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Whispers In The Dark tab

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I've tabbed this because, like other Mumford songs, no-one else seems to have
got it anywhere near right. The tuning is Double Drop D, meaning you tune your
lowest and highest strings down from E to D, so low to high it's
(D/A/D/G/B/D). After watching live performances of this song this
tab is 100% correct, and straightforward.

The intro has you 'tapping' out these shapes with your thumb* and forefinger:

The second time though you let the 7th fret shape ring out then strum UP
the guitar a D chord (000230) which then continues.

Then the verse chords are finger picked in typical Mumford style - the chords
are below, you can work out the pattern by ear:

D -  000230
A -  x02222
Bm - x24432
G -  5x0400

[Verse 1]
     D         A        Bm                     A           G        Bm
"You hold your truth so purely, but swerve not through the minds of men..
..this lie is dead"

This pattern continues, before it then goes back to the intro bit. Then, the
chorus uses the same chord shapes shown previously but now you're strumming:

[Verse 2]
G               D             A                       D
Whispers in the dark, steal a kiss and you'll break a heart
             G                     D                A                D
Pick up your clothes and curl your toes, learn your lesson, leave me whole
         G             D              A       D
Spare my shins for the ark, I was too slow to depart
      G                 D              A                D
I'm a cad but I'm not a fraud, I'd set out to serve the lord
A         D          G                 D
...And my heart, was colder when you'd gone
A                D         G                    D
...And I lost my head, but found the one that I loved

Then the "Under this sun" part uses these shapes:

Then you play the intro part again but now you're strumming / palm muting
and you play it 4 times. At the end of the 2nd repeat you go down to the D
chord, and at the end of the 3rd repeat there's a slight variation
on the shape around the 12th fret that's easy to work out.

Finally then you're back to the same chorus chords followed by the shapes
at the end, same as the "Under this sun" bit.


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cwilky1 10 Dec 22, 2012 08:09 AM

Thank you for the real version of this song! It's easy to see your right by watching them play it live.

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Grod098 10 Mar 09, 2013 07:07 AM

This was the smoothest tabs for a song like this to get the hang of in less then an hour. All i needed to do was get the finger plucking down and before I knew it I was playing exactly what I heard as I played along. awesome.

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VinTheAsian 10 Oct 14, 2013 08:30 AM

Watched the video in slow motion. I believe this to be the strumming, gut on "G" move it up a string. T is thumb, 1 is index.


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