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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.