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How To Save A Life Chords

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intermediate
3rd fret
Ok, this is How To Save A Life by The Fray. Great song featured on Grey's Anatomy.
It is very close to correct, if not correct.
All chords/fingerings are relative to Capo
Capo 3
Std Tuning

[Intro/Bridge 1]
e|---------------------------------------------|
B|--7---3-3-3---10---3-3-3---12---3-3-3---7--10|
G|---------------------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------------------|
A|---------------------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------------------|

[Verse 1]
G                    D/F#   
Step one you say we need to talk
    Em                 D        D/F#    G
He walks you say sit down it’s just a talk
             D/F#           Em
He smiles politely back at you
             D       D/F#      G
You stare politely right on through
               D/F#          Em
Some sort of window to your right
             D       D/F#      G
As he goes left and you stay right
              D/F#             Em
Between the lines of fear and blame
                   D     D/F#       
And you begin to wonder why you came

[Chorus]
  C             D                Em
Where did I go wrong, I lost a friend
            G             D/F#
Somewhere along in the bitterness
    C                   D                Em
And I would have stayed up with you all night
             G     D/F#     C
Had I known how to save a life

[Bridge 1]
e|---------------------------------------------|
B|--7---3-3-3---10---3-3-3---12---3-3-3---7--10|
G|---------------------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------------------|
A|---------------------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------------------|

[Verse 2]
G                    D/F#   
Let him know that you know best
    Em             D   D/F#
Cause after all you do know best
             D/F#           Em
Try to slip past his defense
             D       D/F#     
Without granting innocence
               D/F#         Em
Lay down a list of what is wrong
             D       D/F#      G
The things you’ve told him all along
              D/F#        Em
And pray to God he hears you
              D          D/F#
And pray to God he hears you

[Chorus]
C             D                Em
Where did I go wrong, I lost a friend
            G             D/F#
Somewhere along in the bitterness
    C                   D                Em
And I would have stayed up with you all night
             G     D/F#     C
Had I known how to save a life

[Bridge 1]
e|---------------------------------------------|
B|--7---3-3-3---10---3-3-3---12---3-3-3---7--10|
G|---------------------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------------------|
A|---------------------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------------------|

[Verse 2]
G                    D/F#   
As he begins to raise his voice
    Em                 D        D/F#    G
You lower yours and grant him one last choice
   D/F#           Em
Drive until you lose the road
             D       D/F#      G
Or break with the ones you’ve followed
            D/F#        Em
He will do one of two things 
         D       D/F#  G
He will admit to everything
              D/F#             Em
Or he’ll say he’s just not the same
                   D     D/F#       
And you’ll begin to wonder why you came

[Chorus]
  C             D                Em
Where did I go wrong, I lost a friend
            G             D/F#
Somewhere along in the bitterness
    C                   D                Em
And I would have stayed up with you all night
             G     D/F#     C
Had I known how to save a life

[Chorus]
  C             D                Em
Where did I go wrong, I lost a friend
            G             D/F#
Somewhere along in the bitterness
    C                   D                Em
And I would have stayed up with you all night
             G     D/F#     C
Had I known how to save a life

[Bridge  1]                     How To Save A Life...
e|--------------------------------------------------|
B|--7---3-3-3---10---3-3-3---12---3-3-3---7--10-----|
G|--------------------------------------------------|
D|--------------------------------------------------|
A|--------------------------------------------------|
E|--------------------------------------------------|

[Bridge 2]                       How to save a Life...
e|--------------------------------------------------|
B|--3-3-3---1--0--------------3-3-3---1--0----------|
G|--------2-------0-----------------2-----0---------|
D|--------------------------------------------------|
A|--------------------------------------------------|
E|--------------------------------------------------|

[Chorus]
  C             D                Em
Where did I go wrong, I lost a friend
            G             D/F#
Somewhere along in the bitterness
    C                   D                Em
And I would have stayed up with you all night
             G     D/F#     C
Had I known how to save a life

[Chorus]
  C             D                Em
Where did I go wrong, I lost a friend
            G             D/F#
Somewhere along in the bitterness
    C                   D                Em
And I would have stayed up with you all night
             G     D/F#     C
Had I known how to save a life

[Bridge 1]                       How To save A Life...
e|--------------------------------------------------|
B|--7---3-3-3---10---3-3-3---12---3-3-3---7--10---3-|
G|--------------------------------------------------|
D|--------------------------------------------------|
A|--------------------------------------------------|
E|--------------------------------------------------|

[Bridge 2]                       How to save a Life...
e|--------------------------------------------------|
B|--3-3-3---1--0--------------3-3-3---1--0----------|
G|--------2-------0-----------------2-----0---------|
D|--------------------------------------------------|
A|--------------------------------------------------|
E|--------------------------------------------------|

[Bridge 3]
e|--------------------------------------------------|
B|--7---3-3-3---10---3-3-3---12---3-3-3---7--10---8-|
G|--------------------------------------------------|
D|--------------------------------------------------|
A|--------------------------------------------------|
E|--------------------------------------------------|
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ploq niul 10 Dec 26, 2006 10:59 PM

Seems good to me. I like this tab.
I do that intro and bridge riff slightly different though...
instead of 7-333-10-333 etc, try this
e-2-----5-----7----2-2-5-5-3
b---3-3---3-3--3-3--3-3-3-3-
g----0-----0----0-----------....something like that. Use your ears.

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bgbnbigben 83 Feb 01, 2007 08:44 PM

Not for me. i cant get the timing with that. Still, is't just up to how you play, isn't it?
Thanks for the tip though, something to work on!!!
Ben

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godons 52 Feb 11, 2007 09:50 PM

sounds pretty good to me. thanx a lot

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