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Lord God Bird Tab

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                 Sufjan Stevens  -  The Lord God Bird
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Tabbed by: John Wika Haakseth (http://smurfupthefunk.blogspot.com)
Email: johnwika@gmail.com

Tuning: Standard

I have only jotted down the melody and the chords for this one, since I’m no good at 
Think it’s correct, though.


Intro:

 (C#-minor scale) C#m                               G#m
e|---------------|---------------|-----------------|---------------|
b|---------------|---------------|-----9----9-12---|-9-------------|
g|-11-11--9--8---|---------------|-------11--------|---------------|
d|---------------|-11------------|-----------------|---------------|
a|---------------|---------------|-----------------|---------------|
e|---------------|---------------|-----------------|---------------|

                  F#m        E         C#m       B
e|---------------|-9--------|---------|---------|---------|
b|---------9-12--|-------12-|--9------|-----12--|---------|
g|---------------|----------|----11-9-|-11------|-11------|
d|---------------|----------|---------|---------|---------|
a|---------------|----------|---------|---------|---------|
e|---------------|----------|---------|---------|---------|


Verse 1:
             C#m              G#m
In the delta sun, down in Arkansas
          F#m      E              C#m    B
It’s the great god bird with it’s alter call
                  C#m                  G#m
And the sewing machine, the industrial god
       F#m     E            C#m     B
On the great bayou were they saw it fall
        F#m        E           C#m     B
It’s the great god bird down in Arkansas
                   A   E               A    E
And the hunters beware, or the fishers fall
       A      G#m  F#m   E        B             F#m
And paradise might close from its safe flight flawed
         A    G#m  F#m   E         B (let ring)
It’s the great god bird through it all

Bridge: (Same melody as intro with some variations)
C#m, G#m, F#m, E, C#m, B,
A, E, A, E,
A, G#m, F#m, E, B, F#m
A, G#m, F#m, E, B

Verse 2:
                    C#m                   G#m
And the watchers beware, lest they see it fall
        F#m         E            C#m      B
And paradise might laugh when at last it falls
                  A   E                A      E
And the sewing machine, the industrial god
         A     G#m F#m   E       B      F#m
It’s the great god bird with it’s alter call
              A     G#m F#m   E       B      F#m
Yes, it’s the great god bird with it’s alter call
              A     G#m F#m   E         B
Yes, it’s the great god bird through it all.

Outro: (Also a variation of the intro)
A, E, A, E,
A, E, A, E,
A, G#m, F#m, E, B, F#m
A, G#m, F#m, E, B
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bdub2291 10 wrote on August 13 2006, 04:41 pm

what's this track from? i have most of sufjan's stuff. is it a live song? michigan outtakes?

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johnny butt 575 wrote on November 4 2007, 12:01 pm

it's an unreleased track. i got it off of the internet
..no idea how it came to be on the internet world

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Carlsbob 10 wrote on September 16 2008, 12:37 am

It was a National Public Radio, All Things Considered July 6, 2005. Available at NPR.org

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