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Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings

Father John Misty

from the album Fear Fun released in 2012

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Lyrics

(capo 2nd fret)

Intro

| A . . . | C . | | Em . . . | D . G . | | C . . . | C . . . | C . . . |

Verse

A C Em Jesus Christ, girl D G C What are people gonna think A C Em When I show up to one of several funerals D G C I've attended for grandpa this week... with you... with me...

Chorus

B7 C G Someone's gotta help me dig B7 C G Someone's gotta help me dig Jesus Christ, girl It hasn't been long, so it seems Since I was picking out an island and a tomb for you At the Hollywood Cemetery... you kiss... on me We should let this dead guy sleep We should let this dead guy sleep Jesus Christ, girl I laid up for hours in a daze Retracing the expanse of your American back With Adderall and weed in my veins... you came... I think 'Cause the marble made my cheeks look pink But I'm unsure of so many things Ooohh.... Someone's gotta help me dig Someone's gotta help me dig Someone's gotta help me dig

Notes & Tabs

Capo 2nd Fret, Standard Tuning

To play this song along with the recorded version, you'll need to be in standard tuning and use a capo on the 2nd fret of your guitar. This isn't required (you can use no capo, or put it on whichever fret you please), though it will let you play along with the album version of the song.

Guitar Chords Used

Here is how to play the guitar chords used in this song, as approached in a straightforward manner. As always, apply any flourishes or tweaks as you see fit.

e-|---------0----0-----2----3----2----
B-|----2----1----0-----3----0----0----
G-|----2----0----0-----2----0----2----
D-|----2----2----2-----0----0----1----
A-|----0----3----2----------2----2----
E-|--------------0----------3---------
       A    C    Em    D    G    B7 

Simple C Riff

Here is a very simple riff he plays with the C chord at the tail end of each verse. You simply lift your middle finger and let the D string ring before placing the finger back in its proper spot within the C chord. This little trick will get you a lot mileage on various songs. This shows the basic timing with regard to the lyrics -- listen along for the strumming pattern and rhythm.

e-|----------2-----------3------------0-----------------------------------
B-|----------3-----------0------------1----------1----1--------1----1-----
G-|----------2-----------0------------0----------0----0--------0----0-----
D-|----------0-----------0------------2----------0----2--------0----2-----
A-|----------------------2------------3----------3----3--------3----3-----
E-|----------------------3------------------------------------------------
             D           G            C        Csus2  C      Csus2  C 
      "I've attended for Grandpa this week...    with you...   with me..."

Chorus Chord After the B7?

After watching many of his live videos for this song, I do acknowledge that he plays a chord after the B7 (in the chorus) before the C -- but I can't work out exactly what chord it is (Em doesn't sound quite right, in my opinion). Ultimately, I feel the B7 by itself does the job just fine in that context -- though of course, explore that route as you see fit if the B7 alone doesn't do it for you.

Official Music Video

Listen and play along with the official music video, as shown below. Remember, you'll need to use a capo on the 2nd fret (and use the chords above) if you want to play along with this and sound in key.



Recommended Cover Version

To see a well done cover of this song played via solo acoustic guitar, check out Micah Turbitt in the video below. It may indeed be helpful to watch him strum along as you're learning the song. Note, he uses a capo on the 1st fret.



Chord Progressions

Intro

|  A . . . | C . | 
| Em . . . | D . G . |
|  C . . . | C . . . | C . . . | 

Verse

"Jesus Christ girl, what are people gonna think..."
|  A . . . | C . | 
| Em . . . | D . G . |
|  C . . . | C . . . | C . . . |
                     (...repeat)

Chorus

"Someone's gotta help me dig..."
| B7 . . . | C . G . . . |
               (...repeat)

Song Info

Song: Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings
Artist: Father John Misty
Album: Fear Fun
Year: 2012
Label: Sub Pop Records

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My name is David Potsiadlo, and I created Songnotes to share my collection of guitar tabs, chords, and lyrics for my favorite songs.

Since I started playing guitar over 10 years ago, I've often been frustrated by the preponderance of mediocre and incomplete song tabs littered across the internet. To combat this, I started keeping my own collection of notes for each song I learn -- always taking the extra time to make sure accuracy and completeness are never compromised. Years later, my collection grew to the point where I knew I had to share it online with fellow aspiring musicians.

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