Guitar Tab:Hopeless Bleak Despair

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Hopeless Bleak Despair
By: They Might Be Giants
Key: E Major
Year: 2001
Tabbed By: JJRRutgers
  E                         B7
I never knew what everybody meant
  C#m                  B7
By endless, hopeless, bleak despair
  G#                  C#m
Until one day when I found out
  F#m                       B7
The first time I ever left my house
  G#m                      C#m
It saw me and followed me home
      F#m                           B
And stayed with me for my whole life

      A       G#m      F#m            E
For years and years I wandered the earth
  A             G#m      F#m      E
Condemned to a life of bleak despair
  B    A    G#m    F#m    A
Then, one day, I looked around
       G#m      F#m     E
And found it had disappeared

            B       E
Hopeless bleak despair
          B       E
It was always there
   A        G#m        F#m        E
And then, one day, it disappeared
       B        E
In a puff of smoke
     G#
In an unceremonious way
  A    G#m   F#m     E
One day, it disappeared

       E                      B7
All I had ever wanted in my life
   C#m                 B7
Was only to be free of it
    G#m         C#m
It drove away my family
    F#m            B7
It made me lose my job
   G#m              C#m
Whenever anybody saw it
     F#m                 B
They'd say "get out of here"

   A            G#m      F#m         E
For years and years I wandered the earth
  A        G#m            F#m          E
Sick of my life, looking forward to death
  B     A     G#m    F#m   A
Then, one day, I looked around 
      G#m        F#m      E
And found it had disappeared

      B              E
Hopeless bleak despair
       B          E
It was always there
      A       G#m     F#m        E
And then, one day, it disappeared
       B      E
In a puff of smoke
   G#                    A
In an unceremonious way
           G#m          F#m         E
One day, it disappeared

Hopeless bleak despair

Hopeless bleak despair

Hopeless bleak despair

     A        G#m        F#m        E
For years and years I wandered the earth
    A     G#m         F#m       E
Until I died and went to hell 
 B       A          G#m        F#m
But my despair had ascended to heaven
  A          G#m     F#m        E
That's how I finally got rid of it
     B              E
Hopeless bleak despair
   B    E
It was always there
  A     G#m       F#m        E
And then, one day, it disappeared
  B              E
In a puff of smoke
   G#
In an unceremonious way
   A      G#m       F#m     E
One day, it disappeared

     B            E
Hopeless bleak despair
           B            E
It was always there
    A        G#m   F#m      E
And then, one day, it disappeared
        B       E
In a puff of smoke
    G#
In an unceremonious way
  A   G#m      F#m     E
One day, it disappeared

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Here is my version, which much more complicated chords!

Hopeless Bleak Despair

E                          B/D#          A/C#             B
I thought I knew what everybody meant by endless hopeless bleak despair
Cdim                             E/B       A#dim                    B
       Until one day when I found out, the first time I ever left my house
G#/B#                    C#m         F#m                        Bsus4 - B
It saw me and followed me home and stayed with me for my whole life

    A         E/G#    B/F#         E          A         E/G#    B/F#  E
For years and years I wandered the earth, condemned to a life of bleak despair
   G#m A   C#   F#m      A          E/G#         B   E
Then   one day   I looked around and found it had disappeared

         B     E               B      E
Hopeless Bleak Despair, it was always there
    A       E/G# B      E
And then one day it disappeared
     B       E            G#
In a puff of smoke, in an unceremonious
A       E/G#    B/F# E
Way, one day it disappeared

All I had ever wanted in my life
Was only to be free of it
It drove away my family
It made me lose my job
Whenever anybody saw it
They'd say "get out of here"

For years and years I wandered the earth
Sick of my life, looking forward to death
Then, one day, I looked around 
And found it had disappeared

Bridge:

B	A  C#m	E	D  A	C#m	B  F#	B

For years and years I wandered the earth
Until I died and went to hell 
But my despair had ascended to heaven
That's how I finally got rid of it

Hopeless bleak despair
It was always there
And then, one day, it disappeared
In a puff of smoke
In an unceremonious way
One day, it disappeared

Hopeless bleak despair
It was always there
And then, one day, it disappeared
In a puff of smoke
In an unceremonious way
One day, it disappeared

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With thanks to JRRRutgers for his work, above, here are what seem to be the correct chords (transcription mine):

        E	                B
 	I never knew what every	body meant
 	   Amaj9/C#	      B
        By endless, hopeless, bleak despair
 Cdim7	                           E/B
 	Until one day when I found out
 	B   F#maj(7)/A#	              B
 	The first time I ever left my house
 	G#7/C	                  C#m
        It saw me and followed me home
 	    F#m	                        Bsus4  B
        And stayed with me for my whole 	life	

        Pre Chorus:
 	    A	      E	      B	           E
        For years and years I wandered the earth
 	   A	       E       B	        E
        Condemned to a life of bleak des	pair
 	G#m	A	C#m	F#m	  A
 	Then, 	one 	day, 	I looked around
 	    E	         B    E
        And found it had disappeared

        Chorus:
 	         B	  E
        Hopeless bleak despair
 	       B	E
        It was always there
 	    A	      E	      B	  E
        And then, one day, it disappeared 	
 	     B	    E
        In a puff of smoke
 	      G#	    A
        In an unceremonious way	
 	A   E	    B	 E
        One day, it disappeared

        Verse 2:
        (same chords)

        Bridge:
 	B
 	Hopeless bleak despair
 	E
 	Hopeless bleak despair
 	C#
 	Hopeless bleak despair
       (arpeggios: F# A# B, E A# B, B F# B B)  

       Final chorus: (same as 1st)


Amaj9/C# = X47454*
Cdim7 = 8910810X
F#maj7/A# = 69866X**
G#7/C = 891089X

The song's exotic chords, written out for you above, are a big hint-- don't be afraid to go up the neck for a few barre chords. The opening few chords of the verse sound best, I think, if you progress up the neck beginning with a first position E maj.

Two notes on chord substitutions: *The Amaj9/C# seems to be what's played, but good ol' C#m works very well in its place; ** The F#maj7/A# was from a concert version I saw online, but the Mink Car version seems to be just an F#maj. Yeah, I've combined the two versions a bit. So sue me.

- Anonymous [submitted out of respect and appreciation for 30 years of Linnell's chordaliscous confections]