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Sim Sala Bim Tab

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                          Sim Sala Bim - Fleet Foxes
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Tabbed by: me!

Tuning: CGCGA#C with a capo on the 5th fret.

Pretty sure this is the right tuning, when played live anyway. Feel free to improve!


Intro riff:

 c|------------------------------------|
A#|---7-------4p2p0---2-------2--------|
 G|-------0--------0------0-------0----|
 C|---0-------0-------0-------0--------| (x4)
 G|------------------------------------|
 C|------------------------------------|


Verse:

"He was so kind..."

 c|--------------------------------------------------------|
A#|--------------------------------------------------------|
 G|------0-----0-----0-----0-----0-----0-----0-----0-------|
 C|---------2-----------2-----------2-----------2----------|
 G|---0-----------0-----------0-----------0----------------|
 C|--------------------------------------------------------|
                                                                          (x2)
 c|------------------------------------------------------------------|
A#|---7-------4p2p0---2-------2-------7-------4p2p0---2-------2------|
 G|-------0--------0------0-------0-------0--------0------0-------0--|
 C|---0-------0-------0-------0-------0-------0-------0-------0------| 
 G|------------------------------------------------------------------|
 C|------------------------------------------------------------------|


Chorus:

"Ruffle the fur..."

 c|------------------------------------------------------|
A#|------------------------------------------------------|
 G|---3-----3-----3-----3-----0-----0-----0-----0--------|
 C|------2-----2-----2-----2-----0-----0-----0-----0-----| (x2)
 C|---0-----0-----0-----0-----0-----0-----0-----0--------|
 G|------------------------------------------------------|

 c|------------------------------------------------------|
A#|------------------------------------------------------|
 G|---2-----2-----2-----2-----0-----0-----0--------------|
 C|------0-----0-----0-----0-----0-----0-----0-----------|
 G|---0-----0-----0-----0-----0-----0-----0-----3p2p0----|
 C|------------------------------------------------------|

 c|------------------------------------|
A#|---7-------4p2p0---2-------2--------|
 G|-------0--------0------0-------0----|
 C|---0-------0-------0-------0--------| (x4)
 G|------------------------------------|
 C|------------------------------------|


Second verse:

"Then the Earth shook..."

 c|---9-------------------------------------------------------|
A#|---7-----------7---4--2--0--2------7---4--2--0--2----------|
 G|---7---(x16)-------------------0-------------------0-------|
 C|-----------------------------------------------------------| (x2)
 G|-----------------------------------------------------------|
 C|-----------------------------------------------------------|


Second & Third Chorus:

"What makes me love you..."

 c|---0----------------------0---------------------|
A#|---0----------------------2---------------------|
 G|---3----------------------0---------------------| < Just strum these chords
 C|---2----------------------0---------------------|
 C|---0----------------------0---------------------|
 G|---0----------------------0---------------------|


 c|---0--------------------------------------------|
A#|---0-----------------7---4--2--0--2------(x4)---|
 G|---2---------------------------------0----------|
 C|---0--------------------------------------------|
 C|---0--------------------------------------------|
 G|---0--------------------------------------------|


Bridge (quietly):

"Remember when you had me..."

 c|-------------------------------------------------------0-----|
A#|-------------------------------------------------------------|
 G|---2---2---3---3---5---5---3---3---3---3---0---0---0-----0---|
 C|-----0---0---0---0---0---0---2---2---2---2---2---2---0-------|
 C|---2---2---3---3---5---5---0---0---0---0---0---0-------------|
 G|-------------------------------------------------------------|

 c|-------------------------------------------------------------|
A#|-------------------------------------------------------------|
 G|---2---2---3---3---5---5---3---3---3---3---0---0-----0~------|
 C|-----0---0---0---0---0---0---2---2---2---2---2----2----------|
 C|---2---2---3---3---5---5---0---0---0---0---0---0-----0~------|
 G|-------------------------------------------------------------|


Solo:

 c|----------------------------------------------------------|
A#|----------------------------------------------------------|
 G|----------------------------------------------------------|
 C|-----------------------------3-3p2p0----0-----------------|
 C|---3-3p2p0------0------(x3)----------h3---2-3-0-----------|
 G|-----------h5-4---2-0-------------------------------------|

 c|----------------------------------------------------------|
A#|----------------------------------------------------------|
 G|----------------------------------------------------------|
 C|---3-3p2p0----0-----0-------------------------------------|
 C|-----------h3---2-3---------3-3p2p0------0----------------|
 G|------------------------------------h5-4---2-0------------|

Then play this part twice:

 c|------------------------7--10--9--7--5/7--5-5--7-7--4-4-------|  
A#|------------------------9--9---9--9--0-0--7-7--9-9--6-6-------|
 G|------------------------0--0---0--0--0-0--7-7--9-9--5-5--(x3)-|
 C|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0--------0--0---0--0--0-0--0-0--0-0--0-0-------|
 C|-0-0-2-2-3-3-2-2--(x8)--------------------0-0--0-0--0-0-------|
 G|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0----------------------------------------------|

 c|--5--5--5--5--------------------|
A#|--7--7--7--7--------------------|
 G|--5--5--5--5--------------------|
 C|--0--0--0--0--0--0-0--0-0--0-0--|
 G|--0--0--0--0--2--2-3--3-2--2-0--|
 C|--0--0--0--0--0--0-0--0-0--0-0--|

Then finish:

 c|-----------------------------|
A#|-----------------------------|
 G|-----------------------------|
 C|-----------------------------|
 C|---3-3p2p0------0------(x4)--|
 G|-----------h5-4---2-0--------|


Lyrics:

He was so kind, such a gentleman tied to the oceanside
Lighting a match on the suitcase's latch in the fading of night

Ruffle the fur of the collie 'neath the table
Ran out the door through the dark
Carved out his initials in the bark

Then the Earth shook, that was all that it took for the dream to break
All the loose ends would surround me again, in the shape of your face

What makes me love you despite the reservations?
What do I see in your eyes?
Besides my reflection hanging high?

Are you off somewhere reciting incantations?
"Sim Sala Bim!" on your tongue?
Carving off the hair of someone's young?

Remember when you had me cut your hair?
Call me 'Delilah' then, I wouldn't care

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| /   slide up
| \   slide down
| h   hammer-on
| p   pull-off
| ~   vibrato
| +   harmonic
| x   Mute note
| b   Bend
| pb  Pre-bend
| br  Bend release
| pbr Pre-bend release
| brb Bend release bend

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Autopoietic Boy wrote on June 28 2011, 08:35 pm

I changed my rating to a three. In all honesty, most of the tab is correct and its uncertain exactly which version is closer to the actual way its played. Maybe look up my tab, try out the peculiar tuning and see how it fares in your opinion. Maybe we could help one another in discerning the authentic rendition.

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iatethesmiths wrote on June 29 2011, 07:12 am

This tab isn't right btw, I've already submitted an updated one. You're right about him picking the 12 fret on the intro but I'm sure he picks it on the B string so I think the tuning is CGCGA#C.

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