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Why Not Smile  R.E.M.

Why Not Smile - R.E.M.
(Oxford American Version)
From: Matt Egan (
This is a great, mellow tune from the Oxford American Magazine "Why Not Smile." Here are the lyrics, chords and a bit of tab.
I don't think that this is perfect, but it's a easonable facsimile, and I think it sounds decent.
This is the first tab that I've posted, so I'd love to hear some feedback. Thanks.
[D] [D] [G] [A] 

The rest of the song pretty much follows that pattern. You should probably be able to figure it out.
If not, drop a line, and I'll see what I can do.
At the (*) there is some little fill. It's something like this:

A6 : 0-0-2-2-2-2
[D]The concre[D]te broke your f[G]all[A]
[D]To hear you sp[D]eak of it[G] [A6]
[D]I'd have done an[D]ything[G] [A]
[D]I would do a[D]nything[G] [A6]
I'd f[G]eel like a car[A]toon brick wa[D]ll [F#m]
G A6 * D
To hear you speak of it
Y[G]ou've been so s[A]ad, [D]it makes me wo[D]rry
[G]Why [A6]not sm[D]ile? [D]
[G]You've been s[A]ad for a w[D]hile[D]
[G]Why [A6]not sm[G]ile? [A6] [D] [F#m]
G A6 * D D
I would do anything
[G]To hear you s[A]peak of [D]it[D]
[G]Why [A6]not s[D]mile?[D]
[G]You've been s[A]ad for a w[D]hile[D]
[G]You've been s[A]ad for a w[G]hile
A6 D F#m G ... guitar fades out with same chords as organ comes in
One more note :
Many thanks to David Wagner( for the chords/lyrics.
(I just added the finger picking part.)

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A A6 D F#m G
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