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This Old Dark Machine chords

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                THIS OLD DARK MACHINE - James Vincent McMorrow
Tabbed by: Gavjones

Tuning: Standard
Capo on 3

I took these chords from a live video I saw, so it might not be exactly the same as on 
the album.

      E A D G B E

Am    0-0-2-2-1-0-|
Am7   0-0-2-0-1-0-|
Em    0-2-2-0-0-0-|
D     0-0-0-2-3-2-|
C     3-3-2-0-1-0-|
G/C   3-2-0-0-1-0-|


Am Fill

[Verse 1]

Am                      Em
Spring it came upon us, every insect filled the air
D                                    Am                        Fill
Dropped their wings upon my brother, cast their shadows on his hair
Am                                  Em
If we follow where they're leading, We will surely come before
D                               Am                       Am7
some unseen and wondrous magic, made of visions to explore


D                                   Am                      Am7
Near the town where we were living, was an old abandoned farm
D                                Am                        Am7
Every year we'd plant an orchid, in the shelter of it's arm
D                               Am                       Am7
To protect us from the madness, of the future still to come
Em                            C                            D
It will be like this forever, I will keep you safe from harm

Am Em D Am Fill

[Verse 2]

Am                                 Em
Then they caught us in the summer, dressed in fathers finest clothes
D                              Am                         Fill
You the hat he wore to market, I the jacket filled with holes
Am                                   Em
I've been searching all these hours, for a hand as pale as bone
D                                       Am                            Am7
That would keep the strongest sunlight, and reflect the brightest stone


D                                   Am                           Am7
Near the town where we were living, was a warm and fragrant smell
D                             Am                       Am7
Of the orchid we had planted, now a forest tall and well
D                               Am                       Am7
What a statue to our greatness, what a story all will tell
Em                           C                           D
They'll remember us forever, they'll remember where we fell

Am Em D Am Fill

This old dark machine, it shakes and it shudders
Pulls to the left, then dies near the gutter
But still in the road, the traffic is silent
The people they stare, and then they turn violent
If they should touch, the hem of your dress
I would rise like a lion, strike out again
The faithful they wait, the faithful they wait
By the sign


D                                   Am                         Am7
Near the town where we were living, came a loud and joyous sound
D                                Am                             Am7
As the earth and all her beauty, picked us up from off the ground
D                                Am                     Am7
Carried far across the mountain, to a kingdom never bound
Em                              C                D
We will live like this forever, I will love you, I will love you

Am Em D Am


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ZombieReflexes 10 Apr 04, 2012 02:00 PM

The D chord should be a D7(X-0-0-2-1-2). You can still use D but doesn't sound as good imo

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maxdeviaene 53 Mar 24, 2013 06:21 AM

I think it is rather a Dsus2 with a B in the bass, as you can see him playing on live videos, but the D still sounds quite right.

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guitarguy500 10 Aug 15, 2012 05:17 AM

sounds perfect, only thing is in the recording it's capo 3, but in the NPR Tiny Desk Concert it's capo 2, depending on where you want to reference it.

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