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HEART OF THE CONTINENT - JOHN K. SAMSON
TABBED BY SHAUN LOVIBOND


E STANDARD TUNING
4/4 TIMING
CAPO, 4TH FRET

CHORDS USED (RELATIVE TO CAPO): G, C, D/F#, Cadd9, Em.

NB: John usually uses only a thumb for the bass notes and one other
    finger for the treble notes with this style of alternate picking.

  E   E   E   E   E   S S E   E     E   S S E   E   E   E   E   E    
E---------------------------------I---------------------------------I
B---------------------------------I---------------------------------I
G-----0-------0-------0-------0---I-----0-------0-------0-------0---I
D-----0-------0-------0-------0---I-----0-------0-------0-------0---I
A-----2-------2-------0h2-----2---I-----0h2-----2-------2-------2---I
E-3-------3-------3-------3-------I-3-------3-------3-------3-------I

  E   E   E   E   E   S S E   E     E   S S E   E   E   E   E   E    
E---------------------------------I---------------------------------I
B---------------------------------I---------------------------------I
G-----0-------0-------0-------0---I-----0-------0-------0-------0---I
D-----0-------0-------0-------0---I-----0-------0-------0-------0---I
A-----2-------2-------0h2-----2---I-----0h2-----2-------2-------2---I
E-3-------3-------3-------3-------I-3-------3-------3-------3-------I

  E   E   E   E   E   E   E   E     E   E   E   E   E   E   E   E    
E---------------------------------I---------------------------------I
B---------------------------------I---------------------------------I
G-----0-------0-------0-------0---I-----0-------0-------0-------0---I
D-----0-------0-------0-------0---I-----0-------0-------0-------0---I
A-----2-------2-------2-------2---I-----2-------2-------2-------2---I
E-3-------3-------3-------3-------I-3-------3-------3-------3-------I

 "North   wind    sinks       the   fence   around      a


  E   E   E   E   E   E   E   E     E   E   E   E   E   E   E   E    
E---------------------------------I---------------------------------I
B-----1-------1-------1-------1---I-----1-------1-------1-------1---I
G-----0-------0-------0-------0---I-----0-------0-------0-------0---I
D-----2-------2-------2-------2---I-----2-------2-------2-------2---I
A-3-------3-------3-------3-------I-3-------3-------3-------3-------I
E---------------------------------I---------------------------------I

  lot     full    of  debris,                               Near the

  E   E   E   E   E   E   E   E     E   E   E   E   E   E   E   E    
E---------------------------------I---------------------------------I
B---------------------------------I---------------------------------I
G-----0-------0-------0-------0---I-----0-------0-------0-------0---I
D-----0-------0-------0-------0---I-----0-------0-------0-------0---I
A-----2-------2-------2-------2---I-----2-------2-------2-------2---I
E-3-------3-------3-------3-------I-3-------3-------3-------3-------I

  corner      of           memorial                         and 

  E   E   E   E   E   E   E   E     E   E   E   E   E   E   E   E    
E---------------------------------I---------------------------------I
B-----1-------1-------1-------1---I-----1-------1-------1-------1---I
G-----0-------0-------0-------0---I-----0-------0-------0-------0---I
D-----2-------2-------2-------2---I-----2-------2-------2-------2---I
A-3-------3-------3-------3-------I-3-------3-------3-------3-------I
E---------------------------------I---------------------------------I

  me.                                                           Where

  E   E   E   E   E   E   E   E     E   E   E   E   E   E   E   E    
E---------------------------------I---------------------------------I
B---------------------------------I---------------------------------I
G-----0-------0-------0-------0---I-----0-------0-------0-------0---I
D-----0-------0-------0-------0---I-----0-------0-------0-------0---I
A-----2-------2-------2-------2---I-----2-------2-------2-------2---I
E-3-------3-------3-------3-------I-3-------3-------3-------3-------I

  resurrected                       brick and   dry     wall

  E   E   E   E   E   E   E   E     E   E   E   E   E   E   E   E    
E---------------------------------I---------------------------------I
B-----1-------1-------1-------1---I-----1-------1-------1-------1---I
G-----0-------0-------0-------0---I-----0-------0-------0-------0---I
D-----2-------2-------2-------2---I-----2-------2-------2-------2---I
A-3-------3-------3-------3-------I-3-------3-------3-------3-------I
E---------------------------------I---------------------------------I

  lean    back    into    place,                        there's a

  E   E   E   E   E   E   E   E     E   E   E   E   E   E   E   E    
E---------------------------------I---------------------------------I
B---------------------------------I---------------------------------I
G-----0-------0-------0-------0---I-----0-------0-------0-------0---I
D-----0-------0-------0-------0---I-----0-------0-------0-------0---I
A-----2-------2-------2-------2---I-----2-------2-------2-------2---I
E-3-------3-------3-------3-------I-3-------3-------3-------3-------I

  terrified               reflection            of      my      face,

  E   E   E   E   E   E   E   E     E   E   E   E   E   E   E   E    
E---------------------------------I---------------------------------I
B-----1-------1-------1-------1---I-----1-------1-------1-------1---I
G-----0-------0-------0-------0---I-----0-------0-------0-------0---I
D-----2-------2-------2-------2---I-----2-------2-------2-------2---I
A-3-------3-------3-------3-------I-3-------3-------3-------3-------I
E---------------------------------I---------------------------------I

                                                        all

  E   E   E   E   E   E   E   E     E   E   E   E   E   E   E   E    
E---------------------------------I---------------------------------I
B---------------------------------I---------------------------------I
G-----0-------0-------0-------0---I-----0-------0-------0-------0---I
D-----0-------0-------0-------0---I-----0-------0-------0-------0---I
A---------------------------------I---------------------------------I
E-10------10------10------10------I-9-------9-------9-------9-------I

 alone at the gleaming               knife  display     in  the

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E---------------------------------I---------------------------------I
B---------------------------------I---------------------------------I
G-----0-------0-------0-------0---I-----0-------0-------0-------0---I
D-----0-------0-------0-------0---I-----0h2-----2-------0-------0---I
A-----------------0-------2-------I-3-------3-------3-------3-------I
E-3-------3-----------------------I---------------------------------I

  army            surplus           sales               as the

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E---------------------------------I---------------------------------I
B---------------------------------I---------------------------------I
G-----0-------0-------0-------0---I-----0-------0-------0-------0---I
D-----2-------2-------2-------2---I-----0-------0-------0-------0---I
A-3-------3-------3-------3-------I-----2-------2-------2-------2---I
E---------------------------------I-3-------3-------3-------3-------I

  dusk    descends        and my    inspiration

  E   S S E   E   E   S S E   E     E   S S E   E   E   E   E   E    
E---------------------------------I---------------------------------I
B---------------------------------I---------------------------------I
G-----0h2-----2-------0h2-----2---I-----0h2-----2-------0-------0---I
D-----0-------0-------0-------0---I-----0-------0-------0-------0---I
A---------------------------------I---------------------------------I
E-2-------2-------2-------2-------I-2-------2-------2-------2-------I

  fails.

  E   E   E   E   E   E   E   E     E   E   E   E   E   E   E   E    
E---------------------------------I---------------------------------I
B-----3-------3-------3-------3---I-----3-------3-------3-------3---I
G-----0-------0-------0-------0---I-----0-------0-------0-------0---I
D---------------------------------I---------------------------------I
A---------------------------------I-3-------3-------3-------3-------I
E-3-------3------3--------3-------I---------------------------------I

  Ghost     -    filled             discount 

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E---------------------------------I---------------------------------I
B-----3-------3-------3-------3---I-----3-------3-------3-------3---I
G-----2-------2-------2-------2---I-----0-------0-------0-------0---I
D-----0-------0-------0-------0---I-----0-------0-------0-------0---I
A---------------------------------I---------------------------------I
E-2-------2-------2-------2-------I-3-------3-------2-------2-------I

  parkas,                           sleeping                    bags

  E   E   E   E   E   E   E   E     E   E   E   E   E   E   E   E    
E---------------------------------I---------------------------------I
B---------------------------------I---------------------------------I
G-----0-------0-------0-------0---I-----0-------0-------0-------0---I
D-----2-------2-------2-------2---I-----2-------2-------2-------2---I
A---------------------------------I---------------------------------I
E-0-------0-------0-------0-------I-0-------0-------0-------0-------I

                                                    peer at 

  E   E   E   E   E   S S E   E     E   S S E   E   E   E   E   E    
E---------------------------------I---------------------------------I
B---------------------------------I---------------------------------I
G-----2-------2-------0h2-----2---I-----0h2-----2-------0-------0---I
D-----0-------0-------0-------0---I-----0-------0-------0-------0---I
A---------------------------------I---------------------------------I
E-2-------2-------2-------2-------I-2-------2-------2-------2-------I

  me          from                              the crumpled

  dark.

Inky bruises punched into the sky by bolts of light
and then leak across the body of tonight.
While rain and thunder drop and roll, 
then stop short of a storm,
leaves the air stuck with this waiting to be born.
As I stand before an unresponsive automatic door, 
just another door that won't open for me anymore?
The exit red gets brighter then blinks off, 
presses me into
the crumpled dark.

  E   E   E   E   E   S S E   E     E   S S E   E   E   E   E   E    
E---------------------------------I---------------------------------I
B---------------------------------I---------------------------------I
G-----0-------0-------0-------0---I-----0-------0-------0-------0---I
D-----0-------0-------0-------0---I-----0-------0-------0-------0---I
A-----2-------2-------0h2-----2---I-----0h2-----2-------2-------2---I
E-3-------3-------3-------3-------I-3-------3-------3-------3-------I

  E   E   E   E   E   E   E   E     E   E   E   E   E   E   E   E    
E---------------------------------I-------------0-------3-----------I
B-----3-------3---------------3---I-----3-------3-------3-------3---I
G-----0-------0-------0-------0---I-----0-------0-------0-------0---I
D-----0-------0-------0-------0---I-----0---------------------------I
A---------------------------------I---------------------------------I
E-3-------3-------3-------3-------I-3-------3-------3-------3-------I

  E   E   E   E   E   E   E   E     E   E   E   E   E   E   E   E    
E---------------------------------I---------------------------------I
B-----1-------1-h-0---0-------0---I-----0-------0-------0-------0---I
G-----0-------0-------0-------0---I-----0-------0-------0-------0---I
D---------------------------------I---------------------------------I
A-3-------3-------3-------3-------I-3-------3-------3-------3-------I
E---------------------------------I---------------------------------I

  E   E   E   E   E   E   E   E     E   E   E   E   E   E   E   E    
E---------------------------------I---------------------------------I
B-----0-------0-------0-------0---I---------------------------------I
G-----0-------0-------0-------0---I-----2-------2-------0-------0---I
D-----0-------0-------0-------0---I-----0-------0-------0-------0---I
A---------------------------------I---------------------------------I
E-3-------3-------3-------3-------I-3-------3-------3-------3-------I

  E   E   E   E   E   E   E   E     E   E   E   E   E   E   E   E    
E---------------------------------I---------------------------------I
B---------------------------------I---------------------------------I
G-----0-------0-------0-------0---I-----0-------0-------0-------0---I
D-----2-------2-------2-------2---I-----2-------2-------2-------2---I
A-3-------3-------3-------3-------I-3-------3-------3-------3-------I
E---------------------------------I---------------------------------I

  E   E   E   E   E   E   E   E     E   E   E   E   E   E   E   E    
E---------------------------------I-------------0-------3-----------I
B-----3-------3---------------3---I-----3-------3-------3-------3---I
G-----0-------0-------0-------0---I-----0-------0-------0-------0---I
D-----0-------0-------0-------0---I-----0---------------------------I
A---------------------------------I---------------------------------I
E-3-------3-------3-------3-------I-3-------3-------3-------3-------I

  E   E   E   E   E   E   E   E     E   E   E   E   E   E   E   E    
E---------------------------------I---------------------------------I
B-----1-------1-h-0---0-------0---I-----0-------0-------0-------0---I
G-----0-------0-------0-------0---I-----0-------0-------0-------0---I
D---------------------------------I---------------------------------I
A-3-------3-------3-------3-------I-3-------3-------3-------3-------I
E---------------------------------I---------------------------------I

  E   E   E   E   E   E   E   E     E   E   E   E   E   E   E   E    
E---------------------------------I---------------------------------I
B-----0-------0-------0-------0---I---------------------------------I
G-----0-------0-------0-------0---I-----2-------2-------0-------0---I
D-----0-------0-------0-------0---I-----0-------0-------0-------0---I
A---------------------------------I---------------------------------I
E-3-------3-------3-------3-------I-3-------3-------3-------3-------I

  E   E   E   E   E   E   E   E     E   E   E   E   E   E   E   E    
E---------------------------------I---------------------------------I
B---------------------------------I---------------------------------I
G-----0-------0-------0-------0---I-----0-------0-------0-------0---I
D-----2-------2-------2-------2---I-----2-------2-------2-------2---I
A-3-------3-------3-------3-------I-3-------3-------3-------3-------I
E---------------------------------I---------------------------------I

                                                        There's a     

  E   E   E   E   E   E   E   E     E   E   E   E   E   E   E   E    
E---------------------------------I---------------------------------I
B---------------------------------I---------------------------------I
G-----9-------9-------9-------9---I-----9-------9-------9-------9---I
D-----11------11------11------11--I-----11------11------11------11--I
A---------------------------------I---------------------------------I
E-9-------9-------9-------9-------I-9-------9-------9-------9-------I

  billboard       on      the highway                       that says

  E   E   E   E   E   E   E   E     E   E   E   E   E   E   E   E    
E---------------------------------I---------------------------------I
B---------------------------------I---------------------------------I
G-----9-------9-------9-------9---I-----9-------9-------9-------9---I
D-----10------10------10------10--I-----10------10------10------10--I
A---------------------------------I---------------------------------I
E-8-------8-------8-------8-------I-8-------8-------8-------8-------I

  'Welcome     to                                           Bien-

  E   E   E   E   E   E   E   E     E   E   E   E   E   E   E   E    
E---------------------------------I---------------------------------I
B---------------------------------I---------------------------------I
G-----8-------8-------8-------8---I-----8-------8-------8-------8---I
D-----10------10------10------10--I-----10------10------10------10--I
A---------------------------------I---------------------------------I
E-8-------8-------8-------8-------I-8-------8-------8-------8-------I

  venue'                                            but no

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E---------------------------------I---------------------------------I
B-----3-------3-------3-------3---I-----3-------3-------3-------3---I
G-----0-------0-------0-------0---I-----2-------2-------2-------2---I
D---------------------------------I---------------------------------I
A---------------------------------I---------------------------------I
E-3-------3------3--------3-------I-2-------2-------2-------2-------I

  sign    to show     you           when    you     go away.

  E   E   E   E   E   E   E   E     E   E   E   E   E   E   E   E    
E---------------------------------I---------------------------------I
B-----3-------3-------3-------3---I-----3-------3-------3-------3---I
G-----0-------0-------0-------0---I-----0-------0-------0-------0---I
D---------------------------------I---------------------------------I
A-3-------3-------3-------3-------I-3-------3-------3-------3-------I
E---------------------------------I---------------------------------I

                                                                And our

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E---------------------------------I---------------------------------I
B-----3-------3-------3-------3---I-----3-------3-------3-------3---I
G-----0-------0-------0-------0---I-----0-------0-------0-------0---I
D---------------------------------I---------------------------------I
A---------------------------------I-3-------3-------3-------3-------I
E-3-------3------3--------3-------I---------------------------------I

  demolitions

  E   E   E   E   E   E   E   E     S S E   E   E   E   E   E   E    
E---------------------------------I---------------------------------I
B-----3-------3-------3-------3---I-----3-------3-------3-------3---I
G-----2-------2-------2-------2---I-----0-------0-------0-------0---I
D-----0-------0-------0-------0---I-----0-------0-------0-------0---I
A---------------------------------I-0h2-----------------------------I
E-2-------2-------2-------2-------I-3-------3-------2-------2-------I

  punctuate                                                     all we

  E   E   E   E   E   E   E   E     E   E   E   E   E   E   E   E    
E---------------------------------I---------------------------------I
B-----3-------3-------3-------3---I-----3-------3-------3-------3---I
G-----0-------0-------0-------0---I-----0-------0-------0-------0---I
D---------------------------------I---------------------------------I
A---------------------------------I-3-------3-------3-------3-------I
E-3-------3------3--------3-------I---------------------------------I

  mean           to                 say             but

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E---------------------------------I---------------------------------I
B-----3-------3-------3-------3---I-----3-------3-------3-------3---I
G-----2-------2-------2-------2---I-----0-------0-------0-------0---I
D-----0-------0-------0-------0---I-----0-------0-------0-------0---I
A---------------------------------I-0h2-----------------------------I
E-2-------2-------2-------2-------I-3-------3-------2-------2-------I

  leave       too             late.                             So I'll 

  E   E   E   E   E   E   E   E     E   E   E   E   E   E   E   E    
E---------------------------------I---------------------------------I
B-----3-------3-------3-------3---I-----3-------3-------3-------3---I
G-----0-------0-------0-------0---I-----0-------0-------0-------0---I
D---------------------------------I---------------------------------I
A---------------------------------I-3-------3-------3-------3-------I
E-3-------3------3--------3-------I---------------------------------I

  make           my                 shaky

  E   E   E   E   E   E   E   E     S S E   E   E   E   E   E   E    
E---------------------------------I---------------------------------I
B-----3-------3-------3-------3---I-----3-------3-------3-------3---I
G-----2-------2-------2-------2---I-----0-------0-------0-------0---I
D-----0-------0-------0-------0---I-----0-------0-------0-------0---I
A---------------------------------I-0h2-----------------------------I
E-2-------2-------2-------2-------I-3-------3-------2-------2-------I

  exclamation

  E   E   E   E   E   E   E   E     E   E   E   E   E   E   E   E    
E---------------------------------I---------------------------------I
B---------------------------------I---------------------------------I
G-----0-------0-------0-------0---I-----0-------0-------0-------0---I
D-----2-------2-------2-------2---I-----2-------2-------2-------2---I
A---------------------------------I---------------------------------I
E-0-------0-------0-------0-------I-0-------0-------0-------0-------I

  mark                                              with a

  E   E   E   E   E   E   E   E     E   E   E   E   E   E   E   E
E---------------------------------I---------------------------------I
B-----3-------3-------3-------3---I-----3-------3-------3-------3---I
G-----2-------2-------2-------2---I-----2-------2-------2-------2---I
D-----0-------0-------0-------0---I-----0-------0-------0-------0---I
A---------------------------------I---------------------------------I
E-2-------2-------2-------2-------I-2-------2-------2-------2-------I
  
  hand                              full

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E---------------------------------I---------------------------------I
B-----3-------3-------3-------3---I-----3-------3-------3-------3---I
G-----2-------2-------0h2-----2---I-----0h2-----2-------0-------0---I
D-----0-------0-------0-------0---I-----0-------0-------0-------0---I
A---------------------------------I---------------------------------I
E-2-------2-------2-------2-------I-2-------2-------2-------2-------I

  of                                            the crumpled    dark  

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E---------------------------------I---------------------------------I
B---------------------------------I---------------------------------I
G-----0-------0-------0-------0---I-----0-------0-------0-------0---I
D-----0-------0-------0-------0---I-----0-------0-------0-------0---I
A-----2-------2-------0h2-----2---I-----0h2-----2-------2-------2---I
E-3-------3-------3-------3-------I-3-------3-------3-------3-------I

  E   E   E   E   E   S S E   E     W...
E---------------------------------I---------------------------------I
B---------------------------------I---------------------------------I
G-----0-------0-------0-------0L--I-0-------------------------------I
D-----0-------0-------0-------0L--I-0-------------------------------I
A-----2-------2-------0h2-----2L--I-2-------------------------------I
E-3-------3-------3-------3---3L--I-3-------------------------------I



I tried to make this as accurate as possible by ear, since I couldn't
find any tabs for the damn thing. If anyone can work out John's song, 
'The Last And' I would be very excited.

Enjoy,
Shaun.

KEY:

W = WHOLE NOTE
H = 1/2 NOTE
Q = 1/4 NOTE
E = 1/8 NOTE
S = 1/16 NOTE
T = 1/32 NOTE
. = ADD HALF OF ORIGINAL NOTE LENGTH
... = INDEFINITE NOTE
L = TIED NOTE
^ = ROLLED CHORD
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Bayx wrote on February 8 2012, 09:52 am

Excellent work, Slovibond. But are you sure the fingering for the part that starts "All alone at the gleaming knife display" is correct? 10th fret to 9th fret on the low E string? Doesn't sound right. But like I said, excellent work overall and it's not like I'm smart enough to offer a suggestion....well, what about going from 7th fret to 10th fret instead?

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Bayx wrote on February 9 2012, 08:57 am

Okay, forget it, I realize now is should be 10th fret to 9th fret on the A string.

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kesteckb wrote on March 29 2013, 04:25 pm

This is an excellent tab. Thank you for putting in the effort to make this so clear and complete. Also, thank you 'Bayx' for clarifying the correction. 5/5

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