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Breezeblocks

alt-J

from the album An Awesome Wave released in 2012

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Lyrics

(capo 5th fret)

Verse

C Em ...She may contain the urge to run away Am But hold her down with soggy clothes and breezeblocks C Em ...Cetirizine, your fever's gripped me again Am Never kisses, all you ever send are fullstops (la la la la!) C Em ...Do you know where the wilds things go Am They go along to take your honey (la la la la!) C Em ...Break down, now weep... build up breakfast now let's eat Am My love, my love... love... love... (la la la la!)

Chorus

F C ...Muscle to muscle, and toe to toe Em Am G/B ...The fear has gripped me but... here I go F C ...My heart sinks as I jump up Em Am G/B ...Your hand grips hand, as my eyes shut C Em Am C Ahhh, ahhh, ahhh, ah ahh... C Em Am C (let ring) Ahhh, ahhh, ahhh, ah ahh, ahh Do you know where the wilds things go They go along to take your honey (la la la la!) Break down, now sleep... build up breakfast now let's eat My love, my love... love... love... (la la la la!) She bruises coughs, she splutters pistol shots But hold her down with soggy clothes and breezeblocks (la la la la!) She's morphine, queen of my vaccine My love, my love... love... love... (la la la la!) Muscle to muscle, and toe to toe The fear has gripped me but... here I go My heart sinks as I jump up Your hand grips hand, as my eyes shut Ahhh, ahhh, ahhh, ah ahh... Ahhh, ahhh, ahhh, ah ahh... Ahhh, ahhh, ahhh, ah ahh... Ahhh, ahhh, ahhh, ah ahh, ahh (quieter) She may contain the urge to run away But hold her down with soggy clothes and breezeblocks Germolene, disinfect the scene My love, my love... love... love...

Bridge

(let chords ring) Dm C Am Please don't go... I love you so, my lovely (on Am, begin this instrumental break) Am ... C ... C ... F . C . x1 Am Please don't go, please don't go C F C I love you so, I love you so---- Please don't go, please don't go I love you so, I love you so (please break my heart) Please don't go, please don't go I love you so, I love you so---- Please don't go, please don't go I love you so, I love you so (please break my heart)

Outro

C Em Please don't go... I'll eat you whole Am ...I love you so... I love you so, I love you so (repeat as desired)

Notes & Tabs

Capo 5th Fret, Standard Tuning

The chords I show here are for playing this song in standard tuning, with a capo on the 5th fret. This will let you play along with the album version, if should so choose. Note, there are other lessons online for playing this song in double-drop-D tuning. If you're interested in that approach, look elsewhere – I believe this is how alt-J plays it, but I'm more concerned with covering a basic / beginner approach (which I show here).

Guitar Chords Used

Here's how to play the guitar chords used in this song. I'm focused on the open-position basic version of these chords. If you want to get more advanced, go for it – but these work just fine.

e-|---0----0-----0-----1----------------
B-|---1----0-----1-----3-----1----0-----
G-|---0----0-----2-----2-----2----0-----
D-|---2----2-----2-----0-----3----0-----
A-|---3----2-----0-----------3----2-----
E-|--------0----------------------------
      C    Em    Am    Dm    F   G/B 

Videos

Songnotes Guitar Lesson

Here is a video I made showing how to play this song, using the chords and tabs shown on this page. If this is helpful, subscribe to the Songnotes YouTube channel for more tutorials and lessons like this.



Official Music Video

To hear the official album version of this song, listen and watch the official music video here.



Recommended Cover Versions

Here is a great solo acoustic version of the song. This mostly uses the chords I show above, though in most / all cases he plays an E-major instead of E-minor chord. As you can hear, this works just fine – play whichever you like. I definitely prefer to model my approach to this song after how he plays it.



Here's an incredibly well-made cover featuring many instruments. I can't get enough of this one. Enjoy!



Chord Progressions

Verse

"She may contain the urge to run away..."
| C . . . | Em . . . | Am . . . | Am . . . |

Chorus

"Muscle to muscle, and toe to toe..."
| F . . . | C . . . | Em . . . | Am . G/B . |
"Ahhh, ahhh, ahhh...."
| C . . . | Em . . . | Am . . . | C . . . |

Bridge

"Please don't go, I love you so, my lovely..."
| Dm . . . | C . . . |
"Please don't go, please don't go, I love you so..."
| Am . . . | C . . . | C . . . | F . C . |

Outro

"Please don't go, I'll eat you whole..."
| C . . . | Em . . . | Am . . . | Am . . . |

Song Info

Song: Breezeblocks
Artist: alt-J
Album: An Awesome Wave
Year: 2012
Label: Infectious Records

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About

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.

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