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You Are Your Mothers Child chords

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Artist: Conor Oberst
Album: Upside Down Mountain

Capo 2.
Chords as described, for the twiddly bit on the Am* pull off as shown below.

   G  B7  C  Am  D  G/F# Em  C/B Cadd9    Am*
e|-3---2--0---0--2---3----0---0----3--  --3p0-0-|
B|-3---0--1---1--3---3----0---1----3--  --1-----|
G|-0---2--0---2--2---0----0---0----0--  --2-----|
D|-0---1--2---2--0---0----2---0----2--  --2-----|
A|-2---2--3---0------x----2---2----3--  --0-----|
E|-3-----------------2----0-----------  --------|


G    B7
C    G
C    G
Am   D

[Verse 1]

    G                   B7
I remember the day you appeared on this earth
     C                        G
With eyes like the ocean, got blood on my shirt
     C                  G
From my camera angle it looked like it hurt
         Am                  D
But your momma had a big old smile

G                           B7
We drove you home, saw your yellowing skin
C                             G
Packed a few things and drove you back again
C                         G
Stayed up all night, worrying, wondering
Am                     D
What was gonna make it better

[Chorus 1]

Am                       D
Broken bones heal if you set them right
         G            G/F#          Em
Get your fine-toothed comb from the barber’s side
    C                   D
Our love’s a protective poison
    C   C/B      C  C/B   Am
But you are your mother’s child
    G      G/F#     G  G/F# Em
And she’ll keep you for a while
        Am                   D                     (G Am*)(x3) G Cadd9 G
But one day you’ll be grown, then you’ll be on your own

[Verse 2]

G                  B7
Halloween costume, looking real cute
          C                         G
With your pillow case full, in your astronaut suit
     C                        G
Your cousin, the cowboy, he’s eyeing your loot
Am                         D
Better watch your Snickers bar

G                   B7
Out on the diamond, you’re up to bat
C                         G
Chewing your Big League, adjusting your hat
C                  G
Taking a swing and hearing it crack
Am                 D
Look at that apple fly

[Chorus 2]

     Am                    D
Well tears will dry if you give them time
         G     G/F#               Em
Life’s a rollercoaster, keep your arms inside
C                   D
Fear, that’s a big emotion
    C   C/B      C  C/B   Am
But you are your mother’s child
    G      G/F#     G  G/F# Em
And she’ll keep you for a while
    Am                    D                     (G Am*)(x3) G Cadd9 G
But soon you’ll be grown, then you’ll be on your own

[Verse 3]

G                    B7
Posing for pictures, cap and gown
C                        G
Summer is coming, you’re driving round town
C                             G
Everyone’s asking what you’re gonna do now
  Am                       D
I know you’re gonna make a splash

G                         B7
Find you a sweetheart, to treat you so kind
C                      G
Take her to dinner and kiss her goodnight
     C                     G
What I couldn’t teach you, soon you realised
Am                        D
She’s the only thing that matters

[Chorus 3]

  Am                               D
Although he’s a bastard, make your papa proud
         G          G/F#      Em
You’re a fine young man and I got no doubt
     C                    D
That you’re gonna do this better
       C   C/B     C  C/B    Am
‘Cause you are your mother’s child
    G   G/F#    G  G/F# Em
And she had you for a while
    Am                        D                 G  G/F#  Em
But now you are grown, you’re making it on your own
Am                            D                 (G Am*)(x3) G Cadd9 G
Now that you’re grown, may you never feel this alone


| p  Pull-off
| x  Dead note


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kuba.zimnicki01 10 May 19, 2014 10:21 AM

Amazing. The album's coming out today.

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DrLeonard 2,109 Jun 28, 2014 03:01 AM

very well done! just the pull off thing I guess is not a-minor but c major with this chord shape xx2010 (similiar to am7)

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hugoblima 22 Dec 12, 2014 09:22 AM

What a ****ing sad song. :( Nice tab, btw.

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