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                             Cheerleader by St. Vincent
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From 2011's 'Strange Mercy'. This is relatively easy to play compared to some of her
other songs; the wild effects you hear in it are achieved through her own gear which is
beyond my knowledge, but I've written a tab for it based off of what I hear on the album
and from seeing her play this live. It's all pretty straightforward barre chords. Also note
that the live versions are a bit different from the album recording, mainly in that
during live performances the guitar is much more prominent. Regardless, I can't say that the
tab is 100% correct, but it seems pretty exact as far as I can tell. Let me know if you 
have any corrections or additions.

Tabbed by: Scott H.

"b" = string bend

Tuning: Whole Step Down


Riff A (Intro/Verse):

e|--55555-44444--77777-77777----------|
B|--55555-44444--77777-77777----------|
G|--55555-66666--99999-77777----------|
D|--77777-66666--99999-99999----------|
A|--77777-44444--77777-99999----------|
E|--55555-44444--77777-77777----------|

    I've had good times with some bad guys


Riff B (Verse):

e|--33333-22222-33333-11111---------|
B|--33333-22222-33333-11111---------|
G|--33333-44444-33333-33333---------|
D|--55555-44444-55555-33333---------|
A|--55555-22222-55555-11111---------|
E|--33333-22222-33333-11111---------|

    I've told whole lies with a half-smile


Riff C (Verse):

e|-55555-33333-77777-77777---------|
B|-55555-33333-77777-77777---------|
G|-55555-55555-99999-77777---------|
D|-77777-55555-99999-99999---------|
A|-77777-33333-77777-99999---------|
E|-55555-33333-77777-77777---------|

    Held your bare bones with my clothes on


Riff B
    I've thrown rocks, then hid both my arms


Riff D (Bridge):

e|--8--7---8--7---------|
B|--8--7---8--7---------|
G|--8--7--10--7---------|    *(Let these chords ring)
D|-10--9--10--9---------|
A|-10--9---8--9---------|
E|--8--7---8--7---------|

    I don't know what good it serves
    Pouring my purse in the dirt



Riff E (Chorus):

e|--5-5-5-5--55555--------------------|
B|--5-5-5-5--55555--------------------|
G|--5-5-5-5--55555--------------------|
D|--7-7-7-7--77777-00000-00000--------|
A|--7-7-7-7--77777-22222-44444--------|
E|--5-5-5-5--55555-33333-55555--------|

    But I-I-I-I-I don't wanna be a cheerleader no more


Riff F (Chorus):

e|--5-5-5-5-55555--------------------|
B|--5-5-5-5-55555--------------------|
G|--5-5-5-5-55555--------------------|
D|--7-7-7-7-77777-00000-00000--------|
A|--7-7-7-7-77777-22222-11111--------|
E|--5-5-5-5-55555-33333-22222--------|

    I-I-I-I-I don't wanna be a cheerleader no more


Riff A x 1


Riff A
    I've played dumb when I knew better

Riff B
    Tried too hard just to be clever

Riff A
    I know honest thieves I call family

Riff B
    I've seen America with no clothes on

Riff E
    But I-I-I-I-I don't wanna be a cheerleader no more

Riff F
    I-I-I-I-I don't wanna be a cheerleader no more

Riff D
    I don't know what I deserve
    But for you I could work


Riff G:

e|-11111----------------|
B|-11111----------------|
G|-11111----------------|
D|-33333-00000----------|
A|-33333-22222----------|
E|-11111-33333----------|

   'Cause I don't wanna be a cheerleader no more


Riff G
    I don't wanna be a cheerleader no more


Riff H (Chorus/Outro):

e|--8----8----8----8--------------------|
B|--8----8----8----8--------------------|
G|--8----8----8----8--------------------|
D|-10b--10b--10b--10b--0000-0000--------|
A|-10b--10b--10b--10b--2222-4444--------|
E|--8----8----8----8---3333-5555--------|

    I don't wanna be a cheerleader no more


Riff H
    I don't wanna be a dirt-eater no more

Riff H
    I don't wanna be a dirt-eater no more

Riff H
    I don't wanna be a cheerleader no more

            
            
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Laxan 128 Oct 27, 2011 07:34 AM

Maybe I'm doing something wrong, but I just sounds nothing like the song D:

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youshotandywarh 1,994 Oct 30, 2011 11:28 PM

I think that a lot of it not sounding exact has to do with the effects she uses. There's all kinds of manipulation with her guitar and amps and pedal board. If you watch her play it live, it appears that she plays it a lot like what is on this tab here. Here's an example: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F9E41K8dxWE

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youshotandywarh 1,994 Oct 30, 2011 11:30 PM

Either that or I totally trashed this, that's possible too

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