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I CAN’T MAKE IT ANYMORE This is my interpretation of Richie Haven’s version, based mainly on watching the Woodstock footage, listening to the song and a huge interest in the music. Richie’s DVD (The Guitar Style of Richie Havens) is available on his website and would be a great help and source of inspiration to anyone who wants to learn about his style and incorporate it into their own playing. You may never play like Richie but you can emulate the sounds he makes. Playing in Open ‘D’ At first glance some of Richie’s chord fingerings look very difficult as barring with the thumb is the main feature. However, as a complete beginner to the guitar in 2008, I found I made much faster progress in Open D than in normal tuning. It’s easier to sit while you play and barring with the thumb is made easier if you hold the guitar with the face slightly open (i.e. at an angle of about 20 degrees so that you can see the strings and frets) and angle the neck of the guitar slightly downwards. I know this is considered bad form normally but it seems to work for Open D chords. I would also advise you to track down a supply of the “taco chip” picks that Richie uses. They are made by Fender (355 Medium I believe) and can be found quite easily on the internet at a few pounds per dozen. Their extra size and flexibility are excellent for strumming. Tuning D A D F# A D I = Index finger M = Middle finger T = Thumb L = Little finger Chords for the song DMaj7 D A D F# A D I Fret 3 M M Fret 4 EMaj7 D A D F# A D I Fret 1 M M Fret 2 These are the dominant chords in the song, but Richie varies these chords frequently to add what he refers to as “colour”. Both of the above chords can have the following variations to produce subtle changes D A D F# A D I I M Drop middle finger to cover 1st fret only D A D F# A D I I M L Add your little finger one fret up GMaj7 D A D F# A D I Fret 4 T T T T T Thumb bars bottom 5 strings 5th fret Index finger holds down 1st string 4th fret A7sus4 (known by Richie as the “mystery chord”) D A D F# A D I I I Fret 5 - - - - - - T T T Fret 7 Thumb bars bottom 3 strings 7th fret Index finger holds down top 3 strings 5th fret Difficult at first but a great chord A7 D A D F# A D I Fret 5 - - - - - - T T T T T Fret 7 Thumb bars bottom 5 strings 7th fret Index finger holds down 1st string 5th fret Strumming Most of the song is comprised of a steady, rhythmic, varied strum with emphasis on the downstroke. The A7sus4 and A7 are played with much more gusto and of course there are many occasions when Richie throws in four down-ups where previously there was one. Intro DM7 EM7 repeated with the variations mentioned above I get too low with no reason DM7 Em7 They says it’s the moon or maybe the season DM7 Em7 But something’s not the same GM7 DM7 And I won’t let my mind believe GM7 DM7 Baby something’s wrong Em7 All the feeling’s gone DM7 I can’t make it anymore Em7 DM7 Em7 Lately I don’t feel much like talking DM7 Em7 Instead of going home I just go out walking DM7 Em7 And thinking too much GM7 DM7 And I’m longing for your touch GM7 DM7 Baby something’s changed Em7 I don’t feel the same DM7 I can’t make it anymore Em7 DM7 I can’t make it anymore anymore A7sus4 A7 A7…….. Don’t know the reason why DM7 But I just can’t lie Em7 When I feel this way DM7 There are things I must say Em7 I can’t make it anymore. No No. Em7 DM7 I can’t make it anymore Em7 DM7 A7sus4 A7…… Where did we go wrong? DM7 Where do I belong? Em7 Let me find out when DM7 Did it all begin? Em7 Why I’m losing you DM7 Why our love is through Em7 Why our love is through DM7 Why our love is through Em7 A7sus4 A7 I can’t make it anymore (repeated 4 times) Em7 DM7