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I Will Follow You Into the Dark

Death Cab For Cutie

 

Capo 5

 

Chord Guide

        231

Am:   x02210

       32 1

C:    x32010

      134211

F:    133211

       2  1

C/B:  x2x010

      3    4

G:    3x0003

       231

E:    022100

      134111

Fm:   133111

      3 2 1

Am/G: 3x2010

 

Strum Guide (play bass note with thumb and strum with fingers)

Main Strum:

 

       B   D U B U D U

       1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +

Alternating bass and ½ measure strum:

       B   D U B   D U

       1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +

 

Intro:

/ Am - - - / C - - - / F - - - / C - C/B - /

/ Am - - - / C - - - / G - - - / - - - - /

/ Am - - - / C - - - / E - - - / Am - Am/G - /

/ F - - - / Fm - - - / C - - - / - - - - /

 

Verse One:

C (2)                                 Am (2)

Love of mine, someday you will die

                 F (2)                            C                     G

But I'll be close behind, I'll follow you into the dark

        C (2)                                    Am (2)

No blinding light or tunnels to gates of white

                          F (2)                           C                            G  

Just our hands clasped so tight waiting for the hint of a spark

 

Chorus:

    Am                           C                F                 C (½)  C/B (½)

If heaven and hell decide that they both are satisfied

   Am                 C                   G (2)

Illuminate the "no's", on their vacancy signs

      Am                  C                             E          Am (½) Am/G (½)

If there's no one beside you, when your soul embarks

           F           Fm                 C (2)

Then I'll follow you into the dark

 

Verse Two:

       C (2)                                     Am (2)

And Catholic school as vicious as Roman rule

                 F (2)                        C                G  

I got my knuckles bruised by a lady in black

           C (2)                              Am (2)

And I held my tongue as she told me, "Son, fear is the

 F (2)                        C                   G  

heart of love."  So I never went back

 

Chorus

 

Verse Three:

   C (2)                                  Am (2)

You and me have seen everything to see

                             F (2)                C                          G  

From Bangkok to Calgary and the soles of your shoes

      C (2)                                    Am (2)

Are all worn down, the time for sleep is now

                              F (2)                          C                       G  

But it's nothing to cry about 'cause we'll hold each other soon,

           Am            F (4)

in the blackest of rooms

 

Last Chorus:

    Am                           C                F                 C (½)  C/B (½)

If heaven and hell decide that they both are satisfied

   Am                 C                   G (2)

Illuminate the "no's", on their vacancy signs

      Am                  C                             E          Am (½) Am/G (½)

If there's no one beside you, when your soul embarks

           F           Fm                 C (½)  C/B (½)   Am

Then I'll follow you into the dark

           F (hold)   Fm (hold)            C (hold)

Then I'll follow you into the dark


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.