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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. #
#------------------------------------------------------------------------------#


COME ON COME ON (Mary Chapin Carpenter)
---------------------------------------
[This is mostly based on Mary Chapin's performance of the song on the
 TV show "Austin City Limits" in early 1993.  Thanks to Julie Tissue
 for the start.]
[I've written this tablature as if all six strings were played on every
 chord, but that isn't really accurate.  I only wrote out the tab to show
 the rhythm and fingerings.]
[Every strum notated here is a downstroke with the thumb (no pick, no
 fingernails).  There are a few upstrokes in between the downstrokes, but
 I haven't shown those.]
[Some possible names for the chords are at the end of the file.  I didn't
 put chord names about the tab because it would just be confusing.  Oh,
 and the lyrics aren't lined up with the rhythm...sorry.]
[Actually in Bb; capo 3.]
[Tuning: DADF#GD (yes, tune your B string down to G).]


D |0-----0-0-----0-|0---0-0-0---0-0-|0-----0-0-----0-|0-----0-0---0-0-|
G |0-----0-0-----0-|0---0-0-0---0-0-|2-----2-2-----2-|2-----2-2---2-2-|
F#|1-----1-1-----1-|1---1-1-1---1-1-|0-----0-0-----0-|0-----0-0---0-0-|
D |0-----0-0-----0-|0---0-0-0---0-0-|0-----0-0-----0-|0-----0-0---0-0-|
A |2-----2-2-----2-|2---2-2-3---2-2-|0-----0-0-----0-|0-----0-0---0-0-|
D |0-----0-0-----0-|0---0-0-0---0-0-|0-----0-0-----0-|0-----0-0---0-0-|
   ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ .  ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ .  ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ .  ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ .
  [intro]


D |0---0-0-0---0-0-|0-----0-0---0-0-|0---0-0-0---0-0-|0-----0-0---0-0-|
G |0---0-0-0---0-0-|2-----2-2---2-2-|0---0-0-0---0-0-|2-----2-2---2-2-|
F#|1---1-1-1---1-1-|0-----0-0---0-0-|1---1-1-1---1-1-|0-----0-0---0-0-|
D |0---0-0-0---0-0-|0-----0-0---0-0-|0---0-0-0---0-0-|0-----0-0---0-0-|
A |2---2-2-3---2-2-|0-----0-0---0-0-|2---2-2-3---2-2-|0-----0-0---0-0-|
D |0---0-0-0---0-0-|0-----0-0---0-0-|0---0-0-0---0-0-|0-----0-0---0-0-|
   ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ .  ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ .  ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ .  ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ .
Some people remember the first time, some can't forget the last

D |0---0-0-0---0-0-|0---0-0-0---0-0-|0-----0-0---0-0-|0---0-0-0---0-0-|
G |0---0-0-0---0-0-|0---0-0-0---0-0-|0-----0-0---0-0-|0---0-0-0---0-0-|
F#|6---6-6-6---6-6-|8---8-8-8---8-8-|3-----3-3---3-3-|3---3-3-3---3-3-|
D |7---7-7-7---7-7-|9---9-9-9---9-9-|0-----0-0---0-0-|0---0-0-0---0-0-|
A |7---7-7-7---7-7-|9---9-9-9---9-9-|5-----5-5---5-5-|5---5-5-5---5-5-|
D |7---7-7-7---7-7-|9---9-9-9---9-9-|4-----4-4---4-4-|4---4-4-4---4-4-|
   ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ .  ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ .  ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ .  ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ .
Some just select what they want to from the past

D |0---0-0-0---0-0-|0-----0-0---0-0-|0---0-0-0---0-0-|0-----0-0---0-0-|
G |0---0-0-0---0-0-|2-----2-2---2-2-|0---0-0-0---0-0-|2-----2-2---2-2-|
F#|1---1-1-1---1-1-|0-----0-0---0-0-|1---1-1-1---1-1-|0-----0-0---0-0-|
D |0---0-0-0---0-0-|0-----0-0---0-0-|0---0-0-0---0-0-|0-----0-0---0-0-|
A |2---2-2-3---2-2-|0-----0-0---0-0-|2---2-2-3---2-2-|0-----0-0---0-0-|
D |0---0-0-0---0-0-|0-----0-0---0-0-|0---0-0-0---0-0-|0-----0-0---0-0-|
   ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ .  ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ .  ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ .  ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ .
It's a song that you danced to in high school,
                                   it's a moon you tried to bring down

D |0---0-0-0---0-0-|0---0-0-0---0-0-|0-----0-0-----0-|0---0-0-0---0-0-|
G |0---0-0-0---0-0-|0---0-0-0---0-0-|0-----0-0-----0-|0---0-0-0---0-0-|
F#|6---6-6-6---6-6-|8---8-8-8---8-8-|3-----3-3-----3-|3---3-3-1---0-0-|
D |7---7-7-7---7-7-|9---9-9-9---9-9-|0-----0-0-----0-|0---0-0-0---0-0-|
A |7---7-7-7---7-7-|9---9-9-9---9-9-|5-----5-5-----5-|5---5-5-2---2-2-|
D |7---7-7-7---7-7-|9---9-9-9---9-9-|4-----4-4-----4-|4---4-4-0---0-0-|
   ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ .  ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ .  ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ .  ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ .
On a four-in-the-morning drive through the streets of town


D |0---0-0-----0-0-|0---0-0-0---0-0-|0---0-0-----0-0-|0---0-0-0---0-0-|
G |0---0-0-----0-0-|2---2-2-0---0-0-|0---0-0-----0-0-|2---2-2-0---0-0-|
F#|0---1-1-----1-1-|0---0-0-1---0-0-|0---1-1-----1-1-|0---0-0-1---0-0-|
D |0---0-0-----0-0-|0---0-0-0---0-0-|0---0-0-----0-0-|0---0-0-0---0-0-|
A |3---3-3-----3-3-|0---0-0-2---2-2-|3---3-3-----3-3-|0---0-0-2---2-2-|
D |2---2-2-----2-2-|0---0-0-0---0-0-|2---2-2-----2-2-|0---0-0-0---0-0-|
   ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ .  ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ .  ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ .  ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ .
Come on come on, it's getting late now; Come on come on, take my hand

D |0---0-0-----0-0-|0---0-0-0---0-0-|0---0-0-----0-0-|0---0-0-0---0-0-|
G |0---0-0-----0-0-|2---2-2-0---0-0-|0---0-0-----0-0-|2---2-2-0---0-0-|
F#|0---1-1-----1-1-|0---0-0-1---0-0-|0---1-1-----1-1-|0---0-0-1---0-0-|
D |0---0-0-----0-0-|0---0-0-0---0-0-|0---0-0-----0-0-|0---0-0-0---0-0-|
A |3---3-3-----3-3-|0---0-0-2---2-2-|3---3-3-----3-3-|0---0-0-2---2-2-|
D |2---2-2-----2-2-|0---0-0-0---0-0-|2---2-2-----2-2-|0---0-0-0---0-0-|
   ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ .  ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ .  ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ .  ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ .
Come on come on, you just have to whisper; Come on come on, I will understand


D |0-----0-0-----0-|0---0-0-0---0-0-|0---0-0-0-----0-|0-----0-0---0-0-|
G |0-----0-0-----0-|0---0-0-0---0-0-|2---2-2-2-----2-|2-----2-2---2-2-|
F#|1-----1-1-----1-|1---1-1-1---1-1-|0---0-0-0-----0-|0-----0-0---0-0-|
D |0-----0-0-----0-|0---0-0-0---0-0-|0---0-0-0-----0-|0-----0-0---0-0-|
A |2-----2-2-----2-|2---2-2-3---2-2-|0---0-0-0-----0-|0-----0-0---0-0-|
D |0-----0-0-----0-|0---0-0-0---0-0-|0---0-0-0-----0-|0-----0-0---0-0-|
   ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ .  ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ .  ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ .  ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ .
  [instrumental]

It's a photograph taken in Paris, at the end of the honeymoon
In 1948, late in the month of June
Your parents smile for the camera in sienna shades of light
Now you're older than they were then that summer night

Come on come on, it's getting late now; Come on come on, take my hand
Come on come on, you just have to whisper; Come on come on, I will understand

D |0---0-0-0---0-0-|0-----0-0---0-0-|0-----0-0-----0-|0-----0-0---0-0-|
G |0---0-0-0---0-0-|0-----0-0---0-0-|0-----0-0-----0-|0-----0-0---0-0-|
F#|1---1-1-1---1-1-|1-----1-1---1-1-|0-----0-0-----0-|0-----0-0---0-0-|
D |0---0-0-0---0-0-|0-----0-0---0-0-|2-----2-2-----2-|2-----2-2---2-2-|
A |3---3-3-3---3-3-|3-----3-3---3-3-|2-----2-2-----2-|2-----2-2---2-2-|
D |2---2-2-2---2-2-|2-----2-2---2-2-|2-----2-2-----2-|2-----2-2---2-2-|
   ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ .  ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ .  ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ .  ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ .
It's a need you never get used to, so fierce and so confused

D |0-----0-0---0-0-|0---0-0-0---0-0-|0-----0-0-----0-|0---0-0-0---0-0-|
G |0-----0-0---0-0-|0---0-0-0---0-0-|2-----2-2-----2-|2---2-2-0---0-0-|
F#|1-----1-1---1-1-|1---1-1-1---1-1-|0-----0-0-----0-|0---0-0-1---0-0-|
D |0-----0-0---0-0-|0---0-0-0---0-0-|0-----0-0-----0-|0---0-0-0---0-0-|
A |3-----3-3---3-3-|3---3-3-3---3-3-|0-----0-0-----0-|0---0-0-2---2-2-|
D |2-----2-2---2-2-|2---2-2-2---2-2-|0-----0-0-----0-|0---0-0-0---0-0-|
   ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ .  ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ .  ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ .  ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ .
It's a loss you never get over the first time you lose

[instrumental solo: same chords as the chorus, except the last measure is 000020
 throughout (no 020100-020000).  See tablature below for the lead guitar part.]

And tonight I am thinking of someone, seventeen years ago
We rode in his daddy's car down the river  [skip two measures]

(road) Come on come on, it's getting late now; Come on come on, take my hand
Come on come on, you just have to whisper; Come on come on, I will understand

Come on come on, it's getting late now; Come on come on, take my hand
Come on come on, you just have to whisper; Come on come on, I will understand
Come on come on

[instrumental ending: same chords as chorus, but end on G (020100).  Again, tab
 for the lead guitar part is at the end of the file.]


CHORDS:
020100 = G/D          030100 = C(9)/D       000020 = D
777600 = Am7(4)       999800 = Gmaj7/B      450300 = D(4)/F#
020000 = Gmaj7/D      230000 = C(9)addF#/E  230100 = C(9)/E
222000 = Em9                     [yuck!]


LEAD GUITAR:

In the recorded version of this song, the piano kind of dominates the
guitar, especially in the solo.  However, the version that I've transcribed
here is from a 1993 tape of "Austin City Limits", because John Jennings'
lead guitar part is more interesting on "ACL" than on the album.  And since
I have both video and audio for this song, it's probably the first time
I'm 100% sure that I've got the fingerings right!

Jennings' guitar, like MCC's, has a capo on the third fret, but his is in
standard tuning.  The chord names above the tab are rough guides, since
the real chords have horrible names.

The slashes are slides up (/) and down (\), and the equal signs (=) are
pull-offs.  Obviously, the "02," "242," and "353" sequences are hammer-ons
and pull-offs.  "Triplet" or "tri" denote triplets.  In the beginning of
each phrase (the part that sounds like "come on come on," put some vibrato
on the 3rd fret of the B string.  Arpeggiate the triple stops (places where
you play three strings at once).


Guitar solo:
                                 E --------------------------------|
                                 B ---3----3----3-----3-----3----3-|
                      lead-in:   G ----------------0-----------0---|
                                 D 0----2----4-----------0---------|
                                 A triplet-triplet-triplet---------|
                                 E --------------------------------|
                                   ^   .   ^   .   ^   .   ^   .

  C                                D               G
E --------------------------------|--------------------------------|
B --------3---3-----------0-------|--------------------------------|
G ----0-----------------0-----2---|------------0-2-242-0---------0-|
D 4-------------------0-----------|----------4-----tri---------0---|
A --------------------------------|--------------------------------|
E --------------------------------|--------------------------------|
  ^   .   ^   .   ^   .   ^   .    ^   .   ^   .   ^   .   ^   .

  C                                D               G
E --------------------------------|--------------------------------|
B --------3---3----\--1---0--(3)--|--------------------------------|
G ----0---------------0-------2---|----0-------0-----------------0-|
D 4-------------------2-------0---|--------4-------------------0---|
A --------------------------------|----------------------0-2=3-----|
E --------------------------------|--------------------3-----------|
  ^   .   ^   .   ^   .   ^   .    ^   .   ^   .   ^   .   ^   .

  C                                D               G
E --------------------------------|--------------------------------|
B --------3---3----\--1---0--(3)--|--------------------3-----------|
G ----0---------------0-------2---|------------0-2-420---------0---|
D 4-------------------2-------0---|----------4-----tri-----------0-|
A --------------------------------|--------------------------------|
E --------------------------------|--------------------------------|
  ^   .   ^   .   ^   .   ^   .    ^   .   ^   .   ^   .   ^   .

  C                                D
E --------------------------------|--------------------------------|-----|
B --------3---3----\--1-----0-----|--------------------------------|-----|
G ----0---------------0-----0-----|2-------------------------------|-----|
D 4-------------------2-----0-----|0-------------------------------<5>---|
A --------------------------------|0-------------------------------------|harmonic
E --------------------------------|--------------------------------|-----|
  ^   .   ^   .   ^   .   ^   .    ^   .   ^   .   ^   .   ^   .    ^
                                                             And tonight...


Ending:
                                 E --------------------------------|
                                 B --------------------------------|
                      lead-in:   G ------------------------0---0=2-|
                                 D ----------------------4---4-----|
                                 A --------------------5-----------|
                                 E --------------------------------|
                                   ^   .   ^   .   ^   .   ^   .

  C                             *  D   *           G
E ----------------------------2/3-|353\2---------------------------|
B --3-3-3-/-8-8-8-------\---5-----|--------------1-1=3-0---------3-|
G 4-------------------------------|------------2---------------0---|
D ----------------------- * = slide left finger -------------0-----|
A --------------------------- but pick string ---------------------|
E --------------------------------|--------------------------------|
  ^   .   ^   .   ^   .   ^   .    ^   .   ^   .   ^   .   ^   .

  C                                D               G
E ----------0-0-------------------|--------------------------------|
B 3---1-1-------------------0-1---|--------------------------------|
G 0---0-0-----------------2-----2-|------------20--0-------------0-|
D 4---2-2-------------------------|4-------------4-------------0---|
A --------------------------------|------------tri---------2=3-----|
E --------------------------------|--------------------------------|
  ^   .   ^   .   ^   .   ^   .    ^   .   ^   .   ^   .   ^   .

  C                                D               G
E --------------------------------|--------------------------------|
B --------3---3----\--1---0--(3)--|--------------------3-----------|
G ----0---------------0-------2---|------------0=2-420---------0---|
D(4)------------------2-------0---|----------4-----tri-----------0-|
A --------------------------------|--------5-----------------------|
E --------------------------------|--------------------------------|
  ^   .   ^   .   ^   .   ^   .    ^   .   ^   .   ^   .   ^   .

  C                                D               G
E --------------------------------|--------------------------------|
B --------3---3----\--1---0--(3)--|--------------------------------|
G ----0---------------0-------2---|------------0---0---------------|
D 4-------------------2-------0---|------------0--(0)--------------|
A --------------------------------|------------2--(2)--------------|
E --------------------------------|--------------------------------|
  ^   .   ^   .   ^   .   ^   .    ^   .   ^   .   ^   .   ^   .


- Adam Schneider, schneider@pobox.com
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