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Big Parade

The Lumineers

from the album The Lumineers released in 2012

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Lyrics

Intro

(clapping, no chords) Lovely girl, won't you stay... won't you stay, stay with me All my life, I was blind... I was blind, now I see E B E A E B E Lovely girl, won't you stay... won't you stay, stay with me E B E A E B E All my life, I was blind... I was blind, now I see

Verse

E B Fleet of black, fleet of black limousines A E All tinted machines, here comes the cavalcade E B With the armored cars, armored cars like barettas A Flags on antennas E B Designed to keep me safe, keep me safe

Chorus

E B E And oh my my, oh hey hey A E B E Here he comes, the candidate E B E Blue-eyed boy, United States A E B E Vote for him, the candidate Diamonds cut, diamonds cut for the carrot Plaster of Paris, the floats fill up the street And the beauty queens, beauty queens with the white gloves All sick from the night clubs They wave with pageantry, pageantry And oh my my, oh hey hey Here it comes, the big parade Marching bands, the barricades Make way, for the big parade

Bridge

C#mBA E ... BE ... AE ... BE Whoa... Canvas covered, canvas covered in resin The violent men, who dance the blood ballet And the bookies say, bookies say it's the 3rd round Oh, when Louie would go down If he don't there's hell to pay, hell to raise And oh my my, oh hey hey Here he comes, the welterweight Take a dive, for goodness sake Say goodbye, to the welterweight Catholic priest, Catholic priest in a crisis Torn between romance and Jesus, who will win the civil war And he says, I'm in love... I'm in love with a woman Yes, this is my confession, I'm leaving I can't be a priest anymore, anymore And oh my my, oh hey hey There he goes, the man of faith Left the church for a fiancée Let him love, the man of faith Whoa... TV cameras, TV cameras and stage hands American bandstand, electric guitars And he's singing songs, singing songs for the lonely All the girls with the room keys They know all his words by heart, by heart Lovely girl, won't you stay Won't you stay, stay with me All my life, I was blind I was blind, now I see Lovely girl, won't you stay Won't you stay, stay with me All my life, I was blind I was blind, now I see Lovely girl, won't you stay... Oh my my, oh hey hey Here she comes, the saving grace Burn the car and save the plates She's arrived, the saving grace

Notes & Tabs

Chords Used

Here are the chords used to play this song. If you don't use a capo, you'll need to use at least some bar chords (for the B). I show a few different ways to play each of the chords used, in order to mix up the strumming and dynamics of this song... listen along to the recorded version to hear how they build it up toward the end.

e-|----0----0----2----4----      ----7----5----4----9-----
B-|----0----2----4----5----      ----9----5----4----9-----
G-|----1----2----4----6----      ----9----6----5----9-----
D-|----2----2----4----6----  or  ----9----7----6---11-----
A-|----2----0----2----4----      ----7----7----6---11-----
E-|----0-------------------      ---------5----7----9-----
       E    A    B   C#m             E    A    B   C#m 

Chord Progressions

Intro

"Lovely girl, won't you stay..."
| E . . . | B . E . | . . A . | E . . . |
| B . E . | . . . . |
                                   (repeat)

Verse

"Fleet of black, fleet of black limousines..."
| E . . . | . . . . | B . . . | . . . . |
| A . . . | . . . . | E . . . | . . . . |  
                                   (repeat)

Chorus

"Oh my my, oh hey hey..."
| E . . . | B . E . | . . A . | E . . . |
| B . E . | . . . . |
                                   (repeat)

Bridge

"Whoa..."
| C#m . . . | B . . . | A . . . | . . . . |
| A   . . . | . . . . |
After the C#M walkdown, play these intro chords x1
| E . . . | B . E . | . . A . | E . . . |
| B . E . | . . . . |

Song Info

Song: Big Parade
Artist: The Lumineers
Album: The Lumineers
Year: 2012
Label: Dualtone 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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