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    This should give you an idea of "the Bay";

    Em-Em-C-Em
    the dead man came calling my name and in need
    --------------------------------------------------------Bm
    said Betty, you're my girl, the strongest I've seen
    C-Em-C-Em
    But oh my heart is heading to break
    ----------------------G-------------------------------Em
    They say God forgives, but I can't learn the same
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    I've never had any luck with The Bay. To me, it sounds like it's in a different tuning (lower than Standard).

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    Probably not in standard tuning, nor in simple half-step down tuning (where the main riff would be played as Fm-C#-Fm, and the other two chords Cm and Ab were it in standard tuning).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spikey View Post
    Probably not in standard tuning, nor in simple half-step down tuning (where the main riff would be played as Fm-C#-Fm, and the other two chords Cm and Ab were it in standard tuning).
    I knew it!

    I remember trying to figure it out, way back when I started developing an "ear," and I could never get it.

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    I'm posting songs from Uh Huh Her and White Chalk, because I really want to get to the few B-Sides I know how to play

    The Desperate Kingdom of Love
    This one was too hard to explain, given how she uses/extends the G chord a lot in this song. So, I tried to put the chord changes before each corresponding word.

    ("Oh (G) love, you were (C) a (G) sickly child
    And (Em) how the (C) wind knocked you (G) down
    (Em) Put on your (C) spurs
    (Em) Swagger around (C)
    (In the (G) desperate (C) kingdom of (G) love

    (G) Holy water (C) cannot help you (G) now
    (Em) Your mysterious (C) eyes will (G) not help you
    (Em) Selling your (C) reason
    (Em) Will not bring you (C) through
    The (G) desperate (C) kingdom of (G) love
    (Dm) There's another who (Am) looks from (G) behind your eyes (G)
    I (Dm) learned from (Am) you (G) how to hide (G)
    From the (G) desperate (C) kingdom of (G) love

    At the (G) end of (C) this burning (G) world,
    (Em) You'll stand (C) proud
    (Em) Face up (C) held
    (Em) And I'll follow (C) you
    (Em) into Heaven or (C) Hell
    (Em) And I'll be (C) come
    (Em) As a (C) girl
    In the (G) desperate (C) kingdom of (G) love

    You Come Through
    Intro + Verse + Chorus: Am / G

    It's You
    Intro: E / D# / D / C / B / C / B (2x)
    E / D / C / B / C / B /
    E / D# / D / C / B / C / B
    Verse: E / D / E (3x) | C / E ("For a little while," "In the alleyway," "I'm a clever girl," "When I'm alone")
    Chorus: G / A / E / G / A# / E (2x) ("All I wanna do...")
    Bridge: Same as Intro ("When I'm not with you...")

    White Chalk
    Verse: Am / C / G / Dm (repeat)
    At the end of certain verses, you'll add an F chord to the main riff (listen and you'll hear it)
    In between Verses: Am / C / G ("Ooooh Whoooh ooh ooh")
    Before the Interlude: I (F) know these (G) chalk hills will rot my
    Interlude: (Am) bones / C / G / Dm (repeat) At the end of the Interlude, you'll hold the Dm until she starts the last verse.

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    I'm posting two versions of The Piano. The difference between the two involves the chords for the Chorus.

    The Piano - Version 1
    This version is based on watching her play the song live.

    Verse: Dm / C (332010) / F / C (repeat)
    Chorus: A# / A / Am / Dsus4 (xx02(i)3(m)3(r) / Dm sus4 (xx3031) ("Oh, God, I miss you..."), back to Verse

    Note: The letters in parentheses following each note/string indicate which finger you should use to form the chord (in tab format). I believe this is the formation of the chord she uses (based on watching her). You can also use the regular formation for this chord.

    The Piano - Version 2
    To me, this version sounds like what's on the album. I'm still convinced that she goes from A to C back to A#. To me, that's what it sounds like, but: I could be wrong. The confusion probably lies in the fact that—if you compare the two versions—C and Am share some of the same notes. Either way sounds fine, but I prefer Version 2.

    Verse: Dm / C (332010) / F / C (repeat)
    Chorus: A# / A / C / A# / Dm sus4 (xx3031) ("Oh, God, I miss you..."), back to Verse

    I will post more later

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    So, here are the B-Sides I know (in alphabetical order). It's not much, but it's better than nothing:

    66 Promises
    Verse: Dm / C (3x) / G / Dm (repeat)
    Chorus: Dm / Am / G (4x) ("Was it not what you"), back to Verse
    Interlude: Dm / C (3x) / G / Dm (play the ENTIRE part TWICE), followed by:
    Dm / Am (2x)
    Dm / C / G / Dm
    Outro: Dm / Am / G

    Note: Special thanks to Spikey for his input on this one!

    Darling Be There
    Intro: G / F / A# / A / C / (2x)
    G / F / A# / A

    Verse: G / F / E / D (Take me over)
    G / F / E / F (Pale blue water)
    G / F / E / D (Take me under)
    G / F / E (Take me home)

    Chorus: A# / A / C (Darling be there)
    G / F (repeat)
    A# / A / C (Bring me laughter)
    G / F (repeat)
    A# / A / C (I'll be happy)
    G / F (repeat)
    A# / A (Evermore)
    G / F (repeat)

    G / F / E / D (Bring me sunshine)
    G / F / E / F (Bring me love)
    G / F / E / D (Blue tomorow)
    G / F / E (Evermore)

    A# / A / C (Darling be there)
    G / F (repeat)
    A# / A / C (Bring me laughter)
    G / F (repeat)
    A# / A / C (I'll be happy)
    G / F (repeat)
    A# / A (Evermore)
    G / F (repeat)

    Interlude: G / F / E / D
    G / F / E / F
    G / F / E / D
    G / F / E

    A# / A / C (Darling be there)
    G / F (repeat)
    A# / A / C (Bring me laughter)
    G / F (repeat)
    A# / A / C (I'll be happy)
    G / F (repeat)
    A# / A (Evermore)
    G / F (repeat)

    Outro: G / F (repeat)

    Note: I just figured this one out last night (for the heck of it). I'm not sure what the first few notes are (that she plays on the keyboard), so I just start in when she starts repeating the G / F. The chord changes follow the syllable patterns within the lyrics, which makes it really easy to play. I added the lyrics along with the chords to make it a little easier to understand

    Kick It To the Ground

    Intro: Dmadd9 (x03230) / Cadd9 (x32030) (4x)
    Verse: Same as Intro
    Chorus: Dsus2 (xx0230) / Dmadd9 / Cadd9 ("Kick it to the ground!"), back to Verse

    Note: This is probably one of her easiest songs to play.

    Losing Ground
    Intro + Verse + Chorus: G / F / G (repeat)

    Lying in the Sun
    Intro: G / E (2x), A / G / E
    Verse: G / E / | A / G / E ("Into his blackened hair...")
    Interlude: G / E (2x), A / G / E (repeat), back to Verse

    Note: I love the strings in the background

    Primed and Ticking
    Verse: B / D
    Chorus: E / D ("I believe my dreams..."), back to Verse
    Interlude: Same as Verse, although—if you watch her play it live, she has some licks that are different—but the bass line doesn't change, so you can just play it as you would the Verse.

    Sweeter Than Anything
    Intro: B / A / G (4x)
    Verse: Same as Intro
    Chorus: A / G ("How can this be")
    B / A / G ("So sad, I'm...so sad, I'm, etc"), back to Verse
    Interlude: Same as Verse (3x), back to Verse
    Outro: Same as Verse ("You were never more than...")

    Note: You can swap the B major chord for a Bm chord and vice versa, if you prefer. It sounds good, either way
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    Here's another one from Stories that I figured out on a whim:

    One Line
    Verse + Chorus: G / E (055xxx) / A / B (repeat)
    Outro: G / A / B ("Watch the stars now moving...etc")

    You're welcome
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    Sweeter Than Anything
    Intro: B / A / G (4x)
    Verse: Same as Intro
    Chorus: A / G ("How can this be")
    B / A / G ("So sad, I'm...so sad, I'm, etc"), back to Verse
    Interlude: Same as Verse (3x), back to Verse
    Outro: Same as Verse ("You were never more than...")
    Btw, aren't those B's actually Bm?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spikey View Post
    Btw, aren't those B's actually Bm?
    Yep! Actually, I forgot to make note of that Thanks! Whenever I play it, though, I usually just use a B barre chord.

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    Here are the chords to some songs that I can't quite figure out. There are several, and I thought it was a lot to leave out, so...

    Partial Chords

    O Stella
    Intro riff: ?
    Verse: F# / A / B (xx4440)
    Pre-Chorus: F# / A / E | F# / A / G# ("But, I think I see her smiling," "A place for heroes only")
    Chorus: ?

    Notes: When you play the verse, you'll want to hammer-on the open E note and F# note (similar to how you play Dress). The B chord in the verse is based on watching her perform the song live. She holds the formation of an A chord, then slides up to the 4th fret for the B chord, then repeats the pattern throughout. As for the opening riff, THIS is the only tutorial on YouTube that sounds the most accurate. I think it's right, but since it's played so fast, I can't pull it off. However, he is playing the wrong type of B chord for the verse.

    Plants and Rags
    Intro (4x) + Verse: G# / F# / B
    Interlude: ?

    Notes: Like a lot of her songs, at first, this one seems quite simple. However, the Interlude—which is played about 4 times throughout the song—is perplexing. To me, it almost sounds like another set of chords, but the Verse chords are correct.

    Big Exit
    Intro: G/?
    Verse: G/?
    Chorus: D / F / A# / C (repeat) ("Baby, baby; ain't it true...), back to Verse
    Bridge: ?

    Notes: This one is quite simple. However, I'm not quite sure what type of G chord she uses for the Intro and during the Verse. To me, it sounds as if she's going back and forth between G and F very quickly. Or, using a combination chord, such as G/F? As for the Bridge, it sounds very simple, but there also some weird-sounding minor chords that I can't place. But, the chords for the Chorus are correct.

    This Wicked Tongue
    Verse: G / F / A#
    Pre-Chorus: ? ("And I stare into the sun..."
    Chorus: C / A# / F / G (repeat) ("A little noise..."), back to Verse

    Notes: If you can play Man-Size, you can play this, but the rhythm pattern is a bit different. For the life of me, I cannot figure out the Pre-Chorus part. There's so much distortion that I can't figure it out, although I'm pretty sure it contains an A# and some other chord.

    When Under Ether
    Intro: F / G# (repeat)
    Verse: F / G# / D / D# (repeat)
    Chorus: G# / G / F? ("Human kindness")

    Notes: So, this one is very simple, although it doesn't sound as good on guitar as on a piano—which I do NOT play. I'm not quite sure of the Chorus chords, but I think it's pretty close?

    Angel
    Intro (4x) + Verse: A / B / C# / E / A / B / A
    Chorus: F# / A / B / C# ("I'm ready...")
    Bridge: ? ("Falling! Falling free!...")

    Notes: I inadvertently stumbled onto this one when I was trying to come up with a chord progression for my own song. I'm not sure if ALL the notes in the intro are correct, but it's pretty close. Overall, it sounds fairly simple—until—as always, she starts adding other layers on top of existing layers. I hear almost all these notes at the same time, which is why I can't figure it out.

    Anyway, these and all the others are pretty much all the songs I know how to play. If I figure anymore out, I will post them here one by one, at a later time. Maybe Spikey and his ears will have better luck piecing together the rest of the chords to the songs above

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    Quote Originally Posted by whenthepawn View Post
    Here are the chords to some songs that I can't quite figure out. There are several, and I thought it was a lot to leave out, so...

    Partial Chords

    Plants and Rags
    Intro (4x) + Verse: G# / F# / B
    Interlude: ?

    Notes: Like a lot of her songs, at first, this one seems quite simple. However, the Interlude—which is played about 4 times throughout the song—is perplexing. To me, it almost sounds like another set of chords, but the Verse chords are correct.
    Well, that awesome cello pattern written by Rob Ellis uses a lot of the same notes I think, but in different octaves (like the E/E parts, and those F# are at least three different ones). Scribbled this down a long time back for the first one of them;

    A / A / F# / D / A / C / F# / D / E / E / F# / D / E / E / F#/ C# / Ab (white) F# (and black)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spikey View Post
    Well, that awesome cello pattern written by Rob Ellis uses a lot of the same notes I think, but in different octaves (like the E/E parts, and those F# are at least three different ones).
    That makes sense. As nice as it is to listen to, it makes figuring the exact guitar part out that much harder.

    Scribbled this down a long time back for the first one of them;

    A / A / F# / D / A / C / F# / D / E / E / F# / D / E / E / F#/ C# / Ab (white) F# (and black)
    Well, if this is for the violin, I confess that I have tunnel hearing—meaning I only hear the guitar...

    To that end, I believe it does start out with some type of A chord, then an F. I also hear F# every so often. The end notes—Ab (or G#) and F#—are correct since she has to start back into the verse. Other than that, I'm confused, and while the demo version is a lot more clear, it's not a lot of help.

    Also, I've watched one of the only recorded live versions where she plays guitar. It doesn't look that complicated. It looks like a lot of the chords she uses are near (or around) the 2nd fret, but: I can't figure it out...

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    Finally, I can make use of this awesome thread!

    Thank you both so much for going through the trouble of posting all of these. I'm midway through an 8 week guitar class, and I'll be doing another 8 weeks after it's done. I don't know many chords, but there are definitely a few songs in PJ's discography that I can try and learn to play!

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