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In The Bleak Midwinter Chords

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This is a version originally posted on a James Taylor forum and I believe it to be very 
close to the original recording.


Intro
G  D/F#  Em  Bm7  A  G  
D/F#  Em  A  *1: SEE NOTE AT BOTTOM
Bm7  G9  A  Bm7  G9  *2: SEE NOTE AT BOTTOM

Verse 1
D                    B11 Bm7  B11>Bm7
In the bleak midwinter
G                    A  A4<A
Icy winds made moan
D                      F#m7  B11  Bm7
Earth stood hard as iron
G       A      D
Water like a stone
Em                 D/F#  G  A
Snow on snow had fallen
Bm7       E7         A4  A
Snow on snow on snow
Gmaj7  Gm7  F#m7  E  A4+7/B'  
A4+7  A  D
In the bleak midwinter long and long ago

Instrumental Bridge
D  A/D  Dmaj7  G
D  Dmaj7*  F#m7  G

Verse 2
D                     B11  Bm7  A
Angels and archangels
G                          A  A4  A
May have gathered there
D            D/F#  B11  Bm7
Cherubim and seraphim
G       A       D
Rising in the air
Em    D/F#  G  A
None but only Mary
Bm7   E7        A4  A
In her maiden bliss
Gmaj7        Gm7  F#m7  E
Worshipped the beloved
A4+7/B'  A4+7  A7  D
With a mother's kiss

Solo
D   B11  Bm7
G   A  A4  A
D   B11  Bm7
G  A  D

Bridge
Em         D/F#  G    A
Heaven cannot hold Him
Bm7      E7         A4  A
Nor can earth sustain
Gmaj7         Gm7        F#m7  E
Heaven and earth shall fall away
A4+7/B'  A4+7  A7  D
When He comes to reign

Instrumental Bridge
D  A/D  Dmaj7  G
D  Dmaj7*  F#m7  G

Verse 3
D                B11  Bm7
What then can I give Him?
G             A  A4  A
Empty as I am
D              B11         Bm7
If I were a shepherd
G         A         D
I would bring a lamb
Em      D/F#  G  A
If I were a Wise Man
Bm7      E7          A4  A
I would  know my part
Gmaj7       Gm7  F#m7  E
What then can I give Him?
A4+7/B'  A      D
I must give my heart

Ending
A/D   G9   A/D  D/F# G9
G  D/F#  Em  Bm7  A  G  
D/F#  Em  A4  D  *3: SEE NOTE AT BOTTOM


*1:  Hit the G once (6th string) with your middle finger on the 3rd fret allowing for 
action with your index and ring fingers on the note pairs (1st - 3rd string):

        G(Eb  da  Eb  f#c#  Eb)  D/F#  etc.

*2:  This is really a Bm7 flat 6th and very similar to the Frozen Man intro.  Tabbed 
like this:
x24035 (fret),  x13x25 (finger)

*3:  This is virtually the same as the Intro line as described in note 1.
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