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Okkervil River, For Real Tabs (ver.1)

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For Real Tabs (ver.1)

Okkervil River Tabs
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 This tab covers practically every instrument in the song excluding drums.
I've made it as accurate as I could. Actually, it's nearly perfect.
This is my first tab.

Tuning: Standard

Note: The lyrics I place throughout the song are just references
and do not reflect the rhythm of the tabs.

(Intro)
e|-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|---------------0---7---------7-7-0---2-----2-----2-0-------------------|
D|-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-0---7-7-7-7-7-7-7-0---2-2-2-2-2-2-2-0---5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-|
A|-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-----5-5-5-5-5-5-5-----0-0-0-0-0-0-0-----5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-|
E|-------------------------------------------------------3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-|x2

(Verse 1)
e|------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|---------------0---7---------7-7-0---2-----------2-0-----------7-7-7-4--|
D|-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-0---7-7-7-7-7-7-7-0---2-2-2-2-2-2-2-0---5-5-5-5-x-x-x-x--|
A|-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-----5-5-5-5-5-5-5-----0-0-0-0-0-0-0-----5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5--|
E|-------------------------------------------------------3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3--|
         "some nights I thirst for real blood..."
(Verse 2)
e|----------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|----------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|---------------0---7---------7-0---2-----2-----2-0--------------------|
D|-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-0---7-7-7-7-7-7-0---2-2-2-2-2-2-2-0---5-5-5-5-5-5-5-4--|
A|-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-----5-5-5-5-5-5-----0-0-0-0-0-0-0-----5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5--|
E|-----------------------------------------------------3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3--|
         "and in the flash of steel from real guns..."
(Chorus)
e|-----------------------3-------3p0-------2------------------------------|
B|-----2-----------------3-------3---------3---------------------2-3-2-0--|
G|-----2---------0-------0-------0-----2-2-2-2-2-2-2-0-----------2-2-2-2--|
D|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-0-------0-------0-----0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0---2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2--|
A|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0---2-2-2-2-2-2-------------------------0-0-0-0-0-0-0----|
E|-------------------3-3-3-3-3-3------------------------------------------|
         "I really miss..."
e|-----0-----------------3-------3p0-------2-----------------------------|
B|-----0-----------------3-------3---------3---------------------2-3-3-3-|
G|-----0-----------------0-------0-----2-2-2-2-2-2-2-0-----------2-2-2-2-|
D|-----2-------2-0-------0-------0-----0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0---2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-|
A|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-0---2-2-2-2-2-2-------------------------0-0-0-0-0-------|
E|-0-0-0-0-0-0-------3-3-3-3-3-3-----------------------------------------|
         "I missed the bus..."

Note: The guitar that plays the verse and chorus is acoustic
but there is an electric guitar with distortion playing along
at every full chord of the chorus.

(Verse 3)
e|-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|---------------0---7-----------7-0---2-----------2-0-------------------|
D|-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-0---7-7-7-7-7-7-7-0---2-2-2-2-2-2-2-0---5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-|
A|-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-----5-5-5-5-5-5-5-----0-0-0-0-0-0-0-----5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-|
E|-------------------------------------------------------3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-|

(Verse 4)
e|-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|---------------0---7-----------7-0---2-----------2-0-------------------|
D|-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-0---7-7-7-7-7-7-7-0---2-2-2-2-2-2-2-0---5-5-5-5-5-5-5-4-|
A|-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-----5-5-5-5-5-5-5-----0-0-0-0-0-0-0-----5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-|
E|-------------------------------------------------------3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-|

(Chorus 2)
e|-----------------------3-------3p0-------2-----------------------------|
B|-----2-----------------3-------3---------3---------------------2-3-2-0-|
G|-----2---------0-------0-------0-----2-2-2-2-2-2-2-0-----------2-2-2-2-|
D|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-0-------0-------0-----0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0---2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-|
A|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0---2-2-2-2-2-2-------------------------0-0-0-0-0-0-0---|
E|-------------------3-3-3-3-3-3-----------------------------------------|
         "those blue bridge lights..."
e|-----0-----------------3-------3p0-------2-----------------------------|
B|-----0-----------------3-------3---------3---------------------2-3-2-0-|
G|-----0-----------------0-------0-----2-2-2-2-2-2-2-0-----------2-2-2-2-|
D|-----2-------2-0-------0-------0-----0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0---2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-|
A|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-0---2-2-2-2-2-2-------------------------0-0-0-0-0-------|
E|-0-0-0-0-0-0-------3-3-3-3-3-3-----------------------------------------|
         "if you really want to see..."

Note: All interlude parts are played simultaneously,
except the lead guitar entrances after the other two
parts have played twice.

(1st Guitar Interlude)
e|---------------------------------------------------------|
B|--7-------------7--------------------------------7-------|
G|-----7-9-7--0------7-9-7--6--9--6-7-6-4-0--7--0-----7----|
D|---------------------------------------------------------|
A|---------------------------------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------------|x4

(2nd Guitar Interlude)
e|----7--------5------5--------5--3----|
B|--7--------3------5------0-3---------|
G|-------------------------------------|
D|-------------------------------------|
A|-------------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------------|x6

Note: 2nd guitar interlude continues playing in the verse.

(Lead Guitar Interlude)
e|--7-5--3--2/5--5--5-5-5-5-2/5--5--5-5-5-5-2/5--5--3--2--0----|
B|-------------------------------------------------------------|
G|-------------------------------------------------------------|
D|-------------------------------------------------------------|
A|-------------------------------------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------------------------------------|x2

Note: There is no guitar on the 5th and 6th verses other than the
interlude one. The bass and drums take over instead. The bass has
been playing since the begining of the interlude. I've tabbed it for you.

(Bass)
e|-------------------------------------------------|
B|-------------------------------------------------|
G|-------------------------------------------------|
D|------------------------------7--7--7/9--7--5----|
A|-----------------5--5--5/7--7--------------------|
E|----7--7--7\5--5---------------------------------|x6 (from interlude)

(Rhythm Guitar Final Chorus)
e|-------------------3-----------------2------------------------------|
B|-2-----------------3-----------------3---------------------2-3-2-0--|
G|-2-----------------0-----------------2---------------------2-2-2-2--|
D|-2-----------------0-----------------0---------------------2-2-2-2--|
A|-0-----------------2---------------------------------------0-0-0----|
E|-------------------3------------------------------------------------|x1
     "If you're really finally mine..."
e|--0-----------------3-----------------2------------------------------|
B|--0-----------------3-----------------3---------------------2-3-2-0--|
G|--0-----------------0-----------------2---------------------2-2-2-2--|
D|--2-----------------0-----------------0---------------------2-2-2-2--|
A|--2-----------------2---------------------------------------0--------|
E|--0-----------------3------------------------------------------------|x3

then
(Rhythm Guitar outro 1)
e|-----0--0----0--00------3--3----3--33-|
B|-----0--0----0--00------3--3----3--33-|
G|-0-0-0--00-0-0--00--0-0-0--00-0-0--00-|
D|-2-2-2---2-2-2--22--0-0-0---0-0-0-----|
A|-2-2-2---2-2-2------2-2-2---2-2-2-----|
E|-0-0-0---0-0-0------3-3-3---3-3-3-----|

continues...                            Note: This whole rhythm part is
                                              played twice.
e|-----2--2----2--22------0--0----0--00|
B|-3-3-3--33-3-3--33--2-2-2--22-2-2--22|
G|-2-2-2--22-2-2--22--2-2-2--22-2-2--22|
D|-0-0-0---0-0-0------2-2-2---2-2-2----|
A|--------------------0-0-0---0-0-0----|
E|-------------------------------------|
"are behind...you can't hide..."

Note: The 2nd guitar of the outro is subtle but my favorite part in the song.

(2nd Guitar outro 1)
e|--------|
B|-2-3-2--|  Note: This part right before the outro begins at the end
G|--------|        of the chorus as the rhythm guitar plays the chords:
D|--------|        A, Asus, A
A|--------|
E|--------|x1

Note: This next part begins during the word "hind," and
is played in the background until the lyrics end. Listen very closely
for the rhythm.

(2nd Guitar outro 1)
e|--------------------------------5--2---------------|
B|------------------3--0----3---3------3-2---2-3--2--|
G|--------0-------2-------2---2------------2---------|
D|--2---2----2---------------------------------------|
A|----5----------------------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------|x2

(Lead Guitar outro 2)
e|--7-5--3--2/5--5--5-5-5-5-2/5--5--5-5-5-5-2/5--5\3--3\2--2\0-0-0--|
B|------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|------------------------------------------------------------------|x4

Note: When the lead guitar ends, the e string is strumed open a few times.

(Rhythm Guitar outro 2)
e|--0--0--0----3--3--3----3--3--3----0----0-0-0-0----|
B|--0--0--0----3--3--3----2--2--2----2----2-3-2-0----|
G|--0--0--0----0--0--0----3--3--3----2----2-2-2-2----|
D|--2--2--2----0--0--0----0--0--0----2----2-2-2-2----|
A|--2--2--2----2--2--2---------------0----0-0-0-0----|
E|--0--0--0----3--3--3-------------------------------|x4

Note: The first part of the 2nd guitar plays in sync
with the rhythm guitar. The second part deviates from this rhythm.
Listen for it.

(2nd Guitar outro 2)
e|---------------------------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------------------------|
G|--7--7--7----7--7--7----7--7--7----6----6-7-6------|
D|7-7--7--7----7--7--7----7--7--7----7----7-7-7------|
A|---------------------------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------|x2

...then

e|-------------------------------------------------------|
B|--9--9-7-----9----9--9-7-------------------------------|
G|--7--7-7-----7----7--7-7--9-7--7--7-9--6----6--7--6----|
D|--7--7-7-----7----7--7-7-------7--7-7-----7------------|
A|-------------------------------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------------------------------|x2

The last bit of the song is mostly fast strumming on the rhythm guitar
while the 2nd guitar just plays variations on the notes it's been playing.

Notes: The rhythm guitar consists of an acoustic guitar and an electric guitar.
The electric guitar covers up the acoustic towards the end.

The 2nd guitar of the outro sounds like an organ synth, but it is probably
an electric guitar with its tone low, some slight distortion and is played on a small 
with the volume maxed.

The basic chords for the song are:
Verse - Bmin   D   Aadd9   G
Chorus- A   G   D   A
        Em  G   D   A
The interlude matches the verse and the outro matches the chorus.

Sorry that this tab was overkill and probably confusing.

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