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Bixby Canyon Bridge Live Chords

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Bixby Canyon Bridge
Death Cab For Cutie
Narrow Stairs

This is meant to be an acoustic rendition of the song.  The Bass line obviously does a 
amount of "walking," but the root chords are good enough for playing on acoustic.

---------
-Verse A-
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C             Am                C
I descended a dusty gravel ridge
            Am                 C
Beneath the Bixby Canyon Bridge
           Am             C
Until I eventually arrived
       Am
At the place where your soul had died

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-Verse B-
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F        C      G       F
Barefoot in the shallow creek
            C           G         F
I grab some stones from underneath
           C         G        F (hold an extra measure)
Waiting for you to speak to me

---------
-Verse A-
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C                  Am                  C
In the silence it became so very clear
             Am                   C
That you had long ago disappeared
             Am                         C
And I curse myself for being surprised
                Am
That this didn't play out like it did in my mind

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-Verse B-
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F          C     G             F
All the way from San Francisco
         C     G                F
As I chase the end of your rope
               C   G           F
'Cause I've still got miles to go

---------
-Verse C-
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F
     C         G    F
I want to know my fate
    C      G         F
If I keep up this way
       C     G          F
Its hard to want to stay
       Am    E
Aw  -  a  -  y

F
       C    G         F
Then everyone you meet
             C   G       F
Will all seem to be asleep
         C               G               D
And you wonder if you're missing your dream
          F          D
You can't see your dream
          F          D
You can't see your dream
           F         D          F
Just can't see your dream

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-Chorus-
--------

       D                 G      F
  Your dr   -  e    -    am.........
E|----------------------------------|
B|----------------------------------|
G|----------------------------------| (Repeat x12, last 4 w/o lyrics)
D|-----4-------5-(slide)-10-(hold)--|
A|----------------------------------|
E|----------------------------------|

For the next 7 progressions, alternate between these two Riffs, A B A B A B A

 ~~~Riff A~~~
       D              G       F
E|---------------------------------------------------|
B|--------------------------------------5b6b5-5b6b6--|
G|-----------------------------------5---------------|
D|-----4-------5------10------5----------------------|
A|---------------------------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------|

 ~~~Riff B~~~
       D              G       F
E|---------------------------------------------------|
B|--------------------------------------5b6b5-5b6-3--|
G|-----------------------------------5---------------|
D|-----4-------5------10------5----------------------|
A|---------------------------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------|

       D              G       F         F (with 
bend)
E|-------------------------------------------------------------|
B|--------------------------------------5b6b5-(Repeat bend x7)-|
G|-----------------------------------5-------------------------|
D|-----4-------5------10------5--------------------------------|
A|-------------------------------------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------------------------------------|

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-Outro-
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C
        Am                   C
Then is started getting dark
                      Am                       C
And I trudged back to where the car was parked
             Am               C
No closer to any kind of truth
            Am                    (rest)
As I must assume was the case with you
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Somniferous wrote on May 16 2008, 04:31 pm

Nice work

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tbuhler wrote on May 24 2008, 11:36 pm

Good tab! A good acoustic rendering of this song. I got lost a bit during the slide riffs, but for the most part they're pretty close or you can figure out the missing parts easily. Great job!

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hilton.pintor wrote on September 29 2013, 06:55 pm

nice job, just a small correction on the lyrics. instead of away it should be awake. cheers.

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