Ukulele serenade series: “Gunning Down Romance”

This is part of a daily uke notation series released in advance of Valentine’s Day 2020. I have plans to do this in advance of other holidays and sabats, so if you have recommendations please let me know.

As far as ’90s pop is concerned, Savage Garden did a lot of things right. Yes, there were some really bad aspects to ’90s pop music, but for the most part, I found the music that came from the Australian duo genuine and palatable.

“Love feels good and I want it pumped directly into my veins but ALSO FUCK THE UNIVERSE WHY AM I AN ANXIETY APE?”

Although this moody number off of 1999’s Affirmation is not my typical jam, it’s stuck with me for several reasons.

Lyrically, the song marries an aching sense of longing with an underlying feeling of existential dread — it’s skillful, deliberate, and effective. Love is science and we are needlessly complicated monkeys AND GODDAMN IT I WANT IT ANYWAY.

With a few minor adjustments, it’s a very comfortable song to sing for mezzo (second soprano) and alto voices.

The notation I based my version on had a few problems and I ended up cutting quite a bit out because it wasn’t working elegantly with the pared down uke/voice set-up I was envisioning. But I had a lot of fun messing around with it.

As usual, we’re working with a concert ukulele tuned to GCEA.

So, let’s get into the chords.

Chords

Dm

A|-0-|A
E|-1-|F
C|-2-|D
G|-2-|A

F

A|-0-|A
E|-1-|F
C|-0-|C
G|-2-|A

Bb

A|-1-|Bb
E|-1-|F
C|-2-|D
G|-3-|Bb

Gm

A|-1-|Bb
E|-3-|G
C|-2-|D
G|-0-|G

Verse

First verse

Dm             F                Bb        Gm               Dm
Love and other moments are just chemical reactions in your brain
F       Bm
In your brain
Dm              F                  Bb             Gm                Dm
And feelings of aggression are the absence of the love drug in your veins 
F       Bm
In your veins

Second verse

Dm             F         Bm        Gm            Dm
Love and other socially acceptable emotions are morphine
F       Bm
They're morphine
Dm       F                 Bb          Gm              Dm
Cleverly concealing primal urges often felt but rarely seen
F      Bm
Rarely seen

Chorus

First chorus

Dm        F
Love come quickly
Bb        Gm           Dm                F
Because I feel my self esteem is caving in
Bb
It's on the brink
Dm         F
Love come quickly
Bb        Gm                Dm                F
Because I don't think I can keep this monster in
Bb              Gm
It's in my skin 

Second chorus

Dm     F
Love I beg you
Bb           Gm       Dm                  F
Lift me up into that privileged point of view
Bb
The world of two
Dm         F
Love don't leave me
Bb       Gm                   Dm                  F
Because I console myself that Hallmark cards are true
Bb          Gm
I really do

Bridge to end

N.C              Dm    F
I'm gunning down romance
   Bb                    Gm
It never did a thing for me
N.C.              Dm   F
But heartache and misery
      Bb                Gm
Ain't nothing but a tragedy

Gm

Dm          F   Bb Gm
Love don't leave me
          Dm         F      Bb
I'm gonna take these broken wings
          Dm         F      Bb
I'm gonna take these broken wings
             Dm  F
And learn to fly
             Bm      Gm
And learn to fly away
             Dm
And learn to fly 

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