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The Writer Chords

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2nd fret
Capo 2

[Intro] 
C Em D
C Em D
C Em D
D C Em G

[Verse 1]
     C           Em
You wait for a silence
   G          D
I wait for a word
       C            Em
Lying next to your frame
 G       D
Girl unobserved
      C           Em
You change your position
          G     D
You're changing me
   C            Em
Casting these shadows
       D             G
Where they shouldn't be

[Pre-Chorus]
C           Em
We're interrupted
        G          D
By the heat of the sun
C           Em
Trying to prevent
         G       D
What's already begun
C              Em
You're just a body
        G        D
I can smell your skin
     C          Em
And when I feel it
         D      G
You're wearing thin

[Chorus]
     Em      C  D
But I've got a plan
           D           Em
Why don't you be the artist
     C             G
And make me out of clay?
           D           Em
Why don't you be the writer
  C                G
Decide the words I say?
            Em     G
Cause I'd rather pretend
            D               Em
I'll still be there at the end
           C           Em
Only it's too hard to ask
           D          G
Won't you try to help me?

[Verse 2]
C           Em
Sat on your sofa
     G            D
It's all broken springs
       C           Em
This isn't the place for
        G        D
Those violin strings
   C           Em
I try out a smile
      G         D
And I aim it at you
     C           Em
You must have missed it
       D    G
You always do

[Chorus]
     Em      C  D
But I've got a plan
   D           Em
Why don't you be the artist
     C             G
And make me out of clay?
           D           Em
Why don't you be the writer
  C                G
Decide the words I say?
            Em     G
Cause I'd rather pretend
            D               Em
I'll still be there at the end
           C           Em
Only it's too hard to ask
           D          G
Won't you try to help me?

[Bridge]
 C
You wait
        Em
I wait
Em         D
Casting shadows
    D
Interrupted

C
You wait
        Em
I wait
Em         D
Casting shadows
    D
Interrupted

 C
You wait
        Em
I wait
Em         D
Casting shadows
    D
Interrupted

 C
You wait
        Em
I wait
Em         D
Casting shadows

[Chorus]
     Em      C  D
But I've got a plan
         D           Em
Why don't you be the artist
     C             G
And make me out of clay?
           D           Em
Why don't you be the writer
  C                G
Decide the words I say?
            Em     G
Cause I'd rather pretend
            D               Em
I'll still be there at the end

           C           Em
Only it's too hard to ask
           D          G
Won't you try to help me?

[Chorus]
But I've got a plan

        D           Em
Why don't you be the artist
     C             G
And make me out of clay?
           D           Em
Why don't you be the writer
  C                G
Decide the words I say?
            Em     G
Cause I'd rather pretend
            D               Em
I'll still be there at the end

           C           Em
Only it's too hard to ask
           D          G
Won't you try to help me?
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filthandfury 233 Apr 30, 2010 09:17 AM

Few corrections,

D Em
Why don't you be the artist
C G
And make me out of clay?

Em G
Cause I'd rather pretend
D Em
I'll still be there at the end

They're the only things that stand out to me :)

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bethanyzac 10 Sep 17, 2013 12:04 PM

Which strings should I pluck when playing this song? Also does anyone have a link or any advice on how to play it the way Gabrielle Aplin does in her cover of this on youtube? The same if anyone has a link or advice on the way Ellie plays it live also.

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coolcop17409 10 Sep 19, 2013 01:52 PM

Both Verses
e|----------------------------------------------|
B|----7--8--3--5-----5-----3-----7-----5--------|
G|----0--0--0--0--0-----0--0--0--0--0-----0-----|
D|----------------------------------------------|
A|----5--7--2--3-----------2-----5--------------|
E|----------------------------------------------| x3

G
e|----------------------------------------------|
B|----7--8--3--5-----5-----3-----3--------------|
G|----0--0--0--0--0-----0--0--0--0--------------|
D|----------------------------------------------|
A|----5--7--2--3-----------2--------------------|
E|-------------------------------3--------------|

The chorus is pretty much the same but with the same fingerpicking pattern and 3rd fret held down on the B string the whole time.

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