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Needle In The Hay chords

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Tabbed by Jon Riley (www.leftoutkid.fsnet.co.uk)

This is a really cool song I think by  Elliot Smith originally, but covered also by a band called "Bad 
front man is/was the singer from "Lagwagon"...both bands should be checked out.

I haven't bothered to check up the exact chord names..and in certain places he uses bar chords i 
this is it!


          F:  0 0 3 0 1 0
          C:  0 3 2 0 1 0
          E:  0 2 2 0 1 0
          Am: 0 0 2 2 1 0
          G:  3 2 0 0 0 0

[Verse 1]

Am     F           Am
 your hand on his arm
      F          C      E          Am
 the hay stack charm around your neck
   F              Am
 strung out and thin
    F            C              E          Am
 calling some friend trying to cash some check
        F      Am
 he's acting dumb
   F                 C  E       Am
 that's what you've come__ to expect


Am                    C
 needle in the hay
 needle in the hay
Am                    C
 needle in the hay
 needle in the hay

 [Verse 2]

Am       F            Am
 he's wearing your clothes
  F             C       E         Am
 head down to toes a reaction to you
                F           Am           F     C
 you say, you know what he did but you idiot kid
       E           Am
 you don't have a clue
  F             Am        F           E
 somtimes they just get caught in the eye
 you're pulling him through


Am                   C
 needle in the hay
 needle in the hay
Am                   C
 needle in the hay
 needle in the hay


Am F Am F C E (x3) F G E Am F Am______

 [Verse 3]

  F          Am
 now on the bus
  F        C            E       Am
 nearly touching this dirty retreat
  F      Am   F        C             E          Am
 falling out 6th and powell a dead sweat in my teeth
        F           Am
 gonna walk walk walk
  F          C              E          Am
 four more blocks plus the one in my break
  F          Am  F       C
 down downstairs to the man
             E           Am
 he's gonna make it all ok
          F        Am
 i can't beat myself
          F        C
 i can't beat myself
         E             Am
 and i don't want to talk
       F        Am       F         C
 i'm taking the cure so i can be quiet
   E         F
 whenever i want
 so leave me alone
      E          Am            F                   Am
 you ought to be proud that i'm getting good marks

 [Chorus] (x2)

Am                   C
 needle in the hay
 needle in the hay
Am                   C
 needle in the hay
 needle in the hay


Am F Am F C E (x3) 
F G E Am F E F/C - (the end chord is F/C: 0 3 3 0 1 0)

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chewy blubber 10 May 19, 2004 08:00 PM

This is an awesome song and thanks for posting it but instead of playing an f play an fmaj7 i think thats what elliot plays in the song

rest in peace elliot

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ufonacious 30 Aug 03, 2006 02:53 AM

no, it is definantly E LoCo, and it makes a big difference.
great tab btw

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