Okkervil River – John Allyn Smith Sails chords

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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 D


Intro:e|--------------------|B|--------------------|G|--------------------|D|--------------0-----|A|--0--2--4--0--------|E|--------------------|
Verse 1:
D ABy the second verse, dear friends
Bm GMy head will burst, my life will end
ASo, I'd like to start this one off by saying
D"Live and love"
D AI was young and at home in bed
Bm GAnd I was hanging on the words some poem said
AIn '31
DI was impressionable
EmI was upsettable
Bridge:
Bm G AI tried to make my breathing stop, my heart beat slow
Bm G ASo, when my mom and John came in, I would be cold
Verse 2:
D A From a bridge on Washington Avenue,
Bm GThe year of 1972
A Broke my bones and skull,
Dand it was memorable
D AIt was half a second in; I was halfway down-
Bm G Do you think I wanted to turn back around
Aand teach a class
D Where you kiss the ass
Emthat I've exposed to you?
Bridge:
Bm G AAnd at the funeral, the University
Bm G ACried at three poems they'd present in place of a broken me
Verse 3:
D A I was breaking in a case of suds
Bm GAt the Brass Rail, a fall-down drunk
A with his tongue torn out
Dand his balls removed
D AAnd I knew that my last lines were gone,
Bm G while stupidly I lingered on,
A Oh, but wise men know
Dwhen it's time to go
EmAnd so I should, too
Bridge:
Bm G AAnd so I fly into the brightest winter sun
Bm G AOf this frozen town. I'm stripped down to move on,
Em F# G Amy friends: I'm gone
Pre-chorus and Chorus:
D G D GWell, I hear my father fall
D G D GAnd I hear my mother call
D G D AAnd I hear the others all whisper "Come home"
D G DI'm sorry to go
D GI loved you all so
D A D G D But this is the worst trip I've ever been on
D G D GSo, hoist up the John B. sail
D G D GSee how the main sail sets
D G D AI'm full in my heart and my head and I wanna go home
D G DWith a book in each hand
D G In the way I had planned
D A DWell, this is the worst trip I've ever been on
D G D GSo, hoist up the John B. sail
D G D GSee how the main sail sets
D G D AI'm full in my heart and my head and I wanna go home
D G DWith a book in each hand
D G In the way I had planned
D A DI feel so broke up, I wanna go home.
That's it, enjoy!
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