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How To Write A Love Song Tabs

(ver. 2) Click to play this song!
The Axis Of Awesome
Tuning: Standard (EADGBe)
Capo: 6

The other versions overlooked a simple chord change in the finger picking in the song for the 4th and 5th
chords. I'm using a different capo to adjust for that. The hardest part is actually the first key change. If
you don't have a cutaway guitar, it may be difficult to play the D#.

Tuning: Standard (EADGBe)
Capo: 6

Bm7------|X2423X|
Bm7/G----|3X423X|
Bm7/E----|0X423X|
A7-------|X0202X|
A7/Bb----|X1202X|
Gmaj7----|3XX432| or |3XX435|
Gmaj7/F#-|2XX432| or |2XX435|
Gmaj7/E--|0XX432| or |0XX435|

INTRO/VERSE 1
e|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
B|-------3---------------3-------|-------3-------------2-------2-|
G|-----2---------------2---------|-----2-------------0-------0---| x2 (Intro)
D|---4---------------4-----------|---4-------------2-------2-----| x8 (Verse 1)
A|-2-----------------------------|---------------0-------1-------|
E|-----------------3-------------|-0-----------------------------|

BRIDGE 1
The 2 on the e string is also a 5 if you are playing the bells part.
        (5)             (5)             (5)           (5)
e|-------2---------------2-------|-------2-------------2---------|
B|-----3-----3---------3-----3---|-----3-----3-------3-----3-----|
G|---4---------------4-----------|---4-------------4-------------| x4
D|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
A|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
E|-3---------------2-------------|-0-------------2---------------|

CHORUS 1 (no guitar so just strum these chords)
   G               D               A             F#m
e|-3-------3-------2------2------|-0------0------2-------2-------|
B|-3-------3-------3------3------|-2------2------2-------2-------|
G|-0-------0-------2------2------|-2------2------2-------2-------|
D|-0-------0-------0------0------|-2------2------4-------4-------|
A|-2-------2-------0------0------|-0------0------4-------4-------|
E|-3-------3---------------------|---------------2-------2-------|

   G               D               A             F#m
e|-3-------3-------2------2------|-0------0------------2---------|
B|-3-------3-------3------3------|-2------2----------2-----------|
G|-0-------0-------2------2------|-2------2--------2-------------|
D|-0-------0-------0------0------|-2------2----------------------|
A|-2-------2-------0------0------|-0------0----------------------|
E|-3-------3---------------------|---------------2---------------|

VERSE 2
e|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
B|-------3---------------3-------|-------3-------------2-------2-|
G|-----2---------------2---------|-----2-------------0-------0---|
D|---4---------------4-----------|---4-------------2-------2-----|
A|-2-----------------------------|---------------0-------1-------|
E|-----------------3-------------|-0-----------------------------|

e|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
B|-------3---------------3-------|-------3-----------------------|
G|-----2---------------2---------|-----2-------------------------|
D|---4---------------4-----------|---4---------------------------|
A|-2-----------------------------|-------------------------------|
E|-----------------3-------------|-0-----------------------------|

BRIDGE 2
        (5)             (5)             (5)           (5)
e|-------2---------------2-------|-------2-------------2---------|
B|-----3-----3---------3-----3---|-----3-----3-------3-----3-----|
G|---4---------------4-----------|---4-------------4-------------| x4
D|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
A|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
E|-3---------------2-------------|-0-------------2---------------|

CHORUS 2 (no guitar so just strum these chords)
   G               D               A             F#m
e|-3-------3-------2------2------|-0------0------2-------2-------|
B|-3-------3-------3------3------|-2------2------2-------2-------|
G|-0-------0-------2------2------|-2------2------2-------2-------|
D|-0-------0-------0------0------|-2------2------4-------4-------|
A|-2-------2-------0------0------|-0------0------4-------4-------|
E|-3-------3---------------------|---------------2-------2-------|

   G               D               A
e|-3-------3-------2------2------|-0------0----------------------|
B|-3-------3-------3------3------|-2------2----------------------|
G|-0-------0-------2------2------|-2------2----------------------|
D|-0-------0-------0------0------|-2------2----------------------|
A|-2-------2-------0------0------|-0------0----------------------|
E|-3-------3---------------------|-------------------------------|

SPOKENWORD-THING
   Bm7                             F#m7
e|-2-----------------------------|-2-----------------------------|
B|-3-----------------------------|-2-----------------------------|
G|-2-----------------------------|-2-----------------------------| x8
D|-4-----------------------------|-2-----------------------------|
A|-2-----------------------------|-4-----------------------------|
E|-------------------------------|-2-----------------------------|
(There's no guitar here either, just piano playing those two chords, Bm7 and F#m7)
Alternatively, I play:
    Bm7            (Bm7/G)          F#m7
e|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
B|--------3---------------3-------|-------2------------------------|
G|------2---------------2---------|-----2--------------------------|
D|----4---------------4-----------|---2----------------------------|
A|--2-----------------------------|--------------------------------|
E|------------------3-------------|-2------------------------------|

CHORUS 3 (w/ Key Change)
   G               D               A             F#m
e|-3-------3-------2------2------|-0------0------2-------2-------|
B|-3-------3-------3------3------|-2------2------2-------2-------|
G|-0-------0-------2------2------|-2------2------2-------2-------| x3
D|-0-------0-------0------0------|-2------2------4-------4-------|
A|-2-------2-------0------0------|-0------0------4-------4-------|
E|-3-------3---------------------|---------------2-------2-------|

   G               D               A             Bb
e|-3-------3-------2------2------|-0------0------1-------1-------|
B|-3-------3-------3------3------|-2------2------3-------3-------|
G|-0-------0-------2------2------|-2------2------3-------3-------|
D|-0-------0-------0------0------|-2------2------3-------3-------|
A|-2-------2-------0------0------|-0------0------1-------1-------|
E|-3-------3---------------------|-------------------------------|

CHORUS 4 (w/ Key Change)
   G#              D#              Bb            Gm
e|-4-------4-------6------6------|-1------1------3-------3-------|
B|-4-------4-------8------8------|-3------3------3-------3-------|
G|-5-------5-------8------8------|-3------3------3-------3-------|
D|-6-------6-------8------8------|-3------3------5-------5-------|
A|-6-------6-------6------6------|-1------1------5-------5-------|
E|-4-------4---------------------|---------------3-------3-------|
   G#              D#              Bb            B
e|-4-------4-------6------6------|-1------1------2-------2-------|
B|-4-------4-------8------8------|-3------3------4-------4-------|
G|-5-------5-------8------8------|-3------3------4-------4-------|
D|-6-------6-------8------8------|-3------3------4-------4-------|
A|-6-------6-------6------6------|-1------1------2-------2-------|
E|-4-------4---------------------|-------------------------------|

CHORUS 5
   A               E               B             G#m
e|-0-------0-------0------0------|-2------2------4-------4-------|
B|-2-------2-------0------0------|-4------4------4-------4-------|
G|-2-------2-------1------1------|-4------4------4-------4-------|
D|-2-------2-------2------2------|-4------4------6-------6-------|
A|-0-------0-------2------2------|-2------2------6-------6-------|
E|-----------------0------0------|---------------4-------4-------|
   A               E               B                               E
e|-0-------0-------0------0------|-2------2------2-------2-------|-0--|
B|-2-------2-------0------0------|-4------4------4-------4-------|-0--|
G|-2-------2-------1------1------|-4------4------4-------4-------|-1--|
D|-2-------2-------2------2------|-4------4------4-------4-------|-2--|
A|-0-------0-------2------2------|-2------2------2-------2-------|-2--|
E|-----------------0------0------|-------------------------------|-0--|

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INTRO
Bm7  Bm7/G  Bm7/E             A7  A7/Bb
          Steel String Guitar
  Bm7  Bm7/G  Bm7/E              A7  A7/Bb
Chimes         Synthetic Percussion

VERSE 1
      Bm7            Bm7/G                     Bm7/E                A7          A7/Bb
Baby Girl, I wanna show you how much I really love you (How much I really love you)
      Bm7                 Bm7/G                        Bm7/E               A7  A7/Bb
Baby Girl, That's what I call you to show you that my love for you is true
      Bm7       Bm7/G                    Bm7/E         A7  A7/Bb
Baby Girl, Our love is so great that I wrote you this song
         Bm7                       Bm7/G              Bm7/E           A7  A7/Bb
and to show you how much I really care it sounds like every other one
Bm7                           Bm7/G
The beat kicks in and then I sing a bit more rhythmically,
Bm7/E                   A7           A7/Bb
  To make it sensual I sing it in a minor key
Bm7                            Bm7/G
  I move my hands like I'm pushing someone in front of me
Bm7/E                             A7            A7/Bb           Gmaj7
  Now that's the first verse and now I'm gonna take it to the bridge

BRIDGE 1
Gmaj7  Gmaj7/F#                          Gmaj7/E         Gmaj7/F#
I say something 'bout how I dont wanna break up, Then I turn around and rhyme it with 
 Gmaj7      Gmaj7/F#                     Gmaj7/E               Gmaj7/F#
Make up. I tell you that we should be together  (How Long?) Forever    (That Long)
    Gmaj7                    Gmaj7/F#      Gmaj7/E                   Gmaj7/F#
and Ever (So Long) Girl your always in my heart (In my heart) and I never want to be 
  Gmaj7                       Gmaj7/F#         Gmaj7/E                  Gmaj7/F#         G
apart (Never be apart) Honey you'll always be mine (Baby be Mine) Baby girl it's chorus time

CHORUS 1
G  D                      A
 This is how you write a love song
       F#m                           G
Yeah this is how you write a cliche love song
  D                           A
This is how you write a love song
         F#m               Bm7
Yeah a sh*tty 90's R n' B love song

VERSE 2
Bm7                       Bm7/G
This is my backup and he sings quite breathilly (Breathilly)
Bm7/E                         A7               A7/Bb
He takes the words I say and sings them after me (Sings em after me)
Bm7                      Bm7/G
He emphasizes words and sings emphatically (I sing emphatically)
Bma7/E                   N.C.            Gmaj7
Now listen to us sing in A Capella harmony

BRIDGE 2
Gmaj7  Gmaj7/F#              Gmaj7/E          Gmaj7/F#
      Now were back at the bridge I haven't written anything for
  Gmaj7        Gmaj7/F#  Gmaj7/E  Gmaj7/F#  Gmaj7
This.  So I'm gonna   stretch     out the  words
Gmaj7/F#    Gmaj7/E       Gmaj7/F#
  Repeating everything I say
       Gmaj7                 Gmaj7/F#              Gmaj7/E                   Gmaj7/F#           Gmaj7
Til I get (Til I get) Til I get (Til I get) Til I get (Til I get)Yeah til I get back to the chorus

CHORUS 2
G  D                      A
 This is how you write a love song
         F#m                           G
Yeah a sh*tty, sh*tty, sh*tty, sh*tty love song
         D                         A
And to show you I care I throw my hands in the air
 N.C.                                  Bm7  F#m
Now cut the music while I sing a long note

SPOKENWORD
Bm7                                                F#m7
Hey girl I've been standing at the back not doing much for this song
                                               Bm7
But that's because my talents are quite limited   but that don't mean that I love you any less
       F#m7                                             Bm7
In fact  it means the opposite (Im just showing off my voice) its just it's so hard for me to find the words
              F#m7
To really express the way that I feel about you girl
                           Bm7
Especially when I have to worry about fitting those words to music
                                  F#m7
And there's some kind of rhyme structure involved (Meaningless Whisper)
Bm7
   I know it's lazy song writing but I don't care
          F#m7
Cause I sleep on a big pile of money at night
Bm7
  Girl You might think it's weird, girl
                                       F#m7
That three guys are singing about just one girl, girl
                                    Bm7
But let me tell you something, girl,  it's not weird at all
                                        F#m7                                             Bm7
In fact, girl, It's an industry standard   and it happens all the time (Happens all the time)
                                                F#m7                                                   G
Well girl I better wrap this up about now cause I'm about to be cut off by- (Woah-oo-oh-oo-oh-oo-oh-oo-oh)

CHORUS 3
 D                       A
Baby I wrote you a love song
           F#m                   G
It wasn't hard It really didn't take long
   D               A
A totally generic love song
      F#m                       G
Yeah really this could be about anyone
              D                     A
But it's for you yeah this is your love song
 F#m          G
Non-Specific girl
             D                     A
To let you know we take it seriously
  Bb                         G#
Then watch as we change the key

CHORUS 4
           D#                 Bb
When you change the key in a love song
    Gm                           G#
It means your singing passionately
         D#                      Bb
But We still haven't reached the end
                 B                            A
No because were gonna go and change the key again

CHORUS 5
 E                        B
Look at me I'm singing a love song
     G#m                       A
Yeah anyone can sing a sh*tty love
     E           B
Our love is so unique
                                  E
That I copied every other sh*tty love song (Girl)            
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