Violent Femmes - Country Death Song Chords

 
         
         
         
         
X
X
2
3
1
5 fr
         
         
         
         
X
1
3
4
2
1
10 fr
         
         
         
         
X
X
1
1
1
5 fr
         
         
         
         
X
X
3
2
1
2 fr
         
         
         
         
X
4
3
1
2
X
10 fr
         
         
         
         
1
3
4
1
1
1

12 fr
         
         
         
         
X
X
1
3
4
2
         
         
         
         
X
2
3
1
5 fr
         
         
         
         
1
3
4
1
1
1
5 fr
         
         
         
         
X
X
1
1
1
8 fr
         
         
         
         
X
3
2
4
1
2 fr
         
         
         
         
X
1
4
4
4
7 fr
         
         
         
         
X
1
3
4
2

9 fr
         
         
         
         
X
4
3
1
2
X
12 fr
         
         
         
         
X
1
3
4
2
1
5 fr
         
         
         
         
X
No chord
Standard guitar tuning:
E
A
D
G
B
E
No capo
First of all, this is the bass line throughout the entire song.
Every "-" indicates an eighth note
G|--------|--------|
D|--------|--------|
A|5---5---|5---5235|
E|--5---5-|--5-----|
The bassline starts, the after a few measures, the guitar kicks in with this...

Dm

e|--1---1-| B|--3---3-| B|2-2---2-| D|--0-0-0-| A|--------| E|--------|
This is the pluck/strum pattern that is consistent throughout the entire song, it is easy, just pluck the third string, then strum the entire chord, then pluck the fourth then strum the entire chord. The lead instrument in the song is the banjo, and I do not banjo so I cannot give you that tab. But this is the guitar. DmI had me a wife, I had me some daughters. AmI tried so hard, I never knew still waters. DmNothing to eat and nothing to drink. DmNothing for a man to do but sit around and think. DmNothing for a man to do but siAmt around and think. Dm DmWell, I'm a-thinkin' and a-thinkin', till there's nothin' I ain't thunk. AmBreathing in the stink, till finally I stunk. DmIt was at that time, I swear I lost my mind. DmI started making plans to kill my own kind. DmI started making plans to killAm my own kind. Dm

Banjo

Dm"Come, little daughter," I said to the youngest one, Am"Put your coat on, we'll have some fun. DmWe'll go out to the mountains, the one to explore." DmHer face, it lit up, I was standing by the door. DmHer face, it lit up, I was staAmnding by the door. Dm Dm"Come, little daughter, I will carry the lanterns. AmWe'll go out tonight, we'll go to the caverns. DmWe'll go out tonight, we'll go to the caves. DmKiss your mother goodnight and remember that God saves. DmKiss your mother goodnight andAm remember that God saves."Dm (For this verse, the guitar part is only a percussive raking of the strings, Gordon just strikes on the quarter notes but sometimes he mixes it up and plays a few eighth or beats) I led her to a hole, a deep black well. I said "make a wish, make sure and not tell And close your eyes dear, and count to seven. Know your papa loves you, good children go to heaven. Know your papa loves you, good children go to heaven." I gave her a push, I gave her a shove. I pushed with all my might, I pushed with all my love. I threw my child into a bottomless pit. She was screaming as she fell, but I never heard her hit. She was screaming as she fell, but I never heard her hit.

Con

(The bridge for the guitar is the same as the first verse, I have listened to the song closely and any leads or solos are banjo or bass, the guitar just strums) Gather 'round, boys, to the tale that I tell. You wanna know how to take a short trip to hell? It's guaranteed to get your own place in hell. Just take your lovely daughter and push her in the well. Take your lovely daughter and throw her in the well. Don't speak to me of lovers with a broken heart. You wanna know what will really tear you apart? I'm going out to the barn, with a never-stoppin' pain... I'm going out to the barn, to hang myself in shame.