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Know Your Onion! 

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Know Your Onion! (The Shins)

From: "Oh, Inverted World" (2001 - Sub Pop)
Posted and transcribed by Kenny Jacobson (FrankieLee)



(Capo 2nd fret)


(opening riff, remember to add 2 because of the capo)
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---7---5---2---0
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[D][A][D][A][D][A][D][A]


shut[D] out[A], pimpled [D]and angry[A].
i quiet[D]-ly tied all [A]my guts in[G]-to knots[A].
gave[D] up[A] on trying [D]to make them[A],
i figured[D] it'd take them [A]too long to [G]look up [A]and be[Bm]-sides...

it was [F#]undeniably [G]clear to me i don't know [D]why
when every [G]other part of [D]life seemed [C]locked behind [G]shutters
i [A]knew what worthless dregs we've always [D]been.

lucked[D] out[A] and found [D]my favorite [A]records
lying[D] in wait[A] at the [G]birmingham [A]mall.
[D]the songs the [A]i heard,
[D]the occasional[A] book [D]
were the [A]only [G]fun i [A]ever [F#]took.
and i [G]got on with [A]making my-[D]self.


[D][A][D][A][D][A][G]
[D][A][D][A][D][A][G]
///[F#]


the [G]trick is just [A]making your-[Bb]self.
but when they're parking their cars on your [Am]chest
you've still got a view of the summer [Bb] sky
to make it hurt twice when your [Am]restless body
caves to its [Bb]whims
and suddenly struggles to [Am]take flight...


?!?!(something with an F in it)


(opening riff again)
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[D]three thousand [A]miles north [D]east
i [A]left all my [D]friends at the [A]morning [G]bus stop [A]shaking their [D]heads.
"what kind of [A]life you dream [D]of? you're [A]allergic to [D]love."
yes i [A]know but i [G]must say in [A]my own [Bm]defense
it's been [F#]undeniable [G]dear to me, i don't know [D]why
when every [G]other part of [D]life seemed [C]locked behind [G]shutters
[A]i knew the worthless dregs we are,
[A]the selfless, loving saints we are,
[A]the melting, sliding dice we've always [D]been.