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American Slang Chords

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D G C F A D
American Slang (Acoustic) - The Gaslight Anthem - American Slang
D Standard Tuning/Whole Step Down (DGCFAd) 
Ear Transcribed by Jack Cookson (Torn Asunder)

I ear transcribed this from Brian Fallon's performance of the song on Sirius
XM Alt-Nation which can be found on YouTube by simply searching the song 
title. Some of the other interpretations on this website are a bit incorrect
so I thought I'd have a go at it and see if it does justice. I hope it helps
you guys out there wanting to learn this awesome song.

Chords used (Named relative to standard tuning):

D  (xx0232)
G  (320033)
A  (x02220)
Bm (x24432)


[Intro]
(played in arpeggios)

D (x4)  G (x2)  A (x2)

(x2)


[Verse 1]
                 Bm
Look what you started
               G                     A
I seem to be coming right out of my skin
                       Bm
So look what you've forgotten here
                G                 A
These bandages just don't keep me in


[Pre-Chorus]

                  D   G
Baby when it was over
                 D   G
Well I woke up alone
                  D    G
And when it was over, yeah
            D    G
I woke up alone


[Chorus]
          Bm         A          G            D
Well they cut me to ribbons and taught me to drive
            Bm      A             G         D
I got your name tattooed on the inside of my arm
       Bm              A            G          D
And I called for my father but my father had died
                    G
While you told me fortunes
    A          D
In American slang


[Verse 2]
                   Bm
And looked at the damage
                   G                   A
When the fortunes came for the richer men
                  Bm
And we left with gallows
                      G                         A
Honey waiting for us liars baby, come down and hang


[Pre-Chorus]

                  D   G
Baby when it was over, yeah yeah
                 D   G
Well I woke up alone
                  D   G
And when it was over
            D    G
I woke up alone


[Chorus]

          Bm         A          G            D
Well they cut me to ribbons and taught me to drive
            Bm      A           G           D
I got your name tattooed on the inside of my arm
       Bm              A            G          D
And I called for my father but my father has died
                    G
And you told me fortunes
    A          D
In American slang


[Bridge]

Bm                   A                   G
And here's where we died that time last year
               D                 Bm
And where the angels and devils meet
             A                           G
And you can dance with the queen if you need
               D              G                A        D
And she will always keep your cards close to her heart
            G         A                      D       G   A
So close to her heart, before they tear you apart


[Outro]

         Bm         A          G            D
And they cut me to ribbons and taught me to drive
            Bm      A          G            D
I got your name tattooed on the inside of my arm
       Bm            A            G          D
And I called for my father but my father has died
    Bm           A             G         D
I called for my father but my father has died
                  G
And you told me fortunes
              D
In American slang
                  G     
And you told my fortunes 
      A      D
In American slang
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superted 41 Jul 30, 2010 07:29 AM

Great song and the tab sounds right on the money when I play it. Thank you for sharing! :)

I seriously hope Brian, or the entire band, release some acoustic recordings; THAT would be awesome!

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goldsmith93 10 Apr 12, 2012 06:23 PM

finding the strumming pattern quite difficult for this (beginner) any chance someone could help me out?

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