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Detailed breakdown of how to play each part of this entire song. Only public source in existence that I'm aware of. Carefully notated and transcribed from their live show. Was this info helpful? Yes No
Notated by: tagwolf
Reference Video: https://youtu.be/c0rwI7qWF9k?t=2118

NOTE: I notated everything from scratch as no tabs or chords currently exist. I am almost positive the
foundation is correct. I am still working out the acoustic solo tab from them playing live on Criag
Fergusen's show back in 2011. Which is difficult because of how strong their backing track is.
As much as I love OK Go. Their lead singer on guitar is really sloppy so be ready for lots of
alternate patterns.

TUNING STANDARD EADGBE (Although I've heard them play 1/2 step lowered.)

Intro
-----

Acoustic Guitar

           ___________________________ Repeat 2x _
          | E   E      F#  F#     A   A            |
E||-x-x---|--0---0------2---2------5---5-------------||
B||-x-x---|--0---0------2---2------5---5-------------||
G||-x-x---|--1---1------3---3------6---6-------------||
D||-x-x---|--2---2------4---4------7---7-------------||
A||-x-x---|--2---2------4---4------7---7-------------||
E||-x-x-0-|--0---0------2---2------5---5-------------|| 

Intro (Power Chords on Acoustic): 
E F# A
E F# A
(Electric comes in)
E F# A 
E F# A

Electric Guitar (Comes in after acoustic plays intro riff 2x)

E||---2s10-------3s12-------4s14-------3s10------2s10-------3s12-------4s14-------3s10------9s10~---|
B||-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G||-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D||-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A||-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E||-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|

Verses
------

E  = 022100
F# = 244322
G# = 466544
A  = 577655
B  = 799877

       E                     F#
And we saw Cat Power singing hour after hour
      A
of a future that would never be.
      E                        F#
And I sank to the bottom for a summer and an autumn
          A
tryin' to figure out if it was me. (sometime they say, "which was me.")
        F#
And she pinned me down to the Lady Parade groove
B
waiting for the soul to stray.
F#
When I quieted down, I heard the sound.
B                       A           E           F#
And that's the greatest song I ever heard...........
A                                     E         F#       A
Yeah, that's the greatest song I ever heard..............

E F# A (With electric riff in between verses.)
E F# A

(Repeat for Verse 2 then continue.)

Now I saw Bob Dylan gone electric,
Feeling Pete Seeger with his axe in the crowd.
Maggie and the farm, never meant no harm.
But the heart started beating to loud.

And I caught a glimpse, of a feeling I had once,
But let it all slip away with the pain.
And I'm just playing, never stop playing.
Cause that's the greatest song [JUMP TO BRIDGE ENTRY] I ever heard, I ever heard, yeah.


Bridge Entry
------------

        G# (466544)        F# (244322)
I ever heard.... I ever heard... Yeaaaahheaa..

  B (799877)       A (577655)     E (022100)    F# (244322)    A (577655)
That's the greatest song I ever heard....................................

     E                   F#          A
Yea, that's the greatest song I ever heard.   

                      E (hold)       -
That's the greatest song I ever heard.


Bridge to Ending
----------------

(Picking, then strumming, see notes)

The left hand is correct. Picking is mostly a pattern of the following strings using the chords below:
(1 = low E)
STRING PICKING ORDER EXAMPLE, NOT FRETS:
(Also, he occasionally uses strings 5 and 6 played open to augment string 1's bass)
But basically he's doing this sort of pattern. Watch the video linked at the top to see what I mean.
1+6, 3,4,5, 3+5, 2,4,5. (Thumb jumps between 1 and 3.)

(Honestly, as long as your left hand is correct, it'll sound good.)

Chord formation on acoustic for picking reference:
                     (Alternates for 8979)
E||---x----x----x----x-------------x----x----x----x---|
B||---x----x----x----x-------------x----x----x----x---|
G||---13---14---9----9-(11)-(9)----9----6----6----8---|
D||---9----10---6----7-(9)--(6)----6----4----4----4---|
A||---11---12---7----9-(7)--(7)----8----5----6----6---|
E||---12---11---9----8-(8)--(8)----7----6----5----7---|


For reference below and to clarify, I've given you some EXAMPLE pickings.
Honestly, as long as your left hand is correct, it'll sound good with pretty basic picking 
walking up and down. Just pick the top two strings alternating as filler and play your low
string each quarter note (beat).

[UPDATED AND FIXED TO MAKE IT EASIER TO PLAY ACCURATELY]

                        We solved all our...            problems...         with bigger...
e||---0---------------------0---------------------0---------------------0---------------------|
B||-----------------0---------------------0---------------------0---------------------0-------|
G||----------13--------------------14---------------------9---------------------9-------------|
D||------9-------------9------10------------10-------6-------------6-------7-------------7----|
A||-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E||--12---------12---------11---------11----------9----------9----------8----------8----------|

      problems....             with bigger....               problems....
e||---0---------------------0---------------------0---------------------0---------------------|
B||-----------------0---------------------0---------------------0---------------------0-------|
G||-----------9---------------------6---------------------6---------------------8-------------|
D||------6-------------6-------4-------------4-------4-------------4-------4-------------4----|
A||-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E||---7----------7----------6----------6----------5----------5----------7----------7----------|

[Repeat 4 times then switch to chords]

Acoustic Chords til end.

E||---x----x----x----x----x----x----x----x---|
B||---x----x----x----x----x----x----x----x---|
G||---13---14---9----9----9----6----6----8---|
D||---9----10---6----7----6----4----4----4---|
A||---11---12---7----9----8----5----6----6---|
E||---12---11---9----8----7----6----5----7---|

Electric Guitar Riff (Played twice over last 8 measures)

                 We solved all our problems.
                                       With bigger problems. 
                                                            With bigger problems.
                                                                       That's the greatest song I ever heard.

E||---2s10-------3s12-------4s14-------3s10------2s10-------3s12-------4s14-------3s10------9s10~---|
B||-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G||-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D||-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A||-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E||-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|

That's pretty much it. I believe it to be 100% correct from their live performance. Enjoy!
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