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Artist: Belle & Sebastian
 Album: Tigermilk
  Song: The State I'm In

[http://www.indieguitartabs.com/bands/belle_and_sebastian/the_state_im_in.html]

Tabbed by: Jason

Rhythm guitar (I'm tabbing the rhythm and lead guitar separately so it doesn't get confusing)


First verse:

C#       B  
I was surprised
      F#          B               C#            B
I was happy for a day in nineteen seventy-five
A#m           G#m            
I was puzzled by a dream 
   F#                 B               C#          B
It stayed with me all day in nineteen ninety-five
A#m        G#m        
My brother had confessed 
F#            B                 C#            B
He was gay it took the heat off me for awhile
   A#m             G#m
He stood up with a sailor friend 
    F#             B               C#          B - A#m - G#m
And made it known upon my sister's wedding day


Between verses: C#


Second verse:

C#          B 
Got married in a rush 
   F#            B               C#                B
To save kid from being deported, now she's in love
    A#m      G#m
Oh, I was so touched 
      F#                B                C#              B
I was moved to kick the crutches from my crippled friend
    A#m           G#m     
And she was not impressed 
         F#               B            C#              B
'Cause I cured her on the Sabbath so I went to confess
F#               B 
When she saw the funny side 
   F#            B              C#             B
We introduced my child bride to whiskey and gin
   A#m             G#m
To whiskey and gin


Between verses: C#


Third verse (same as second verse):

The priest in the booth 
Had a photographic memory for all he had heard
He took all of my sins 
And he wrote a pocket novel called "The State I'm In"
So I gave myself to God 
There was a pregnant pause before He said okay
Now I spend my days 
Turning tables 'round in Mark and Spencer's
They don't seem to mind


Chorus:

F#
I gave myself to sin
  A#m
I gave myself to Providence
    E
And I went there and back again
    G#m
The state that I am in

I gave myself to sin
I gave myself to Providence
And I went there and back again
The state that I am in


Fourth verse (same as second verse):

Oh love of mine 
Would you condescend to help me 'cause I'm stupid and blind
Oh, and desperation is the devil's work 
It is the folly of a boy's empty mind
Oh, and now I'm feeling dangerous 
Riding on city buses for a hobby, it's sad
Why don't you lead me to a living end 
I promised that I'd entertain my crippled friend
My crippled friend


Chorus:

I gave myself to sin
I gave myself to Providence
And I went there and back again
The state that I am in

I gave myself to sin
I gave myself to Providence
And I went there and back again
The state that I am in

I gave myself to sin
I gave myself to Providence
And I went there and back again
The state that I am in

F#
I gave myself to sin
  A#m
I gave myself to Providence
    D#m
And I went there and back again
    C#
The state that I am in

B
I gave myself to sin
    F#
And I've been there and back again
   C# 
Oh yeah...

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Lead Guitar:

CAPO IV

All chords/fret numbers/etc. relative to capo in this tab.

Thus the chord progression from the verses becomes:

A - G - D - G
A - G - F#m - Em - D - G
A - G - F#m - Em - D - G 
A - G - D - G - D - G
A - G -F#m - Em

Between the verses you hold A

The chord progression for the choruses is:
D - F#m
C - Em

And now onto the tab...

This guitar comes in on the break between the first and second verse and plays:

   A
|--5-5-5-5----------5-5--
|--5-5-5-5------------5--
|--7-7-7-6------6h7---6--
|------------------------
|------------------------
|------------------------

Second verse (on "To save a kid from being deported"):
   D    G    A     G    F#M  Em   D    G    A     G    
|------------------------------------------------------
|-------8----10----8----7----8----7----8----10----8----
|--7---------------------------------------------------
|------------------------------------------------------
|------------------------------------------------------
|------------------------------------------------------

Then (this gets repeated in every verse):
   D              G
|----2-----2--------2-----2-----
|------3-----3--------3-----3---
|--2-----2-----2--4-----4-----4- (repeat)
|-------------------------------
|-------------------------------
|-------------------------------

  A    G    F#m  Em
--5----3----2----3----
--5----3----2----5----
--6----4----2----4----
----------------------
----------------------
----------------------

Between the verses:

|--5--------5-5----
|--5----------5----
|--6----6h7---6----
|------------------
|------------------
|------------------


Third verse:

Arpeggiate all the chords, play the verse ending from above on "Now I spend my days..."


Chorus (standard for all choruses):
  D                           F#m
|------2-----2-----2----------2-2-2-2-2-2-2---
|--------3-----3-------3--2---2-2-3-5-3-2-3---
|--2-------2-----2------------2-2-2-2-2-2-2---
|---------------------------------------------
|---------------------------------------------
|---------------------------------------------

  C                    Em
-----3--------3-----------3---------3------
--------5--------5-----------5---------5---
--5--------5--------5--4--------4----------
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Between the first chorus and fourth verse:
   A
|--5-5-5-5-5-----5-----5-----5---5-----5-----5-----5--
|--5-5-5-5---5-----5---------------5-----5-----5------
|--7-7-7-6-----6-----6---6h7---6-----6-----6-----6----
|-----------------------------------------------------
|-----------------------------------------------------
|-----------------------------------------------------

Fourth verse:

Strum each chord once, play the ending from the second and third verses
on "Lead me to a living end..."


When you get to the repeated choruses at the end, start throwing in this riff on Em:

   Em                     D
|-----3-----3/7--5--3--0-----
|--------5----------------3--
|--4-------------------------
|----------------------------
|----------------------------

On the second to last chorus (where the progression changes):
  D                           F#m
|------2-----2-----2----------2-2-2-2-2-2-2---
|--------3-----3-------3--2---2-2-3-5-3-2-3---
|--2-------2-----2------------2-2-2-2-2-2-2---
|---------------------------------------------
|---------------------------------------------
|---------------------------------------------

  Bm             A                    G
--7----10--9-------5-----5-----5------3--
--7-----------7------5-----5-----5----3--
--7--------------6-----6-----6-----6--4--
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