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The Girl with the Weight of the World in Her Hands -- Indigo Girls 

This version has corrected bass note timing in Intro/Verse riff, corrected E chord 
names in first verse, more accurate D9/F# riff, plus tabbed riff to Chorus lead-in 
and complete Chorus tab. Enjoy!

CAPO 2. Full finger-picking. See tab for picking patterns & riffs.

A          A6               A     A6
She won't recover from her losses
            A          A6            A               A+
She's not chosen this path, but she watches who it crosses
       D9          D9/C#       D9/B        E      
Maybe move to the right, maybe move to the left
           Asus2       Asus2/G#             D9/F#            
So we can all see her pain she wears like a banner on her chest
        E           Esus        E            Esus      
And we all say it's sad, and we think it's a shame
           Asus2          Asus2/G#        D9/F#    
And she's called to our attention, but we do not call her name
    E               Esus        E              (to half intro)
The girl with the weight of the world in her hands

'Cause we're busy with our happiness, and busy with our plans
I wonder if alone she wants it taken from her hands
But if things didn't keep getting harder
She might miss her sacred chance to go a consecrated martyr
    E               Esus        E             A9 (see transit. riff)  
The girl with the weight of the world in her hands

  D9            D9/C#     D9/B            E 
I wonder which saint that lives inside a bead
      Asus2          Asus2/G#       D9/F#        
Will grant her consolation when she counts upon her need
   D9           D9/C#            D9/B     E
It makes us all angry, though we feign to care
      Asus2           Asus2/G#          D9/F#
But who will be the scale to weigh the cross she has to bear?
    E               Esus        E
The girl with the weight of the world in her hands (to half intro)

"Is the glass half full or empty?" I ask her as I fill it. She says
"it doesn't really matter, pretty soon you're bound to spill it"
With the half-logic language of the sermon she delivers
And the way she smiles so knowingly at me gives me the shivers
The girl with the weight of the world in her hands (trans. to chorus)

Chorus, then full intro. Slow finish, strumming A.


 
 

(Intro = first 8 bars. Hint: mash down the 4 treble strings at the second fret to 
play A; it leaves your other fingers free to play the hammer-ons)
 A                A6               A                A6
 ----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
 ----------2-----|------2-------2-|----------2-----|------2-------2-|
 --------2-------|--2-------2-----|--------2-------|--2-------2-----|
 ----2---------2h|4-----------4---|----2---------2h|4-----------4---|
 0-------0---0---|----0---0-------|0-------0---0---|----0---0-------|
 ----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
 She     won't recover  from her losses.                    She's not
 
 A                A6               A                A+
 ----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
 ----------2-----|------2-------2-|----------2-----|------2-------2-|
 --------2-------|--2-------2-----|--------2-------|--2-------2-----|
 ----2---------2h|4-----------4---|----2---------2h|3-----------3---|
 0-------0---0---|----0---0-------|0-------0---0---|----0---0-------|
 ----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
 chosen    this path,   but she watches who it crosses.     Maybe move
 
 D9               D9/C#            D9/B             E
 ----------0-----|----------0-----|----------------|----------0-----|
 ------3-------3-|------3-------3-|----------3-----|--------------0-|
 ----2-------2---|----2-------2---|------2-------2-|------1---------|
 0-------0-------|----------------|----0-------0---|----2-------2---|
 ----------------|4-------4-------|2-------2-------|----------------|
 ----------------|----------------|----------------|0-------0-------|
       to the right,      maybe move     to the left,   so we can all 

 Asus2            Asus2/G#         D9/F#
 ----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
 ----------0-----|----------0-----|----------3-----|----------3-----|
 ------2-------2-|------2-------2-|------2-------2-|------2-------2-|
 ----2-------2---|----2-------2---|----0-------0---|----0-------0---|
 0-------0-------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
 ----------------|4-------4-------|2-------2-------|2-------2-------|
       see her pain she wears     like a banner on her chest.  And we 
 
 E                Esus             E                Esus
 ----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
 ----------0-----|------0-------0-|----------0-----|------0-------0-|
 ------1-------1-|--2-------2-----|------1-------1-|--2-------2-----|
 ----2-------2---|----2-------2---|----2-------2---|----2-------2---|
 ----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
 0-------0-------|0-------0-------|0-------0-------|0-------0-------|
 all say it's sad,         and we think it's a shame.       And she's
 
 Asus2            Asus2/G#         D9/F#          
 ----------------|----------------|--------------0-|----------------|
 ----------0-----|------0---------|----------3-----|--3-------3-----|
 ------2-------2-|---------2----2-|------2---------|------2-------2-|
 ----2-------2---|----2-------2---|----0-------0---|----0-------0---|
 0-------0-------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
 ----------------|4-------4-------|2-------2-------|2-------2-------|
 called to our attention,   but we do not call her name.          The
 
 E                Esus             E
 ----------------|----------------|----------------|
 ----------0-----|--0-------0-----|----------0-----|
 ------1-------1-|------2-------2-|------1-------1-|
 ----2-------2---|----2-------2---|--2---------2---|
 ----------------|----------------|----------------|
 0-------0-------|0-------0-------|0-------0-------|
 girl with the weight       of the world   in her hands. 

(Play first half of Intro, then 2nd verse)

Transition to Chorus:              ----------------|-----0----------|
                                   ----------0-----|0h2------2---2--|
                                   ------2-------2-|-----------2----|
                                   ----2-------2---|-------0--------|
                                   0-------0-------|---0------------|
                                   ----------------|----------------|

Chorus:
 D9               D9/C#            D9/B             E
 ----------0-----|----------0-----|----------------|------0---------|
 ------3-------3-|------3-------3-|----------3-----|----------0-----|
 ----2-------2---|----2-------2---|------2-------2-|--------------1-|
 0-------0-------|----------------|----0-------0---|----2-------2---|
 ----------------|4-------4-------|2-------2-------|----------------|
 ----------------|----------------|----------------|0-------0-------|
 I wonder which   saint       that lives inside  a bead          Will

 Asus2            Asus2/G#         D9/F#          
 ----------------|------0---------|--------------0-|----------------|
 ----------0-----|----------------|----------3-----|--3-------3-----|
 ------2-------2-|----2-----2---2-|------2---------|------2-------2-|
 ----2-------2---|--2---------2---|----0-------0---|----0-------0---|
 0-------0-------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
 ----------------|4-------4-------|2-------2-------|2-------2-------|
 grant her  consolation   when she counts up-on her need

 ----------0-----|----------0-----|----------------|----------------|
 ------3-------3-|------3-------3-|----------3-----|----------0-----|
 ----2-------2---|----2-------2---|------2-------2-|------1-------1-|
 0-------0-------|----------------|----0-------0---|----2-------2---|
 ----------------|4-------4-------|2-------2-------|----------------|
 ----------------|----------------|----------------|0-------0-------|
 It makes us all  angry, though we feign         to care          But

 ----------------|----------------|--------------0-|----------------|
 ----------0-----|----------0-----|----------3-----|--3-------3-----|
 ------2-------2-|------2-------2-|------2---------|------2-------2-|
 ----2-------2---|----2-------2---|----0-------0---|----0-------0---|
 0-------0-------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
 ----------------|4-------4-------|2-------2-------|2-------2-------|
 who will be the scale to weigh the cross she has to bear?        The

 E                Esus             E
 ----------------|----------------|----------------|
 ----------0-----|----------0-----|----------0-----|
 ------1-------1-|------2-------2-|------1-------1-|
 ----2-------2---|----2-------2---|--2---------2---|
 ----------------|----------------|----------------|
 0-------0-------|0-------0-------|0-------0-------|
 girl with the weight       of the world   in her hands.

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