Love Is Swift Arrows

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Love Is Swift Arrows - Be Bop Deluxe

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Tabbed by twilightcapers

 

From the debut album 'Axe Victim' comes this unusual love song.  If the lyrics seem to be a little cryptic, that's because they spell out a coded reference to Bills secret lover.  Fans will know what I mean.

When you see a chord like this - D/C# - the first letter before the forward slash is the chord, the letter after is the bass note. This is known as a 'slash' chord. 

 

Tuning: EADGBe

 

| x  Mute note

| D/C# chord/bass note

 

 

Intro: electric guitar...

 

 

___D___________D_______G_______D_______________D_______G_______D__

 

e|-2-----------5-------7-------2-2-2-----------5-------7-------2-2-

B|-3-----------7-------8-------3-3-3-----------7-------8-------3-3-

G|-2-----------7-------7-------2-2-2-----------7-------7-------2-2-

D|-0-----------0-------0-------0-0-0-----------0-------0-------0-0-

A|----------------------------------------------------------------|

E|----------------------------------------------------------------|

 

 | 1 - & - 2 - & - 3 - & - 4 - & - 1 - & - 2 - & - 3 - & - 4 - & -|

 

 

Repeat a few times then...

 

Verse:

 

___Bm_______________________________A______________________________ 

             " Room    in    the    East    invested    with... "    

e|-2---2---x---2-------2----------|-0---0---x---0-------0----------|

B|-3---3---x---3-------3----------|-2---2---x---2-------2----------|

G|-4---4---x---4-------4----------|-2---2---x---2-------2----------|

D|-4---4---x---4-------4----------|-2---2---x---2-------2----------|

A|-2---2---x---2-------2----------|-0---0---x---0-------0----------|

E|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|

 

 | 1 - & - 2 - & - 3 - & - 4 - & -| 1 - & - 2 - & - 3 - & - 4 - & -|

 

___D___________D_______G_______D_______________D_______G_______D__

" meanings "

e|-2-----------5-------7-------2-2-2-----------5-------7-------2-2-

B|-3-----------7-------8-------3-3-3-----------7-------8-------3-3-

G|-2-----------7-------7-------2-2-2-----------7-------7-------2-2-

D|-0-----------0-------0-------0-0-0-----------0-------0-------0-0-

A|----------------------------------------------------------------|

E|----------------------------------------------------------------|

 

 

___Bm_______________________________A______________________________ 

             " Open       to       none but  the strange and the... "

e|-2---2---x---2-------2----------|-0---0---x---0-------0----------|

B|-3---3---x---3-------3----------|-2---2---x---2-------2----------|

G|-4---4---x---4-------4----------|-2---2---x---2-------2----------|

D|-4---4---x---4-------4----------|-2---2---x---2-------2----------|

A|-2---2---x---2-------2----------|-0---0---x---0-------0----------|

E|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|

 

 

___D___________D_______G_______D_______________D_______G_______D__

" wild "

e|-2-----------5-------7-------2-2-2-----------5-------7-------2-2-

B|-3-----------7-------8-------3-3-3-----------7-------8-------3-3-

G|-2-----------7-------7-------2-2-2-----------7-------7-------2-2-

D|-0-----------0-------0-------0-0-0-----------0-------0-------0-0-

A|----------------------------------------------------------------|

E|----------------------------------------------------------------|

 

 

___G________________________________Cadd9__________________________ 

                     " Sunset     encounters    with    destiny's... " 

e|-3---3---x---3-------3----------|-3---3---x---3-------3----------|

B|-3---3---x---3-------3----------|-3---3---x---3-------3----------|

G|-0---0---x---0-------0----------|-0---0---x---0-------0----------|

D|-0---0---x---0-------0----------|-2---2---x---2-------2----------|

A|-2---2---x---2-------2----------|-3---3---x---3-------3----------|

E|-3---3---x---3-------3----------|--------------------------------|

 

 

___D___________D_______G_______D_______________D_______G_______D__

" chances "

e|-2-----------5-------7-------2-2-2-----------5-------7-------2-2-

B|-3-----------7-------8-------3-3-3-----------7-------8-------3-3-

G|-2-----------7-------7-------2-2-2-----------7-------7-------2-2-

D|-0-----------0-------0-------0-0-0-----------0-------0-------0-0-

A|----------------------------------------------------------------|

E|----------------------------------------------------------------|

 

 

___G________________________________Cadd9__________________________ 

             " Envelopes            marked for the personal... "

e|-3---3---x---3-------3----------|-3---3---x---3-------3----------|

B|-3---3---x---3-------3----------|-3---3---x---3-------3----------|

G|-0---0---x---0-------0----------|-0---0---x---0-------0----------|

D|-0---0---x---0-------0----------|-2---2---x---2-------2----------|

A|-2---2---x---2-------2----------|-3---3---x---3-------3----------|

E|-3---3---x---3-------3----------|--------------------------------|

 

 

___D___________D_______G_______D_______________D_______G_______D__

 " life "

e|-2-----------5-------7-------2-2-2-----------5-------7-------2-2-

B|-3-----------7-------8-------3-3-3-----------7-------8-------3-3-

G|-2-----------7-------7-------2-2-2-----------7-------7-------2-2-

D|-0-----------0-------0-------0-0-0-----------0-------0-------0-0-

A|----------------------------------------------------------------|

E|----------------------------------------------------------------|

 

 

Repeat verse section, then...

 

(play at half speed now...)

 

 

___Cmaj7___________________________________________________________ 

                " Rock 'n roll superman... "

e|-0------------------------------|--------------------------------|

B|-0------------------------------|--------------------------------|

G|-0------------------------------|--------------------------------|

D|-2------------------------------|--------------------------------|

A|-3------------------------------|--------------------------------|

E|-3------------------------------|--------------------------------|

 

 

___Fmaj7___________________________________________________________ 

                " Ghosts of new vice... "

e|-0------------------------------|--------------------------------|

B|-1------------------------------|--------------------------------|

G|-2------------------------------|--------------------------------|

D|-3------------------------------|--------------------------------|

A|-3------------------------------|--------------------------------|

E|-1------------------------------|--------------------------------|

 

 

___Cmaj7___________________________________________________________ 

                " Rock 'n roll superman... "

e|-0------------------------------|--------------------------------|

B|-0------------------------------|--------------------------------|

G|-0------------------------------|--------------------------------|

D|-2------------------------------|--------------------------------|

A|-3------------------------------|--------------------------------|

E|-3------------------------------|--------------------------------|

 

 

___Fmaj7___________________________________________________________ 

                " Ghosts of new vice... "

e|-0------------------------------|--------------------------------|

B|-1------------------------------|--------------------------------|

G|-2------------------------------|--------------------------------|

D|-3------------------------------|--------------------------------|

A|-3------------------------------|--------------------------------|

E|-1------------------------------|--------------------------------|

 

 

 

Chorus: (back to original tempo now...)

 

 

___A_______________________________________________________________ 

                                                     "  Making... "

e|-0---0---0---0---0---0---0---0--|-0---0---0---0---0---0---0---0--|

B|-2---2---2---2---2---2---2---2--|-2---2---2---2---2---2---2---2--|

G|-2---2---2---2---2---2---2---2--|-2---2---2---2---2---2---2---2--|

D|-2---2---2---2---2---2---2---2--|-2---2---2---2---2---2---2---2--|

A|-0---0---0---0---0---0---0---0--|-0---0---0---0---0---0---0---0--|

E|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|

 

 

 

___G________________________________A______________________________ 

 " love        in      strange      autos                 whilst... " 

e|-3-------3---3-------3---3---3--|-0-------0---0-------0---0---0--|

B|-3-------3---3-------3---3---3--|-2-------2---2-------2---2---2--|

G|-0-------0---0-------0---0---0--|-2-------2---2-------2---2---2--|

D|-0-------0---0-------0---0---0--|-2-------2---2-------2---2---2--|

A|-2-------2---2-------2---2---2--|-0-------0---0-------0---0---0--|

E|-3-------3---3-------3---3---3--|--------------------------------|

 

 

 

___D_______________D/C#_____________Gmaj7/B_________A______________ 

 " life's        ink          sings al     -     ways   that... "

e|-2-------2---2---2-------2---2--|-2-------2---2---x-------x---x--|

B|-3-------3---3---3-------3---3--|-3-------3---3---x-------x---x--|

G|-2-------2---2---2-------2---2--|-0-------0---0---2-------2---2--|

D|-0-------0---0---x-------x---x--|-x-------x---x---2-------2---2--|

A|-----------------4-------4---4--|-2-------2---2---0-------0---0--|

E|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|

 

 | 1 - & - 2 - & - 3 - & - 4 - & -| 1 - & - 2 - & - 3 - & - 4 - & -|

 

___Cadd9___________________________________________________________ 

         " love      is       swift ar   -   rows     my... "

e|-3-------3---3-------3---3------|-3-------3---3-------3---3------|

B|-3-------3---3-------3---3------|-3-------3---3-------3---3------|

G|-0-------0---0-------0---0------|-0-------0---0-------0---0------|

D|-2-------2---2-------2---2------|-2-------2---2-------2---2------|

A|-3-------3---3-------3---3------|-3-------3---3-------3---3------|

E|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|

 

 

___A_______________________________________________________________ 

 "  dear "                                                 "  Oh... "

e|-0---0---0---0---0---0---0---0--|-0---0---0---0---0---0---0---0--|

B|-2---2---2---2---2---2---2---2--|-2---2---2---2---2---2---2---2--|

G|-2---2---2---2---2---2---2---2--|-2---2---2---2---2---2---2---2--|

D|-2---2---2---2---2---2---2---2--|-2---2---2---2---2---2---2---2--|

A|-0---0---0---0---0---0---0---0--|-0---0---0---0---0---0---0---0--|

E|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|

 

 

___G________________________________A______________________________ 

 " God           in         some    heaven                 who's... " 

e|-3-------3---3-------3---3---3--|-0-------0---0-------0---0---0--|

B|-3-------3---3-------3---3---3--|-2-------2---2-------2---2---2--|

G|-0-------0---0-------0---0---0--|-2-------2---2-------2---2---2--|

D|-0-------0---0-------0---0---0--|-2-------2---2-------2---2---2--|

A|-2-------2---2-------2---2---2--|-0-------0---0-------0---0---0--|

E|-3-------3---3-------3---3---3--|--------------------------------|

 

 

 

___D_______________D/C#_____________Gmaj7/B_________A______________ 

 " num   -      ber    is           seven    -   teen... "

e|-2-------2---2---2-------2---2--|-2-------2---2---x-------x---x--|

B|-3-------3---3---3-------3---3--|-3-------3---3---x-------x---x--|

G|-2-------2---2---2-------2---2--|-0-------0---0---2-------2---2--|

D|-0-------0---0---x-------x---x--|-x-------x---x---2-------2---2--|

A|-----------------4-------4---4--|-2-------2---2---0-------0---0--|

E|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|

 

 | 1 - & - 2 - & - 3 - & - 4 - & -| 1 - & - 2 - & - 3 - & - 4 - & -|

 

___Cadd9___________________________________________________________ 

         " dressed    you     in    blue       jeans       this... "

e|-3-------3---3-------3---3------|-3-------3---3-------3---3------|

B|-3-------3---3-------3---3------|-3-------3---3-------3---3------|

G|-0-------0---0-------0---0------|-0-------0---0-------0---0------|

D|-2-------2---2-------2---2------|-2-------2---2-------2---2------|

A|-3-------3---3-------3---3------|-3-------3---3-------3---3------|

E|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|

 

 

___A_______________________________________________________________ 

 "  year                                           to torment my... "

e|-0---0---0---0---0---0---0---0--|-0------------------------------|

B|-2---2---2---2---2---2---2---2--|-2------------------------------|

G|-2---2---2---2---2---2---2---2--|-2------------------------------|

D|-2---2---2---2---2---2---2---2--|-2------------------------------|

A|-0---0---0---0---0---0---0---0--|-0------------------------------|

E|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|

 

 

___Bb______________________________________________________________

 " soul...                                      ...oh, leave me... "

e|-1---1---1---1---1---1---1---1--|-1------------------------------|

B|-3---3---3---3---3---3---3---3--|-3------------------------------|

G|-3---3---3---3---3---3---3---3--|-3------------------------------|

D|-3---3---3---3---3---3---3---3--|-3------------------------------|

A|-1---1---1---1---1---1---1---1--|-1------------------------------|

E|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|

 

 

___D_______________D/C#_____________Gmaj7/B_________A______________

 " alone............................................................ "

e|-2---------------2--------------|-2---------------x--------------|

B|-3---------------3--------------|-3---------------x--------------|

G|-2---------------2--------------|-0---------------2--------------|

D|-0---------------x--------------|-0---------------2--------------|

A|-----------------4--------------|-2---------------0--------------|

E|--------------------------------|-x------------------------------|

 

 

___G_______________________________________________________________ 

 

e|-3------------------------------|--------------------------------|

B|-3------------------------------|--------------------------------|

G|-0------------------------------|--------------------------------|

D|-0------------------------------|--------------------------------|

A|-2------------------------------|--------------------------------|

E|-3------------------------------|--------------------------------|

 

 

Repeat verse section and chorus until...

 

" Oh, leave me... "

 

 

___D___________D_______G_______D_______________D_______G_______D__

" alone... "

e|-2-----------5-------7-------2-2-2-----------5-------7-------2-2-

B|-3-----------7-------8-------3-3-3-----------7-------8-------3-3-

G|-2-----------7-------7-------2-2-2-----------7-------7-------2-2-

D|-0-----------0-------0-------0-0-0-----------0-------0-------0-0-

A|----------------------------------------------------------------|

E|----------------------------------------------------------------|

 

 

(Repeat these chords for guitar solo...)

 

___D___________D_______G_______D_______________D_______G_______D__

(guitar solo)

e|-2-----------5-------7-------2-2-2-----------5-------7-------2-2-

B|-3-----------7-------8-------3-3-3-----------7-------8-------3-3-

G|-2-----------7-------7-------2-2-2-----------7-------7-------2-2-

D|-0-----------0-------0-------0-0-0-----------0-------0-------0-0-

A|----------------------------------------------------------------|

E|----------------------------------------------------------------|

 

 

 

Ending: (play at half speed now...)

 

___D________________________________Cadd9__________________________ 

(guitar solo continues...)

e|-2------------------------------|-3------------------------------|

B|-3------------------------------|-3------------------------------|

G|-2------------------------------|-0------------------------------|

D|-0------------------------------|-2------------------------------|

A|--------------------------------|-3------------------------------|

E|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|

 

 

___G/B_____________G________________D______________________________ 

(guitar solo continues...)

e|-3---------------3--------------|-2------------------------------|

B|-3---------------3--------------|-3------------------------------|

G|-0---------------0--------------|-2------------------------------|

D|-0---------------0--------------|-0------------------------------|

A|-2---------------x--------------|--------------------------------|

E|-x---------------3--------------|--------------------------------|

 

 

 

Lyrics:

 

Room in the East invested with meanings,

Open to none but the strange and the wild

Sunset encounters with destiny's chances,

Envelopes marked for the personal life

Night falling, hiding the poet's transgression,

Blown in the winds of aquarian tides

Echoed words spoken by token romantics

Rock 'n roll superman,

Ghosts of new vice.

 

Making love in strange autos

Whilst life's ink sings always

That love is swift arrows my dear

Oh, God in some heaven who's number is seventeen

Dressed you in blue jeans this year

To torment my soul

Oh, leave me alone...

 

Rules to be broken by reckless and young men,

Odes to be written by passion's sick hand

Seeds to be sown on the rich fields of promise,

Ends and beginnings that never quite meet

Nothing of value that hasn't yet vanished,

Brown-eyed and wise as the feminine fates

Evening's sweet menace, revealing, inviting,

Highways to paradise

Grey lines of grace.

 

Making love in strange autos

Whilst life's ink sings always

That love is swift arrows my dear

Oh, God in some heaven who's number is seventeen

Dressed you in blue jeans this year

To torment my soul

Oh, leave me alone...

 

 

Words & Music by Bill Nelson.

© Bill Nelson 2020

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