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(capo 1st fret, standard tuning)
VerseE A E When I heard the Ladiesman was dead E A E I saw the rolling stone stopped moving E A E Saw my ancient hero on the Sunset Strip E A E He left behind a legacy of ruin Now painted ladies want to hold my gun Wonder if the whole time if I'd been acting When I sang "Moon River" in that silent film Had I really made a sound when they called action
Pre-ChorusA C#m E C#m I swear that man... was womankind's... first husband A C#m E C#m They all died... in a line... to save him
ChorusA C#m I'm a steady hand, I'm a Dodger's fan A C#m I'm a leading brand, I'm a one night stand A E I'm a Ladiesman
Post-ChorusC#m A E Ohhh...... some Ladiesman C#m A E Ohhh...... some Ladiesman Couldn't see his used up body at the funeral By virtue of the flailing of his conquests They tied down his casket with the garter belt Each troubled heart was beating in a sequin dress Someone must console these lonesome daughters No written word or ballad will appease them The Cowboy and The Cop shot down the Ladiesman The humid nights in LA are now silence I swear that man was womankind's first husband Only son of the Ladiesman Only son of the Ladiesman Only son of the Ladiesman Ohhh........ (end on E)
Tonally, this song is played in the key of F. To play it on the guitar, I prefer to use a capo on the 1st fret and play chords from the key of E. That being said, Father John Misty seems to play with his guitar tuned down one whole step and use chords in the key of G. The choice is yours. I like playing in the key of E, since the chords have maximum open ring factor.
Here is how I play the guitar chords used when playing this song in the key of E. Note that I included the Asus2 chord, which I use at times to replace the typical A.
e-|---0----0-----0------0---- B-|---0----2-----0------5---- G-|---1----2-----2------6---- D-|---2----2-----2------6---- A-|---2----0-----0------4---- E-|---0---------------------- E A Asus2 C#m
Here is a video featuring the album version of this song. Listen along for reference. Remember -- you'll need to use a capo on the 1st fret (using the chords above) to play along with this version... or, you could alternatively tune down one whole step and play in the key of G.
Here is a nice video of Father John Misty playing this by himself. This one is very handy to watch his strumming pattern, how he makes the chord changes, and so forth. Note -- he is playing with a guitar tuned down one whole step and using chords in the key of G.
| E . . . | A . E . . . | (repeat)
| A . . . | C#m . . . | E . C#m . . . | (repeat)
| A . . . | C#m . . . | A . . . | C#m . . . | | A . . . | A . . . | E . . . | E . . . |
| C#m . . . | A . E . . . | (repeat)
Song: Only Son of the Ladiesman
Artist: Father John Misty
Album: Fear Fun
Label: Sub Pop
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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.
In December 2012, I began designing & developing a website that became Songnotes. Here, I share my personal collection of hand-crafted music notation with all those online. I hope you enjoy.