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Awake In The Dirt Chords

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-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
 "Awake in the Dirt" - Kevin Devine (GDB)
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------   

This song was inspired by the book "American Pastoral" by Philip Roth. 
It's tentative title was "Merry Levov" (after the female radical character).



   INTRO     |    Chorus    |    Break 1    |    Break 2   |
Bm:  x24432  |  Bb: 013300  |  (G): 320032  |  C:  032010  |
G:   355433  |  A:  002220  |               |  Em: 022000  |
Gb:  244222  |              |               |  Am: 002210  |
Gb7: 24x322  |              |               |              |
D:   000323  | (D): 057700  |               |              |



--VERSE:
Bm (-carried over-)
       G
Dad I know
          Gb
You can't see
          Gb7
My actions as
            Bm
A plea for peace


--VERSE:
Bm (-carried over-)
               G
You can't get past
                  Gb
The rocks stained red
               Gb7
The nail-bomb blast
            Bm
The doctor dead


--VERSE:
Bm (-carried over-)
               G
Your prairie dream
               Gb
Your liberal heart
              Gb7
Your patient mind
              Bm
You father's arms


--ALT VERSE:
Bm (-carried over-)
                G
They just won't do
                Gb
They just can't fit
               Gb7
It's them, not Marx
                   D
You can blame for this


--CHORUS:
D                 Bb -> A -> D
Alive in the dirt
D             G   
Alive in the dirt
        Gb7                 Bm
I'm at peace, sainted and waiting
        G (*see below for notes)
For my perfect pain to speak through me again


--BREAK 1:
Bm > (G) > Gb > Gb7


--VERSE:
Bm           G
Dad I found God
           Gb
Through Vietnam
           Gb7
My Lai's graves
            Bm
And Agent Orange


--VERSE:
Bm (-carried over-)
              G
See we live lives
          Gb
We must choose
                 Gb7
Our bombs spoke loud
            Bm
So I spoke, too


--VERSE:
Bm (-carried over-)
             G
Then disappeared,
                Gb
Ten miles from home
         Gb7
a Newark slum
                Bm
Where you won't go


--ALT VERSE:
Bm (-carried over-)
                 G
It's here I've found
           Gb
My higher self
             Gb7
A life that works
              D
And suits me well


--ALT CHORUS:
D                   Bb -> A -> D
I pray for the dirt
D               G   
I pray for the dirt
      Gb7                Bm
And I ask to suffer in silence
Bb                       G
To stay here in hell, ohhhhhhh


--BREAK 2:
C             Ab -> G -> C
Awake in the dirt, ohhhhh-ohhhh-ohhhhh
C             Ab -> G -> Em
Awake in the dirt, ohhhhh-ohhhh-ohhhhh
Em            Am
Awake in the dirt, now.

G (see below for notes)


--VERSE:
Bm (-carried over-)
             G
My stutter lifts
                Gb
My words come clear
             Gb7
Your little girl
                Bm
She's just not here


--VERSE:
Bm (-carried over-)
      G
I am sure
            Gb
That at my death
                Gb7
The truth will float
                Bm
on God's sweet breath


--ALT VERSE:
Bm (-carried over-)
             G
Until that time
              Gb
don't ask for me
            Gb7
Behind this veil
              D
is where I'll be


--CHORUS:
D                 Bb -> A -> D
At one with the dirt
D                G   
At one with the dirt
        Gb7                 Bm
I'm at peace, sainted and waiting
        G (*see below for notes)
For my perfect pain to speak through me for good


-OUTRO:
Bm -> G -> Gb -> Gb7
Bm -> G -> Gb -> Gb7

_____________________________________________________________________


Not absolutely sure about this next part, but it is a rough estimate.

--CHORUS NOTES:
  G         G                D
e-(?)---------------------------------|
B-(?)-5-----5---(?)----------7--------|
G--0--------0---(?)----------7--------|   Then the "Bm" in the next
D--0--------5--------7-5-4---5--------| verse comes immediately after
A--5--------5-------------------------|
E--3--------3-------------------------|
  Per-fect  pain to  s t m   again
  V   ^     V    ^   V V V   ^
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jax5150 wrote on October 2 2012, 10:36 pm

Thank you. Great tab. I believe the 3rd chord in the verse should be written as F#m though.

Here's what I've worked out of the chorus from watching an acoustic video.

--CHORUS NOTES:
G G Bm
e-------------------------------2-----|
B--6--5-----3-------------------3-----|
G--3--------3----3--------------4-----|
D--3--------3--------7-5-4---7s-4-----|
A--5--------5-------------------2-----|
E--3--------3-------------------------|
Per-fect pain to s t m again
V ^ V ^ V V V ^

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