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Sympathy chords

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About this tab version
Other versions around the Internet had a 2nd fret capo or no capo in standard tuning, and this version is in C# standard tuning, which seems to work better when played. Was this info helpful? Yes No
Strumming
There is no strumming pattern for this song yet. and get +5 IQ
Specifically, those G chords don't always have to be played there, and in the chorus there's a D chord I
didn't include.

(For the intro, first verse, and pre-chorus, my strumming pattern is all right-hand muted eighth notes.)

[Intro]
Am

[Verse]
       Am
Take a step inside my mind, as my eyes are open wide
        F                                        
In my sleep I turn and toss, to rebuild the heart I lost
E       Am
You can tell me what you want, fool me once and love was lost
      F
Paper thin your words they haunt my dreams, the seams have come undone 

[Pre-Chorus]
E         F                     Am       
Don't you dare say I'm gonna make it
         F                           Am
'Cause I don't believe a word you say

[Chorus]
(Strumming pattern here is all open syncopated rhythms as you feel are appropriate.)

          F                     Am       
Don't you dare say I'm gonna make it
         F                           Am  G
'Cause I don't believe a word you say
          F                     Am
There's a sickness living inside me
        F                         Am
You can spare me all your sympathy

[Verse 2]
(First half of this is same as first verse, et al. Second half of this is as follows, with O being open chords
and x being left-hand muting and all notes being eighth notes (total of 2 measures): OOxxOOxO xxxxOOxx)

       Am
Take a second of your time, realize you're wasting mine
       F                                        
In the night I lie awake, why rebuild a heart that breaks?
E       Am
You can tell me what you want, fool me once and love was lost
      F
Paper thin your words they haunt my dreams, the seams have come undone 


[Chorus]
(Same strumming pattern as first chorus)

          F                     Am       
Don't you dare say I'm gonna make it
         F                           Am   G
'Cause I don't believe a word you say
          F                     Am
There's a sickness living inside me
        F                         Am   E
You can spare me all your sympathy

[Bridge]
(This part is instrumental, but I do 6 beats of F, 2 beats of E, a measure of Am, a measure of C, a measure of
F, and a measure of E before the second part of the bridge, all with the strumming pattern of the chorus. This
isn't what's done on the studio version, but I like it better and it works in this tuning better. If it helps
to visualize it:)

F             E     Am        C
X x x x   X x x x   X x x x   X x x x
   F                 E
So spare me all your sympathy

[Second Bridge]
and over. I do one singular open chord every 2 measures for dramatic effect. So:)s4, and a measure of E, over
and over. I do one singular open chord every 2 measures for dramatic effect. So:]

Am                  G                    F                   Esus4     E     
X x x x   X x x x   X x x x   X x x x    X x x x   X x x x   X x x x   X x x x
Am                         G
I'm sitting waiting on the sun to rise
F                     Esus4       E
 I know it never will, it comes as no surprise

(Here I change the strumming pattern to the same as the second half of the second verse: OOxxOOxO xxxxOOxO)

Am                         G
So won't you stare into my hollow eyes
F                         Esus4       E
 They look so hungry now, it comes as no surprise

(Here, I play it differently than on the record for live performance purposes, since the lyrics on the studio
version overlap. I play it as I've written above, add 2 measures of dramatic syncopated left-hand muting, and
jump back into the chorus. The studio version would simply have you stop playing at "it comes as no surprise."
Feel free to do that if you have a second vocalist or something)

[Chorus]
(Same strumming pattern as first chorus)
          F                     Am       
Don't you dare say I'm gonna make it
         F                           Am   G
'Cause I don't believe a word you say
          F                     Am
There's a sickness living inside me
        F                         Am   E
You can spare me all your sympathy
   F             E
So spare me all your sympathy

[Outro]
(Right-hand muted eighth notes)
Am

            
            
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