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Rachael Yamagata – Elephants tab
hey all so, i can't believe no one's wanted to tab this one yet, since this is arguably her best work. she plays it on the piano, and there are transitional notes i've left out, but this version sounds pretty good to me. email if you've got q?'s: email@example.com alright, first off, chords. now, there are four "sections" to the song. it starts off very soft, then gets a bit louder, and then there's a rush towards the end that's even louder, and then it falls back down to the very soft again. again, because this is a piano song, this is more of an interpretation, but the chords are right, and the idea behind this is more of a solo performance. so, put a capo on the 1st string. otherwise standard tuning. ******NOTE, the chords i list are NOT RELATIVE to the capo. they are the actual chords (except for the third section, which i'll remind you for). so "Gm" is NOT Gm relative to capo, but actual Gm, and fret 10 is the actual 10th fret. it's not going to be as hard as i make it sound. section 1 chords: Gm: 10-11-12-12-10-10D#: 1-x-12-13-13-11 (open string, or just barred)F: x-10-10-10-8-8Cm: 11-13-12-13-x-11 (use thumb)A#: 10-11-10-12-1-1 (capo's on, so open)D# sequence:A#*(x-11-10-12-13-10) -> F -> D#sections 2 & 4 chords: Gm: 10-11-12-12-10-10D#: 1-x-12-13-13-11 (open string, or just barred)F: x-10-10-10-8-8Cm: 8-8-8-10-10-8A#: 6-6-7-8-8-6D# sequence:A# -> F*(x-6-x-7-8-8) -> D#*(x-4-x-5-6-6)section 3 chords: (THIS SECTION IS RELATIVE TO CAPO ON 1) F#m: 222442 E: 001220 Bm: 234422 A: 022200 for all sections: Gm sequence: D#* -> F* -> Gm (6-8-8-8-6-6 -> 8-10-10-10-8-8 -> 10-11-12-12-10-10) >> section 1 (use first set of chords): << Gm if the elephants have past lives D# F yet are destined to always remember Gm it's no wonder how they scream D# F like you and i they must have some temper Cm and i am dreaming of them on the plains A# dirtying up their beds Cm watching for some sign of rain A# to cool their hot heads Gm and how dare that you send me that card (D# sequence) when i'm doing all that i can do A# D# you are forcing me to remember (Gm sequence) when all i want is to just forget you >> section 2 (use second set of chords): << Gm if the tiger shall protect her young D# F then tell me how did you slip by Gm all my instincts have failed me for once D# F i must have somehow slept the whole night Cm and I am dreaming of them with their kill A# tearing it all apart Cm blood dripping from their lips A# and teeth sinking into heart Gm and how dare that you say you will call (D# sequence) when you know i need some peace of mind A# D# if you have to take sides with the animals (Gm sequence) won't you do it with one who is kind interlude: (starting on Gm) F Cm F (section 2's chords, listen for timing) >> section 3 (use third set of chords): << F#m and if the hawks in the trees need the dead E if you're living you don't stand a chance F#m for a time though you share the same bed E there are only two ends to this dance Bm you can flee with your wounds just in time A or lie there as he feeds Bm watching yourself ripped to shreds A and laughing as you bleed >> section 4 (use second set of chords): << Gm so for those of you falling in love (D# sequence) keep it kind, keep it good, keep it right A# D# throw yourself in the midst of danger (Gm sequence) but keep one eye open at night