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november 1999

Sarah McLachlan: Building A Mystery

 





  The chords of the song according to Mark Ferris
Appendix to: "Building A Mystery. How to make a simple progression into a complex rock song"
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PLEASE NOTE: This file is the authors' own work and represents their
interpretation of the song. You may only use this file for private study,
scholarship, or research.

Song: Building A Mystery
Written by: Sarah McLachlan and Pierre Marchand
Band: Sarah McLachlan
Album: Surfacing (Live Launch CD-Rom Acoustic Performance)
Transcribed by: Mark Ferris (mtferris@juno.com)
Date: Sun, 02 Nov 1997 09:51:57 -0800
 
 
Sarah plays this song tuned:     6th 5th 4th 3rd 2nd 1st
(With a capo on the fifth fret).  F#  B   E   A   C#  F#

INTRO: 

EM7 - EM9 - EM6

EM - CM7 - GM6 - EM9/EM7/EM9/EM6

EM - CM7 - GM6 - EM9/EM7/EM9/EM6
          
Em              CM7
You come out at night
GM6                  EM9/EM7/EM9/EM6
That's when the energy comes
Em                CM7
And the dark sides light
GM6               EM9/EM7/EM9/EM6
And the vampires roam
Em               CM7
You strut your rasta wear
GM6                EM9/EM7/EM9/EM6
And your suicide poem
Em                  CM7         GM6
And a cross from a faith that died
GM6     CM7    Esus  Esus 
Before Jesus came
CM7                   EM9 -EM9/G -EM9/F# -EM9
You're building a mystery


EM - CM7 - GM6 - EM9/EM7/EM9/EM6


Em             CM7
You live in a church
GM6                    EM9/EM7/EM9/EM6
Where you sleep with voodoo dolls
Em                       CM7
And you won't give up the search 
GM6                EM9/EM7/EM9/EM6
For the ghost in the halls
Em                   CM7
You wear sandals in the snow
GM6                 EM9/EM7/EM9/EM6
When a smile won't wash away
Em                  CM7
And can you look out the window
GM6                       EM9/EM7/EM9/EM6
Without your shadow getting in the way

Esus
You're so beautiful
CM7
With an edge and a charm, but
Esus          CM7             EM9 -EM9/G -EM9/F# -EM9
So careful    when I'm in your arms

Em             CM7
Cause you're working 
GM6          EM9 -EM9/G -EM9/F# -EM9
Building a mystery
Em      CM7     GM6     EM9 -EM9/G -EM9/F# -EM9
Holding on,  holding it in
Em             CM7
Yeah, you're working
GM6          EM9 -EM9/G -EM9/F# -EM9
Building a mystery
Em     CM7      GM6     EM9/EM7/EM9/EM7/EM9/EM6
And choosing so carefully

Em                  CM7
You woke up screaming aloud
GM6                  EM9/EM7/EM9/EM6
A prayer from your secret god
Em                CM7
You feed off our fears
GM6                EM9/EM7/EM9/EM6
And hold back your tears, oh
Em             CM7
You give us a tantrum
GM6             EM9/EM7/EM9/EM6
And a know it all grin
Em             CM7
Just when we need one
GM6           EM9/EM7/EM9/EM6
When the evening's thin

Esus
You're a beautiful
CM7
A beautiful fucked-up man
Esus
You're setting up your 
CM7          EM9 -EM9/G -EM9/F# -EM9
razor, wire shrine

Em             CM7
Cause you're working 
GM6          EM9 -EM9/G -EM9/F# -EM9
Building a mystery
Em       CM7    GM6      EM9 -EM9/G -EM9/F# -EM9
Holding on,  holding it in
Em             CM7
Yeah, you're working
GM6         EM9 -EM9/G -EM9/F# -EM9
Building a mystery
Em     CM7     GM6   EM9 - 
And choosing so carefully

(Lead).

CM7 - EM9/EM7/EM9 - GM6 - GM7 - Esus - Esus4 
CM7 - EM9/EM7/EM9 - CM7 - EM9/EM7/EM9 -
CM7 - EM9/EM7/EM9 

Esus            
Ouh, you're working 
CM7           EM9 -EM9/G -EM9/F# -EM9
Building a mystery....................
Em      CM7    GM6      EM9/EM7/EM9/EM6
...........  Holding it in
Em             CM7
Yeah, you're working
GM6           EM9 -EM9/G -EM9/F# -EM9
Building a mystery
Em     CM7     GM6     EM9/EM7/EM9/EM6
And choosing so carefully

Em            CM7 
Oh yeah, you're working 
GM6          EM9 -EM9/G -EM9/F# -EM9
Building a mystery
Em       CM7   GM6    EM9/EM7/EM9/EM6
Holding on, holding it in
Em            CM7
Yeah, you're working
GM6          EM9 -EM9/G -EM9/F# -EM9
Building a mystery
Em     CM7     GM6    EM9/EM7/EM9/EM6  
And choosing so carefully
GM6               CM       CM6
You're building a mystery.
 
 
Sarah plays this song with a capo on the fifth fret.
The basic chords: finger pick and strum action.

EM7    - 055000
EM9    - 054000
EM6    - 050000


EM     - 022000        EM     - 022000
CM7    - X32000        CM7    - X32000
GM6    - 3200XX        GM6    - 3200XX
EM9    - 054000   OR   EM9    - 054000
EM7    - 055000        EM9/G  - 054003
EM9    - 054000        EM9/F# - 054002
EM6    - 050000        EM9    - 054000


Esus   - X02200        CM     - 030000
CM7    - X32000        CM6    - 030200
Esus   - X02200
CM7    - X32000
EM     - 022000
CM7    - X32000
GM6    - 3200XX
EM9    - 054000
EM9/G  - 054003
EM9/F# - 054002
EM9    - 054000
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