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Shame

The Avett Brothers

 

Capo 1

 

Chord Guide

      3    4

G:    3x0003

        231

Am:   x02210

         132

D:    xx0232

       32 1

C:    x32010

       13421

Bm:   x24432

       12

Em:   022000

        123

A:    x02220

 

 

Strum Guide

Bass-Strum:       w/swing feel

B   D U B   D U   & alternating

1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +   bass

Bridge Strum:      Damp strings

D   D   D   D      after each

1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +    strum

 

 

Play freely, one strum per chord:

G                                    Am

Okay so I was wrong about

                                       D

My reasons for us fallin’ out

                                         G

Of love I want to fall back in

 

G                                         Am

My life is different now I swear

                                                D

I know now what it means to care

                                                    G

About somebody other than myself

 

G                                          Am

I know the things I said to you

                                              D

They were untender and untrue

                                             G

I’d like to see those things undo

 

G                                               Am

So if you could find it in your heart

                                         D

To give a man a second start

                                                    G

I promise things won’t end the same

 

Chorus:

G                               C

Shame, boatloads of shame

                Am                   D

Day after day, more of the same

G                           C

Blame, please lift it off

                    Am                       D

Please take it off, please make it stop

 

G                                  Am

Okay so I have read the mail

                                    D

The stories people often tell

                                     G

About us that we never knew

 

Start Bass-Strum:

G                              Am

But their existence will float away

                              D

And just like every word they say

                               G

And we will hold hands as they fade

 

Chorus

 

Bridge:

C                                   Bm

   I felt so sure of everything

                                       Em

My love to you so well received

                                              A

And I just strutted around your town

                                     C

Knowing I didn’t let you down

                                                 Bm

The truth be known, the truth be told

                                          Em

My heart was always fairly cold

                                      A

Posing to be as warm as yours

                                        C

My way of getting in your world

                                            D

But now I’m out and I’ve had time

                   

To look around and think

       C

And sink into another world

          D              

That’s filled with guilt and overwhelming

 

Chorus

 

G                                      Am

And everyone they have a heart

                                              D

And when they break and fall apart

                                             G

And need somebody’s helping hand

 

G                                    Am

I used to say just let ’em fall

                                    D

It wouldn’t bother me at all

                                        G

I couldn’t help them now I can

 


This file is the author's own work and represents his interpretation of this song. It's intended solely for private study, scholarship or research.