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Damien Jurado

Big Decision 

Engine Fire 

Fuel 

Happy Birthday John 

Has Anybody Seen Shannon Rose?

Honey Baby

I Am The Mountain 

Letters and Drawings

Lion Tamer 

Lottery 

Motion Sickness

Night Out For A Downer

Northbound

Oh Death Art With Me

Simple Hello (2)

Smith 1972 

 

Big Decision (Damien Jurado)

From: "On My Way To Absence" (2005 - Secretly Canadian)
Posted and transcribed by Tabbedout

Intro: (C) - (Csus) (C) (Csus)

1.Verse:

(C)Made a big (Csus) decision
Think I (C) left you (Csus) out
(C)Made a big (Csus) decision
Think I (C) left you (Csus) out

2.Verse:

(C)Got a lot of (Csus) problems
Think I'll (C) work it (Csus) out
(C)Got a lot of (Csus) problems
Think I'll (C) work it (Csus) out

Humming over: (C) - (Csus)

Repeat the verses over and over, same chords throughout

 

Engine Fire (Damien Jurado)

From: "Just In Time For Something"
Posted and transcribed by Tabbedout

Maybe tune down one half step?

I use a capo on the 1st fret

Intro:

(G) - (D) - (C)


(G)Let's pull I have
(D)Brake failure and a (C) flat tire
No water (G) no power and an (D) engine fi(C)re

(G)If I call you can I (D) call you collect
I (C) don't mean to be a bother
To make you upset
(G)50 miles of broken (D) bones
I've got (C) 50 miles of broken hearts
(G)Something tells me that
(D)Home is this way or (C) maybe that way

(G)Here's a road map let's(D) find Nevada
We've (C) got places to stay
(G)Busted taillights (D) and no water
And (C)sunburns and an engine fire
(G)Busted taillights (D) and no water
And (C)sunburns and an engine fire
(G)Busted taillights (D) and no water
And (C)sunburns and an engine fire

 

Fuel (Damien Jurado)

From "On My Way to Absence"
Posted and transcribed by Kyle Kersten (TravelbySea)

[Capo 6]

G Em F C 1x

[G]I was born in this town
my name [Em]taken from here
[F]three sisters and a brother
[C]who all died before me[G]

[G]When wickedness takes you
like a [Em]child of its own
[F]Nobody will befriend you
[C]no one will defend you[G]

[G]I murdered the law here
I [Em]took on God here
so [F]in place of her sins
[C]I bring you a Judas[G]

So [Em]mother burn my [F]body for [G]fuel
oh [Em[mother burn my [F]body for [G]fuel

(continue same pattern)

They say I'm a story
but the legend's all wrong
I was forced out of town but
kept in this song

You see it was you who made me
it is you who must take me
love me or hate me I'm still your son

So mother burn my body for fuel
oh mother burn my body for fuel
So mother burn my body for fuel

 

Happy Birthday John (Damien Jurado)

From: "Gathered In Song"
Posted and transcribed by Tabbedout


Chords used:

G:320003
C:032010
C/B:020010 (or maybe this chord is called "Am/B")
Dadd4:054030

Intro: (G) - (C) - (G) - (C) - (C/B)


(G)Happy birthday, (C) John
(G)Where has your sweetheart(C) gone
(G)She left today with (C)one week's pay
(C/B)And the boy she calls your (C) son

(Am)Let's not wait for your (C) invitation
(G)Pour yourself a (C) drink
(Dadd4)Think about what(C) happened

Chorus:

(G)Happy birthday, (C) John
(G)The warning lights were (C) on
(G)But you were far too(C) gone
(C/B)To notice what went (C) wrong


Chorus:

(Am)Let's not wait for your (C) invitation
(G)Pour yourself a (C) drink
(Dadd4)Think about what(C) happened

(G)Happy birthday, (C) John
(G)Where has your sweetheart(C) gone
(G)The warning signs were(C) on
(C/B)Happy birthday, (C) John

Chorus:

(Am)Let's not wait for your (C) invitation
(G)Pour yourself a (C) drink
(Dadd4)Think about what(C) happened

 

Has Anybody Seen Shannon Rose? (Damien Jurado)

From: Unreleased (Heard at live shows)
Chords by: Tabbedout

Capo 4th fret

(C)I drove from Monte(F)seino to Abber(C)dine
(G)Abberdine (F) to Pacific (C) Beach
A (F) pocket full of wrong(C) numbers
(G)Has anybody (F) seen Shannon (C) Rose?

(C)I see her in the (F) window of my (C) memory
(G)standing like an (F) angel down the (C) hall
I (F) call you tomorrow evening she would (C) tell me
(G)Has anybody (F) seen Shannon (C) Rose?

(F) (C) (G) (C)


(C)Some say she (F) moved in with her (C) lover
(G)A man her (F) mother could not (C) stand
Ma,(F) he only hits me when he's(C) angry
(G)Has anybody (F) seen shannon (C) Rose?

(C)I heard (F) yesterday they found (C) her
(G)Laying in the (F) tall grass by the (C) road
She(F) was murderd by the hands of her (C) lover
and(G) Goodbye, (F) goodbye Shannon (C) Rose

(F) (C) (G) (C)

(C)Last week I(F) went out to the (C) funural
(G)The same day that her(F) lover stod his (C) trail
(F)By her grave I stod there and (C) rememberd
(G)All of my(F) days with (C) Shannon Rose

(F) (C) (G) (C) x2

 

 

Honey Baby (Damien Jurado)

From: "Rehearsals For Departure" (1999 - Sub Pop)
Posted and transcribed by Bill

(A)I spent the last night in your (D)bedroom (G)sleeping
(A)Your head was laid upon my (D)pillow (G)dreaming

(A)Is this the first time baby
Is this the (D)last time, well (G)maybe
(A)Is this the first time baby
Is this the (D)last time, well (G)maybe

(E)I'd spend the last night in your (D)room
(E)Kicking these wishes to the (A)moon
(E)I'd spend the last night in your (D)room
(E)Kicking these wishes to the (A)moon, to the (D)moon

I spent the last night in your bedroom sleeping
Your head was laid upon my shoulder dreaming

Is this the first time baby
Is this the last time, well maybe
Is this the first time baby
Is this the last time, well maybe

I'd spend the last night in your room
Kicking these wishes to the moon, to the moon

 

 

I Am The Mountain (Damien Jurado)

From: "On My Way To Absence" (2005)
Posted and transcribed by Tabbedout

Intro: (C) - (Em)

(D)Hello desert heat, (Em) when did you leave me (D) undone
(D)A bastard son to the wind (Em) that blows me your (D) direction

(C) - (G) - (D)

(D)The houses in the meadows (Em) have all but shed their(D) skin
(D)Now a boneless shadow (Em) that lies among the (D) lilies

Chorus: X2

(C)How long can you keep your(G) distance
Who's gonna be my (D) witness

(D)The mountain said to his daughter, (Em) the hills shall be your (D) husband
(D)Leave me now a volcano, (Em) to destroy all God has (D) given

Chorus: X4

(C)How long can you keep your(G) distance
Who's gonna be my (D) witness

 

 

Letters and Drawings (Damien Jurado)

From: "Rehearsals for Departure" (1999 - Sub Pop)
Posted and transcribed by Bill

(A)Goodbye angel hands in your pockets
Maybe tomorrow maybe you'll come back (D)sometime

(A)She boards a Greyhound, a ticket to Jersey
A grey-colored backpack full of all her (D)belongings
(A)There's a kiss from the window, tells me she loves me
And how she's sending letters and (D)drawings
(E)But the letters never (D)came


So (A)I wait(E)ed by the (D)phone to hear it ring
So (A)I wait(E)ed by the (D)phone to hear it ring
So (A)I wait(E)ed by the (D)phone to hear it ring

Goodbye angel hands in your pockets
Maybe tomorrow maybe you'll call me sometime
Small time still city she one day calls me
Tells me she's married, I took it badly

Moments of silence, sounds of her laughing
When are you sending letters and drawings
But the letters never came

So I waited by the phone to hear it ring
So I waited by the phone to hear it ring
So I waited by the phone to hear it ring

Goodbye angel hear you're successfull
Maybe tomorrow, well maybe you'll come back sometime
Hands in your pockets here's where you left me
Only with memories when we were just sixteen

But the letters never came

So I waited by the phone to hear it ring
So I waited by the phone to hear it ring
So I waited by the phone to hear it ring

 

Lion Tamer (Damien Jurado)

From: "On My Way To Absence" (2005 - Secretly Canadian)
Posted and transcribed by Tabbedout

Capo 2nd fret

Intro: (C) - (Am) - (C) - (Am) - (F) - (B7)

(C)We said goodbye a (Am) year ago
(C)We sat within the (Am) farmhouse old
(F)You know, (B7) don't you
(C)I went to the (Am) house alone
(C)The power out, no (Am) telephone
(F)You know, (B7) you'll know

(F)The gun in the (G) drawer
(F)The long distance (G) call
(F)A story to (G) tell

(C)Patience (Am) drips into the (Em) sound
(C)You are (Am) nothing to me (Em) now
(C)I need (Am) time to figure (Em) out
(C)Save us (Am) now before we (Em) drown


(C)Hello goodbye so (Am) nice we met
(C)I'll be easy (Am) to forget
(F)You know, (B7) you'll know
(C)An empty bed a (Am) sailing boat
(C)The saddest song (Am) we ever wrote
(F)You know, (B7) don't you

(C)It's all for the(Am) best
(C)It's not what it (Am) seems
(F)The gun in the (G) drawer
(F)The long distance (G) call
(F)A story to (G) tell

(C)Patience (Am) drips into the (Em) sound
(C)You are (Am) nothing to me (Em) now
(C)I need (Am) time to figure (Em) out
(C)Save us (Am) now before we (Em) drown

 

 

Lottery (Damien Jurado)

Posted and transcribed by Kyle Kersten (TravelbySea)

CAPO 6

G D 2x

[G]Misfortune, got you like a [D]sickness
the [G]saints and angels all [D]agree
[Am]trouble sure as trouble [C]sees it
[Am]I need it in writing to [D]believe
to [G]believe [D]

[G]The target was your heart in the [D]beginning
Now they're [G]digging soft ground for your [D]grave
[Am]I hope the mourners will bring [C]plastic flowers
[Am]They'll drink to your death with pink [D]champagne,
pink [G]champagne [D]

[G]No I hear your widow [D]crying
Her [G]weeping I made into this [D]song
[Am]It's popular with the disco [C]dancers
[Am]They'll play it on the radio all week [D]long
all week [G]long [D] [G] [D]


[G]Misfortune, got you like a [D]sickness
the [G]saints and angels all [D]agree
[Am]trouble sure as trouble [C]sees it
[Am]I need it in writing to [D]believe
to [G]believe [D]


[G] [D] repeat
end on G


Approximate lick throughout on G and D chords
(keep strumming while hamming notes)

|-----3------------------|
|-----3------------------|
|-----0-------------0h2-|
|-----0------------------|
|-----2--0h2--2h3------|
|--3--3------------------|

 

 

Motion Sickness (Damien Jurado)

From: "Just In Time For Something" (2005)
Posted and transcribed by Tabbedout

Capo 1st fret

(G)The ship will not leave you
Land will make sure to keep you
(Am)And I have no (C) money for my (G) debts

(G)Told you I was with it
You said I should forget it and (Am) move on
(C)So I (G) did

Chorus:

(D)Cathy, do you feel the movement
Every time I walk (C) into the (G) room

(G)Fear it will not leave you
Ghosts intend to keep you
(Am)And I have no more (C) candy for the (G) kids

(G)Told you that you'd hate it
But it'd take so much convincing so (Am) move on
(C)And you (G) did

Chorus:

(D)Cathy, do you feel the movement
Every time I walk (C) into the (G) room - x2

 

 

Night Out For A Downer (Damien Jurado)

Posted and transcribed by Kyle Kersten (TravelbySea) and Jan (Tabbedout)

"Just in Time for Something version" - CAPO 1
"On My Way to Absence" - No CAPO


D Bm F#m G D


[D]Surely I don't [Bm]blame you

for [F#m]not wanting to [G]hang out [D]tonight

[D]I'm all that you [Bm]accuse me

I'm a [F#m]sinking ship [G]tied to lover's [D]waist


[Em]When I open [A]up

[Em]Is when you're closing [A]down

Shirely why don't [D]we

G D G

D Bm F#m G D

Shirley what you're asking

I'm not sure what you want from me

And I can't be all you wish for

I'm a sinking ship tied to lover's waist

[Em]When I open [A]up

[Em]Is when you're closing [A]down

Shirley why don't [D]we


G D G

[Em]When I open [A]up

[Em]Is when you're closing [A]down

Shirley why don't [D]we

G D G

D

 

 

Northbound (Damien Jurado)

from "On My Way to Absence"
Posted and transcribed by Kyle Kersten (TravelbySea)

CAPO 6

(Song is in Bb - fingerpicked throughout)

E E/F# 2X
E

[E/F#]Northbound open, use [E]left hand lane
[E/F#]I drive to a place where no [E]one knows who I am
[E/F#]Stop lights broken, [E]tail lights out
[E/F#]I speed without caution on a [E]road made of ice

[E/F#] [E]


[E/F#]My body an engine, my [E]car is a train
[E/F#]I don't feel guilty for [E]the hurt or pain
[E/F#]Telephone message we [E]all ring twice
[E/F#]I speed without caution on a [E]road made of ice

[E/F#] [E]


E/F# chord
|-0-|
|-0-|
|-1-|
|-2-|
|-x-|
|-2-|

 

 

Oh Death Art With Me (Damien Jurado)

From: "Holding His Breath"
Posted and transcribved by Tabbedout

Intro: (D) - (G) - (D) (A) - (G) - (D)


(D)I was courted by Death today
In(G) an attempt to take (D) my life
He (A) showed up with a nice bouquet
Of(G) flowers for my (D) grave

(D)He said, "Come with me now
And(G) we can take my horse and (D) carriage"
He (A) led me six feet underground
Where (G)the worms will eat my (D) skin


(D)"You will not need your body, son
For(G) the devil he just wants your (D) soul
(A)He has had his eyes on you
(G)Since the day you stepped in this (D) world"

Solo

(D)I was courted by Death today
In(G) an attempt to take (D) my life
He (A) showed up with a nice bouquet
Of(G) flowers for my (D) grave

(D)He said, "Come with me now
And(G) we can take my horse and (D) carriage"
He (A) led me six feet underground
Where (G)the worms will eat my (D) skin

 

 

Simple Hello (Damien Jurado)

From: "On My Way To Absence" (2005 - Secretly Canadian)
Posted and transcribed by Tabbedout

Capo 2nd fret

Intro: (C) - (F) - (G) (x2)

(C)A Simple hello would've been nice
(F)Instead you walked right (G) by
(C)I do recall we used to be friends
(F)Has that slipped your (G) mind

(C)I used to call you on the telephone
(F)Each and every (G) night
(C)Every time I see you with him
(F)I think, "Why even (G) try?"

(F)Think I've (G) had enough
(C)Think I've lost my(F)mind
(F)Think I've (G) had enough
(C)Think I've lost my(F)mind
This (G) time, (F) this time


(C)We used to be the best of friends
(F)I guess now things have (G) changed
(C)Far too busy making out
(F)Do you still know my (G) name

(F)Think I've (G) had enough
And (C) I think I've lost (F) control
(F)Think I've (G) had enough
And (C) I think I've lost (F) control
So it (G) goes, so it (F) goes

(C) - (F) - (G) x2

(F)Think I've (G) had enough
(C)Think I've lost my(F)mind

 

 

Simple Hello (Damien Jurado)

From: "On My Way To Absence" (2005 - Secretly Canadian)
Posted and transcribed by Bill

(D)Simple hello would've been nice
In(G)stead you walked right (A)by
(D)I do recall we used to be friends
(G)Has that slipped your (A)mind

(D)I used to call you on the telephone
(G)Each and every (A)night
(D)Every time I see you with him
(G)I think, "Why even (A)try?"

(G)Think I've (A)had enough
(D)Think I've (A)lost my (Bm)mind
(G)Think I've (A)had enough
(D)Think I've (A)lost my (Bm)mind
This (A)time
This (G) time

We used to be the best of friends
I guess now things have changed
Far too busy with your own friends
Do you still know my name

Think I've had enough
And I think I've lost control
So it goes

Think I've had enough
Think I've lost my mind
Think I've had enough
Think I've lost my mind

 

 

Smith 1972 (Damien Jurado)

From the EP "Just in Time for Something"
chords by Kyle Kersten

Capo 6

F# A

[F#]I am deadweight I am no one
you will [A]notice I am a hurri[F#]cane

[F#]I drub houses my breath my wind
strong like an [A]oxen
chained to a [F#]fence

I will not [A]bend
lucky I [F#]guess

I will not [A]bend
lucky I [F#]guess



F# bass lick is like this (while strumming F#):

G|-------|
D|-------|
A|---2h4-|
E|-2-----|