The Hazards Of Love 4, also called The Drowned, is the final heartbreaking track of the Decemberists’ concept album of the same name. It tells the dramatic and romantic story of William and Margaret.
Like several other Decemberists‘ songs, it features a simple chord progression in the key of G, using open chords only. There are also a few little embellishments, picking out the bass notes and passing bass notes, all played with a simple strumming pattern. Since it’s a heartbreaking and tragic song, the challenge lies in playing it as such. The lesson includes is a segment in which we take a look how you can do that.