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    Chords to PJ songs

    Hi, figured there may be more people here dying for PJ chords, might as well start a thread.

    Was working on 'the Falling' last week, haven't gotten it totally down just yet, any suggestions welcome.


    "The Falling";

    Am - F - Am - F
    How to walk and where to run, How to walk and where to run
    G - Am - G - F
    I see you kissing other peoples arms, I see you kissing in cheap bars
    Am - F - Am - F
    How to walk and where to run, How to walk and where to run
    G- F - G -F
    I see you kissing oblivious, Loving only your pain
    Am- F -Am - F
    I'm walking in oblivion, walking in oblivion
    G F G F
    I walk with a childs face, remembering our days

    Am F Am F
    Walking in oblivion, walking in oblivion
    G C G Bm
    Its gotta give its gotta change, today is the day

    Am F Am F G F G Am
    Am F Am F
    To all the men whom I've loved, To all the men whom I've loved
    G-F-G-Am
    Something to free your angry hearts, I'm opening up my arms
    Am-F-Am-F
    To all the men whom I've loved, To all the men whom I've loved
    G-F-G-Am
    Speak of the fear inside, Its time to change, there still is time
    Am C
    Do you remember walking? Do you remember watching?
    G
    Our faces in the falling hearts of children
    Am - F Am Am
    To all the men whom I've loved, To all the men whom I've loved
    G Bm
    I dedicate my song saying, today is the day, today is the day
    Am D C G Am D C G
    So we fall, and we fall again, and I have come to tell you today
    Am D C G Am D C G
    That I loved you, theres still time to save the falling hearts of our children

    Am-F-Am-F-G-F-G-F-Am-F-Am-F-G-F-G-F-Am
    F Am F
    Through hating and loving, through lucking and nothing
    G F G F
    Through all manner of sorrows that I have spoken
    Am F Am F
    I open up my tender heart, I open up my tender heart
    G F G F
    To all the men whom I've loved, all of those who I adored
    Am F Am F
    But I remember something, I remember walking
    G F G Am
    When my heart was frozen with that feeling
    Am F Am F
    Its gotta give, its gotta change,
    G F
    turning round and round saying
    D
    Today is the day, today is the day

    Am D C G Am D C G
    So we fall, and we fall again, and I have come to tell you today
    Am D C G Am D C G
    That I loved you, theres still time to save the falling hearts of our children

    Am D C G
    Falling, yeah
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    Well, I guess I could start with a list of tunings she supposedly uses on some songs—an area of her songwriting that really doesn't get a lot of attention. The list was compiled from several tablature, chord, and video sites over the years. If anyone knows any other tunings she uses that are not listed here—or if you feel there is an error in the list—let me know.

    PJ Harvey Tunings:
    Slightly sharper than Standard: Pocket Knife
    Drop A:
    AADGBE - Long Time Coming
    Open B:
    BF#BF#BD - The Letter, Uh Huh Her
    Drop C:
    CGCFAD - The Life and Death of Mr. Badmouth
    CGDGCD - Who the Fuck
    CGCGA#D# - Horses In My Dreams
    Drop D:
    DADGBE (Drop D) - 50FT Queenie, Meet Ze Monsta, I Think I'm a Mother, Black Hearted Love
    DADGAD - Hook
    DADGBD (Double Drop D) - Hardly Wait
    DGDGDD - Big Exit
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    Here are the songs I know from Dry. I play by ear, so if anyone spots an error, let me know!

    Dress
    Intro: F#
    Verse: F# / A5 (x022xx) OR B7sus4 (x222xx) - Both will work; just barre the strings with your index finger.
    Chorus: B / A / F# / B / G / F# ("If you put it on, if you put it on"), back to Verse
    Interlude: Same as Verse

    When you play the verse, hit the low E string open when you play the F#. Also, the switch from F# to A5/B7sus4 back to F# is really quick. Just listen and you should get it.

    Victory
    Intro: A / C
    Chorus: D / C ("Vic-tor-y!")

    Hair
    Intro: G / F
    Verse: G / F (4x) A / F (2x)
    Chorus: A / F (2x) ("He said, 'wait!'"), back to Verse

    Fountain
    Intro + Verse: A / F / E / F

    Here is the small guitar part (in TAB format), the "La-da-da-do, La-da-da-da":

    E|--------------------------
    B|--------------------------
    G|--------------------------
    D|--1--1--1--2-----------
    A|--------------2--2--1--0
    E|--------------------------

    For those that can't read TAB, the individual notes are: D# / D# / D# / E / B / B / A# / A

    Water
    Intro + Verse: A / E / F# (repeat)
    Bridge: A / F# ("Prove it to me"), back to Verse

    I have partial chords for O Stella and Plants and Rags. If anyone wants them, I'll post them.

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    For Victory, I think it is actually;

    D E C
    Vic - to - ry

    Sometimes they play A-F before plunging in the main A-C riff again.

    I only listen to that Peel sessions live version though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spikey View Post
    For Victory, I think it is actually;

    D E C
    Vic - to - ry

    Sometimes they play A-F before plunging in the main A-C riff again.

    I only listen to that Peel sessions live version though.
    I tried the D / E / C last night. Maybe I'm deaf, but I don't hear the E. It wouldn't surprise me if there was a really, really fast chord change there, though. Maybe she plays it differently live?

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    Songs from Rid of Me:

    Rid of Me
    Intro: A
    Verse: A / F
    Pre-Chorus: ("I beg you, my darlin") G / A / F / A
    Chorus: F / A ("Don't you wish you")

    Legs (This one is so hard to explain because of the multiple chord changes, but if you listen, you'll pick up the pattern very easily)
    Intro: A / G / F / G
    Verse: F / G ("Did it hurt...") F / G# / G | F / G ("Did you sing...") / A# / F / G# / G
    Interlude: Same as Intro, F / G / A# / F / G# / G (2x)
    Outro: F / G / A# ("Did you ever") F / G# / G | F / G ("I might as well...")

    Highway '61 Revisited
    Intro: A
    Verse: This one is a little tricky. Basically, you play an A barre chord throughout, but every so often, you'll slide your pinky up one fret (while keeping your hand in barre chord formation) and strike the A# note on the d string, then strike it again after you slide your pinky back down to the A note on the same string. Also, I'm pretty sure she plays a D chord (x577xx) occasionally (striking the same notes in correspondence to the chord formation) during the verses, but: You can totally get away with just playing an A barre chord.
    Pre-Chorus or Chorus: D / C ("Next time you see me comin!"), back to A.
    G / A ("Abe said, 'where you...'"), back to A
    Chorus: A ("Highway!") D / C / A / G / A, back to Verse


    Yuri G

    Intro + Verse: C# / B / F# (repeat)
    Pre-Chorus: C# / B (3x) ("She's so white, she's so clean," etc.) F# / A / F# ("Give just everything, she's got me...")
    Chorus: C# / B / F# / A / F# / A ("Yeah, I thought I was Yuri G," etc), repeat
    Interlude: Same as Intro + Verse
    Outro: F# / A ("Bring back my memory!")


    Man-Size

    Intro + Verse + Chorus: G / F / A#

    Dry
    Intro + Verse: G / C / A
    Chorus: C / A ("You leave..."), back to Verse
    Interlude: Same as Intro
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    Quote Originally Posted by whenthepawn View Post
    I tried the D / E / C last night. Maybe I'm deaf, but I don't hear the E. It wouldn't surprise me if there was a really, really fast chord change there, though. Maybe she plays it differently live?
    Let me assure you, I'm the tonedeaf one here. Wow you've got so many of m down already, need to check them all out.

    Driving; probably far from accurate, but it was the first song I ever tried to figure out. Seems to be in barre minor chords; the main riff uses frets 0 (Em), 1 (Fm) and 3 (Gm) and the other riff uses 7 (Bm), 5 (Am) and 3 (Gm)

    1st riff, used throughout;

    -----Em -------------------Fm
    You tell him I'm driving
    Em-----------Fm Gm
    It's alright

    The second riff is only used in this small part and at the very end (textless part, only the low E string);

    ---------------Bm -------------Am---Gm---Bm
    And let the ghosts fly their asses off tonight
    Am Bm

    this is what the two riff sound like with these chords (me playing them);
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spikey View Post
    Seems to be in barre minor chords; the main riff uses frets 0 (Em), 1 (Fm) and 3 (Gm) and the other riff uses 7 (Bm), 5 (Am) and 3 (Gm)
    Some of the notes are right. I listened to this a few times last night (and today), but: The more I listened, the more confused I got. I will try to explain.

    Here's what I heard the first time:

    Driving
    Intro: Am / F / E
    Pre-Chorus: Am / A# / Am ("Oh, my eyes, it cannot be")
    Chorus: Am / C / B ("Tell him I'm driving, it's all right")

    Then, before posting, I decided to go back and listen some more. That's when it became more confusing. I'll start with the chorus. Basically, it sounded like Am / C / B. Then, I realized—if I were to drop the chord formation to the next string— I'd be playing F / E (x81010xx / x799xx), or the main riff. Same thing with the Pre-Chorus. Keep the Am, but the A# becomes D# (x688xx) while the Am (or A for the sake of argument) would become a D (x577xx). In other words, it all sounds the same. The high-pitched wails she does at the end are D# / E, at least I think so.

    So, I'm not sure on this one, but I am pretty sure the main riff is Am / F / E.

    I wish I could be more help on this one, but the distortion and the fact that there is more than one guitar (?) make it really hard to figure out. Maybe someone else knows exactly what she's playing? But, I will post more chords from other albums soon

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    Oh, forgot to mention I was using a live version of it, because it seemed easier to figure out. The two crappy early live versions out there don't even sound anything alike, and very different from the 4-track demo, too.

    Now listening to the 4-track demo, which is very confusing to me too. It sounds so simple but it just isn't, lol. The riff on the "Let the ghosts" part seems to be something like Am-F-C, Am-F-G, which would fit right in with Am/F/E for the main riff.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spikey View Post
    Now listening to the 4-track demo, which is very confusing to me too. It sounds so simple but it just isn't, lol.
    Yeah, there are also multiple layers of guitar (and possibly alternate tunings) going on, too. At least I'm not alone in my confusion

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    Here are the ones I know from To Bring You My Love. These are NOT as confusing as Driving

    To Bring You My Love
    Intro + Verse: C / D / G / F / A (repeat)
    Bridge: Dsus2 (xx0230) / C / Gsus4? (32xx1x) ("And the sound...)
    Dm / C / Gsus4? (32xx1x) ("You know he's gonna...")
    C / Dsus2 ("Yeah, alright!), back to Verse

    Notes: When you play the C chord in the bridge, do a pull-off on the d string (strike it open, then strike the e note). Do this 2 or 3 times before switching to the Gsus4. Watch a live performance and you will understand what I'm talking about. When I play the main riff—after striking the D note (on the 5th fret)—I also add a harmonic D note before switching to the G note. I just think it sounds nice, but it's not necessary.

    Meet Ze Monsta
    Tuning: Drop D (DADGBE)
    Intro + Verse: G / A / C
    Chorus: D ("Big, black monsoon"), back to Verse
    D ("Take me with you"), back to Verse
    Starting after the second verse, she adds a C chord to the chorus.
    Interlude: Same as Verse
    There's also this little back and forth she does (G / A / G / A) towards the end right before she goes back into the chorus. It's hard to explain, so you'll just have to figure it out as you play along. This can also be played in Standard tuning.

    I Think I'm a Mother
    Tuning: Drop D (DADGBE)
    Opening riff:

    E|---------------------
    B|---------------------
    G|---------------------
    d|--3--0--------0----
    A|--------3--0--------
    D|-----------------0--

    Play this 3 times, then go to Verse.

    For those that can't read TAB, the individual notes are: F / d / C / A / d / D

    Note: d = high d, D = low d

    Intro (after the opening riff) + Verse: D (open) / F (333xxx) (repeat). Once you play along, you'll pick up the rhythm and know where the chord changes are. You can also play this in standard tuning using regular chords.

    Send His Love to Me
    Intro + Verse: Dm / C (332010) (repeat) (about 4x)
    Chorus: G / F ("I'm callin'...etc), back to Verse
    Interlude: Dm / C (332010) (4x), G / F / Dm / C / G / F / Dm / C (332010), back to Verse

    The Dancer
    Intro + Verse + Chorus: Am / G / F / E7

    I will add more later
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    Dm on Send his love to me? Drop D on I think I'm a mother? Wow those are some eye openers, I feel like you already posted way more stuff than I can even try out like in a lifetime.

    Quote Originally Posted by whenthepawn View Post
    Yeah, there are also multiple layers of guitar (and possibly alternate tunings) going on, too. At least I'm not alone in my confusion
    Must be something with exotic tuning and playing with harmonies here, like the circle of fifths. I think that for the most part she simply switches the f for dm on the "Oh my eyes" part. =/. Or something. No matter what I do or how I program my effects, it never sounds remotely near it.

    You know what, why did a great song like that never even make it to Rid of Me? It must be because she couldn't take it from 4-track to actual production, in the same fashion she had problems with the transition of "I think I'm a mother" from 4-track to production.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spikey View Post
    I feel like you already posted way more stuff than I can even try out like in a lifetime.
    No problem. It's nice that they'll all be in one place, too

    why did a great song like that never even make it to Rid of Me? It must be because she couldn't take it from 4-track to actual production, in the same fashion she had problems with the transition of "I think I'm a mother" from 4-track to production.
    Who knows. I would really LOVE to hear the demos from TBYML, some day

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    Forgot to add these, so I'm doing it now. Chords for Hardly Wait, the only song I know for sure from 4-Track Demos.

    Hardly Wait
    Riff 1: G / C / A# / D
    Riff 2: G / D / A# / F ("It's been so long..." "Lips cracked dry..."), back to Riff 1
    Outro: Same as Riff 1 ("In my glass coffn, I am waiting...")

    Here are some from Stories:

    Good Fortune
    Intro: A / G (repeat)
    Verse: A / G / C (listen for the chord change and you'll get it)
    Chorus: A / G / C / D (3x) C / D ("Everybody's got..."), back to Verse

    A Place Called Home
    Intro + Verse: A / F / A (repeat)
    Chorus: C / G / A (2x) ("And I'm right on line, etc")
    Interlude: Same as Intro + Verse
    Bridge: C / G / D / A ("Now is the time...")
    Outro: C / G / A ("One day I know they'll be...")

    Note: You can replace the A chord with an Am / vice versa.

    This Mess We're In
    Intro: A / C (4x), D / C (2x), A / C (2x), F / G, A / C (2x), F / G, A / C (repeat into the start of the Verse)
    Verse: A / C (6x), D / C (2x), back to A / C
    Chorus: F / G ("The city sun set..."), Back to Verse
    Interlude: This is hard to explain, but: Basically, you play A / C (for what seems like forever, then throw the D / C in every so often, before repeating the Chorus chords again.
    Outro: Same as Interlude. However, because she starts adding other instruments and guitar parts—as well as fading the Verse chords into the background—it won't sound right, but it is. You'll play the Chorus chords a couple more times then end on A / C.

    You Said Something
    Intro: F / C / G (4x)
    Verse: F / C / G
    Pre-Chorus: Am / D / C (2x) ("I see five bridges...") | F / C / G / Am / C / G ("And you said somethin' I've never forgotten"), Back to Verse
    Interlude: F / C / G (4x), Am / D / C (2x), F / C / G (2x), Back to Verse
    Outro: F / C / G (3x) ("You said somethin') | Am / C / G ("That was really important")

    This Is Love
    Intro + Verse: F / G (repeat)
    Chorus: A# / C / F / G ("This is love, this is love, that I'm feeling"), Back to Verse
    Bridge: C / A# / F / G ("Even in the summer..." | A# / C / F / G ("You never get too much..."), back to Verse

    Note: The trick to the main riff is to hit the E string open right before you barre the F / G.

    We Float
    Intro + Verse: D / E / F (repeat)
    Chorus: G / A# / F

    I will add more later

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    Well. Other people reading this....Whenthepawn posts 1.000 PJ chords a day, and here I am posting about Driving again. Well, if it is driving you insane, a little bird (actually, Whenthepawn) referred me to this semi accurate cover;


    That sounds like B - G - F# - B - G - A throughout
    With a capo on the 2nd fret that would be really easy A - F - E, A - F - G
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