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The Ballad Of Love And Hate

The Avett Brothers


Capo 3


Chord Guide

       32 1

C:    x32010

      3    4

G:    3x0003


F:    133211


Am:  x02210


        B   D U D U

Strum:  1 + 2 + 3 +



 C (2)                             G             C (4)

Love writes a letter and sends it to hate.

       F (3)                                            C (4)

My vacations ending. I'm coming home late.

         F                G               C                 Am

The weather was fine and the ocean was great

          C                 G           F (4)      

and I can't wait to see you again.


  C (2)                                 G           C (4)

Hate reads the letter and throws it away.

   F (3)                                             C (4)

"No one here cares if you go or you stay.

   F                G                C              Am

I barely even noticed that you were away.

      C                 G            F (4)

I'll see you or I won't, whatever."


 C (2)                              G                        C (4)

Love sings a song as she sails through the sky.

        F (3)                                             C (4)

The water looks bluer through her pretty eyes.

       F               G               C             Am

And everyone knows it whenever she flies,

      C         G                    F (4)

and also when she comes down.


  C (2)                                   G                          C (4)

Hate keeps his head up and walks through the street.

 F (3)                                       C (4)

Every stranger and drifter he greets.

         F                       G        C            Am

And shakes hands with every loner he meets

           C         G               F (4)

with a serious look on his face.


 C (2)                              G           C (4)

Love arrives safely with suitcase in tow.

  F (3)                                                 C (4)

Carrying with her the good things we know.

     F            G             C             Am

A reason to live and a reason to grow.

       C          G           F (4)

To trust. To hope. To care.


 C (2)                            G            C (4)

Hate sits alone on the hood of his car.

       F (3)                                               C (4)

Without much regard to the moon or the stars.

  F      G            C           Am

Lazily killing the last of a jar

              C         G                  F (4)

of the strongest stuff you can drink.


 C (2)                       G               C (4)

Love takes a taxi, a young man drives.

      F (3)                                            C (4)

As soon as he sees her, hope fills his eyes.

        F              G                 C             Am

But tears follow after, at the end of the ride,

               C                 G            F (4)

‘cause he might never see her again.


  C (2)                             G        C (4)

Hate gets home lucky to still be alive.

          F (3)                                              C (4)

He screams o'er the sidewalk and into the drive.

        F               G                C            Am

The clock in the kitchen says two fifty  five,

             C               G              F (4)

And the clock in the kitchen is slow.


C (2)                             G              C (4)

Love has been waiting, patient and kind.

        F (3)                                               C (4)

Just wanting a phone call or some kind of sign,

              F                  G                    C             Am

That the one that she cares for, who's out of his mind,

          C               G              F (4)

Will make it back safe to her arms.


  C (2)                                G                C (4)

Hate stumbles forward and leans in the door.

   F (3)                                     C (4)

Weary head hung, eyes to the floor.

       F                    G              C                        Am

He says "Love, I'm sorry", and she says, "What for?

       C                     G           F (4)

I'm yours and that's it, whatever.


     F                     G     C               Am

I should not have been gone for so long.

        C                    G     F (2)

I'm yours and that's it, forever.

           C                    G      F (hold)

You're mine and that's it, forever.”


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.