Okkervil River – John Allyn Smith Sails chords
This is all my original work. It was transcribed both by ear and by examining live performances of Will Sheff and his band playing this song, so naturally it is consistent with what he plays live. This is a fantastic song despite the dark subject matter and I hope all of you enjoy playing and singing this song! At the beginning I've drawn up a general outline of the chord progressions for each part, to ease memorization. This song can get a little convoluted given Will Sheff's writing style, but I've tried to minimize that as much as possible. To do this, I have attempted to label the parts as verses, choruses, etc. but don't hold it against me if those aren't the correct names of the parts, this song is a little unconventional in that it's hard to determine the parts of it. IMPORTANT: Capo at 2nd fret Tuning: Standard Verses: D A Bm G A D Ending of each verse: Em Bridge: Bm G A Ending of 3rd bridge: Em F# G A Pre-chorus and chorus: D G D G D G D G D G D A D G D G D A DIntro:e|--------------------|B|--------------------|G|--------------------|D|--------------0-----|A|--0--2--4--0--------|E|--------------------|Verse 1:D ABy the second verse, dear friendsBm GMy head will burst, my life will endASo, I'd like to start this one off by sayingD"Live and love"D AI was young and at home in bedBm GAnd I was hanging on the words some poem saidAIn '31DI was impressionableEmI was upsettableBridge:Bm G AI tried to make my breathing stop, my heart beat slowBm G ASo, when my mom and John came in, I would be coldVerse 2:D A From a bridge on Washington Avenue,Bm GThe year of 1972A Broke my bones and skull,Dand it was memorableD AIt was half a second in; I was halfway down-Bm G Do you think I wanted to turn back aroundAand teach a classD Where you kiss the assEmthat I've exposed to you?Bridge:Bm G AAnd at the funeral, the UniversityBm G ACried at three poems they'd present in place of a broken meVerse 3:D A I was breaking in a case of sudsBm GAt the Brass Rail, a fall-down drunkA with his tongue torn outDand his balls removedD AAnd I knew that my last lines were gone,Bm G while stupidly I lingered on,A Oh, but wise men knowDwhen it's time to goEmAnd so I should, tooBridge:Bm G AAnd so I fly into the brightest winter sunBm G AOf this frozen town. I'm stripped down to move on,Em F# G Amy friends: I'm gonePre-chorus and Chorus:D G D GWell, I hear my father fallD G D GAnd I hear my mother callD G D AAnd I hear the others all whisper "Come home"D G DI'm sorry to goD GI loved you all soD A D G D But this is the worst trip I've ever been onD G D GSo, hoist up the John B. sailD G D GSee how the main sail setsD G D AI'm full in my heart and my head and I wanna go homeD G DWith a book in each handD G In the way I had plannedD A DWell, this is the worst trip I've ever been onD G D GSo, hoist up the John B. sailD G D GSee how the main sail setsD G D AI'm full in my heart and my head and I wanna go homeD G DWith a book in each handD G In the way I had plannedD A DI feel so broke up, I wanna go home.That's it, enjoy!