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Coldplay
White Shadows
X&Y

Hope this is correct, figured it out on my acoustic. Kinda hard with all the synths
on in the background but i think i got it.

Rhythm Acoustic Guitar - Capo 2 - Tuning: Standard
Electric Guitar - No capo - Tuning: Eb A D G B e (tune down low E a half step, this was
only way i could find it possible to do the second verse)

Key:
b=bend

Chords Used (relative to Acoustic w/capo on 2nd fret, chords in parentheses are actual
chords)
F#m (G#m) - 244222
A (B) - x02220
Bm (C#m) - x24432
E (F#) - 022100
C#m (D#m)- x46654
D (E) - x00232

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INTRO/RIFF 1 - Main Elec. Guitar Part w/ lots of delay and reverb (chords above played
acoustic guitar w capo 2)

  F#m                                         C#m
e-11-11------11-11------11-11----11------b11--------11-11--------11-11--|
B-------9-9--------9-9--------9-9---9--9------11-11--------11-11--------|
G-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
D-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
A-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
Eb----------------------------------------------------------------------|

                     F#m                                  C#m
e------11-------b11------11-11------11-11----11------b11--------11-11-----|
B-11-11---11--11-----9-9-------9-9--------9-9---9--9------11-11--------11-|
G-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
Eb------------------------------------------------------------------------|

e----11-11-------11-------b11---|
B-11--------11-11---11--11------|
G-------------------------------|
D-------------------------------|
A-------------------------------|
Eb------------------------------|

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VERSE 1 - Rhythm Acoustic Guitar

F#m          A           C#m      Bm
When I was a young boy I tried to listen

F#m         A         C#m
And I wanna feel like that

F#m          A       C#m       Bm
Little white shadows blink and miss them

F#m       A       C#m
Part of a system, I am

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REPEAT INTRO/RIFF 1 1x
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VERSE 2&3 - Rhythm Acoustic Guitar plays same chords as above with Elec. Guitar playing
2 (imitates the bass in the song)--->

e---------------------------------------------------------------------|
B---------------------------------------------------------------------|
G---------------------------------------------------------------------|
D---------------------------------------------------------------------|
A---------------------------------------------------------------------|
Eb--5-5-5-5-5-5-3h5-0h5--5-5-5-5-5-5-3h5-0h5--etc---------------------|

VERSE 2

(With RIFF 2)
If you ever feel like something's missing
Things you'll never understand

[INTRO/RIFF 1 reappears here (an octave lower than in the intro)]
Little white shadows
Sparkle and glisten
Part of a system, a plan

VERSE 3

(with RIFF 2)
When I was a young boy I tried to listen
Don't you wanna feel like that?

[INTRO/RIFF 1 an octave lower again]
You're part of the human race
All of the stars and the outer space
Part of the system, a plan

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PRECHORUS 1&2 - Rhythm Acoustic Guitar

D               Bm
All this noise, I'm waking up

D               Bm
All this space, I'm taking up

D             Bm
I cannot hear you're breaking up

D       E
Ohhhhhhhh

PRECHORUS 1&2 - Elec. Guitar RIFF 3 (above chords are once again rhythm acoustic guitar
capo 2)

  D                   Bm                  D
e-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-----6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-----7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7------|
B-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-x2--5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-x2--5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-x2---|
G-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-----6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-----4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4------|
D--------------------------------------------------------------|
A--------------------------------------------------------------|
Eb-------------------------------------------------------------|

  Bm                  D                   Bm
e-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-----4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-----6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6------|
B-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-x2--5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-x2--5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-x2---|
G-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-----4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-----6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6------|
D--------------------------------------------------------------|
A--------------------------------------------------------------|
Eb-------------------------------------------------------------|

  D                   E
e-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-----9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-----|
B-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-x2--7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-x2--|
G-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-----6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-----|
D-----------------------------------------|
A-----------------------------------------|
Eb----------------------------------------|

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CHORUS 1&2 - Rhythm Acoustic Guitar

F#m                       D
Maybe you'll get what you wanted

A                         C#m
maybe you'll stumble upon it

F#m                 D
Everything you ever wanted

A              C#m
In a permanent state

(Same chords as above)
Maybe you'll know when you see it
Maybe if you say it, you'll mean it
And when you find it you'll keep it
In a permanent state, a permanent state

CHORUS 1&2 - Elec. Guitar RIFF 4 play throughout whole chorus

  F#m                    D                      A
e-16-16-16-14--14-16-14--16-16-16-14--14-16-14--16-16-16-14--14-16-14--|
B--0--0--0--0---0--0--0---0--0--0--0---0--0--0---0--0--0--0---0--0--0--|
G----------------------------------------------------------------------|
D----------------------------------------------------------------------|
A----------------------------------------------------------------------|
Eb---------------------------------------------------------------------|

  C#m
e-------------------------------|
B-16-16-16---14-14-14---12-12---|
G-15-15-15---15-15-15---13-13---|  x4
D-------------------------------|
A-------------------------------|
Eb------------------------------|

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OUTRO - Organ transcribed for Rhythm Acoustic Guitar

F#m
Swam on a sea of faces

D
A tide of the human races

A                           C#m
Oh, an answer now is what I need

(same chords as above)
See it in a new sun rising
See it break on your horizon
Oh, come on love, stay with me

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Phew...thats it. Pretty easy song, but complex arrangement and its hard to hear all the
intricacies that the guitarist is employing under all those organs. anyways...good luck!

Corrections/Comments email me at: mskarsz@ucdavis.edu
Tabbed by: Michael


Coldplay albums
2005 X&Y
2002 A Rush of Blood to the Head
2001 Don't Panic
2000 Acoustic CD
2000 Parachutes
X&Y tabs
01Square One tabbass tab
02What If tabbass tab
03White Shadows tabbass tab
04Fix You tabbass tab
05Talk tabbass tab
06X&Y tabbass tab
07Speed of Sound tabbass tab
08A Message tabbass tab
09Low tabbass tab
10The Hardest Part tabbass tab
11Swallowed in the Sea tabbass tab
12Twisted Logic tabbass tab
13Til Kingdom Come tabbass tab

 

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