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Elephant In The Dock Chords

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Elephant in the Dock
Ten Stories
meWithoutYou

Tabbed by Matt Giesmann

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Notes:
-Tough vocal phrasing
-For playing acoustically, I fingerpick between the recording and a full strum
-For precise picking, which doesn't exactly follow these chords, see the 'tab' for this song 
-In the chorus, slide is optional. I slide 3 half steps up to Dm instead of the octave slide

    Verses            Choruses
    F#m  A    E...    Bm  A   F#m Bm
|---2---/5---\0---|---2---0---2---2-/-14---|
|---2---/5---\0---|---3---2---2---3-/-15---|
|---2---/6---\1---|---4---2---2---4-/-16---|
|---4---/7---\2---|---4---2---4---4-/-16---|
|---4---/7---\2---|---2---0---4---2-/-14---|
|---2---/5---\0---|-----------2------------|
================================================================================

[Intro]
F#m A E F#m
F#m A E E

[Narrator:]
F#m     A             E            F#m
Pillary stocks at the gallows tree dock
    F#m         A               E                 E
the crowd grew impatient as the clouds threatened rain
F#m       A             E           F#m
Elephant arrived at the Constable's side,
         F#m             A                 E         E
with her trunk locked in shackles, and her ankles in chains

[Bailiff:]
     F#m       A         E        F#m
"All rise, all rise, his Honor presides,"
    F#m            A            E             E
the Judge took the bench to the village brass cavalcade,
F#m        A                  E            
Elephant refused to swear the oath, said
[Elephant:]
              F#m            F#m     
"I don't know anything about truth,
           A                E        
but I know falsehood when I see it,
       E                     F#m                A  E F#m F#m A E E
and it looks like this whole world you've made"

F#m         A                E         F#m
Good of our chaplain to sail Kalispell Bay
        F#m         A                E           E
And now down on his marrows for this old fool to pray,
           F#m        A            E            F#m
"Lord, for sixty-some years I've surrendered my love,
   F#m        A                     E                  E
to emblems of kindness, and not the kindness they were emblems of,
F#m          A               E               F#m
Trammels and rings, with the strength of old strings,
         F#m          A              E           E
and some hobble skirt spring, by the old problem caught,
          F#m         A             E                 F#m
Children, sometimes I think all our thoughts are just things,
         F#m             A               E         
and then sometimes think things are just thoughts,"
        E
and the rabble rang

[Crowd:]
Bm                       A                       F#m Bm
"Hang! the Elephant must hang! the Elephant must hang!
Bm                      A                       F#m Bm
Hang! the Elephant must hang! the Elephant must hang!"

[Elephant:]
   F#m           A            E       F#m 
"A thirteen coil knot for the samovar pot! 
         F#m         A          E           E
Scottish Oatcakes in haversacks each to its grave
          F#m       A         E          F#m 
This mock trial can no more determine my lot,
         F#m         A           E           
than can driftwood determine the ocean's waves,
E             F#m            A                E           F#m 
Brandish your ropes and your boards, and your basket-hilt swords,
         F#m          A             E            E
but what is there can punish like a conscience ignored?
        F#m      A             E       
Yes, my body did just as you implied,
           F#m              F#m      A                   E     
while some ghost we'll call 'I' idly watched through its eyes,"
        E
and the jury sang,

Bm                      A                       F#m Bm
"Hang! the Elephant must hang! the Elephant must hang!
Bm                      A                       F#m Bm
Hang! the Elephant must hang! the Elephant must hang!
Bm                      A                       F#m Bm
Hang! the Elephant must hang! the Elephant must hang!
Bm                      A                       F#m Bm
Hang! the Elephant must hang! the Elephant must hang!"

[Elephant:]
Bm                        F#m    
   I feel it stealing now
Bm                        F#m                 
   I feel it stealing now
Bm                        F#m  
   I feel it stealing now
Bm         
   All adrift fathoms down
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