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Fake Empire chords

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  • A tutorial for beginners (as I am) to play Fake Empire by The National.
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[Verse 1]

C              F            G
Stay out super late tonight picking apples, making pies
C                     F            G
put a little something in our lemonade and take it with us


[Chorus]

             Am         F      G
we’re half-awake in a fake empire
             Am         F      G
we’re half-awake in a fake empire


[Verse 2]

 C                 F          G
Tiptoe through our shiny city with our diamond slippers on
 C            F            G
do our gay ballet on ice bluebirds on our shoulders


[Chorus]

             Am         F      G
we’re half-awake in a fake empire
             Am         F      G
we’re half-awake in a fake empire


[Verse 3]

 C                 F                G
Turn the light out say goodnight no thinking for a little while
 C                 F        G
lets not try to figure out everything at once
 C                 F            G
It’s hard to keep track of you falling through the sky


[Chorus]

             Am         F      G
we’re half-awake in a fake empire
             Am         F      G
we’re half-awake in a fake empire 

            
            
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Alina37 112 May 15, 2010 04:45 PM

C              Fmaj7        Cmaj7/G
Stay out super late tonight picking apples, making pies
C Fmaj7 Cmaj7/G
put a little something in our lemonade and take it with us

Am Fmaj7 G
we’re half-awake in a fake empire
Am Fmaj7 G
we’re half-awake in a fake empire

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sb00020 102 Sep 28, 2010 06:59 AM

The chords are spot on. For anyone who is struggling with the rhythm, its 3 against 4. This is why when the bass drum comes in it seems to throw the beat slightly. The right hand piano and guitar play the 4 and the left hand piano plays the 3.

Its not a hard picking pattern to learn, but its a lot easier if you learn to tap it first. I've played this a few times at open mic nights and it works well as an acoustic, but you really need the 3 against 4 rhythm nailed. Its a really nice rhythm when you're used to it.

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nxlimit 10 Oct 25, 2010 12:28 AM

sb00020: would you mind explaining what you mean by the rhythm being 3 against 4? as in "beat-beat-beat-silence-beat-beat-beat-silence etc?" not sure, but thanks for any help =)

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