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Uncomplicated
from Blood and Chocolate
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This is a guitar-based transcription.

Tricky chords are pictured below the transcription.

Correspond to the list, or drschre@cumc.cornell.edu.


UNCOMPLICATED

Dsus2 E
Dsus2 E

E
blood and chocolate I hope you're satisfied with what you have done
you think it's over now but it's only just begun
I asked for water and they gave me rose wine
a horse that knows arithmetic and a dog that tells your fortune

A                       G                   E
it's in your eyes     it's in your eyes

A                       G                    E
it's in your eyes     it's in your eyes

D        A             E7
un-    compli-      cated

E
I want to buy you a big blue Diamel
cheap white plastic shoes that don't walk out and don't let in
I want to show you how I love you
but when you're over me there's no-one above you

A                       G                   E
it's in your eyes     it's in your eyes

A                       G                    E
it's in your eyes     it's in your eyes

D        A             E7
un-    compli-      cated

D        A             E7
un-    compli-      cated

Dsus2/F#                      Dsus2/E
you think it's over now but this is only

D                     C#                C            E
this is only      this is only    the  be-  ginning

A                       G                   E
it's in your eyes     it's in your eyes

A                       G                    E
it's in your eyes     it's in your eyes

D        A             E7
un-    compli-      cated

D        A             E7
un-    compli-      cated

D        A             E7
un-    compli-      cated

Dsus2/F#                      Dsus2/E
you think it's over now but this is only

D                     C#                C            E
this is only      this is only    the  be-  ginning

A                       G                   E
it's in your eyes     it's in your eyes

A                       G                    E
it's in your eyes     it's in your eyes

D        A             E7
un-    compli-      cated

D        A             E7
un-    compli-      cated

D        A             E7
un-    compli-      cated

            
            
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d-scribe 12 Aug 04, 2017 12:08 PM

I'm the original author of this transcription (drschre@cumc.cornell.edu at the time [1991]).
A couple of things:

1) The whole explanation about writing the bass notes in lowercase - the "won't sound as cool" part - doesn't make sense with the transcription as written. This was originally posted in a discussion group about Elvis Costello (20th century, 1991, right before "Brutal Youth" was released). My original message was later rebutted by someone who said, somewhat rudely, that I was over-complicating the song (no pun intended), so he replaced my stuff with what it shown here (the blue, hypertext chords). My intention was not to over complicate, but add detail. I don't think that stuff should be put back in, but the explanation my be confusing b/c what it refers to is no longer there.

2) One of my "complications" survived, but the way it's written is confusing. Right under the title UNCOMPLICATED, this is written:
[DaddE, no 3rd E] x 2
There's no embedded hypertext and it's not blue, but it's there. I don't blame anyone for not adding those attributes. This (DaddE, no 3rd) is the "tricky chord" alluded to in the text above the transcription. Worse, at the end of the transcription under the dashed line is my bad attempt to show how to finger the chord. I typed it in and tried to format the text the old-fashioned way, with spaces and tabs. I hadn't learned yet about how such characters get interpreted differently by different programs, and I hadn't considered that it might be reproduced in a font that is not uniformly spaced (there's a name for that but I don't remember it). Anyway, now, in the 21st century, there are new-fangled ways of depicting chord shapes w/o having to worry about it getting garbled. I've seen a couple but, again, I've forgotten them. They are probably like the following:

The first column depicts the six strings of the guitar in standard tuning, where the top E is string 1, or the high E, followed by string 2, B, etc. The second column shows what to do on each string. An 'x' means don't play it at all (muffle it), an 'o' means to play that string open; otherwise, a number indicates the fret you should press down on. The "x" and "o" symbols are standard, i.e. any songbook that depicts chords above the staff as a little grid with dots indicating which frets to push uses those symbols. The numbers are used commonly in tablature transcriptions [BTW, I know you know most of what I'm saying already - I'm just trying to be as clear as I can, so anyone could understand it.]
You could show it this way too:

EADGBE
xxo23o

but I think it's more font-sensitive.

Here, finally, is my suggestion/request:

a) This tricky chord is actually "Dsus2/E" or "Dsus2" or "Asus4/E" or "Asus4". I put it into one of those chord finder programs online [https://chordbook.com/guitar-chords/].
b) I think it would be worthwhile to replace the "[DaddE, no 3rd, E" text at the beginning of the song with this, but hypertexted and blue: Dsus2, E. These two chords are both played twice at the beginning of the song, w/o any other instruments or singing, i.e., it's the "intro", and they are played very aggressively and loud: epic, 'woo-hoos' from the audience, lighters lit and held high. As for the chord shape for the Dsus2 - if you can link the text to a pop-up as you've done with the other chords, you could i> get rid of the mess beneath the dotted line at the bottom of the transcription and ii> you could even simplify the intro to just D, E x 2, and link the D to a pop-up and show the Dsus2 chord as one of the D variations. Really, though, transcribing it as Dsus2 is best: that's what is played, and it has a very distinctive sound. "Sus" chords ('sus' is short for 'suspended') are used a lot in rock/pop music. Like the chords that begin "Pinball Wizard" by The Who (Pete Townshend LOVES sus chords).

That's it. To summarize, I suggest:
1) get rid of the "bass notes" explanation.
2) replace the "DaddE, no 3rd, E" text with "Dsus2 E", written twice.
3) get rid of the garbled chord shape at the bottom of the transcription.

Thanks. I'd be grateful if you did this - it has haunted me for over 25 years.

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d-scribe 12 Aug 04, 2017 01:06 PM

My vertical chord pattern in my (d-scribe) first suggested correction got erased on the server side, which is exactly what I describe having happened to the original! The only safe way I can think of, therefore, is this: EADGBExxo23o. "EADGBE" are the six guitar strings, left to right, if you were looking at the fretboard with the headstock at the top and the sound hole or bridge at the bottom, right in front of your face. "x" means don't play that string. "o" means play the unfretted open string, and a number means press down on the fret at that number position, frets numbered top to bottom 1 up to 22 (usually). This is standard tuning, and the strings are in the order that a right-handed person would have them (low to high tones). Typically, the strings themselves are numbered 6,5,4,3,2,1, where 6 is the low E. This is how they're ordered here. If you were to assume standard tuning, which is a pretty safe assumption, you could skip the capital letters and just write xxo23o.

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