Guitar Chords and Tabs For Songs I Like

 

I figured these out myself because I enjoy these songs and wanted to play along.  I make no guarantee that they are completely accurate.  Where I include lyrics, I am usually guessing or taking them from a website somewhere.

 

Some of these songs aren’t 100% deciphered.  Feel free to email me if you’ve figured out the rest (or if you really want me to figure out the rest myself). 

 

Unless otherwise noted, all are in standard tuning.  And when I write out chord fingerings, I write them from high E to low E.  For example, I would write an open C chord as 01023x (x = muted/don’t play it). 

 

Please email me at info(at)riothook(dot)com with any comments, questions, or corrections.  Enjoy.

 

 

Here’s the list of songs I have attempted to figure out (sorted by artist):

- The Argument – Song One

- Drake Bell – Up Periscope

- Dan Bern & Mike Viola – Beautiful Ride (from the movie Walk Hard)

- Jim Boggia – Black and Blue

- Candy Butchers – Hunker Down

- Candy Butchers – Nice to Know You

- Candy Butchers – Unexpected Traffic

- Candy Butchers – Won’t Last Long

- Candy Butchers / Mike Viola – Motel Mood

- Candy Butchers / Mike Viola – Something Special

- Candy Butchers / Mike Viola – Love Like Her

- Candy Butchers / Mike Viola – Truckstop Sweetheart

- The Click Five – I’ll Take My Chances

- Fastball – Drifting Away

- Fastball – Love Is Expensive and Free

- Fastball – Whatever Gets You On

- The Feeling – Love It When You Call

- The Feeling – Never Be Lonely

- God Help the Girl – Funny Little Frog

- Nina Gordon – Hold On To Me

- Nina Gordon – Kiss Me Til It Bleeds

- Kay Hanley – Brown Betty

- Kay Hanley – Faded Dress

- The Jellybricks – Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicide

- Jonny Lives – No Good

- La Rocca – This Life

- Chris K. Lee – Wingdog

- Letters to Cleo – Co-Pilot

- Letters to Cleo – Xmas Song

- The Pearlfishers – Up with the Larks

- Rooney – Tell Me

- Silver Sun – Lava

- Silver Sun – Mustard

- Sloan – Set in Motion

- Splitsville – Sasha

- Sunday Sun – Ordinary Love

- Under the Influence of Giants – Stay Illogical

- Mike Viola – Hair of the Dog

- Mike Viola – So Much Better

- The Waking Hours – Jade

- Butch Walker – Sweethearts

 

 

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“Song One” – The Argument

 

I play it w/ capo on 4 (to make for nice easy open chords)

 

C

8th grade Winter Break,

Em     F

'Cause I studied hard,

C                Em              F  

My parents broke down and bought me a guitar.

C              Em

I turned it up high,

  F

I strapped it on low,

C                                 Em

Taped your picture to the mirror, baby,

    F

And I struck a pose.

 

Cafeteria,

I sent you a note,

"Yes or No, Circle one"

You wrote "maybe so"

Well, its on to plan B,

'cause plan a went all wrong,

laid the phone on the bed and I sang you my first song.

 

F    E                    F        D7

In a late night telephone serenade

               C                       Bm     E

I’m letting my heart roll right off my sleeve

              Am    G             D7

And onto this empty sheet of looseleaf

                    C                             Bm

I’m sure they’ll be more but this first one’s for you

      E     Am      G         F        Fm

So go ahead this is where you shoot me down

 

I got a simple melody,

Cliché sounding words,

For added effect I put your name in each verse.

 

Don't ask what its called I haven't named it just yet,

But if you like I’ll put it down on cassette.

 

Would you a like a recess serenade?

 

I'm letting my heart roll right off my sleeve,

And onto this empty sheet of looseleaf.

I'm sure there'll be more,

But this first one's for you,

So go ahead this is where you shoot me down

 

G                           F

And I really don't care how silly this all sounds,

G                                         F

'Cause I know I'm gonna make mistakes the first time around.

     Gmaj7

So I better write this down.

 

I'm letting my heart roll right off my sleeve,

And onto an empty sheet of looseleaf.

I'm sure there'll be more,

But this first one's for you,

So go ahead this is where you shoot me down

 

8th grade Valentine's,

I'm way over you.

Took your picture off the mirror, baby

And started song two.

 

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“Up Periscope” - Drake Bell

 

C                            E                               A         

If I could have a single wish, I’d only wish to never miss it, when you wake up and smile.

            Dm                            F                                           C

It makes me happy when you steal a little kiss before you wake me up to listen to the news for a while

     

And when you're creeping out of bed I sneak a peek to see just what you were wearing last night

or what was leftover from ripping off our clothes. I check to see that door was closed

as you were turning out the lights

 

Am           G           D7

Whoever said romance was over

     F    Fm

roll over

   C C/B A

so I can show you

          Dm                        G

don't you want me to be the captain of your submarine

   C

Up Periscope

            D

that's what I say

            Bb     G

that's just my way

   C

of saying that I love you (I do)

 

My life is like a bowl of cherries not so very ordinary overflowing with love, and I could never want

for more unless our two became a four or maybe three if we practice it enough.

 

Whoever said romance was over

roll over

so I can show you

don't you want me to be the captain of your submarine

Up Periscope

that's what I say

that's just my way

of saying that I love you (I love you)

 

Now I know that life is hard

I know that love can break your heart

that's just the way that it is

well baby that's a load of smack

don't you know I've got your back

what's important is the way that we live

And like that way you like this song

because it makes you hum along and tap your foot

to the beat

well that's the way you make me feel

when we're doing it for real

I can feel it from my head to my feet

 

Whoever said romance was over

roll over

so I can give you one more change to believe

and hopefully see that I still want you

don't you want me to be the captain of you submarine

Up periscope

that's what I say

that's just my way of saying that I love you (I love you)

 

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“Beautiful Ride” from Walk Hard – Dan Bern & Mike Viola

 

(This one is likely way off)

 

C Em F G

"Now that I have lived..."

 

 

F G C F

"And then in the end..."

 

F G E F

"Loving yourself, but not only…"

 

F G

"It's a beautiful"

 

C Em Gm F Fm G# G C

"Ride"

 

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“Black and Blue” - Jim Boggia

 

I left out all the leads/ornamenting, etc.  They’re easy to figure out.  For the Am7 in the verses, I play this:  31220x.  Dm maj7 is 1220xx.  Some of the E7’s might be E’s.  All the verses and choruses have the same chords, so I only wrote them out once.  Same with the progression in the verses.  Intro is the same progression as the verses.

 

[Am] You seem [Am/G] surprised [Am7] to find [C] that I'm [G] human

and that I can do things wrong.

For my frailties your heart has no room and

[Am] you go [E7] write a [F] song.

 

[G] You take glee in [E7] making me play my [Am] faults out [D] onstage.

[Dm] You can spit your [Dm maj7] venom out but [Dm7] I must hold my [G] rage  [G/A]  [G/B]

 

And I'm [C]  [E7] feeling  [F] black and [C] blue

like I'm [C]  [E7] beaten [F] through and [G] through.

I'm [Dm] cut and [G] bruised.  I'm [Dm] black and [G] blue.

 

Would it give you any satisfaction

if I said I can be mean?

Would you then admit in our interactions

your hands aren't quite clean?

 

When you tell your stories that recount my every sin

you always leave out the beginnings so you can look good in the ends.

 

And I'm feeling black and blue like I'm beaten through and through.

I'm cut and bruised. I'm black and blue.

 

[E] This is the point at which [E7] I need to write a [Am] bridge for this.

But I [C7] haven't done it yet.   [F] It's [Fm] proving hard to [G] get.

 

When you find the next thing that I'm lacking.

Please don't tell me to my face.

For my pride has taken quite a whacking.

I can't stand up straight.

 

So, take my latest failure and be sure to write it down

so you can pour it out like water on me when I start to drown.

 

And I'm feeling black and blue like I'm beaten through and through.

I'm cut and bruised. I'm not like you.

I'm black and blue.

 

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“Hunker Down” – Candy Butchers

 

E                                                  G#m

Whatever happened to all those people in all those bands?

E7                                             A7sus4  A

Whatever happens to all our dreams, to all our plans?

E A

 

E

Hunker down

            A      E

You will be on the mic again

              C#m     F#7sus4 F#

There will be tons of laughter

    B         A      G#m   F#m

But you won’t hear a thing

 

Hunker down

You will be on the list again

There will be tons of people

But you won’t see a thing

Oh no

 

F#m                   B

Who’s breaking up the band?

G#m                   C#m

Who’s breaking up the band?

           D A F#m B A E

You better hunker down

           D A F#m B A E

You better hunker down

 

Hunker down

You better save your energy

There will be tons of magic

But you won’t feel a thing

Oh no

 

(chorus)

 

Hunker down

And if you pass this way again

There will be hearts filled with music

And girls backstage with drugs backstage

But you won’t feel a thing

 

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“Nice to Know You” – Candy Butchers

 

Important chords:

G(b5) = 3200x3

G5 = 3300x3

 

Intro: G(b5) G5 x4  (this is the riff heard pretty much whenever you hear G as the bass note)

 

Verses:  Dmaj7 D Bsus2 Bm G(b5) G5 Em A

 

Prechorus:  Em A Em

 

The End/The "Just can't live without you x4" part

Em A Bm E Em A Bm G(b5) G5 G(b5) G5

Dmaj Dmaj7 D

 

 

“Unexpected Traffic” – Candy Butchers

 

I didn't write out the lyrics for this one.  Here are the somewhat unusual chord voicings (from high E to low E, and x means mute it/don't play it):

 

E7sus4/F3 = 002002

B7 = x0212x

B7sus4 = x0222x

 

Intro, Outro, and break after first chorus: 

 

Moves between E and E7sus4/F# with tricky timing on the chord changes--do this twice:

 

 ----0-0--------------0-0----------

 ----0-0--------------0-0----------

 ----1-1----1---2-----2-2----2---1-

 ----2-2------2-------0-0------0---

 --2----------------0-0-0----------

 0----------------2---2-2----------

 

and end with:

 

 ----0-

 --0---

 2-----

 ------

 ------

 ------

 

Verses:

 

E  G  C   E

 

G  C  D  Dsus4  G  Cadd9  E7sus4/F#   B7

 

Chorus:

 

E  Amaj7  F#m  B7sus4  B7   (x2)

 

Riff in the middle:

 

 0---0-----------------------2-0---------

 --4---2-----2-3-0---------0-------------

 ------------------------0-------------2-

 ------------------------------------0---

 ----------------------------------0-----

 ----------------------3---------2-------

 

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"Won't Last Long" – Candy Butchers

 

B7 = x0212x

B7sus4 = x0222x

 

Intro/Verses:  Em A D G G/F#

 

Prechorus:  Em A Em B7sus4 B7

 

Chorus:  Em A D B7sus4 B7 x2

 

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“Motel Mood” – Mike Viola / Candy Butchers

 

Fadd9 = 3123xx, and I play Bm7 = 032x2x for this song.  Also, on a lot of the G chords at the end of the progression, you can ornament the chord to make it sound like the recording by moving your finger on the A string to D string briefly.  Try it and hopefully you’ll hear what I mean.

 

Capo on 2nd fret

 

Intro:  Bm7 E Am Fmaj7 (x2)

 

G             C   D/F#     G

New York City has all been done

G                  C           D/F#                C

It's stretched out like a cat, sleeping in the sun

We've gotta get away from this two-footed beast

Surfing these canyons with boards nailed to his feet

 

Hotels are for lovers who want to relive the first time

When they discover little soap as souvenirs, they wash the dreams out of their eyes

Motels are for lovers who don't want a home away from home

Just a place to leave something down at the side of the road

 

Chorus

Bm7     E             Am    Fmaj7  (2nd time Fmaj7 is Fadd9)

Audrey, put away your heart

Put away your heart

G     C            D/F#            G

C'mon angel, let's fly out of this room

I'm in a motel mood

C'mon baby, I'll give you something to lose

G   C    D/F#       C

I'm in a motel mood

 

We'll sink quarters in the magic fingers 'till the old bed stalls

We'll play hide-the-maid beneath these wood-paneled walls

We'll let our tears fill the bathtub for the landlocked martyrs

Everything looks bigger underwater

 

Chorus

C'mon baby, we'll strap your wings to my shoes

I'm in a motel mood

 

If your momma was around she'd wash our mouths out with soap

And if my daddy was alive, he'd string us up by this rope

So pack up our playthings, collect our marbles

And leave the roadside flowers in these Listerine bottles

 

Chorus

 

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"Something Special" – Candy Butchers / Mike Viola

 

Two chords you'll need a lot on this one:

Dmaj9no3 = 0220xx

Dsus2 = 0320xx

 

Intro/Verses:  Dsus2 Dmaj9no3 Dsus2 Dmaj9no3 G A x2

 

Chorus:  Em A D Em G A

 

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"Love Like Her" – Candy Butchers / Mike Viola

 

Intro/Verses:  A D A D A D Em G A

 

Prechorus/Chorus:  Bm F#m G Bm Em A7 Am7 D Am7

 

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Truckstop Sweetheart” – Mike Viola / Candy Butchers

 

I play it w/ a capo on 2 for easier chord shapes.  These are chords in relation to the capo.

 

Intro:  D C D C

 

  D          

I slammed my rig down

           Dmaj7

Pulled her in to get unwound

G             A

7 days on the road

G        A    D

about to be unraveled

 

there’s a waitress at this diner

and she waits here just for me to tell her

one of these lonely nights

she can tag along

 

all the truckers passin through

her reflection in the chrome she knew that

freedom’s a lie

that she could not forgive

 

but that asphalt river’s flowing

got to get my diesel rolling

there’s a place in my heart

                          D7

where she can stow away

 

               G         A

she knows that I’ll be returnin

       D                   G      G/F#

so she keeps the truckstop lights burnin

Em     A  F#m    Bm

roll on   roll on

G                    A           G         A    D

the highway takes me far from my truckstop sweetheart

 

(D C D C)

 

the cold blue desert wind

leads me back to where I’ve been

well it all just looks the same

it feels like I ain’t travelin

 

I’m thinking about that girl

Her pink polyesther curls

And the coffee that she spills

And the sentence that she serves

 

(chorus)

 

(solo over verse chords)

 

that asphalt river’s flowing

got to get my diesel rolling

there’s a place in my heart

where she can stow away

 

(chorus)

 

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"I’ll Take My Chances" - The Click Five

 

G       Bm

You and I

C               Cm

We never had it easy baby

G         Bm      Am   

We had to work so hard

 

And every time it feels like we're gonna make it

That's when it falls apart, but

 

D       Em

Oooooooohoo

     Bm           C            D     Am

Baby I’ll take my chances with you

D       Em

Oooooooohoo

     Bm           C            D    Gm  C

Baby I’ll take my chances with you

 

Every night I think about the mistakes I've made

I try to change my ways

(Nothing's gonna change my ways)

And I don't mind all the little games we play

And all the foolish things you say, cause

 

Oooooooohoo

Baby I’ll take my chances with you

That's what I'm gonna do

Oooooooohoo

Baby I’ll take my chances with you

 

C                D/C

Love is what you make it

   Bm               Em

So give it one more try

        Am                           G   F 

Cause I get so down when you're not around

                         Em  Dm  C  C/B  Am

I just can't take it all

 

(Solo over verse chords)

 

You and I

We never had it easy baby

We've both been hurt before

(Both been hurt before)

And only time will tell us if we're gonna make it

There's no way to be sure, but

 

Oooooooohoo

Baby I’ll take my chances with you

That's what I'm gonna do

Oooooooohoo

Baby I’ll take my chances with you

You know it's true

 

Oooooooohoo

Baby I’ll take my chances with you

That's what I'm gonna do

Oooooooohoo

Baby I’ll take my chances

I’ll take my chances

With you

 

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“Drifting Away” - Fastball

 

Intro:

 

D C G C D

 

Verses:

 

D Bm G A F#m Bm Em A

"Got nowhere..."

 

F#m Bm F#m Bm Em A

"It's right on the tip..."

 

Chorus:

 

D Em F#m F#m-Fm-Em (Fm = passing chord, might just be the bass)

“Sometimes I feel...”

 

A Em A Em A

and that's all I can say...”

 

D C G C D

“I must admit...”

 

Solo:

 

Bm A Bm A Bm A A A x2

 

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“Love is Expensive and Free” - Fastball

 

Capo on 2

 

Am F C G

“You can talk to me about...”

 

Am F C G E

“You can warn me about candles...”

 

A F#m Bm Dm

“But please don’t tell me about...”

 

A E

“You need to pay the cost...”

 

Dm A Dm A Dm

“Love is expensive and free...”

 

A A/G# F#m F  (B before F second time)

 

Bridge:

 

A F#m Bm E x2

 

Lyrics:

 

VERSE

 

You can talk to me about powder kegs

And how I'm sitting on one right now

You can warn me about candles

at both ends burning from the outside in

But don't tell me about true love

'Cause I don't think you really know

 

CHORUS

 

You need to pay the cost

You need to feel the loss

'Cause love is expensive and free

Love is expensive and free

 

VERSE

 

Talk to me about appearances

I tell ya' lately they mean less and less

Do your best to keep me occupied

It's hard to concentrate, I must confess

Don't you tell me about heartbreak

'Cause it ain't written in the stars

 

CHORUS

 

You need to pay the cost

You need to feel the loss

'Cause love is expensive and free

Love is expensive and free

Alright, you got me

 

VERSE

 

Don't you worry 'bout my baby

Her eyes are open all the time

I could never dare deceive her

Much less remove her from my mind

I didn't talk to you about true love

I didn't think you'd understand

 

CHORUS

 

We need to pay the cost

We need to feel the loss

'Cause love is expensive and free

Love is expensive and free

Love is expensive and free

 

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“Whatever Gets You On” - Fastball

 

capo on 2

 

Em C G B7

 

C G C G

C G B7

 

Em D C C/B A7

Em D C C/B A7

C G B7

 

C G B7

Em Em/D Em/C Em/B

C G A7 B7

 

Picked up the paper

Flip through the pages

Reach for my coffee cup

Yes, I'm still waking up

Late in the day now

What can I say now?

Some folks are morning people

I never was one of those

 

All the same

I get in the game

Give me muddy, muddy water

Now I'm feeling better

 

You know whatever gets you on

And keeps you up right past the dawn

I'm feeling good now

I'm feeling great now

Let's do the town now

 

Vodka and tonic, a touch of the chronic

I’d trade my days for nights

I love the city lights

None of your business

Who I might sleep with

Some things are bad for me

And some things I just can't resist

 

All the same (I don't worry)

I don't feel no shame (I don't worry)

Give me muddy, muddy water

Now I'm feeling better

 

You know, whatever gets you on

And keeps you up right past the dawn

I'm feeling good now

I'm feeling great now

Let's do the town now

 

I'm feeling so free-wheeling

But it's so hard to maintain

Fascinate me, medicate me

'Cause I can't get over the pain

 

Picked up the paper

Flipped through the pages

Coffee and cigarettes

Turn on the TV set

Night time is falling

People are calling

I love to watch them run

Round and round and round

 

You know, whatever gets you on

And keeps you up right past the dawn

I'm feeling good now

I'm feeling great now

Let's do the town now

 

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"Love It When You Call" - The Feeling

 

This progression is used for most of the song. 

B5-C5  E5-F5  G5-A5  E5-F5

 

I found a switch

You turned it on

I hit the ditch

You carried on

I was so near

Now you're so far

Are you quite sure

Just who you are

 

I-I-I-I-I-I

Know you could use a friend

But you don't seem to have the time

I-I-I-I-I-I

 

                A5          G5

I wonder if you ever get to say

               F#

what's on your mind

F             G

Take a little time

         F                   G

Come on, take a little time

 

I love it when you call

I love it when you call

I love it when you call

but you never call at all

 

So what's the complication

It's only conversation

And I love it when you call

But you never call at all

 

Remember me?

I used to be

Your best time buddy

that you couldn't wait to see

 

We're gettin' old

It takes a toll

And hearts gettin' broken

Lead to people growing cold

 

I-I-I-I-I-I

I'm thinking with a coin

that's got a tail on either side

I-I-I-I-I-I

I'm gonna be the one who makes you

stop and realize

 

You could have it all

Yeah we should have it all

 

(chorus)

       F                     G

yeah I wonder where you been

      Am                       B5 C5

and I wonder who you're seein'

  F                         G

I hope you find your dream

         G                            A

when you do I really hope it's all it seems

 

(chorus 1 full step up)

 

(solo: back to normal riff)

 

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“Never Be Lonely” - The Feeling

 

This is far from perfect, but it works for me when I play along. 

The Cm/G is most likely wrong.  Also had a lot of trouble with the

the section w/ the "oohs" and "ahs" before the guitar solo.

 

(Intro:  C F x2)

 

C      F           C       F

People in love get fast and foolish

People in love get everything wrong

People in love get scared and stupid

People in love get everything wrong

 

F                    Em

At least they're not lonely

Dm                   C

At least they're not lonely

F        Bb

Never Be Lonely

 

G#  Gm    Fm                 Cm/G

BBBBaby I think I'm going CCCCrazy

And why should I be sane without you

They tell me to fight it

But think anybody will just try it

Ill never be the same without you

 

People in love get special treatment

People in love get everything wrong

People in love their hearts get eaten

People in love get everything wrong

 

At least they're not lonely

At least they're not lonely

Never Be Lonely

 

BBBBaby I think im going CCCCrazy

And why should I be sane without you

They tell me to fight it

But think anybody will just try it

Ill never be the same without you

 

(Before Solo: G G/F# A G# Bb B Em/B)

 

(Solo over verse chords)

 

Never be lonely

 

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“Funny Little Frog” – God Help the Girl

 

Intro and Chorus:

Eb Eb/D D D/C#

B B-B/Bb-B/G# F#

 

Verse:

G#m C# F# C# x2

G#m C# Bb Eb

 

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“Hold on to Me” – Nina Gordon

 

G         Am           C          D

We’re the same and you don’t even know it

We’re afraid and we try not to show it

           G         Am   D

And you’re tired and I am too

           G        C             Am   D

So there’s only one thing you can do

 

            Am     D      G                C  C/B

You’ve got to hold me and tell me what you need

Don’t be afraid of what you’re feeling

When you know me then I’ll never want to leave you

     Am   D     G

Just hold on to me

 

When we’re apart I still feel together

I still believe in a thing called forever

But we’re drifting apart it’s true

And it’s breaking my heart in two

 

You’ve got to hold me and tell me what you need

Don’t be afraid of what you’re feeling

When you know me then I’ll never want to leave you

     Am   D     Em

Just hold on to me

Am   D     G

Hold on to me

 

(G Am C D)

 

We’ll drive away where no one can find us

It’s time to leave those dark days behind us

In my dreams it’s always you

So there’s only one thing we can do 

 

You’ve got to hold me and tell me what you need

Don’t be afraid of what you’re feeling

When you know me then I’ll never want to leave you

     Am   D     Em  A

Just hold on to me

     Am   D     G

Just hold on to me

 

G       Am           C               D

I still believe in a thing called forever

I still believe in a thing called forever

I still believe in a thing called forever

I still believe

 

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“Kiss Me 'Til It Bleeds” - Nina Gordon

 

D  Dmaj7 C G

 

Em G D A

 

D G G/F# Em A

 

Destructive, exciting

And I can't let go

Inciting a riot on my radio

I'm going, I’m gone

Even though I know it's wrong

 

He's a Saturday night

And a Sunday morning rolled into one

With a dirty smile

That could shame the sun

 

I'm gonna hang myself on someone else

Who's just enough rope

And I know it's bad news but I can't say no

If bitter is sweet

Then he's just what I need

So kiss me till it bleeds

 

I'm stupid, a sucker

He's a loaded gun

A lover, a leaver

Just a hit and run

When our worlds collide

Breathe deep and hold on tight

 

‘Cause he's so rock and roll

I'm a tortured soul

With him in my bones

And he leaves me shattered

Like a rolling stone

 

I'm gonna hang myself on someone else

Who's just enough rope

And I know it's bad news but I can't say no

If bitter is sweet

Then he's just what I need

So kiss me till it bleeds

 

So what do you do now?

You know he's gonna take you down

But you're addicted to the sound

So you'll hang around

 

I'm going, I’m gone

Even though I know it's wrong

 

He's a Saturday night

And a Sunday morning rolled into one

With a dirty smile

That could shame the sun

 

I'm gonna hang myself on someone else

Who's just enough rope

And I know it's bad news but I can't say no

If bitter is sweet

Then he's just what I need

So kiss me till it bleeds

 

Just kiss me till it bleeds

 

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“Brown Betty” - Kay Hanley

 

Intro: 

 

G Em G Em

 

Verse: 

 

G Em G Em C D7 x2

 

Chorus: 

 

G D Am Asus2 Am Asus2

Bm Em C x2

 

Bridge: 

 

G D/F# Em D C x2

G D/F# Em C D

Bm Am G Em D C D

 

 

I felt the stare I met your eyes

and that skin I recognize

the city stars my beating heart

the party lights you're with your friends

is that your girl? I’ll pretend

you touch my hair I take you home

 

pretty brown betty are you gonna be my girl?

betty are you ready for me it's such a lonely world

and I want you I can think of nothing else

I’ll do what I got to just to get you for myself

 

you played guitar that night

when I finally kiss your lips I’ll get it right

the city starts my beating heart

 

pretty brown betty...

 

what my thoughts alone could do

I could rip myself in two

I could lay down next to her

just like deborah kerr at the edge of the world

 

pretty brown betty...

 

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“Faded Dress” - Kay Hanley

 

D                        G

like a grade school valentine

            A                         D

my heart is asking and aching all the time

when are you gonna know?

this demon time gets, to moving awful slow

         G                                   A

so let's talk about the way the world should be

         D                      G

it's not fair, when i'm cast as Gatsby

      G                                           A

and I should have seen you coming like a speeding car

             D         D7         G

but you know me perennial Cassandra

 

       Em                                   A

if you wanna hurt me it's an unqualified success

            Em                             A

And I don't wanna hang around like a faded dress

 

when I was young I thought

that I’d remember everything that I’d been taught

now it's clear I never learned anything

cause I come up empty, when it comes to you dear

so let's talk about just how it's gonna be

forget the love and just bring the happy

and I got a sneaking feeling about you

such as you got other better things to do

 

if you wanna hurt me it's an unqualified success

I don't wanna hang around like a faded dress

           D  C  G

on the way out

           D  C  G

on the way out

 

(Solo: Am B7 G G/F# Em x2)

 

   Am                    B7

if worry is the color of currency

     G         G/F#          Em

then i've paid well for this movie

and I cant help but watch it again and again

cause at the end when I rewind it you're right back with me

 

like a grade school valentine

my heart is asking and aching all the time

and I got a sneaking feeling about you

such as you got other better things to do

 

if you wanna hurt me it's an unqualified success

I don't wanna hang around like a faded dress

I don't wanna hang around like a faded dress

I don't wanna hang around like a faded dress

on the way out

on the way out

on the way out

 

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“Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicide” – The Jellybricks

 

Riff:

 

-5------------------------

--5--6-5---5--------------

---------7---4--5-4-------

-------------------7------

--------------------------

--------------------------

 

Intro:  (Riff) C5 D5 G5 A5 A5  (x2)

 

D                              G5 A5   G5         A5     D   A

Everything is easy once you're untied, livin' the life again

D                         G5 A5   G5          A5            Bm

Even if it's only on the outside, destined to go 'round the bend

     F#            G             E

in a blaze of glory for one last time

Am                                         C              D           G5 A5 A5

I have seen the light come beamin' and I'm feelin' like a rock'n'roll suicide

My brain is bleeding, my soul is kneelin' and I'm feelin' like a rock'n'roll suicide

 

Things are so damn easy on the numb ride when the downside is your friend

but you just can't relate to feelin' good now, always perfecting the end

for a tortured genius who lost his mind

 

I have seen the light come beamin' and I'm feelin' like a rock'n'roll suicide

My brain is bleeding, my soul is kneelin' and I'm feelin' like a rock'n'roll suicide

My friends are all gonna hit the ceilin' when I'm feelin' like a rock'n'roll suicide

and I have seen the light come beamin' and I'm feelin' like a rock'n'roll suicide

 

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“No Good” - Jonny Lives!

 

oct = octave, not chord

 

Boct Aoct F#oct Boct

E5 F#5

Boct Aoct F#oct Boct

B7

 

E B E B C#m G#m A B

 

Boct Aoct F#oct Boct

Fpct Epct

Boct Aoct F#oct Boct

B7

 

E B E B C#m G#m A B

A B A B

 

C#m F# B E

E F# B

 

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“This Life” - La Rocca

 

Intro and Verse:  Dm G C Am Dm G C Am A

 

Prechorus:  F G Em Am G F G Em D

 

Chorus:  F C E Am F C E Am F G

 

Make a friend of who you are

things so everlasting take you far

try and get away

a reason to give up to you

a love I never understood

and now 2 years later

i'm reading of your wedding in my morning paper

the future's getting brighter

I need a cigarette and so I reach for my lighter

 

it's the same for you and it's the same for me

but i'm not here alone now and I think you'd agree

that if we'd met later, I’d never have seen this life

 

bad enough that i'm stil here

lying through my teeth so loud and clear

have to get away

i'm walking streets excited man, lying awake and dreaming plans

so now 2 years later, i'm reading some reviews in my music paper

ther future's getting brighter

I wonder when the days will turn from darker to lighter

 

it's the same for you and it's the same for me

but i'm not here alone now, and I think you'd agree

that if we'd met later, I’d never have seen this life

 

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Wingdog” – Coors Light Commercial (by Chris K Lee?)

 

Got this from the commercial, can't remember if these are the exact words,

but this is definitely enough to get you playing the song:

 

C#m               G#

See this group of smokin' hot chicks

 

    A              F#m

Who just shot down guy number six...

 

 

       E                      B

But to get the ladies all you need to unveil

 

F#m                                A

is your four-legged buddy with his nine-inch tail

 

E                    B

Wingdog makes pickup lines disappear

 

F#m                        A

If he could hold one, you'd buy him a beer

 

E                          (etc)

Wingdoooooooooog...

 

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“Co-Pilot” - Letters to Cleo

 

Intro:

Em G C B x2

 

Verse:

E C#m F#m  A B X2

 

Prechorus:

F#m G#m A G#m B7 

F#m G#m A G#m B7 C#7

 

Chorus:

F# Bb G#m Bm x2

 

Bridge:  same as intro

 

Everybody says that you're no good

I don't pay attention though

It doesn't matter though I know it should

I don't pay attention

So what's the use?

When it never ends

And you're singular it's true

So much for them

Who cares about my friends?

 

Be my co-pilot

Come be in my dream

You looked so beautiful there

Just like a part of you

That makes a part of me seem...

 

Everybody tries so hard to bring me down

I don't pay attention though

It doesn't matter

Cuz I can hardly hear a sound

And I don't pay attention

Because number one

I'm good with you

And the way you look at me

Is number two

So what else would I do?

 

Be my co-pilot

Come be in my dream

You looked so beautiful there

Just like a part of you

It makes a part of me seem...

Like a one way track

I feel like I could float away...

 

So what's the use when it never ends

And you're singular it's true

So much for them

Who cares about my friends

 

Be my co-pilot

Come be in my dream

You looked so beautiful there

Just like a part of you

 

Be my co-pilot

Come be in my dream

You looked so beautiful there

Just like a part of you

 

Take a ride co-pilot

Shimmer on in my dream

 

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“WTFAMP Xmas Song” - Letters to Cleo

 

Intro:  E C#m A B E A E B

 

E             A

Where are you baby?

E                 A            A    G#m

And where is that look in your eye?

F#m              A

Where's my Kris Kringle?

F#m               A

And where are you on Christmas night?

 

    E       C#m   A         B           E          A E B

And most of all, where the fuck are my presents?

 

Well you can build a snowman

And you can hang the mistletoe

But if there's nothing under my tree baby

Well I'm afraid you'll be all "tomorrow"

 

And most of all, where the fuck are my presents?

 

(bass only)

E         E-Eb-C#                  A A-B-G# 

Late last August, you asked me to go out with you

E E-B-A                                A-G#-

I wish I knew then what now I know is true

F# (F#-G#-F#)                A A-B-

I offered you everthing--the stars, the moon

F# (F#-G#-F#)                 A B

Now I'm seein' a different tune

 

E       C#m   A         B

Most of all where

E       C#m   A         B

Most of all where

G#m     C#   F#m       B         Am        Emaj7

Most of all where the fuck are my presents?

 

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“Up with the Larks” – The Pearlfishers

 

Intro and Verse:

 

Am Dm Am Dm Am Dm Dsus2 G

 

Prechorus:

 

Ebmaj7 Bbmaj7 Ebmaj7 Bbmaj7 Ebmaj7 Bbmaj7 A

 

Chorus:

 

Dmaj7 Gmaj7 Dmaj7 Gmaj7 Dmaj7 Gmaj7 Em A

 

Bridge:

 

Em A Dmaj7 Gmaj7 Em F# Bm E Em A

 

Bm Em Bm Em Bm Em Emsus2 A

 

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“Tell Me” - Rooney 

 

*This was not the album version. This was the free single they released first

 

Note:  I play Dmaj7 like this:  2220xx. 

 

Intro: 

 

A D E x2

Dmaj7 E

 

A 

I've done it all, dear

    D                 E

The games that lovers play

I've had them both, dear

The good times and the bad

Save all your lies for some other guy

 

            A

Tell me you love me

     D           E

It's all I wanna hear

Tell me you love me

It's all I wanna hear

     Dmaj7

From you

        E

Tell me soon

 

You want it all dear

A life of fairy tales

You had it all dear

I can't give you anymore

But I know what you need me to say

 

Tell me you love me

It's all I wanna hear

Tell me you love me

It's all I wanna hear

From you

Tell me soon

 

Solo: 

F#m D E F#m x2

F#m D Dmaj7 E F G

 

             C

I've done it all, dear

    F                 G

The games that lovers play

I've had them both, dear

The good times and the bad

Save all your tears for some other guy

 

            C

Tell me you love me

     F           G

It's all I wanna hear

 

etc etc

 

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“Lava” - Silver Sun

 

 

And I fucking give-up

G5->A5  G5->A5  G5->A5  D

You're in, so late, and I am so happy

Just looking, so sorry, for being so sad

That worm pie you made me

You made me, eat for the butcher

To paint a little, a little pig

Paint a little pig

(chorus)

    A                  F#m 

And tricks I could not learn

 (I could not learn, in lava so hard)

   D        E

In lava, so hard to pull out

Bull's blood for baby Jesus for lava, for lava

I don't think it's what I meant

A friendly, face and I am upset yeah

What the hell's your name and it doesn't matter

You're still sitting still bleeding

for ever, forever

Everyone has gone, everyone has gone

And I open you, like a book, pages are still wet

Little girls so sweet, the smell of their bedrooms

And stick her head through the window

Look to the half-moon

 

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"Mustard" - Silver Sun

 

Verse

 

B5 B5...

G5 G5...

D5 D5/C# B5 A5 G5 F#

B5 B5...

G5 G5...

D5 D5/C# B5 A5 G5 A

 

Chorus

 

G  A   D5  D5/C#  B5  A5 x2

G  A   B5 A5 G

 

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“Set in Motion” - Sloan

 

Intro:  Bm E A F# Bm E

 

Verse:  A F# Bm E

 

Chorus:  F#m C#m Bm E F#m A Bm

 

Bridge:  G F# Bm E A F# Bm Dm

 

They're coming out with the movie version of my life

Based on the novel that shouldn't have been written either

 

I called them up and asked to meet the director

To see who would play me and he said

We talked about actors but thought instead

"That playing yourself might lend some cred"

 

All the time I'm trying to halt the production

Apparently one day (long ago) I gave them all my permission

 

If That's the case let's hammer some details

Remember I already sold them once

I don't do nude scenes or my own stunts

The features a failure on all fronts

 

Just accept that these things are going to happen

Everything is set in motion

It will happen anyway

 

And on and on we argued..

After all that the thing was banned

To try and drum up the popular demand

Ask the director where I should stand

 

Just accept that these things are going to happen

Everything is set in motion

It will happen anyway

 

Just accept that these things are going to happen

Everything is set in motion

It will happen anyway

 

Just accept that these things are going to happen

Everything is set in motion

 

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“Sasha” - Splitsville

 

Note:  According to the band, they play it without a capo and with their guitars tuned down a half step to Eb.  I play it this way so I don’t have to retune my guitar.

 

Capo on 1

 

Am       Am/G

No one's perfect

F         Em

Don't you know that

Am      Am/G         D

This is part of the design

F            

Close your eyes

    E

And try to remember

     C

That everything

     Bb   F     E

Will be alright

 

Big productions

A bad performance

Can you make it

Through the night?

Close your eyes

And try to remember

That everything

Will be alright

C               Bb   F     G

Everything will be alright

 

 

Though I

C C/B Am      G

I see in your eyes

   F    Em

You run away from

Dm         G

People who love you

 

You're forgiven

Absolutely

And my arms are open wide

Close your eyes

And try to remember

That everything

Will be alright

Everything will be alright

Everything will be alright

In time

 

Please remember

You can't hide

When you run away from

The people who love you

Please consider you and I

When you run away from

The people who love you

 

(Solo)

Am E C E F E C E

 

Yeah I love you

You should know that

'Cuz I tell you all the time

Close your eyes and

Try to remember

That everything will be alright

Everything will be alright

 

Though I

I see in your eyes that

You run away from

People who love you

 

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“Ordinary Love” – Sunday Sun

 

Intro: 

 

A D/A A D/A A D/A E D C#m B#m

 

Verse:

 

F#m B#m F#m B#m C#m7 F# Bm E

 

Chorus:

 

A A/D F#m B Bm E F G

 

Bridge:

 

G A G A F# F E Eb D Dm

 

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"Stay Illogical" - Under the Influence of Giants

 

Capo on 2 (makes for easier chords)

 

intro, verse, and bridge:

 

Am Em Bm Em

 

chorus

 

Am D G Em

 

riff that plays througout:

 

E---0---2---3---3---0---2---3---3---

B-1---1---1---1---1---1---1---1-----

 

E---0---2---3---3---0---2---3---3---

B-0---0---0---0---0---0---0---0-----

 

Stay illogical

bet you cant think

that we fell in love, no

so stay illogical

bet you cant think

that we fell in love, no

 

at least I tried to help her

at least I tried to tell her

about you

about you(2x)

 

stay illogical

what a surprise

you lost your soul

I tried and fell short

and now that your blind

you cant ignore

 

at least I tried to help her

at least I tried to tell her

about you

about you(2x)

 

right before your eyes

how do you do

how do you do

right before your eyes

how do you do

how do you do

 

at least I tried to help her

at least I tried to tell her

about you

about you

 

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“Hair of the Dog” – Mike Viola

 

Note:  I made this from the live (earlier) demo Mike performed with a full band on a radio show, NOT the version on Just Before Dark.  There are definitely some differences in the intro/break part, and I think the lyrics he used on Just Before Dark are also different.  Exact order of the chords in the intro/break might be wrong, but this is close enough to play along w/ the recording. 

 

Chord Voicings (from high E string to low E string)-

A (used in intro and break) = 05670x   Amaj9 = 05460x   A7sus2 = 05450x

Dadd9 = 03240x   Edim = 32320x    (names of chords are probably wrong—I got them from chord finder and chose the easiest name)

 

Standard tuning, capo on 2.  Chords are written in relation to capo.

 

Intro:

A Amaj9 A7sus2 Dadd9

A Amaj9 A7sus2 Dadd9 A x3

A Edim

 

Bm7        Em          Bm7           Em

Call me up tomorrow  today is not so good

          Am7              D          Am7              D

I found a dark place in my head and I can’t get out of bed

     Bm7           Em        Bm7             Em

If I pull myself together it wouldn’t mean a thing

            Am7              D 

I’ve always been the one who finds

  G      C    C/B   A7

A way to turn it around

    Edim            G    (fill:  G-------0-     

I’m going down that road         D---0-2---------- x2)

 

Today and tomorrow   still so unpredictable

I’m either setting myself   or pulling out nails

I pull myself together   like a pair of open scissors

In a world of paper dolls   my eyes stay glued to the wall

I’m going down that road

 

Instrumental break/solo:

A Amaj9 A7sus2 A7sus2 A

A Amaj9 A7sus2 Dadd9 A x3

A Edim

 

Lost among the mirrors    facing the mirror

Trying to duplicate myself    obliterate myself

If I pull myself together   stuffed in a box beneath my bed

And watching all the rest (???)  in an orgy of retouched flesh

I’m going down that road

I’m going down that road

I’m going down that road

 

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“So Much Better” – Mike Viola

 

Note:  In shows, Mike plays this with a capo on 2 in D, but I figured it out in E so don't use a capo if you play my chords if you want to play along with the recording.  If you want to "be like Mike", just put a capo on the 2nd fret and change all the chords a full step down. 

Intro: 

 

Bm A E    (x4)

 

Verse:

 

         E                       B        A

You look so much better now that you have found her

E                        B     A

So much better with your arms around her

A                 G#       C#m

In a world that’s all your own

F#m                 B     E        Bm A

Never spend another night alone

 

You look so much better with the past behind you

So much better when she sits beside you

Every word is understood

Never knew that you could feel this good   (E7)

 

         F#m            B

You look so much better

         C#m            F#

You look so much better

         F#m            G

You look so much better

 

(Intro chords again)

 

You look so much better in the clothes she gives ya

So much better when you’re dancing with her

Every move is crystal clear

From the moment she appeared

 

You look so much better now that you have found her

So much better with your arms around her

In a world that’s all your own

Never spend another night alone

 

(Intro chords again)

 

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“Jade” - the Waking Hours

 

Intro and Verses:

 

A C#m F#m Bm G E

 

Chorus:

 

A A/G# F#m E D Dm

 

Bridge:

 

G D A x3

G D E

 

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“Sweethearts” – Butch Walker

 

Note:  the fill in the intro is just part of the A minor pentatonic scale at the 5th fret.  It’s just a cool double stop pull off involving the G, D, and A strings.

 

Intro:  Dm G C (fill) Dm G C

 

Dm       G               C

What if we became sweethearts? (sweethearts)

After we got back to America (ooh)

We could start over with a clean start

Nobody'd have to take care of us

 

          F                            G

So I'd get a bad job maybe make a little money

E                                             Am

Move out to the ocean where the weather's kinda sunny

F                                                             G

Slow it down baby, start taking it day to day

 

What you say baby?

 

What if we became lovers? (lovers)

After we got back to America (ooh)

Make out on the lawn in the summers (summers)

Wave even at the neighbors who will stare at us

 

So without saying much you know you really say something

Hold me to your chest I can feel your heart jumping

Take it easy mama we can go about it casually

 

Bridge:  A

 

Now listen

 

I'd get a bad job maybe make a little money

Move out to the ocean where the weather's kinda sunny

Slow it down baby start it taking it day to day

Oh oh oh oh

 

Without saying much you know you're really saying something

Hold me to your chest 'cause I can feel your heart jumping

You and me mama, sweethearts finally

Oh oh oh oh oh

Yeah

(ooh)

Oooh

Yeah yeah yeah....

 

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