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One By One All Day Chords


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I worked this out (with help from the previous version and the fantastic tab) by
listening to James Mercer play it acoustically. I'm 100% certain that this is 
right. It sounds lovely with open chords, with the obvious exception being the F#, 
which is easiest (and sounds best) played at 2nd fret.
I initially thought that the chord after the second E in the verse was E7sus4   
02020x as in past and pending, but upon further listening, I'm sure it's just a D.

 E      B        E - D      A
"Howdy, lem," my grandpa    said with his eyes closed
E          B                       E - D     A
wiping the eastbound dust from his sunburned brow
a life before doubt.

G           A                  G                A
I smell the engine grease and mint the wind is blending
G         A               D          F#   G
under the moan of rotting elm in the silo floor
D    A

Verse 2:
E      B        E - D       A
Down a hill of pine tree   quills we made our way
E      B                            E -  D     A
to the bottom and the ferns where thick moss   grows
beside a stream.

G         A                    G               A
Under the rocks are snails and we can fill our pockets
G               A              D        F#          G         
and let them go one by one all day in a brand new place
D     A

Instrumental break x2

(play this variation on the verse chords twice)

G            A        G            A
You were no ordinary drain on her defenses
G               A        D        F#       G
and she was no ordinary girl Oh, Inverted World
           A             G                  A
if every moment of our lives were cradled softly
                    A                  D
in the hands of a strange and gentle child
         F#      G
I'd not roll my eyes
E       G

E       G Repeat until fade

When James Mercer played this acoustically, he repeated the E and G at the end a few
times then ended with E G A E which sounds really nice. As usual, Mercer does a lot of
Hammer ons and pull offs, which you can add optionally (sounds great on the D chord just 
before the F# and on the A in the chorus)

Furthermore, The E to D change is a quick one. The E and B chords are a bar each,
whereas the E and D chords last half a bar each. Listen to the song if timing is an issue.

I really hope this helps somebody out there play this fantastic song :D
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Fulkini wrote on January 2 2013, 10:59 am

Thanks a lot for this, it indeed helped me play :) beautiful, calm song.

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BrokenShins wrote on March 28 2013, 12:39 pm

Thanks a lot! I'm positive this is 100%, seen em do it live - online and in person - enough to have picked it up :P Sadly somebody disagrees with me now, downvoted for the first time!

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Lolcohol wrote on February 3 2014, 03:20 am

Great chord chart :) Thank you!

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