T| A small portion of the musical complexity that is Death Cab's song,
A| "Transatlanticism". These simple chords are easily identifiable
B| and do not begin to match the intricacies of the actual song or
N| detail of the officially licensed sheet music (if it exists).
B| Original tab by firstname.lastname@example.org
B| Corrections by slickrick
R| How to read this tab:
.| There are three sections (1) (2) and (3).
C| Each section is a progression of chords.
O| I've marked these sections within the context of the lyrics, so just switch
M| to the right chord progression when you get to that point in the song.
B| (1): [AA] - - - [C#mC#m] - - - [DD] - - - [F#mF#m] - - [EE]*
B| (2): [DD] - - - [AA] - [F#mF#m] [EE]
R| (3): [F#mF#m] - - - [C#mC#m] - - - [DD] - - - [EE] - - -
C| [F#mF#m] - - - [BB] - - - [DD] - - - [AA] - [F#mF#m] [EE]
T| THE SONG:
A| (1) (REPEAT several times)
B| the atlantic was born today and i'll tell you how:
N| the clouds above opened up and let it out.
A| i was standing on the surface of a perforated sphere
B| when the water filled every hole.
B| and thousands upon thousands made an ocean,
E| making islands where no island should go.
R| oh no.
O| (2) [instrumental] (REPEAT 4x)
M| for the guitar riff, play these notes:
B| (1) (REPEAT several times)
N| those people were overjoyed; they took to their boats.
A| i thought it less like a lake and more like a moat.
B| the rhythm of my footsteps crossing flood lands to your door have been silenced forever more.
B| the distance is quite simply much too far for me to row
E| it seems farther than ever before
R| oh no.
O| i need you so much closer (REPEAT 4x)
T| i need you so much closer (REPEAT 4x)
B| (2) [chords] (14x I think)**
B| i need you so much closer (REPEAT 4x)
E| (2) [chords] (REPEAT 2x)
C| so come on, come on (REPEAT 4x)
-| [ambient stuff in background]***
N| * Starts off without an [EE] chord here, but later on in the song, one is added.
B| ** I've counted the number of progressions twice, and I got 14 both times,
E| and felt wrong both times. It seems like a somewhat unnatural number
R| (as you usually divide most duple meter music up in multiples of 4),
.| and I really have to wonder why Ben and/or the band chose it. Still,
C| if I was actually going to cover this song, I'd play it maybe 4 or 8 times
O| instead of 14. Don't want my audience falling asleep!
T| *** If you want to imitate those ambient pad thingies in the background at
A| the end, it sounds mostly like notes from an [AM7AM7] chord (A, C#, E, G#).
A| Also, if you don't like the way your A chord sounds at the very beginning
B| of the song, you're probably not voicing right. The chord's voicings on
B| the piano (from bottom up) are E A C#. As far as I can tell, all the rest
E| of the voicings are just your standard first position triads, though.
C| Any comments, questions, suggestions?
O| Tell me if this is helpful!
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