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Valentine Chords

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Author
"Valentine" Fiona Apple

Chords used (for piano):

G: left hand-G   right hand (low to high)-D G B D
Em6: left hand-E  right hand (low to high)-E G B Db
Em7/C: left hand-C  right hand (low to high)-E G B D
Em6/A: left hand-A  right hand (low to high)-E G B Db
Em: right hand-E  left hand (low to high)-E G B
C/A: right hand-A  left hand (low to high)-E G C 
F: right hand-F  left hand (low to high)-F A C

"You you you you" section: B on right hand on beat 1
F and B on left hand on beat 2. Bounce between B
 and F on left hand. Listen to the song to get it exactly 
right, but that's the gist. 

[Intro]
G Em6 Em7/C Em6/A 
G Em6 Em7/C Em6/A

[Verse 1]
G                                Em6
     You didn't see my valentine
Em7/C             Em6/A
      I sent it via pantomime
G                                            Em6
      While you were watching someone else
Em7/C                          Em6/A
      I stared at you and cut myself
Em                             Em6/A
      It's all I'll do cuz I'm not free
C/A                      F               /F#
      A fugitive too dull to flee
G                               Em6
      I'm amorous but out of reach
Em7/C                        Em6/A
      A still life drawing of a peach

[Chorus]
Em                  Em6/A
       I'm a tulip in a cup
C/A                                  F
       I stand no chance of growing up 
G                                      Em6
       I've made my peace, I'm dead, I'm done
Em7/C                            Em6/A
       I'll watch you live to have my fun
  G
I root for you
  Em6
I love you
       /B          B5b 
You you you you
  G
I root for you
  Em6
I love you
Em6/A
You you you

[Verse 2]
G                       Em6
    I made it to a dinner date
Em7/C                                Em6/A
    My teardrops seasoned every plate
G                                 Em6
    I tried to dance but lost my nerve
Em7/C                         Em6/A 
    I cramped up in the learning curve
(Optional double bass/strings bridge)

[Chorus]
Em                  Em6/A
       I'm a tulip in a cup
C/A                                  F
       I stand no chance of growing up 
G                                    Em6
       I'm resigned to sail on through
Em7/C                    Em6/A
       In the wake of tales of you 
  G
I root for you
  Em6
I love you
       /B          B5b 
You you you you
 G
I root for you
  Em6
I love you
       /B          B5b 
You you you you
 G
I root for you
  Em6
I love you
       /B          B5b 
You you you you
  G
I root for you
  Em6
I love you
Em6/A
You you you
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tiopiñata 186 Feb 14, 2013 08:18 PM

great job!

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punkfluff 10 Oct 29, 2014 07:03 PM, edited at 07:04 pm

If you want to make the slash chords a little simpler you could write your Dbs as C#s. They would make more sense harmonically:Em7/C= Cmaj9 (C E G with added B nat and D)Em6/A= A9 (A C# E with added G B )C/A= Am7 (A C E G)Em6 = C#m7b5 (C# E G B) it is a commonly used jazz chord (half diminished 7th) built on #iv of the G major scale (#ivø7), it has a subdominant function- ie. it's taking the place of either C or Am in this key)
They are still sort of odd progressions cos C#m7(b5) would normally either precede or be follow by D chord in this key, and A9 would normally also precede D and then back to G, but she's using interesting chromatic movement and backdoor progressions basically (explained by the F taking the place of D etc). So the chorus for example should readChorus:Em A9 I'm a tulip in a cupAm7 F I stand no chance of growing up G C#m7b5 I'm resigned to sail on throughCmaj9 A9 In the wake of tales of you

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punkfluff 10 Oct 29, 2014 07:03 PM

If you want to make the slash chords a little simpler you could write your Dbs as C#s.
They would make more sense harmonically:

Em7/C= Cmaj9 (C E G with added B nat and D)
Em6/A= A9 (A C# E with added G B )
C/A= Am7 (A C E G)
Em6 = C#m7b5 (C# E G B) it is a commonly used jazz chord (half diminished 7th) built on #iv of the G major scale (#ivø7), it has a subdominant function- ie. it's taking the place of either C or Am in this key)

They are still sort of odd progressions cos C#m7(b5) would normally either precede or be follow by D chord in this key, and A9 would normally also precede D and then back to G, but she's using interesting chromatic movement and backdoor progressions basically (explained by the F taking the place of D etc).

So the chorus for example should read

Chorus:
Em A9
I'm a tulip in a cup

Am7 F
I stand no chance of growing up

G C#ø7
I'm resigned to sail on through

Cmaj9 A9
In the wake of tales of you

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