We're An American Band
Yo La Tengo
Artist: Yo La Tengo Song: We're an American Band Album: I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One (1997) Standard Tuning (EADGBE) Intro (0:00-0:23): D (you can jam on it) (0:23-0:55): Em F#m Em D | Em F#m F Em D D Verse (0:55-3:03): Em F#m Em D Driving in the south, the motor's on fire D Em F#m F Em D Let's put it out before the flames go higher Em F#m Em D Monday matinée, "Big Bully" or "White Squall" D Em F#m F Em D So hard to choose, wish we could see them all D Em F#m Em D Some college in the spring, the sound is all wrong D G F#m F Em D We set the mains to our favorite Hootie song Em F#m Em D Driving (not again), they're late, car crash D G F#m F Em D D We'll turn to look unless we're going too fast First part of solo (3:03-3:44): D Bm F#m F#m Second part of solo and outro (3:44-6:25): D Bm F#m G , but feel free to replace the G with F#m occasionally. End in D. If you want to give it a jazzy edge, play seventh major chords instead of normal majors and seventh minors instead of regular minors. For example, replace F#m with F#m7 and F with FM7. Listen to the song to get a feel for the rhythm and phrasing. Don't forget about distortion! This is definitely one of the best, most underrated tracks from "I Can Feel the Heart Beating as One"; the trippy, shoegaze-like atmosphere is very soothing, thanks to the vocal and instrumental textures, which blend beautifully.