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When The Levee Breaks Chords

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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. #
#-------------------------------------------------------------------------------#
When The Levee Breaks chords (for acoustic guitar; an oxymoron?)
Led Zeppelin 1970 (Kansas Joe McCoy & Memphis Minnie 1929)

Arguably, one of the finest recordings ever mixing the blues with heavy metal rock. 
About the great Mississippi flood of 1927.Very hard to accurately duplicate because of the 
heavy amount of studio recording, echo harmonica & special effects.

E7* = G string 1st fret + A string 2nd fret (2 finger E7 chord)
E7** = E chord + B string 3rd fret (4 finger E7 chord)
E chord

Repeatedly strum E7*/E/E7**/E7* Play around with different combinations for the best 
effect, deemphasizing the high E string and emphasizing the low E string

Capo I

E7* E E7** E7*  18x

C D

E7*/E 4x

C D

E7*/E 4x

      E7*      E        E7**             E
If it keeps on raining, levee's goin' to break, 2x
         E7*   E           E7**             E
When the levee breaks I'll have no place to stay.

E7* E E7** E7*  2x

E7*      E                  E7**     E
Mean old levee taught me to weep and moan, 2x
E7*         E               E7**                   E
Got what it takes to make a mountain man leave his home,
E7* E     E7* E     E7* E
Oh, well, oh, well, oh, well.

C D

E7*/E 4x

C D

E7*/E 4x

E7* E  E7* B  E7* A D E

E7*                    E
Don't it make you feel bad
            B
When you're trying to find your way home,
    A                D      E
You don't know which way to go?
          E7*        E
If you're goin' down South
     B
They got no work to do,
       A           D       E
If you don't know about Chicago.

E7* E  E7* B  E7* A D 
E 2x

E7* E E7** E7*  14x

C D

E7*/E 4x

C D

E7*/E 4x

E7*          E         E7**                    E
Cryin' won't help you, praying won't do you no good,
     E7*          E         E7**                    E
Now, cryin' won't help you, praying won't do you no good,
         E7*   E       E7**             E
When the levee breaks, mama, you got to move.

E7* E E7** E7* 2x

E7*      E     E7**                 E
All last night sat on the levee and moaned, 2x
          E7*     E    E7**         E
Thinking about me baby and my happy home.

C D

E7*/E 4x

C D

E7*/E 4x

E7* E  E7* B  E7* A D 
E 2x

E7* E  E7* B  E7* A  D  
E 2x
Ah  ha ah  ha ah  ha ha ha

E7* E  E7* B  E7* A D E

E7* E E7** E7* 2x

Going, going to Chicago... Going to Chicago... sorry but I can't take you...

E7*   E       E7**  E7*  E
Going down... going down now... going down....

Set8

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siberianhamster wrote on March 16 2013, 09:07 am

I got this off pat on my 12 string acoustic after 30 mins !!!!!!
COOL AS F%%K .

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exlipsed wrote on April 27 2013, 07:09 am

fast to learn, nice tab tyvm

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Tulsaokie wrote on February 8 2014, 07:54 pm

Yeah, I agree with the previous comments...if you play around with this tab it can sound pretty descent ...thanks for posting

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