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Promise Tab

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D A D F# A D
About this tab version
This tab is using a custom tuning based on Open D that lowers both A's to G's. Was this info helpful? Yes No
Hello,

I understand there are many different opinions on the tuning and playstyle for this song,
this is simply the easiest tuning I have found that incorporates open strings.
If you're having trouble holding the chords with other tunings, give this a try and let me know if it helps.


Tuning: D G D F# G D (both A's lowered to G!!)
Capo: NONE


I would like to point out that the section of the song which solidified this tuning is 3:25
Here, Ben plays most strings open, all ringing at once (it is noted with ** below).
Try the tuning and play this part with all strings open.  Sounds accurate to me.


- If you are new to finger picking, I suggest staying on D and repeating the pattern to get it down.
  Once you can play along with Ben's speed, try switching chords - the pattern mostly stays the same.

  I won't note all chords changes throughout the song, I'm simply showing examples of each pattern. 


INTRO / VERSE

   (       1 bar D        )    (        1 bar G        )  
D--------------7----------------------------7------------------------------
G--------------------------------------------------------------------------
F#-----0-------------0-----------------------------------------------------
D---------0-------------0-------------0--------------0---------------------
G----------------------------------4--------------4------------------------
D---0--------0----0-------------5--------5-----5---------------------------


-  The chord changes are somewhat irregular. I will note each bar of chords for the first verse.
   So   G   G   G   means 3 bars of G (the length of 1 bar is noted above)

  starting at 1:02...


D    D    D    D      G    G    G    G
D    D    D    D 


    G     G     G     G         D         D                         D            
And mee-              -eet me there, with bundles of flowers, we'll wade through the hours
   G       G     G     G
of   cold
D             D                  D                     G         G      G     G
Winter she'll howl at the walls, tearing down doors of   time.
D       D      D     D     G      G      G      G
Shelte-          -r  as we go...


-  Note that in this verse it's 3 bars of D and 4 bars of G. In the interlude he returns to 4 and 4.
   The next 2 verses follow 4 and 4 as well.


BREAK 3:15
 "And maybe, just maybe I'll come home"
D----------------7-------------------
G------------------------------------
F#-----------------------------------
D----------0--------------0----------
G-------6--------------6-------------
D----7--------7-----7----------------



**OPEN INTERLUDE 3:23
     (strumm)            
D---------7-----0--------------------------0---------------------------0-------------------------------------
G--------x------0--------0-------------------------0----------------------------0-----------------0----------
F#------0----------------------0-------------------------0----------------------------0--------------0-------
D------0--------------0-----------0-------------0-----------0----------------0-----------0--------------0----
G------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
D---0--------0-----0--------0-----------0----0--------0-------------0-----0--------0-----------0-------------


D-----------------0--------------------------0---------------------------0-----------------------------------
G--------------------------0--------------------------0---------------------------0----------------0---------
F#---------0---------------------0--------------------------0---------------------------0-------------0------
D-------0---------------0-----------0--------------0-----------0---------------0-----------0-------------0---
G----4--------4------4--------4-----------4-----4--------4------------4-----4--------4----------4------------
D------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

-  Repeat these chords twice and follow up with this


HOOK / 'WHO AM I' 3:47
      (strumm)               D
D----------7---------5---------4------------4h5p4p0-------------
G---------x-----------------------------------------------------
F#-------0-------------------------------0-----------0----------
D-------0---------0---------0---------0-------------------------
G---------------------------------------------------------------
D---0----------0--------0---------0-----------------------------


      (strumm)               Bm
D----------7---------5---------4------------5p4p0-----------
G---------x-------------------------------------------------
F#-------0------------------------------0----------0--------
D-------0---------0---------0--------0----------------------
G---4---------4---------4---------4-------------------------
D-----------------------------------------------------------


...later 5:00
                             D
D----------7---------5---------4-------------0-------------------
G-----------------------------------------------0----------------
F#---------------------------------------0---------0-------------
D-------0---------0---------0---------0---------------0----------
G----------------------------------------------------------------
D---0----------0--------0---------0------------------------------

                             Bm
D----------7---------5---------4------------0-----------------
G----------------------------------------------0--------------
F#---------------------------------------0--------0-----------
D-------0---------0---------0--------0----------------0-------
G---4---------4---------4---------4---------------------------
D-------------------------------------------------------------





-  Here are the lyrics with some guiding chords (no bar amount noted)

(Intro / Verse)
D    G  
D    G
D

    G       D
And meet me there, with bundles of flowers,
                                G
We'll wade through the hours of cold
D
Winter she'll howl at the walls,
                      G
Tearing down doors of time.
D             G
Shelter as we go...

D           G
Hmmmmmmm...
D          
    G          D
And promise me this: You'll wait for me only,
                     G
Scared of the lonely arms
     D                       G
That surface, far below these birds.

D           G
Hmmmmmmm...
D           G


    A* (Break)
And maybe, just maybe I'll come home


(Open Interlude)
D       Bm
D       Bm


 (Hook)
D       Bm

D 
Who am I, darling to you?
                     Bm
Who am I to tell you stories of mine  (who am I?)

D
Who am I, darling for you?
                    Bm
Who am I to be your burden in time, lonely who am I to you?

D
Who am I, darling for you?
                    Bm
Who am I to be your burden, who am I, darling to you?
Who am I?
             D
I come alone here
             Bm
I come alone here


Repeat  D    Bm

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