Elliot Smith – Ballad Of Big Nothing tab

Ballad of Big Nothing - Elliot Smith


Tab by Charlotte Thistle - A Girl With A Guitar
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Tuning: Open C: CGCEGC
This tuning may not work well on many people’s steel string guitars so I wrote it 
in Open D instead. However if you want to play in Open C the tab is exactly the 
same. 

Instead of retyping each chord each time it is strummed, I just entered “D”s 
and “U”s below the tab line to indicate the strums, down or up. So the number of 
D’s and U’s is the number of strums on that chord (Listen to the recording for 
exact rhythm).

Intro: D bmi7/D D bmi/D gmi Gsus gmi Gsus emi13/D f#m,add4 Dadd4 A7D {|----0------0-----0-----0----------------------0-----2----4----5----7--|A {|----0------0-----0-----0----------------------0-----0----0----0----0--|F#{|----0------0-----0-----0--------4--6--4--6----1-----1----0----0----7--|D {|-12/4---12/4-----4--12/4--------5--5--5--5----2-----2----0----0----5--|A {|----0------2-----0-----0--------X--X--X--X----2-----2----0----0----0--|D {|----0------0-----0-----0-----5----------------0-----0----4----5----7--| DD DUDDUD DD DUDDUD D D D D D D D D DDDUDDUDD
(no vocals .........................................................) Throwing candy out to the crowd
D Dsus D E Dsus4ma7 D6sus4 Dsus4D {|--7---7---7---2-----0-------0-----0------|A {|--9---10--9---2-----0-------0-----0------|F#{|--8---8---8---2-----7-------5-----3------|D {|--0---0---0---2-----5-------5-----5------|A {|--0---0---0---2-----0-------0-----0------|D {|--0---0---0---2-----0-------0-----0------| DDU D U DUDDUD DDUUDU U D
Dragging down the main The helpless little thing with the dirty mouth
D Dsus D G Dsus4ma7 D6sus4 Dsus4D {|--7---7---7---5-----0-------0-----0------|A {|--9---10--9---5-----0-------0-----0------|F#{|--8---8---8---5-----7-------5-----3------|D {|--0---0---0---5-----5-------5-----5------|A {|--0---0---0---5-----0-------0-----0------|D {|--0---0---0---5-----0-------0-----0------| DDU D U DUDDUD DDUUDU U D
who's always got something to say you're sitting around at home D Dsus D E emi13/D A Asus A5 D {|--7---7---7---2-------0-------7-----7-----7-----|A {|--9---10--9---2-------0-------7-----7-----7-----|F#{|--8---8---8---2-------1-------7-----8-----10----|D {|--0---0---0---2-------2-------7-----7-----7-----|A {|--0---0---0---2-------2-------7-----7-----7-----|D {|--0---0---0---2-------0-------7-----7-----7-----| DDU D U DUDDUD DDDUD DUD D UD
waiting for your brother to call I saw him down at the alley
gmi/D,add2 Dsus4 Gadd2/D D5ma7D {|---0--------0------0------0---|A {|---0--------0------0------0---|F#{|---4--------3------5------7---|D {|---5--------5------5------7---|A {|---5--------0------0------0---|D {|---0--------0------0------0---| DDDUD DUD D UD
Having had enough of it all Said you can
D {|--|--0------0---0----0----0------0-----0----0---0---|--|A {| .|--7/9----7---5----4----4------0-----0----0---4---|. |F#{|--|--0------0---0----0----3------4-----1----4---3---|--|D {| .|--0------0---0----4----4------5-----2----5---5---|. |A {|--|--0------0---0----2----2------5-----2----5---0---|--|D {|--|--7/9----7---5----0----0------0-----0----0---X---|--| D DUU U U DU DUDU DD DUD DD DDdo what you want to whenever you want toYou can do what you want to there's no one to stop you
D {|---0----|A {|---0----|F#{|---7----|D {|---5----|A {|---0----|D {|---0----|DD DUD DUD DD
All spit and spite you're up all ...
D Dsus D E Dsus4ma7 D6sus4 Dsus4D {|--7---7---7---2-----0-------0-----0------|A {|--9---10--9---2-----0-------0-----0------|F#{|--8---8---8---2-----7-------5-----3------|D {|--0---0---0---2-----5-------5-----5------|A {|--0---0---0---2-----0-------0-----0------|D {|--0---0---0---2-----0-------0-----0------| DDU D U DUDDUD DDUUDU U D
night and down every day A tired man with only hours to go
D Dsus D G Dsus4ma7 D6sus4 Dsus4D {|--7---7---7---5-----0-------0-----0------|A {|--9---10--9---5-----0-------0-----0------|F#{|--8---8---8---5-----7-------5-----3------|D {|--0---0---0---5-----5-------5-----5------|A {|--0---0---0---5-----0-------0-----0------|D {|--0---0---0---5-----0-------0-----0------| DDU D U DUDDUD DDUUDU U D
just waiting to be taken away... getting in to the back of a car
D Dsus D E emi13/D A Asus A5 D {|--7---7---7---2-------0-------7-----7-----7-----|A {|--9---10--9---2-------0-------7-----7-----7-----|F#{|--8---8---8---2-------1-------7-----8-----10----|D {|--0---0---0---2-------2-------7-----7-----7-----|A {|--0---0---0---2-------2-------7-----7-----7-----|D {|--0---0---0---2-------0-------7-----7-----7-----| DDU D U DUDDUD DDDUD DUD D UD
for candy from some stranger Watching the parade with pinpoint
gmi/D,add2 Dsus4 Gadd2/D D5ma7D {|---0--------0------0------0---|A {|---0--------0------0------0---|F#{|---4--------3------5------7---|D {|---5--------5------5------7---|A {|---5--------0------0------0---|D {|---0--------0------0------0---| DDDUD DUD D UD
eyes full of smoldering anger You can
D {|--|--0------0---0----0----0------0-----0----0---0---|--|A {| .|--7/9----7---5----4----4------0-----0----0---4---|. |F#{|--|--0------0---0----0----3------4-----1----4---3---|--|D {| .|--0------0---0----4----4------5-----2----5---5---|. |A {|--|--0------0---0----2----2------5-----2----5---0---|--|D {|--|--7/9----7---5----0----0------0-----0----0---X---|--| D DUU U U DU DUDU DD DUD DD DD
do what you want to whenever you want to You can do what you want to there's no one to stop you
D {|--|--0------0---0----0----0---------|--|A {| .|--7/9----7---5----4----4---------|. |F#{|--|--0------0---0----0----3---------|--|D {| .|--0------0---0----4----4---------|. |A {|--|--0------0---0----2----2---------|--|D {|--|--7/9----7---5----0----0---------|--| D DUU U U DU DUDU
Now you can do what you want to whenever you want to Do what you want to whenever you want to
e5/b c#5/g# f#5/c# e gmi/D add2D {|-------------------------------------------------2-------0-----|A {|-------------------------------------------------2-------0-----|F#{|-------------------------------------------------2-------0-----|D {|-------------------------------------------------2-------4-----|A {|--7---------4----------------9-------------------2-------5-----|D {|--7---------4----------------9-------------------2-------5-----| DDUUD DDUUD DDUUD DDUUD DUDUUDUUDUUD
Do what you want to whenever you want to though it doesn't mean a thing Big nothing
Outro: D bmi7/D D bmi/D gmi Gsus gmi Gsus emi13/D f#m,add4 Dadd4 A7D {|----0------0-----0-----0----------------------0-----2----4----5----7--|A {|----0------0-----0-----0----------------------0-----0----0----0----0--|F#{|----0------0-----0-----0--------4--6--4--6----1-----1----0----0----7--|D {|----4---12/4-----4--12/4--------5--5--5--5----2-----2----0----0----5--|A {|----0------2-----0-----0--------X--X--X--X----2-----2----0----0----0--|D {|----0------0-----0-----0-----5----------------0-----0----4----5----7--| DD DUDDUD DD DUDDUD D D D D D D D D DDDUDDUDD
DD {|---0----||A {|---0----||F#{|---0----||D {|---0----||A {|---0----||D {|---0----|| D
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