ring)-------|
A|------------------|-------------------|
E|------------------|-------------------|


Thats pretty much all there is to it . the structure is:

 intro, verse, bridge, verse, bridge, bridge(with no lyrics)then a slow C chord to end.


guitar 2:


the second guitar strums identical chords, in time to the finger picking.  They are
half muted and are keeping a steady beat with a little up and down strum between bars.
They are absent during all the bars containing F and Dm7. The second guitar isn't
essential if you want to play it on your own but it sounds good.


The original version is played with a capo on the 4th fret on both guitars
but you can put it wherever best suits your voice or not at all.


Bass:

Well that's not my part really don't have a bass to work it out on sorry!


domorms@hotmail.com
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Ixthyx 77 wrote on March 13 2006, 08:25 pm

I think the C/B is an E7, played with an open D string. Other than that, pretty spot on. Well done.

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guitarmastat123 14 wrote on May 8 2006, 07:30 pm

wth

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magnufs 13 wrote on May 21 2006, 08:24 am

this is a great tab. don't understand why it only got three stars.

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