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Ribbons & Bows  (Eric Bibb)
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As arranged and played on the album ‘Friends’ by Eric Bibb.  Originally written
by Tom Phillips (of the ‘Men of Constant Sorrow’).

A nice example of Double Dropped-D tuning, but capo’d up to G, with flowing
chord changes.  The arrangement on the album is fairly simple, in keeping with
Eric Bibb’s minimalist approach to music.  However, the tuning and chording
provide many notes around those played that are appropriate to the melody,
for those who want to embellish the picking.

Tuning: Double Dropped-D (D A D G B d), with Capo at the 5th fret (G D G C E g)
Key: G (with capo at the 5th fret)   Time: 4/4   (Each ‘-‘ = 1/16 note)
Tempo: ~132 bpm

Really not sure whether the chord names are correct for the key.  These were
obtained using ‘Chord Alchemy’.

Tabbed and sequenced by Andrew Penney (apenney@pisces.co.za),  January 2006
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Instrumental Introduction  
-------------------------
g |------2-----2---|------2-----2---|------2-----2---|--2-----2-------|
E |----3---3-----3-|----3---3-----3-|----3---3-----3-|----3-----3-----|
C |--2-------2-----|--2-------2-----|--2-------2-----|2-----2-------2-|
G |5---------------|4---------------|2---------------|------------4---|
D |----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
G |----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
        Cm7/11           Bm7+5            A7sus4        A7sus4>Bm7+5
   (Repeat above arpeggios 3x)

g |------2-----2---|------2-----2---|------2-----2---|--2-------------|
E |----3---3-----3-|----3---3-----3-|----3---3-----3-|----3-----------|
C |--2-------2-----|--2-------2-----|--2-------2-----|2-----2---------|
G |5---------------|4---------------|2---------------|----------------|
D |----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
G |----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
        Cm7/11           Bm7+5            A7sus4           A7sus4
   (4th repetition)


Instrumental Interlude
----------------------
g |4---------------|----------------|0---------0-----|0---------0-----|
E |----------3-----|2---------2-----|----------------|----------------|
C |------2---------|------2---------|------0---------|------2---------|
G |----4-----------|----4-----------|----4-----------|----5-----------|
D |------------0---|----------------|----------------|0---------------|
G |0---------------|4---------------|5---------------|----------------|
          G                Bm               C7             D7sus4

g |4---------------|----------------|0---------0-----|----------------|
E |----------3-----|2---------2-----|----------------|2-----2h3-3/5---|
C |------2---------|------2---------|------0---------|----------------|
G |----4-----------|----4-----------|----4-----------|----2-----------|
D |------------0---|----------------|----------------|0---------------|
G |0---------------|4---------------|5---------------|----------------|
          G                Bm               C7           D>Dsus4>D5

Verses
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g (4)--------0-----|----------------|----------0-----|----------0-----|
E |----------------|----------2-----|----------------|----------------|
C |------2---------|------2---------|------0---------|------2---------|
G |----4-----------|----4-----------|----4-----------|----4-----------|
D |----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
G |0---------------|4---------------|5---------------|4---------------|
          G                Bm               C7               G/B

g |----------0-----|----------0-----|----------------|----------------|
E |----------------|----------------|----------5-----|------2h3-3/5---|
C |------0---------|------2---------|------0---------|----------------|
G |----4-----------|----4-----------|----4-----------|----2-----------|
D |----------------|----------------|----------------|0---------------|
G |5---------------|4---------------|2---------------|----------------|
          C7              G/B              Am/9          D>Dsus4>D5
   (Repeat above 8 bars 2x, on 2nd repetition adding the 4th fret note
    on the top string at the start of the G chord) 

Chorus
------
g |0---------0-----|----------------|4---------4-----|0---------------|
E |----------------|2-----3---5-----|------3---------|----------2-----|
C |------0---------|----2-----------|----2-----------|------2---------|
G |----4-----------|----------------|0---------------|----4-----------|
D |----------------|0---------------|----------------|2-------0-------|
G |5---------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
          C7           D>Dsus4>D5            G             G6>G7

g |----------0-----|----------0-----|----------0-----|----------2-----|
E |----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
C |------0---------|------2---------|------0---------|------2---------|
G |----4-----------|----4-----------|----4-----------|----4-----------|
D |----------------|----------------|----------------|0---------------|
G |5---------------|4---------------|2---------------|----------------|
          C7               G                Am9              Bm7

Instrumental Ending  (Same as Intro, repeat & fade out ~ 4x)
-------------------
g |------2-----2---|------2-----2---|------2-----2---|--2-----2-------|
E |----3---3-----3-|----3---3-----3-|----3---3-----3-|----3-----3-----|
C |--2-------2-----|--2-------2-----|--2-------2-----|2-----2-------2-|
G |5---------------|4---------------|2---------------|------------4---|
D |----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
G |----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
        Cm7/11           Bm7+5            A7sus4        A7sus4>Bm7+5



Chords & Fingering  
------------------
Capo on the 5th fret, left-hand fingers numbered 1 > 4 from index > pinky.


Intstrumental Introduction & Ending
-----------------------------------
g |---|-1-|---|---|---|   g |---|-1-|---|---|---|   g |---|-1-|---|---|---|
E |---|-1-|-2-|---|---|   E |---|-1-|-2-|---|---|   E |---|-1-|-2-|---|---|
C |---|-1-|---|---|---|   C |---|-1-|---|---|---|   C |---|-1-|---|---|---|
G |---|-1-|---|---|-4-|   G |---|-1-|---|-3-|---|   G |---|-1-|---|---|---|
D X---|---|---|---|---|   D X---|---|---|---|---|   D X---|---|---|---|---|
G X---|---|---|---|---|   G X---|---|---|---|---|   G X---|---|---|---|---|
         Cm7/11                     Bm7+5                    A7sus4





Instrumental Interlude
----------------------
g |---|---|---|-4-|---|   g X---|---|---|---|---|   g 0---|---|---|---|---|
E |---|---|-2-|---|---|   E |---|-2-|---|---|---|   E X---|---|---|---|---|
C |---|-1-|---|---|---|   C |---|-1-|---|---|---|   C 0---|---|---|---|---|
G |---|---|---|-3-|---|   G |---|---|---|-4-|---|   G |---|---|---|-2-|---|
D 0---|---|---|---|---|   D X---|---|---|---|---|   D X---|---|---|---|---|
G 0---|---|---|---|---|   G |---|---|---|-3-|---|   G |---|---|---|---|-3-|
           G                       Bm                       C7      

g 0---|---|---|---|---|                             g X---|---h---|-s-|---|
E X---|---|---|---|---|                             E |---|-2->-3-|->-|-3-|
C |---|-1-|---|---|---|                             C X---|---|---|---|---|
G |---|---|---|---|-4-|                             G |---|-1-|---|---|---|
D 0---|---|---|---|---|                             D 0---|---|---|---|---|
G X---|---|---|---|---|                             G X---|---|---|---|---|
        D7sus4                G     Bm    C7                D>Dsus4>D5     

Verses
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g 0---|---|---|(4)|---|   g X---|---|---|---|---|   g 0---|---|---|---|---|
E X---|---|---|---|---|   E |---|-2-|---|---|---|   E X---|---|---|---|---|
C |---|-1-|---|---|---|   C |---|-1-|---|---|---|   C 0---|---|---|---|---|
G |---|---|---|-3-|---|   G |---|---|---|-4-|---|   G |---|---|---|-2-|---|
D X---|---|---|---|---|   D X---|---|---|---|---|   D X---|---|---|---|---|
G 0---|---|---|---|---|   G |---|---|---|-3-|---|   G |---|---|---|---|-3-|
            G                        Bm                        C7      

g 0---|---|---|---|---|                g X---|---|---|---|---|
E X---|---|---|---|---|                E |---|---|---|---|-4-|
C |---|-1-|---|---|---|                C 0---|---|---|---|---|
G |---|---|---|-4-|---|                G |---|---|---|-3-|---|
D X---|---|---|---|---|                D X---|---|---|---|---|
G |---|---|---|-3-|---|                G |---|-1-|---|---|---|
           G/B             C7   G/B              Am/9            D>Dsus4>D5

 (On 2nd repetition, add 4th fret note on top string at start of the G chord) 


Chorus
------
                            g |---|---|---|-3-|       g 0---|---|---|---|
                            E |---|---|-2-|---|       E X---|---|---|---|
                            C |---|-1-|---|---|       C |---|-2-|---|---|
                            G 0---|---|---|---|       G |---|---|---|-4-|
                            D X---|---|---|---|       D |---|-1-|---|---|
                            G X---|---|---|---|       G X---|---|---|---|
     C7    D>Dsus4>D5                 G                        G6      

g X---|---|---|---|              g 0---|---|---|---|    g |---|-2-|---|---|
E |---|-2-|---|---|              E X---|---|---|---|    E X---|---|---|---|
C X---|---|---|---|              C 0---|---|---|---|    C |---|-1-|---|---|
G X---|---|---|---|              G |---|---|---|-4-|    G |---|---|---|-3-|
D 0---|---|---|---|              D X---|---|---|---|    D 0---|---|---|---|
G X---|---|---|---|              G |---|-1-|---|---|    G X---|---|---|---|
         G7           C7  G/B             Am9                       Bm7      



Lyrics & Song Structure
-----------------------

Instrumental Intro
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Instrumental Interlude
----------------------
Verse 1
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  We tell each other lies
  We fight and forget why
  We fell in love one time
  So long ago.

  You say my heart's grown cold
  But it's just getting old
  It's been robbed and sold
  So many times.

Chorus
------
  If it has to change, then that's the way it goes,
  Ribbons and bows, can turn into chains.

Instrumental Interlude
----------------------

Verse 2
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  There's lovers on the street,
  Others we could meet
  But others couldn't keep
  From falling aside.

  I wonder what we'll do
  When we both get too blue
  I wouldn't want to lose
  Anything more.

Chorus
------
Instrumental Interlude
----------------------

Verse 3
-------
  Winter winds will blow
  And turn our lives to snow
  I'd be glad to know
  You anyway.

  You say my heart's grown cold
  But it's just getting old
  It's been robbed and sold
  So many times.

Chorus
------
Instrumental Interlude
----------------------
Instrumental Ending (Same as Intro, repeat and fade out)
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