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Harmonica Tabs - Photograph

May 6, 2018

Author: Bianca Yang
Email: ipacifics@gmail.com

Today, I’d like to share with you harmonica tabs for Ed Sheeran’s Photograph that I transcribed over the past couple of days. I am quite uncertain about how to exactly transcribe the bolded lines, because it’s not possible to hit the notes Ed sings without bending. Since I don’t know how to bend yet, those lines are my best approximation for what the song sounds like in the standard, YouTube version of the song. There is also a bit of trouble with the verses, which should be lower than the chorus but is tabbed at the same octave. Again, I don’t know how to bend, so I can’t reach the lower notes I would need to produce an accurate rendition. I also have difficulty cleanly using the higher notes on my harmonica, which is I why I stick so strongly to the bottom of first position.

I transcribed these using a Hohner Special 20, key of C. Let me know if you find mistakes. I hope one day I’ll be good enough at harmonica to be able to share my renditions of these songs with all of you.

Ed Sheeran Photograph

4 means 4 blow
4’ means 4 draw
- means hold the note longer

5 5 4’ 5
loving can hurt
5 5 4’ 5 4’ 4
loving can hurt sometimes
4 4 4’ 3’ 3’ 4 4 5’ 5
but it’s the only thing that I know
5 5 4’ 5 4’ 4
when it gets hard
4 4 4’ 4 4 5 4’ 4
you know it can get hard sometimes
4 4 4’ 3’ 3’ 4
it is the only thing
4 5’ 5 4’ 4 4— 4’ 5
that makes us feel alive

4 4 4 4 4 4 4- 4’ 5
we keep this love in a photograph
4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4’ 5 5
we make these memories for ourselves
4 4 6 5 5 4’ 4’ 4
where our eyes are never closing
6 5 5 4’ 4’ 4
hearts are never broken
4 6 5 5 4’ 4’ 4 3’
and time’s forever frozen still

4 4 4’ 5 3 5 5 5’ 5 4’ 4 5 4’
so you can keep me inside the pocket of your ripped jeans
5 5 5 5’ 5 4’ 4 5 4’
holding me closer til’ our eyes meet
5 5 5’ 5 4’ 4 4
you won’t ever be alone
4 4 3’ 4 4 4
wait for me to come home

5 5 4’ 5
loving can heal
5 5 4’ 5 4’ 4
loving can mend your soul
4 4 4’ 3’ 3’ 4 5’ 5 4
and it’s the only thing that I know
4 4 4’ 4 4 5 4’ 5
I swear it will get easier
4 4 4 4 4 6 5 4’ 4 4
remember that with every piece of you
4 4 4’ 3’ 3’ 4 4 5’ 5 4’ 4 4’
hm and it’s the only thing we take with us when we die

4 4 4 4 4 4 4- 4’ 5
we keep this love in a photograph
4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4’ 5 5
we make these memories for ourselves
4 4 6 5 5 4’ 4’ 4
where our eyes are never closing
6 5 5 4’ 4’ 4
hearts are never broken
4 6 5 5 4’ 4’ 4 3’
and time’s forever frozen still

4 4 4’ 5 3 5 5 5’ 5 4’ 4 5 4’
so you can keep me inside the pocket of your ripped jeans
5 5 5 5’ 5 4’ 4 5 4’
holding me closer til’ our eyes meet
5 5 5’ 5 4’ 4 4
you won’t ever be alone
4 4 3’ 4 4 4
wait for me to come home

4 4 4’ 5 3
and if you hurt me
5 5 5 5’ 5 4’ 4 5 4’
that’s okay baby only words bleed
5 5 5’ 5 4’ 4 6 4’
inside those pages you just hold me
5 5 5’ 5 4’ 4 4
and i won’t ever let you go
4 4 3’ 4 4 4
wait for me to come home
4 4 3’ 4 4 4
wait for me to come home
4 4 3’ 4 4 4 (this should be slightly higher than the other “wait or me to come home’s” but help me bending)
wait for me to come home
4 4 3’ 4 4 4
wait for me to come home

4 4 4’ 5 3
Oh, you can fit me
5 5 5 5’ 5 4’ 4 5 4’
Inside the necklace you got when you were sixteen
5 5 5 5’ 5 4’ 4 5 4’
Next to your heartbeat where I should be
5 5 5’ 5 4’ 4 4
Keep it deep within your soul
4 4 4’ 5 3
And if you hurt me
5 5 5 5’ 5 4’ 4 5 4’
Well, that’s okay baby, only words bleed
5 5 5’ 5 4’ 4 6 4’
Inside these pages you just hold me
5 5 5’ 5 4’ 4 4
And I won’t ever let you go
4 4 4’ 5 5 5 5 5’ 5 4’ 4 5 4’
When I’m away, I will remember how you kissed me
5 5 5 5’ 5 4’ 4 5 4’
Under the lamppost back on Sixth street
5 5 5’ 5 4’ 4 4
Hearing you whisper through the phone
4 4 3’ 4 4 4
“Wait for me to come home”