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The Only Thing - Sufjan Stevens

Capo 3

First I'll list the relevant chord shapes from each section, in order played:
[Intro/Verse]
F:    xx321x
A7:   xx302x
D7:   xx021x
C:    x3201x
Gsus: x2001x
G:    x2003x
Am:   x0221x
Am/G: 3x221x
D7/F#:2x021x
D7/F: 1x021x
G:    3x000x

[Bridge]
Am:   x0221x
Em:   0x200x
F:    1x321x
G:    3x000x

[Chorus]
C6:   8x79xx
G/B:  7x57xx
C/E:  12 x 10 12 x x
F/A:  5x35xx
C6:   8x79xx
G:    3x04xx

Sufjan only uses thumb (P), index (I), and middle (M), for picking, and often
only uses (P) and (M).  Suggested picking shown in the Intro:  

[Intro]
    P M P M P M P M P M P M P M P M P M P M... 
e|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|----1---1---1---1---1---1---1---1---1---1---1---1---1---1----1---1---------|
G|------2-------2-------0-------0-------2-------2-------0--------0-----------|
D|--3-------3-------2-------2-------0-------0--------------------------------|
A|--------------------------------------------------3-------3----------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|

e|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|--------1-------1-------3-------3-------1-------1-------1-------1----------|
G|----0-------0-------0-------0-------2-------2-------0-------0--------------|
D|------0-------0-------0-------0-------2-------2-------2-------2------------|
A|--2-------2-------2-------2-------0-------0--------------------------------|
E|--------------------------------------------------3-------3----------------|

e|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-------1-------1-------1-------1-------0-------0-------0-------------------|
G|---2-------2-------2-------2-------0-------0-------0-----------------------|
D|-----0-------0-------0-------0-------0-------0-------0---------------------|
A|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|-2-------2-------1-------1-------3-------3-------3-------3-----------------|


[Verse]
The on-     ly      thing   that    keeps me from  driving this
e|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|----1---1---1---1---1---1---1---1---1---1---1---1---1---1----1---1---------|
G|------2-------2-------0-------0-------2-------2-------0--------0-----------|
D|--3-------3-------2-------2-------0-------0--------------------------------|
A|--------------------------------------------------3-------3----------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
   car                               Half   light   jack-   knife
e|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|--------1-------1-------3-------3-------1-------1-------1-------1----------|
G|----0-------0-------0-------0-------2-------2-------0-------0--------------|
D|------0-------0-------0-------0-------2-------2-------2-------2------------|
A|--2-------2-------2-------2-------0-------0--------------------------------|
E|--------------------------------------------------3-------3----------------|
    into the      can-      yon at  night
e|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|--------1-------1-------1-------1-------0-------0-------0------------------|
G|----2-------2-------2-------2-------0-------0-------0----------------------|
D|------0-------0-------0-------0-------0-------0-------0--------------------|
A|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|--2-------2-------1-------1-------3-------3-------3-------3----------------|

   Signs    and     won- ders       Perseus      aligned    with the
e|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|----1---1---1---1---1---1---1---1---1---1---1---1---1---1----1---1---------|
G|------2-------2-------0-------0-------2-------2-------0--------0-----------|
D|--3-------3-------2-------2-------0-------0--------------------------------|
A|--------------------------------------------------3-------3----------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
   skull                            Slain    me-    du-   sa
e|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|--------1-------1-------3-------3-------1-------1-------1-------1----------|
G|----0-------0-------0-------0-------2-------2-------0-------0--------------|
D|------0-------0-------0-------0-------2-------2-------2-------2------------|
A|--2-------2-------2-------2-------0-------0--------------------------------|
E|--------------------------------------------------3-------3----------------|
    Pegasus    a- light   from us  all
e|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-------1-------1-------1-------1-------0-------0-------0-------------------|
G|---2-------2-------2-------2-------0-------0-------0-----------------------|
D|-----0-------0-------0-------0-------0-------0-------0---------------------|
A|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|-2-------2-------1-------1-------3-------3-------3-------3-----------------|

[Bridge]
Do I care if I   sur-vive   this?   bury   the dead        where they're 
e|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|--------1-------1-------0-------0-------1-------1-------1-------1----------|
G|----2-------2-------0-------0-------2-------2-------2-------2--------------|
D|------2-------2-------2-------2-------3-------3-------3-------3------------|
A|--0-------0----------------------------------------------------------------|
E|------------------0-------0-------1-------1-------1-------1----------------|
   found
e|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|--------0-------0-------0-------0------------------------------------------|
G|----0-------0-------0-------0----------------------------------------------|
D|------0-------0-------0-------0--------------------------------------------|
A|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|--3-------3-------3-------3------------------------------------------------|
In a veil of great surprises,     I wonder did you love    me at 
e|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|--------1-------1-------0-------0-------1-------1-------1-------1----------|
G|----2-------2-------0-------0-------2-------2-------2-------2--------------|
D|------2-------2-------2-------2-------3-------3-------3-------3------------|
A|--0-------0----------------------------------------------------------------|
E|------------------0-------0-------1-------1-------1-------1----------------|
   all
e|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|--------0-------0-------0--------------------------------------------------|
G|----0-------0-------0------------------------------------------------------|
D|------0-------0-------0----------------------------------------------------|
A|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|--3-------3-------3-------3------------------------------------------------|

[Verse]
The on-     ly      thing   that    keeps me from  cutting my
e|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|----1---1---1---1---1---1---1---1---1---1---1---1---1---1----1---1---------|
G|------2-------2-------0-------0-------2-------2-------0--------0-----------|
D|--3-------3-------2-------2-------0-------0--------------------------------|
A|--------------------------------------------------3-------3----------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
   arm                              Cross-  hatch   warm    bath
e|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|--------1-------1-------3-------3-------1-------1-------1-------1----------|
G|----0-------0-------0-------0-------2-------2-------0-------0--------------|
D|------0-------0-------0-------0-------2-------2-------2-------2------------|
A|--2-------2-------2-------2-------0-------0--------------------------------|
E|--------------------------------------------------3-------3----------------|
    holiday         inn     after  dark
e|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|--------1-------1-------1-------1-------0-------0-------0------------------|
G|----2-------2-------2-------2-------0-------0-------0----------------------|
D|------0-------0-------0-------0-------0-------0-------0--------------------|
A|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|--2-------2-------1-------1-------3-------3-------3-------3----------------|

   Signs    and     won- ders       water  stain   writing    the 
e|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|----1---1---1---1---1---1---1---1---1---1---1---1---1---1----1---1---------|
G|------2-------2-------0-------0-------2-------2-------0--------0-----------|
D|--3-------3-------2-------2-------0-------0--------------------------------|
A|--------------------------------------------------3-------3----------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    wall                            Dan-   iels     mess-    age
e|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|--------1-------1-------3-------3-------1-------1-------1-------1----------|
G|----0-------0-------0-------0-------2-------2-------0-------0--------------|
D|------0-------0-------0-------0-------2-------2-------2-------2------------|
A|--2-------2-------2-------2-------0-------0--------------------------------|
E|--------------------------------------------------3-------3----------------|
    Blood  of the moon   on us     all
e|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-------1-------1-------1-------1-------0-------0-------0-------0-----------|
G|---2-------2-------2-------2-------0-------0-------0-------0---------------|
D|-----0-------0-------0-------0-------0-------0-------0-------0-------------|
A|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|-2-------2-------1-------1-------3-------3-------3-------3-----------------|

[Bridge]
Do I care if I   sur-vive   this?   nothing  else  matters,   I 
e|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|--------1-------1-------0-------0-------1-------1-------1-------1----------|
G|----2-------2-------0-------0-------2-------2-------2-------2--------------|
D|------2-------2-------2-------2-------3-------3-------3-------3------------|
A|--0-------0----------------------------------------------------------------|
E|------------------0-------0-------1-------1-------1-------1----------------|

   know
e|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|--------0-------0-------0-------0------------------------------------------|
G|----0-------0-------0-------0----------------------------------------------|
D|------0-------0-------0-------0--------------------------------------------|
A|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|--3-------3-------3-------3------------------------------------------------|

In a veil of great disguises,      How  do  I live  with   your
e|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|--------1-------1-------0-------0-------1-------1-------1-------1----------|
G|----2-------2-------0-------0-------2-------2-------2-------2--------------|
D|------2-------2-------2-------2-------3-------3-------3-------3------------|
A|--0-------0----------------------------------------------------------------|
E|------------------0-------0-------1-------1-------1-------1----------------|

   ghost
e|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|--------0-------0-------0-------0------------------------------------------|
G|----0-------0-------0-------0----------------------------------------------|
D|------0-------0-------0-------0--------------------------------------------|
A|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|--3-------3-------3-------3------------------------------------------------|

[Chorus]

Should I tear my     eyes    out     now
e|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|----9---9---9---9---9---9---9---9---7---7---7---7---7---7---7---7----------|
D|------7-------7-------7-------7-------5-------5-------5-------5------------|
A|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|--8-------8-------8-------8-------7-------7-------7-------7----------------|

      Everything I         see           returns to you somehow
e|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|----12----12----12----12---5---5---5---5---9---9---9---9---4---4---4---4---|
D|-------10----------10--------3-------3-------7-------7-------0-------0-----|
A|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|-12----------12----------5-------5-------8-------8-------3-------3---------|

Should I tear my     heart   out     now
e|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|----9---9---9---9---9---9---9---9---7---7---7---7---7---7---7---7----------|
D|------7-------7-------7-------7-------5-------5-------5-------5------------|
A|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|--8-------8-------8-------8-------7-------7-------7-------7----------------|

      Everything I         feel          returns to you somehow
e|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|----12----12----12----12---5---5---5---5---9---9---9---9---4---4---4---4---|
D|-------10----------10--------3-------3-------7-------7-------0-------0-----|
A|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|-12----------12----------5-------5-------8-------8-------3-------3---------|

                    I wanna save you from your sorrow
e|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|---2---2---2---2---2---2---2---2---0---0--0---0---0---0--------------------|
D|-----3-------3-------3-------3-------0------0-------0----------------------|
A|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|-1-------1-------1-------1-------3------3-------3-------3------------------|

[Verse]
The only reason why I continue at all
Faith in reason, I wasted my life playing dumb
Signs and wonders: sea lion caves in the dark
Blind faith, God’s grace, nothing else left to impart

[Bridge]
Do I care if I survive this, bury the dead where they’re found
In a veil of great surprises; hold to my head till I drown
Should I tear my eyes out now, before I see too much?
Should I tear my arms out now, I wanna feel your touch

[Chorus]
Should I tear my eyes out now?
Everything I see returns to you somehow
Should I tear my heart out now?
Everything I feel returns to you somehow



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