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Elms, The - Lifeboat

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Song: Lifeboat
Artist: The Elms
CD: i dont know exactly, i heard if off of a sampler

tabbed by Deren (

NOTES: The Elms are AMAZING!! this song is a great tune for alternitive
worship, and could be covered as a great rock tune. I dont know
if they are singed, but they very well should be!


F#5 A5 Bm5 D5 Asus
a-4]-7]-2]-5]-0       WOULD BE EASIER TO HIT Bm5 ON THE TOP
E-2]-5]-x]-x]-x       OF THE 7TH FRET: d-9

INTRO: F#5 A5 Bm5 A5 (four times) and then do the same with distortion.

VERSE 1: guitar one plays the chords in the intro and sings, while
guitar two picks a Asus chord and a Bm5 repeatedly:

Guitar one: F#5  A5   B5   A5
Guitar two:

the rhythm for the chords are shown below, guitar two pick in succession
with guitar one shown above. CLEAN TONE

F#5      A5      B5       A5         F#5     A5        B5       A5
When I’m scared, you were my father. When I cant breathe you are the air,
F#5        A5      B5        A5            F#5     A5       B5       A5
and when I cant swim, you are my lifeboat, when im tired and weary you are
F#5 A5 B5 A5

CHORUS: with distortion! note the slight chord change with D5.
F#5       A5    B5       A5                F#5      A5           B5
And when times get high and times get low, you always let me in, on
D5         F#5     A5          B5      A5        F#5    A5 
a valued note. I could give you time alone and then, you’d only come and 
B5          D5
ask me where have I been?

Ok, now follow that pattern of picking and chords for the rest of the song.


When I was weak, you were my shoulders. When I’m poor you give me a hand.

And when I cant swim, you were my lifeboat, you carried me to dry land...


then this part where he sings “ah ah ah ah” allot. Just hit a Asus and 
a Bm5 chord repeatedly for 4 measures.


When I’m not sure, you are my maker. Speak words, you keep me awake.
And when I cant swin, you are my lifeboat, when I’m tired and weary you
are there.....


then repeat the “ahh ahha hh ahh “ part.

end on a D5 

thats basicly it. Questions, comments, concerns. plz email me.
take care all.

Comments about this tab

ytckevin - 2006-02-05

sounds to me that you need to put and G5 in there after the initial chord instead of the A5

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