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Song To The Siren chords

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Song: Song to the siren
Artist: Tim Buckley
Composers: Tim Buckley & Larry Beckett
Albums: The dream belongs to me / Morning glory

Tabbed by: DJ
8th Oct 2014

The original 1968 acoustic version can be found on the
compilation album 'The dream belongs to me', but you would
need to de-tune all strings slightly if matching to that
track, as Tim's guitar is a bit flat of concert pitch.

Tim Buckley's performance on The Monkees TV show in the
video link below, and also found on the 'Morning Glory'
album, is in correct concert pitch, but his 12 string is
tuned down a semi-tone. Tim plays the chords as below,
in the key of D, but he has his capo at the 3rd fret.
So, allowing for the half-step de-tuning, the song sounds
in the key of E. To achieve the same key as the video
there is really no need to de-tune from standard tuning, 
just have your capo at the 2nd fret instead of the 3rd.
Video clip at this link:

CAPO: 2nd fret (Will then sound in the key of E)

Chord names and fret positions are relative to the capo:
Dsus4 = xx0233   Csus2#11 = x30032   A  = x02220
D     = xx0232   G/B      = x20033   G  = 320033
Csus2 = x30033   Gmaj7/B  = x20032   Bm = x24432

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[Intro riff]
  Dsus4  D      Csus2   Csus2#11    G/B  Gmaj7/B
|  /  /  /  /  |  /   /   /   /   |  /  /   /  /  |

[Verse 1] 
D                  A
   Long afloat on   ...shipless oceans,
G                 Bm
   I did all my     ...best to smile,
D                     A
   'Til your singing   ...eyes and fingers...
G                     Bm
   ...Drew me loving    ...to your isle,
Dsus4           D     Csus2            Csus2#11
       And you sang,          "Sail to me,
G/B           Gmaj7/B              D
      Sail to me,      let me en- fold you!"
Bm                Bm              A               G
      Here I am,       here I am   ...waiting to hold you

  Dsus4  D      Csus2   Csus2#11    G/B  Gmaj7/B
|  /  /  /  /  |  /   /   /   /   |  /  /   /  /  |

[Verse 2]
D                    A
    Did I dream you  ...dreamed about me?
G                         Bm
    Were you hare,  when   ...I was fox?
D                    A
    Now my foolish    ...boat is leaning,
G                    Bm
    Broken lovelorn   ...on your rocks,
Dsus4           D    Csus2            Csus2#11
      For you sing,         "Touch me not,
G/B           Gmaj7/B                   D
     Touch me not,     come back to - morrow!"
Bm                Bm                A                 G
     Oh, my heart,    oh, my heart ...shys from the sorrow

 Dsus4   D      Csus2   Csus2#11    G/B  Gmaj7/B
|  /  /  /  /  |  /   /   /   /   |  /  /   /  /  |

[Verse 3]
D                  A
    I am puzzled     ...as the oyster,
G                  Bm
    I am troubled    ...as the tide,
D                  A
    Should I stand   ...amid your breakers,
G                         Bm
    Or should I lie with     ...Death my bride?
Dsus4            D    Csus2           Csus2#11
       Hear me sing,         "Swim to me,
G/B           Gmaj7/B               D
      Swim to me,      let me en - fold you!"
Bm              Bm             A              G         G
     Here I am,     here I am  ...waiting to hold you


The version on the 1970 'Starsailor' album sounds in Bb,
(probably played in G, with a capo at the 3rd fret)
and the recording is a little below concert pitch.
Also, the third verse lyric differs from other versions,
and has the line... 'I am puzzled as the newborn child,
I am as riddled as the tide.'
The original 'The dream belongs to me' album version, used
in my tab, has the line about the oyster, apparently
someone laughed at that lyric, so Tim changed it when he
recorded the 'Starsailor' album version.]

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onecentrob 467 Aug 25, 2015 10:33 AM

Thanks for this tab. Given it 5 stars but a couple of minor suggestions:
- The D4 should strictly be Dsus4
- The X30032 chord is tricky but I think I'd call it D7/C

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DiddyD 13,123 Aug 26, 2015 01:43 AM

Thanks for the rating, onecentrob,
I've amended the D4 to Dsus4's, as, in this case, there was room to put those in and still keep the tab neat. I guess I've got into the habit of abbreviating them on most of my tabs because they are most often only on a beat and resolve back to a major. It can sometimes make a tab look messy when trying to get them to sit neatly above a lyric, particularly a short word like 'I' for example. Or in the case of say a riff like (D - Dsus4 - D - Dsus2 D ) just leaving out an odd 'sus' sometimes makes the difference in keeping line lengths narrower. I'm aware of the fact that tabs are more likely to be viewed on tablets than printed out on paper, so shorter line lengths are probably more user-friendly.

Re. The other chord, I don't think I would personally call it a D7/C, with it not having an A. So how about it being a continuation from the Csus2 and just adding on the (#11) ? I think this chord also appears in the main riff of Led Zeppelin's 'Thank you'

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onecentrob 467 Aug 26, 2015 02:31 AM, edited at 06:52 am

You're right, it's not D7/C. I was going to suggest G7sus4/C but I quite like Csus2#11 because it feels like you're still playing the Csus2 and adding the G note. The only problem is that it doesn't seem to be recognised as a chord by the software. I wonder if it would be picked up if you added a space ie Csus2 #11.

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