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                                       HEARTBEATS – José González
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Music and Lyrics: The Knife
Arrangement: José González
Album: Veneer (2005)

Tabbed by Robert Saunders (with help from other tabs on UG)

Tuning: D a d f# b e 
Capo on 1st fret 

Timing: 4/4

Chords(relative to capo):

      D5   B5  Gmaj7 Dadd9/A
e  |                      
b  |            0
f# |  3    0    0     0              
d  |  0    4    0     0           
a  |  5    2    5     7    
D  |  0    X    5     7    


Notes:

There are already 11 tabs of this song on UG but I still felt there was room for another, not least 
because none of the other tabs seem to have the correct spacing. I have drawn heavily on the other 
tabs to produce this one. Version 10 in particular is excellent but I found the layout and the random 
spacing to be a bit confusing. I don’t claim that my version is better, just different and hopefully 
easier for some people to follow. Please let me know if I’ve made any definite errors and I will 
correct them. 

Only three chords (D5, B5 and Gmaj7) are used for the verse and chorus. The tab below is based on 
the first 2 verses and first rendition of the chorus. In the subsequent verses and choruses there are 
some subtle variations in the picking patterns but they are all very similar, if not identical, to 
those below. When playing live, González seems to mix up the picking patterns each time he plays the 
song (as is common with folk finger-pickers) so it seems pointless to tab every variation sequentially. 
If you can learn to play the tab below fluently you should find that you can play the whole song as 
faithfully as you choose, as well as adding your own spontaneous variations, which is how this song 
should be played in my opinion. 

Where I’m not sure if González plays a very faint note, I’ve erred on the side of leaving it out(this 
tends to be the second and last note of each bar).


Technique:

The thumb plays every half beat (apart from in the 1st bar of the intro) all the way through the song 
by picking all the notes on the 5th and 6th (a and D) strings. The notes on the other strings are 
played with the index and middle fingers and occasionally the ring finger. The exception is in the 
ante-penultimate (3rd from last) bar of the bridge where the thumb plays the 4th string 5th fret.



[Intro]

   D5                               D5

e |--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
b |--------------------------------|--------------------------0-----|
f#|--------------3-----------3-----|--------------3-----------3-----|
d |--0-------0-----------0---------|--0-------0-----------0-------0-|
a |----4h5-----5---4h5-5---5---0---|----4h5-5---5---4h5-5---5---0---|
D |0-------X-----------------------|0-------------------------------|
     

   B5                               Gmaj7

e |--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
b |----------0---------------------|--------------------------------|
f#|----------0---------------0-----|----------0---------------0-----|
d |------4-------4-------4---------|------0-------0-------0---------|
a |2---2---2---2---0h2-2---0-------|----5---5---5---4h5-5---5---0---|
D |----------------------------4---|5-------------------------------|
   

   D5                               D5

e |--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
b |--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
f#|--------------3-----------3-----|--------------3-----------3-----|
d |----------0-----------0---------|--0-------0-----------0---------|
a |----4h5-5---5---4h5-5---5---0---|----4h5-5---5---4h5-5---5---0---|
D |0-------------------------------|0-------------------------------|
  

   B5                               Gmaj7

e |--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
b |----------0---------------------|--------------------------------|
f#|----------0---------------0-----|----------0---------------0-----|
d |------4-------4-------4---------|------0-------0-------0---------|
a |2---2---2---2---0h2-2---0-------|----5---5---5---4h5-5---5---0---|
D |----------------------------4---|5-------------------------------|




[Verse]


   D5                               D5

e |--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
b |--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
f#|----------3---------------3-----|----------3---------------3-----|
d |------0-------0-------0---------|------0-------0-------0-------0-|
a |----4---5---5---4h5-5---5---0---|----4---5---5---4h5-5---0---0---|
D |0-------------------------------|0-------------------------------|
       One night to...                   One night to...

      
   B5                               Gmaj7
  
e |--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
b |----------0---------------0-----|--------------------------------|
f#|--------------------------0-----|----------0---------------0-----|
d |------4-------4-------4---------|------0-------0-------0---------|
a |2---2---2---2---0h2-2---0-------|----5---5---5---4h5-5---5---0---|
D |----------------------------4---|5-------------------------------|
       We had a promise...              Four hands...


   D5                               D5

e |--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
b |--------------------------------|--------------------------0-----|
f#|----------3---------------3-----|----------3---------------0-----|
d |--------------0-------0-------0-|------0-------0-------0---------|
a |----4h5-5---5---4h5-5---5---0---|----4---5---5---4h5-5---0---0---|
D |0-------------------------------|0-------------------------------|
       Both under...                    We had...
                        


   B5                               Gmaj7

e |--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
b |----------0---------------------|--------------------------------|
f#|----------0---------------0-----|----------0---------------0-----|
d |------4-------4-------4---------|------0-------0-------0-------0-|
a |2---2---2---2---0h2-2---0-------|----5---5---5---4h5-5---5---5---|
D |----------------------------4---|5-------------------------------|
       To know...                       Mind is a...




Chorus link [played when moving from verse to chorus]:

   
   Gmaj7

e |----------------|
b |----------------|
f#|----------0-----|
d |------0---------|
a |4h5-5---5---0---|
D |----------------|
 



Chorus part 1:


   D5                               D5
 
e |--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
b |--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
f#|----------3---------------3-----|----------3---------------3-----|
d |--------------0-------0---------|--------------0-------0---0-----|
a |----4h5-5---5---4h5-5---5---0---|----4h5-5---5---4h5-5---5---0---|
D |0-------------------------------|0-------------------------------|
       To call for...                             To lean...

     
   B5                               Gmaj7

e |--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
b |----------0---------------------|--------------------------------|
f#|--------------------------0-----|----------0---------------0-----|
d |------4-------4-------4---------|------0-------0-------0---------|
a |2---2---2---2---0h2-2---0-------|----5---5---5---4h5-5---5---0---|
D |----------------------------4---|5-------------------------------|
       Wouldn’t be good        e    nough       for me,   no
 




Chorus part 2 [played when going from chorus to verse. Don’t play this part when moving from 
chorus to bridge]:


   D5                               D5

e |--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
b |--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
f#|--------------3-----------3-----|--------------3-----------3-----|
d |----------0-----------0---------|----------0-----------0---------|
a |----4h5-5---5---4h5-5---5---0---|----4h5-5---5---4h5-5---5---0---|
D |0-------------------------------|0-------------------------------|





[Bridge]


   Dadd9/A                          Dadd9/A

e |--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
b |--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
f#|----------0---------------0-----|----------0---------------0-----|
d |------0-------0-------0-------0-|------0-------0-------0---------|
a |----7---7---7-------7---7---7---|----7---7---7-------7---7---7---|
D |7---------------7---------------|7---------------7---------------|
   you,                you knew...


   Gmaj7                            Gmaj7

e |--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
b |--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
f#|----------0---------------0-----|-----------0--------------0-----|
d |------0-------0-------0-------0-|------0-------0-------0---------|
a |----5---5---5-------5---5---5---|----5---5---5-------5---5---5---|
D |5---------------5---------------|5---------------5---------------|
   devil.                                                       And


   Dadd9/A                          Dadd9/A

e |--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
b |--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
f#|----------0---------------0-----|----------0---------------0-----|
d |------0-------0---7---7-------0-|------0-------0---0---0-------0-|
a |----7---7---7-------7---7---7---|----7---7---7-------7---7---7---|
D |7---------------7---------------|7---------------7---------------|
   you...                               kept us...


   Gmaj7                            Gmaj7

e |--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
b |--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
f#|----------0---------------0-----|----------0---------------0-----|
d |--0---0-------0---0---0-------0-|--0---0-------0---0---0-5-----0-|
a |----5---5---5-------5---5---5---|----5---5---5-------5-------0---|
D |5---------------5---------------|5---------------5---------------|
   wolves teeth,   Sharing...       heartbeats      in      one

         
  B5                               B5
                                           
e |-------------------------^0-----|-------------------------------|
b |---------^0--------------^0-----|-------------------------0-----|
f#|---------^0-----------0---------|---------0-------3-------------|
d |------4-------4---4-----------4-|-----4-------4-------4-------0-|
a |2---2---2---2---2---2---2---2---|2--2---2---2---2---2---2---0---|
D |--------------------------------|-------------------------------|
   night...   
 

After the bridge go back to chorus part one. Play that twice then end with the following 
arpeggiated D5 chord: 


e |----|
b |----|
f#|^3--|
d |^0--|
a |^0--|
D |^0--|


Lyrics & Chords:


D5
 One night to be confused

D5
 One night to speed up truth

B5
 We had a promise made  

Gmaj7
 Four hands and then away


Both under influence
We had divine scent 
To know what to say  
Mind is a razor blade


[Chorus]

D5
 To call for hands of above

D5
      To lean on

B5                 Gmaj7
 Wouldn’t be good enough


 For me, no.


One night of magic rush
The start a simple touch
One night to push and scream
And then relief

Ten days of perfect tunes
The colours red and blue
We had a promise made
We were in love

To call for hands of above
To lean on
Wouldn’t be good enough
For me, no

To call for hands of above
To lean on
Wouldn’t be good enough


[Bridge]
    
    Dadd9/A   Dadd9/A                   Gmaj7    Gmaj7
And you,       you knew the hand of the devil

    Dadd9/A   Dadd9/A             Gmaj7
And you,       kept us awake with wolves teeth

                  Gmaj7
Sharing different heartbeats

       B5         B5
In one night


To call for hands of above
To lean on
Wouldn’t be good enough
For me, no

To call for hands of above
To lean on
Wouldn't be good enough

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 h = hammer-on
 X = silent/missing thumb note
 ^ = arpeggiated 

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el_chupacabra27 10 Jan 29, 2016 12:20 AM

In looking at all the tabs ver. 1-9 I noticed there were a lot of repeated mistakes and I think this tab does the best job of showing the proper "patterns" in the song in a way that makes sense (I agree ver. 10 is good but way too cluttered for my tastes).

A lot of the confusion comes for the way Jose plays ghost notes (or doesn't) from verse to verse. The important thing to remember is that his fingerpicking patterns are always the same and rhythmically STEADY, he just changes the emphasized notes from time to time which accounts for slight variations.

The one thing I might add to this tab is a ghost note between the first and second bass notes of each measure (an open 4th string for instance) - not to change the melody but to make the simplicity of the rhythm clearer. Once you understand the repetition of this song, it's actually very easy and the variations are easy to pick up from there.

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el_chupacabra27 10 Jan 29, 2016 12:21 AM

If you look at the tab for Jose's "Stay In The Shade (ver. 2)" you'll get a good sense of what I'm talking about.

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onecentrob 437 Jan 29, 2016 04:19 PM

Thanks for the feedback. I'll take a look at that tab and see if I can use it to improve this one.

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