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

NEVER HAD IT SO GOOD (Mary Chapin Carpenter & John Jennings)
------------------------------------------------------------
[Each chord, or pair of chords joined by hyphens, is one measure.]
[D* means mix up a D(9) with the D.  D** means play D-D11-D-Dsus-D-D11-D,
 as shown in the tab at the end.]

G   G   C(9)   D     G   G   C(9)   D
[intro]

G                            G                         C        D*
No one's got to tell me it's over, I could see it from miles away
G                            C                 D**     D**
No one's got to tell me what I don't already know today
G                               G         C                       D*
No one's got to tell me they've seen you looking like a brand new man
Em                       C                     D**                D**
No one's got to tell me you look like you've fallen in love again

                        G       C                G  -  D/F#    Em
'Cause you're out of my life now with a wave of her hand
                  C           C                D**   D**
You never had it so good babe, I never had it so bad
                         G     C          G   -   D/F#    Em
Now you can do what you want to and never feel sad
                  C           D [stop]         G    G    C(9)    D
You never had it so good babe, I never had it so bad   [repeat intro]

No one's got to tell me the difference between me and the one who's returned
No one's got to tell me you never really got over her
No one's got to tell me they've seen you looking like a brand new man
No one's got to tell me you look like you've fallen in love again

'Cause you're out of my life now with a wave of her hand
You never had it so good babe, I never had it so bad
Now you can do what you want to and never feel sad
                  C           D [stop]         G    G
You never had it so good babe, I never had it so bad

            C                   D
So you just go where you go and do what you do, and
G     -    G/B     C
Be who you want to be
             C                        D
But when she burns you again and your phone doesn't ring
Em - C        D    D
  Baby, it's me

'Cause you're out of my life now with a wave of her hand
You never had it so good babe, I never had it so bad
Now you can do what you want to and never feel sad
                  C           D                G  -  D/F#   Em
You never had it so good babe, I never had it so bad
                  C           D                G  -  D/F#   Em
You never had it so good babe, I never had it so bad
                  C           D [stop]        G     G   C   D
You never had it so good babe, I never had it so bad

G   G   C(9)   D      G   G   C(9)   D      etc.
[repeat intro and fade]


TAB:

This is the D** part:

  D       D11 D Dsus     D D11 D
  |        \  | |        | |  /
E 2---2---2-0-2-3^|3---3-2-0-2----------------------------------------.)    A note on all these D chords: I
B 3---3---3-3-3-3^|3---3-3-3-3----------------------------------------.) wrote down pretty much what Mary-Chapin
G 2---2---2-0-2-2^|2---2-2-0-2----------------------------------------.) played on "Austin City Limits," but it's
D 0---0---0-0-0-0^|0---0-0-0-0----------------------------------------.) open to improvisation; I'm sure she
A ----------------|---------------------------------------------------.) doesn't play it the same every time.
E ----------------|----------------| (The ^ is a tie across measures--.)
  ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ .  ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ .

The electric guitar plays the following part in the intro and fade-out;
at the very least, the acoustic guitar does the hammer-on in the 2nd bar.

E ----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
B ----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
G ----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
D ----------------|------------0---|0---------------|----------------|
A 2-----2---------|0=2---2---------|------3-----2---|2=0---0---------|
E ----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
  ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ .  ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ .  ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ .  ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ .


CHORDS:

G: 320033 in the intro; 320033 or 320003 elsewhere.
C: 332010           C(9): x32033
D: x00232 normally; see tab above for variations.  D(9): x00230
D/F#: 200232        Em: 022000

- Adam Schneider, schneider@pobox.com
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