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Marching Bands of Manhattan

Death Cab For Cutie


Note:  (Dm) = Change to Dm on beat 1+ instead of 1.


Chord Guide

       32 1

C:    x32010

      3    4

G:    3x0003


Dm:   xx0231


F:    133211


Am:   x02210





Strum: D d D d D d D d   d = unaccented strum

       1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +




Verse 1:

C                   G

If I could open my arms

Dm                                     F

And span the length of the isle of Manhattan,

C                                     G

I'd bring it to where you are

Dm                               F

Making a lake of the East River and Hudson

C                                  G

If I could open my mouth

Dm                         F

Wide enough for a marching band to march out of

C                                        G

They would make your name sing

Dm                                        F

And bend through alleys and bounce off other buildings.


w/Chorus Riff:

/ F - - - / Am - - - / C - - - / (Dm) - - - / (x2)


Verse 2:

     C                              G

I wish we could open our eyes

Dm                 F

To see in all directions at the same time

C                                G

Oh what a beautiful view

Dm                         F

If you were never aware of what was around you

C                                 G

And it is true what you said

Dm                      F

That I live like a hermit in my own head

C                                      G

But when the sun shines again

Dm                               F

I'll pull the curtains and blinds to let the light in.



Chorus (w/Chorus Riff):

F                                   Am              

Sorrow drips into your heart through a pinhole

C                                     (Dm)

Just like a faucet that leaks and there is comfort in the sound

F                              Am

But while you debate half empty or half full

C                      (Dm)

    It slowly rises, your love is gonna drown


Repeat Chorus 4 more times


F   Am  C   (Dm)

                       Your love is gonna drown

F   Am  C   (Dm)

                       Your love is gonna drown

F   Am  C   (Dm)

                       Your love is gonna drown

F   Am  C   (Dm)

                       Your love is gonna drown

F   Am  C   (Dm)

                       Your love is gonna





Chorus Riff:

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.