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Down By The Water Chords

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Transcribed by Todd Christensen

Song: "Down By The Water" Artist: The Decemberists  G-harp  120 BPM
 
INTRO Drums (2 measures) then harp
  C    Em   C    Em   D 
567  6666  66 555   55(opt)
↑↑↑  ↑↓↲↓  ↲↑ ↑↓↑   ↲↲

Em               G         D                 C
See this ancient riverbed, See where all the follies led
Em                       D                    Em
Down by the water, (and) down by the old main drag

Em              G             D                                 C
I was just some towhead teen, Feelin' 'round for fingers to get in-between
Em                 D                    Em 
Down by the water, down by the old main drag

    Em     D       Em         Em     D        C   (pause)
The season rubs me wrong, The summer swells a-non
            Em            G               D                          C
So knock me down, tear me up, But I would bear it all broken just to fill my cup
Em                    D                    Em 
Down by the water and down by the old main drag

Harp Break (Repeat Intro)
C | Em | C | Em D |

Em                  G                    D                         C
(Sweet to send this reveler 'round), the pretty little patter of a seaport town
Em                       D                         Em 
Rolling in the water and rolling down the old main drag

Em               G              D                         C
All dolled up in gabardine, The last flashing (lead) to appear nineteen
Em                     D                     Em 
Queen of the water and queen of the old main drag

    Em     D       Em         Em     D        C  (pause)
The season rubs me wrong, The summer swells a-non
            Em            G               D                          C
So knock me down, tear me up, But I would bear it all broken just to fill my cup
Em                    D                    Em 
Down by the water and down by the old main drag

Guitar:                    Harp: Repeat intro first line, then
C  | Em | C  | Em D |      Em   G    D      C     Em  D     Em  Em  
Em | G  | D  | C    |      5    7   667  6 667  555  555  444
Em | D  | Em | Em   |      ↑    ↑  ↑↓↑  ↑ ↑↓↑ ↑↓↑  ↑↓↑ ↑↓↑

    Em     D       Em         Em     D        C   (pause)
The season rubs me wrong, The summer swells a-non
            Em            G               D                          C
So knock me down, tear me up, But I would bear it all broken just to fill my cup

Em                    D                    Em
Down by the water and down by the old main drag
Em                    D                    Em
Down by the water and down by the old main drag
Em                    D                    Em 
Down by the water and down by the old main drag (slower, with single strums)

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TheCharlie wrote on January 3 2013, 03:52 pm

Thanks for including the harp tab. Some issues on the lyrics (it's "see where all my folly's led", "Sweet descend this rabble ‘round" and "lash-flashing Leda of Pier Nineteen"), but that's forgivable because of the harp tab.

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