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Lord God Bird Tab

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Capo
4th fret
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			     LORD GOD BIRD – Sufjan Stevens
-----------------------------------------------------------------------
Tabbed by: Steven Green
Email: DonJuanDracula25@yahoo.com

Tuning: Standard, Capo on 4
Sufjan plays this pretty freely, so this tab may not always exactly match the small
that he sometimes throws in. The bright banjoiness can be somewhat brought out by playing
to the bridge.


Guitar 1
Intro/ Verse (plays variations over guitar 2 throughout song)
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|---------------|----------|---------|---------|---------|


Guitar 2
Intro/Verse Part 1
  In the delta sun
e|-------0---------0---------0---------0--*--------3----------3--------|
B|---1—- 1----1—---1----1—---1----1—---1--*----5—--5-----5—---5--------|
G|---2--------2---------2---------2-------*----0---------0-------------|
D|-----2---------2---------2---------2----*--2---2-----2---2-----------|
A|-0---------0---------0---------0--------*----------------------------|
E|----------------------------------------*----------------------------|
                              Down in Arkansas
  And the sewing machine      The industrial god

e|-------3---------3--*--------1---------1--*-------0--------0-*-------|
B|---5---5-----5---5--*----3---3-----3---3--*---1---1----1---1-*-------|
G|---0---------0------*----2---------2------*---2--------2-----*-------|
D|-2---2-----2---2----*--0---0-----0---0----*-----2--------2---*-------|
A|--------------------*---------------------*-3--------3-------*-------|
E|--------------------*---------------------*------------------*-------|
                 It’s the great god          bird with its
		 On the great                bayou where they
                 It’s the great god          bird in

e|-------3----------*--------------------------------------------------|
B|---1---1----1---3-*--------------------------------------------------|
G|---2--------2---0-*--------------------------------------------------|
D|-----2--------2---*--------------------------------------------------|
A|-0--------0-------*--------------------------------------------------|
E|------------------*--------------------------------------------------|
  alter         call
  saw           it fall
  Ar            kansas

Verse Part 2

And the hunters beware
e|-------5-8--------0--------*-1-------1-------*-0-------0-------*-----|
B|-----6--------1---1----1---*-3---3---3---3---*-1---1---1---1---*-----|
G|---7----------0--------0---*-----2---------2-*-------0-------0-*-----|
D|-3----------2---2----2---2-*---0---0---0-----*---2-------2-----*-----|
A|---------------------------*-----------------*-----------------*-----|
E|---------------------------*-----------------*-----------------*-----|
                Or the fishers fall                       And para


e|-1-------0--------0---------1---------0----------3-------*-------0---|
B|-3---1---1----1---1-----1---1-----1---1------3---3---3---*---1---1---|
G|-----2--------0---------2---------0----------0-------0---*---0-------|
D|---3---3----2---2-----0---0---------2----------0-------0-*-2---2-----|
A|--------------------------------3----------2-------2-----*-----------|
E|---------------------------------------------------------*-----------|
   Dise       Might     close     from its safe       flight flawed

e|-------1---------0---------0---------1---------0---3------------------|
B|---1---1-----1---1-----1---1-----1---1-----1---1---3------------------|
G|---2---------2---------0---------2---------0-------0------------------|
D|-0---0-----3---3-----2---2-----0---0---------2------------------------|
A|-----------------------------------------3----------------------------|
E|----------------------------------------------------------------------|
  It’s the   great     god       bird      through it all


Verse Part 3

  And the watchers beware
e|-------0---------0---------0---------0--*--------3----------3--------|
B|---1—- 1----1—---1----1—---1----1—---1--*----5—--5-----5—---5--------|
G|---2--------2---------2---------2-------*----0---------0-------------|
D|-----2---------2---------2---------2----*--2---2-----2---2-----------|
A|-0---------0---------0---------0--------*----------------------------|
E|----------------------------------------*----------------------------|
                           Lest they see it fall


|-------3---------3--*--------1---------1--*-------0--------0-*---------|
B|---5---5-----5---5--*----3---3-----3---3--*---1---1----1---1-*--------|
G|---0---------0------*----2---------2------*---2--------2-----*--------|
D|-2---2-----2---2----*--0---0-----0---0----*-----2--------2---*--------|
A|--------------------*---------------------*-3--------3-------*--------|
E|--------------------*---------------------*------------------*--------|
             And para    dise      might      laugh    when at

e|-------3----------*--------------------------------------------------|
B|---1---1----1---3-*--------------------------------------------------|
G|---2--------2---0-*--------------------------------------------------|
D|-----2--------2---*--------------------------------------------------|
A|-0--------0-------*--------------------------------------------------|
E|------------------*--------------------------------------------------|
   Last     it falls


Verse Part 4

And the sewing machine
e|-------5-8--------0--------*-1-------1-------*-0-------0-------*-----|
B|-----6--------1---1----1---*-3---3---3---3---*-1---1---1---1---*-----|
G|---7----------0--------0---*-----2---------2-*-------0-------0-*-----|
D|-3----------2---2----2---2-*---0---0---0-----*---2-------2-----*-----|
A|---------------------------*-----------------*-----------------*-----|
E|---------------------------*-----------------*-----------------*-----|

              The industrial god                          And its the

e|-1-------0--------0---------1---------0----------3-------*-------0---|
B|-3---1---1----1---1-----1---1-----1---1------3---3---3---*---1---1---|
G|-----2--------0---------2---------0----------0-------0---*---0-------|
D|---3---3----2---2-----0---0---------2----------0-------0-*-2---2-----|
A|--------------------------------3----------2-------2-----*-----------|
E|---------------------------------------------------------*-----------|
     Great    god       bird      with its al     ter call Yes it’s the
                                                  ter call Yes it’s the

e|-------1---------0---------0---------1-*-------0---3------------------|
B|---1---1-----1---1-----1---1-----1---1-*---1---1---3------------------|
G|---2---------2---------0---------2-----*---0-------0------------------|
D|-0---0-----3---3-----2---2-----0---0---*-----2------------------------|
A|---------------------------------------*-3----------------------------|
E|---------------------------------------*------------------------------|
   Great     god       bird    with its al
   Great     god       bird               through it all

| /  slide up
| \  slide down
| h  hammer-on
| p  pull-off
| ~  vibrato
| +  harmonic
| x  Mute note
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