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Elephant chords

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Song: Elephant
Artist: Jason Isbell
Album: Southeastern
Tabbed by: Bryce Kujala, bryce@brycekujala.com

Capo IV

Chords (relative to capo):

    Em7  G6  A7sus4 Cadd9  Dsus2  Dsus2/F#

(Please don't tell my college music professors if I got any of those chord name wrong.)

It sounds like he is doing some hammer-ons with the A string on the Em7 and the 
low E string on the G6.  Listen to the record for the timing. Let me know if I got anything wrong.


Em7 G6 A7sus4 x4

[Verse 1]

         Em7           G6          A7sus4
She said Andy you're better than your past,
Em7              G6          A7sus4
winked at me and drained her glass,
      Em7           G6             A7sus4         Em7    G6   A7sus4   
cross-legged on the barstool, like nobody sits anymore.

         Em7         G6        A7sus4
She said Andy you're taking me home,
      Em7      G6                A7sus4
but I knew she planned to sleep alone.
    Em7          G6      A7sus4                     Em7    G6   A7sus4
I'd carry her to bed and sweep up the hair from the floor


         Cadd9             Dsus2
If I had fucked her before she got sick
    G6    Dsus2/F# Em7
I'd never hear the end of it
Cadd9              Dsus2           Em7
she don't have the spirit for that now
   Cadd9                  Dsus2
We drink these drinks and laugh out loud,
G6     Dsus2/F# Em7
bitch about the weekend crowd,
    Cadd9             Dsus2        Em7    G6   A7sus4 
and try to ignore the elephant somehow
    Em7    G6   A7sus4

Em7    G6   A7sus4 x2


         Em7       G6      A7sus4
She said Andy you crack me up,
Em7              G6   A7sus4
Seagram's in a coffee cup,
      Em7           G6             A7sus4         Em7    G6   A7sus4   
sharecropper eyes and her hair almost all gone.

             Em7         G6        A7sus4
When she was drunk she made cancer jokes,
      Em7           G6       A7sus4
she made up her own doctor's notes,
    Em7          G6      A7sus4                     Em7    G6   A7sus4
surrounded by her family, I saw that she was dying alone.


I'd sing her classic country songs
and she'd get high and sing along.
She don't have much voice to sing with now

We'd burn these joints in effigy,
cry about what we used to be,
and try to ignore the elephant somehow.


I buried her a thousand times,
giving up my place in line,
but I don't give a damn about that now

There's one thing that's real clear to me,
no one dies with dignity.
We just try to ignore the elephant somehow.
We just try to ignore the elephant somehow.
We just try to ignore the elephant somehow.

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hotttuna479 163 Jun 22, 2013 03:07 AM

Great tab! Thank You.

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dayl76 10 Jun 22, 2013 03:59 PM

Excellent work, one note is the recorded album version has capo on 5th, the live version on siriusXM is capo on 4th. The chords are bang on. Simple song and it is just so powerful, the whole album is a gem.

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Leslie5479 10 Jul 09, 2013 08:47 PM

This has been great! Thank you!

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