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Doomsday

Elvis Perkins

from the album Elvis Perkins in Dearland released in 2009

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Lyrics

(capo 5)

Intro

PART 1, just guitar | C . . . | . . . Cmaj7 | C . . . | . . . Cmaj7 | (...repeat, build up) PART 2, with trombone | C . . . | C . . . | F . . . | C . . . | | C . . . | G . . . | C . F . | C . . . | (...repeat)

Verse

C Though I forget your name F C I remember your sweet face C G C F C 'Til doomsday... fell out again Man, I went wild last night Oh, I went feeling alright I don't let doomsday bother me, do you let it bother you? I know you told me once and again Does it mean that we won't be friends? When doomsday rears her ugly head again And though you voted for that awful man I would never refuse your hand On doomsday, on doomsday (instrumental verse / break) (quieter) Now, in all of my wildest dreams It never once was seen That doomsday would fall anywhere near Tuesday (louder) C But, fly it across the sky F C See it fade before our eyes C There isn't any sense to a good bye and bye F C Oh, I don't plan to die G C F C Nor should you plan to die Nah nah nah, nah nah... Nah nah nah, nah nah... Nah nah nah, nah nah... Nah nah nah, nah nah... (jubilantly repeat "Nah nah nah..." to end)

Notes & Tabs

Capo 5th Fret, Standard Tuning

In order to play along with the recorded album version of this song, you will need to put a capo on the 5th fret and play with standard tuning using the chords above. If you're not using a capo and still want to play in key with the album, play in the key of F.

Basic Guitar Chords Used

The basic guitar chords used in this song are shown below. These are played in the same progression for essentially the entire song.

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

Intro Build-Up Strumming Tab

In the intro of this song, there are a few bars of a simple build up in C-chord and Cmaj7 are played (this eventually leads into the main intro with the trombone). The tab for this build-up is shown below. Note the strumming direction (up/down), and try to emphasize the highest strings to give voice to the simple two-note melody being played. As always, listen along for reference.

e-|---0---0---0---0---0---0---0--0--0--0---
B-|---1---1---1---1---1---1---1--0--1--0---  
G-|---0---0---0---0---0---0---0--0--0--0---    ...repeat, and build up!
D-|---2---2---2---2---2---2---2--2--2--2---
A-|---3---3---3---3---3---3---3------------
E-|----------------------------------------
      v   v   v   v   v   v   v  ^  v  ^ 
      C                          Cmaj7 

Alternative Build-Up Strumming Tab

Later in the song (just after the instrumental verse), a similar build-up is played the one shown above -- though there are a few differences. For one, the bass note alternates between C and G. Also, at the end of each measure the strumming resolves to a G chord briefly before coming back to C. If nothing else this is a good simple build-up to practice that involves the alternating bassnote (which you can use on many other songs). Again, listen along for reference.

e-|------------------------------------------------
B-|--(1)--(1)--(1)--(1)--(1)--(1)--(1)---0--0--0---
G-|--(0)--(0)--(0)--(0)--(0)--(0)--(0)---0--0--0---
D-|---2----2----2----2----2----2----2----0--0--0---   ...repeat, and build up!
A-|---3----x----3----x----3----x----3----2--2--2---
E-|--------3---------3---------3---------3--3--3---
      C   C/G   C   C/G   C   C/G   C    G 

Videos

Album Version

Here is a video which includes full audio of the album version of this song. Listen along and use as reference while referring to the the lyrics/chords/tabs shown above.



Live Version

Here is a terrifically rambunctious version with the band playing it live in a living room. The audio quality isn't as tightly produced as the album version, yet it is helpful to see Elvis Perkins playing on his guitar.



Chord Progressions

Intro & Verse

"Though I forget your name, I remember your sweet face..."
| C . . . | C . . . | F . . . | C . . . |
| C . . . | G . . . | C . F . | C . . . |

Song Info

Song: Doomsday
Artist: Elvis Perkins
Album: Elvis Perkins in Dearland
Year: 2009
Label: XL

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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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