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THE RIVER
~~~~~~~~~
Words & Music by Garth Brooks and Victoria Shaw
notated by Greg Vaughn (ribtm@ttacs.ttu.edu) with help from
           Andrew Lowry (alowry@silver.ucs.indiana.edu)

[INTRO] (This is actually a slide guitar, but the E-shaped barres work)

    G     A G     A G     A G      A D
e+--3-----5\3-----5\3-----5\3------5\10--------------|
B+--3-----5\3-----5\3-----5\3------5\10--------------|
G+--4-----6\4-----6\4-----6\4------6\11--------------|
D+--5-----7\5-----7\5-----7\5------7\12--------------|
A+--5-----7\5-----7\5-----7\5------7\12--------------|
E+--3-----5\3-----5\3-----5\3------5\10--------------|


[Verse]
D                              *D          G/D        D    *D
You know a dream is like a river ever changin' as it flows.
        G                     D/F#         Em7             A
And the dreamer's just a vessel  that must follow where it goes.
          D            G/D         D  *D          Bm                   G
Trying to learn from what's behind you, and never knowing what's in store
             D    G/D        D *D        A                D      #D#
Makes each day a constant battle just to stay between the shores


[CHORUS]
           D    G/D  D    *D         G/D           D  *D
And I will sail my   vessel 'til the river runs dry.
       G               D/F#       Em7             A
Like a bird upon the wind,  these water's are my sky.
    Bm  A/C#  D        G/D  D    *D G
I'll never    reach my destination  if I never try.
           D    G/D  D    *D          A           D   #D#
So, I will sail my   vessel 'till the river runs dry.


[Verse]
D                              *D          G/D        D    *D
2: Too many times we stand aside and let the water slip away
        G                     D/F#         Em7             A
'Til what we put off 'til tomorrow has now become today.
          D            G/D         D  *D          Bm                   G
So, don't you sit upon the shorline and say you're satisfied.
             D    G/D        D *D        A                D      #D#
Choose to chance the rapids and dare to dance the tide.


[CHORUS]
           D    G/D  D    *D         G/D           D  *D
And I will sail my   vessel 'til the river runs dry.
       G               D/F#       Em7             A
Like a bird upon the wind,  these water's are my sky.
    Bm  A/C#  D        G/D  D    *D G
I'll never    reach my destination  if I never try.
           D    G/D  D    *D          A           D   #D#
So, I will sail my   vessel 'till the river runs dry.


[BRIDGE]
A/C#        Bm                  G          D         D/F#      G
And there's bound to be rough waters and I know I'll take some falls.
             Em7             D/F#           G                        Asus
But with the Good Lord as my captain, I can make it through them all.


[CHORUS] (with key change)
            E    A/E  E              A/E          E
Yes, I will sail my vessel  'til the river runs dry.
       A                E/G#      F#m7           B
Like a bird upon the wind,  these water's are my sky.
    C#m  B/D# E        A/E  E      A
I'll never    reach my destination if I never try.
           E    A/E  E                B           E  F#m7  E/G#
So, I will sail my   vessel 'till the river runs dry.
A           E    A/E  E                B           A  B/A
Yes, I will sail my   vessel 'till the river runs dry.
A                B/A
  'til the river runs dry.

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By *D I mean to hammer on from Dsus2 (xx0230) to D (xx0232) on the 1st string.
#D# is D-D-Dsus4-D-Dsus2-D
From: kpmiller@uokmax.ecn.uoknor.edu (Kent P Miller)
Subject: My tab of "The River" by Garth Brooks

Is this OK for a tab style?

I'll offer a piece of tab that I did for someone recently.  It's not my
usual favorite style of music, but what the hey.  I'm not very good with
chord names, so maybe somebody can correct or help me.


[Intro:] G G(add A Bflat like 320013) G(add A C like 320033)
       G (add A B flat as before)...D

During the verse, the guitar usually throws in a Dsus (xx0233) on the
first chord.

What I call chords and what they really mean.
D/F# is (200232)


D
You know a dream is like a river,
     G              D
ever changing as it flows
        G                D/F#
And the dreamer's just a vesse
and I know I'll take some falls
             Em              D/F#
But with the Good Lord as my Captain
                           A
I can make it through them all.
whats in store
           D
Makes each day a constant battle
        A                D
just to stay between the shores.



[Chorus]
           D
And I will sail my vessel
         G          D
till the River runs dry
       G             D/F#
Like a bird upon the wind
      Em            A
these waters are my sky
           D
I'll never reach my destination
G                        D
if I never try so I will sail my vessel
         A          D
Till the River runs dry.


[Verse]
D
Too many times we stand aside
     G              D
and let the waters slip away
        G                D/F#
Till what we've put off till tomorrow
has now become today
             Em              D/F#
So don't you sit upon the
                           A
shoreline
and say you're satisfied
           D
Choose to chance the rapids
        A                D
and dare to dance the tide.


[Chorus]
           D
And I will sail my vessel
         G          D
till the River runs dry
       G             D/F#
Like a bird upon the wind
      Em            A
these waters are my sky
           D
I'll never reach my destination
G                        D
if I never try so I will sail my vessel
         A          D
Till the River runs dry.


[BRIDGE]

             Bm                G
Well there's bound to be rough waters
      D    D/F#           G
and I know I'll take some falls
             Em              D/F#
But with the Good Lord as my Captain
                           A
I can make it through them all.
           E
Yes I will sail my vessel
         A          E
till the River runs dry
       A             E/G#
Like a bird upon the wind
      F#m           B
these waters are my sky
           E
I'll never reach my destination
A
if I never try
          E
so I will sail my vessel
         B          E   A
Till the River runs dry.
           E                       B          A
Yes I will sail my vessel Till the River runs dry.


You can fake a good ending staying on the A and suspending it
(x02230) and ending on the E.

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The River
                                Garth Brooks


Intro:  G chord, adding C# to it, moving into D

[Verse 1]
             D                            G             D
You know a dream is like a river, ever changing as it flows.
         G               D/F#             Em             A
And a dreamer's just a vessel that must follow where it goes
            D
Trying to learn from what's behind him
            Bm               G
And never knowing what's in store
            D
Makes each day a constant battle
          A                D
Just to stay between the shores


[chorus]
            D                        G         D
And I will sail my vessel 'til the river runs dry,
        G            D/F#         Em           A
Like a bird upon the wind these waters are my sky
            D                    G
I'll never reach my destination if I never try
           D                        A          D
So I will sail my vessel 'til the river runs dry.


[Verse 2]
           D                               G            D
Too many times we stand aside and let the waters slip away
              G            D#/F#       Em           A
'Til what we put off 'til tomorrow has now become today
               D                         Bm            G
So don't you sit upon the shoreline and say you're satisfied
  D                              A                 D
Choose to chance the rapids and dare to dance the tide.


[chorus]
            D                       G          D
And I will sail my vessel 'til the river runs dry,
        G            D/F#        Em            A
Like a bird upon the wind these waters are my sky
             D                              G
I'll never reach my destination if I never try
           D                       A          D
So I will sail my vessel 'til the river runs dry.


[Bridge]

D   D/C#           Bm                 G
       And there's bound to be rough waters
       D                   G
And I know I'll take some falls
              Em               D/F#
But with the good Lord as my captain
       G                    A          modulate into E:
I can make it through them all


 [chorus] (there are no chords played during the first 2 lines)
            E                       A          E
And I will sail my vessel 'til the river runs dry,
        A            E/G#        F#m           B
Like a bird upon the wind these waters are my sky
             E                  A
I'll never reach my destination if I never try
           E                       B          E     A
So I will sail my vessel 'til the river runs dry.
             E
Yes, I will sail my vessel
           B         A
'Til the river runs dry
                     E
'Til the river runs dry

            
            
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