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Polar Bear Club - Living Saints tab

Living Saints
by Polar Bear Club
from Chasing Hamburg (2009)

Transcribed by Jason Florentino
June 2011

Not sick this time! (I was staying home from school on account of being real ill when I 
last made a
tab [Popular Science by Bayside]) I Just finished a couple summer classes and goddamn do 
I wanna
play this song. Simply listening is no longer enough! I need to hear it move from my 
fingers into my
loud, distorted electric guitar while I bang my head and (pretend) that I'm singing the 
lyrics as
awesomely as Jimmy.

It's not entirely complete. They do a bunch of little lead stuff in the background, some 
of which I
tried to get, but I'm too lazy and hungry to lift it all. I'll include them when I think 
I've heard 'em
right off the bat.



Play kinda fast.

Intro riff:

Chords: D5                A             D5                D
e|-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|--------------------------------------------------------7-7-7-7-7-7-7--|
G|------7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7---6-6-6-6-6-6-6-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7---7-7-7-7-7-7-7--|
D|------7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7---7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7---7-7-7-7-7-7-7--|
A|-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
Beat:   x   x   x   x   x   x   x   x   x   x   x   x   x   x   x   x   (tap your foot 
on those MF'n X's!)

The lead that's played on top of it:

Chords:
e|--------------17------|-----------------------12--------------------------|
B|--------15------------|-----15----14----15-14-------14-15-14----15-14h15--|
G|-----14----14---------|--14----14-----------------------------------------|
D|----------------------|---------------------------------------------------|
A|----------------------|---------------------------------------------------|
E|----------------------|---------------------------------------------------|
Beat:   x     x     x       x     x     x     x     x     x     x     x

Now for that awesome chorus riff:

Chords: G5                              G5
e|----------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|--------------------X-------------------------------X-----------------|
G|------------------X-X-----------------------------X-X-----------------|
D|------5---5---5---X-X---------0-------5---5---5---X-X-----------------|
A|------5---5---5---X-X-----------------5---5---5---X-X---------4h5p4---|
E|------3---3---3---X-----5-3h5-----5---3---3---3---X-----5-3h5-------5-|
Beat:   x   x   x   x   x   x   x   x   x   x   x   x   x   x   x   x

Chords:     G5                          D5          C5
e|----------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|------------------------------------------------------------strum on--|
G|--------------------------------------7-----7-----5-----5---that C----|
D|----------5-------5-------------------7-----7-----5-----5---a bit-----|
A|----------5-------5---------------5---5-----5-----3-----3---more!-----|
E|-----(5)--3-------3-----5-3h5/7---------------------------------------|
Beat:   x   x   x   x   x   x   x   x   x   x   x   x   x   x   x   x
that (5) is held from the last measure

Now play that riff again but you don't have to staccato the G5's or strum dead strings.
Just strum the shit out of those G's!

Now for those quick chord changes (Watch out! They're triplets!):

Chords: D5    G5    C5    G5    B5  G5  D5    G5    C5    E5   F#5  G5
e|------------------------------------|-------------------------------|
B|------------------------------------|-------------------------------|
G|------7-----------5-----------4-----|-7-----------5-----------------|
D|------7-----5-----5-----5-----4---5-|-7-----5-----5-----2-----4---5-|
A|------5-----5-----3-----5-----2---5-|-5-----5-----3-----2-----4---5-|
E|------------3-----------3---------3-|-------3-----------0-----2---3-|
Beat:   x       x       x       x       x       x       x       x

Chords: D5    G5    C5    G5    B5  G5  E5          D5
e|------------------------------------|-------------------------------|
B|------------------------------------|-------------------------------|
G|------7-----------5-----------4-----|-------------7-----------------|
D|------7-----5-----5-----5-----4---5-|-2-----2-----7-----------------|
A|------5-----5-----3-----5-----2---5-|-2-----2-----5-----------------|
E|------------3-----------3---------3-|-0-----0-----------------------|
Beat:   x       x       x       x       x       x       x       x


"Do you miss our broken reason..."

PALM MUTE:  x x   x     x x   x   x x       x x   x     x x   x
e|------------------------------------|-------------------------------|
B|------------------------------------|-------------------------------|
G|------------------------------------|-------------------------------|
D|-----(0)---------(0)---------(0)----|(0)---------(0)---------(0)----|
A|------0---5-5---5-0---5-5---5-0-5-5-|-0---5-5---5-0---5-5---5-0-----|
E|------3---3-3---3-3---3-3---3-3-3-3-|-3---3-3---3-3---3-3---3-3-----|
Beat:   x       x       x       x       x       x       x       x
There might be open D's in there...who knows! I'm not even sure I got this right in the 
first place!

And now my favourite part!
"Troubles and normalcy..."

It's kinda hard to hear the individual strings but here's how I do.
There's also a lil hammer-on at the end...that I'm not including.
e|------------------------------------|
B|------------------------------------|
G|------------0-----------------0-----|
D|----------4------------4----------4-|
A|------3-----------5------5------5---|
E|------------------------------------|
Beat:   x       x       x       x

I'm sure you'll figure out to play those last two riffs again.
But right before the second riff kicks-in for the second time,
there's a little octave riff that I think goes like this:

e|------------------------------------|
B|------------------------------------|
G|-----------------11-11--9-9---7-----|
D|------------------X-X---X-X---X-----|
A|------------------9-9---7-7---5-----|
E|------------------------------------|
Beat:   x       x       x       x

I'm pretty sure there's also some lead bit played
beneath the second riff but I'm not gonna bother :P


D5               A5     F#5
Do you see me as your acquaintance

D5                       A5       C5
your death by time, age, and long distance



And now back to that sweet chorus riff!
There's another leady thing played
underneath the repeat, but again...
I ain't liftin' that right now!
(It's some octave sounding thing if you want to figure it out...)

e|------------------------------------|--|
B|------------------------------------|--|
G|------------------------------------|--|
D|------5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5---------0-----|--| etc.
A|------5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5---------------|--|
E|------3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3---5-3h5-----5-|--|
Beat:   x   x   x   x   x   x   x   x   x

Afterwards:

Chords: D5    E5    C5
e|------------------------------------|
B|------------------------------------|
G|------7-----------5-----------------|
D|------7-----2-----5-----------------|
A|------5-----2-----3-----------------|
E|------------0-----------------------|
Beat:   x       x       x       x


Now for this little bridge you keep playing that intro riff:

Chords: D5                A             D5                D
e|-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|--------------------------------------------------------7-7-7-7-7-7-7--|
G|------7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7---6-6-6-6-6-6-6-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7---7-7-7-7-7-7-7--|
D|------7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7---7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7---7-7-7-7-7-7-7--|
A|-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
Beat:   x   x   x   x   x   x   x   x   x   x   x   x   x   x   x   x
Feel free to arpeggiate that D triad!

There's a couple high notes before that lead lick:

e|-----17----------17------------------------------14--------------------|
B|---------15------------------------------15----------------------------|
G|-------------------------------------14--------------------------------|
D|-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
Beat:   x   x   x   x   x   x   x   x   x   x   x   x   x   x   x   x

Now for that nifty lead lick: (apply palm-mute where needed)

e|-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|---------------15-p-14--------17-p-14--------15-p-14--------14-------------12-h-14-|
G|-----14---14-------------14-------------14-------------14-------------14-----------|
D|-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
Beat:   x         x         x         x         x         x         x         x

e|---------------------------------------------12-h-14-p-12--------------------------|
B|---------------15-p-14--------17-p-14-----------------------15-------------14---12-|
G|-----14---14-------------14-------------14-----------------------------------------|
D|-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
Beat:   x         x         x         x         x         x         x         x

e|-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|---------------15-p-14--------17-p-14--------15-p-14--------14-------------12-h-14-|
G|-----14---14-------------14-------------14-------------14-------------14-----------|
D|-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
Beat:   x         x         x         x         x         x         x         x

e|---------------------------------------------14------------------------------------|
B|---------------15-p-14--------17-p-14--------17b19---------------------------------|
G|-----14---14-------------14-------------14-----------------------------------------|
D|-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
Beat:   x         x         x         x         x         x         x         x


NEVER BREAKING      TIES                          (watch for the stop)

Chords: D5    G5    C5    G5    B5  G5  D5    G5    C5    E5   F#5  G5
e|----------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|----------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|------7-7-7-------5-5-5-------4-4-----7-7-7-------5-5-5---------------|
D|------7-7-7-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-4-4-5-5-7-7-7-5-5-5-5-5-5-2-2-2-4-4-4---|
A|------5-5-5-5-5-5-3-3-3-5-5-5-2-2-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-3-3-3-2-2-2-4-4-4---|
E|------------3-3-3-------3-3-3-----3-3-------3-3-3-------0-0-0-2-2-2---|
Beat:   x       x       x       x       x       x       x       x

Chords: D5    G5    C5    G5    B5  G5  E5              D5
e|----------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|----------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|------7-7-7-------5-5-5-------4-4---------------------7-------7---7---|
D|------7-7-7-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-4-4-5-5-2-------2---2---7-------7---7---|
A|------5-5-5-5-5-5-3-3-3-5-5-5-2-2-5-5-2-------2---2---5-------5---5---|
E|------------3-3-3-------3-3-3-----3-3-0-------0---0-------------------|
Beat:   x       x       x       x       x       x       x       x

(There's a descending octave lead in there somewhere...)

Chords: E5              D5              E5              D5
e|----------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|----------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|----------------------7-------7---7-------------------7---7-7-7-7-7-7-|
D|------2-------2---2---7-------7---7---2---2---2---2---7---7-7-7-7-7-7-|
A|------2-------2---2---5-------5---5---2---2---2---2---5---5-5-5-5-5-5-|
E|------0-------0---0-------------------0---0---0---0-------------------|
Beat:   x       x       x       x       x       x       x       x

        MOO   VING  ON!

Chords: E5          C5
e|----------------------------------|
B|----------------------------------|
G|------------------5---------------|
D|------2-----2-----5---------------|
A|------2-----2-----3---------------|
E|------0-----0---------------------|
Beat:   x       x       x       x


For the outro just play a stripped-down version
of the chorus riff. Almost as if you're playing open chords.

For the G's play something like |-3-x-0-0-3-x-|
For that D in the end, play     |-x-x-0-2-3(0)|
Hit an open high e on your upstroke before you...
End on a nice sustained C       |-x-3-0-0-3-x-|


And that's it!
It's not perfect but it should suffice for those
who want to jam along as much as I do.
Much love, Polar Bear Club rules, Keep on loving music.
DFTBA,
Jason
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