How To Save A Life Uke tab by The Fray

5 Chords used in the song: C, G/B, Am, G, F

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Original tuning : +4.0 step(s) [ ? ]
VERSE 1:

C C G/B G/B
Step one you say we need to talk
Am Am G G G/B G/B C C
He walks you say sit down it's just a talk
G/B G/B Am Am
He smiles politely back at you
G G G/B G/B C C
You stare politely right on through
G/B G/B Am Am
Some sort of window to your right
G G G/B G/B C C
As he goes left and you stay right
G/B G/B Am Am
Between the lines of fear and blame
G G G/B G/B
And you begin to wonder why you came


CHORUS:

F F G G Am Am
Where did I go wrong, I lost a friend
C C G G
Somewhere along in the bitterness
F F G G Am Am
And I would have stayed up with you all night
C C G G
Had I known how to save a life



VERSE 2:

C C G/B G/B
Let him know that you know best
Am Am G G G/B G/B C C
Cause after all you do know best
G/B G/B Am Am
Try to slip past his defence
G G G/B G/B C C
Without granting innocence
G/B G/B Am Am
Lay down a list of what is wrong
G G G/B G/B C C
The things you've told him all along
G G G/B G/B
And pray to God he hears you

CHORUS:

F F G G Am Am
Where did I go wrong, I lost a friend
C C G G
Somewhere along in the bitterness
F F G G Am Am
And I would have stayed up with you all night
C C G G
Had I known how to save a life



VERSE 3:

C C G/B G/B
As he begins to raise his voice
Am Am G G G/B G/B C C
You lower yours and grant him one last choice
G/B G/B Am Am
Drive until you lose the road
G G G/B G/B C C
Or break with the ones you've followed
G/B G/B Am Am
He will do one of two things
G G G/B G/B C C
He will admit to everything
G/B G/B Am Am
Or he'll say he's just not the same
G G G/B G/B
And you'll begin to wonder why you came


CHORUS:

F F G G Am Am
Where did I go wrong, I lost a friend
C C G G
Somewhere along in the bitterness
F F G G Am Am
And I would have stayed up with you all night
C C G G
Had I known how to save a life

 

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piloteer avatar
-2 for original. also for me it sounds better if I add another A# at the end of the chorus
24 May 2020
LeoQuezada avatar
I'm sorry what does g/b means?
20 Feb 2019
aeberg avatar
flag for US(ISO2) (marion)
down 2 half steps for easier chords
19 Sep 2018
About this song

Influenced by a boy that Isaac Slade, lead singer, met while working as a mentor at a camp for troubled teens. According to Slade, the song is about all the people who attempted to help this troubled boy but were unsuccessful.