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E Bow the Letter  R.E.M

[----]From: james yerian (
intro and bridge: G to Em
all verses: C G Em Bm, then C G Em
which then launches into
the chorus of : D to Em
[-----](Source: Greg Allum)
G Eminor7th repeated 4x
(the G is strummed twice and then picked on the E and B strings with the G
becoming a G6)
(The Em7 Is picked on the E and B strings after 2 strums as well)
C G Em Bm C G Em Em repeated 2x
(The rhythm is sort of two strums on each chord)
D Em repeated 4 x
(the riff on the D is below)

Thats it...except for where it goes quiet and that bit is the intro repeat!
[----]I have just heard REM'S New single "E-Bow the letter" on the radio and grabbed
my guitar and started transcribing it, seems pretty easy so I thought some
might like the Guitar chords for it so here they are:-
"E-Bow the letter" by REM from their Forthcoming album "Adventures in Hi-Fi"
Transcribed by Simon Darby (
This is all my own work If there are any mistakes send me some e-mail and give
me the corrections
But I am pretty sure these are right well 99% surte any way here goes
[D](Played [Dsus4]in  a mo[Dsus2]derate f[Em]low)[Em7]
[C](Alt[Cadd(9]ernative pi[G]cking use[Em]d, Just [Em7]pick through chords)
[D]        [Dsus4]        [Em]        [Em7]    Chords used:-
[Cadd(9]e       0 [Dsus4]      3  [Dsus2]     0[Em7]
[b]g       [3]0       [3]2       [3]0
d 2 0 2
a 3 x 2
E x x 0

E-Bow the Letter (from: anonymous)
"D": 2:-3--3-2-0-----0

peter doesn't play it like this every single time - he'll play around
with it a lot.
note: during the verses, pick through the chords - it sounds better.
also note: if you're confused about the verse chords, each chord gets 2 beats
Look [C]up, and what do you see?
all [Dsus2]of you and all of me
cres[Bm]ents, stars, sum[Em]mer lily surprise
the bus driver went to write tho[Dsus2]se four Ms - let[Bm]ter
I feel to pop these little pe[C]arls
[D]all the boys and all the girls[Bm]
street-toothed, each and every one [Em]of them a little scared[C] [D]
I said your name[Bm]
I wore it like a badgered teenage fil[C]m star:
Taz For[D]rest, Jerry Mash, ten[Bm]fold tiaras
[Em]dreaming of Maria Callas,[C] where[D]ver she is[Bm]
the same thing
I do[C]n't get it
I wrapped my hand in pl[D]astic
to try to look through th[Bm]at maybelline eyes
girls and b[Em]oys and others
to t[C]ake the fall[D]
this[Bm] dark thing
I don't get it
(Chorus): "D" (for four beats) Em (for 2) G (for 2)
"D" ( " ) Em (for 2)
"I'll take you over, I'll take you there"
aluminum, tastes like fear
[Em]adrenaline, p[G]ulls us near
"D" Em
tastes like fear
(same chords as above)
will you live to 83?
will you ever welcome me?
will you show me something that noboby else has seen
snuck out, drink, here comes the flood
anything within the blood
these corrosives do their magic so lame, and sweet
from EF drink, it's just another chink
cut too dense they catch the light
aluminum, will you sink?
I don't want to disappoint you, I'm not
here to anoint you
I would lick your pupils
at the sickest move, I'd wear my own crown
with sadness and sorrow and who'd have thought tomorrow
would be so strange
my loss, here we go again
"I'll take you over, I'll take you there"
aluminum tastes like fear
adrenaline, pulls us near
tastes like fear
pulls us near
bridge: (4 beats per chord) G Em (3x)
look up
and what do you see all of you and all of me
fussing and starring summing down a late surprise
i can't look it in the eye
sickened of spanish fly
it's okay, i see a cherry-flavoured neckered car
i can smell the salt on your breath
the sweat, victory, salt, the smell thing
i've got it
"i can't move you over"
aluminum, tastes like fear,
adrenaline, pulls us near...
that's it. on the verse immediately after the bridge,
peter uses an e-bow, and here's what he does:

[-----]From: Andrew Steckler (
Um, I think I may have figured out some of E-bow to
help you out here..
The intro goes:
[G]   [Em]   The chorus:

[----]From: david wagner (
G Em7 (020000)
C G Em Bm C G Em Em (2x)
(2 beats per chord)
"D" Em (4x)
"D": b-3-2

see intro
From: Michael Dales (
E-Bow the Letter from New Adventures in Hi-Fi
Intro & Bridge :
G Em do this three times
Verse :
C G Em Bm C G Em The last Em is played for twice the time of the rest
D Em G Here the D is played for twice the time of the rest

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