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Album version from Moon Shaped Pool (2016)
- Note this is a simplified chord version
- For individual finger plucking, see Tab version

Intro + Bridge     Verse               Chorus
--------------     -------------       ----------
Em   022003        Em     022003       Em  022003
Am   x02210        Am     x02210       D   xx0232
B    x24442        C      x32010       G   320033
G#m  46644x        Bm     x2443x       C   x32010
G    35543x        Dsus2  xx0230       A   x02220
C    x32010        Asus4  x02230
F    13321x
Dm   xx0231

Capo 4th fret


Em   Am   B
G#m  G    C
F    Dm   G

Em   Am   B
G#m  G    C
F    Dm   G

[Verse 1]

Em    Am
Em    Am
Em      Am   Em     Am
   This dance, this dance
 C                     Bm     C          Bm 
(This dance) is like a weapon, is like a weapon
Em           Am   Em          Am
   Of self defense, of self defense
C              Bm      C            Bm   
   Against the present, against the present
C          Dsus2
   Present tense

[Verse 2]

Em             Am   Em          Am
   I won't get heavy, don't get heavy
C          Bm        C        Asus4 
   Keep it light and, keep it moving
C       Bm    C   Dsus2
   I am doing, no harm

[Verse 3]

Em       Am   Em      Am
   As my world, comes crashing down
C      Bm      C         Asus4 
   I'm dancing, freaking out
C        Dsus2     Em
   Deaf, dumb, and blind

[Chorus 1]

Em   D G
C    A 
Em   D 
In you I'm lost
           C     A
In you I'm lost


Em                    Am
   I won't turn around, when the penny drops
B                   G#m
   I won't stop now, I won't slack off
G                   C
   Or all this love, will be in vain
F  Dm  G  Dm

Em                  Am
   Stop from falling, down a mine
B                        G#m
   It's no one's business, but mine
G                     C
   That all this love, could be in vain
F  Dm  G

[Chorus 2]

Em   D 
In you I'm lost
           C     A
In you I'm lost
Em   D 
In you I'm lost
           C     A
In you I'm lost


Em    Am
Em    Am
Em    Am
Em    Am    Em

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steampunkalien 359 Jun 07, 2016 10:59 AM

This is near perfect to the fingerpicked chords on the album! Just A few corrections here. From looking at the tab version (which I noticed you made, too) The way Thom picks the chords makes it sound like a different chord than it actually is.
B should be B5/D# (xx1x02)
Bm has an E instead of an F#, so it would be more like Em7/B (x22030)
Finally, Asus4 could also be A7sus4 (x02030)

Oh! One more thing. After the first bridge "Won't stop now, won't slack off or all this love will be in vain" Thom slightly changes the G in that progression for a split second to a Dm right before going to the Em in the second part of the bridge, so it would technically be

F Dm G Dm Em
Stop from falling...

Overall just a few minor details to consider. Other than that, this is the best tab for this song I've seen. Cheers :)

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pmalavi 7,674 Jun 10, 2016 11:03 PM

Great detailed feedback. I think you're right on all accounts. I've kept my original chords though for ease of play as I'd intended this to be a simplified version. Folks looking for more accuracy can always go to the tab version. Good find on the transition after the first bridge - I've made the change. Thanks!

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shossni 10 Sep 16, 2016 02:38 PM

Thanks for the tab!

I was playing along to the album version of the song, and I found myself changing the Em chord, and noticed it sounded just like the song. Try this chord instead of the Em: (x22xx3).

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