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Nothing That Has Happened So Far Has Been Anything We Could Control Tab

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                 Tame Impala - Nothing That Has Happened So
                   Far Has Been Anything We Could Control
                       from their 2012 album Lonerism

I just want to say that Kevin Parker is a total genius, and that jam in the middle is
my favourite bit of music of all-time; I'm not even exaggerating.

Intro:
Synth:
e|-4----4----1----1----6----4----1----1----4----4----1----1----6----4----------------|
B|-4----6----1----3----8----6----1----3----4----6----1----3----8----6----12----14----|
G|-6----6----1----3----8----6----1----3----6----6----1----3----8----6----11----13----|
D|-6----6----3----3----8----6----3----3----6----6----3----3----8----6-----9----11----|
A|-6----4----3----1----6----4----3----1----6----4----3----1----6----4-----9----11----|
E|-4---------1-------------------1---------4---------1-------------------------------|


Pre-verse:
Guitar:
e|-8-------8-------8-------8----|
B|--8-------8-------8------8----|
G|---8-------8-------8-----8----|
D|----6-------6-------6----6----|
A|------------------------------|
E|------------------------------|

Synth:
e|-8--8--8--8--8--8--8--8--|
B|-8--8--8--8--8--8--8--8--|
G|-8--8--8--8--8--8--8--8--|
D|-6--6--6--6--6--6--6--6--|
A|-------------------------|
E|-------------------------|


Verse:
"Nothing that has happened so far has been anything we could control,
I have just been waiting for the perfect time to tell you I don't know,
Maybe I'm just reading into it a little deeper than I should,
We would make it easy, we would take it slowly if only we could"
Guitar:
e|-4----4----1----1----6----4----1----1----|
B|-4----6----1----3----8----6----1----3----|
G|-6----6----1----3----8----6----1----3----| x4
D|-6----6----3----3----8----6----3----3----|
A|-6----4----3----1----6----4----3----1----|
E|-4---------1-------------------1---------|


Hit this chord:
Guitar:
e|-8----------6--|
B|--8------------|
G|---8--------8--|
D|----6----6-----|
A|---------------|
E|---------------|

Synth:
e|-8--------|
B|-8--------|
G|-8--------|
D|-6--------|
A|----------|
E|----------|


Dialogue:
"Hey, what are you doing out here? You're thinking about everything, aren't you?
I know it's crazy, but just don't think of it like that. Nothing has to mean anything.
Come on, let's go back inside."
The instruments are muffled, but they play the verse chord progression again:
Synth:
e|-4----4----1----1----6----4----1----1----|
B|-4----6----1----3----8----6----1----3----|
G|-6----6----1----3----8----6----1----3----| x2
D|-6----6----3----3----8----6----3----3----|
A|-6----4----3----1----6----4----3----1----|
E|-4---------1-------------------1---------|


Verse:
"Elodie, look at me, unless you're trying to hurt me,
Heavy blow, down I go, now I just want to let go"
Guitar:
e|-4----4----1----1----6----4----1----1----|
B|-4----6----1----3----8----6----1----3----|
G|-6----6----1----3----8----6----1----3----| x2
D|-6----6----3----3----8----6----3----3----|
A|-6----4----3----1----6----4----3----1----|
E|-4---------1-------------------1---------|

Synth guitar:
e|-11--13--11----11-13-11-10----10--11----------------------------|
B|--------------------------------------11--14--14--13--11--------|
G|----------------------------------------------------------------| x2
D|----------------------------------------------------------------|
A|----------------------------------------------------------------|
E|----------------------------------------------------------------|


Verse - alternate:
"Is it right? Is it wrong? I don't know,
It's not the cause I'm fighting for anymore, but it sucks to keep on running"
Guitar:
e|-4----4----1----1----6----4----2----1----4--------1----1----6----4----1----1----|
B|-4----6----1----3----8----6----4----4----4--------1----3----8----6----1----3----|
G|-6----6----1----3----8----6----4----4----6--------1----3----8----6----1----3----|
D|-6----6----3----3----8----6----4----4----6--------3----3----8----6----3----3----|
A|-6----4----3----1----6----4----2----1----6--------3----1----6----4----3----1----|
E|-4---------1-----------------------------4--------1-------------------1---------|


Verse:
"Eventually there will be a time for clearer thinking,
For now I weep, can't get to sleep, I try to hold a good feeling"
Guitar:
e|-4----4----1----1----6----4----1----1----|
B|-4----6----1----3----8----6----1----3----|
G|-6----6----1----3----8----6----1----3----| x2
D|-6----6----3----3----8----6----3----3----|
A|-6----4----3----1----6----4----3----1----|
E|-4---------1-------------------1---------|


Verse - alternate:
"I just get one, here it comes, there it goes,
And we just might well lose the fight, yeah, but it's all right, it wasn't our decision"
Guitar:
e|-4----4----1----1----6----4----2----1----4--------1----1----6----4----1----1----|
B|-4----6----1----3----8----6----4----4----4--------1----3----8----6----1----3----|
G|-6----6----1----3----8----6----4----4----6--------1----3----8----6----1----3----|
D|-6----6----3----3----8----6----4----4----6--------3----3----8----6----3----3----|
A|-6----4----3----1----6----4----2----1----6--------3----1----6----4----3----1----|
E|-4---------1-----------------------------4--------1-------------------1---------|


Pause for a bit and then...


Jam section - A.K.A. THE GREATEST BIT OF MUSIC EVER MADE!
Synth riff:
e|------------------------------|
B|-10--------------10-10--------|
G|-----9--12----12----10--------| x2
D|------------------------------|
A|------------------------------|
E|------------------------------|


Guitar comes in:
Synth starts playing this epic chord progression:
e|-5----5----7---------8--------|
B|-6----6----8--------10--------|
G|-7----7----9--------10--------| x7
D|-7----7----9--------10--------|
A|-5---------7---------8--------|
E|------0-----------------------|

Synth riff:
e|------------------------------|
B|-10--------------10-10--------|
G|-----9--12----12----10--------| x7
D|------------------------------|
A|------------------------------|
E|------------------------------|

Guitar backs up the chord progression at first:
e|-5---------7---------8--------|
B|-6---------8--------10--------|
G|-7---------9--------10--------| x2
D|-7---------9--------10--------|
A|-5---------7---------8--------|
E|------------------------------|

And then starts playing this:
e|------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------------------------------6-5------|
G|------2--5-/7---/7--5-2------2-0-0------0h2--5---4---4/7-------5--|
D|-3-----------------------------------3----------------------------|
A|------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|------------------------------------------------------------------|

e|--------------------------------------------10-8~-----|
B|--------------------------------6---8-------------10--|
G|-5/7-2--------7-------------5h7-----------------------|
D|------------------5-/7--------------------------------|
A|------------------------------------------------------|
E|------------------------------------------------------|

e|----------------------------8b10-r8---5-5-----------|
B|-8-b10-8b10r8--------6---8----------8---8b10--------|
G|--------------7--5h7--------------------------------|
D|----------------------------------------------------|
A|----------------------------------------------------|
E|----------------------------------------------------|


The flanger takes a deep dive and then explodes into...


Goosebump-inducing psychedelic madness:
Synth guitar riff - the first time there's a very fast fill
before the bend which may be hard to play, but it's there:
e|----------------------------15--------------------------|
B|-15-/10--10---15-/10---12h13----13--12-b13r12-----------|
G|------------------------------14---------------10---9---|
D|--------------------------------------------------------|
A|--------------------------------------------------------|
E|--------------------------------------------------------|

e|--------------------------------------------------------|
B|-15-/10--10---15-/13--13-----12-b13r12------------------|
G|----------------------------------------10---9----------|
D|-------------------------------------------------10-----|
A|--------------------------------------------------------|
E|--------------------------------------------------------|

e|----------------------------------------------|
B|-15/10-----15/10-----13---12-b13r12-----------|
G|-------------------------------------10---9---|
D|----------------------------------------------|
A|----------------------------------------------|
E|----------------------------------------------|

e|-------------------------------------------------|
B|-15-/10--10---15-/10--13-----12-b13r12-----------|
G|----------------------------------------10---9---|
D|-------------------------------------------------|
A|-------------------------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------------------------|

e|-15-/10--10---15-/10--10---13.---12-b13r12---------15------12--13--|
B|--------------------------------------------13---------15----------|
G|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------------------------------------------|

e|-15-/10--10---15-/10--13-----12-b13r12------------|
B|----------------------------------------13--------|
G|--------------------------------------------------|
D|--------------------------------------------------|
A|--------------------------------------------------|
E|--------------------------------------------------|

Synth keeps playing the chord progression - it's buried in the mix,
but it provides the foundation that keeps the whole thing going.
On the last time through, sustain the last chord after all the
other instruments have stopped:
e|-5----5----7---------8--------|
B|-6----6----8--------10--------|
G|-7----7----9--------10--------| x6
D|-7----7----9--------10--------|
A|-5---------7---------8--------|
E|------0-----------------------|


Outro:
Synth:
e|-4----4----1----1----6----4----1----1----4----4----1----1----6----4----------------|
B|-4----6----1----3----8----6----1----3----4----6----1----3----8----6----12----14----|
G|-6----6----1----3----8----6----1----3----6----6----1----3----8----6----11----13----|
D|-6----6----3----3----8----6----3----3----6----6----3----3----8----6-----9----11----|
A|-6----4----3----1----6----4----3----1----6----4----3----1----6----4-----9----11----|
E|-4---------1-------------------1---------4---------1-------------------------------|

Another synth plays this little arpeggio right at the end:
e|-8---------------------|
B|----11--8--------------|
G|----------10--8--------|
D|-----------------------|
A|-----------------------|
E|-----------------------|


Verse:
"Nothing that has happened so far has been anything we could control,
I have just been waiting for the perfect time to tell you that I know,
Every man was happy until happiness is suddenly a goal,
I'll just be here waiting 'til the Doctor calls and then I'll let you know"
Guitar:
e|-4----4----1----1----6----4----1----1----|
B|-4----6----1----3----8----6----1----3----|
G|-6----6----1----3----8----6----1----3----| x4
D|-6----6----3----3----8----6----3----3----|
A|-6----4----3----1----6----4----3----1----|
E|-4---------1-------------------1---------|

Synth guitar:
e|-11--13--11----11-13-11-10----10--11----------------------------|
B|--------------------------------------11--14--14--13--11--------|
G|----------------------------------------------------------------| x4
D|----------------------------------------------------------------|
A|----------------------------------------------------------------|
E|----------------------------------------------------------------|

Fade out.



************************************

| /   slide up
| \   slide down
| h   hammer-on
| p   pull-off
| ~   vibrato
| +   harmonic
| x   Mute note
| .   staccato
| b   Bend
| pb  Pre-bend
| br  Bend release
| pbr Pre-bend release
| brb Bend release bend

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xXRocketManXx 517 wrote on January 16 2014, 11:03 pm

Thank you! This is very well done.

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Brandonluco 44 wrote on September 5 2015, 06:21 am

I remember hearing that middle part for the first time and I just couldn't help but to keep in on repeat. Thanks a lot for these chords!

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Psyche-Guitar 2,964 wrote on September 5 2015, 10:46 pm

Yes! Absolute genius stuff. I get goosebumps every single time!

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