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Parting Gift Chords

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Parting Gift by Fiona Apple
Album : Extraordinary Machine, 2005

Submitted by: Facundo M. Quiroga (facundoq86@hotmail.com)

The song is played with a piano, so don't expect much, and try to play with
the chords to make it sound right..

The A-E5-D5 in the 1st part could be something like this:
e|------------------|
B|------------------|
G|------------------|
D|----6-------------|
A|---7---77-5-------|
E|-5---6------------|

or

e|------------------|
B|------------------|
G|------------------|
D|----6-------------|
A|---7---77-5-------|
E|-5---5------------|

which sounds better than playing just plain chords.

Intro: Play the above twice -.-

1st Part:
A           E5
I opened my eyes
      D5        A               E5       D5
While you were kissing me once more than once
A                    E5   D5    A   E5D5
And you looked as sincere as a dog
A           E5  D5    A        E5 D5
Just as sincere as a dog does,
              A                       E5   D5       
       E5 D5
When it's the food on your lips with which it's in love

2nd Part: (Mess with the chords
C                  B
  I bet you could never tell
C                        A5
  That I knew you didn't know me that well
G    (Struck Once)
  It is my fault you see
     F  (Struck Once)
You never learned that much from me

Chorus:
C       B            C          G
Oh you silly stupid pastime of mine
C   E?              F        G
    You were always good for rhyme
Am           E?            C
And from the first to the last time
     Dm          C
The sign says stop
            Dm                    C
But we went on whole hearted it ended bad
                     Am G (quick transition)         C
But I love what we started                 it says stop
            Dm                    C
But we went on whole hearted it ended bad
                     Am G (quick transition)
But I love what we started

1st Part:
A               E5
I took off my glasses
      D5        A                  E5       D5
While you were yelling at me once more than once
A                    E5   D5    A   E5 D5
So as not to see you see me react
A               E5     D5                    A     
D5
Should've put 'em, should've put 'em on again
            A                  E5   D5          A    
   E5 D5
So I could see you see me sincerely yelling back

2nd Part:
C           B
I bet your fortress face
C            A5
Belied your fort of lace
G  (Struck Once)
It is by the grace of me
      F  (Struck Once)
You never learned what I could see

Chorus:
C       B            C          G
Oh you silly stupid pastime of mine
C   E?              F        G
    You were always good for rhyme
Am           E?                  C
And from the first to all the lasts times
Dm                   C
All the signs said stop
            Dm                    C
But we went on whole hearted it ended bad
                     Am G (quick transition)         C
But I love what we started                 it says stop
            Dm                    C
But we went on whole hearted it ended bad
                     Am G (quick transition)
But I love what we started
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moshka1 11 wrote on December 26 2014, 10:36 pm

Clearly wrong. the cords do not match the original song. and the progrecion of the tones have nothing to do, a video would help!

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crosswalk48 66 wrote on January 10 2015, 05:10 pm

It totally works for me. I was mainly just playing the chords:

I think the first "E?" is actually a B, maybe a B7.
I think the second "E?" is an E7.

I think the A5 in the second part is wrong, but I couldn't figure it out.

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cayte37 11 wrote on April 4 2015, 09:15 pm

Posting corrections, only for the parts that were wrong

2nd Part: (Mess with the chords
Cm B
I bet you could never tell
Cm B Am5 (quick transition)
That I knew you didn't know me that well

Chorus:
C B C G
Oh you silly stupid pastime of mine
C B7 F G
You were always good for rhyme
Am G/B C
And from the first to the last time
Dm Em
The sign says stop
Dm Am
But we went on whole hearted it ended bad
G Em
But I love what we started it says stop
Dm Am
But we went on whole hearted it ended bad
G
But I love what we started

2nd Part:
Cm B
I bet your fortress face
Cm B A5 (Quick transition)
Belied your fort of lace

Chorus:
C B C G
Oh you silly stupid pastime of mine
C B F G
You were always good for rhyme
Am G/B C
And from the first to all the last times
Dm Em
All the signs said stop
Dm Am
But we went on whole hearted it ended bad
G Em?
But I love what we started it says stop
Dm Am
But we went on whole hearted it ended bad
G
But I love what we started

Lick:

-E-C#--E-D#-D
A-----A#-B---

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