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Elephants 1

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Rachael Yamagata - Elephants 1 chords, tabs, tablatures, lyrics

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hey all

so, i can't believe no one's wanted to tab this one yet, since this is arguably
her best work. she plays it on the piano, and there are transitional notes i've left
out, but this version sounds pretty good to me.


alright, first off, chords. now, there are four "sections" to the song. 
it starts off very soft, then gets a bit louder, and then there's a rush towards
the end that's even louder, and then it falls back down to the very soft again. 
again, because this is a piano song, this is more of an interpretation, but
the chords are right, and the idea behind this is more of a solo performance.

so, put a capo on the 1st string. otherwise standard tuning. 
******NOTE, the chords i list are NOT RELATIVE to the capo. they are the 
actual chords (except for the third section, which i'll remind you for).
so "Gm" is NOT Gm relative to capo, but actual Gm, and fret 10 is the actual
10th fret.


it's not going to be as hard as i make it sound.

section 1 chords:
Gm: 10-11-12-12-10-10
Eb: 1-x-12-13-13-11 (open string, or just barred)
F: x-10-10-10-8-8
Cm: 11-13-12-13-x-11 (use thumb)
Bb: 10-11-10-12-1-1 (capo's on, so open)
Eb sequence:
Bb*(x-11-10-12-13-10)  ->  F  ->  Eb


sections 2 & 4 chords:
Gm: 10-11-12-12-10-10
Eb: 1-x-12-13-13-11 (open string, or just barred)
F: x-10-10-10-8-8
Cm: 8-8-8-10-10-8
Bb: 6-6-7-8-8-6
Eb sequence:
Bb  ->  F*(x-6-x-7-8-8)  ->  D#*(x-4-x-5-6-6)


section 3 chords: (THIS SECTION IS RELATIVE TO CAPO ON 1)
F#m: 222442
E: 001220
Bm: 234422
A: 022200


for all sections:
Gm sequence: Eb* -> F* -> Gm
(6-8-8-8-6-6  ->  8-10-10-10-8-8  ->  10-11-12-12-10-10)



>>  section 1 (use first set of chords):  <<

Gm
if the elephants have past lives 
Eb                             F
yet are destined to always remember
Gm
it's no wonder how they scream 
Eb                                  F
like you and i they must have some temper


Cm
and i am dreaming of them on the plains
Bb
dirtying up their beds
Cm
watching for some sign of rain 
Bb
to cool their hot heads


Gm
and how dare that you send me that card 
(D# sequence)
when i'm doing all that i can do
Bb                       Eb
you are forcing me to remember 
(Gm sequence)
when all i want is to just forget you


>>  section 2 (use second set of chords):  <<

Gm
if the tiger shall protect her young 
Eb                            F
then tell me how did you slip by
Gm
all my instincts have failed me for once
Eb                                   F
i must have somehow slept the whole night


Cm
and I am dreaming of them with their kill
Bb
tearing it all apart
Cm
blood dripping from their lips 
Bb
and teeth sinking into heart


Gm
and how dare that you say you will call 
(D# sequence)
when you know i need some peace of mind
Bb                                Eb
if you have to take sides with the animals 
(Gm sequence)
won't you do it with one who is kind


interlude:
(starting on Gm)
F      Cm       F
(section 2's chords, listen for timing)


>>  section 3 (use third set of chords):  <<

F#m
and if the hawks in the trees need the dead
E
if you're living you don't stand a chance
F#m
for a time though you share the same bed
E
there are only two ends to this dance


Bm
you can flee with your wounds just in time 
A
or lie there as he feeds
Bm
watching yourself ripped to shreds 
A
and laughing as you bleed


>>  section 4 (use second set of chords):  <<

Gm
so for those of you falling in love 
(D# sequence)
keep it kind, keep it good, keep it right
Bb                              Eb 
throw yourself in the midst of danger 
(Gm sequence)
but keep one eye open at night





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