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Giving Up The Gun chords

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                       GIVING UP THE GUN - Vampire Weekend
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Tabbed by: clementgb
Email: clmntgbrt@gmail.com

Tuning: Standard (EADGBe)


The whole song is based on the same pattern : 

        A - F#m - E - D

[Chorus]
A                     F#m
   Your sword’s grown old and rusty
E                 D
Burnt beneath the rising sun
A                 F#m 
   It’s locked up like a trophy
   E               D
Forgetting all the things it’s done

And though it’s been a long time
You’re right back where you started from
I see it in your eyes
That now you’re giving up the gun

[Verse]
A
   When I was 17
F#m
   I had wrists like steel
E                D
   And I felt complete

And now my body fades
Behind a brass charade
And I’m obsolete

But if the chance remained
To see those better days
I’d cut the cannons down

My ears are blown to bits
From all the rifle hits
But I still crave that sound

[Chorus]
A                     F#m
   Your sword’s grown old and rusty
E                 D
Burnt beneath the rising sun
A                 F#m 
   It’s locked up like a trophy
   E               D
Forgetting all the things it’s done

And though it’s been a long time
You’re right back where you started from
I see it in your eyes
That now you’re giving up the gun

[Verse]
A   
   I heard you play guitar
F#m
   Down at a seedy bar
E                          D
   Where skinheads used to fight

Your Tokugawa smile
And your garbage style
Used to save the night

You felt the coming wave
Told me we’d all be brave
You said you wouldn’t flinch

But in the years that passed
Since I saw you last
You haven’t moved an inch

[Chorus]
A                     F#m
   Your sword’s grown old and rusty
E                 D
Burnt beneath the rising sun
A                 F#m 
   It’s locked up like a trophy
   E               D
Forgetting all the things it’s done

And though it’s been a long time
You’re right back where you started from
I see it in your eyes
That now you’re giving up the gun

[Bridge] x7

A            F#m
   I see you shine in your way         
   E             D
Go on, go on, go on

[Chorus]
A                     F#m
   Your sword’s grown old and rusty
E                 D
Burnt beneath the rising sun
A                 F#m 
   It’s locked up like a trophy
   E               D
Forgetting all the things it’s done

And though it’s been a long time
You’re right back where you started from
I see it in your eyes
That now you’re giving up the gun

            
            
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Hanzi_G 70 Feb 27, 2010 03:00 PM

Awesome work man. The only thing that kinda sounded off was "you haven't moved an inch" part. I think on that verse, he plays another A chord at the end instead of D. Thoughts?

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ACertaintrigerr 10 Feb 28, 2010 08:20 AM

Sounds perfect to me.
Well done!

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clementgb 136 Feb 28, 2010 11:07 AM

Thanks. Well actually I had written an A chord at first, but it sounds so weird when you sing with an A that I just put a D instead. Anyhow there's almost no guitar at all in this song, so it's just a kind of simple version based on the other instruments.

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