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Eb            Ebsus2           Eb         Ebsus2
Our daydream spills from my gold head
Breaks free of my wooden neck
Ab               Abm
Left a nod over sleeping waves
Eb            Ebsus2          Eb       Ebsus2
Like bobbing bait for bathing cod
Floating flocks of candle swans
Ab              Abm
Slowly drift across wax ponds

Eb            Cm             Gm             Cm
 The men all played along to marching drums
            Gm          Cm          Bb
And boy did they have fun behind the sea
          Eb        Cm                Gm             Cm
They sang, “so our matching legs are marching clocks
          Gm          Cm          Bb
And we’re all too small to talk to god
           Eb            Cm          Bb
Yes, we’re all too smart to talk to god"

Eb         Ebsus2              Eb              Ebsus2
Toast the fine folks casting silver crumbs
To us from the dock.
Ab                     Abm
Jinxed things ringing as they leak
Eb            Ebsus2           Eb        Ebsus2
Through tiny cracks in the boardwalk.
Scarecrow now it’s time to hatch
Ab                  Abm         -stop- Eb
Sprouting sons and ageless daughters.

Eb                Db                            Bbm7
Those watermelon smiles just can’t ripen underwater

Just can’t ripen underwater

Eb            Cm             Gm             Cm
 The men all played along to marching drums
            Gm          Cm          Bb
And boy did they have fun behind the sea
          Eb        Cm                Gm             Cm
They sang, “so our matching legs are marching clocks
          Gm          Cm          Bb
And we’re all too small to talk to god
           Eb            Cm          Bb
Yes, we’re all too smart to talk to god"
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  1. HeyVroItzAJ

    What does 4440 mean?

  2. Pizzamonster

    Replce Asus2 with Dsus2.

  3. Strumming pattern?

  4. I-just-really-like-bands! |-/

    The information at the bottom about Brendon and the band in general is so outdated!

  5. Caroline |-/

    I’m slightly triggered by the fact that this version doesn’t have waves of wooden legs in it, that’s the funnies part
    Also then you can’t do the wave arms
    If you don’t know what I’m talking about look up when they performed Behind The Sea in Norway on YouTube, it’s the funniest thing.

    • XD I searched it up just because I saw this comment. IT (insert italic) WAS (take italic away) FUN! Also, the first time I heard this song, in that waves of wooden legs part, I was already swinging my arms in the air :,)

  6. None of your bussiness

    I have some alternate fingerings for Asus2 and Dbm
    Asus2 – 4400 Dbm – 1104
    A—- A—4
    E—- E—-
    C—4 C1—
    G—4 G1—

  7. goner_with.a.pen_

    AhhhAhhHhhhhHh alternative fingering for Dbm please?! I have the whole song down ExEpT fOr tHat ChorD It’S KilLing Me InSide

  8. emo trash

    Okay I’m really sorry but it bothers me when the lyrics are wrong

    its supposed to be “a day dream spills from my corked head”

    Also before the watermelon smiles it’s supposed to say “don’t You Know” two

    Sorry if I sound annoying it just really bothers me ?

    • breadbin urin

      i think this is the “alternative version” so it doesn’t include brendon’s part or “waves of wood legs” but yea the lyric is wrong

  9. ava the pava

    and then also, for the other beginning riff [the second/main one] i do:

  10. ava the pava

    for the beginning riff i do:
    i hope this is formatted correctly because i’ve never had to write tabs out digitally. i hope this helped!! [if you think anything is wrong, do tell me]

    • ProbablyPanickingAtADiscoSomewhere

      hi! i know i’m responding pretty late to this (hehe… oops) but since i play guitar as well as ukulele, i use this for the beginning riff and repeat it four times before the first A chord strum:

      and i do pluck open G and A2 at the same time, to clear up any confusion! hope this helped! :D

  11. brendons forehead

    -2 is really good :)

  12. For the Riff/intro at the start I play Bm and then lift up the finger on the fourth fret first string and then pluck second fret first string and then pluck the first string open, then pluck the second fret of the second string, then play Dm, then I pluck the second fret first string and then puck the first string open hope this helped

  13. tylerarereter

    (for this part of the song)
    legs of wood waves

    Waves of wooden legs
    Waves of wooden legs

  14. Instead of Asus2 I use Amaj7 (1100) and it sounds just as good with the bonus of being super easy to play :^)

  15. Asus2 is easier if you bar the second fret and have a finger on the second string on the fourth fret and another finger on the third string on the fifth fret in my opinion.

  16. IsleOfFlightlessBirbs

    If Asus2 and Dbm are too hard you can just do regular A and D ?

    • @IsleOfFlightlessBirbs (btw lov ur name) you can play Dbm two other ways. Option 1: 1114. OR Option 2: 6444 (which sounds wAy betteR in my opinion than the other two alternatives for this particular song)

  17. Florabelle

    +3 is also way easier, and works if you have a higher pitched voice!

  18. ceilingfansidlehands

    (-2) is better in my opinion.

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