Friday, September 10, 2010

CHRONIC TOWN: 1,000,000

Lyrically this song poses some mystery.  However, I'm not going to get into what meaning might be behind the words as it is all speculation.  I had a friend once who thought it was about vampires, so I guess it's wide open.  As far as singing the following lyric, at many points it sounds like Stipe is saying "marker store" in fact, if you replace the word "stone" with "store" you get closer to the accent of Stipe's speech ... another option is holding out the long O sound and meeting the word "not."

Also a mystery is the word used during the "all among/ along" bits.  He's clearly using a T or Ch sound in live and CT recordings and in many early live recordings it just sounds like "Chee."  "Chain" is as good a guess as any, but lately he has been saying "ruin" all the time.  Supposedly this is because he pulled the lyric straight from the internet.  As Stipe himself says sarcastically in Live at the Olympia: "Thank you search engine."

1,000,000

Secluded in a marker stone, not only deadlier but smarter too, smarter too
All among the chain, all among the ruin
Secluded in a marker stone, not only deadlier but smarter too, smarter too

I could live a million, I could live a million, I could live a million, I could live a million years

Secluded in a marker stone, not only deadlier but smarter too, smarter too
All among the chain, all along the ruin
Secluded in a marker stone, not only deadlier but smarter too, smarter too

I could live a million, I could live a million, I could live a million, I could live a million years

All among, all among, all among the chain
Secret in, secret in, secret in the river

Secluded in a marker stone, not only deadlier but smarter too, smarter too

I could live a million, I could live a million, I could live a million, I could live a million years


This is the first song that I learned off of Chronic Town years ago and was always disconcerted with what I discovered online, because the chorus always sounded wrong.  With this project I decided to get it right.  The cool part is that it is an early example of the open E and B strings Buck likes to use.  Apart from the bridges, the chords are fairly straightforward--just play them as power chords and accentuate the open E and B. 

A note about the hammer on the 7 and 9, just make sure it happens in rapid succession.  You can listen to the song for the example.  Also, I noted the open string before the hammer on the A note, but on the way from the E to the B chord experiment with a little openness on the transition.

1,000,000
Intro/Verse
e|-0--0--0---0-------------------------------------|
B|-0--0--0---0-------------------------------------|
G|-8--8--8---9h------------------------------------|
D|-9--9--9---9-------------------------------------|
A|-9--0--7h--7-------------------------------------|
E|-7--0--0---0-------------------------------------|

Bridge 1: x4
“All among …”
e|-0---0---0------------------------------------|
B|--0---0---------------------------------------|
G|---6---6--------------------------------------|
D|----------------------------------------------|
A|----------------------------------------------|
E|----------------------------------------------|

Chorus:
A-C#m-Bm-E
e|--0--0--0--0----------------------------------|
B|--0--0--0--0----------------------------------|
G|--6--6--4--1----------------------------------|
D|--7--6--4--2----------------------------------|
A|--7--4--2--2----------------------------------|
E|--5--0--0--0----------------------------------|

Bridge 2: x8
Pick like in Bridge 1, but slide form below
e|----------------------------------------------|
B|----------------------------------------------|
G|--6--8----------------------------------------|
D|--7--9----------------------------------------|
A|----------------------------------------------|
E|----------------------------------------------|


-BW

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