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by: slickrick


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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). 
A|  
B|  Original tab by micah@micahellison.com
B|  Corrections by slickrick
E|  
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.
-|  
T|  
A|  SECTIONS:
B|  (1): [AA
] - - - [C#mC#m
] - - - [DD
] - - - [F#mF#m
] - - [EE
]* N|   A|   B|  (2): [DD
] - - - [AA
] - [F#mF#m
] [EE
] B|   E|   R|  (3): [F#mF#m
] - - - [C#mC#m
] - - - [DD
] - - - [EE
] - - - .|       C|       [F#mF#m
] - - - [BB
] - - - [DD
] - - - [AA
] - [F#mF#m
] [EE
] O|   M|   -|   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. .|   C|   O|  (2) [instrumental] (REPEAT 4x) M|  for the guitar riff, play these notes: -|   --a--C#--G#----b--C#--A-- T|   A|   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. .|   C|  (2) O|  i need you so much closer (REPEAT 4x) M|   -|  (3) T|  i need you so much closer (REPEAT 4x) A|   B|  (2) [chords] (14x I think)** N|   A|  (3) B|  i need you so much closer (REPEAT 4x) B|   E|  (2) [chords] (REPEAT 2x) R|   .|  (2) C|  so come on, come on (REPEAT 4x) O|   M|   -|  [ambient stuff in background]*** T|   A|  ----- B|  NOTES: N|  * Starts off without an [EE
] chord here, but later on in the song, one is added. A|   B|   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! M|   -|   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#). B|   N|   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. R|   .|  ----- C|  Any comments, questions, suggestions? O|  Tell me if this is helpful! M|  
Song Chord Charts:
A
C#m
D
F#m
E
B
AM7

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Sam
[Guest]

(6 years ago)
Sounds great, but I need the other hand :( and I can't find it!

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galaxysc9


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(6 years ago)
I have this in sheet music, and it takes like 9 minutes to play it :D

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Anonymous
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(6 years ago)
@J Then you are tone death...works for me. Only bit was in section 3 with the B but i'm pretty sure thats just minor. I wouldn't have a clue i don't even play piano but it sounds right.

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dermot
[Guest]

(7 years ago)
I think it's wonderful that you've taken such care and time to do such a nice job documenting this lovely song!

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jpick
[Guest]

(8 years ago)
Also i believe its a Bm in section 3 rather than a B

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Agnes
[Guest]

(8 years ago)
Greaat!! :D

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lux
[Guest]

(9 years ago)
THIS IS AWESOME!!!
Thank you sooooo much!!

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iw
[Guest]

(9 years ago)
These piano chords are bang-on correct! If anyone thinks they don't sound "quite right", just tweek the inversions of the chords that you're using (altering the order of notes in the chord) and it will line up perfectly with the CD. Nice job!

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jill
[Guest]

(9 years ago)
the only time you play E in part 2, is the last time before he starts verse 2

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jill
[Guest]

(9 years ago)
I correct myself.
part 2 is:
D(1st position)---A---F#m-c#m-D

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jill
[Guest]

(9 years ago)
The first set of chords are correct when i play them with the song.
BUT i think the second set is a D (when the guitar strums) then A (keeping a as the top note) C#m D (f# top note)...
There is no E there.

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mary
[Guest]

(10 years ago)
wow. most correct transatlanticism tab ive found. i think it's in a different key than the real song, but whatever. it works.

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J
[Guest]

(10 years ago)
I play these chords on piano and listen to the song and in nno way shape or form does this even sound close to the song. they aren't jsut simple a chord b chord c# chord they are altered and a is the only chord that sounds sort of right all the other chords are wrong

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bizzle


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(11 years ago)
I love this tab

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