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Vapour Trails  The Tragically Hip

One of my favorite Hip songs, I didn't see any attempts at it so I thought I'd give it a
try. I love Gord Downie's lyrics, full of imagery especially in this one. I played it
along with the recording to figure it out. This is a simple chord/vocal tab for the
song, I play it on acoustic and it sounds great. The spelling of "Vapour" is not a
mistake, its
Canadian. I always try to get the chord changes in the right place in my tabs. The Hip
are often a little tricky with chord changes, with slight variations in a progression,
usually at the end of the song (like "Nautical Disaster"), so watch for the different
chords in the outro. It also adds to the song if you strum the verses softly, and a heavier
accent the chorus and bridge parts. Gord's lyrics and vocals can be tricky on the
timing, but if you listen to the song and read along closely, you can figure it out. Enjoy!
[Intro: Strum cb]F#/A[/cb] 4x over drum part]
[F#]Titillations [A]been replaced.[F#] interstate brick[A]face & Coffe[F#]mate
[F#]And by a [A]list of phone calls,[F#] you?ll like to m[A]ake[F#]
[F#]Where you could sit on the [A]edge of your bed[F#]
[F#]And you could stare in[A]to your own shoes[F#]
[F#]And in the p[A]ools of light there,[F#] go where[A]ver you choose
[A]Just rig up a [E]complication,[F#] and if it derails
You can [A]throw away the rudder, [E]float away like Vapour[F#] Trails
[F#]There?s nothin funni[A]er than pride,[F#] in an utter[A]ly confident [F#]stride
[F#]So I pulled the [A]car on over,[F#] to give you a [A]ride[F#]
[F#]Damn this slee[A]py weather he said,[F#] as he marched in sopp[A]in? wet shoes[F#]
[F#]Through rainpools e[A]vaporatin?[F#], says in this sign I?ll c[A]onquer you
[A]I pulled the [E]car on over,[F#] to give you a ride
But t[A]here?s nothin? ugli[E]er than a man hittin? his [F#]stride
[Interlude: F# - E] x 2
Past [D]Mexicans all dressed in [A]beige shirts, leanin? over t[D]heir hoes
[D]Now the mornin?s [A]over, it?s time to let them [D]sprinklers [A]hose
[F#]Past hills of chamber[A]maids? dark bare arms[F#]
[F#]And fields of muscles quilted [A]to the bone[F#]
[F#]Right now I?m f[A]lyin? over,[F#] Ya right now I?m f[A]lyin? home[F#]
[F#]Where I can sit on the [A]end of my bed[F#]
[F#]And I can stare in[A]to my own shoes[F#]
[F#]And in the [A]pools of light years,[F#] go wherev[A]er I choose
[A]And throw away the rudder, [E]float away on Vapour T[F#]rails....
[A]I rigged up a c[E]omplication,[F#] totally derailed
So I [D]throw away the rudder, f[A]loat away like Vapour [F#]Trails....
[D]I pulled the [A]car on over... (It?s [C#m]time to let them sprinklers [B]hose)
[F#] [-] [E] x 8 or so over vocal ad lib / end solo:
Woo?Woooo?Woooo - Throw away the rudder!

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