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Ya Hey

Vampire Weekend

from the album Modern Vampires of the City released in 2013

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Lyrics

Intro

B (light, droning, muted)

Verse

B Oh... sweet thing E Zion doesn't love you F# And Babylon don't love you B But you love everything B Oh... you saint E America don't love you F# So I could never love you B In spite of everything

Pre-Chorus

D#7 In the dark of this place G#m There's the glow of your face C#m There's the dust on the screen B F# Of this broken machine D#7 And I can't help but feel G#m That I've made some mistake C#m But I let it go, Ya Hey B F# Ya Hey, Ya Hey

Chorus

E Through the fire and through the flames F# B E Ya hey, Ya Hey, Ut Deo, Hey, Ya Hey, Ut Deo, Hey, Ya Hey E You won't even say your name F# B E Ya hey, Ya Hey, Ut Deo, Hey, Ya Hey, Ut Deo, Hey, Ya Hey E Through the fire and through the flames F# You won't even say your name B E Only "I am that I am" E But who could ever live that way? F# B E Ya hey, Ya Hey, Ut Deo, Hey, Ya Hey, Ut Deo, Hey, Ut Deo Oh... The motherland don't love you The fatherland don't love you So why love anything? Oh... good God The faithless they don't love you The zealous hearts don't love you And that's not gonna change All the cameras and files All the paranoid styles All the tension and fear Of a secret career And I can't help but feel That you've seen the mistakes But you let it go Ya Hey, Ya Hey, Ya Hey Through the fire and through the flames Ya hey, Ya Hey, Ut Deo, Hey, Ya Hey, Ut Deo, Hey, Ya Hey You won't even say your name Ya hey, Ya Hey, Ut Deo, Hey, Ya Hey, Ut Deo, Hey, Ya Hey Through the heart and through the flames You won't even say your name You say "I am that I am" But who could ever live that way? Ya hey, Ya Hey, Ut Deo, Hey, Ya Hey, Ut Deo, Hey, Ut Deo

Refrain

B ...Outside the tents, on the festival grounds E ...As the air began to cool, and the sun went down B ...My soul swooned, as I faintly heard the sound F# Of you spinning "Israelites" into "19th Nervous Breakdown" Through the fire and through the flames Ya hey, Ya Hey, Ut Deo, Hey, Ya Hey, Ut Deo, Hey, Ya Hey You won't even say your name Ya hey, Ya Hey, Ut Deo, Hey, Ya Hey, Ut Deo, Hey, Ya Hey Through the fire and through the flames You won't even say your name Only "I am that I am" But who could ever live that way? .......... Ut Deo, Hey, Ya Hey, Ut Deo, Hey, Ut Deo Through the fire and through the flames You won't even say your name Only "I am that I am" But who could ever live that way? .......... Ut Deo, Hey, Ya Hey, Ut Deo, Hey, Ut Deo (end on a divinely droning B)

Notes & Tabs

Guitar Chords Used

Here are a few ways to approach the guitar chords for this song. The key of B isn't the most friendly for novices and beginners (as you have to either use barre chords or creatively fake them somehow) -- but I feel this is a worthwhile song to learn in its intended key. Here is the "typical" formation you'll use to play the chords in this song:

e-|--------0----2----------4-----4----
B-|---4----0----2----4-----4-----5----
G-|---4----1----3----6-----4-----6----
D-|---4----2----4----5-----6-----6----
A-|---2----2----4----6-----6-----4----
E-|--------0----2----------4----------
      B    E    F#  D#7   G#m   C#m 

And here are a few alterations of these same chords -- I tend to use these when I play. The B and E shown here are a bit of a stretch, but if you can learn them they're good to have in your bag of tricks when playing songs in the key of B or E. For the F#7 chord, I'll let the high E string ring occasionally in this song as I feel appropriate.

e-|---x----0---------0----
B-|---0----0----2----2----
G-|---x----4----3----3----
D-|---4----6----4----4----
A-|---6----7----4----4----
E-|---7----0--------------
      B    E   F#   F#7 

On the Origin of this Song

Here is a cool video where the Vampire Weekend dudes talk about the evolution of this song as it went from an initial idea to a finished product. Very cool to hear samples of the older versions / original directions they had in mind. For what it is worth, enjoy.



Videos

Recommended Video Lesson

Here is a great, simple video by Gene Lyndon who goes through the verse, pre-chrous, and chorus of this song played in a stripped down acoustic arrangement. This is incredibly helpful to see strumming pattern, timing, etc. Note that he uses some abbreviated fingering for some of the chords he plays -- but just the same, he's mainly using the chords I outline above. Note he is playing one-half step below standard tuning.



Official Music Video

To hear the album version of this song, play this video. It also includes the lyrics. Note that there are not any real instrument shots at all, so it isn't helpful for watching anyone make the chord changes, etc.



Chord Progressions

Verse

"Oh, sweet thing..."
| B  . . . | . . . . | E . . . | . . . . |
| F# . . . | . . . . | B . . . | . . . . |
                                (...repeat)

Pre-Chorus

"In the dark of this place..."
| D#7 . . . | G#m . . . | C#m . . . | B . F# . |
                                     (...repeat)

Chorus

"Through the fire and through the flames..."
| E . . . | F# . . . | B . . . | E . . . |
                               (...repeat)

Refrain

"Outside the tents, on the festival grounds..."
| B . . . | . . . . | E  . . . | . . . . |
| B . . . | . . . . | F# . . . | . . . . |

Song Info

Song: Ya Hey
Artist: Vampire Weekend
Album: Modern Vampires of the City
Year: 2013
Label: XL

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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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