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Artist: Conor Oberst
Song: Tachycardia
Album:  Ruminations
BPM: 148
Tabbed by: aaron_wacker

[Introduction]
C   C   C   C   C
(last being loudest)

[Verse 1]
C       Em
It's a mass grave
Dm      C
A dollar-fifty resting place
C       Em
On the north face
Dm      G
It's a rope I've gotta climb
Am              G       F       Em
I'm a stone's throw from everyone I love and know
Am      Em      F       G
But I can't show up looking like I do
C       Em      Dm      C
In an old suit my hair is slicked up back nice and smooth
C       Em      Dm      G
In a courtroom, sweat rolling down my back
Am      G       F       Em
It's a bad dream.   I have it seven times a week
Am      G       F       Em
No it's not me.    But I'm the one who has to die

[Instrumental]
Em      Dm      C       C
(harmonica)
Em      Dm      G       Am
(harmonica)
G       F       F       G       G
(harmonica)

[Verse 2]
C       Em      Dm      C
Needs a cold draw to slow his tachycardia
C       Em      Dm      G
In a dark bar the world just melts away
Am      G       F       Em
And he feels fine If he can just lose track of time
Am      Em      F       G
It's a good sign when he can't stay awake
C       Em      Dm      C
On a slow day the rain against the windowpane 
C       Em      Dm      G
of the cafe She spills the coffee grounds
Am      G       F       Em
And the same thought hits her like cinder block
Am      Em      F       G                 C
Life's an odd job that she don't got the nerve to quit

[Instrumental 2]
C       Em      Dm      C
(harmonica and piano)
C       Em      Dm      G
(harmonica and piano)
Am      G       F       F
(harmonica and piano)
G       G       

[Verse 3]
C           Em
Yeah it's just there
Dm      G       C       
At the bottom of those spiral stairs
C       Em      Dm
It's the World's Fair
G       C
The future's on display
A       G
In the still night
F       Em
They turned on the electric lights
Am      Em      
And the crowd cried out
F       G       C
Everyone looks so amazed

[Instrumental 3]
C       F       F       C       
(harmonica and piano)
C       G       G       Am
(harmonica and piano)
G       F       F       Em
(harmonica and piano)
Em
(harmonica fade)
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