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Wind and Walls

The Tallest Man on Earth

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

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Lyrics

(capo 4th fret)

Intro

D ... D ... D ... D ... (x1, freely) D ... A ... Em ... D . A . (x2)

Verse

D Well, "All is well, in order" A Is what you thought you heard them say Em D A So you drifted off to see what's not in yourself Light is turning slowly Will it lay out on the plains No more nights of what you wrote back then, no relief G A ...of no rain You're still singing songs of rivers Tied to accidents within And telling people lies of lions, treasures and kings Nothing's more revealing Than the dancer and the doubt Waving to forget what's never gone ...Always there, never right

Refrain

D A And all these riots of broken sounds Em Like the last voice you heard D A D A Em D A And you drown... oh no You know, this is wind and walls And weathered leaves and tearing sails The minnows in your pockets when the Rapid's on trails This is not the future But I sense it's up right up there, oh Just another hour, another pass ...Another day, anywhere And all these riots of broken sounds And you sleep on the tracks Every night... oh no

Chorus

G And we don't know if your treasure is safe A D Bm Or where you'll be when they find you, son G And you know they're always following me A D Bm So when I get there you'll trust me son, and just leave Em A I'll catch up... This is where you're passionate Of seasons and their strength And this is where you'll breath and walk And know they will end The light is turning slowly To the hand up on your chest So lay it on the plains where there is time ...There is love, there is rest From all these riots of broken sounds Where you sleep on the tracks Every night... oh no

Break

G ... G ... A ... A ... G ... G ... A ... A ...
And we don't know if your treasure is safe Or where you'll be when they find you, son G A And you know you're always following me D I'll be the best when the silence comes

Notes & Tabs

Capo 4th Fret, Standard Tuning

The chords and tabs I provide assume you're in standard tuning using a capo on the 4th fret. When the artist plays this song, he is using an open tuning variety which I am not showing here. Look elsewhere online if you want to see exactly how he plays it.

Basic Chords Used

Here are standard ways to play each of the chords used in this song. Remember, these all assume you're using a capo on the 4th fret (which will let you play along with the record). I am sure there are plenty of flourishes / variations you could add to each chord to emulate the sound the artist creates -- experiment.

e-|---2----0----0-----3----2-----
B-|---3----2----0-----0----3-----
G-|---2----2----0-----0----4-----
D-|---0----2----2-----0----4-----
A-|--------0----2-----2----2-----
E-|-------------0-----3----------
      D    A    Em    G    Bm 

A Riff for the Intro & Verse Progression

For the main progression used during the Intro and Verses, I like to flavor it as follows -- especially for the opening D. Pay attention to the voicing given to the notes played on the highest E string. This doesn't account for strumming pattern and timing -- listen along to get that. Hopefully this gets you started on your way.

e-|---2------5--3---2--|--5------|---3------2--0---|--2----3--2----0----||
B-|---3------3--3---3--|--2------|---0------0--0---|--3----3--3----2----||
G-|---2------2--2---2--|--2------|---0------0--0---|--2----2--2----2----||
D-|---0------0--0---0--|--2------|---2------2--2---|--0----0--0----2----||  (repeat)
A-|--------------------|--0------|---2------2--2---|---------------0----||
E-|--------------------|---------|---0------0--0---|--------------------||
      D                   A          Em               D            A 

Chord Progressions

Intro

| D . . . | D . . . | D  . . . | D . . . | (x1, freely)
| D . . . | A . . . | Em . . . | D . A . | (x2)

Verse

"'All is well, in order' is what you thought you heard them say..."
| D . . . | A . . . | Em . . . | D . A . |
| D . . . | A . . . | Em . . . | D . A . |
| G . . . | A . . . |

Refrain

"And all these riots of broken sounds..."
| D . . . | A . . . | Em . . . | D . A . |
| D . . . | A . . . | Em . . . | D . A . |

Chorus

"And we don't know if your treasure is safe..."
| G  . . . | G . A . | D . . . | Bm . . . |
| G  . . . | G . A . | D . . . | Bm . . . |
| Em . . . | A . . . |

Break

| G . . . | G . . . | A . . . | A . . . |
| G . . . | G . . . | A . . . | A . . . |

Song Info

Song: Wind and Walls
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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