Elliott Smith

Elliott Smith - Happiness guitar tab

Tom's Start

tuning - dafcgd

I used the 8-19-98 EDGE 102 radio version of this song which was

recorded the day that he wrote the song so i'm sure it's changed

I think he played it in a different key on tour with Quasi so if

anyone has any corrections or additions feel free to make them

and send them to charlie - waltz2@hotmail.com

G: 355433

Am: 577655

F: 133211

F#m: 244222

A: 002220

Intro (played x2) (repeat x2)

d|---3--------2---------1--------0--------|-5-------3--------|

a|----3--------2--------------------------|--5-------3-------|

f|----------------------------------------|------------------|

c|----------------------------------------|------------------|

g|----------------------------------------|------------------|

d|------3-3-3-----2-2-2---1-1-1----0-0-0--|----5-5-5---3-3-3-|

G Am

activity is killing the actor

A G A F F#m

and a cop's standing out in the road turning traffic away

G Am

there's nothing she could do until after

A G

when his body'd been buried below

A F F#m

way back in the day

?

oh my nothing else could have been done

G

made his life a lie

so he might never have to know anyone

G

made his life a lie, you know

VRS. 2

I told him he shouldn't have sent her

he'd only be making it worse

bothering somebody else

but I he that he'd never forget her

while her memory worked in reverse

to keep her safe from herself

BR.2

oh my nothing else could have been done

she made her life a lie

so she might never have to know anyone

made her life a lie, you know

PLAY INTRO OVER THE OUTRO and strum G to Am one extra time

what I used to be will pass away and then you'll see

and all I want now is happiness for you and me

what I used to be will pass away and then you'll see

and all I want now is happiness for you and me.

fade out between Am and G

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tom's start

david wagner wagner@mindspring.com

*standard tuning*

chords used that might need tab explanation...

D7/C: x30212

C#m: x46654

F#m: 244222

G#: 466544

Bb:688766

A (II): 577655

intro/outro:

E G#m D A D7/C E F# A

e-----0-----------------2------0--------2---------0----2-------0-

b--0--------4-------3---------2-----1---------0-------2-------2-

g---------4----------------------------------------------------------

-notes: elliott plays this riff in the intro and outro. he also strums

the chord a little in between each chord change, especially the F# and

the A -- on those two he doesn't really pick on those chords but rather

strums on the whole chord.

VERSE:

E F#m

activity is killing the actor

B A F#m D B

and a cop's standing out in the road turning traffic away

E F#m

there's nothing she could do until after

B A

when his body'd been buried below

F#m D B

way back in the day

CHORUS:

C#m F#m C#m A (II)

oh my nothing else could have been done

E C#m G#(slide to)A G#

made his life a lie so

C#m F#m C#m A

he might never have to know anyone

E C#m G#(slide to)A - Bb - C

made his life a lie, you know

verse two:

i told him he shouldn't have sent her

he'd only be making it wore bothering somebody else

but i knew that he'd never forget her

while her memory worked in reverse

to keep her safe from herself

chorus two:

oh my nothing else could have been done

she made her life a lie so

she might never have to know anyone

made her life a lie, you know

outro:

play the intro twice, then play the chords to it (E G#m ... F# A), with

each chord played for two beats. here are the lyrics...

what i used to be will pass away and then you'll see

all i want now is happiness for you and me

he plays this a few times over and over, then fools around a little bit

of soloing on the g and b strings. he ends on an E chord.

questions? comments?

david wagner wagner@mindspring.com

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