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How To Save A Life Chords

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About this tab version
Wanted to try this with how I thought it could sound better and I think that the chords used sound brighter and make the guitar line more closely and subtly mimic the piano line when strummed to emphasize the 4th and 5th strings, as it sounds much better and has the brightness and tones of the original. Was this info helpful? Yes No
Tabbed by Ciarán Ó hAoláin

Capo 3rd!

Wanted to try this with how I thought it could sound better and I think that the chords used sound brighter
and make the guitar line more closely and subtly mimiCadd9 the piano line when strummed to emphasize
the 4th and 5th strings, as it sounds much better and has the brightness and tones of the original,
play around with it! :) 

     (G)       (Dsus4/F#)  (Em7b9#5)   (Cadd9)       
e|----3------|----3------|----3------|----3------|
B|----3------|----3------|----3------|----3------|
G|----0------|----2------|----0------|----0------|
D|----0------|----0------|----2------|----2------|
A|----2------|----0------|----2------|----3------|
E|----3------|----2------|----0------|----X------|

Use little finger and ring finger for the third fret on the high e and B strings, and leave there
throughout song, move other fingers to make all other chords! If you're used to playing some of the
basiCadd9 chords another way this may be difficult at first but I believe well worth it!

Credit to C5Bocker who's version helped me with the tabbing of the piano!

E--3--------------5--------------7---------------2---5---3-----|
B----3-0-3--3-0-3---3-0-3--3-0-3---3-0-3--3-0-3----------3-----|
G--------------------------------------------------------------|
D--------------------------------------------------------------|
A--------------------------------------------------------2-----|
E--3--------------2--------------------------------------3-----| (First chord of Verse)

[Verse 1]
G                    Dsus4/F#
Step one you say we need to talk
    Em7b9#5          Dsus4/F#         G
He walks you say sit down it’s just a talk
          Dsus4/F#           Em7b9#5
He smiles politely back at you
             Dsus4/F#        G
You stare politely right on through
             Dsus/F#        Em7b9#5
Some sort of window to your right
           Dsus4/F#          G
As he goes left and you stay right
            Dsus4/F#          Em7b9#5
Between the lines of fear and blame
                 Dsus4/F#
And you begin to wonder why you came


[Chorus]

Cadd9         Dsus4/F#        Em7b9#5
Where did I go wrong, I lost a friend
          G          Dsus4/F#
Somewhere along in the bitterness
 Cadd9                 Dsus4/F#      Em7b9#5
And I would have stayed up with you all night
             G     Dsus4/F#     G  
Had I known how to save a life

(Dsus4/F# Em7b9#5Dsus4/F#)

[Bridge 1]
E--3--------------5--------------7---------------2---5---3-----|
B----3-0-3--3-0-3---3-0-3--3-0-3---3-0-3--3-0-3----------3-----|
G--------------------------------------------------------------|
D--------------------------------------------------------------|
A--------------------------------------------------------2-----|
E--3--------------2--------------------------------------3-----| (First chord of Verse)

[Verse 2]
G                 Dsus4/F#
Let him know that you know best
 Em7b9#5             Dsus4/F#
Cause after all you do know best
G                Dsus4/F#
Try to slip past his defense
  Em7b9#5        Dsus4/F#
Without granting innocence
G          Dsus4/F#        Em7b9#5
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
Em7b9#5                Dsus4/F#
And pray to God he hears you

[Chorus]

Cadd9         Dsus4/F#        Em7b9#5
Where did I go wrong, I lost a friend
          G          Dsus4/F#
Somewhere along in the bitterness
 Cadd9                 Dsus4/F#      Em7b9#5
And I would have stayed up with you all night
             G     Dsus4/F#     G  
Had I known how to save a life

(Dsus4/F# Em7b9#5Dsus4/F#)

E--3--------------5--------------7---------------2---5---3-----|
B----3-0-3--3-0-3---3-0-3--3-0-3---3-0-3--3-0-3----------3-----|
G--------------------------------------------------------------|
D--------------------------------------------------------------|
A--------------------------------------------------------2-----|
E--3--------------2--------------------------------------3-----| (First chord of Verse)

[Verse 2]
G                Dsus4/F#
As he begins to raise his voice
   Em7b9#5         Dsus4/F#           G
You lower yours and grant him one last choice
                Dsus4/F#
Drive until you lose the road
Em7b9#5                       Dsus4/F#
Or break with the ones you’ve followed
G           Dsus4/F#
He will do one of two things
Em7b9#5          Dsus4/F#
He will admit to everything
G                   Dsus4/F#
Or he’ll say he’s just not the same
Em7b9#5             Dsus4/F#
And you’ll begin to wonder why you came

[Chorus]

Cadd9         Dsus4/F#        Em7b9#5
Where did I go wrong, I lost a friend
          G          Dsus4/F#
Somewhere along in the bitterness
 Cadd9                 Dsus4/F#      Em7b9#5
And I would have stayed up with you all night
             G     Dsus4/F#     G  
Had I known how to save a life

Cadd9         Dsus4/F#        Em7b9#5
Where did I go wrong, I lost a friend
          G          Dsus4/F#
Somewhere along in the bitterness
 Cadd9                 Dsus4/F#      Em7b9#5
And I would have stayed up with you all night
             G     Dsus4/F#     G  
Had I known how to save a life

(Dsus4/F# Em7b9#5Dsus4/F#)

E--3--------------5--------------7---------------2---5---3-----|
B----3-0-3--3-0-3---3-0-3--3-0-3---3-0-3--3-0-3----------------|
G--------------------------------------------------------------|
D--------------------------------------------------------------|
A--------------------------------------------------------------|
E--3--------------2--------------------------------------------|


[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]

Cadd9         Dsus4/F#        Em7b9#5
Where did I go wrong, I lost a friend
          G          Dsus4/F#
Somewhere along in the bitterness
 Cadd9                 Dsus4/F#      Em7b9#5
And I would have stayed up with you all night
             G     Dsus4/F#     G  
Had I known how to save a life

Cadd9         Dsus4/F#        Em7b9#5
Where did I go wrong, I lost a friend
          G          Dsus4/F#
Somewhere along in the bitterness
 Cadd9                 Dsus4/F#      Em7b9#5
And I would have stayed up with you all night
             G     Dsus4/F#     G  
Had I known how to save a life

(Dsus4/F# Em7b9#5Dsus4/F#)

[Bridge 1]                       
                               How To save A Life...
E--------------------------------------------------|
B--8---3-3-3---10---3-3-3---12---3-3-3---8--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--3--------------5--------------7---------------2---5---3-----|
B----3-0-3--3-0-3---3-0-3--3-0-3---3-0-3--3-0-3----------3-----|
G--------------------------------------------------------------|
D--------------------------------------------------------------|
A--------------------------------------------------------2-----|
E--3--------------2--------------------------------------3-----| (Hold final chord)
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