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#----------------------------------PLEASE NOTE---------------------------------#
#This file is the author's own work and represents their interpretation of the #
#song. You may only use this file for private study, scholarship, or research. #
#------------------------------------------------------------------------------##
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#----------------------------------PLEASE NOTE---------------------------------#
#This file is the author's own work and represents their interpretation of the #
#song. You may only use this file for private study, scholarship, or research. #
#------------------------------------------------------------------------------#

HALF MOON CAFE (Emily Saliers)
------------------------------
[Actually in Bb; capo 1.]
[It might be easier to play this with the high E tuned down to D;
 then play A/C# as x42222 and E as 022102.]

 
D     A/C#     Bm7     E-F#m-G#m
[intro; play four times]
 
       D            A/C#    Bm7         E-F#m-G#m
At the Half Moon Cafe, we drank to our lives
     D          A/C#     Bm7    E-F#m-G#m
Like pseudo-believers in love
                       D            A/C#           Bm7
We've been through our holes in the walls and the dives
          Bm7            G(9)          G(9)           Bm   E
Where you drink to recall what you once had a vision of
 
       C#dim        C#dim       C#dim   C#dim
And we talk of our lives in a prison
          Bm             Bm/A       Bm/G#   E
Though we both know it's better to be
A           A/G      D     Bm7
Safe within our indecision
     A                     A     E   E-F#m-G#m
Than taking the risk to be free
 
And you were to be a great poet
And I'd find my fame in song
But we somehow saw failure more closely
Than fame all along
 
And now you manage a hamburger stand
And I haven't found steady work yet
And we meet here to talk and pretend
That we know no regret
 
                Dsus9       E                 A
But how much is chance, how much would you decide?
A           Dsus9         Dsus9    Gmaj9
How much is murder of our dreams
    Gmaj9      Bm   Bm   E   E
How much is suicide?
 
So you ask of my latest Top 40
And I ask of your latest great fiction
As I step outside I see that the moon is full
I have to laugh at the contradiction
 
Well, at least we can laugh at our dreams
Though it's really much more bitter than sweet
Sometimes through all of this fragmentation
I imagine what it feels to be complete
 
But how much is chance, how much would you decide?
How much is murder of our dreams
How much is suicide?
 
[Repeat intro chords with humming; end on x02200-x02220.]
 


TAB:
 
  D            A/C#         Bm7          E   F#m G#m
E ------------|------------|------------|------------|
B ------3-----|------5-----|------3-----|------------|
G ----2-------|----2-----0-|----2-----0-|1---2---4---|
D --4-------4-|--2-----2---|--0-----0---|------------|
A 5-------5---|4-----------|2-----------|------------|
E ------------|------------|------------|0---2---4---|
  ^ . ^ . ^ .  ^ . ^ . ^ .  ^ . ^ . ^ .  ^ . ^ . ^ .
[intro]
 
  D            A/C#         Bm7          E   F#m G#m
E ------------|------------|------------|------------|
B ------0-----|------5-----|------3-----|------------| [play
G ----2-----2-|----2-----0-|----2-----0-|1---2---4---| three
D --4-----4---|--2-----2---|--0-----0---|------------| times]
A 5-----------|4-----------|2-----------|------------|
E ------------|------------|------------|0---2---4---|
  ^ . ^ . ^ .  ^ . ^ . ^ .  ^ . ^ . ^ .  ^ . ^ . ^ .
[intro]                                          At the
 
  D            A/C#         Bm7          E   F#m G#m
E ------------|------------|------------|------------|
B ------0-----|------5-----|------3-----|------------|
G ----2-----2-|----2-----0-|----2-----0-|1---2---4---|
D --4-----4---|--2-----2---|--0-----0---|------------|
A 5-----------|4-----------|2-----------|------------|
E ------------|------------|------------|0---2---4---|
  ^ . ^ . ^ .  ^ . ^ . ^ .  ^ . ^ . ^ .  ^ . ^ . ^ .
  Half Moon Cafe,       we drank to our lives
 
  D            A/C#         Bm7          E   F#m G#m
E ------------|------------|------------|------------|
B ------0-----|------5-----|------3-----|------------|
G ----2-----2-|----2-----0-|----2-----0-|1---2---4---|
D --4-----4---|--2-----2---|--0-----0---|------------|
A 5-----------|4-----------|2-----------|------------|
E ------------|------------|------------|0---2---4---|
  ^ . ^ . ^ .  ^ . ^ . ^ .  ^ . ^ . ^ .  ^ . ^ . ^ .
like pseudo-believers in love       We've been through our
 
  D            A/C#         Bm7          Bm7
E ------------|------------|------------|------------|
B ------0-----|------5-----|------3-----|------3-----|
G ----2-----2-|----2-----0-|----2-----2-|----2-----0-|
D --4-----4---|--2-----2---|--0-----0---|--0-----0---|
A 5-----------|4-----------|2-----------|2-----------|
E ------------|------------|------------|------------|
  ^ . ^ . ^ .  ^ . ^ . ^ .  ^ . ^ . ^ .  ^ . ^ . ^ .
  holes in the walls and the dives where you drink to recall
 
  G(9)         G(9)         Bm           E
E ------------|------------|------------|------------|
B ------3-----|------3-----|------3-----|------0-----|
G ----2-----2-|----2-----2-|----4-----4-|----1-----1-|
D --0-----0---|--0-----0---|--4-----4---|--2-----2---|
A ------------|------------|2-----------|------------|
E 3-----------|3-----------|------------|0-----------|
  ^ . ^ . ^ .  ^ . ^ . ^ .  ^ . ^ . ^ .  ^ . ^ . ^ .
  what you once had a vision of                 And we
 
  C#dim        C#dim        C#dim        C#dim
E ------------|------------|------------|------------|
B ------5-----|------5-----|------5-----|------5-----|
G ----3-----3-|----3-----3-|----3-----3-|----3-----3-|
D --5-----5---|--5-----5---|--5-----5---|--5-----5---|
A 4-----------|4-----------|4-----------|4-----------|
E ------------|------------|------------|------------|
  ^ . ^ . ^ .  ^ . ^ . ^ .  ^ . ^ . ^ .  ^ . ^ . ^ .
  talk of our lives in a prison             Though we
 
  Bm/A  Bm     Bm/A         Bm/G#        E
E ------------|------------|------------|------------|
B ----------3-|------3-----|------3-----|------0-----|
G --------4---|----4-----4-|----4-----4-|----1-----1-|
D ------4-----|--4-----4---|--4-----4---|--2-----2---|
A 0---2-------|0-----------|------------|------------|
E ------------|------------|4-----------|0-----------|
  ^ . ^ . ^ .  ^ . ^ . ^ .  ^ . ^ . ^ .  ^ . ^ . ^ .
  both know it's better to be
 
  A            A/G          D            Bm7
E ------------|------------|------------|------------|
B ------2-----|------2-----|----3-------|------0-----|
G ----2-----2-|----2-----2-|--2---2---2-|----2-----2-|
D --2-----2---|--2-----2---|0-------0---|--0-----0---|
A 0-----------|------------|------------|2-----------|
E ------------|3-----------|------------|------------|
  ^ . ^ . ^ .  ^ . ^ . ^ .  ^ . ^ . ^ .  ^ . ^ . ^ .
  Safe within our indecision than taking the risk to be
 
  A            A            E            E   F#m G#m
E ------------|------------|------------|------------|
B ------2-----|232---0-----|------0-----|------------|
G ----2-----2-|----------2-|----1-----1-|1---2---4---|
D --2---------|----2-------|--2---------|------------|
A 0-------0---|0-------0---|------------|------------|
E ------------|------------|0-------0---|0---2---4---|
  ^ . ^ . ^ .  ^ . ^ . ^ .  ^ . ^ . ^ .  ^ . ^ . ^ .
  free




  Dsus9        E            A            A
E ------0-----|------------|------------|------------|
B ----3-------|------0-----|------2-----|------2-----|
G --2-------2-|----1-----1-|----2-----2-|----2-----2-|
D 0-------0---|--2-----2---|--2-----2---|--2-----2---|
A ------------|------------|0-----------|0-----------|
E ------------|0-----------|------------|------------|
  ^ . ^ . ^ .  ^ . ^ . ^ .  ^ . ^ . ^ .  ^ . ^ . ^ .
...chance, how much would you decide?     How much is
 
  Dsus9        Dsus9        Gmaj9        Gmaj9
E ------0-----|------0-----|------2-----|------2-----|
B ----3-----3-|----3-----3-|------------|------------|
G --2-----2---|--2-----2---|----2-----2-|----2-----2-|
D 0-----------|0-----------|--0-----0---|--0-----0---|
A ------------|------------|------------|------------|
E ------------|------------|3-----------|3-----------|
  ^ . ^ . ^ .  ^ . ^ . ^ .  ^ . ^ . ^ .  ^ . ^ . ^ .
  murder of our dreams,             how much is suicide
 
  Bm           Bm           E            E
E ------------|------------|------------|------------|
B ------3-----|------3-----|------0-----|------0-----|
G ----4-----4-|----4-----4-|----1-----1-|----1-----1-|
D --4-----4---|--4-----4---|--2-----2---|--2-----2---|
A 2-----------|2-----------|------------|------------|
E ------------|------------|0-----------|0-----------|
  ^ . ^ . ^ .  ^ . ^ . ^ .  ^ . ^ . ^ .  ^ . ^ . ^ .
                                             So you ask...

 


- Adam Schneider, schneider@pobox.com

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