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The Stable Song Chords

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Gregory Alan Isakov - The Stable Song

Capo 2

      Fmaj7     Cadd2

Intro:  Fmaj7   C   Cadd2   Fmaj7   C    
Cadd2     C   Fmaj7    C

Verse 1
C 					       Fmaj7
Remember when our songs were just like prayers.
        C		Cadd2		Am	     Fmaj7
Like gospel hymns that you called in the air.
C			      Fmaj7
Come down come down sweet reverence,
    C	    Cadd2	      Am	             Fmaj7
unto my simple house and ring...and ring.

Fmaj7		  C	    Fmaj7
Ring like silver, ring like gold
         C      	 Cadd2	         Am   Fmaj7
Ring out those ghosts on the Ohio
Fmaj7		        C		Fmaj7
Ring like clear day wedding bells
              C	        Cadd2		Am      Fmaj7           C
Were we the belly of the beast or the sword that fell...we'll never tell.

Em			Fmaj7		C	Fmaj7	    C
Come to me clear and cold on some sea
Em			    Fmaj7	   C		G
Watch the world spinning waves...like machines

Verse 2
Now I,ve been crazy couldn't you tell
I threw stones at the stars, but the whole sky fell
Now I'm covered up in straw, belly up on the table
Well and sang and drank, and passed in the stable.

Bridge Instrumental

Verse 3
That tall grass grows high and brown,
Well I dragged you straight in the muddy ground
and you sent me back to where I roam
Well I cursed and I cried, but now I know...now I know

Verse 4
and I ran back to that hollow again
The moon was just a sliver back then
and I ached for my hear like some tin man
When it came oh it beat and it boiled and it rang...it's ringing

Ring like crazy, ring like hell
Turn me back into that wild haired gale
Ring like silver, ring like gold
Turn these diamonds straight back into coal.
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PaulLangfermann wrote on March 7 2012, 12:26 pm

nice work, just a few little things:

in verse 4 he starts on Am, adds the bass G when singing 'hollow' and goes down to F the usual way. same on 'some' in the third line of the verse. try it, it makes the verse much nicer and its a nice change to the rest of the verses.

personally, I like to think that he plays the all important Fmaj7 with the C in the bass and the C and Cadd9 with the G in the bass. i think that gives the song a much warmer sound and its more fun to play, too. especially the Fmaj7 is so thin when only played with those 4 strings and its harder to hit right without the bass C.

thanks for the tab and i hope i helped a bit.
greetings from germany,

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rinkadink wrote on August 17 2012, 11:54 am

100% agree with Paul on the Fmaj7 with the C and the Cadd9 with the G. If you watch a live video of GAI playing, you can see this is exactly what he does.

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Omnicontemplate wrote on October 1 2013, 12:32 am

Anyone figure out the pattern in the opening at all? It's pretty much the reason I want to learn this song, and I can't seem to get it right. An approximate:


I definitely feel like the Fmaj7 is fine, but the sound of this bit seems all wrong no matter how I play it. I can't even find an approximate I like as a substitute, as I really like how this song begins. I just started messing with it today, will repost if I find a pleasing solution.

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