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Let's start with the intro. Some piano parts are included - if you have no piano...

I-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|I
I--------13/15~~-(13tr15)-13----------------------------------------------------------|I
I-12-12-----------------------(14)rb12-------------------------------10-12b(14)rb12---|p-I
I-(piano)--------(piano)---------------12-10h12-10h12-10h12-10h12-12------------------|I
I-----------------------------------------pick softly---------------------------------|I
I-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|I
 0:00

I-------------------------------------------------------------------13--10--13--10----|I
I-------------------------------------10----------------------------12b-----12b-------|I
I-10-12----10-12b(14)rb12p10----10-12----12-10h12-9h10--------------------------------|I
I-------12-------------------12------------------------12-10tr12..--------------------|from G7 chord...-I
I--------------------------------------------------------------.piano.----------------|I
I-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|I
0:09

                                    (Bb9)(A9)   (Eb9)(D9)
I-------------------------------------13--12-------6--5-------------------------------|I
I-10----------------------------------13--12-------6--5----vocals start---------------|I
I----12-10----10h12-10----------------13--12-------6--5-------------------------------|I
I----------12----------12-10tr12...---12--11-------5--4-------------------------------|I
I-------------------------------------13--12-------6--5-------------------------------|I
I-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|I
                        0:19

During the vocals we play a very soft rhythm guitar using downstrokes only:

D9
   Got me...

D9 G7                      Eb9 D9
      I c...

D9      A7
Got ...

  D9                        A9 G9
I ...

G9           A9 G9
   Bad love....
           D9
is ....

Short guitar break at 1:02 with a variation of our well known Blues starting riff, going 
to the root note at the high E-string and then back to the root note at the low E-string:

                                                                  (Bb9)(A9)
I-------------10------------10--13---10-----------------------------13--12----|I
I----------10----10-13b(15)-----12b-----10----10--------------------13--12----|I
I--12b(14)---------------------------------12----12-----------------13--12----|I
I---------------------------------------------------10--------------12--11----|I
I------------------------------------------------------12\8---------13--12----|I
I-----------------------------------------------------------10----------------|I
1:01

A9                        G9
  Well I just can't stay
G9                D9
  no more on this third degree

At 1:23 a variation of the above theme, than starting the next verse. Chords are the 
and guitar fills between area again versions of the above theme.

At 2:41 we have a solo, all around the D minor Blues scale at the 10th fret. It starts like:

I-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|I
I-----------13/15-15-15~~~--13/15-13/15-13/15-13------------------------------13------|I
I--14-14-14--------------------------------------(14)rb12-10---------10-12/14---------|I
I------------------------------------------------------------12---12------------------|I
I-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|I
I-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|I
 2:41

I-------------------------------------------------------------13--10------------------|I
I-------------------------------------------------------------12b----10---------------|I
I--14\12-10----10h12-10h12-10-------------------------------------------12-11----11---|I
I-----------12----------------12-10----------------------------------------^--12------|I
I-----------------------------------12-10--------8h10-8h10-8---------------major------|I
I-----------------------------------------13-10----------------------------note!------|I
                                                              2:54

I------------10------------10------13---13--13---10-----------------------------------|I
I---------10----10-13b(15)---------12b--12b-12b-----10-----10-------------------------|I
I-12b(14)----------------------------------------------12b----12b-12-10----10---------|etc..-I
I-----------------------------------------------------------------------12------------|I
I-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|I
I-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|I

You now go on with the licks above. Remember to play fluid and clean, using small bends 
sometimes a major note. Build up and release tension, another short example from 3:35 
like:

I----13-15-17-15-17-15h17p15--13-15-13---------------|I
I-15-----------------------------------15-13-15~~~---|I
I----------------------------------------------------|I
I--------------------------------------------root----|I
I--------------------------------------------note----|I
I----------------------------------------------------|I
 3:35

The end is easy to figure out, a short lick up and down ending with the chords Eb9 / D9.
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brios55 10 Apr 14, 2009 11:02 PM

This is one of my favorite songs by Clapton. Beautiful Tab. Great Job! 5 stars!!!!!! It's a shame I'm the only vote.

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willwelsh816 306 Jun 27, 2009 06:05 AM

Everything's correct, except I'm pretty sure he says:

"Bad Luck, Bad Luck is killin' me"
"Well, I just can't stand, no more of this Third Degree"

The chords are right, and the leads you got are spot on.

brios55, your not the only one who loves this song :)

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DaveMN 233 Oct 07, 2009 02:39 AM

Holy crap I heard this song for the first time today and it blew my mind, and I blew in my pants as well. I'm so glad you did this. Fantastic tab!

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