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The Greatest Bastard
A simplified version with basic chords.
Written to match the style of how he plays it nowadays.
Chorded by Maestermind.

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[Intro]

   D               Dsus2           G               A
e|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|------3-----3---------3-----3---------3-----3---------3-----3------|
G|----2-----2-----2---2-----2-----2---2-----2-----2---2-----2-----2--|
D|--0-----0-----0----------------------------------------------------|
A|--------------------------------------------------0-----0-----0----|
E|------------------2-----2-----2---3-----3-----3--------------------|

Note: you are able to play all (D-Dsus2-G-A) - parts of the song as shown above.


D                            Dsus2
I made you laugh, I made you cry
                        G
I made you open up your eyes
A
Didn't I?
D                          Dsus2
I helped you open out your wings,
                          G
your legs, and many other things
A
Didn't I?


Em                                 F#m
Am I the greatest bastard that you know?
                         G
The only one who let you go?
                    A
The one you hurt so much you cannot bear?
D                               Dsus2
Well we were good, when we were good
                         G         A
When we were not misunderstood


D                                 Dsus2
You helped me love, you helped me live
                              G         
You helped me learn how to forgive
A
Didn't you?
D                           Dsus2
I wish that I could say the same
                                G
But when you left, you left the blame
A
Didn't you?


Em                                 F#m
Am I the greatest bastard that you met?
                          G
The only one you can't forget?
                  A
Am I the one your truth's been waiting for?
D                          Dsus2
Or am I just dreaming once again?
                                 G         A
Some dreams are better when they end


D             Dsus2
Some make it, mistake it
G              A
Some force and some will fake it
Hm      F#m              G         A
I never meant to let you down
D                Dsus2
Some fret it, forget it
G             A
Some ruin and some regret it
Hm      F#m              G         A
I never meant to let you down


D                            Dsus2
We learn to wag and tuck our tails
                            G
We learn to win and then to fail
A
Didn't we?
D                            Dsus2
We learn that lovers love to sing
                        G
And that losers love to cling
A
Didn't we?


Em                                 F#m
Am I the greatest bastard that you know?
                               G
When will we learn to let this go?
                         A
We fought so much, we've broken all the charm
D                         Dsus2
But letting go is not the same
                        G         A
As pushing someone else away


Hm              F#m
So please don't let on
G         A
You don't know me
Hm           F#m
Please don't let on
G       A
I'm not here
Hm           F#m
Please don't let on
G         A
You don't love me
Hm               F#m
'Cause I know you do
G         A
I know


D                     Dsus2
That some make it, mistake it
G              A
Some force and some will fake it
Hm      F#m              G         A
I never meant to let you down
D                Dsus2
Some fret it, forget it
G             A
Some ruin and some regret it
Hm      F#m              G
I never meant to let you down
        A
I never meant to let you
Em      F#m              G
I never meant to let you down
        A
I never meant


D  -  Dsus2  -  G  -  A
Hm -  F#m    -  G  -  A  
End the song with D.
Then the end is just a big "la la la" with the chording as shown above.
 
 
Damien Rice - The Greatest Bastard :: indexed at Ultimate Guitar.
The Greatest Bastard tabs @ 911Tabs

About the artist behind The Greatest Bastard:

Damien Rice (born December 7, 1973) is an Irish folk singer. He was born in Dublin, Ireland, to George and Maureen Rice and was raised in Celbridge, County Kildare, Ireland. [1]

He has released five albums: O, B-Sides, 9, Live At Fingerprints Warts & All, and Live from the Union Chapel.

Indexed at Wikipedia.

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