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1904

The Tallest Man on Earth

from the album There's No Leaving Now released in 2012

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Lyrics

Intro

C ... F ... C ... F ... (x1) C ... F ... Dm ... G ... (x2)

Verse

C F Well, some may say its not even funny Dm G And there you stand not even trying C F They say it is in line with the ages Dm G Sometimes noise is just your mind F C G But the lesson is vague and the lightning F C G Shows a deer with her mind on the moor C F And now something with the sun is just different Dm G C F Dm G Since they shook the earth in nineteen-oh-four And as I lower down I hear it's a message And it's 1902 just telling people to get out And if there was just a way I could tell them It's been long but you are right And the singing is slow and so quiet Like the sound when you sweep up the floor And now something with the dirt is just different Since they shook the earth in 1904

Refrain

Em F And when the night is young but the bridge is up Am F Something passing by, I was sure Em F And the only one you can tell it to Am G Well, It's the only one that ever knows And since more robbers made to go through my window Here's something more strange and something louder than before And you're living with no light or direction But damn precise and now you know When the leaving is hard but you go now And you feel what you drag across the floor Because something with these trails are just different Since they shook the earth in 1904 And when the night is young but the bridge is up Something passing by, I was sure And the only one you can tell it to Well, It's the only one who'll ever know And some would say its not even healthy But body is young and mind is sure That something is so right with your thinking 'Cause they shook the earth in 1904

Notes & Tabs

Looking for a capo version?

If you're looking for the exact capo version (to match how the artist plays this song), then you'll need to look elsewhere -- this version shows how to play this song on a guitar without a capo (or on another instrument). A great video tutorial showing the capo chords and tabs can be seen here.

Basic Chords Used

Here are the basic chords used to play the song as outlined above (which can be played along with the record). You can certainly use the standard versions of these chords, but I show here slightly modified versions that fit the flourishes the artist plays on the record. Especially experiment with leaving the high E string open, while sometimes placing your finger on it as fit for whichever chord you're playing -- this helps add some flavor.

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

Chord Progressions

Intro

| C . . . | F . . . | C  . . . | F . . . | (x1)
| C . . . | F . . . | Dm . . . | G . . . | (x2)

Verse

"Well, some they say it's not even funny..."
| C . . . | F . . . | Dm . . . | G . . . | (repeat)
"But the lesson is vague and the lightning..."
| F . C . | G . . . | F . C . | G . . . |

Refrain

"And when the night is young but the bridge is up..."
| Em . . . | F . . . | Am . . . | F . . . |
| Em . . . | F . . . | Am . . . | G . . . |

Song Info

Song: 1904
Artist: The Tallest Man on Earth
Album: There's No Leaving Now
Year: 2012
Label: Dead Oceans

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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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