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One Crowded Hour Chords

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ONE CROWDED HOUR – Augie March

6 beats per chord (6/8 feel)       * , = barre chord voicings
' = 3 beats                          ~ = extensions added by organ part
(capo at second fret)                  (refer below)

[pick-up]
Now should you ex-

VERSE-A:
G                          Am
pect to see something that you hadn't seen in some-
Bm                      C
body you've known since you were sixteen and if
D         Em,
Love is a bolt from the blue then
C*                   G*
What is a bolt but a glorified screw and that
C,                      D,    D,
Doesn't hold nothing to-gether  far from these

VERSE-A:
G                       Am
Nonsense bars and their nowhere music it's
Bm                   C
Making me sick and I know it's making you sick there's
D                      Em,
Nothing there it's like  eating air it's like
C*                G*
Drinking gin with nothing else in and
C,                      D,    D,
That doesn't hold me to-gether  but for

CHORUS:
G           Am~               Bm~             C
One crowded hour you were the only one in the room I
D~                      Em,                   C*                 G*
Sailed around all those bumps in the night to your beacon in the gloom I
B                      C*                      G                     Em
Thought I had found my golden September in the middle of that purple June but
G           Am        'C         'D         G
One crowded hour would lead to my wreck and ruin now I know you like

VERSE-B:
G                        Am
Your boys who take their medicine from the
Bm                 C
Bowl with a silver spoon who
D                          Em,
Run away with the dish and scale the fish by
C*                       G*
The silvery light of the moon who were

VERSE-C:
B                          C*
Taught from the womb to be-lieve till the tomb that as
G                          Em
Far as their bleeding eyes see is a
G                           Am
Pleasure pen meant for them build-ed and rent for them
'C          'D        G
 Not for the likes of me no not for the
C,               D,  D,
Likes of you and me____ and for

CHORUS:
G           Am~               Bm~             C
One crowded hour you were the only one in the room and I
D~                      Em,                   C*                 G*
Sailed around all those bumps in the night to your beacon in the gloom I
B                      C*                      G                     Em
Thought I had found my golden September in the middle of that purple June but
G           Am        'C         'D         G
One crowded hour would lead to my wreck and ruin oh but the

BRIDGE:
D          D           'Bm  'Am  G
Green-eyed harpy of the salt land__ she
D        D(F#-bass) 'Bm 'Am  G
Takes in-to hers     my  hand__ and she says
Em                  A9  'Bm      'Am         D     D(F#-bass)
  Boy I know you're lying  oh but then so am I and to this I said oh

SOLO:  (short chorus)
G   Am  Bm  C
Well
D  Em,  C*(G-bass)  G*

B  C*  G  Em

G  Am  'C  'D
              Now

VERSE-B:
G                        Am~
Put me in a cage full of lions I'll learn to speak
Bm~            C
Lion in fact I know the language
D                Em,
Well I picked it up while I was
C*(G-bass)            G*
Versing myself in the languages they speak in

VERSE-D:
Am                   Bm                      C
Hell that night that silence gave birth to a baby they
D                   Em,
Took it away to her silent dismay and they
C*                  G*
  Raised it to be a lady now she
C,                   D,  D,(F#-bass)
Can't keep her mouth shut__ and for

CHORUS:
G           Am~               Bm~             C
One crowded hour you were the only one in the room and I
D                       Em,                   C*(G-bass)         G*
Sailed around all those bumps in the night to your beacon in the gloom I
B                      C*                      G                     Em
Thought I had found my golden September in the middle of that purple June but
G           Am        'C         'D         G
One crowded hour would lead to my wreck and ruin and yes that

CHORUS-VARIATION:
G           Am~               Bm~             C
One crowded hour you were the only one in the room and I
D~                           Em,
Played a few songs for those bumps in the night in fact
C*(G-bass)         G*
I played this very tune but you said
B                          C*               G                Em
What is this six string-ed instrument but an  adolescent loom__ and
G           Am        'C         'D             G
One crowded hour would lead to my wreck and ruin__

(tags may have been edited on the video source)

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In the promotional video Glenn can clearly be seen playing chords in
the key of G while song is pitched in the key of A. The occasional
appearance of open strings in the arpeggios (G in Bm, B in Am and C)
confirm the first position voicings.
To match the recording either tune up a whole step or use a capo at
the second fret. Tuning up an acoustic guitar is not recommended.

CHORDS:
    G   Am  Bm  C   D   Em,  C*  G*  C,  D,  B   Em  A9......seventh and third 
E|--3---0---2---0---2---7----8---3---3---5---7---0---0--|    are not played by
B|--0---1---3---1---3---8----8---3---5---7---7---0---0--|    the guitar but the
G|--0---2---4---0---2---9----9---4---5---7---8---0---2--|    ensemble harmony
D|--0---2---4---2---0---9----10--5---5---7---9---2---2--|    is ninth not sus2
A|--2---0---2---3-------7----10--5---3---5---9---2---0--|
E|--3------------------------8---3---3---5---7---0------|

Barre chord voicings:
  *  root on 6th-string
  ,  root on 5th-string

Organ plays a G-note drone through several chords.
These voicings mimic the ensemble harmony:
   Am~    Bm~        D~
   Am7   Gmaj7/B   Dadd11  A9
E|--0------2---------2-----3--|
B|--1------0---------3-----0--|
G|--0------0---------0-----2--|
D|--2------0---------0-----2--|
A|--0------2---------0-----0--|
E|----------------------------|

The chord progression is not consistent
hence the labelling of verses A B C D.
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deadkenedy wrote on April 4 2007, 10:09 pm

Excellent tab.

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Wil-man-101 wrote on May 6 2007, 02:29 pm

I'd like to see the intro stuck on there.

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Wil-man-101 wrote on May 6 2007, 02:34 pm

Woah, wait, there's no G chord anywhere in the song.

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