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What He Wrote chords

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                        WHAT HE WROTE - Laura Marling
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Tabbed by: Dan Glover (dan-the-man278)
Email: dangloverenator@googlemail.com

Tuning: EADGBe

So, this is my version- I don't know if it is exactly how she plays it, but it 
sounds close enough for me. All picking, don't strum. Picking pattern below. Enjoy!

Notes:
- Some (or even all) of the A minor chords can be replaced with normal Am 
fingering (x02210) - up to you.
- The G in brackets (G) is a very quick passing note.
- For the Am, G and maybe F chords, it may be easier to use your thumb on the bottom string.
- She plays various fills involving the top two open strings, and occasionally the 
open G string as well. Listen and improvise.
- (Repeat) means just repeat the chords from the verse above :P

Chords:
    Am G  C  Dm G/B F  E/G#
e|--x--x--x--x---x--x--x-----x-|
B|--x--x--5--6---3--x--x-----x-|
G|--5--4--x--x---0--2--x- O -1-|
D|--7--5--5--7---x--3--2- R -x-|
A|--7--5--3--5---2--3--2-----2-|
E|--5--3------------1--4-----4-|

Basic picking pattern (all eighth notes, 3 in a bar):
  Am           (G)   C                Dm
e|------------------|----------------|----------------|
B|------------------|-------5----5---|------6---6-----|
G|-------5----------|----------------|----------------| ETC.....
D|----------7-----5-|----5----5----5-|----7---7---7---|
A|----7-------------|-3--------------|-5--------------|
E|-5-----------3----|----------------|----------------|


Intro:
Am G C Dm C G/B Am


Am      (G) C
forgive me Hera,
Dm        C
I cannot stay
    Dm        C
he cut out my tongue
         G/B        Am
there is nothing to save

(repeat)
love me, oh lord
he threw me away
he laughed at my sins
in his arms I must stay

   Am     G
he wrote
     F
I'm broke
Am      G       Am
please send for me

(repeat)
but I'm broken too
and spoken for
do not tempt me

Am      (G)  C
her skin is white
         Dm          C
and I'm light as the sun
    Dm         C            G/B             Am
so holy light shines on the things you have done

F          G           E/G#       Am
so I asked him how he became this man
F          G             E/G#         Am
how did he learn to hold fruit in his hands?
     C                      Dm
and where is the lamb that gave your name?
C                         G/B           Am
he had to leave, though I begged him to stay

(repeat)
left me alone when I needed the light
fell to my knees, and I wept for my life
if he had stayed of stayed, you might understand
if he had of stayed, you never would have taken my hand

Am        G
he wrote
F
I'm low
Am     G        Am
please send for me

(repeat)
but I'm broken too
and spoken for
do not tempt me

     C                      Dm
and where is the lamb that gave your name?
C                         G/B           Am
he had to leave, though I begged him to stay

F              G          E/G#        Am
begged him to stay in my cold wooden grip
F              G           E/G#         Am
begged him to stay by the light of this ship
C                          Dm             
me fighting him, fighting light, fighting dawn
         C                           G/B         Am
and the waves came and stole him and took him to war

Am        G
he wrote
F
I'm low
Am     G        Am
please send for me

(repeat)
but I'm broken too
and spoken for
do not tempt me

Am      (G) C
forgive me Hera,
Dm        C
I cannot stay
    Dm        C
he cut out my tongue
         G/B        Am
there is nothing to save

(repeat)
love me, oh lord
he threw me away
he laughed at my sins
in his arms I must stay

Am       G
we write
F
that's all right
Am  G      Am    
I miss his smell

(repeat)
we speak
when spoken to
and that suits us well

Am    G       Am
that suits us well
Am    G       Am
that suits me well 

            
            
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Tatterdemalion4 52 Apr 05, 2010 06:57 AM

I think in the actual recording, she has her guitar tuned as DADFAd and she only uses 2 fingers, that she moves over the fret board, one on the lowest string (the "e-string" (now the d-string) and one on the "g-string". (now the F string)
Once you figure out where she's putting her fingers, it's much simpler:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Okc42xI7Tig

But good tab!

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gertelebaut 42 May 30, 2015 03:22 AM

Thanks for the chords. I play E7 instead of G/B, sounds good!

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Musicalpotato 10 Jan 24, 2017 02:20 AM

These work great on open E too (I play slide)- thank you!

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