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Artist:         Karma (Henry Ate)
Song:           Once
Tabbed by:      neuroxik
E-mail:         neuroxik [-at] gmail [dot-] com

Tuning: Standard, Capo IV

Chords named relative to Capo

Time Signature: 6/4 (except measure 4 = 9/8, and the before last meas. = 7/4)
Tempo:          107 bpm

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NOTE:      Although there are 4 main riffs that constitute the entire song,
there are some subtle differences here and there in the bassline (the notes
plucked with your thumb). For example, the Chorus the 2nd time around doesn't
have the same bassline (although following the same chord structure), so I've
put notes along the way above the Chord names, such as "Riff B2", meaning
"similar to Riff B" but with some changes. I find it makes it easier to learn
a tab than just writing it all out and you having to pay constant attention as
to where the changes occur.
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INTRO
Acous. Gtr, arpeggio (fingerpicking), let ring all along
   Fsus2                       C
e|--------------------------|--------------------------|
B|------1-----1-----1-----1-|------1-----1-----1-----1-|
G|----0-----0-----0-----0---|----0-----0-----0-----0---|
D|--3-----3-----3-----3-----|--2-----2-----2-----2-----|
A|--------------------------|--------------------------|
E|--------------------------|--------------------------|

    C/B   C5    Fsus2  Gsus4   (time sig 9/8)       G (time sig back to 6/4)
e|---------------------------|--------------------|-------------------------||
B|------1-----1-----1------1p|-(0)--1-----1-----1-|-----0-----0-----0-----0-||
G|----0-----0-----0------0---|----0-----0-----0---|---0-----0-----0-----0---||
D|---------------------------|--------------------|-------------------------||
A|--2-----3------------------|--------------------|-------------------------||
E|--------------1------3-----|--3-----3-----3-----|-3-----3-----3-----3-----||


VERSE I
    Riff A
    Fsus2                              C
e|----------------------------------|---------------------------|
B|------1-----------1-------1-----1-|-------1-----1-----1-----1-|
G|----0----------0-------0------0---|----0------0-----0-----0---|
D|--3--------3--------3-------3-----|--2------2-----2-----2-----|
A|----------------------------------|---------------------------|
E|----------------------------------|---------------------------|
         You keep your head inside      the bottle


                                                        end Riff A
       C/B   C5        Fsus2     Gsus4    G
e|--------------------------------------|---------------------------|
B|---------1-------1----------1-------1-|------0-----0-----0-----0--|
G|-------0------0---------0---------0---|----0-----0-----0-----0----|
D|--------------------------------------|---------------------------|
A|-----2-----3--------------------------|---------------------------|
E|---------------------1---------3------|--3-----3-----3-----3------|
   and I'll just  keep cuttin' up  lines


[Repeat Riff A x1]
Fsus2                       C                 C/B   C5      Fsus2     Gsus4  G
  You spend your life in constant sorrow. And I'll just pretend that I'm fine


CHORUS
   Riff B                                       end Riff B  (repeat Riff B x1)
        D5          G5    Gsus2    G/B   C     Am    Asus2   D5
e|------------------------------|--------------------------|------------------|
B|----------3-----3-----3-----3-|------3-----1-----1-----0-|-----3-----3------|
G|--------2-----2-----0-----0---|----0-----0-----2-----2---|---2-----2--------|
D|------0-----0-----------------|--------2-----2-----2-----|-0-----0----------|
A|------------------------0-----|--2-----------------------|------------------|
E|------------------3-----------|--------------------------|------------------|
 'Cause on-   ly    once  the drugs   are done           Do  I     feel


                                             Riff B2
    G5    Gsus2    G/B   C     Am    Asus2    D5          G5    Gsus2
e --------------|--------------------------|---------------------------------|
B ------3-----3-|------3-----1-----1-----0-|------3-----3-----3-----3--------|
G ----0-----0---|----0-----0-----2-----2---|----2-----2-----0-----0----------|
D --------------|--------2-----2-----2-----|--0-----0------------------------|
A --------0-----|--2-----------------------|--------------------0------------|
E --3-----------|--------------------------|--------------3------------------|
    al-   most   hu-  man,  numb         And  on-   ly    once  my  un-


                 end Riff B2   Riff C         end Riff C   Riff D
    G/B   C     Am    Asus2    D5           G5             C           C7M
e|--------------------------|----------------------------|--------------------|
B|------3-----1-----1-----0-|------3-----3------3------3-|-----1-----1-----0--|
G|----0-----0-----2-----2---|----2-----2------0------0---|---0-----0-----0----|
D|--------2-----------2-----|--0-----0-------------------|--------------------|
A|--2-----------0-----------|----------------------------|-3-----3-----3------|
E|--------------------------|---------------3------3-----|--------------------|
    clear                 Do   I  feel like dying    right here


                           end Riff D
             C           C7M
e --------|--------------------------||
B ------0-|------1-----1-----0-----0-||
G ----0---|----0-----0-----0-----0---||
D --------|--------------------------||
A --3-----|--3-----3-----3-----3-----||
E --------|--------------------------||


VERSE II
[Repeat Riff A x2]
Fsus2                       C
  You keep your lies for those who'll listen and

      C/B   C5       Fsus2   Gsus4  G
  and I'll just keep borrowing    time

      Fsus2         C
  The hesitation when you're missing

  C/B  C5    Fsus2  Gsus2   G
  All of the mo-  ments in life go by and


CHORUS
   Riff B3                                   end Riff B3
   D5           G5    Gsus2    G/E    C/B   Am    Asus2
e|--------------------------|---------------------------|
B|------3-----3-----3-----3-|------3------1-----1-----0-|
G|----2-----2-----0-----0---|----0------0-----2-----2---|
D|--0-----0-----------------|---------------------2-----|
A|--------------------0-----|---------2-----0-----------|
E|--------------3-----------|--0------------------------|
    On-   ly  once        the  drugs are  done       Do


[Repeat Riff B3 x2]
D5     G5   Gsus2  G/E    C/B    Am   Asus2
I feel al-  most  hu-   man,   numb      and

D5     G5   Gsus2  G/E    C/B    Am  Asus2
Only   once my   head's  un-  clear,     do


Riff C2          end Riff C2   Riff D2 (w/ pull-offs/hammer-ons)
    D5          G5    Gsus2    C             C7M           C           C7M
e|--------------------------|----------------------------|--------------------|
B|------3-----3-----3-----3-|------1-----1p0-----0-----0h|(1)--1-----1-----0--|
G|----2-----2-----0-----0---|----0-----0-------0-----0---|---0-----0-----0----|
D|--0-----0-----------------|----------------------------|--------------------|
A|--------------------0-----|--3-----3-------3-----3-----|-3-----3-----3------|
E|--------------3-----------|----------------------------|--------------------|
    I feel like dying   right here


 end Riff D2

e ---------||
B ------0--||
G ----0----||
D ---------||
A --3------||
E ---------||


VERSE III
[Repeat Riff A x2]
Fsus2                         C
  You keep your problems so well-hidden

      C/B   C5     Fsus2    Gsus4   G
 That e-  ven your  tears feel like smiles

 Fsus2                          C
      That I will die here is a   given

    C/B  C5      Fsus2  Gsus2   G
And no  one will e-    ver know why


CHORUS
   Riff B4                                end Riff B4   (Riff B3 x2)
   D5           G5            G/B   C     Am    Asus2    D5           G5
e|--------------------------|-------------------------|-----------------------|
B|------3-----3-----3-----3-|-----3-----1-----1-----0-|------3-----3------3---|
G|----2-----2-----0-----0---|---0-----0-----2-----2---|----2-----2------0-----|
D|--0-----0-----------------|-------2-----------2-----|--0-----0--------------|
A|--------------------------|-2-----------0-----------|-----------------------|
E|--------------3-----3-----|-------------------------|---------------3-------|
    On-   ly    once  the  drugs  were  done        did  I     feel   al-


    Gsus2    G/E   C/B   Am    Asus2    D5          G5    Gsus2     G/E
e --------|--------------------------|---------------------------|------------|
B ------3-|------3-----1-----1-----0-|------3-----3-----3-----3--|------3-----|
G ----0---|----0-----0-----2-----2---|----2-----2-----0-----0----|----0-------|
D --------|--------------------2-----|--0-----0------------------|------------|
A --0-----|--------2-----0-----------|--------------------0------|------------|
E --------|--0-----------------------|--------------3------------|--0---------|
    most   hu-  man,  numb        (and) on-   ly   once  my    head


                        (Riff C)     (slow down, ~81 bpm)
    C/B   Am    Asus2    D5           G5                      C
e --------------------|--------------------------------|--------------------||
B ------1-----1-----0-|------3------3-------3--------3-|----------1-----1---||
G ----0-----2-----2---|----2------2------0--------0----|--------0-----0-----||
D --------------2-----|--0------0----------------------|--------------------||
A --2-----0-----------|--------------------------------|------3-----3-----3-||
E --------------------|---------------3--------3-------|--------------------||
   was clear        did  I feel safe dying            right here

            
            
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