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The Only Thing chords

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  • I wrote it relative to the capo, so it's easy to read.
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About this tab version
This version contains a CRUCIAL chord for doing this song. After trying to find out what it was on other versions, the chord was consistently omitted. So I found out what it was: seriously, just stick it in and listen to the difference it makes.
Strumming
There is no strumming pattern for this song yet. and get +5 IQ
I swear, there's this frustrating mentality that--if a song exists, and and the chords are not apparently 
complex to the listener--then it probably doesn't use any chords that are outside of its 7-note scale. 
Hyperbolic rants aside, let's go. 
This song is mostly in Eb Major. The song uses 8 different notes.
If you want to see the actual chords, transpose up 8 steps.
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(First is this 5-chord cycle)

C G Am7 G D
Em G A (<---- CRUCIAL CHORD, ARAARARARGH) Am  D


[Verse 1]

    C    G          Am7             G            D 
The only thing that keeps me from driving this car
Em         G           A          Am           D
Half-light jack knife into the canyon at night
C         G        Am7         G                 D 
Signs and Wonders: Perseus aligned with the skull
Em       G    A           Am             D
Slain Medusa: Pegasus alight from us all


[Chorus 1]

     Em           G          C                                D
Do I care if I survive this? Bury the dead where they're found
     Em               G         C                             D
In a veil of great surprises, I wonder did you love me at all


[Verse 2]

    C    G          Am7             G             D 
The only thing that keeps me from cutting my arm
Em          G         A          Am           D
Cross-hatch warm bath Holiday Inn after dark
C         G        Am7            G             D 
Signs and Wonders: water stain writing the wall
Em       G        A                Am        D
Daniel's message: blood of the moon on us all


[Chorus 2]

     Em          G           C                            D
Do I care if I despise this? Nothing else matters, I know.
     Em               G       C                            D
In a veil of great disguises, how do I live with your ghost?


[Bridge] 
    
(This next G sounds really good if you barre it like you would an F chord. Just make an barred 
F chord relative to capo 8 and then slide it up 2 steps. Voila, same chord!)

         G                D 
Should I tear my eyes out now?
     G       C     G                  D 
Everything I see returns to you somehow.
         G                 D
Should I tear my heart out now?
     G       C      G                D       
Everything I feel returns to you somehow.

C
                       D          
I want to save you from your sorrow.


[Solo]

C G Am7 G D
Em G A Am  D


[Verse 3]

    C    G      Am7         G         D 
The only reason why I continue at all
Em       G            A           Am             D
Faith in reason, I've wasted my life playing dumb.
C         G        Am7        G               D 
Signs and Wonders: Sea Lion caves in the dark.
Em           G             A             Am            D
Blind faith, God's Grace, nothing else left to impart.


[Chorus 3]

     Em            G         C                              D
Do I care if I survive this? Bury the dead where they're found
     Em               G       C                            D
In a veil of great surprises; hold to my head till I drown

 
[Coda]

         Em      G        C                    D
Should I tear my eyes out now before I see too much?
        Em        G       C                        D
Should I tear my arms out now, I want to feel your touch.

         G                D 
Should I tear my eyes out now?
     G       C     G                   D 
Everything I see returns to you somehow.
         G                 D
Should I tear my heart out now?
     G       C      G                D       
Everything I feel returns to you somehow.

C

D (let ring)



Feel free to suggest or make any constructive edits besides outright removing the necessary chord. 

            
            
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Daniel DP 10 Jul 23, 2016 09:12 AM

At first play this does sound closer to original than the other version I like (#3) need to spend a little more time comparing but - WELL DONE and thank you very much for posting :) This is an amazing song.

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W3R3W00F 134 Jul 30, 2016 05:38 PM

Cheers mate, thanks for giving this version a try. :) Hope it serves you well!

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endsang 10 Oct 06, 2016 03:31 AM

Thanks for the chords, will try these out today. Do you have any tips regarding the picking pattern? I'm finding it a bit hard to decipher to a solo guitar from the original.

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