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Yellow Ledbetter - Pearl Jam
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Yellow Ledbetter - Pearl Jam  (4/4 - 70 BPM)

Introduction: [Brett Papa: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LcMVe-JstbU]

   E
        ___ ___         ___ ___ ___ 
   |   |   |   |   |   |   |   |   |
e|-----------------------------------|
B|---------------------9-------------|
G|-------------9---X---9h-11p--9-----|
D|-----9-------9------------------11-|
A|-----9h-11-------------------------|
E|-0---------------------------------|

   B
    ___ ___ ___     ___     ___     ___
   |   |   |   |   |   |   |   |   |   |
e|---------9p--7-------------------7---9-|
B|-----------------7---------------7---7-|
G|---------------------8--(8)------8---8-|
D|-----9---------------9--(9)------9-----|
A|---------------------------------------|
E|-7---------------------------X---------|

   A
    ___ ___ ___     ___ ___     ___     ___ ___ ___ ___ ___
   |   |   |   |   |   |   |   |   |   |   |   |   |   |   |
e|-7p--5-----------5-------------------5h--7p--5-------------|
B|-5---------------5-------5--(5)------------------7p--5-----|
G|-6---------------6h--7p--6--(6)--------------------------6-|
D|-7---------------7---------------7-------------------------|
A|---------0--(0)--------------------------------------------|
E|-----------------------------------------------------------|

   E
            ___     ___ ___ 
   |   |   |   |   |   |   |
e|--------12s-14--12---9-----|
B|--------12s-14--12---9-----|
G|------------------------11-|
D|---------------------------|
A|---------------------------|
E|-0--(0)--------------------|


Second time around
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   E
        ___ ___         ___ ___  
   |   |   |   |   |   |   |   |
e|---------------------9---------|
B|---------------------9---9-----|
G|-------------9---X--11---9-----|
D|-----9-------9--------------11-|
A|-----9h-11---------------------|
E|-0-----------------------------|

   B
    ___ ___     ___     ___     ___ ___
   |   |   |   |   |   |   |   |   |   |
e|-------------9---9---7-------9p--7---9-|
B|-----------------7---7--(7)--7-------7-|
G|-----8--(8)------8---8--(8)--8-------8-|
D|-----9---9-----------9--(9)--9---------|
A|---------------------------------------|
E|-7-------------------------------------|

   A
    ___ ___     ___ ___     ___     ___ ___ 
   |   |   |   |   |   |   |   |   |   |   |
e|-7p--5---------------5--(5)--------------5-|
B|-5-------------------------------5h--7p--5-|
G|-6-----------6h--7-----------6-------------|
D|-7-----------7-----------------------------|
A|---------0---------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------------------|

   E
                ___ ___ 
   |   |   |   |   |   |
e|------------12s-19-----|
B|------------12s-19-----|
G|-----------------------|
D|--------------------14-|
A|--------------------14-|
E|-0--(0)-(0)---------16-|


Into the singing
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   E
        ___ ___     ___     ___ ___ 
   |   |   |   |   |   |   |   |   |
e|-----------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------9-|
G|-------------9--(9)--9---9---9---9-|
D|-----9-------9--(9)--9---9---9-----|
A|-----9h-11--------------11---------|
E|-0---------------------------------|

   B
    ___     ___ ___     ___     ___ ___
   |   |   |   |   |   |   |   |   |   |
e|-------------7-------------------------|
B|-------------7---7-------7---9p--7---7-|
G|----(8)--8h--9---9p--8---8---8-------8-|
D|-----9---9-------9-------9-----------9-|
A|---------------------------------------|
E|-7-----------------------7-------------|

   A
        ___ ___     ___     ___ 
   |   |   |   |   |   |   |   |
e|-----------------------------7-|
B|-----5-------5---5---5--(5)--5-|
G|-----6h--7---7---7---6--(6)--6-|
D|-----7-------7---7---7--(7)--7-|
A|-0-------------------0--(0)----|
E|-------------------------------|

   E
        ___
   |   |   |   |   |
e|--------12-(12)----|
B|----12-------------|
G|-------------------|
D|-------------------|
A|-------------------|
E|-0-----------------|


Words and Chords:
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	     E                   B
Unsealed, on a porch a letter sat 
   A                             E
Then you said, 'I wanna leave it again' 
   E                         B
Once I saw her on a beach of weathered sand 
   A                             E
And on the sand I wanna leave it again, yeah... 
   E                           B
On a weekend, I wanna wish it all away, yeah... 
            A
And they called and I said that I want what I said... 
              E
And then I call out again... 
   E                             B 
And the reason, oughta' leave her calm, I know 
   A                                        E
I said, 'I know what I wear, not a box or the bag' 
   E                             B
Ah yeah...can you see them?
                A                           E
Out on the porch, yeah, but they don't wave 
   E                                 B
I see them, round the front way, yeah...
         A                                  E
And I know and I know I don't want to stay 
   E
Make me cry... 

 
Solo (E, B, A, E) 4 times
 
   B                                           A
I see, ooh...I don't know why there's something else  
   E                     B
I wanna drum it all away 
       A                                                     E
Oh, I said, I don't, I don't know a-where there's a boxer or the bag' 
                         B
Ah yeah...can you see them? 
              A                             E
Out on the porch, yeah, but they don't wave 
   E                                 B
I see them, round the front way, yeah... 
         A                                     E        B
And I know, and I know, I don't wanna stay alone... 
           A           E        B
I don't wanna stay...yeah... 
           A           E        B
I don't wanna stay... (2x)  
                  A                 A                   E
I don't, don't wanna, oh...yeah...ooh...ohh...
        
 
 
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Yellow Ledbetter - Pearl Jam
Yellow Ledbetter is a song by the American alternative rock band Pearl Jam. Featuring lyrics written by vocalist Eddie Vedder and music co-written by bassist Jeff Ament and guitarist Mike McCready, Yellow Ledbetter was an outtake from the band's debut album, Ten. Yellow Ledbetter was selected by the band to be the second B-side to the 1992 single for the song Jeremy, which was where it first appeared. The song eventually found its way onto radio, peaking at number 21 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.

Yellow Ledbetter was a Ten outtake and one of the first songs Pearl Jam wrote as a group. The song features lyrics written by vocalist Eddie Vedder and music co-written by bassist Jeff Ament and guitarist Mike McCready. The version of Yellow Ledbetter that was eventually released was the second take of the song. McCready says of the song:

That was written around the time of the first record [1991's Ten]. I think that was the second thing Ed and I wrote together. It came out of a jam in the studio and Ed didn't really have any lyrics. He came up with some ideas right there on the spot, and that's what we recorded. For some reason, it didn't make it on Ten. I was kind of bummed at the time. I really wanted it to be on our first record. But at the time, I was really young and just happy to be around this situation, so I did whatever.

Yellow Ledbetter is based on a I-V-IV chord progression in the key of E major. McCready plays his Stratocaster on the track in the style of Jimi Hendrix, incorporating hammer-ons and pull-offs into the subtle chord work. He uses the guitar's whammy bar during the solo, bending notes to create a vacuum-like sound.

The song title Yellow Ledbetter is derived from the actual name of an old friend of Vedder from Chicago, named Tim Ledbetter. The lyrics of Yellow Ledbetter have proven indecipherable when heard live and even on the recorded version, as Vedder mumbles through much of the song with only certain parts being heard prominently, such as the famous line at the end of each verse I said, "I don’t know whether it was in a box or a bag," with these parts of the song heard on almost every live rendition of the song. There are many unofficial lyrics on various websites.

Although many fans have made their own interpretations of the song, a common theory has been that the song is about someone receiving a letter and finding his or her brother had died overseas in war, cited from the lyrics in the Live at the Garden version "I don't know whether my brother will be coming home in a box or a bag".

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Adder: Bill Charrette [ willc ]
Date: 12/20/2013
Updated: 12/27/2013
Tab By: willc
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