St. Jude

“Sometimes I find that music is so much more attractive than love. I don’t know… It’s like some kind of euphoria, that love can’t bring to you.”
― Florence Welch

I remember in the late 90’s when ceremonial women artists dominated “alternative” music. By ceremonial, I mean presenting music as worship, and there was even a tour called Lilith Fair.

Artists like Sarah Mclachlan, Tori Amos, Fiona Apple — even Stevie Nicks or Loreena McKennitt presented music in an almost religious, ethereal way. I feel like Florence and the Machine does just that — and they are a sorely needed band in this era.

St. Jude is definitely my favorite of the released tracks from Florence + The Machine’s new album: How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful. Lyrically, St. Jude is sparse, but amazing. Florence Welch is also one of the few poets in popular music. She is actually crafting a storyline, imagery, and meaning within each song.

I feel like (in popular music today) lyrics have become base level obvious, or so ambiguous — they’re meaningless. The confluence of both — and the absolute crescendo of moronic lyrics — has to be Four, Five, Seconds by Rihanna, Kanye West and (what, Paul McCartney?):

Woke up an optimist, sun was shining I’m positive
Then I heard you was talkin’ trash
Hold me back I’m bout’ to spaz

Juxtapose that with Counting Crows singer, Adam Duritz, who in the exact same musical bar length, managed the greatest lyrical feat of all time; Round Here:

Step out the front door like a ghost
into the fog where no one notices
the contrast of white on white

In between the moon and you,
the angels get a better view
of the crumbling difference between wrong and right.

I walk in the air, between the rain,
through myself and back again.
Where? I don’t know
Maria says she’s dying
through the door I hear her crying
Why? I don’t know

It’s probably unfair to compare the two — as they’re really not musical piers in any sense. However, artists of depth, like Florence and The Machine, are a welcome dose of intellect — in the ever dumbed down landscape of popular music.

(Note: St. Jude is my premium material.)

How to play Florence and The Machine’s, St. Jude, for classical guitar

St. Jude is really easy to play, and is a perfect song for beginner guitar players — as well as everyone else. The guitar tab is beautifully written across two pages. My order of play, in accordance with the tab looks like this: 

Intro 2x, Verse, Pre Chorus, Chorus 2x — Verse 2, Pre Chorus, Chorus 2x.

Also, I tend to pluck through the chords rather than strum; a fingerstyle technique I ingrained from playing Gustavo Santaolalla songs. If you don’t want to do this, just strum the chords with your thumb.

[If interested, my guitar is a GK Studio. You can find a list of all of my gear here.]

I’ve sectioned of each chord position within the tab. This makes the guitar tab easier to comprehend — as you’ll finish up what you’re doing in one position before you move on. I’ve all written the basic chord position name above each section.

If you like my version of St. Jude, check my offerings from Lana Del Rey — Lykke Liand Bjork.

Enjoy, the tab is available below:

St. Jude is played in standard tuning, with a capo on the 1st fret.

St. Jude for classical guitar

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Matthew's dad, Jennifer's husband, bass player - New Invisible Joy, YouTuber, film composer - Broken Noons, creator of modern content for guitar.