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Tabbed by : Colin Paloma Chords used : E 022100 A 002220 F# 1 044200 F# 2 044300 Ab (kind of) 066400 Bm7 021202 Okay, there's really only 3 chord progressions to learn. There's only one trick, and is they changed the intro progression for the live version. In the live version, they start song with the chorus progression, and in the album version, they start with the verse progression. By intro, I mean when Aaron is telling the story before they actually start song. Album intro progression : E F#2 Bm7 E Live intro progression : E F#1 Ab F#1 Anyway, after that, the verses are the same... E F#2 Bm7 E Then when it goes into the "1, 2, 3, 4" (or Uno, dos, tres, cuatro on live ;-) ) you strumming through the count, and start into this progression : E F#2 A E Finally, once you finish the line "...even Clinton was rejected..." you start into this : E F#1 Ab F#1 (the intro in the live version) That's it. The verse after is the same the first, except there's a bit of a percussive here and there that you have to listen to the song to figure out. As a note, there's a part between the chorus and next verse where they just strum the chords. During this part, when I'm playing I like to pick thru the bottom three strings this on each chord: --0---x---0-------0-------0-----------| --0---x---0---------0-------0----0----| --2---x---2-----------2-------2-------| --4---x---4---------------------------| --4---x---4---------------------------| --0---x---0---------------------------| And finally, the lyrics with progressions: Play the intro progression that you like, I personally like the live intro, but if you like telling the story, hey, by all means. Live - E F#1 Ab F#1 Album - E F#2 Bm7 E **** From here, start the verse progression **** E I love the ocean F#2 I love that beach Bm7 I love the shells there E They're pretty neat E My name is Ned F#2 I'm a shell collector Bm7 I'm 49 and I'm E Single too [ Tab from: http://www.guitaretab.com/o/oval-opus/69691.html ] E Down at the beach F#2 They call me Crazy Ned Bm7 And everybody's always E Asking me what I do...(1,2,3,4) **** After "...I do..." stop strumming, and pause thru the count **** *** Start the first chorus progression here **** E If you wanna see the shells I just collected F#2 You gotta let me see the sand castle you erected A When I make these trips they never go as expected E I wish they made a sunblock that kept my heart protected E I go to bed real early so in the morning I'm all rested F#2 Even though it's dark I always get the shells collected A I wear an orange jacket so the light can be reflected E Sometimes at night it is so bright that even ships detect it E In the shell community I'm very well respected F#2 They tell me if I ran for mayor I would be elected A Shell collecting is an art that has been neglected E Not everyone can get in, even Clinton was rejected **** Start the second chorus progression which is the same as the live intro **** E This world, this world F#1 Is my home, my home Ab F#1 And I'm just a shell collector E This world, this world F#1 Is my home, my home Ab F#1 F#1 And I'm just a shell, just shell collector **** For the above line, only strum the F# chords once, and then mute the strings immediately afterward to give a percussive kind of feeling. Once the lyrics are done, start strumming again during the small break between the chorus and the next verse. This is where I do that small pick thru that I mentioned before. **** **** The progression for this part is the same as the first verse, but playing it is a bit difficult to explain. So you'll have to listen to the song to get the pauses. **** Collecting skeletons from the beach (boom, ba doom, ba doom, ba doom boom boom) Washed a shore, and delivered straight to me You know that shells are just like people They need a home too You just can't leave them lying there in the sand (that would be wrong) They come in all shapes and sizes Pretty colors too And if you hold them to your ear They'll tell you 'take me home with you' so [CHORUS] After this, you can pretty much do what you want. But for the most part, they just playing the chorus progression thru 'til they're done.
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