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Hey all. No claims to complete accuracy here, but better than the tabs that have been
put up in standard tuning.

The song is in open D tuning, as is quite customary for Marcus' songs.

 D: 0-0-0-0-x-x or 12-0-0-12-x-x-|
 G: 5-x-0-5-x-x------------------|
 A: 7-x-0-7-x-x------------------|
Bm: 9-x-0-8-x-x------------------|

Note: Those are how I prefer to play the G, A, and Bm chords, if you want however you
can fill in the middle D string or unmute the A string. Obviously there is plenty of
variation allowed by the open tuning. Go for whatever tone you like.

[Intro] and [Verse:] Begin strumming on the Bm then hit G twice
D |-----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A |-----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D |---0--------0---0------------------------------------------------------------|
A |---x--------x---x------------------------------------------------------------|
D |---9--------5---5------------------------------------------------------------|

[Verse Fill:] The fun romp played in between the lyrical portions of the verses. Obviously
if you just strum these chords as they are written it will sound terrible. This part
(the whole song really) is strummed in a heavily rhythmic manner, and you will need to 
focus some of the strumming around the 3rd and 4th strings for those notes to come through
well. As always just listen to the song. This can be difficult for newer players; just 
keep at it, this will work wonders for developing your strumming abilities. In addition, 
the switch from the end of this fill back to the verse Bm happens FAST! Be ready.

Verse Fill
D |--------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A |--------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D |---0---0---0---0----0---0---0--0--0--0-----(x2)---------------------------|
A |---0---0---0---0----0---0---0--0--0--0------------------------------------|
D |---0---0---0---0----0---0---0--0--0--0------------------------------------|

[Chorus:] First time through just strummed once each is good
D |-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A |-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D |----0---0---0----0-------0---0---0----0--0-----------------------------------------|
A |----x---x---x----x-------x---x---x----x-- x----------------------------------------|
D |----5---7---9---12-------5---7---9---12--7-----------------------------------------|

[Bridge:] Definitely the part I'm least sure of, see what you think. Marcus fiddles with
some hammers on those open D's if you want to.
D |------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A |------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D |---0---0---0---0-------------0---0---0--0--0----0----0-0-0-----0---0---0------------|
A |---x---x---0---0-------(x2)---x---x---x--x--x----x----x-x-0-----x---x---0-----------|
D |---9---5---0---0-------------7---5---9--7--5----7----7-5-0-----9---5---0------------|

   "tear...tear them"
"You'll build..." starts at the A chord.

Then just repeat the chorus strumming hard this time, and end on the verse fill.

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BrokenBad37 41 Oct 16, 2012 06:17 PM

Just put up a tab for this song, but this one is right on! You mentioned that the bridge may not be completely correct, but if you play around with it for a while, you end up figuring out which chords go where. Tuning is spot on.

Excellent job!

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Lijntjuh 30 Oct 27, 2012 07:26 AM

Brilliant tab! Thanks!
The bridge is slightly incorrect, but as mentioned above: Just play around with it and you'll figured it! :)

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Zekko 10 Jan 03, 2013 06:44 AM

Very nice tab! I'm glad to see somebody put up a tab with the proper tuning.

I actually play the bridge quite differently:

Bridge: I've put the hammer on bit in brackets, not sure if it's accurate but it sounds close enough to me

D |--------|-----------(0)(0)---|-------------|------------|----------|
A |--------|--------(0)---------|-------------|------------|----------|
D |-0---0--|-0----------------0-|-(x2)--0---0-|-0--0--0----|-0--0-0-0-|
A |-0---0--|-0----------------0-|-------0---0-|-x--x--x----|-x--x-x-0-|
D |-4---5--|-0----------------0-|-------4---5-|-9--7--5----|-5--4-2-0-|

I also play the last chord of the chorus differently. Instead of an A I play a Dmaj7sus2: 11-x-0-10-x-x
I think it fits but if you don't like the dissonant sound you can play a Dbm instead: 11-x-11-10-x-x

Verse Fill: If you're playing by yourself and are having trouble getting the notes on the f# string through clearly (like me), you can add the bassline on the low D string to emphasize them some more
D |-------------------------------------------------------------------|
A |-------------------------------------------------------------------|
D |---0---0---0---0----0---0---0--0--0--0-----(x2)--------------------|
A |---0---0---0---0----0---0---0--0--0--0-----------------------------|
D |---0---0---0---0----0---0---5--4--2--0-----------------------------|

Hope this helps!

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