Imitosis tab

05Nov07

Imitosis is a great song off of Andrew Bird’s Armchair Apocrypha (which, incidentally, is the keyboard version of a tongue twister). I got the intro riff and lyrics from a Google search, the break riff is my only real contribution here. Listen closely to the song for the timing of the chords, particularly the transition from F to E.

Intro riff

e|---5p7---7p8---5p7-7p5-----
B|-5-----5-----5---------5---
G|---------------------------
D|---------------------------
A|---------------------------
E|---------------------------

Break riff

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

Chords: Am C F E

[Before the chorus and before the break, the last F is played for an extra bar and the is played for an entire measure]

he’s keeping busy
yeah he’s bleeding stones
with his machinations and his palindromes
it was anything but hear the voice
anything but hear the voice
it was anything but hear the voice
that says that we’re all basically alone

poor Professor Pynchon had only good intentions
when he put his Bunsen burners all away
and turning to a playground in a Petri dish
where single cells would swing their fists
at anything that looks like easy prey
it’s nature’s show that rages every day
it was then he heard his intuition say

we were all basically alone
and despite what all his studies had shown
that what’s mistaken for closeness
is just a case of imitosis
and why do some show no mercy
while others are painfully shy
tell me doctor can you quantify
he just wants to know the reason
the reason why

why do they congregate in groups of four
scatter like a billion spores
and let the wind just carry them away
hows can kids be so mean
our famous doctor tried to glean
as he went home at the end of the day
in this nature show that rages every day
it was then he heard his intuition say

we were all basically alone
despite what all his studies had shown
that what’s mistaken for closeness
is just a case of imitosis
sure fatal doses of malcontent through osmosis
and why do some show no mercy
while others are painfully shy
tell me doctor, can you quantify?
the reason why

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