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City And Colour - Sleeping Sickness
Tuning: Standard (E A D G B E)
Key: E minor (E F# G A B C D E)
Tempo: 67-68 bpm
Transcribed by Robert from Astlessons
Link to my tutorial on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RefjrPbeTb0

No disrespect intended towards previous uploaders, there has been some good 
transcriptions, and since Dallas varies it live sometimes you can see this as 
an alternative version rather than a correction. However this is in my opinion 
how he plays both on the album and on most live performances. Here is a clip 
of him playing this way live: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yXCARmz5iZI



[Intro]: Em   C G   G5/F# x2

    Em            C       G
I awoke, only to find my lungs empty
     G5/F#       Em           C              G
And through the night, so it seems I'm not breathing
   G5/F#     Em                C              G
And now my dreams are nothing like they were meant to be
        G5/F#     Em              C          G
And I'm breaking down, I think I'm breaking down

  G5/F#    Em              C             G
And I'm afraid to sleep because of what haunts me
G5/F# Em        C          G
Such as living with the uncertainty
G5/F#      Em                      C             G             G5/F#
That I'll never find the words to say which would completely explain
Em          C          G  G5/F#
Just how I'm breaking down

[Chorus]
Dadd4/A            Em              C/G
Someone come and, someone come and save my life
           Dadd4/A          Em                         C/G
Maybe I'll sleep when I am dead, but now it's like the night is taking sides
   Dadd4/A                Em         C/G
With all the worries that occupy the back of my mind
       Dadd4/A        Em        C/G
Could it be this misery will suffice

[Interlude]: Em   C G   G5/F# x2

        Em            C         G
I've become a simple souvenir of someone's kill
   G5/F#      Em                  C          G           G5/F#
And like the sea I'm constantly changing from calm to ill
 Em                         C            G                      G5/F#     Em
Madness fills my heart and soul as if the great divide could swallow me whole
          C          G  G5/F#
Oh how I'm breaking down

[Chorus] (+oh in my life)

[Solo - part 1]: Dadd4/A Em C/G x4     [Solo - part 2]: Em   C G   G5/F# x2

Dadd4/A            Em              C/G
Someone come and, someone come and save my life (save my life)
Dadd4/A            Em              C/G
Someone come and, someone come and save my life (save my life)
Dadd4/A            Em              C/G
Someone come and, someone come and save my life
       Dadd4/A        Em        C/G
Could it be this misery will suffice



Chords:
Em      (0 2 2 0 0 0) 
C       (X 3 2 0 1 0)
G       (3 2 0 0 3 0) (G6 to be exact if you play the high E-string)
G5/F#   (2 X 0 0 3 0) (also has a added sixth if you play the high E-string)
Dadd4/A (5 5 4 0 3 0)
C/G     (3 3 2 0 1 0)

Clarification:
Chordname (E A D G B E)
X = Don't play / Muffle

Ps. he sometimes also muffles/avoids playing the high E-string on some of the 
chords, giving the song a "darker" feeling to it. 

I have also seen him replacing the Em live during the solo parts, but those videos 
were too poor quality to see or hear what he replaces it with. My guess is that he 
moves the Dadd4/A shape up the fretboard and changes it slightly. If anyone has seen 
a better live performance and knows what chord it is then please leave a comment and 
share it, I absolutely don't mind and also wish to know for myself. 


Free papers for this song are available in .pdf on my website, you can find the link 
in the description on the YouTube tutorial. Among the papers available are Lyrics & 
Chords, Chord Diagrams, Playing Patterns (strumming) and Tablature (only on additions). 
If you need further help or explanations don't hesitate to ask, if it's a subject where 
other people may benefit from the answer it's best done by posting a comment on the 
tutorial, but posts here and personal messages will also be answered (though not as fast)!  

//Robert

            
            
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