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The Water Chords

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This is a lovely duet with Laura Marling from Johnny's new album 'Been Listening'.

intro: C G C F
C G Am F


Verse:
C          G         F
All that I have is a river
    Am                E
The river is always my home
      C         F        Am          F
Lord, take me away for I just cannot stay
        C          G           Am
Or I'll sink in my skin and my bones

(All other verses use same chords)

Chorus:
    C        G           C         F
The water sustains me without even trying
    C            G            Am
The water can't drown me, I'm done
        F     C
With my dyy...ing

Please help me build a small boat
One that'll ride on the flow
Where the river runs deep, and the larger fish creep
I'm glad of what keeps me afloat

The water sustains me without even trying
The water can't drown me, I'm done
With my dying

Now deeper the water I sail
And faster the current I'm in
So wide is my river, the horizon a sliver
The artist has run out of paint

The water sustains me without even trying
The water can't drown me, I'm done
With my dying

Where the blue of the sea meets the sky
And the big yellow sun leads me home
I'm everywhere now, the way is a vow
To the wind of each breath by and by

The water sustains me without even trying
The water can't drown me, I'm done
With my dying 

Tabbed by Jon 
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Jeff.Smart wrote on June 30 2010, 11:59 am

I don't know which version this is referring to, but it's not the album version. The lyrics from "Now deeper I fall" are somehow mixed up. In the album version it's:

Now deeper the water I sail/And faster the current I’m in/That each night brings the stars/And the song in my heart/Is a tune for the journeyman’s tale

and then there's

Now the land that I knew is a dream/And the line on the distance grows faint/So wide is my river/The horizon a sliver/The artist has run out of paint/

The end is correct again...

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Tatterdemalion4 wrote on July 9 2010, 02:24 pm

I think that final Am in the verses is an F, but I figured out the chords on a mandolin, so it may be different.

Here is the bridge that was added to the album version:

E Am
Now the land that I knew is a dream
E Am
And the line on the distance grows faint
C F C F
So wide is my river, the horizon a sliver
C F Am F
The artist has run out of paint

Great tab, by the way!

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BeKindBeBrave wrote on June 5 2014, 01:54 pm

Despite the missing bridge, great tab!!

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