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Dashboard Confessional - Hands Down (So Impossible EP)
Tabbed by Franklin Gervacio

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TUNING: Standard Tuning (half step down)
 6  5  4  3  2  1   (String Number)
|Eb|Ab|Db|Gb|Bb|eb| (Low to high)

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NOTE: This tab is based upon the acoustic version that can be heard on the So 
Impossible EP, where they play it a half step down from standard tuning. I've
arranged it for one guitar here.

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DIFFICULTY LEVEL: Intermediate

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[INTRO] - / or \ means to slide up(/) or down(\) to the next note.

                           *Repeat this bar
eb|-----------------------|-------------------------------|
Bb|-----------------------|-------------------------------|
Gb|-------1----------1-2--|---------------1----------1-2--|
Db|-----4---2------4------|-----4/6\4---4---2------4------|
Ab|---2----------2--------|---2-------2----------2--------|
Eb|-0----------0----------|-0------------------0----------|

eb|--------------------|----------|
Bb|--------------------|----------|
Gb|---------------1----|----------|
Db|-----4/6\4---4---2--|-----4-1--|
Ab|---2-------2--------|---2-2-2--|
Eb|-0------------------|-0--------|

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[VERSE 1] - Palm mute the chords after first letting it ring out.
            
   *Repeat these two bars
eb|-------------------------|---------------------|
Bb|-------------------------|---------------------|
Gb|-1-----6-----2-----4-----|--7-7-7-7-/-6-6-6-6--|
Db|-2-----6-----2-----4-----|--7-7-7-7-/-6-6-6-6--|
Ab|-2-----4-----0-----2-----|--5-5-5-5-/-4-4-4-4--|
Eb|-0-----------------------|--0-0-0-0-/-0-0-0-0--|
      P.M.  P.M.  P.M.  P.M.
        
       "Your legs are..."
eb|-------------------------|            MUTE
Bb|-------------------------|
Gb|-1-----6-----2-----4-----|
Db|-2-----6-----2-----4-----| "We're doing nothing at all."
Ab|-2-----4-----0-----2-----|
Eb|-0-----------------------|
      P.M.  P.M.  P.M. Mute

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[CHORUS] - Sometimes Chris likes to use (x02220) instead of (577655).
   
   *Repeat 
eb|--0--|--4--|--5--|--4--| My hopes are so high that your kiss might kill me
Bb|--0--|--4--|--5--|--4--| So won't you kill me? So I die happy.
Gb|--1--|--4--|--6--|--4--| My heart is yours, to fill or burst.
Db|--2--|--6--|--7--|--6--| To break or bury, or wear as jewelry.
Ab|--2--|--6--|--7--|--6--| Which ever you prefer.
Eb|--0--|--4--|--5--|--4--|

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[VERSE 2] - A slight variation of the first verse. 
            
   *Repeat these two bars
eb|-------------------------|---------------------|
Bb|-------------------------|---------------------|
Gb|-1-----6-----2-----4-----|--7-7-7-7-/-6-6-6-6--|
Db|-2-----6-----2-----4-----|--7-7-7-7-/-6-6-6-6--|
Ab|-2-----4-----0-----2-----|--5-5-5-5-/-4-4-4-4--|
Eb|-0-----------------------|--0-0-0-0-/-0-0-0-0--|
      P.M.  P.M.  P.M.  P.M.
   
   "Stay quiet,stay near..."
eb|-------------------------|---------------------|
Bb|-------------------------|---------------------|
Gb|-1-----6-----2-----4-----|--7-7-7-7-/-6-6-6-6--|
Db|-2-----6-----2-----4-----|--7-7-7-7-/-6-6-6-6--|
Ab|-2-----4-----0-----2-----|--5-5-5-5-/-4-4-4-4--|
Eb|-0-----------------------|--0-0-0-0-/-0-0-0-0--|
      P.M.  P.M. Mute  Mute

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[CHORUS] - Sometimes Chris likes to use (x02220) instead of (577655).
   
   *Repeat 
eb|--0--|--4--|--5--|--4--| My hopes are so high that your kiss might kill me
Bb|--0--|--4--|--5--|--4--| So won't you kill me? So I die happy.
Gb|--1--|--4--|--6--|--4--| My heart is yours, to fill or burst.
Db|--2--|--6--|--7--|--6--| To break or bury, or wear as jewelry.
Ab|--2--|--6--|--7--|--6--| Which ever you prefer.
Eb|--0--|--4--|--5--|--4--|
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[BRIDGE] - For alternate voicings, try playing the same chords with the B and 
high e strings open.

   *Repeat
eb|--4--|--5--|--7--|--7--|
Bb|--4--|--5--|--7--|--7--|
Gb|--6--|--6--|--9--|--8--|    "Hands down, this is the best day..."
Db|--6--|--7--|--9--|--9--|
Ab|--4--|--7--|--7--|--9--|
Eb|--4--|--5--|--7--|--7--|

   Final phrase 
Eb|--4--|--5--|--0--|
Bb|--4--|--5--|--0--|
Gb|--6--|--6--|--1--|  "And I knew that you meant it, that you mean it...."
Db|--6--|--7--|--2--|
Ab|--4--|--7--|--2--|
Eb|--4--|--5--|--0--|
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| b  Bend
| /  Slide up
| \  Slide down

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Aussie Kid 10 Mar 24, 2005 07:00 PM

This is one of the greatest tabs i have ever seen.

Not because it was a really hard song to figure out or had lots of parts. It is the way you have set it out, explained things, given tips and hints.

I have seen heaps of tabs for this song cause it is so popular, most of them sounding good enough. This tab takes the cake. If only all tabs were made this well.

Great work mate. Keep it up :)

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GuitaroooMan 133 Mar 25, 2005 07:00 PM

Fo sho man. Thanks for the props.

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GuitaroooMan 133 Jun 10, 2005 08:00 PM

Right, right, right

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