Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Iron and Wine - Flightless Bird, American Mouth Chords & Lyrics

Once again, I have no excuses to offer. My daughters have been singing the praises of Iron and Wine for years now, and I'm finally getting round to posting my first chord & lyric interpretation of one of their songs - the gorgeous "Flightless Bird, American Mouth", from their 2007 album "The Shepherd's Dog" ( it was also released as an iTunes single in 2008 ).

I had heard their excellent version of the Postal Service song "Such Great Heights", but as I'd already posted the original version of that to my Rock song chords page and the chords seemed pretty much the same, there wasn't much point in reposting.

I worked the Iron and Wine song out while listening to a live version on YouTube ( see below ), it was played in the key of C, but with capo on 2nd fret bringing it up to D. You'd really need to play this one with the C set of chord shapes, as it has that nice C, C/B, Am run going all the way through. If you find it doesn't suit your voice, keep moving the capo up a fret until you find a key that suits, as this one doesn't really lend itself to transposition ( unless you move it right up to G, where the chords would be G, G/F#, Em, C, D - which would have a similar flowing chord set. Way too high ( or low ) for me tho! ).

My version of "Flightless Bird" is now on my Rock Guitar song chords page at the link below:

Miscellaneous rock guitar songs: Iron and Wine "Flightless Bird, American Mouth"

Check out the YouTube version of the song if you want to play along - YouTube - Iron and Wine "Flightless Bird, American Mouth" ( if the embedded video below doesn't work just click the link above )

The official Iron and Wine website is http://www.ironandwine.com/ , you can check out their music online at the link below:

"Iron and Wine" music at CD Universe

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P.J. Murphy
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