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#----------------------------------PLEASE NOTE--------------------------------#
#This file is the author's own work and represents their interpretation of the#
#song. You may only use this file for private study, scholarship, or research.#
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From: fentonb@mathds1.maths.ul.ie (Brian Fenton)
Subject: TAB: Have You Forgotten by Red House Painters
Date: Wed, 24 Sep 1997 16:46:41 +0100 (WET DST)

Red House Painters - Have You Forgotten
from the album Songs For A Blue Guitar
released 1996 Island Records
written by Mark Kozelek
transcribed by Brian Fenton (fentonb@mathds1.ul.ie)

[Verse 1]
C               F              G            Am    G    F
I can't let you be, cause your beauty won't allow me
C                F
wrapped in white sheets,
        G            Am      G   F
like an angel from a bedtime story
    G                  Am
and shut out what they say,
           F                     Am G F
cause your friends are fucked up anyway
    G              Am
and when they come around,
        F                Am  G    F
somehow they feel up and you feel down.

[Verse 2]
(same chords as above)

When we were kids, we hated things our parents did
we listened low to Casey Kasem's radio show
that's when friends were nice,
to think of them just makes you feel nice
the smell of grass in spring
and October leaves cover everything.

[Chorus]
C          G              Am G     F
Have you forgotten how to love yourself?
C          G              Am G     F
Have you forgotten how to love yourself?

[Verse 3]
(same as verse 1)

I can't believe all the good things that you do for me
sat back in a chair like a princess from a faraway place
nobody's nice, when you're older your heart turns to ice
and shut out what they say;
they're too dumb to mean it anyway

When we were kids, we hated things our sisters did
backyard summer pools and christmases were beautiful
and the sentiment of coloured mirrored ornaments
and the open drapes
look out on frozen farmhouse landscapes

Have you forgotten how to love yourself? (x6)

This is played with a capo on the 3rd fret.
The F chord at all times is played with an open E string
(the light E string, not the heavy one).
In the chorus, he plays the barred C and G shapes i.e.
the C is played at the 11th fret etc.

In the verse, for the C chord pull off the E note to a D,
and for the first F chord pull off the A note to a G.

The F that ends each line has a little bit that goes
E F D E  on the D string. It's easy.

The one part I wasn't 100% sure about is the first F in the
3rd and 4th lines of each verse. An F seems to work
fine, but on the record, you can hear a B note from
the bass. I guess it's just another of those brilliant
Red House Painter things! Genius! I'm sticking to my
F though.
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OsRitmos 30 Nov 21, 2004 07:00 PM

Doesn't sound anything like it...

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DonTago 3,251 Sep 25, 2008 11:11 AM

You arent even in the correct key. This is completely wrong, as far as sounding like Mark Kozelek plays it.

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MajestySnowbird 102 Oct 26, 2008 10:16 PM

This tab is more accurate than the other one, actually. Not perfect though:

On the album, the guitar is tuned slightly sharp, and so will not sound exactly like this.

The E-F-D-E riff is in a C-chord shape, not an F.

All F chord shapes in the song are played like so: 133210, with your thumb fretting the bass note. The G is simply played by sliding this shape up two frets to 355430.

This will allow muting after most of the chords, which is necessary for the strumming pattern to sound right.

With these corrections in mind, I believe this song is as close as you can get to the album version.

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