To Be Alone With You (ver 2) Tab

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Artist: Sufjan Stevens
 Album: Seven Swans
  Song: To Be Alone With You (ver 2)

Tabbed by: D. H. (dreq10@gmail.com)

Every tab I've ever seen of this song has used the same chords, and I always felt 
like they never sounded the same as when Sufjan plays it live or on his album. So, 
I sat down and made this tab by watching videos of him playing it live. I'm 95% 
sure that the chords are the same he uses. Other tabs have you playing chords on 
the higher strings, but I think playing it on lower strings really adds to the 
feeling of the song.

I've seen him play it with a capo on both the fourth and fifth frets, but on the 
album the capo is on the third. So just put it wherever you like the sound I 
guess. I prefer it on the fourth fret.

Sufjan plays the song by alternating down and up-strokes with his thumb, and the 
pad and fingernail of his index finger. Check out a live video to get an idea. It 
really helps reproduce his sound.

He also adds lots of little intricacies to the chords as he plays them. I think he 
improvises them, 'cause they're different almost every time. Because of that, I 
didn't try to tab them. As you play the song more you can develop your own version.

Lastly, there's a second guitar that comes in for the rest of the song after the 
first chorus that I didn't tab. It does some solo picking on the same chords that 
Sufjan is strumming.

Standard Tuning
All notes relative to capo.

Intro/ First Verse (6x):
|-------------------------|------------------------|
|-------------------------|------------------------|
|--------5--5----5--5--5--|-------5--5----5--5--5--|
|--------3--3----3--3--0--|-------2--2----2--2--0--|
|--------x--x----x--x--0--|-------x--x----x--x--0--|
|---5----5--5----5--5--5--|--5----5--5----5--5--5--|

                           ******** First 5 Times**| 
|-------------------------|------------------------|
|-------------------------|------------------------|
|--------4--4----4--4--4--|-------2--2----0--0--0--|
|--------0--0----0--0--0--|-------3--3----3--3--3--|
|--------2--2----2--2--0--|-------3--3----3--3--3--|
|---3----3--3----3--3--0--|--1----1--1----0--0--0--|

 ************************************** 6th Time **|
|-------------------------|------------------------|
|-------------------------|------------------------|
|--------2--2----2--2--2--|-------2--2----2--2--2--|
|--------3--3----3--3--3--|-------3--3----3--3--3--|
|--------3--3----3--3--3--|-------3--3----3--3--3--|
|---1----1--1----1--1--1--|--1----1--1----1--1--1--|


Chorus (1x):
|-------------------------|------------------------|
|--------1--1----1--1--1--|-------1--1----1--1--1--|
|--------0--0----0--0--0--|-------0--0----0--0--0--|
|--------2--2----2--2--2--|-------2--2----2--2--2--|
|--------3--3----3--3--3--|-------3--3----3--3--3--|
|---3----3--3----3--3--3--|--3----3--3----3--3--3--|

|-------------------------|------------------------|
|-------------------------|------------------------|
|--------2--2----2--2--2--|-------2--2----2--2--2--|
|--------3--3----3--3--3--|-------3--3----3--3--3--|
|--------3--3----3--3--3--|-------3--3----3--3--3--|
|---1----1--1----1--1--1--|--1----1--1----1--1--1--|

|-------------------------|------------------------|
|--------1--1----1--1--1--|-------1--1----1--1--1--|
|--------2--2----2--2--2--|-------2--2----2--2--2--|
|--------2--2----2--2--2--|-------2--2----2--2--2--|
|---0----0--0----0--0--0--|--0----0--0----0--0--0--|
|-------------------------|------------------------|

|-------------------------|------------------------|
|--------3--3----3--3--3--|-------3--3----3--3--3--|
|--------2--2----2--2--2--|-------2--2----2--2--2--|
|--------0--0----0--0--0--|-------0--0----0--0--0--|
|--------x--x----x--x--x--|-------x--x----x--x--x--|
|---2----2--2----2--2--2--|--2----2--2----2--2--2--|

|-------------------------|------------------------|
|-------------------------|------------------------|
|--------2--2----2--2--2--|-------2--2----2--2--2--|
|--------3--3----3--3--3--|-------3--3----3--3--3--|
|--------3--3----3--3--3--|-------3--3----3--3--3--|
|---1----1--1----1--1--1--|--1----1--1----1--1--1--|

 **************** End of First Chorus *************|
|-------------------------|------------------------|
|--------1--1----1--1-----|------pause for---------|
|--------0--0----0--0-----|-------entire ----------|
|--------2--2----2--2-----|----------bar-----------|
|--------3--3----3--3-----|------------------------|
|---3----3--3----3--3-----|------------------------|
 (At the end of the second chorus, skip these two 
  measures and go straight to the outro)
                            

Bridge/Second Verse: Same as Intro/First Verse

Second Chorus: Same as First Chorus, minus the last two bars

Outro (3x):
|-------------------------|------------------------|
|--------1--1----1--1--1--|-------1--1----1--1--1--|
|--------2--2----2--2--2--|-------2--2----2--2--2--|
|--------2--2----2--2--2--|-------2--2----2--2--2--|
|---0----0--0----0--0--0--|--0----0--0----0--0--0--|
|-------------------------|------------------------|

|--------3--3----3--3--3--|-------3--3----3--3--3--|
|--------3--3----3--3--3--|-------3--3----3--3--3--|
|--------0--0----0--0--0--|-------0--0----0--0--0--|
|--------0--0----0--0--0--|-------0--0----0--0--0--|
|---2----2--2----2--2--2--|--2----2--2----2--2--2--|
|-------------------------|------------------------|

|-------------------------|------------------------|
|-------------------------|------------------------|
|--------2--2----2--2--2--|-------2--2----2--2--2--|
|--------3--3----3--3--3--|-------3--3----3--3--3--|
|--------3--3----3--3--3--|-------3--3----3--3--3--|
|---1----1--1----1--1--1--|--1----1--1----1--1--1--|

                           ***** First 2 Times *** |
|-------------------------|------------------------|
|-------------------------|------------------------|
|--------2--2----2--2--2--|-------2--2----2--2--2--|
|--------3--3----3--3--3--|-------3--3----3--3--3--|
|--------3--3----3--3--3--|-------3--3----3--3--3--|
|---1----1--1----1--1--1--|--1----1--1----1--1--1--|

 ********* 3rd Time ******|
|-------------------------|
|-------------------------|
|-------------------------|
|-------------------------|
|-------------------------|
|---1---------------------|


Tab by D.H. (dreq10@gmail.com)









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