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A Thousand Matches chords

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Artist: Passenger
Song: A Thousand Matches
Email: tom@tomnichols.com
(Based on this recording: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RncRYO9dbSQ)
One of my live performancesbased on this tab: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eSTaCu5BFtc&t=3091s
Tuning: Standard, Capo on 4

Tab designed to allow fingerpicking (original) or strumming (simpler)
The Fmaj7 is easiest to play if your thumb holds down the bottom E string

For the Gadd11:
Fingerpicking - notes in brackets are not plucked so you need not hold the strings
Strumming - it will sound more natural to hold the full chord

Suggestion on learning this: learn the two main Riffs and practice them independently before trying to sing at
the same time.  When you have mastered the Riffs, it should be quite natural to approach the song by looking
at the lyrics only

shapes relative to capo

C  Fmaj7 Gadd11  Am  Em  G
0   0    (3)     0   0   3
1   1     1      1   0   3
0   0     0      2   0   0
2   3     0      2   2   0
3   3    (2)     0   2   2
3   1     3      0   0   3

For fingerpicking, where I have added notes in brackets, they are optional and can 
be taken out for variation.

[Riff 1]
In this riff, only the bottom E of the Em is plucked / strummed

   C                           Em      Fmaj7           Gadd11

[Riff #2]
   Am              Em               Fmaj7          G

[Intro - Instrumental]
Riff#1 is played three times, Riff#2 once before returning to 2 bars of C

[Verse 1]
C                          Em Fmaj7          Gadd11         C          Em Fmaj7 Gadd11
Lying on the mattress 'cos my friend's crazy sister took my bed away
         C                           Em Fmaj7        Gadd11
Sleeping she looked like an actress, in theory and in practice, I said
        C                         Em Fmaj7 Gadd11
"There's got to be a better way"
               C                           Em  Fmaj7       Gadd11
She said "You light a thousand matches and you finally set fire while you
C              Em Fmaj7 Gadd11
run away
   Am               Em             Fmaj7               G                       C
So why'd you go and do it when you knew that you would go and I would stay

          C                            Em  Fmaj7           Gadd11       C            Em Fmaj7 Gadd11
I hit the wall in frustration - the conversation had been circling for days
                C                       Em  Fmaj7           Gadd11  C                       ...Em Fmaj7 Gadd11
She said "Don't take it out on him, for the wall has always been    supportive in the best of ways"
       C                       Em  Fmaj7     Gadd11           C         Em Fmaj7 Gadd11
We're laughing and crying like       mad men dying in the snow
             Am                 Em        Fmaj7             G                     C
For just one second it was funny     that she would have to stay and I would go.

   Fmaj7           C               G                 C

         Fmaj7      C      G        C            Fmaj7        C           G               C
She said "Love, you know I love you so; when you love someone well you've got to let them know."
            Fmaj7        C      G             C             Fmaj7            C             G               C
And I said "Nothing's changed I love you the same, but when you love someone sometimes you gotta let 'em go"

[Bridge - Instrumental]
Riff #1*3, Riff #2, 2 bars of C

[Verse 2]
C                            Em  Fmaj7     Gadd11          C       Em Fmaj7 Gadd11
  She handed me a stone in the   perfect shape of a heart
              C                      Em  Fmaj7         Gadd11                  C         Em Fmaj7 Gadd11
She said "I'm gonna take this home for I know you'll only lose it somewhere after dark
        C                        Em  Fmaj7         Gadd11               C       Em Fmaj7 Gadd11
In some faceless hotel room where you seem to lose everything you own"
             Am           Em                Fmaj7               G                     C
She didn't mean it how it sounded, what she meant was she would stay and I would go

       Fmaj7      C      G            C           Fmaj7        C             G                    C
I said "Love, you know I love you so.    When you love someone   well you've got to let them know
         Fmaj7             C    G            C                  Fmaj7        C             G                 C
She said "Nothing's changed   I love you the same, but when you love someone sometimes you gotta let them go"

(Riff#1 *3)
C               Em Fmaj7             Gadd11
     Sometimes you tear it all apart
C           Em  Fmaj7                Gadd11
     to see the wood from the trees.
C              Em  Fmaj7             Gadd11
     Sometimes you break your own

  C      Gadd11  Am

  h e a r t 

  Fmaj7             Gadd11
G|-----------0----------------0-----|     return to Riff #1
             to set yourself free

[Verse 3]
(quietly - single plucking / strums)
  C                        Em  Fmaj7             Gadd11                  C   Em Fmaj7 Gadd11
I walked her to the station,   hesitation in our movements and our tone
C                        Em   Fmaj7        Gadd11                        C   Em Fmaj7 Gadd11
Words finally left after they realized how uncomfortable they'd become
              C                              Em  Fmaj7    Gadd11            C   Em Fmaj7 Gadd11
See, what you want and what you need, well they  seldomly succeed to grow
     Am          Em                 Fmaj7                G                     C
We reluctantly agreed that when you love someone, you've got to let them go

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katkate 10 Oct 12, 2013 07:22 PM

Thank you so much for working this out! It's my favourite Passenger song and I've been eager to learn it for a while now. Thanks again!

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Auselan 198 Oct 15, 2013 11:58 AM

hurray! I was so miffed when I couldn't find one that I decided to do my own. Do tell me if you spot any corrections

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robin.bjerke 10 Nov 25, 2013 02:51 PM

Dude, you are a legend. This might be one of the greatest songs I have heard. Thanks for this awesome tab!

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