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Courthouse (From the album "Always Got Tonight")
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Tuning: Standard 440 Concert Pitch 

Comments: This song kind of became a staple for a backing track during the height of
the "Chris Isaak" show and for good reason. Not only is it an awesome track and perfect
for setting those sad longing tones that play out as the backdrop for Chris' life, but it
also rings similiar to "Go Walking Down There" which was a relative hit for Isaak from 
"Forever Blue".

Most of this song is basic chord changes added in with a few frills so it makes it a 
fantastic acoustic piece. 

Key:
/    = slide up
\    = slide down
b    = bend (whole step)
b^   = bend (1/2 step)
b^^  = bend (1 1/2 steps)
pb   = pre-bend
r    = release-bend
t^   = tap with righthand finger
h    = hammer-on
p    = pull-off
~    = Vibrato
*    = Natural Harmonic
#(#) = Trill
**   = Artificial Harmonic
x    = Dead notes (no pitch)
P.M. = Palm mute (- -> underneath indicates which notes)
(\)  = Dive w\bar
(/)  = Release w\bar
Tp   = Tap w\plectrum




Courthouse
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(Chris Isaak)


Into Riff:

|-----7-----5-----5-----3--2-3-2------|
|--5-----5-----5-----5-----------3/5--|
|-------------------------------------|
|-------------------------------------|
|-------------------------------------|
|-------------------------------------|

|--7-----5-----5-----3---2--|
|-----5-----5-----5---------|
|---------------------------|
|---------------------------|
|---------------------------|
|---------------------------|

Intro:
Em - C - G - D x2


Verse 1:
    Em      C      Em      C              G    B7      
You see his gentle smiling face, then you go, oh.
    Em      C         Em         C            G             B7  
And all the good, and bad you've done he will know, he will know.
Em                C                   G
People take their places, down at the courthouse.
Em               C              G
People stand in line to see you fall.
Em         C                   G
Everybody says they're in your corner. 
Em              C                  G 
Be surprised to find one friend at all.


Chorus:
            C                G 
And I don't care what people say.
       C                G
I will always feel this way.
        C                G      F#/G         B7 
I don't care how long it takes, you're not to blame.
                         Em-C-G-D
You're not to blame.


Verse 2:
Em                 C             G
Time has come to say how much I love you.
Em                 C             G
Time has come to say how much I care.


Chorus 2:
            C                 G
And I don't care what people say.
       C                G
I will always feel this way.
F#/G          B7
You're not to blame, you're not to blame.


Solo Chords: Em-C-G x2


Refrain:
            C                G 
And I don't care what people say.
       C                G
I will always feel this way.
        C                G      F#/G         B7 
I don't care how long it takes, you're not to blame.
            C                G 
And I don't care what people say.
       C                G
I will always feel this way.
        C                G      F#/G         B7 
I don't care how long it takes, you're not to blame.
                        
You're not to blame.


Intro Riff with Em-C-G-B7 chord progression until end
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robert.stevens. 21 wrote on March 16 2014, 02:50 pm

I think you will find it more true to the recording to replace all the D chords with B7 chords.

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