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Previously only chords were available for this song. A full tab did not exist at the time of this posting. Was this info helpful? Yes No
Artist: The Smith Street Band
Song:  Birthdays
Album: More Scared Of You Than You Are Of Me

This tab is based on an acoustic performance Wil did for BalconyTV.
You can find the video here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ofvIk3SHdYY

I'm fairly certain of the accuracy of this, but feel free to point out any mistakes you notice.
I also tried to use spacing to show some of the rhythms, though I would suggest watching
the video to get a feel for all of the timings.

Tuning is a Half-Step Down

[Intro]
eb|-----2h4p0p---------4p0------2h4p0---------7p0------2h4p0---------------4-----------2-----|
Bb|---------------2/4--------------------2/5--------------------2/9-----5-----5-----4-----4--|
Gb|------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
Db|------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
Ab|------------0----------------------0----------------------0-------4-----------2-----------|
Eb|--0-----------------------0----------------------0----------------------------------------|
                                                        The slide to 9 is first time only

[Verse]
eb|-----2h4p0---------4p0------2h4p0---------7p0------2h4p0---------4p0---------4-----------2-----|
Bb|--------------2/4--------------------2/4--------------------2/4-----------5-----5-----4-----4--|
Gb|-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| (x5)
Db|-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
Ab|-----------0----------------------0----------------------0-------------4-----------2-----------|
Eb|--0----------------------0----------------------0----------------------------------------------|

[Bridge/Quiet Part]
eb|--7--7--7--7/9-------------------7--7--7--7/9--------------------|
Bb|----------------9--9--7h-9--7\5----------------9--9--7h-9---7\5--|
Gb|-----------------------------------------------------------------|
Db|-----------------------------------------------------------------|
Ab|---------------------------------0--0--0--0----0--0--0--0---0----|
Eb|--0--0--0--0----0--0--0--0--0------------------------------------|

eB|--7--7--7--7/9-----------------------------4-----------2-----|
Bb|----------------9--9--7h-9--7\5-5-------5-----5-----4-----4--|
Gb|-------------------------------------------------------------|
Db|-------------------------------------------------------------|
Ab|--------------------------------0----4-----------2-----------|
Eb|--0--0--0--0----0--0--0--0--0--------------------------------|

[Verse]
eb|-----2h4p0---------4p0------2h4p0---------7p0------2h4p0---------4p0---------4-----------2-----|
Bb|--------------2/4--------------------2/4--------------------2/4-----------5-----5-----4-----4--|
Gb|-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| (x4)
Db|-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
Ab|-----------0----------------------0----------------------0-------------4-----------2-----------|
Eb|--0----------------------0----------------------0----------------------------------------------|

[Bridge 2/Quiet Part]
eb|--7--7--7--7/9--------------------7--7--7--7/9--------------------7--7--7--7/9----------------------|
Bb|----------------9--9--7h-9---7\5----------------9--9--7h-9--7\5-----------------9--9--7h-9---7\5-5--|
Gb|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
Db|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
Ab|----------------------------------0--0--0--0----0--0--0--0---0-----------------------------------0--|
Eb|--0--0--0--0----0--0--0--0---0------------------------------------0--0--0--0----0--0--0--0---0------|

eb|--7--7--7--7/9--------------------------------------------------------7--|
Bb|----------------9--9--7h-9---0----7--7--7--7--7--9--9-7-7-7-9-9-9-9-9-x--|
Gb|----------------------------------x--x--x--x--x--x--x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x--|
Db|----------------------------------7--7--7--7--7--7--7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7--|
Ab|----------------------------------0--0--0--0--0--0--0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0--|
Eb|--0--0--0--0----0--0--0--0-----------------------------------------------|

eb|--7--7--7--7/9--------------------------------------------------------7--|
Bb|----------------7--7--7--0--------7--7--7--7--7--9--9-7-7-7-9-9-9-9-9-x--|
Gb|----------------------------------x--x--x--x--x--x--x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x--|
Db|----------------------------------7--7--7--7--7--7--7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7--|
Ab|----------------------------------0--0--0--0--0--0--0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0--|
Eb|--0--0--0--0----0--0--0--0-----------------------------------------------|

Acapella for a bit, then...

[Interlude]
eb|----------------|
Bb|----------------|
Gb|-9--9--9--9--9--| Our actions will be hideous...
Db|-9--9--9--9--9--|
Ab|-0--7--7--7--7--|
Eb|----------------|
    P.M. ------|

Stay palm muted until this line
More than anyone you have ever known...
eb|------------------------------------------0-----|
Bb|------------------------------------------0-----|
Gb|--9--9--9--9--9--9--9--9-9-6--6--6--5--5--x-----|
Db|--9--9--9--9--9--9--9--9-9-4--4--4--3--3--12\0--|
Ab|--7--7--7--7--7--7--7--7-7-4--4--4--3--3--12\0--|
Eb|------------------------------------------0-----|

[Outro]
eb|--0--0--0--0---0--0--0-0-0--0--0--0---0--0--0-0-0--0--0--0---0--0--0-0----------------------------|
Bb|--0--0--0--0---0--0--0-0-0--0--0--0---0--0--0-0-0--0--0--0---0--0--0-0----------------------------|
Gb|--1--1--1--2---2--2--2-2-1--1--1--2---2--2--2-2-1--1--1--2---2--2--2-2-6--6--6--6-6-4--4--4--4-4--|
Db|--2--2--2--2---2--2--2-2-2--2--2--2---2--2--2-2-2--2--2--2---2--2--2-2-4--4--4--4-4-4--4--4--4-4--|
Ab|--2--2--2--0---0--0--2-2-2--2--2--0---0--0--2-2-2--2--2--0---0--0--2-2-4--4--4--4-4-2--2--2--2-2--|
Eb|--0--0--0--0---0--0--0-0-0--0--0--0---0--0--0-0-0--0--0--0---0--0--0-0----------------------------|

(Repeat until you feel like ending since)
(Wil just cuts off by introducing himself at the end)


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h - hammer on
p - pull off
/ - slide up
\ - slide down
x - muted, struck string
P.M. - palm mute

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hharryhadley1 12 May 21, 2017 05:03 AM

Great tab but there is one thing that I think MAY be wrong.

In the main riff (intro/verse riff) rather than sliding to the fifth fret, I hear a slide to the fourth fret on the B(flat) string, then playing the fourth fret of the E(flat) string and then a pull off to the open E(flat) string. I may be wrong but I hear that major 7th coming through and being resolved by the Open Eb.

Feel free to correct me but that is definitely what my ear is hearing, if I'm wrong it sounds cool anyway and makes the riff a bit more musically interesting!

Thanks for a great tab of a great song!

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