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Before The Deluge Chords

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Before the Deluge – Jackson Browne

Intro: (play 2 times)
|G      |C      |G       |C       |
|G      |C      |G       |D       |

Some of them were dreamers
C                     G
And some of them were fools
         Em               C                  G    C  G
Who were making plans and thinking of the future
With the energy of the innocent
          C             G
They were gathering the tools
           Em                 C               G     
They would need to make their journey back to nature
          Em                       G
While the sand slipped through the opening
          C                     G
And their hands reached for the golden ring
           Em                         C                 D   
With their hearts they turned to each other's heart for refuge
       Em                  C               G      C  G
In the troubled years that came before the deluge

Some of them knew pleasure
    C                 G
And some of them knew pain
        Em                  C                    G       
And for some of them it was only the moment that mattered
And on the brave and crazy wings of youth
          C                    G
They went flying around in the rain
          Em                C                      G      
And their feathers, once so fine, grew torn and tattered
           Em                    G
And in the end they traded their tired wings
        C                G
For the resignation that living brings
     Em                         C
And exchanged love's bright and fragile glow
        D                          Em   D
For the glitter and the rouge
           Em               C                G     C G
And in the moment they were swept before the deluge

                           G            C       G       C
Now let the music keep our spirits high
                               G             C
And let the buildings keep our children dry
G              D                        G      C
Let creation reveal it's secrets by and by
       G           C
By and by...
         G                 C                     G        D
When the light that's lost within us reaches the sky

Some of them were angry
       C                  G
At the way the earth was abused
       Em                     C                     G    
By the men who learned how to forge her beauty into power
And they struggled to protect her from them
C              G
Only to be confused
       Em                   C                 G      
By the magnitude of her fury in the final hour
             Em                    G
And when the sand was gone and the time arrived
       C                 G
In the naked dawn only a few survived
       Em               C                D                 
And in attempts to understand a thing so simple and so huge
              Em                     C           G      
Believed that they were meant to live after the deluge

                           G            C       G       C
Now let the music keep our spirits high
                               G             C
And let the buildings keep our children dry
G              D                        G      C
Let creation reveal it's secrets by and by
       G           C
By and by...
         G                 C                     G        D
When the light that's lost within us reaches the sky

|G      |C      |G       |C       |
|G      |C      |G       |D       |

Repeat coda and fade

Transcribed by Gerard Koot (Amsterdam, Netherlands) – may 2007
email: gerardkoot@hotmail.com


I’ve added a sample fingerstyle arrangement of the intro. The intro is not played like 
the original recording but it’s a way of playing
the intro violin melody combined with chords.

The vertical lines (|) above the high e string indicate the quarter note beats of the measures.

Tuning: EADGBe

   G                 C                 G                 C
   |   |   |   |     |   |   |   |     |   |   |   |     |   |   |   |

   G                 C                 GC/E                 D/F#
   |   |   |   |     |   |   |   |     |   |   |   |     |   |   |   |
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grandolph33 wrote on October 3 2014, 05:31 pm

Great job! I love this song so much. glad someone wrote out the chords

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