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Baby Britain - From the Album "XO"
By Elliott Smith

This song is actually played on Piano but it transfers to Guitar fine.

Chords used:

Em7:  022030
Am7:  x02010
G:    320033
C:    x32010
G/B:  x20003
Am:   x02210
A/C#: x4222x
D:    xx0232
B/D#: x6444x


[Verse]
Em7                     Am7
baby britain feels the best
G              C
floating over a sea of vodka
Em7                Am7
separated from the rest
G                   C
fights problems with bigger problems
Em7                     Am7
sees the ocean fall and rise
G                         C
counts the waves that somehow didn't hit her
Em7                    Am7
water pouring from her eyes
G            C
alcoholic and very bitter


[Chorus:]

    Em Em/G Em/A Em/B  C
for someone half as   smart
      Em Em/G  Em/A  Em/B  C
you'd be   a   work  of    art
    Em  Em/G Em/A Em/B C G/B  
you put your-self  a-  part
Am                    C
and i can't help until you start

[Verse 2:]

Em7                        Am7
we knocked another couple back
G                       C
the dead soliders lined up on the table
Em7                     Am7
still prepared for an attack
G                           C
they didn't know they'd been disabled
Em7                    Am7
felt a wave a rush of blood
G                     C
you won't be happy til the bottle's broken
Em7                            Am7
and you're out swimming in the flood
G                 C
you kept back kept unspoken

[Repeat chorus]

[Bridge:]

C                      A/C#
you got a look in your eye
                       D
when you're saying goodbye
                   B/D#
like you wanna say hi

[Instrumental:]

Em Em/G Em/A  Em/B  C (3X)
G/B Am  C


[Verse 3:]

Em7                         Am7
the light was on but it was dim
G              C
revolver's been turned over
Em7                      Am7
and now it's ready once again
G                     C
the radio was playing crimson and clover
Em7                       Am7
london bridge is safe and sound
G                      C
no matter what you keep repeating
Em7                     Am7
nothing's gonna drag me down
G                 C
to a death that's not worth cheating


[Repeat chorus] 2X


For the chorus part, all you are doing is playing Em7 with an ascending
bass line that looks like this when tabbed out:

All E minors listed here are actually Em7 chords

 Em Em/G Em/A Em/B   C
--0---0----0----0----0---------|
--0---0----0----0----1---------|
--0---0----0----0----0---------|
--2---2----2----2----2---------|
--2---2----0----2----3---------|
--0---3------------------------|
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mistercharlie 43 wrote on September 24 2012, 08:35 pm

Looks great! But the walk-up is slightly off, it's E F# G B C, not E G A B C.

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tutani 41 wrote on October 28 2012, 01:39 pm

mistercharlie is right.
Also, I think one should try to mimic the way Elliott plays it at the beginning of the short film "Lucky Three": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=461EilD9Tz8 His guitar seems to be tuned down a bit in that, maybe by a half-step.

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BrobeCagre 294 wrote on December 2 2013, 02:13 am

Yeah, I always try to emulate the "Lucky Three" early version when I play it. And he tuned down a whole step for that, in case you're interested to know.

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