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Simple Song Chords

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The Shins – Simple Song (Acoustic)

This is from James Mercer's live versions of this great new song. 

Intro D A 
D                                  A D                           A
   Well this is just a simple song     to say what you done
D                                A D                                 
I told you about all those fears   and away they did run. You sure must
      G    A G A  G               A       G                    A   D A D A
be strong...       and you feel like an ocean being warmed by the sun

D        A       D             A D               A  D      A
When I was just nine years old     I swear that I dreamt
 D              A     D               A D               A     D           
   Your face on a football field     and a kiss that I kept
   A       G    A G A  G          A       G                 A      D A D A
Under my vest,         apart from everything but the heart in my chest

Chorus: 
Bm      A         D                 A    G            A      G   A    
    I know that things can really get rough when you go it alone
Bm      A        D                A    G             A       G   A    
    Don't go thinking you got to be tough, and play like a stone
Bm       A            D                    A    G    A   G   A    G        A         G       
    Could be there's nothing else in our lives so critical      As this little home!

D        A         D          A D             A       D         A
 My life in an upturned boat,      marooned on a cliff
D               A     D                   A D               A   D 
   You brought me a great big flood      and you gave me a lift
        A      G      A  G                 A         G                       
Girl, what a gift         And you tell me with your tongue and your
             A       G                    A            (Bm) 
 breath goes in my lungs and we float above the rift
 
Chorus, then break:  Em  Bm  Em  Bm(add G)  Em  Bm  G  
 
Repeat first verse  Well this is just a...

Bm      A        D                  A    G            A      G   A    
    Remember walking the mile to your house aglow in the dark
Bm      A       D                A     G                A       G   A    
    I made a fumbling play for your heart and the axe struck a spark
Bm      A       D                     A    G            A   G    A          
   You wore a charm on the chain that I stole especial for you
Bm         A       D                  A  G                A       G   A    
   Loves such a delicate thing that we do , with nothing to prove

G            A   G   A   D      
  Which I never knew!
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jepper wrote on March 8 2012, 12:38 pm

Very good. Do you know the little lick he plays before the chorus?

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luismg9 wrote on July 3 2012, 05:09 pm

On the break the second Bm is a D (add the high g).
Besides that great tab!

The lick before the chorus is just a D with a note from the open high e string
e| 2 0
b| 3 etc

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burndttoast wrote on July 14 2012, 12:39 am

Not sure if it's "right", but I just pick out the D for that lick before the chorus instead of playing the A:

e|-2------
b|---3----
g|-----2--

and then just jump into Bm. Sounds fine to me this way.

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