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november 1999

Sarah McLachlan: Building A Mystery

 





  The chords of the song according to Derek Phoungphol
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 (album version)
Written by: Sarah McLachlan and Pierre Marchand
Band: Sarah McLachlan
Album: Surfacing
Transcribed by: Derek Phoungphol (derekman@aol.com)
This modified version based on tab by: Mark Ferris (mtferris@juno.com)
 
 
Standard tuning. This version is played with no capo. Though
Sarah plays with capo V, these chords compensate and do not
require capo. If you play this any other way you are just
wasting your time. You will be amazed how accurate this is.
(play with music and see!)

The chords:
Bm     - X04432
G      - 320003
D      - X00232
Dsus4  - X00233
A      - X02220
Asus4  - X02230
Em     - 022000
Gbarre - 355433
E      - 022100

NOTE:To strum this song all you have to do is maintain
a bouncy strum WITHOUT strumming up (downstrum with no upstrum)
until you get to "E" before chorus(then you can strum normally)
It's easy!

ALSO: Play the "sus4" notes by bringing the pinkey finger
down for one strum for each.(To play Dsus4-hold D but bring pinkey
down on e-string on third fret. To play Asus4-hold A but bring
pinkey down on B-string on the third fret)

Intro:
Asus4-A-open
Bm G D A-Asus4-A
Bm G D-Dsus4-D A-Asus4-A
          
Bm              G
You come out at night
D                   A-Asus4-A
That's when the energy comes
Bm                G
And the dark sides light
D                A-Asus4-A
And the vampires roam
Bm               G
You strut your rasta wear
D              A-Asus4-A
And your suicide poem
Bm                  G         D
And a cross from a faith that died
        A-Asus4-A   E   -     -
Before Jesus came
G                   A-Asus4-A    Bm-- G - D-Dsus4-D-A-Asus4-A
You're building a mystery

Bm             G
You live in a church
D                     A-Asus4-A
Where you sleep with voodoo dolls
Bm                       G
And you won't give up the search 
D                 A-Asus4-A
For the ghost in the halls
Bm                   G
You wear sandals in the snow
D                  A-Asus4-A
When a smile won't wash away
Bm                  G
Can you look out the window
D                           A-Asus4-A 
Without your shadow getting in the way

E                
You're so beautiful
G
With an edge and a charm, and
E                G             A-Asus4-A
So careful       when - I'm - in your arms

Bm             G
Cause you're working 
D-Dsus4-D-A-Asus4-A
Building a mystery
Bm      G     D-Dsus4-D-A-Asus4-A
Holding on, and holding it in
Bm             G
Yeah, you're working
D-Dsus4-D-A-Asus4-A
Building a mystery
Bm    G   D-Dsus4-D-A-Asus4-A
And choosing so carefully

Asus4-A    Asus4-A    A-Asus4-A

Bm                  G
You woke up screaming aloud
D                  A-Asus4-A
A prayer from your secret god
Bm                G
You feed off our fears
D                A-Asus4-A
And hold back your tears, oh
Bm             G
You give us a tantrum
D              A-Asus4-A
And a know it all grin
Bm             G
Just when we need one
D            A-Asus4-A
When the evening's thin

E
You're a beautiful
G
a beautiful F--ked up man
E
You're setting up your 
G       A-Asus4-A
razor wire shrine

Bm             G
Cause you're working 
D-Dsus4-D-A-Asus4-A 
Building a mystery
Bm       G    D-Dsus4-D-A-Asus4-A
Holding on, and holding it in
Bm             G
Yeah, you're working
D-Dsus4-D-A-Asus4-A
Building a mystery
Bm    G   D-Dsus4-D-A-Asus4-A
And choosing so carefully


Guitar Solo:(jam the bass chords but don't leave out others)
G(2count) A(2count) Gbarre(4) Em(4)
G(2) Asus(2) G A(like first part) G2 Gbarre(2)
(Keep jamming into next line)

Em(4)      -
Ooo......, you're working 
G          A-Asus4-A
Building a mystery
Bm      G    D-Dsus4-D-A-Asus4-A
Holding on, holding it in
Bm             G
Yeah, you're working
D-Dsus4-D-A-Asus4-A
Building a mystery
Bm     G     D-Dsus4-D-A-Asus4-A
And choosing so carefully

Bm            G 
Yeah, you're working 
D-Dsus4-D-A-Asus4-A
Building a mystery
Bm       G   D-Dsus4-D-A-Asus4-A
Holding on, holding it in
Bm            G
Yeah, you're working
D-Dsus4-D-A-Asus4-A
Building a mystery
Bm     G     D-Dsus4-D-A-Asus4-A Bm--G
And choosing so carefully
 D                A
You're building a mystery.
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