The Sound of the Life of the Mind CHORDS

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Offline oneangrylars

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The Sound of the Life of the Mind CHORDS
« on: September 23, 2012, 11:06:17 PM »
Hey guys! Haven't seen too many transcriptions of the new album. Thought I'd give it a shot :)
First time figuring out chords so be nice!

The Sound of the Life of the Mind - Ben Folds Five

B flat, C, Dm, C/E, B flat, C --
B flat, C, Dm, C/E, B flat, C --

B flat                            C                   Dm
Aped's brother wants to beat up Paul
       C/E                     B flat      C --
The boys have gone to watch
B flat                            C                   Dm
Some of the girls are down at the mall
C/E                        B flat C --
Justineís got Cherry-Cola and Scotch, la da da da

B flat, C, Dm, C/E, B flat, C --

B flat                         C                    Dm
Later on itís everyone round to Becís
       C/E                              B flat   C --
Her parents are away in New York
B flat                    C                     Dm                                        C/E
Sarah, well she just canít bear the stupidity, the boredom, the grind
       B flat                          C
She stays at school so that she can hear
       Dm             C/E         B flat --
The sound of the life of the mind

            E flat             F
And itís noisy up there
    Dm            Gm
It rocks like a mother
  E flat               F       Dm                  Gm
(Rosa Parks and DNA, Joan of Ark and JFK)
           E flat              F
But itís noisy up there (noisy up there)
    Dm           Gm
It rocks like a mother

B flat, C, Dm, C/E, B flat, C --

         B flat                        C               Dm
Sheís cut Ďem off out of her social circle
C/E                               B flat      C --
Wonít introduce them to Lincoln or Frost
            B flat                           C                           Dm
Doesnít want to let them get to know Keats or Studs Terkel
        C/E                       B flat           C --
Theyíll never know what they have lost
      B flat                    C                     Dm                                        C/E
But Sarah, well she just canít bear the stupidity, the boredom, the grind
       B flat                          C
She stays at school so that she can hear
       Dm             C/E         B flat --
The sound of the life of the mind

            E flat             F
And itís noisy up there (noisy up there)
    Dm            Gm
It rocks like a mother
      E flat           F                       Dm        Gm
(Copernicus and Fortuneís Wheel, Plato, Glindled and The New Deal)
           E flat              F
But itís noisy up there (noisy up there)
    Dm           Gm
It rocks like a mother

(Whole next part uses C bass note with G C and D treble, I think!)

Sarah already knows
Pretty soon sheíll be leaving
But sheís Hoovered up whatever she can find
She doesnít want to hear about
Pregnancies, foam fights, TV, take-outs
Have sex, weddings
The sound of the life sheíll leave behind

E flat, F, Dm, Gm
E flat, F, Dm, Gm

            E flat             F
And itís noisy up there (noisy up there)
    Dm            Gm
It rocks like a mother
 E flat    F       Dm     Gm
(Oh oh, oh oh, oh oh, oh)
           E flat              F
But itís noisy up there (noisy up there)
    Dm           Gm
It rocks like a mother
 E flat    F       Dm     Gm
(Oh oh, oh oh, oh oh, oh)
Gm --


Let me know what you think. I think it's accurate enough. Tell me if I'm wrong at any point.
Enjoy! ;)
do it anyway

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Offline Andy

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Re: The Sound of the Life of the Mind CHORDS
« Reply #1 on: September 24, 2012, 09:31:26 AM »
Sounds pretty accurate to me! Nice work!

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Re: The Sound of the Life of the Mind CHORDS
« Reply #2 on: October 04, 2012, 06:57:38 PM »
If not spot on, pretty damn close.  I wish that middle part could be fleshed out a bit more, it's damned confusing to my ears.

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Offline oneangrylars

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Re: The Sound of the Life of the Mind CHORDS
« Reply #3 on: October 04, 2012, 09:33:05 PM »
Thanks guys! ;)

I wish that middle part could be fleshed out a bit more, it's damned confusing to my ears.
What do you mean by that? Which middle part?

In case anybody is wondering how to play the intro, you basically just play the notes of the chords in the way Ben does ;)
This is how I've done it... http://www.mediafire.com/?90wmx22uehsndvw
do it anyway

Re: The Sound of the Life of the Mind CHORDS
« Reply #4 on: October 05, 2012, 12:49:38 AM »
The Bridge is a bit wonky for me "Sarah already knows" that part.

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Offline AmateurHour1999

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Re: The Sound of the Life of the Mind CHORDS
« Reply #5 on: May 03, 2014, 06:33:25 PM »
I am working on transcribing the song to midi right now!
I see that there is evil, and I know that there is good, and the in-betweens are never understood!

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Offline AmateurHour1999

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Re: The Sound of the Life of the Mind CHORDS
« Reply #6 on: May 09, 2014, 01:16:08 PM »
Here it is! Official transcription \m/
I see that there is evil, and I know that there is good, and the in-betweens are never understood!