Okkervil River – Unless It’s Kicks (Guitar Chords)

Playing Notes

The proper way to play this is with barre chords. I’ve tabbed it out for a capo on the fourth fret.

This is the “riff” that's used throughout the song for the C and G chords:

1   &   2   &   3   &   4   &     x2
C                   C6  C

1   &   2   &   3   &   4   &     x2
G                   G6  G

C6: x3x210
G6: 3x2003

Capo IV

Intro:
C G x 2

     C
What gives this mess some grace unless it's
G
kicks, man - unless it's
Am
fiction, unless it's
G
sweat or it's songs? What


     C
hits against this chest unless it's a
G
sick man's hand, from some
Am
mid-level band? He's been
G
driving too long on a

C
dark windless night, with the
G
stereo on, with the
Am
towns flying by and the
F              G
ground getting soft. And a

C
sound in the sky, coming
G
down from above, it sur-
Am
rounds you and sighs and is
F          G
whispering of what

C
pulls your body down, and that is
G
quicksand. So climb out
Am
quick, hand over hand, before your
G
mouth's all filled up. What

C
picks you up from down unless it's
G
tricks, man? When I've been
Am
fixed I am convinced that I will
G
not get so broke up again. And on a

C
seven day high, that
G
heavenly song punches
Am
right through my mind and just
F               G
hums through my blood. And I

C
know it's a lie, but I'll
G
still give my love. Hey, my
Am
heart's on the line for your
F              G
hands to pluck off. Oh...

C G Am G

     C
What gives this mess some grace unless it's
G
fictions - unless it's
Am
licks, man, unless it's
G
lies or it's love? What

C
breaks this heart the most is the ghost of some
G
rock and roll fan, just floating
Am
up from the stands with her
F            G
heart opened up. And I want to tell her, "Your

C
love isn't lost," say "my
G
heart is still crossed!" Scream, "you're
Am
so wonderful! What a
F            G
dream in the dark - about

C
working so hard, about
G
growing so stoned, trying
Am
not to turn off, trying
F                      G
not to believe in that lie all on your

C
own."
G
         La la la
Am
la       Oh oh oh
F
Oh
G

C G Am F G x2

End on C/G ( x32013 )

Wintersleep – Weighty Ghost (Guitar Chords)

Playing Notes

I worked this one out with a capo on the second fret, but the non-capo’d version sounds much more like the record. See the comments for more discussion.

The rhythm is a bit tricky on this one - you have to play the G before finishing every line. You can use these patterns to count along:

Verse:
1   &   2   &   3   &   4   &
G
1   &   2   &   3   &   4   &
C                       G

Chorus:
1   &   2   &   3   &   4   &
G               C/G     G
1   &   2   &   3   &   4   &
C                       G


Capo II

C: x32013
G: 320003
G/C: 3x2013

***OR***

Use these chords without a capo (*Thank you Concentric for the comment). It sounds much
like the record with these:

e 0   0   0   0
B 5   5   7   5
G 6   7   7   6
D 7   7   0   0
A 0   0   0   0
E 0   0   0   0
  C   C/G C   G*

Intro (play chorus pattern):
G G/C G
C

Verse:
G
I got out of bed today,
C
Swear to God I couldn't see my face
G
I got out of bed today
C
staring at a ghost

Verse:
G
Who forgot to float away,
C
didn't have all that much to say
G
Wouldn't even tell me his own name
C
And where'd my body go?

Chorus:
G                   G/C  G
Where oh where'd my body go?
C
Africa or Mexico?
G             G/C  G
Oh where'd my body go?
C
And where did my body go?

Chorus:
G                 G/C     G
Woah oh, have you seen my ghost?
C
Seen my ghost, seen my ghost?
G                 G/C     G
Woah oh, have you seen my ghost?
C
Staring at the ground?

Chorus:
G                 G/C     G
Woah oh, have you seen my ghost?
C
See my ghost, see my ghost
G                 G/C     G
Woah oh, have you seen my ghost?
C
Sick of those goddamn clouds

Bridge (play chorus pattern):
G G/C G
C

Verse:
G
Are you some kind of medicine man?
C
Cut the demons out of my head
G
You can't kill something that's already dead
C
So leave my soul alone

Verse:
G
I don't need no surgery
C
Take those knives away from me
G
Just wanna die in my own body
C
A ghost just needs a home

Chorus:
G                 G/C     G
Woah oh, have you seen my ghost?
C
See my ghost, see my ghost
G                 G/C     G
Woah oh, have you seen my ghost?
C
Staring at the ground?

Chorus:
G                 G/C     G
Woah oh, have you seen my ghost?
C
See my ghost, see my ghost
G                 G/C     G
Woah oh, have you seen my ghost?
C
Sick of those goddamn clouds

Repeat chorus with “nah nah”s, speed up, then fade

The Snitches – Swallow (Guitar Tab)

Playing Notes

This is NOT the way they play it. This is a version I made for acoustic guitar. Add a step to play without a capo. (eg. E=F#).

Lyrics

These are the correct lyrics. Mike Webber, the lyricists, got in touch with me after it was posted and sent me the real ones.

Playing Notes from Mike

The other thing is when you go from the E to the A throw in a quick D and same when going back from the A to the E. The D would be, for example, between “worry & I getting better…” in the first couple of lines, then again going back between Hurry & I learn. It fills out the melody.
I played it in F# but in fact it works better the way you do it!

CAPO II

E
Oh baby listen
Don't you worry
A
I getting better
Clean up in a hurry

E
I learn to swallow
Oh swallow
A
All the things
Put off to tommorrow

E
I'll deal with Frankie
I'll go with Johnny
A
You stay here cause
I won't be gone long

E
Frankie's worth millions
Know it for sure yeah
A
Just get a little
By keep working hard babe

E
Singled out buckshot, waiting for the man
                                          A
He was cold he was still he was wide-open mouth
E
Everybody thought he was money in the making
                                                     A
He was gold, he was steel, heading west with his hands on the wheel

              E
Call him what you will
            A
He calls it plan
E
Same it's always
                A
Let's see if it stands

G              D           E
Don't rely on thinking it over
            G          D              E
We're gonna fly but we gotta leave now
G
What's your name?
      D
Think about
         A
What you want
         E
Write it down
       G
One by one
      D
I was old
        A
You were young
         E
So carry on
         A
So carry on

E
Things are a bit out there
Don't need nothing but
A
Babe you look angel
And I know I seem scary

E
Out on the South Shore
They got a house now
A
They're getting organized
Think we should head out

E
Oh baby listen
Don't you worry
A
I getting better
Clean up in a hurry

E
I learn to swallow
Oh swallow
A
All the things
Put off to tommorrow

E A

Bon Iver – Skinny Love (Guitar Chords)

Playing Notes

I’ve done this for stand tuning and in an open C tuning: G C C G C C. I tried a number of different tunings (E A D F# B B + capo I was a favourite), and that is the one I think sounds most accurate. On the record he’s tuned just slightly below pitch, but it’s easy to figure out if you listen to the ringing top notes (they’re both C) and tune backwards from there.

Since it’s such an open tuning, you can be as sloppy as you need/want to be. If you’re having trouble making the chords, you can omit everything but the notes on the low E (fattest) string.

I’ve noticed a lot of people ending up here searching for “how to tune G C C G C C”. Don’t be scared about breaking your strings and do the following:

  • E: up three steps to G
  • A: up three steps to C
  • D: down two steps to C
  • G: keep as is
  • B: up one step to C
  • e: down four steps to C
Bon Iver
Skinny Love

Tuning: G C C G C C
*Note: on the record, he's tuned a bit down. Since the top two strings are the same, it's best just to tune based on them.

Am: 204000 -or- 200000
C: 507000 -or- 000000
D: 707000 -or- 700000
C/B: 407000 -or- 400000

- or -

Tuning: E A D G B e (standard)
*Note: This is only an interpretation for standard tuning. Chords are labeled to coincide with the way I named the open-tuned version.

Am: x0201x
C: x3201x
D: x5403x
C/B: x2x01x

Here are a couple of the riffs he uses throughout the song. Open C-only, so you can let the other strings ring out:

C|-------------------|-------0---------|
C|-------------------|-7-9-7---7-9-7-5-|
G|-7-9-7-5---7-9-7-5-|-----------------|
C|-------------------|-----------------|
C|-------------------|-----------------|
G|-------------------|-----------------|

Intro:
Am C
Am C
A C
D Am C

Verse:

Am              C
Come on skinny love just last the year
Am             C
Pour a little salt we were never here
        Am           C
My, my, my, my, my, my, my, my
               D                                Am   C
Staring at the sink of blood and crushed veneer


Am                 C
I tell my love to wreck it all
Am               C
Cut out all the ropes and let me fall
        Am           C
My, my, my, my, my, my, my, my
             D                   Am
Right in the moment this order's tall


Chorus:

  C
I told you to be patient
  C/B            Am
I told you to be fine
  C
I told you to be balanced

  C/B            Am
I told you to be kind
       C
In the morning I'll be with you
            C/B             Am
But it will be a different "kind"

        C
I'll be holding all the tickets

              C/B            Am
And you'll be owning all the fines

Verse:

Am               C
Come on skinny love what happened here
Am             C
Suckle on the hope in lite brassiere
        Am           C
My, my, my, my, my, my, my, my
               D                          Am
Sullen load is full; so slow on the split


C

Chorus:

  C
I told you to be patient
  C/B            Am
I told you to be fine
  C
I told you to be balanced

  C/B            Am
I told you to be kind
    C
Now all your love is wasted?

     C/B              Am
Then who the hell was I?
        C
Now I'm breaking at the britches
           C/B             Am
And at the end of all your lines


Bridge:

C
Who will love you?

C/B      Am
Who will fight?

C        C/B      Am
Who will fall far behind?

Outro:

Am C
Am C
Am C
D Am C

Beirut – Nantes (Ukulele/Guitar Chords)

Playing Notes

This isn’t actually a ukulele song. To emulate the organ sound, I flick my fingers downward, individually, after hitting a root note with my thumb. Does that make sense? It sounds like “boom, da da da da da, da da” over and over again.

Note for Guitarists

The “low” string on a ukulele is higher than the next two subsequent strings. So, while the strings go G C E A, the relative pitches (1 being low, 4 being high) are 3 1 2 4. To replicate the sound, you would have to replace your D string with something much thinner (e.g. whatever you use for your high E) and tune it up an octave.

For ukelele tuned a 1/2 step up (G# C# F A#)

Dm: 2210
C: 0003
F: 2010

To play on guitar, capo VI:

Dm(Am): x02210
C(G): 320003
F(C): x32010

Intro:

Dm C F F x2

Verse:

                 Dm         C         F
Well it's been a long time, long time now
	   Dm       C         F
since I've seen you smile.
	 Dm       C     F
And I'll gamble away my fright.
	 Dm       C     F
And I'll gamble away my time.
	 Dm      C       F
And in a year, a year or so
          Dm     C      F
this will slip into the sea
                  Dm         C         F
Well, it's been a long time, long time now
           Dm       C         F
since I've seen you smile


Dm C F F x4

Chorus:

Dm     C           F
Nobody raise their voices
Dm           C        F
Just another night in Nantes

Dm     C           F
Nobody raise your voices

Dm           C        F
Just another night in Nantes

Bridge:

Dm C F F x2

Verse:

                 Dm         C         F
Well it's been a long time, long time now
	   Dm       C         F
since I've seen you smile.
	 Dm       C     F
And I'll gamble away my fright.
	 Dm       C     F
And I'll gamble away my time.
	 Dm      C       F
And in a year, a year or so
          Dm     C      F
this will slip into the sea
                  Dm         C         F
Well, it's been a long time, long time now
           Dm       C         F
since I've seen you smile

Outro:

Dm C F F x4

Beirut – Elephant Gun (Ukulele/Guitar Chords)

Note for Guitarists

The “low” string on a ukulele is higher than the next two subsequent strings. So, while the strings go G C E A, the relative pitches (1 being low, 4 being high) are 3 1 2 4. To replicate the sound, you would have to replace your D string with something much thinner (i.e. whatever you use for your high E) and tune it up an octave.

For ukelele tuned a 1/2 step up (G# C# E# A#)

Am: 2003
D7: 2223
G: 0232
C: 0003
C/B: 0002

To play on guitar, capo VI:

Am(Em): 022003
D7(A7): x02223
G(D): x00232
C(G): 320003
C/B(G/F#): 320002 -or- 2x0003

Intro:

Am D7 G C C/B  x2

Verse:

Am          D7                   G
   If I was young, I'd flee this town

	    C      C/B     Am
I'd bury my dreams under - ground
       D7             G             C      C/B
As did I, we drink to die, we drink ton - ight


Am          D7             G
   Far from home, elephant gun
                C    C/B    Am
Let's take them down one by one
             D7                  G                C   C/B
We'll lay it down, it's not been found, it's not ar - ound


Chorus:

Am         D7        G        C     C/B   Am
   Let the seasons begin - it rolls right on
        D7        G              C   C/B  (Am)
Let the seasons begin - take the big king down


Am         D7        G        C     C/B   Am
   Let the seasons begin - it rolls right on
        D7        G              C   C/B  (Am)
Let the seasons begin - take the big king down

Bridge:

Am D7 G C C/B  x4

Am     D7    G
    Oh oh oh oh
   C  C/B (Am)
Oh la la  la   x4

Am D7 G C C/B  x8

Verse:

Am             D7          G          C   C/B     Am
   And it rips through the silence of our camp at night

            D7          G         C  C/B Am
And it rips through the night  oh la la  la


            D7          G              C    C/B Am
And it rips through the silence of our camp at  night
            D7          G                    C       C/B       (Am)
And it rips through the silence, all that is left is all that i hide

Outro:

Am D7 G C C/B to end