Silver Jews American Water chords
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I know that the chords are already here, but some are missing and some of them are adequate at best. So I figured I would do a proper list of chords/tabs, if not for everyone else, for myself. It's not intended to completely transcribe the album, it's more of a sit around and singalong sort of thing. Enjoy. --- RANDOM RULES C Em F In 1984 I was hospitalized for approaching perfection. Slowly screwing my way across Europe, they had to make a correction. Broken and smokin' where the infrared deer plunge in the digital snake. I tell you, they make it so you can't shake hands when they make your hands shake. Dm Fmaj7 I know you like to line dance, Dm Fmaj7 Everything so democratic and cool, Dm Fmaj7 C But baby there's no guidance when random rules. C Em F I know that a lot of what I say has been lifted off of men's room walls. Maybe I've crossed the wrong rivers and walked down all the wrong halls. But nothing can change the fact that we used to share a bed and that's why it scared me so when you turned to me and said: Dm Fmaj7 "Yeah, you look like someone Dm Fmaj7 Yeah you look like someone who up and left me low. Dm Fmaj7 C Boy, you look like somene I used to know." [PLAY VERSE CHORDS DURING SOLO] C Em F I asked the painter why the roads are colored black. He said, "Steve, it's because people leave and no highway will bring them back." So if you don't want me I promise not to linger, But before I go I gotta ask you dear about the tan line on your ring finger. Dm Fmaj7 No one should have two lives, Dm Fmaj7 now you know my middle names are wrong and right. Dm Fmaj7 C Honey we've got two lives to give tonight. --- SMITH & JONES FOREVER Am F Are you honest when no one's looking? Am F Can you summon honey from a telephone? Am F They sat there with their hooks in the water Am E and their moustaches caked with airplane food. Am F O come let us adore them Am F California overboard Am F when the sun sets on the ghetto all the broken stuff gets cold. CHORUS: G Am Smith and Jones forever! G Am Smith and Jones forever! G Am F Am F Smith and Jones forever together forever and ever. Am F Build a stage for Autumn's bitch. Am F They walk the alleys in duct tape shoes. Am F They see the things they need through the windows of a hatchback Am E The alleys are the footnotes of the avenues. Am F o come let us adore them Am F California overboard Am F holding up their trousers with extension cords. (chorus) Am F I've got two tickets to a midnight execution. We'll hitchhike our way from Odessa to Houston and when they turn on the chair something's added to the air when they turn on the chair Am F G Am something's added to the air forever (chorus) --- NIGHT SOCIETY I'm not going to get too deep with this one, it's just riffs and whatnot over this progression: C D Em D C And you hold the last C. If somebody wants to tab it, go ahead, but I can't really imagine too many people being pissed that they miss out on playing this one. --- FEDERAL DUST (slide up to A, then G) Bass riff (I just play it on guitar): |-------------|-------------| |-------------|--------2----| |--------2-4--|----------4--| |--0-2h4------|--0-2h4------| repeat as necessary C#m F# Bbm E C# They don't walk, and they don't talk in Malibu. F# B Ebm A They don't vote, and they don't smoke. E I know you're blue... F# I know you're blue... C#m I know you're blue. BASS RIFF C#m F# Bbm E C# They don't cream and they don't dream in Kansas City. F# B Ebm A They don't crack, they don't, they never act E I know you're ready... F# I know you're ready... C#m I know you're ready. SOLO OVER VERSE CHORDS C#m F# Bbm E C# They don't cry and they don't die in South Dakota. F# B Ebm A E They don't match and they don't hatch in South Dakota. F# In South Dakota C#m Here comes the coda: C#m A Not much E F# A water coming over the hill... F# Not much A Not much C#m Not much. With the verses in this song whenever the Bbm is played there tends to be a hammering on between a Bbmsus2 and the Bbm. If you know what that means, good. If you don't, well, it's not really that important. --- PEOPLE The verse Emaj7 in this song is played as this: xxx444 VERSE Amaj7 - Emaj7 Moments can be monuments to you If your life is interesting and true. It's just the same for a man or a girl, The meaning of the world lies outside thw world. People love people and they understand if you wanna renovate your background mind (a federal woman needs a municipal man) people gotta synchronize to animal time. E B7 You can't change the feeling E B7 E B7 but you can change your feelings about the feeling in a second or two... (hold B7) E People always come around. E B7 I'm studying the ceiling on a little afternoon E B7 and when I paint my dining room E people gonna come around. Amaj7 - Emaj7 I love to see a rainbow from a garden hose lit up like the blood of a centerfold I love the city and the city rain, suburban kids with biblical names. People ask people to watch their scotch. People send people up to the moon. When they return, well there isn't much. People be careful not to crest too soon. E B7 The drums march along at the clip of an I.V. drip E B7 like sparks from a muffler dragged down the strip. E I really hope you'll come around. E B7 E B7 It's sunny and 75. It feels so good to be alive. E B7 come on baby don't stay inside. E Everybody's coming out tonight. And repeat the verse chords. --- BLUE ARRANGEMENTS UNUSUAL CHORDS: Ebm*: x6780x B*: x24445 Bmaj7:x2434x B Bmaj7 B7 I see you gracefully swimming with the country club women E C#m B in the Greenwood southside society pool. A E I love your amethyst eyes and your protestant thighs B F# you're a shimmering socialite jewel. B Bmaj7 B7 From the Carbon Dioxide Riding Academy E B C#m B to the children's crusade marching through the downtown. A E Well I think I'd die see, if you just said hi to me. B F# When something breaks it makes a beautiful sound. E Sometimes I feel like I'm watching the world and the world isn't watching me back. But when I see you, I know I'm in it too. B The waves come in and the waves go back. E The kids in the corner all covered in dirt. Caught trespassing under the moon. My father came in from wherever he'd been B and kicked my shit all over the room. A All over the room E All over the room. B Ebm* A Am E E Ebm* The room is dark and heavy with what I want to say. A E I see murals in the radio static and on your blue blue jeans. B* Ebm* What would you say if I asked you to run away? A E It's been done so many times I hardly know what it means. REPEAT THIS PROGRESSION OVER SOLO E Ebm* I took these blue arrangements and threw them in the sea A E when older waves from older caves brought them back to me. B* Ebm* I took these blue arrangements and stored them on a shelf. A E With change on the mantle and time in a candle, E in the end a boy raises himself. REPEAT PROGRESSION OVER SOLO --- WE ARE REAL UNUSUAL CHORDS: F#/D7: 2x0212 C G C F Up the hill past 694, at the stone wall make a left, C G F G C and I will see you soon my friend if these old directions still direct. F G C If these old directions still direct. C G C F Is the problem that we can't see or is it that the problem is beautiful to me? C G The birds of Virginia are flying within you F G C and like background singers they all come in threes. F G C And like background singers they all come in threes. Dm Won't soul music change C C7 now that our souls have turned strange. F F#/D7 Once a day, twice a day... Dm And when on and off collide C C7 F we'll set our souls aside and walk away. A Dm We've been raised on replicas of fake and winding roads G and day after day up on this beautiful stage Em we've been playing tambourine for minimum wage Am Em Am but we are real, I know we are real. C G C F Repair is the dream of the broken thing. C G Like a message broadcast on an overpass F G C all my favorite singers couldn't sing. F G C All my favorite singers couldn't sing. C G C My ski vest has buttons like convenience store mirrors F and they help me see, C G that everything in this room right now F G C is a part of me. F G C is a part of me. Dm Won't soul music change C C7 now that our souls have turned strange. F F#/D7 Once a day, twice a day... Dm And when on and off collide C C7 F we'll set our souls aside and walk away. A Dm Realizing is how it feels inside when it happens to you. G So I took a shot of sugar like snow dumped into the blood Em and children wander off into the ultra-economic Am Em Am but we are real I know we are real. --- SEND IN THE CLOUDS Em (chromatic runup) G Send in the clouds. Bring down the rain. D C Shut all the blinds, turn out the lights: G D C I feel insane when you get in my bed. Em G I am the trick my mother played on the world D C Seventeen doctors couldn't decide G D C whether I should be allowed in the game. Cadd9 - C Amsus4-Am Fmaj7 C D Why can't monsters get along with other monsters? A E A Soi disantra, soi disantra... Em G I know a puppy who walked form Kentucky. D C Made to East Virginia by dawn. G D C He had seventeen ideas in his head. Em G Windex tears flow down the robot's face. He never felt a mother's embrace. He's never felt a lover's embrace. D C My momma named me after a king. G D C I'm gonna bury my name in you. Fmaj7 C D Why can't monsters get along with other monsters? A E Soi disantra, soi disantra... A they don't wanta. C (C, C#) D A Why can't monsters get along with other monsters? Fmaj7 D A Soi disantra, soi disantra, yeah Fmaj7 D A Soi disantra, whoa oh Repeat. --- LIKE LIKE THE THE THE DEATH Bm Em Like like the the the death G Cmaj7 Air crickets air crickets air crickets air crickets air Fmaj7 G Mother and child with magazine Fmaj7 C Into a story, into a dream Fmaj7 G Why is there something instead of nothing Fmaj7 C And how is the asking built into the hunting? G Am C Do you believe in MGM endings? G Am C Everybody's coming back to Christmas for Texas G Am C Folks who've watched their mother kill an animal know That their home is surrounded by places to go G Am C (and the west has made a deal with the sun). Bm Em My life at home very day: G Cmaj7 Drinking Coke in a kitchen with a dog Who doesn't even know his name. Bm Em Oh right it could've been anyone G Cmaj7 Grass rabbits grass rabbits grass rabbits grass rabbits grass Fmaj7 G Nobody cares about a dead hooker Fmaj7 C Looking like one, standing for money Fmaj7 G Life finds a limit at the edge of our bodies Fmaj7 C A stranger begins wherever I see her. G Am C Let's live where the indoors and outdoors meet G Am C All the kids in the commonwealth are free. G Am C Every morning you forgive me, every evening you relive me And the pattern itself is what you give me G Am C (the morning has cut a deal with the east). Bm Em Like like the the the death G Cmaj7 Air crickets air crickets air crickets air crickets air --- BUCKINGHAM RABBIT G F Em Back then I had a Buckingham rabbit. I'd been lonely since she found Christ. Now is the time to depend on the law: D Em the nights of my professional life. G F Em I was living in a very young city. Grand piano, great lakes, good-bye. If you ask me my name, it's high-low-jack in the game. D Em I can track a single bee to the hive. G F Em Every single game was a blowout. And the Nascar blurred into porn. Scenic this, scenic that, don't fall for the traps D Em Of the man who was never born. Fmaj7 Am And so the rent became whiskey, Fmaj7 Am and then my life became risky: Fmaj7 Am And so the rent became whiskey (whiskeyyeyey), Fmaj7 Am shattered dogs on the rocks. G F Em At the back of the bar there's a couch where the lonely people go and lie. They talk to the honky tonk psychiatrist D Em into the wee hours of the night. G F Em The factories on muscle relaxers. The pine perfume of hilltown floors. The lover, the thinker, the talker, the singer D Em won't be lucid for her anymore. Fmaj7 Am And so the rent became whiskey, Fmaj7 Am and then my life became risky: Fmaj7 Am And so the rent became whiskey (whiskeyyeyey), Fmaj7 Am shattered dogs on the rocks. SOLO OVER CHORUS CHORDS G F Em When you know how I feel I feel better When you're 15 you want to look poor. Do unto others, and run like a mother D Em I don't want to look poor anymore G F Em Jesus in a runaway shelter, said "The deaf have pictures of you." From the digital fountains to the analog mountains, D Em let the mirrow express the room. --- HONK IF YOU'RE LONELY D Radio's on, feeling all right E Cruising the strip on a Saturday night. G I smile and I wave and I hide all my pain D but the sign on my bumper gives me away: G A D Honk if you're lonely tonight G D If you need a friend to get through the night G D A toot on your horn, a flash of your brights G A D Honk if you're lonely tonight. (verse chords) I know honky-tonk where we can go. A booth in the back with the lights way down low. The jukebox is playing a sad melody for heart-broken lovers like you and me. We'll laugh and we'll flirt and we'll dance every dance and before the night's over we'll take a chance. The morning will find us with a smile on our face and we'll be together in a lover's embrace. G A D Honk if you're lonely tonight G D If you need a friend to get through the night G D A toot on your horn, a flash of your brights G A D Honk if you're lonely tonight. (verse chords) I know it seems sad to be so damn blue but there's always the chance that you'll meet someone new. I know that somewhere waiting for me is a sad lonely lover with a bumper that reads: G A D Honk if you're lonely tonight G D If you need a friend to get through the night G D A toot on your horn, a flash of your brights G A D Honk if you're lonely tonight. --- THE WILD KINDNESS Em // C // C // Em Em C I wrote a letter to a wildflower C Em on a classic nitrogen afternoon. Em C Some power that hardly looked like power C G said I'm only perfect in an empty room. D Four dogs in the distance Am each stands for a kindness. C Bluebirds lodged in an evergreen altar... G D Am I'm gonna shine out in the wild silence C and spurn the sin of giving in. Em C Oil paintings of x-rated picnics. C Em Behind the walls of medication I'm free. Em C Every leaf in a compact mirror C G hits a target that we can't see. D Grass grows in the icebox. Am The year ends in the next room C It is autumn and my camouflage is dying G D Am instead of time there will be lateness G D Am instead of time there will be lateness G D Am instead of time there will be lateness C and let forever be delayed. SOLO OVER VERSE AND CHORUS CHORDS Em C I dyed my hair in a motel void C Em met the coroner at Dreamgate Frontier Em C He took may hand said I'll help you boy C G ff you really want to disappear D Four dogs in the distance Am each stands for a silence. C Bluebirds lodged in an evergreen altar... G D Am I'm gonna shine out in the wild kindness G D Am I'm gonna shine out in the wild kindness G D Am I'm gonna shine out in the wild kindness C and hold the world to its word. Aaaand finish on a Bm. --- Now I know it may not be perfectly aligned, but it's much better than the other one. Enjoy!