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Elms, The - Lifeboat

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Artist: The Elms 
Album: Big Surprise 
Song: Lifeboat 
Written by: Owen Thomas 
Copyright 2000 Sparrow Records 
    
Intro:  D/F#  G   Bm   A 

All Verses and Bridge is  D/F#  G  Bm  A.  During the verses he
is mostly just picking out notes. the pattern isnt too hard, just
listen and you'll get it. 

Verse 1: 

When I am scared, You are my Father. 
When I can't breathe, You are the air. 
And when I can't swim, You are my lifeboat. 
When I'm tired and weary You are there. 

Chorus: 
            D/F#      A          D/F#       G 
And my times get high, my times get low. 
       D/F#           G           A            D 
You always let me in on all that You know 
         D/F#       A     D/F#        G 
I could give You time alone and then 
       D/F#               G                   A            D 
You'd only come and ask me "where have you been?" 

Verse 2: 

When I am weak, You are my shoulders. 
When I am poor, You give me a hand. 
And when I can't swim, You are my lifeboat. 
You carry me to dry land 

Verse 3: 

And when I'm not sure, You are my maker. 
Speaking words that keep me aware. 
And when I can't swim, You are a lifeboat. 
When I'm tired and weary You are there. 

Comments about this tab

BrandonKlassen - 2004-09-21

I don't know who only voted for this song as 2.0. It's very close.

In the first verse, he sings "a lifeboat," not "my lifeboat."

In the first verse, he sings "When I can't swim" not "And when I can't swim"

In the verses, I would tend to play A2 instead of A, and Bm/B instead of Bm. If
you play this, it sounds cool (X means don't play that string, and - means cover
up that string and don't play it), and obviously you want to put the emphasis
on the notes on your low E string:

D2/F# G Bm/B A2
|||||X |||||X ||||XX ||||XX
*||*|| |||||| 7*-|*|| 5*-||||
||||*| *-||*| |||||| ||||||
|||||| |||||| |||||| |||*||
||||||

For the first two "D/F#" in the chorus, I would tend to play "D2/F#" instead.
Same with the fourth and fifth.

In the second verse it's "When I'm poor" instead of "When I am poor"

In the second verse it's "You are a lifeboat" instead of "You are my lifeboat"

In the third verse he sings "When I'm not sure" instead of "And when..."


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