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King of Spain

The Tallest Man on Earth

from the album The Wild Hunt released in 2010

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Lyrics

(capo 6th fret)

Intro

D ... D ... G ... A ... (lighter) D ... D ... G ... A ... D ... D ... D ... D ... (heavier) G ... A ... D ... D ...

Verse

D I never knew I was a lover Bm Just 'cause I steal the things you hide G A7 Just 'cause I focus while we're dancing off D Just 'cause I offered you a ride Still, I am not from Barcelona I am not even from Madrid I am a native of the North folk And that could mess up any kid

Chorus

A7 Em/B Well, if you....... could reinvent my name A7 G Aadd8 Well, if you... oh, could redirect my day D I wanna be the King of Spain And I will settle in Pamplona And I'll provoke the bulls with words And then I'll send a man to meet them all Blood is fake, so I have heard And all the seƱoritas sighing Oh, will be the fountain of my lies But while we're floating in siestas You search for bottles and for knives Well, if you....... could reinvent my name Well, if you... oh, could redirect my day I wanna be the King of Spain

Break

D ... D ... D ... D ... G ... A ... D ... D ...
And I'll wear my boots of Spanish leather Oh, while I'm tightening my crown I'll disappear in some flamenco Perhaps I'll reach the other side Why are you stamping my illusion? Just cause I stole some eagle's wings Because you named me as your lover Well, I thought I could be anything Well, if you....... could reinvent my name Well, if you... oh, could redirect my day I wanna be the King of Spain

Notes & Tabs

Capo 6th Fret, Standard Tuning

The chords and tabs I provide assume you're in standard tuning using a capo on the 6th fret -- which will let you play along with the album if you wish. 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 the basic chords this song uses, relative to the capo (which should be on the 6th fret if you want to play in the same key as the recorded version). The Dadd6 and Aadd8 shown below are optional, but likely helpful in emulating the sound heard on the record. The Dadd6 is used in the main riff, while the A7 and Aadd8 is used in the chorus.

e-|---2---2----0----3-----3----    ----2------3------5------
B-|---3---3----2----0-----0----    ----3------2------2------
G-|---2---4----2----0-----0----    ----4------2------2------
D-|---0---4----2----2-----0----    ----0------2------2------
A-|-------2----0----2-----2----    -----------0------0------
E-|-----------------------3----    -------------------------
      D   Bm   A   Em/B   G          Dadd6    A7   Aadd8 

Playing the Signature D-Riff

The main riff played throughout this song can be played as follows. Simply use your pinky on the G string to play the Dadd6 (as shown below), and of course listen along for the strumming pattern and proper emphases. Play close attention to when the high E string is either played or not played -- especially in the more subtle sections (when it is not played). In the choruses and heavier sections, alternatively, these strings are emphasized.

e-|--(2)----------|---------------|---------------|---0h2--2--2---|-
B-|---3----3--3---|---3----3--3---|---3----3--3---|---3----3--3---|-
G-|---2----2--2---|---4----4--4---|---2----2--2---|---2----2--2---|-
D-|---0----0--0---|---0----0--0---|---0----0--0---|---0----0--0---|-
A-|---------------|---------------|---------------|---------------|-
E-|---------------|---------------|---------------|---------------|-
      D               Dadd6           D               D 

 -|---------------|---------------|---------------|---2----x--0---||
 -|---3----3--3---|---3----3--3---|---3----3--3---|---3----3--3---||
 -|---2----2--2---|---4----4--4---|---2----2--2---|---2----2--2---||
 -|---0----0--0---|---0----0--0---|---0----0--0---|---0----0--0---||
 -|---------------|---------------|---------------|---------------||
 -|---------------|---------------|---------------|---------------||
      D               Dadd6           D               D 

Opening Intro Riff

Finally, here is how I like to play the very beginning of the intro. The strumming here is very approximated (and simplified to save space) -- listen along for the exact timing.

e-|---2----2-2-2----5--2--3--2----2-2-2---|---10---9---|--3-3-3--|--5-5-5----||
B-|---3----3-3-3----3--3--3--3----3-3-3---|---10--10---|--3-3-3--|--5-5-5----||
G-|---2----2-2-2----2--2--2--2----2-2-2---|------------|--4-4-4--|--6-6-6----||
D-|---0----0-0-0----0-------------0-0-0---|------------|---------|-----------||
A-|---------------------------------------|------------|---------|-----------||
E-|---------------------------------------|------------|---------|-----------||
      D                                                   G         A 

Chord Progressions

Verse

"I never knew I was a lover..."
| D . . . | . . . . | Bm . . . | . . . . |
| G . . . | A . . . | D  . . . | D . . . |

Chorus

"Well, if you could reinvent my name..."
| A . . . | . . . . | G . . . | . . . . |
| A . . . | . . . . | G . . . | A . . . |
| D . . . | . . . . |

Break

Played in the second part of the intro, and mid-song.
| D . . . | . . . . | . . . . | . . . . |
| G . . . | A . . . | D . . . | D . . . |

Song Info

Song: King of Spain
Artist: The Tallest Man on Earth
Album: The Wild Hunt
Year: 2010
Label: Dead Oceans

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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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