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Swing Life Away (Acoustic Version)

Rise Against


Original version tuned down ½ step.

Strum: D   D U D U

       1 + 2 + 3 +


Chord Guide


D:    xx0232


Em:   022000

      3    4

G:    3x0003

       32 1

C:    x32010

            32 1

Dadd4add9: x54030


Am:   x02210


D/A:    x00232

        12 34

Em7:   022033

         21 34

Cadd9:  x32033


Intro Riff x3


/ D - - / - - - / D (hold) - - / - - - /


                       Em           G              C (2)

Am I loud and clear, or am I breaking up?

                       Em             G           C (2)

Am I still your charm, or am I just bad luck?

       Em            G                 C (2)                 Dadd4add9 (4, hold 4th measure)

Are we getting closer, or are we just getting more lost?


                     Em             G                  C (2)

I'll show you mine if you show me yours first

                         Em      G            C (2)

Let's compare scars, I'll tell you whose is worse

        Em                 G                 C (2)                      Dadd4add9 (4, hold 4th measure)

Let's unwrite these pages and replace them with our own words



      Em              C                   G             Am

We live on front porches and swing life away,

      Em            C                  D/A (2)

We get by just fine here on minimum wage

   Em         C           G                 Am

If love is a labor I'll slave 'till the end,

    Em                      C                D/A (4, hold 4th measure)

I won't cross these streets until you hold my hand


                          Em                   G                  C (2)

I've been here so long, I think that it's time to move

                        Em                 G          C (2)

The winter's so cold, summer's over too soon

 Em                G            C (2)                               Dadd4add9 (4, hold 4th measure)

Let's pack our bags and settle down where palm trees grow


                        Em                   G            C (2)

I've got some friends, some that I hardly know

                               Em                    G                  C (2)

But we've had some times I wouldn't trade for the world

                          Em                 G                 C (2)               Dadd4add9 (4, hold 4th measure)

We chase these days down with talks of the places that we will go


Chorus (don't hold last measure)


Em7    G       Cadd9 (2)

Swing life away

Em7     G       Cadd9 (2)

Swing life away

Em7     G       Am   C

Swing life away

Em7     G       Cadd9 (4)

Swing life away


End on G

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.