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#----------------------------------PLEASE NOTE---------------------------------#
#This file is the author's own work and represents their interpretation of the #
#song. You may only use this file for private study, scholarship, or research. #
#------------------------------------------------------------------------------##
From: schnitzi@east.isx.com (Mark J. Schnitzius)

Blue Chair
from Blood and Chocolate
tabbed by Mark Schnitzius (schnitzi@east.isx.com)
corrections below by kevinmoore@cruz.com (Kevin Moore)
        and Stu Shea 


Here's my best stab at this song.  Parts of it seem to be not quite
right (especially the part where Elvis is stating whose turn it is
to do what).  Improvements are more than welcome.   --Mark

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[Intro stays on D]

D                        G         D
 Now it's just you and me, my blue friend
D
 And you say that it's you that she's thinking of
G          F#7
 And our affair must end
D
 But if it's you that she's thinking of
G                              F#7
 I think my broken heart might mend

         G          F#m      Em           D
Now it's my turn to talk and your turn to think
G            A       D          G
Your turn to buy and my turn to drink
G            F#m     Em         D
Your turn to cry and my turn to sink
G                Em
 Down in the Blue Chair
G     A           D
 Down in the Blue Chair

Now I've made up my mind
I've made my mistake
And I know that she cries for you
When she's barely awake
Well she's going to bend your mind
Well I hope it don't break

[Repeat chorus]

                 Em
Down in the Blue Chair
       F#m       G
We can watch our troubles rise
     F#m            Em
Like smoke into the air
          A         D
And drift up to the ceiling
                 Em
Down in the Blue Chair
        F#m              G        F#m
You can feel just like a boy or a man
         Em             A             D
And next minute you can find yourself kneeling
                 F#m
Down in the Blue Chair
        G#m         A          G#m
They're boasting of loving the daylights
      F#m        G#m          Bm
right out of her in the small hours
                 Em
Down in the Blue Chair
    F#m           G             F#m
You say that your love lasts forever
     Em           G          A     A/G  A/F#     A/E
when you know the night just hours      uh ho ho ho ho ho

And still I want her right now
Not any minute, hour or day
And wherever she is tonight
I want her anyway
I suppose she never said to you,
You were just in the way

         G          F#m      Em           D
Now it's my turn to talk and your turn to think
G            A       D          G
Your turn to buy and my turn to drink
G            F#m     Em         D
Your turn to cry and my turn to sink
G                Em
 Down in the Blue Chair
G     A           D
 Down in the Blue Chair
G                Bm
 Down in the Blue Chair
Bb    A           D   [N.C.]
 Down in the Blue Chair

G     A           D
 Down in the Blue Chair
G     A           D
 Down in the Blue Chair
G     A           B7
 Down in the Blue Chair

Em    F#m
  Down in the blue
G        Bm
 Blue becomes you
G     A           D
 Down in the Blue Chair


From: kevinmoore@cruz.com (Kevin Moore)


This is definitely a challenging one:

Here's what I got :

>         G                   F#m7      C/E              D
>Now it's my turn to talk and your turn to think
>G                    A        A# aug       Bmi
>Your turn to buy and my turn to drink
>G                  F#m7     C/E          D
>Your turn to cry and my turn to sink ...

C/E would just be a normal C chord with an open E in the bass.
(EC uses C/E a lot)

The A# augmented chord is weird and has something else in it,
possible an open E? My best guess for a fingering would be:

E string: deadened
A string: 1st finger on 1st fret
D string: 4th finger on 4th fret
G string: 2nd finger on 3rd  fret
B string: 3rd finger on 3rd fret
E string: Open

I don't know, though-I've never seen Elvis live-sigh-I have a laser disc of
The Juliet Letters, but of course he doesn't play guitar on that one.

The bridge is also strange-you have the right bassline: E F# G F# E (B) A D,
but I think the chord just stays on Emi, although some instrument other
than the guitar keeps hinting at D#'s

[The early 70's dylan inflections are beautiful in this section]

The second part of the bridge (boasting of loving the daylights...)
sounds like the first part transposed up a whole step, so
F#mi, F#mi/G#, F#mi/A, etc.

Then back to the Emi

and then when he says "you know the night just hours" [what does he
mean by that?] the bass goes: E and then in 8th notes: F# G F# G, still
all against some kind of Emi. I'm just playing the bass line and
plucking the G B and E strings open for the E mi
On the F#mi part, I'm barring the 2nd fret to get the 3 highest
strings and then playing the bassline on the low string.

Your descending bassline coming down against the A chord is right, as
is the rest of the transcription.

I hope my carriage returns aren't coming out weird. Let me know.

Now I've got to go buy the CD to hear it better. I was going to
wait for the box set reissues to get to this album.

Does anyone know when the next box set is due to be released?

From: Stu Shea 


On Mon, 22 Aug 1994, Mark J. Schnitzius wrote:

>
> Here's my best stab at this song.  Parts of it seem to be not quite
> right (especially the part where Elvis is stating whose turn it is
> to do what).  Improvements are more than welcome.   --Mark

Looks good to me except that the chorus might be a bit different:
>
>          G          F#m      Em           D
> Now it's my turn to talk and your turn to think
> G            A       D          G
> Your turn to buy and my turn to drink
> G            F#m     Em         D
> Your turn to cry and my turn to sink
> G                Em

         G           F#m       Em          D
Now it's my turn to talk and your turn to think
  G           A      Bbm         Bm
Your turn to buy and my turn to drink
  G           F#m     C          Bm
Your turn to cry and my turn to sink

blah blah


Or something like that.

Stuart Shea
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CAPTAINBEEFHEAR 167 May 08, 2013 01:22 AM

You said it is your best stab (if you say that fast it sounds like best tab - maybe try some easier songs?? I recommend Blink 182 ;) ) and it's certainly a good stab. Very difficult song. I like your ending, the Bb works really well and the B7 is spot on. I think the very last movement is from a G to a Gminor to a D, though.

It seems pretty certain to me that the chord on 'my' in chorus 2nd line (my turn to drink) has to have an A# in it somewhere leading between A and Bm (which you have given and which I think are the correct chords)...the strange Aaug suggested by the second poster sounds like a pretty decent guess because of this, although note that it isn't an aug at all - aug has a sharp 5th, i.e. an F instead of E, when playing an A. An Aaug actually sounds ok too, though; the F plays the same role moving from E to F# (present in A and Bm, respectively) as the A# does between A and B (respectively) in these chords...being a fifth apart from each other they all move across the same intervals and it is the tension caused by the chromatic A# or F which the chord requires. Although it is MUCH easier to play A - Aaug - Bmin (Aaug is simply an A with pinkie on D string 3rd fret, or index e string 1st fret) than the peculiar chord suggested, the latter actually sounds closer, IMO. Irksome.

As poster 3 suggested, this chord could simply be an A#min (he called it Bb but I'll stick with sharps, since my convoluted previous paragraph will only become more confusing still if I start talking about flats now)...at first I thought some kind of A# would be too obvious (and therefore jarring to the ear) to work..I imagined a chord which contained an A# as something other than the root note would transtition better...having tried it a few times it actually works rather well though (as minor or major - although I think the minor works better because there is then actually some upward movement..the major would stay still going to Bmin)...given how much easier it is to play an A#(min or maj) than the A'aug' described above I think it is the chord I will adopt. God (Elvis) only knows what the real thing is.

I don't think the C in 2nd poster's chorus works too well, not in the first line anyway. Perhaps in the third. I didn't like it until I tried a different shape...if it helps anyone else get over this issue, the shape I found to work well(ish) is simply a C barre at the 3rd fret except with the root note as the A string 7th fret rather than on C at the 3rd...index finger barres the usual suspect 5th frets and ring or pinkie for 7th. Then the move down to a D bass note in the next chord is just down 1 tone instead of jumping back up 6. To avoid the whole thing, though, why not just the original tab's Emin instead of a C/E, but on the last line use the 3rd poster's Bm instead of returning to D?

I feel this has gone well beyond far enough so I will stop there. I hope it is not too dense or jumbled to guide anyone who (mis)chances upon it. Between the four of us to varying degrees I think we have approximated a decent attempt at a ludicrously challenging song. I gave the single version one listen thinking it may help but immediately abandoned that plan..we don't need any more confusion than the album version brings.

Happy strumming everyone.

P.S. The Juliet Letters is dreadful...burn that disc.

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CAPTAINBEEFHEAR 167 May 08, 2013 02:59 AM

P.P.S. To the dude who asked about the night is just hours line, I think it's a pun on ours/hours: you say that your love lasts forever but you know the night is just ours - all he gets is some time in the dark with her before she goes back to the other(s) in the light of day. Night is just hours - her love supposedly lasts forever but all he gets is this small amount of time, just a few hours.

Also, does anyone else think there is something extra going on in the third verse only on 'not any minute, hour or day' ? Something in between the usual G back to D. Hmm.

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