Elliott Smith - Alphabet Town
 
I was used to play this song by Tony's tab, which was much satisfying to me, but i tried it
while listening to the CD and i found something that changes quite a lot. Here it is.
 
To play it you must tune your upper E down to D. (By the way, Elliott also does that on
 taking the easy way out , i don't think it's worth changing all the existing tab.)
 
So what you've got here is the following tuning :
 
D
B
G
D
A
E
 
You can play it with a capo on the 2nd fret, if you are - as Elliott, usually - one step down.
 
E  022100
F# 244322
F  133211
C  (3)32010 or x32010
A x02220
C#2 x35553 or x35353 i'm not sure
 
Important : on most of those chords, you have to hammer the upper E become a D at the 2nd
fret, doing something like
         E 
D -------0h2-
B -------0-
G -------1-
D -------2-
A -------2-
E -------0-
 
Or
         A
D -------0h2-
B -------2-
G -------2-
D -------2-
A -------0-
E ---------
 
Listen to the CD if you don't find the right way to do it.
 
Intro:
 
 
   E                   B         A           C
 
D -3-4-2-0-
B -------0-
G -------1-
D -------2-
A -------2-
E -------0-
 
E    F#          C       A
 
 Alphabet city is haunted
 
E      F#                  C    A
 
 Constantina feels right at home
 
E
 
 She probably won't say you're wrong
 
C#2
 
 But you're already wrong
 
C
 
 You're already wrong
 
        A             E            B  A   C
 
 And you threw up whatever she shot do - o - wn
 
               B    A   C
 
 Said show me around 
 
               B  A   C
 
 This alphabet town
 
               B  A   C
 
 Said show me around
 
E         F#            C         A
 
 There's a name you keep repeating
 
E       F#                C  A
 
 You got nothing better to do
 
            C                   B      F
 
 And you're with someone who'll hear you say it
 
              E   A
 
 And just not mi - ind
 
E
 
 Her hand on your arm
 
C#2
 
 Her hand on your arm
 
C(open high E)
 
 She put her hand on your arm
 
     B          E             B  A C
 
 And told you her name you can't pronounce it
 
               B    A   C
 
 I'll show you around 
 
               B    A   C
 
 This alphabet town
 
               B    A   C
 
 I'll show you around 
 
               C
 
 This alphabet town
 
   B           F
 
 I know what you are
 
              E   A
 
 I just don't mi - ind
 
E
 
 I won't say you're wrong
 
C#2
 
 I know what you want
 
C(open high E)
 
 And it's what I want
 
          C#
 
 So let's go out
 
     E          B  A C
 
 I'm ready to go out
 
               B    A   C
 
 I'll show you around 
 
               B    A   C
 
 This alphabet town
 
               B    A   C
 
 I'll show you around 
 
               B    A   C
 
 This alphabet town
 
* Play B, A, and C chords over and over
 
 
Philippe Vité