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Kissing The Lipless chords

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There is no strumming pattern for this song yet. and get +5 IQ
IMPORTANT! I've seen a lot of debate over this song and how it is played. The
arguments stem from the B bass note in the song, and the appearance of James
Mercer playing on fret 9 on guitar live and in the video. Both of these
observations are correct. Although James Mercer IS definitely playing on 9th fret
(which one would generally assume was an F#), he is actually playing the following chord:

 BM7
E|11
B|11
G|11
D|9
A|x
E|x

[Intro]

B C# B C#

[Chorus]

B          C#          B         C#                     B            C#
Called to see if your back was still aligned and your sheets were growing
                   B             C#
grass all on the corners of your bed
B                   C#                     B                 C#
But you've got too much to wear on your sleeves, it has too much to do with
B         C#               B              C#
me and secretly I want to bury in the yard
Ebm                      E
the grey remains of a friendship scarred

[Instrumental]

BM7 C#
BM7 C#
BM7 C#
BM7 C#

[Verse]
      BM7           C#                        BM7               C#
You told us of your new life there, you got someone comin' around gluing
 BM7              C#                 B             C#
tinsel to your crown, he's got you talking pretty loud

      BM7      C#           BM7                    C#
You berate, remember your ailing heart and your criminal eyes
     BM7                 C#          B                C#
You say you're still in love, if it true what can be done
      Ebm                      E
It's hard to leave all these moments behind

[Solo]
BM7 C# (x3)
B C#

[Chorus]
BM7        C#          BM7       C#                     BM7          C#
Called to see if your back was still aligned and your sheets were growing
                   B             C#
grass all on the corners of your bed
BM7                 C#                     BM7               C#
But you've got too much to wear on your sleeves, it has too much to do with
BM7       C#               B              C#
me and secretly I want to bury in the yard
Ebm                      E
the grey remains of a friendship scarred

F#
(4 Bars - this part I'm not sure about, it seems that he's holding an F# on fret 9, but
lifting his pinky to so that he's effectively playing F#-E over and over again in quick succession)


B C# x2

B                C#       B              C#            B            C#
You tested your metal of doe's skin and petals, while kissing the lipless
      B              C#
who bleed all the sweetness away

Ebm E B C# x3
Eb E F#

END

*ONE FINAL NOTE: At the build-up to the chorus (just after grey remains of a friendship
scarred), I prefer to play BM7 C# x2, then perform a slide from the barre B on fret 7 up
to C# on 9, then one final BM7 C#. This is roughly what the lead guitar does, and it 
REALLY adds something, even on an acoustic guitar.

Thanks for reading! I hope you were able to bear through the crap at the start; I just
wanted to make sure that nobody would be confused. I've wanted to write this tab for a
while, but never found the time. I’m a massive fan of the Shins, and to see people 
arguing over how this song is played deeply saddens me. I really hope that people take this 
on board.

If you definitely think this is wrong right off the bat, I implore you to play it along
with the record. I’ve spent plenty of time on this, and I’m sure it is right! I’ve been
voted down before on a tab (one by one all day) that I’m still sure is 100% correct 
because one guy didn’t bother to investigate it properly!
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ToddPratt 68 Feb 11, 2015 04:33 PM

Do you have a chord chart for this? For example, not sure the Ebm barre chord is... I'm guessing people haven't rated the tab because they don't know how to play the chords?

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judeoneill 171 Sep 18, 2015 08:16 AM

Todd: Ebm barre is: x68876. one half step down (E->Eb) from a 7th fret Em barre.

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