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The Lion's Roar

First Aid Kit

from the album The Lion's Roar released in 2012

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Lyrics

Intro

Am .. Am .. Am .. Am .. C .. G .. Am .. Am .. Am .. Am ..

Verse

Am C G Am Now, the pale morning sings of forgotten things Am C Am She plays a tune for those who wish to overlook The fact that they've been blindly deceived By those who preach and pray and teach But she falls short and the night explodes in laughter But don't you come here and say I didn't warn you About the way your world can alter And oh, how you try to command it all still Every single time it all shifts one way or the other

Chorus

F C G Am And I'm a goddamn coward, but then again so are you And the lion's roar, the lion's roar Has me evading and hollering for you And I never really knew what... to do (intro chords) Well, I guess sometimes I wish you were a little more predictable That I could read you just like a book For now I can only guess what's coming next By examining your timid smile And the ways of the old, old winds blowing you back around And I'm a goddamn fool, but then again so are you And the lion's roar, the lion's roar Has me seeking out and searching for you And I never really knew what... to do (intro chords)

Bridge

Dm F Am Sometimes I wish I could find my Rosemary Hill I'd sit there and look at the deserted lakes and I'd sing And every once in a while I'd sing a song for you That would rise above the mountains and the stars and the sea And if I wanted it to It would lead you back to me (let chords ring) And the lion's roar, the lion's roar Is something that I have heard before A children's tale, the lonesome wail of a lion's roar (intro chords, end on Am and let ring)

Notes & Tabs

No Capo, Standard Tuning

The chords above assume you're not using a capo -- and you'll still be able to play along with the recorded version of the song. I've seen Johanna (the First Aid Kit guitarist) use a capo when playing -- but I don't think it is necessary to do so.

Chords Used

Here are the chords used to play this song as shown above.

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

Intro Tab

To simulate the guitar riff in the intro, I use something similar to this. Basically just remove your fingers from the Am chord at the proper point in the strumming pattern. Keep up this strumming pattern when switching to the C, G, and back to the Am. Listen along for reference.

e-|------------------------|------------------------|-
B-|----------------1--1----|----------------1--1----|-
G-|----2-----2-----0--2----|----2-----2-----0--2----|-
D-|----2-----2-----0--2----|----2-----2-----0--2----|-   ...etc
A-|----0-----0-----0--0----|----0-----0-----0--0----|-
E-|------------------------|------------------------|-
       v  ^  v  ^  v  ^         v  ^  v  ^  v  ^
       Am                       Am 

Chord Progressions

Intro

| Am . . | Am . . | Am . . | Am . . |
| C  . . | G  . . | Am . . | Am . . |
| Am . . | Am . . |

Verse

"Now, the pale morning sings of forgotten things..."
| Am . . | C . . | G  . . | Am . . |
| Am . . | C . . | Am . . | Am . . |
                           ...repeat

Chorus

"And I'm a goddamn coward, but then again..."
| F . . | C . . | G  . . | Am . . |
                          ...repeat

Bridge

"Sometimes I wish I could find my Rosemary Hill..."
| Dm . . | Dm . . | F  . . | F  . . |
| Am . . | Am . . | Am . . | Am . . |
                            ...repeat

Song Info

Song: The Lion's Roar
Artist: First Aid Kit
Album: The Lion's Roar
Year: 2012
Label: Wichita Recordings

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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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