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We're an American Band  Yo La Tengo

Song: We're an American Band
Album: I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One (1997)
Standard Tuning (EADGBE)
Intro (0:00-0:23): D (you can jam on it)
(0:23-0:55): Em F#m Em D | Em F#m F Em D D
Verse (0:55-3:03):
[Em] Driving in the s[F#m]outh, the [Em]motor's on [D]fire
[D] Let's [Em]put it [F#m]out be[F]fore the f[Em]lames go [D]higher
[Em] Monday mati[F#m]ne, "Big [Em]Bully" or "White[D] Squall"
[D] So [Em]hard to [F#m]choose, wish [F]we could [Em]see them [D]all
[D] Some [Em]college in the s[F#m]pring, the [Em]sound is all [D]wrong
[D] We [G]set the [F#m]mains to our [F]favorite [Em]Hootie s[D]ong
[Em] Driving (not a[F#m]gain), they're [Em]late, car [D]crash
[D] [G] [F#m] [F] [Em] [D] 
We'l[D]l turn to look unless we're going too fast
First part of solo (3:03-3:44): D Bm F#m F#m
Second part of solo and outro (3:44-6:25): D Bm F#m G , but feel free to replace the
G with F#m occasionally.
End in D.
If you want to give it a jazzy edge, play seventh major chords instead of normal majors
and seventh minors instead of regular minors. For example, replace F#m with F#m7 and F
with FM7.
Listen to the song to get a feel for the rhythm and phrasing. Don't forget about
distortion! This is definitely one of the best, most underrated tracks from "I Can Feel the
Heart Beating as One"; the trippy, shoegaze-like atmosphere is very soothing, thanks to
the vocal and instrumental textures, which blend beautifully.

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D Em F F#m G
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