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"BALLAD OF A DYING MAN" by FATHER JOHN MISTY
This is my favorite of the singles we've heard from "Pure Comedy" so far, so I
figured I'd take a minute to transcribe the chords.
In typical Josh fashion, the guitar is in D tuning (DGCFAD). There are a couple
times in the song where it sounds like he might even be downtuned to Db, but I
haven't seen him do that yet, so we'll stick with D for now.
NOTE: I've copied the lyrics from Genius.com. Since the album hasn't been released
yet, I can't verify their accuracy, but they sound pretty good to me.
F
_xooo_
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Fmaj7
_xooo_
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F7
x_ooo_
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Bb
x__o_o
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F/A
x_oo_o
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Gm
xo___o
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Gm7
xo___o
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Abdim7
x__o_x
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Dm
o__ooo
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Eb
______
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Am
x_____
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Db
x_____
5fr ||||||
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G7
xo_o_o
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C
x_o___
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Dbmaj-5
x____x
5fr ||||||
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Ab
x_____
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[Intro]
The intro is the same chord sequence as the chorus. I like to accent my strumming in
a way that mimics the high notes of the piano part. On the second F in the sequence,
try moving your pinky up to the fifth fret of the high D string (3x0005) and back
down to the third fret (3x0003) in order to follow the piano. Throughout the song, I
also alternate between Gm and Gm7 (which I've marked in parentheses) toward the end

of phrases in order to get the higher F-note of the keys, even though it sounds like
Josh plays it as a straight Gm.
F

Fmaj7

F7

F

Bb

F/A

Gm

Abdim7

Gm (Gm7)

[Verse 1]
F
Dm
Eb
Gm (Gm7)
Naturally the dying man wonders to himself:
F
Dm
Eb
Gm (Gm7)
Has commentary been more lucid than anybody else?
Am
F7
And had he successively beaten back the rising tide
Dm
Dbmaj-5
Of idiots, dilettantes, and fools
Abdim7
Gm
On his watch while he was alive
F
Abdim7
Db
Dm
Lord, just a little more time
[Chorus 1]
F Fmaj7 F7
F
Oh, in no time at all
Bb F/A Gm
This'll be the distant past
G7
Gm (Gm7)
Ooh
[Verse 2]
F
Dm
Eb
Gm (Gm7)
So says the dying man once I'm in the box
F
Dm
Eb
Gm (Gm7)
Just think of all the overrated hacks running amok
Am
F7
And all of the pretentious, ignorant voices that will go unchecked
Dm
Dbmaj-5
The homophobes, hipsters, and 1%
Abdim7
Gm
The false feminists he'd managed to detect
F
Abdim7
Db
Dm
Oh, who will critique them once he's left?
[Chorus 2]

F Fmaj7 F7
F
Oh, in no time at all
Bb F/A C
This'll be the distant past
[Bridge]
Ab
C
F
Bb
What he'd give for one more day to rate and analyze
Gm
C
F
Bb
The world made in his image as of yet to realize
Dm
Gm
C
What a mess to leave behind
[Verse 3]
F
Eventually the dying
F
But first checks his
Am
And it occurs to him
Dm
We leave as clueless

Dm
Eb
Gm (Gm7)
man takes his final breath
Dm
Eb
Gm (Gm7)
news feed to see what he's 'bout to miss
F7
a little late in the game
Dbmaj-5
as we came
Abdim7
Gm
From rented heavens to the shadows in the cave
F
Abdim7
Db
Dm
We'll all be wrong someday
[Outro]
While Josh sings the "Oh oh oh" bit and the choir comes in, just repeat this
sequence until the end of the song:
Bb

F/A

Gm (Gm7)


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