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To Be Alone With You - Sufjan Stevens

Tabbed by: D.H.
Email: dreq10@gmail.com

Every tab I've ever seen of this song has used the same chords, and I always
felt like they never sounded the same as when Sufjan plays it live or on
his album. So, I sat down and made this tab by watching videos of him
playing it live. I'm 95% sure that the chords are the same he uses. Other 
tabs have you playing chords on the higher strings, but I think playing it 
on lower strings really adds to the feeling of the song.

I've seen him play it with a capo on both the fourth and fifth frets, but on
the album the capo is on the third. So just put it wherever you like the
sound I guess. I'm not sure why he changes it up so much, maybe he just gets bored.

Sufjan plays the song by alternating down and up-strokes with his thumb, and 
the pad and fingernail of his index finger. Check out a live video to get an 
idea. It really helps reproduce his sound.

He also adds lots of little intricacies to the chords as he plays them. I 
think he improvises them, 'cause they're different almost every time. 
Because of that, I didn't try to tab them. As you play the song more you can 
develop your own version.

Lastly, there's a second guitar that comes in for the rest of the song after 
the first chorus that I didn't tab. It does some solo picking on about the 
same chords that Sufjan is strumming.

Tuning: Standard
Capo: Album Version - 3rd, Live Version - 4th or 5th. Tab relative to capo.

 Intro/ First Verse (6x):
e|-------------------------|------------------------|
B|-------------------------|------------------------|
G|--------5--5----5--5--5--|-------5--5----5--5--5--|
D|--------3--3----3--3--0--|-------2--2----2--2--0--|
A|--------x--x----x--x--0--|-------x--x----x--x--0--|
E|---5----5--5----5--5--5--|--5----5--5----5--5--5--|

                            ******** First 5 Times**| 
e|-------------------------|------------------------|
B|-------------------------|------------------------|
G|--------4--4----4--4--4--|-------2--2----0--0--0--|
D|--------0--0----0--0--0--|-------3--3----3--3--3--|
A|--------2--2----2--2--0--|-------3--3----3--3--3--|
E|---3----3--3----3--3--0--|--1----1--1----0--0--0--|

  ************************************** 6th Time **|
e|-------------------------|------------------------|
B|-------------------------|------------------------|
G|--------2--2----2--2--2--|-------2--2----2--2--2--|
D|--------3--3----3--3--3--|-------3--3----3--3--3--|
A|--------3--3----3--3--3--|-------3--3----3--3--3--|
E|---1----1--1----1--1--1--|--1----1--1----1--1--1--|


 Chorus (1x):
e|-------------------------|------------------------|
B|--------1--1----1--1--1--|-------1--1----1--1--1--|
G|--------0--0----0--0--0--|-------0--0----0--0--0--|
D|--------2--2----2--2--2--|-------2--2----2--2--2--|
A|--------3--3----3--3--3--|-------3--3----3--3--3--|
E|---3----3--3----3--3--3--|--3----3--3----3--3--3--|

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

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

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

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

  **************** End of First Chorus *************|
e|--------0--0----0--0-----|------------------------|
B|--------0--0----0--0-----|------pause for---------|
G|--------4--4----4--4-----|-------entire ----------|
D|--------0--0----0--0-----|----------bar-----------|
A|--------2--2----2--2-----|------------------------|
E|---3----3--3----3--3-----|------------------------|
 (At the end of the second chorus, skip these two 
  measures and go straight to the outro)
                            

Bridge/Second Verse: Same as Intro/First Verse

Second Chorus: Same as First Chorus, minus the last two bars

 Outro (3x):
e|-------------------------|------------------------|
B|--------1--1----1--1--1--|-------1--1----1--1--1--|
G|--------2--2----2--2--2--|-------2--2----2--2--2--|
D|--------2--2----2--2--2--|-------2--2----2--2--2--|
A|---0----0--0----0--0--0--|--0----0--0----0--0--0--|
E|-------------------------|------------------------|

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

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

                            ***** First 2 Times *** |
e|-------------------------|------------------------|
B|-------------------------|------------------------|
G|--------2--2----2--2--2--|-------2--2----2--2--2--|
D|--------3--3----3--3--3--|-------3--3----3--3--3--|
A|--------3--3----3--3--3--|-------3--3----3--3--3--|
E|---1----1--1----1--1--1--|--1----1--1----1--1--1--|

  ********* 3rd Time ******|
e|-------------------------|
B|-------------------------|
G|-------------------------|
D|-------------------------|
A|-------------------------|
E|---1---------------------|

            
            
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jim_hanmer 10 Jun 03, 2017 11:32 AM

Mate - this is totally right, so much better voicings than all those in 1st postions. Thanks!

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mibra002 10 Sep 08, 2017 02:01 AM

I'd swim across Lake Michigan
I'd sell my shoes
I'd give my body to be back again
In the rest of the room

To be alone with you (x4)

You gave your body to the lonely
They took your clothes
You gave up a wife and a family
You gave your ghost

To be alone with me
To be alone with me
To be alone with me
You went up on a tree

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