The XX – Islands

EDIT: here’s a recording of some bits from this song that I did on my trusty 4 track (please excuse the tape hiss and warbly singing). So you can sort of get an idea of what I’m trying… excerpt from islands.mp3

Great album, for some reason I thought this one might be good to tackle on the uke – I haven’t figured out the instrumental outro bit yet, any help with this (or fixing any other bits) would be welcome!

Okay, so here’s what I’ve got for the verse:

g#||-----7-----5------3-----3-----------0-------------2-----|
d#||--------------1-1-----1------1----1-------1-----3---3---|
b||---------------------0-----0----2-------2-----4-------4-|
f#||-2-2---2-0----------------------2-----2-----0-----------|

and here’s the chorus (the “I am yours now” bit) not sure about the Em…

E B E C# D#m
g#||-0-3-0-0-2-|
d#||-1-0-1-1-3-|
b||-0-0-0-2-4-|
f#||-2-0-2-2-0-|

and then the bit where the guy starts singing:
g#||----------------------------------------------|
d#||-5-5/8-8/10--5-5\3-3\1--5-5/8-8/10--5 5\3-3\1-|
b||----------------------------------------------|
f#||----------------------------------------------|

Here are the lyrics:
VERSE
I don’t have to leave anymore
What I have is right here
Spend my nights and days before
Searching the world for what’s right here

VERSE
Underneath and unexplored
Islands and cities I have looked
Here I saw
Something I couldn’t over look

CHORUS
_____E_________
I am yours now
_______________B________________
So now I don't ever have to leave
__________E________
I've been found out
___________C#________D#m
So now I'll never explore

BIT WHERE THE GUY SINGS
See what I’ve done
That bridge is on fire
Going back to where I’ve been
I’m froze by desire
No need to leave

Where would I be
IF this were to go under
It’s a risk I’d take
I’m froze by desire
As if a choice I’d make

CHORUS AGAIN
I am yours now
So now I don’t ever have to leave
I’ve been found out
So now I’ll never explore

INSTRUMENTAL OUTRO

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  2. Luke May 17th, 2012 10:16 pm

    Really good song! Congrats! Cool voice… How long did it take you to get this good?

  3. Hobo October 19th, 2012 2:49 pm

    I realise this is a long time after this has been posted, but if anyone could clarify the tuning of the ukulele for me that would be great!

    Is this a soprano uke still?

    Many thanks

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