Beirut – Lon Gisland and Others

Lon Gisland

Elephant Gun (Post)

My Family’s Role in the World Revolution

Capo at the first fret Gm – Eb – F

Scenic World (Second Version) (PDF)

The same chords as the version on Gulag Orkestar.

The Lon Gisland Sound

Capo at the first fret Am – D7 – G – C – Cmaj7. Just the same as Elephant Gun.


Gmaj7 and A all the way through.


Closing Song (Post)

Transatlantique (Post)

The White Whale

One of the tracks recorded under the name Real People. The chords are Ebm – Abm – Bb. But it makes more sense to play Dm – Gm – Bb with the capo on the first fret.

The Interior of a Dutch House

From a split single with Calexico. The first half starts off with a uke. It disappears halfway through, but the chords are the same: E – Bm – F#m – E

My Night With the Prostitute From Marseille

From Big Change: Songs for Finca. The chords are G – A – Bm – D. I prefer to slide the G shape up two frets for the A chord, but you can use the normal A chord if you prefer.

Brazil (PDF)

Cover of a song by Ary Barroso and a live favourite. Also done by the likes of Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby and Antonio Carlos Jobim. The chords are simple enough, and there’s no way you can’t include this little riff:

Brazil Beirut riff tab

Siki Siki Baba

Another regular live cover. I took the chords from this version with the Kocani Orkestar (the second half of the video). For the most part it’s G5. You can spice it up a little by adding in the bass line to the chord.

siki siki ba ba beirut

In the instrumental parts, there are C then D chords leading into the G5.

The LAAA-DA-DA-DA-DA-DA-DA section is Em, Bm, C, D, G.

You can find Gulag Orkestar and Flying Club Cup tabs and chords on this page, but that’s your lot.

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  1. Nelson March 5th, 2008 12:45 am

    The deed is done!
    Much love :pounds chest:

  2. zymeck March 5th, 2008 9:06 am

    Is that it then – every single Beirut track tabbed/chorded?

    We’ll have to find you a new project ;)

  3. Woodshed March 5th, 2008 9:22 pm

    Thanks, Nelson.

    Zym: It’s most of them. There are a few more knocking around. But that’s all the ones I’ve got listenable versions of.

    Don’t panic. I’ve got plenty more stuff I still need to do.

  4. Bryan Vana May 8th, 2008 8:17 am

    Woodshed, have you heard Zach’s track on the 2007 Believer Magazine Music Issue CD? A friend of mine subscribes to the mag and put “Venice” on a recent mix for me.

    Here’s a link:

  5. Woodshed May 8th, 2008 8:31 pm

    Thanks for pointing it out, Bryan. I haven’t heard it.

  6. Duppy August 2nd, 2010 11:03 pm

    I realize I’m a couple years late on posting this, but one could incorporate the main riff of Brazil by transposing the song to G. One could then play: G, G+, G6, G, G+,G6, G+, etc.
    Pretty nifty, eh?

  7. Woodshed August 3rd, 2010 5:36 pm

    Duppy: Thanks, I’ll give that a go.

  8. Eero January 26th, 2011 7:58 pm

    could you put up fountains and tramways from the pompeii EP?

  9. Woodshed January 28th, 2011 10:09 am

    Eero: Thanks for the suggestion. There’s always a possibility I’ll do more Beirut.

  10. Redmond June 19th, 2011 2:36 am

    Just a little thing I really like about “My Family’s Role in the World Revolution”…

    If you listen really, really closely (iPod all the way up closely) you can hear just after they mess up one of the people saying, “Ahaha, someone fu- Nick fucked it up again!”

    It touches my heart, because my name is Nick and that’s been said of me many times while playing trumpet =)

  11. Ivan Rivera February 7th, 2013 10:20 am

    Great job i cannot thank you enough im from mexico and i have a band that covers beirut songs and plays on local coffee shops, and i always use this page for learning the songs, thank you, i was just wondering if you know the chords for le moribond
    thanks : )

  12. Woodshed February 8th, 2013 4:15 pm

    Ivan: Thanks, that’s great! I don’t but there’s chords for the original version on Ultimate Guitar.

  13. Noah June 28th, 2013 2:05 am

    Dear Mr Woodshed,

    Do you have any suggestions for the strumming on Brazil? Everything I try and do makes it either sound really depressing or really loud and kinda frantic. I just can’t seem to get that spark that Zachy does

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