Artist: Mountain Goats
Song: Maybe Sprout Wings
Intro begins with some D chord progression... Not exactly sure of the name. I'll call it
Anyway, it's the song's motif, so it's kind of important that you get it.
D* - x000231
The progression goes like this:
(For those who don't know the song all that well, I added John's Youtube video URL of
song at the end)
Pluck open D string four times and let it ring;
Repeat this twice more for a total of three times.
On the last time through (third), hit the x000233 chord and immediately return to the
D* chord so it'll be a progression like this:
Pluck open D string four times and let it ring.
This intro appears throughout the song. For this tab, you'll see (intro) and other times
see (motif). The (motif) means to only play the first progression, and only do it once.
Other chords you'll need:
G5 - 320033
A* - x02031
C* - 133000
A - x02220
Before we get started, you should also know that John usually just strums the low four
(EADG). It's a very light and remorseful song, your strumming should display that.
D* G5A bad dream shook me in my sleep
D* A* D*And I woke up sweating.
G5Ran through the dark to the shower,
D* G5Tried to think good thoughts.
A* D* (motif)Trying to find my way clear.
D* (chord) G5Let the room fill with steam,
C* ATraced pictures on the mirror.
G5 D* G5Ghosts and clouds and nameless things.
D* G5 A*Squint your eyes and hope real hard,
D* (intro)Maybe sprout wings.
D* G5I clawed my way to the living room window,
A* D*Stood there in the cold.
G5The last bits of my dream like figures in the distance,
D*I thought of old friends,
G5The ones who'd gone missing like you
A* D* (motif)Said all their names three times.
G5Phantoms in the early dark,
C* A G5Canaries in the mines.
The outro is the intro again only louder and stronger; all of the strums are down except
the last chord of each progression.
Ends on a D* chord.
Here's the Youtube URL:
Tab by: amandalpierson