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Slight Figure of Speech

Avett Brothers


Capo 2


Chord Guide

      3    4

G:    3x0003

       32 1

C:    x32010


D:    xx0232


Em:   022000


Strum: D   D U   U D U

       1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +



/ G (hold) - - / G (hold) - - / G (hold) - - / G (hold) - - /


G (hold 2)                                                                         C 

    They say you're got to lose a couple fights to win

                  D                                   G

It's hard to tell from where I'm sitting

                      G (hold)                             C 

They say that this is where the fun begins

                   D                              G (2, hold 2nd measure)

I guess it's time that I was quitting



Em            D

     A slight figure of speech

G                 C

   I cut my chest wide open

Em                          D

     They come and watch us bleed

G         C                              D (2)    

    Is it art like I was hoping now?


G (2, hold 2nd measure)                                                   C

            They said "I hope that you will never change"

                   D              G

I went and cut my hair

                        G (hold)                                  C

They say "Don't take your business to the big time"

                   D                 G (2, hold 2nd measure)

I bought us tickets there





(w/G riff)

What did you expect

And what did you forget

That to live you let go of me with each step

It becomes a progression I won't let regret manifest

To aggression

Are you to assess what I've been? What I am? Or become?

Did you stop to accept how pathetically dumb

It can be to

Attack those around 'cause you're

True to color, a town, a time, or a place?

It's not you, it's not mine

And besides it is gone

And you never will find it again

But I don't want to fight

I just ask let me be

I won't give the chance to be my enemy

So go home

Think it through


G (hold 2)                                    C 

        A jet plane and a big idea

           D                G

I jump over the sea

          G (hold)                     C

“What if’s” hot on my trail

               D                         G (2, hold 2nd measure)

But that can't catch me, no




G Riff x8


/ G (hold) - - / G (hold) - - / G (hold) - - /


The End

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.