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While I am on the Open D kick, here is a cleaned up & condensed version of PKB based upon the solo Living Room Show.

 

Wilco - Pot Kettle Black
[ Open D - D A D F# A D (no capo) ]

Riff:  (can be played as Verse chords, as well as plain barres)
  D					 G							   D
D |---------------------------------------------------------------------|
A |---------------------------------------------------------------------|
F#|---------------------------------------------------------------------|
D |---------------------------------------------------------------------|
A |--9---9---9--9--9--10---9---9--9---9--9--9--9--9---9----0--0---------|
D |--0---0---0--0--0---0---5---5--5---5--5--5--5--5---5----0--0---------|

Intro:
Riff ( x4 )

Verse 1:
		  D		  G					   D			  G
Crazy rides rockets,			  waves a magic wand
			 D		 G					   D				G
Empty out your pockets,		   words without a song

Pre-chorus:
E							G			  Riff ( x1 )
I myself have found a real rival in myself
E					   G				   Riff ( x2 )
I am hoping for the rearrival of my health

Verse 2:
		  D		  G						D			  G
Sleeping eye sockets,			 baby suck your thumb
				 D		 G						 D				G
I'll keep you in my locket,		   a string I never strum

Pre-chorus:
E						G							   Riff ( x1 )
It's become so obvious, you are so oblivious to yourself

Interlude:
G7	G6

Chorus 1:
		  Gmaj7   F#		  G			 E			  Gmaj7  Asus4   F#
I'm tied in a knot	   but I'm not gonna get caught calling a pot   kettle  black
 E			   G		E			   G				Riff ( x2 )
Every song's a comeback, every moment's a little bit later

Verse 3:
		 D		  G					   D			  G
Lazy locomotives,			 wherever you may roll
				  D		 G						 D				G
I think you have no motive,		   I know you have no home

Pre-chorus:
E							G							   Riff ( x1 )

E							G							   Riff ( x1 )
It's become so obvious that you are so oblivious to yourself

Interlude:
G7	G6

Chorus 2:
		  Gmaj7 Asus4  F#		  G			 E			  Gmaj7  Asus4   F#
I'm tied in a knot			but I'm not gonna get caught calling a pot   kettle  black
 E			   G		E			   G				D*		 F#*	G*
Every song's a comeback, every moment's a little bit later

Outro:
E				  G			   D*		 F#*	G*
Every moment's a little bit later, 
E				  G			   D
every moment's a little bit later, 
E				  G			   N.C.
every moment's a little bit later.

Riff ( x1 ) ~pause~ Riff ( x1 )	G7	G6

		   D*  F#*	G*				D*  F#*	   G*
I'm tied in a knot, 
	 D*  F#*		G*			  D*  F#*	   G*
but I'm not gonna get caught calling a pot kettle black, 
	 D*  F#*		G*			  D*  F#*	   G*
I'm not gonna get caught calling a pot kettle black

|------------------------------------------------------------------|
|------------------------------------------------------------------|
|----------2h4p2p0---2p4-------------------------------------------|
|----------------------------------------2h4p2p0---2h4p2-----------|
|------------------------------------------------------------------|
|---0-------------------------------0--------------------------0---|



Chords:
 D*	 F#*	 G*	 D   G   E   Gmaj7  Asus4  F#   G7 G6
|--------------------------------------------------------------|
|-12------4------5------0---5---------5------7-----4-----------|
|-12------4------5------0---5---2-----0------0-----0-----------|
|--0------0------0------0---5---2-----0------0-----0-----------|
|-12------4------5------0---5---2-----5------7-----4----8--7---|
|--0------4------5------0---5---2-----0------0-----4----5--5---|

 

 

 

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I am on an Open D kick now too. Thanks to you. And I love it. I love Open D. I want to marry Open D.

 

Many many thanks for all your posts... :worship

Thanks for the kind words.

 

For more Open D fun, slap a capo at 2 (which makes Open E) and play Dylan's Blood on the Tracks LP - most tunes are Open E.

 

Here is a non-Wilco tune in Open D that is pretty cool:

 

Artist: Nick Drake
Song  : One Of These Things First

TUNING DADF#AD capo 2nd fret 
 
Main riff:
 
|------|------|------|------|
|------|------|------|------|
|--0---|--1---|--3---|--2--1|
|--0---|--0---|--0---|--0--0|
|-0-000|-2-222|-4-444|-3--2-|
|0-----|0-----|0-----|0--0--|
  r
timiti
 
notes:

1. the last note of 000 or 222 etc is very often omitted 
throughout the song.

2. during verses, you play bar 2 again instead of bar 4 (which
only reappears for the lines between verses, and the outro).
also, in verses nick seems just to play the bottom 3 strings,
though this can sound odd unaccompanied.

3. when leading into another section, the last bar becomes:

 |--0---|	   |--0---| 
 |-0-000|   or  |-4-000| 
 |0-----|	   |0-----|


"Could have been a signpost...."
 
|------|------|		 |------|------| 
|------|------|		 |------|------| 
|------|--5---| (twice) |------|--3---| (twice) 
|--7---|--5---|		 |--5---|--3---| 
|-5-555|-5-555|		 |-3-333|-3-333| 
|5-----|5-----|		 |3-----|3-----|
 
"Could be here and now"
 
|------|		 |------|
|------|		 |------|
|--1---| (twice) |--1---| (twice)
|--0---|		 |--0---|
|-3-333|		 |-2-222|
|3-----|		 |2-----|
 
 
(contd...)
 
 
"Could have been one of these things first"
 
|------|	  |------|
|------|	  |------|
|--5---| (x4) |--1---| (x4)
|--0---|	  |--0---|
|-5-555|	  |-2-222|
|5-----|	  |2-----|


The intro, if you really want to be precise, goes:
 
|------|------|------|------|--00--|------|------|------|
|------|------|------|------|------|--0---|----0-|------|
|--0---|--1---|--3---|--2--1|--0---|--1---|--3--3|--2--1|
|--0--0|--0---|--0---|--0--0|--0---|--0---|---0--|0--0--|
|-0-00-|-2-222|-4-444|-3--2-|-0--00|-2-222|-4----|-3--2-|
|0-----|0-----|0-----|0--0--|0-----|0-----|0-----|0--0--|

 
The more complicated instrumental bits;
 
|------|0-----|------|0-----|---0--|---0--|---0--|------| 
|---0--|------|---0--|------|------|0-----|0-----|0-----| 
|--1-1-|-1---1|--1-1-|-1---1|--0---|--1---|--3---|-3----| 
|-0---0|--0-0-|-0---0|--0-0-|--0-0-|-0--0-|-0--0-|--0-0-| 
|------|3-----|------|2-----|-0----|2-----|4-----|4--0--| 
|3-----|---3--|2-----|---2--|0-----|------|------|------|
	r					  mr   r mr
timrmi tmitim			   tti t  tti t

and
 
|------|------|---0--|0--0--|------|------|---0--|0--0--| 
|------|------|-0--0-|-0--0-|------|------|-0--0-|-0--0-| 
|--5--5|--5--5|--5--5|--5--5|--1--1|--1--1|--1--1|--1--1| 
|--0--0|--0--0|----0-|----0-|--0--0|--0--0|----0-|----0-| 
|-5-55-|-5-55-|-5----|-5----|-2-22-|-2-22-|-2----|-2----| 
|5-----|5-----|5-----|5-----|2-----|2-----|2-----|2-----|
  m  m		 rmrrm
ttitti		ttitti

I could have been a sailor, could have been a cook
A real live lover, could have been a book.
I could have been a signpost, could have been a clock
As simple as a kettle, steady as a rock.
I could be
Here and now
I would be, I should be
But how?
I could have been
One of these things first
I could have been
One of these things first.

I could have been your pillar, could have been your door
I could have stayed beside you, could have stayed for more.
Could have been your statue, could have been your friend,
A whole long lifetime could have been the end.
I could be yours so true
I would be, I should be through and through
I could have been
One of these things first
I could have been
One of these things first.

I could have been a whistle, could have been a flute
A real live giver, could have been a boot.
I could have been a signpost, could have been a clock
As simple as a kettle, steady as a rock.
I could be even here
I would be, I should be so near
I could have been
One of these things first
I could have been
One of these things first.

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Guest David Puddy
Chorus 1:

Gmaj7 F# G E Gmaj7 Asus4 F#

I'm tied in a knot but I'm not gonna get caught calling a pot kettle black

D G D G Riff ( x2 )

Every song's a comeback, every moment's a little bit later

 

this just doesn't sound right to me:

 

D G D G Riff ( x2 )

Every song's a comeback, every moment's a little bit later

 

well, i guess the D's don't sound right. am i just flat out wrong? i don't have a great ear for music, still developing for sure, but when i play it that's the only part that sounds off to me.

 

and thanks for posting like 4975234897 tabs on here man.

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this just doesn't sound right to me:

 

D G D G Riff ( x2 )

Every song's a comeback, every moment's a little bit later

 

well, i guess the D's don't sound right. am i just flat out wrong? i don't have a great ear for music, still developing for sure, but when i play it that's the only part that sounds off to me.

 

and thanks for posting like 4975234897 tabs on here man.

 

I give it to you. This section has never sounded exactly right to my ear either, but I have not found a better alternative.

 

My solution? I cheat. I mute the strings at the D chord (by laying index finger across the nut) then slide into the G. A decent approximation, IMHO.

 

If anyone else has a suggestion, I am all ears (forgive the pun).

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does anyone know the little riff at the end of song that appears in a lot of the live versions but not the album version? it's badass but i can't quite find it.

 

 

 

also, it's spelled Campbell.

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does anyone know the little riff at the end of song that appears in a lot of the live versions but not the album version? it's badass but i can't quite find it.

 

 

 

also, it's spelled Campbell.

 

It's live only. The track fades out on the studio version, if I remember correctly.

 

It's right above the list of chords in the tab.

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I feel like the outro is a bit confusing. Here's my take:

 

D*-------F*-------G*--------------------D*

----------------Every moments a little bit later

 

D*-------F*-------G*--------------------??(Weird G chord?)

----------------Every moments a little bit later

 

E--------G---------------N.C.

------Every moments a little bit later

 

Comments? I'd like to figure out what that weird chord is in the second line, but I can't. There's a really good shot of him playing it in the extra features of the IATTBYH DVD.

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I feel like the outro is a bit confusing. Here's my take:

 

D*-------F*-------G*--------------------D*

----------------Every moments a little bit later

 

D*-------F*-------G*--------------------??(Weird G chord?)

----------------Every moments a little bit later

 

E--------G---------------N.C.

------Every moments a little bit later

 

Comments? I'd like to figure out what that weird chord is in the second line, but I can't. There's a really good shot of him playing it in the extra features of the IATTBYH DVD.

 

 

It's:

 

D   F#   G                D  
        Every moment's a little bit later
D   F#   G                D
        Every moment's a little bit later
E        G                A
        Every moment's a little bit later

 

At least that's how I would play it.

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