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Artist: Voxtrot
 Album: Voxtrot
  Song: Real Live Version

[http://www.indieguitartabs.com/bands/voxtrot/real_live_version.html]

Tabbed by: Vance Berisford

I figured this song out on the piano first. I transcribed it to guitar to see how it sounded and I think it works pretty well. Let me know if you have any questions, comments, or corrections: vanceho@xNoSPAMPlzxhotmail.com

Dropped-D, Capo 1

The tuning/capo is done to help make the chorus part sound better. All numbers and chord names are relative to the capo. If you are going to learn this on piano, you'll need to shift all the chords a half-step to account for the fact that I'm giving chords relative to the capo. I put the non-transcribed chords at the bottom of this to help with that.

The chord progression for the intro and verses are basically:

Bm-G-Gbm-A

Since we're in dropped-D with a capo on 1, those chords look like:

  Bm G  Gbm A
----------------
--3--------(2)--
--4--4--2---2---
--4--5--4---2---
--2--5--4---0---
-----5--4-------

The strumming pattern goes like this:
------------------------------------------------------
-3----3-----3-----3---------------------------------------
-4----4-----4-----4---------------------------------------
-4----4-----4-----4---------------------------------------
-2-------2-----2-----2------------------------------------
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Bm                      G
Love, spread out like seeds
         Gbm                     A (etc)
Somebody walked away from landscaped poverty
I came to find you
I came to see the beauty underway
That bloomed love, energy


(Play a few extra bars of A before doing the verse chords again)
                           Cm
And it turns around like you
                         Ab
And it turns around like me
                Gm
Into something new
                     Bb
But the only thing I see

The chorus is basically three variations on D. Being in Dropped-D with a capo on 1 lets you get a really full sound out of the chords here.

-5---5---5---5--- -3---3---3---3--- -2---2---2---2--- -3---3---3---3---
-3---3---3---3--- -3---3---3---3--- -3---3---3---3--- -3---3---3---3---
-2--------------- -2--------------- -2--------------- -2--------------- X2
-0-----0---0----- -0-----0---0----- -0-----0---0----- -0-----0---0-----
(0)-------------- (0)-------------- (0)-------------- (0)--------------
-0--------------- -0--------------- -0--------------- -0---------------

I see you, I see you
I see you, always struggling

(Repeat verse)
To find some gentle song
Some mode of simple trust
and ways to understand
These reaching orchards
Of broken fame
Grown deep inside of us
By forced and troubled hands

(Repeat chorus)
I see you, I see you
I see you, always struggling
I see you, I see you
I see you, always struggling

Bridge progression is like this:
Bb-A-Dm-A-Dm-A-Bm-Db
I prefer the bar chords here (ie, x5775x works better for Dm than xx0231), but you can use open chords if they're more natural to you.

             Bb
To find the sun
                                A
Reaching down through shadowed brush
                           Dm
Breaking off the bitter branch
                   A
Twisted roots like tails
                    Dm
Dreams of all these spotlit kings
                A
Drinking up the light
                Bm
Like California redwoods
                 Db
Splitting up the night

This part is basically with the same progression as the first two verses, but the 4th chord is different:
Bm-G-Gbm-Dm

And it turns around like you
And it turns around like me
All the talking we could do
Oh if only we could be
A real life version of you
A real life version of you
And a real life version of me
A real life version of me

I see you, I see you
I see you, always struggling
I see you, I see you
I see you, always struggling