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Author
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                                     Gord Downie
                                  SECRET PATH ALBUM
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Tabbed by: Pat Malavi
Release date: October 18, 2016


-- Track listing –

1.  The Stranger
2.  Swing Set
3.  Seven Matches
4.  I Will Not Be Struck
5.  Son
6.  Secret Path
7.  Don't Let This Touch You
8.  Haunt Them, Haunt Them, Haunt Them
9.  The Only Place To Be
10. Here, Here and Here


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                              Track 1 – The Stranger
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------


Tuning to Open C: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YReQQ5_akME


Open C tuning              Standard tuning
---------------     or     ---------------
G  7-7-11-x-x-x            G  32000x
D  x0222x                  D  xx023x
C  x0000x                  C  x3201x


[Intro]

G    D  C
G    D  C


[Chorus 1]

              G    D             C
I am the stranger, you can’t see me
              G           D           C
I am the stranger, do you know what I mean?


[Verse 1]
  
               G           D         C  
I navigate the mud, I walk above the path
               G                 D           C  
Jumping to the right, and then I jump to the left
            G                  D      C  
On a secret path, the one that nobody knows
              G                  D      C  
And I’m moving fast, on the path nobody knows


[Verse 2]

             G           D        C  
And what I’m feeling, is anyone’s guess
              G         D            C  
What is in my head, and what’s in my chest
              G              D           C  
I’m not gonna stop, I’m just catching my breath
                  G                     D           C  
They’re not gonna stop, please just let me catch my breath 


[Chorus 2]

              G    D             C
I am the stranger, you can’t see me
              G           D           C
I am the stranger, do you know what I mean?


[Verse 3]

               G              D          C  
That is not my dad, my dad is not a wild man
             G                 D          C  
Doesn’t even drink, my daddy’s not a wild man
            G                  D      C  
On a secret path, the one that nobody knows
              G                  D      C  
And I’m moving fast, on the path nobody knows


[Outro]

              G    D  C
I am the stranger
              G    D  C
I am the stranger
              G    D  C
I am the stranger
              G    D  C
I am the stranger


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                               Track 2 – Swing Set
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------


Verse           Chorus
-----------     -----------
E    0221xx     F#m  2442xx
A    x0222x     A    x0222x


Capo 3rd fret


[Pre-Verse]
  
E
We were at the swing set
E
“Now?” I asked, “not yet” you said


[Verse 1]

E                             A
Turnin’ round and round in my seat
E                   A
Chains chiming over my head
E                      A
When the tension is complete
E                       A
And there is no way out of it


[Chorus 1]

Fm A     Fm A
Now, not yet
Fm A     Fm A
Now, not yet


[Verse 2]

E                     A
Over the rise, on the lawn
E                A
Someone draggin’ someone
E                       A
A kid lookin’ me in the eye
E                      A
Teacher not lookin’ at anyone


[Chorus 2]

Fm A     Fm A
Now, now yes
Fm A     Fm A
Now, now yes


[Interlude]

E  A  Fm


[Verse 3]

E                       A
I looked behind me only once 
E                    A
Didn’t see nobody chasin’ us
E                            A
Just my swing dancin’ in the sun
E                    A
Dancin’ wildly where it was


[Chorus 3]

Fm A     Fm A
Now, now yes
Fm A     Fm A
Now, now yes
Fm A     Fm A
     Now yes
Fm A     Fm A
     Now yes
Fm A     Fm A
     Now yes
Fm A     Fm A  E
     Now yes


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                              Track 3 – Seven Matches
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------


Verse         Chorus
---------     ---------
D  xx023x     A  x022xx
G  3200xx     G  3200xx


[Intro]

D


[Verse 1]
  
               D                     G
She gave me matches, seven wooden matches
               D                                           G
She put them into a small, slim glass jar with a screw-top lid
                D                      G
I fingered that jar, I put it in my pocket
                    D                                                 G
She said, “can’t go into the woods without them”, I smiled at her and left


[Chorus 1]

                A           G
And I kept them dry, and as long as there were six
       A            G
I’d be fine, and as long as there were five


[Verse 2]

                D               G
Matches in that jar, mile after mile
                  D                                                      G
All the chkk-chkk-chkk, chkk sound of the matches, and the memory of her smile

D  G
D  G


[Chorus 2]

            A           G
I kept them dry, and as long as there were five
       A            G
I’d be fine, and as long as there were four


[Verse 3]

             D                     G
Matches in a jar, with a screw-top lid
               D                                                 G
I know she did not mean to hurt my feelings, but that’s what she did


[Chorus 3]

            A           G
I kept them dry, and as long as there were three
       A        G
I’d be fine, as long as there were two
                D
Matches in that jar


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                            Track 4 – I Will Not Be Struck
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------


Intro + Post-Chorus     Verse          Chorus
-------------------     ----------     ----------
A/C#   x422xx           Fm  x4422x     C   x3201x
Esus4  0222xx           D   xx023x     Em  02200x
Fm     2442xx           A   x02220     D   xx023x
A      x0222x


Capo 5th fret


[Intro]

    A/C#              Esus4
e|------------------|------------------|
B|------------------|------------------|
G|------------------|------------------|
D|------------------|---------4-2------| x4
A|----4-4-4-4-4-4-4-|-2---4---0-----4--|
E|--0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|---0---0-----0-0--|

Fm  A
Fm  A


[Verse 1]
  
Fm                 D
In this earth-like world
Fm                 D                     A    D
In this earth-like world, before they arrived 
Fm                  D
Under this sun-like star 
Fm                  D               A    D
Under this sun-like star, they civilized


[Chorus 1]

C                  Em            D
Run along the river, on a Secret Path
C             Em                    D
I will not be struck, I’m not going back


[Post-Chorus 1] – repeat Intro riff

A/C#  Esus4                    A/C#
            I can see father’s face
Esus4                     A/C#
Warming his feet by the stove
   Esus4                A/C#    
We used to have each other
Esus4               Fm      A
Now we only have ourselves


[Interlude]

D  G
D  G
A  D

[Verse 2]

Fm            D
Then I put my ear
Fm            D                           A  D
Then I put my ear, right against the rail
Fm                 D
So what I couldn’t hear
Fm              D             A    D
What I couldn’t hear, I would feel


[Chorus 2]

C                  Em            D
Run along the river, on a Secret Path
C             Em                    D
I will not be struck, I’m not going back


[Post-Chorus 2] – repeat Intro riff

A/C#  Esus4                A/C#
      I been staring into space
Esus4       A/C#
Forever or else
Esus4           A/C#
Enter the wilderness
Esus4               Fm      A
And we only have ourselves
Fm      A
Fm      A
Fm      A


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                                   Track 5 – Son
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Open C tuning

(tuning to Open-C: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YReQQ5_akME)


[Verse 1]
  
e|-------------------------------------------------------|
C|------------------------------------------------0------|
G|----------------------------------------5-------0------|
C|----------------------------------------5-------0------| x4
G|----7-----5-----7-----5-----7-----5-----5-------0------|
C|----------------------------------------5--------------|

      You  know   that  they  just  can’t re------sist
      No   man    could make  them  feel  ner-----vous
      And  they   put   ze----ro    in----to      it
      And  their  coun--try   does--n’t   ex------ist


[Chorus 1]

e|----------------------------------|--------------------------------|
C|----------------------------------|--------------------------------|
G|------5-----5-----5-----5-----5---|---4-----4-----4-----4-----4----|
C|--------4-----4-----4-----4-----4-|-----4-----4-----4-----4-----4--|
G|----5-----5-----5-----5-----5-----|-5-----5-----5-----5-----5------|
C|----------------------------------|--------------------------------|

      Son,                   when you dance          I’ll be on your

e|----------------------------------|--------------------------------|
C|----------------------------------|--------------------------------|
G|------2-----2-----2-----2-----2---|---0-----0-----0-----0-----0----|
C|--------0-----0-----0-----0-----0-|-----0-----0-----0-----0-----0--|
G|----0-----0-----0-----0-----0-----|--------------------------------|
C|----------------------------------|-0-----0------0----0-----0------|

      Shoulder,            and you’ll feel it


e|--------------------------0-------------------|
C|-------/5--5--5--5--5--5--0-------------------|
G|-------/5--5--5--5--5--5--0-------------------|
C|-------/5--5--5--5--5--5--0-------------------| x4
G|----0---------------------0-------------------|
C|----0---------------------0------0-----0-0----|


e|----------------------------------|--------------------------------|
C|----------------------------------|--------------------------------|
G|------5-----5-----5-----5-----5---|---4-----4-----4-----4-----4----|
C|--------4-----4-----4-----4-----4-|-----4-----4-----4-----4-----4--|
G|----5-----5-----5-----5-----5-----|-5-----5-----5-----5-----5------|
C|----------------------------------|--------------------------------|

      Son,                   when you dance          I’ll be on your

e|----------------------------------|--------------------------------|
C|----------------------------------|--------------------------------|
G|------2-----2-----2-----2-----2---|---0-----0-----0-----0-----0----|
C|--------0-----0-----0-----0-----0-|-----0-----0-----0-----0-----0--|
G|----0-----0-----0-----0-----0-----|--------------------------------|
C|----------------------------------|-0-----0------0----0-----0------|

      Shoulder,            and you’ll feel it


[Post-Chorus 1]

e|-------------------------------------------------------|
C|-------------------------------------------------0-----|
G|-------------------------------------------------0-----|
C|-----------------0------------------0------------0-----| 
G|----------10-----------------10-----------10-----------|
C|----0------------------0-------------------------------|

      And   when   some--thing stirs  in    your   heart 

e|-------------------------------------------------------|
C|-------------------------------------------------------|
G|-------------------------------------------------------|
C|-----------------0------------------0------------------| 
G|----------10-----------------10-----------10-----0-----|
C|----0------------------0-------------------------0-----|

      A     feel---ing   so    strong and   in-----tense 

e|-------------------------------------------------------|
C|-------------------------------------------------0-----|
G|-------------------------------------------------0-----|
C|-----------------0------------------0------------0-----| 
G|----------10-----------------10-----------10-----------|
C|----0------------------0-------------------------------|

      When   some—thing  oc----curs   in    your   heart 

e|-------------------------------------------------------|
C|-------------------------------------------------------|
G|-------------------------------------------------------|
C|-----------------0------------------0------------------| 
G|----------10-----------------10-----------10-----0-----|
C|----0------------------0-------------------------0-----|

      And   there  is----n't   a      next  sen----tence


[Chorus 2]

e|----------------------------------|--------------------------------|
C|----------------------------------|--------------------------------|
G|------5-----5-----5-----5-----5---|---4-----4-----4-----4-----4----|
C|--------4-----4-----4-----4-----4-|-----4-----4-----4-----4-----4--|
G|----5-----5-----5-----5-----5-----|-5-----5-----5-----5-----5------|
C|----------------------------------|--------------------------------|

e|----------------------------------|--------------------------------|
C|----------------------------------|--------------------------------|
G|------2-----2-----2-----2-----2---|---0-----0-----0-----0-----0----|
C|--------0-----0-----0-----0-----0-|-----0-----0-----0-----0-----0--|
G|----0-----0-----0-----0-----0-----|--------------------------------|
C|----------------------------------|-0-----0------0----0-----0------|


e|----------------------------------|--------------------------------|
C|----------------------------------|--------------------------------|
G|------5-----5-----5-----5-----5---|---4-----4-----4-----4-----4----|
C|--------4-----4-----4-----4-----4-|-----4-----4-----4-----4-----4--|
G|----5-----5-----5-----5-----5-----|-5-----5-----5-----5-----5------|
C|----------------------------------|--------------------------------|

      Son,                   when you dance          I’ll be on your

e|----------------------------------|--------------------------------|
C|----------------------------------|--------------------------------|
G|------2-----2-----2-----2-----2---|---0-----0-----0-----0-----0----|
C|--------0-----0-----0-----0-----0-|-----0-----0-----0-----0-----0--|
G|----0-----0-----0-----0-----0-----|--------------------------------|
C|----------------------------------|-0-----0------0----0-----0------|

      Shoulder,            and you’ll feel it

e|-------------------------------------------------------|
C|------------------------------------------------0------|
G|----------------------------------------5-------0------|
C|----------------------------------------5-------0------| x2
G|----7-----5-----7-----5-----7-----5-----5-------0------|
C|----------------------------------------5--------------|

[Verse 2]

e|-------------------------------------------------------|
C|------------------------------------------------0------|
G|----------------------------------------5-------0------|
C|----------------------------------------5-------0------| x6
G|----7-----5-----7-----5-----7-----5-----5-------0------|
C|----------------------------------------5--------------|

      E-----ven   as    the   world con---vul-----ses 
      Don't stop  wish--ing   what        you     wish 
      E-----ven   as    the   world con---vul-----ses 
      E-----ven   as    the   world con---vul-----ses 
      Don't stop  wish--ing   the  things you     wish 
      Don't stop  wish--ing   what        you     wish 


[Post-Chorus 2]

e|-------------------------------------------------------|
C|-------------------------------------------------0-----|
G|-------------------------------------------------0-----|
C|-----------------0------------------0------------0-----| 
G|----------10-----------------10-----------10-----------|
C|----0------------------0-------------------------------|

      And   when   some--thing stirs  in    your   heart 

e|-------------------------------------------------------|
C|-------------------------------------------------------|
G|-------------------------------------------------------|
C|-----------------0------------------0------------------| 
G|----------10-----------------10-----------10-----0-----|
C|----0------------------0-------------------------0-----|

      A     feel---ing   so    strong and   in-----tense 

e|-------------------------------------------------------|
C|-------------------------------------------------0-----|
G|-------------------------------------------------0-----|
C|-----------------0------------------0------------0-----| 
G|----------10-----------------10-----------10-----------|
C|----0------------------0-------------------------------|

      When   some—thing  oc----curs   in    your   heart 

e|-------------------------------------------------------|
C|-------------------------------------------------------|
G|-------------------------------------------------------|
C|-----------------0------------------0------------------| 
G|----------10-----------------10-----------10-----0-----|
C|----0------------------0-------------------------0-----|

      And   there  is----n't   a      next  sen----tence


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                              Track 6 – Secret Path
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------


Chorus and Bridge
-----------------
F#  244xxx     
B   x244xx     
E   0221xx


Capo 1st fret


[Intro]

e|-----------------------|
B|-----------------------|
G|-----------------------|
D|-----------------------| x4
A|-----------------------|
E|--0---0---0---0---0-0--|


[Verse 1]

e|-------4---------------|-------2---------------|
B|---2-4-----------------|---2-4-----------------|
G|-----------------------|-----------3---1-------|
D|-----------------------|-----------------------| x4
A|-----------------------|-----------------------|
E|---0-0-0---0---0---0---|---0-0-0---0---0---0---|

     Freezing rain,          and ice pellets
     Walking home,           I’m covered in it
     Walking home,           all along the tracks
     Secret path,            did you say secret pa...         


[Chorus 1]

F# B   E 
a--th?
B    E     B       E
Pale blue, doesn’t do what they
 B        E                   B  E
Said it’d do, it’s just a jacket
         B E                     B  E
It’s a windbreaker, it’s not a jean jacket, it’s
               B   E
They call it a windbreaker


[Verse 2]

e|-------4---------------|-------2---------------|
B|---2-4-----------------|---2-4-----------------|
G|-----------------------|-----------3---1-------|
D|-----------------------|-----------------------| x4
A|-----------------------|-----------------------|
E|---0-0-0---0---0---0---|---0-0-0---0---0---0---|

     Walking home,           all along the tracks
     Secret path,            he said secret path
     I am soaked,            --- to the skin
     There’s never been,     a colder rain that this one 


[Chorus 2]

F#  B   E
I’m in
B    E     B       E
Pale blue, doesn’t do what they
 B        E               B      E
Said it’d do, it’s not my jacket
         B E                      B  E
It’s a windbreaker, it’s not my jean jacket, it’s
       B   E
Just a windbreaker


[Bridge]

        F#       E       F#       E
And the fuck-off rocks, along the tracks
F#     E                F#     E     B
Secret path, there’s no secret path


[Verse 3]

e|----------4---------------|-------2---------------|
B|------2-4-----------------|---2-4-----------------|
G|--------------------------|-----------3---1-------|
D|--------------------------|-----------------------| x2
A|--------------------------|-----------------------|
E|------0-0-0---0---0---0---|---0-0-0---0---0---0---|

And the freezing rain,          and the ice pellets
        Coat the rail,          so I can’t even tightrope it
   
End with B-chord


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                         Track 7 – Don't Let This Touch You
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------


Chorus            Verse             Bridge
-------------     -------------     -------------
A/C#   x4222x     A      x0222x     Dsus2  xx023x
Dsus2  xx0230     Dsus2  xx023x     A      x0222x
A      x02220                       F#m    2442xx
                                    Bm     x2443x


Capo 2nd fret


[Chorus 1]

A/C#           Dsus2     A
Don't let this touch you 
A              Dsus2     A/C#      
Don't let this touch you 


[Verse 1]

A         Dsus2  A         Dsus2
Words are birds, words are snow 
A      Dsus2   A                    Dsus2
Words whisper, words don't make the rain go 
A     Dsus2 A        Dsus2
Wilderness, can't be done 
A    Dsus2  A        Dsus2
Unfinished, can't be done 


[Chorus 2]

A/C#         A         A/C#  A
Don't let it touch you 
A              Dsus2     A/C# 
Don't let this touch you 


[Verse 2]

A         Dsus2   A         Dsus2
Words are blanks, words are ghosts 
A         Dsus2  A                    Dsus2
Words are god,   words don't make the rain go 
A      Dsus2  A      Dsus2
I'm confused, by freedom 
A       Dsus2   A        Dsus2
What do you do, with freedom? 


[Bridge]

  Dsus2                   A
I heard them in the dark, heard the things they do 
F#m                                  Dsus2 
   I heard the heavy whispers, whispering, ‘don't let this touch you' 
Bm
   How-how
A
   How-how
F#m
   How-how
Dsus2
   How-how


[Chorus 3]

A/C#           Dsus2     A
Don't let this touch you 
A              Dsus2     A/C#      
Don't 
A/C#           Dsus2     A
Don't let this touch you 
A              Dsus2     A/C#      
Don't 


[Outro]
 
Dsus2     A             Dsus2 A      Dsus2
      His glowing face, ----- by the stove 
A            Dsus2  A                      Dsus2
  His orange face, --- daddy make the rain go
A  Dsus2  A  Dsus2
A  Dsus2  A  Dsus2
A  Dsus2  A  Dsus2
A  Dsus2  A  Dsus2
A


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                    Track 8 – Haunt Them, Haunt Them, Haunt Them
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------


Em     02200x
G      32000x
Am     x0221x
Em/F#  222xxx


Capo 4th fret


[Intro]

Em  G  Am  G


[Verse 1]

Em
   I think I'm in despair, the wind is in the trees 
                                                           G
   Basically, just waiting for something to come along and eat me 
Am
   Is this future's gate, where my dreams retreat 
                                            G
   And all my memories are just memories of memories? 


Em
   And a-folded in a dream, pitch-black and glowing blue 
                                            G                              
   A raven saying, “I know a way that I can help you”
        Am
   Oh-oh, I stared into his eyes, I saw my pale last days 
                                             G
   Said, “What you can't escape, you gotta embrace”


[Chorus 1]

        Em                                                 G
   Ah-oh, I know a way to get back, this don't have to end 
Am                                                G
   A way to get back, and haunt them, haunt them, haunt them 

Em  G  Am  G


[Verse 2]

Em
   Then he wished me plain, as he flew away 
                                             G
   Said I'd see him coming on that pale last day 
Am
   And he wished me plain, ordinary death 
                                     G
   Said he'd be back after I escaped it 


[Chorus 2]

      G                                                        
   Oh, I've seen how they are, how they'd all sell their souls 
Em           Em/F#           Em                              
   In little bits and pieces, ‘til they get old 
                          G
   They don't make a dent, in indifference 
Em       Em/F#                 Em
   We'll haunt them, haunt them, haunt them


[Musical Interlude]


[Chorus 3]

Em                                           G
   But I want to go back, if this is the end 
Am                                                    G 
   I want to go back, not to “haunt them, haunt them, haunt them”
Em                    G  
   Not to haunt them, haunt them 
Am                    G
   Not to haunt them, haunt, haunt 
Em                    G
                      Haunt them, haunt them
Am                    G

Em


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                          Track 9 – The Only Place To Be
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------


Verse         Chorus
---------     ------------
D  xx023x     Bb    x1333x  
A  x0222x     D     xx023x
              A     x0222x
              A/C#  x4222x


[Intro]

D                         A  D
   Bah-huh-uh, bah-huh-uh 
Bb         D
   Ahh-ahh-ahh
Bb         D
   Ahh-ahh-ahh
Bb         D
   Ahh-ahh-ahh
A  A/C#
Ahhh (here we go)


[Verse 1]

D
I'll just close my eyes, I'll just catch my breath 
            A             D
This is the only place to be 
D 
I've got lots of time, my whole life ahead 
            A             D
This is the only place to be


[Chorus 1]

       Bb           D
It's an, earth-like world 
Bb               D
   It's cold and real 
Bb                 D
   With a sun-like star 
      A  A/C#
I can feel 


[Verse 2]

D
I am for the wolf, pitch-black and yellow eyes 
            A             D
This is the only place to be 
    D
For the raven arriving first to get my eyes 
            A             D
This is the only place to be 


    D
And I'm for the poor sun, always against the mindless night 
            A             D
This is the only place to be 
    D
And I'm for the wind, in the pale blue sky 
            A             D
This is the only place to be 


[Chorus 2]

       Bb           D
On this, earth-like world 
Bb               D
   It's cold and real 
Bb                 D
   With a sun-like star 
        A  A/C#
You can feel 


[Verse 3]

D
I'll just close my eyes, I'll just catch my breath 
            A             D
This is the only place to be 
 

-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                          Track 10 – Here, Here and Here
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------


E   0221xx
F#  2443xx
B   x244xx


Repeat riff at end of each line:

e|-------------------|
B|-------------------|
G|-------------------|
D|----1---1-1---2----| x4
A|----2---2-2---2----|
E|-------------------|


  E     F#    B     E
I feel, here, here, and here 
  E     F#    B     E
I hurt, here, here, and here 
  E     F#    B     E
I live, here, here, and here 
  E     F#    B     E
I died, here, here, and here 
    E     F#    B     E
You sign, here, here, and here 


E     F#    B     E
Here, here, here, and here 

E     F#    B     E
Here, here, here, and here 

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