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How To Save A Life Chords

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How To Save A Life Tab by The Fray

First time at writing down a tab/chords. Let me know where you think I may have gone
I'm sure you will :P

Timming 4/4

I have my guitar dropped one full note so I play this with the Capo on the 5th fret. But
you have standard tuning just stick the capo on the 3rd :)

There is one chord I am not sure of the name I have put as "D(c slidedown 2)"
Basically play a standard C chord but slide it down 2 frets and don't play your bottom E
(the bass E :P )

**UPDATE**
Just noticed once this had been put up that the Dsus4/F# might been a bit confusing if 
highlight it. This may be because I can't read music and hence doing it by ear, I may 
not named the chord right.

The chord Dsus4/F# is meant to be played as Dsus4 with your thumb (or finger which ever 
prefer) on the bass E string, second fret. Hope that makes sense :P


[Intro/Bridge 1]

e|---------------------------------------------|
B|--8---3-3-3---10---3-3-3---12---3-3-3---8--10|
G|---------------------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------------------|
A|---------------------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------------------|


[Verse 1]

G                    Dsus4/F#
Step one you say we need to talk
    Em7                 Dsus4/F#           G
He walks you say sit down it’s just a talk
             Dsus4/F#           Em7
He smiles politely back at you
             Dsus4/F#        G
You stare politely right on through
             Dsus/F#        Em7
Some sort of window to your right
           Dsus4/F#          G
As he goes left and you stay right
            Dsus4/F#          Em7
Between the lines of fear and blame
                 Dsus4/F#
And you begin to wonder why you came


[Chorus]

  C            D(C slidedown 2)Em
Where did I go wrong, I lost a friend
          G            D
Somewhere along in the bitterness
 C                      D(C slidedown2) Em
And I would have stayed up with you all night
             G     D      G    (Dsus4/F# Em Dsus4/F#)
Had I known how to save a life


[Bridge 1]

e|---------------------------------------------|
B|--8---3-3-3---10---3-3-3---12---3-3-3---8--10|
G|---------------------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------------------|
A|---------------------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------------------|


[Verse 2]

G                 Dsus4/F#
Let him know that you know best
 Em7                Dsus4/F#
Cause after all you do know best
G                Dsus4/F#
Try to slip past his defense
     Em7           Dsus4/F#
Without granting innocence
G          Dsus4/F#        Em7
Lay down a list of what is wrong
           Dsus4/F#
The things you’ve told him all along
G                  Dsus4/F#
And pray to God he hears you
Em7                Dsus4/F#
And pray to God he hears you


[Chorus]

C              D(C slidedown 2)Em
Where did I go wrong, I lost a friend
            G               D
Somewhere along in the bitterness
    C                   D(C slidedown 2)Em
And I would have stayed up with you all night
             G     D      G     (Dsus4/F#
Dsus4/F#)
Had I known how to save a life


[Bridge 1]

e|---------------------------------------------|
B|--8---3-3-3---10---3-3-3---12---3-3-3---8--10|
G|---------------------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------------------|
A|---------------------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------------------|


[Verse 2]

G                Dsus4/F#
As he begins to raise his voice
    Em7             Dsus4/F#           G
You lower yours and grant him one last choice
                Dsus4/F#
Drive until you lose the road
Em7                           Dsus4/F#
Or break with the ones you’ve followed
G              Dsus4/F#
He will do one of two things
Em7              Dsus4/F#
He will admit to everything
G                  Dsus4/F#
Or he’ll say he’s just not the same
Em7                 Dsus4/F#
And you’ll begin to wonder why you came


[Chorus]

  C             D(C slidedown 2)Em
Where did I go wrong, I lost a friend
            G              D
Somewhere along in the bitterness
    C                   D(C slidedown 2)Em
And I would have stayed up with you all night
             G     D
Had I known how to save a life

  C            D(C slidedown 2)Em
Where did I go wrong, I lost a friend
            G               D
Somewhere along in the bitterness
    C                   D(C slidedown 2) Em
And I would have stayed up with you all night
             G     D      G    (Dsus4/F# Em Dsus4/F#)
Had I known how to save a life


[Bridge  1]

                                How To Save A Life...
e|--------------------------------------------------|
B|--8---3-3-3---10---3-3-3---12---3-3-3---8--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(C slidedown 2)Em
Where did I go wrong, I lost a friend
            G               D
Somewhere along in the bitterness
    C                   D(C slidedown 2)Em
And I would have stayed up with you all night
             G     D/F#     G
Had I known how to save a life

  C            D(C slidedown 2)Em
Where did I go wrong, I lost a friend
            G               D
Somewhere along in the bitterness
    C                   D(C slidedown 2)Em
And I would have stayed up with you all night
             G     D      G
Had I known how to save a life


[Instrumental]

(Dsus4/F# Em Dsus4/F# G)


[Bridge  1]

                                How To Save A Life...
e|--------------------------------------------------|
B|--8---3-3-3---10---3-3-3---12---3-3-3---8--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|--------------------------------------------------|


[Bridge 3]

e|--------------------------------------------------|
B|--8---3-3-3---10---3-3-3---12---3-3-3---7--10---8-|
G|--------------------------------------------------|
D|--------------------------------------------------|
A|--------------------------------------------------|
E|--------------------------------------------------|
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Digitech250 87 wrote on January 5 2009, 06:04 pm

well done. but the D slicedown, as you call is it, is just a D. its kinda like when you play a G chord but add your ring finger on the B string third fret...

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diradoo 44 wrote on August 29 2012, 07:17 pm

I think the chord is a Dsus4 not the common fingering, but it has all of the notes.

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riseagainst111 22 wrote on July 8 2013, 03:50 am

This is how I like to play the intro part on my acoustic..

e--3------=--------5--------------7---------------2--------3/--5--
B----3---3--3---3----3---3--3---3---4---4--4---4----3---3--3/--5--
G------0------0--------2------2-------5------5--------2----------And repeat
D------------------0------------------------------0---------------
A-----------------------------------------------------------------
E--3------------------------------0-------------------------------

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