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Kids

MGMT

 

Capo 2

 

Chord Guide

       12

Em:   022000

       32 1

C:    x32010

      3    4

G:    3x0003

         132

D:    xx0232

 

Strum: D   D U   U D U

       1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +

 

 

 

INTRO:

 

   w/drums and keys:

   / Em - - - / C - - - / G - - - / D - - - / x2

 

   w/full band:

   / Em - - - / C - - - / G - - - / D - - - / x4

 

VERSE:

Em                   C    

    You were a child

                   G              D

Crawling on your knees toward him

Em                   C      

    Making momma so proud

G                         D       

   But your voice is too loud

Em   C                   G           D

        We like to watch you laughing

Em                         C     

   Picking insects off of plants

G                             D

   No time to think of consequences

 

CHORUS:

Em                   C

    Show yourself

                    G             D

Take only what you need from it

Em                C        G                D

    G family of trees wanting to be haunted

 

REPEAT CHORUS

 

BREAKDOWN (one strum per chord):

Em                   C    

    The water is warm

                 G          D

But it's sending me shivers

Em               C    

    G baby is born

G                    D

   Crying out for attention

Em               C    

    Memories fade

                        G           D

Like looking through a fogged mirror

   Em                      C    

Decisions to decisions are made and not bought

        G                           D

But I thought this wouldn't hurt a lot, I guess not

 

CHORUS x2

 

(Bridge)

/ C - - - / D - - - / Em - - - / G#dim - - - /

/ G - - - / Bm - - - / C - - - / D/G# - - - /

 

/ G - - - / x20

 

CHORUS x2, last time end on word “trees”


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.