Elliott Smith

Elliott Smith - Shytown guitar tab

Song name: Shytown

Artist(s): Elliott Smith & Pete Krebs

Album: Not too sure.. sorry

Tuning: Standard (though I drop mine a full step down and bring it back up with a capo.

*there is a lot of walking into and out of chords with the use of a very simple picking pattern. I am not

going to type it all out becaues if you listen to the song, you will realize how easy it is. There is also

a Bass Pattern played while going into and out of the verses and ending the song, it is played by Elliott,

but sounds much better if you play it while doing playing the chords that Pete Krebs plays, which are the

ones I have here. PLEASE go easy on me, I have only been playing 2 months shy of 2 years and everything I

know is self taught. Thanks.

E A D g b e

F/C* x 8 8 10 10 8

Am7* x 0 2 0 1 3

Am7 x 0 2 0 1 0

A2* x 0 2 3 2 0

C x 3 2 0 1 0

C* 3 3 2 0 1 0

G 3 2 0 0 3 3

Listen for timing, because some of the chords change on weird timing, but of course it’s Elliott Smith,

it is expected.

Intro: G - A2*- Am7/Am7* - C* - G (This is where the bass pattern comes in. Also very very simple to pick up)


Crossing my eyes and making faces

G Am7/Am7* C

I hope we don't go to too many places


'Cos then before I go to sleep

G Am7/Am7* C*

I'll wonder exactly what she means when......

C G A2* Am7/Am7*

When she says, that I aaaammmm..


I am too shy

(Bass Picking part starts again here 2 x's)

Verse's 2 and 3 are exactly the same chords.

Verse 2

Finding a way to stay inside

She always asks me, am I having a good time?

Come in here where the band is playing

Are you coming along, or are you staying?

Well I'm fine, I'm fiiiiinnnee..

Fine quit asking

Instrumental Bridge (starts with bass picing part)

G - C - G - Am7/Am7* - C* - G - C - G - F/C*

G - C - G - Am7/Am7* - C* - G - C - G - (bass picking part)

Verse 3

It's the hardest thing to greet her friends

I always feel like I have to entertain them

All alone with the jokes that I forget

Someone's boyfriend damned the TV set

Well I live, I liiiivvee.....

I live in a shytown

Well I live, yea I liiivvvee....

I live in a shytown.

Bass Picking Pattern. (on G chord)







Don't know if I did that right, or if you can understand that, but if you listen to the song you will

get the idea. The walking in and out of chords usually occurs when going from the "C" chord into the

"G" and also when you go from the "Am7/Am7* to the "C" chord going into the "G". Yes, I have a tendancy

to over explain.

If you have any comments or corrections feel free to send me an email at vicissitude_vindication101@msn.com

I would be more than happy for a little help.


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