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Tuning on the recording: F major slide tuning. Tune to an open E chord from 
standard tuning, and then raise every note a half step up to F major tuning.

  [Intro]
   (no slide, played clean on probably a resonator or acoustic)
e|-----0--3b-0--0-----------0--------------------0---------------------|
B|--0-3-0-----0-3/5-3-0-3-0---------------------(0)--------------------|
G|--------------------------1h2p1--------------------------------------|
D|--------------------------------3p0---0--0---------------------------|
A|-----------------------------------0-3-------------------------------|
E|----------------------------------------3--0-------------------------|
(0:00)                                                Down by the river..

e|-----0--3~-0--0---0----0----------------------------------------------|
B|--0-3-0-----0-3-0-3-0-------------------------------------------------|
G|-----------------------1h2p1------------------------------------------|
D|-----------------------------3p0----0--3~-0---0---0-------------------|
A|---------------------------------0-3-------0-3------------------------|
E|-------------------------------------0----------3---0-----------------|
(0:09)                                                   That's where I,
                                                        broke down and
F|-------------------------------------------0----------------------|
C|------------------------------------------(0)---------------------|
A|------------------------------------------------------------------|
F|-----------0---3~--0----------------0-----------------------------|
C|-------0-3---0------0-3/5-3-0-3-0---------------------------------|
F|---0-3----------------------------3---0---------------------------|
(0:18)                                            Down by the river..
  cried....

e|-----0--3~-0--0----0---0---0-0-(0)-------------------------------------|
B|--0-3-0-----0-3/5--3/5-3-0-3-------------------------------------------|
G|--------------------------------1h2p1----------------------------------|
D|--------------------------------------3p0---0--3~-0---0---0------------|
A|-----------------------------------------0-3-------0-3-----------------|
E|---------------------------------------------0---------0-3--0----------|
(0:25)                                                        Where I could 
                                                          just lay down and

e|-----------------------------------------0-------------|
B|----------------------------------------(0)------------|
G|-------------------------------------------------------|
D|-----------0--3~--0----------------0-------------------|
A|------0-2h3-0------0-3/5-3-0-3-0-----------------------|
E|---0-3---------------------------3---0-----------------|
(0:35) die...                                    I'm goin'

e|-----0-----0-------0--------0-----0------0--------0-----0-------0---|
B|-------0-----0---0--------0---0----0---0---0----0---0-----0---0-----|
G|--------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|--------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|--3------3-----3------3--2------2----2------2-1-------1-----1-------|
E|--------------------------------------------------------------------|
(0:42)
   down to the river, for long as I can stand. Mama told me son,

e|--------0-------0--------0-----0-----0-------0-------0-----0-----0---|
B|------0---0---0---0-------0------0-----0---0-------0---0----0---0-0--|
G|---------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|----0-------0----------0---------------------------------------------|
A|------------------------------3-----3----3-----3--2------2----2------|
E|--3----------------3p0-----------------------------------------------|
(0:51)
as she took ahold of my hand.  Water runs so deep...Deep as all my pain

e|-------0-----0-------0-----------------0------------------------|
B|---------0-----0---0------------------2-------------------------|
G|-------------------------------------1--------------------------|
D|------------------------------------0-----------------------5---|
A|-----1-----1-----1------0----------2------------------------5---| 
E|------------------------0---------0-------------------------5---|
(1:00)  Down by the river, honey...        Lord can I be saved?

[Riff 1]
(Heavy distortion on electric slide guitar)
e|------0-------0-------0-------------|
B|------0-------0-------0-------------|
G|------------------------------------|  (x2)
D|--3-0---3-5-0---5-3-0---5-3-0-3--5--|
A|--3-0---3-5-0---5-3-0---5-3-0-3--5--|
E|--3-0---3-5-0---5-3-0---5-3-0-3--5--|
(1:09)

e|----------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-3/5~--11/12-11/12-12-12/11------------------------15~-/12\-----------|
G|---------------------------11------10-12~-----13/15----/12\-----------|
D|------------------------------12---------------------------12--12-10~-|
A|---------------------------------12--------------------------12-------|
E|-----------------------------------------3h5-0------------------------|
(1:21)

[Verse 1]  
                                                               ..I said
e|--------0---------0-----------------------------------------------|
B|--------0---------0-----3-0-3-0----3/5--3--0--3--0----------------|
G|-------(0)-------(0)----------------------------------1/3/1-------|
D|--0----(0)---0---(0)----------------------------------------3-0---|
A|--0----(0)---0---(0)----------------------------------------------|
E|--0----(0)---0---(0)--0-------------------------------------------|
(1:33)
  Down by the riv-ah   That's where I....broke down and cried.

e|-----------0-------0---------------------0----------0----|
B|-----------0-------0---------------------0----------0----|
G|-----------------------------------------0----------0----|
D|-----3-5-0---5-3-0---5-3-0-3-3-----0-----------0---------|
A|-----3-5-0---5-3-0---5-3-0-3-3-----0-----------0---------|
E|--0--3-5-0---5-3-0---5-3-0-3-3-----0-----------0---------|
(1:40)                         I said Down by the riv-er

e|----------------------------------------------|
B|----3-0-3-0----3/5--3--0--3--0----------------|
G|----------------------------------1/3/1-------|
D|----------------------------------------3-0---|
A|----------------------------------------------|
E|--0-------------------------------------------|
(1:49)
   That's where I....broke down and cried.

e|-----------0-------0-----------------0--0--0---0----------|
B|-----------0-------0------------------0--0-----0----------|
G|-----------------------------------3-----------3----------|
D|-----3-5-0---5-3-0---5-3-0-3-3-----x-----------x----------|
A|-----3-5-0---5-3-0---5-3-0-3-3-----3-----------3----------|
E|--0--3-5-0---5-3-0---5-3-0-3-3----------------------------|
(1:53)                         I said Down by the river

  *note* this is just a loose transcription. Listen for strumming!
e|----0--0--0-------0-----------------0--0--0--0--0---------|
B|-----0--0---------0-----------------0----0--0---0---------|
G|--1---------------1-----------------1-----------1---------|
D|--x---------------x-----------------x-----------x---------|
A|--2---------------2-----------------1-----------1---------|
E|----------------------------------------------------------|
(2:01)
  Heartache soaked in wine, I'm just looking for redemption,

e|------------0------------0--0--0---0---0-----0--0----|
B|------------0------------0--0----0---0-------0---0---|
G|------------0------------0--3----------------3----3--|
D|------0------------0--------x----------------x-------|
A|------0------------0--------3----------------3-------|
E|---3--0------------0---------------------------------|
(2:07)
but the water's so unkind.   Brought me to my knees,

e|----0----0---0---0---------0-----0----0--0---0---------|
B|----0------0---0---0-------0-----0----0----0-0---------|
G|----1----------------------1-----1----1------1---------|
D|----x----------------------x-----x----x------x---------|
A|----2----------------------2-----1----1------1---------|
E|-----------------------------------------------------0-|
(2:13)
As I Drowned in the pouring rain. Down by the river, honey,

e|---------------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------------|
G|---------------------------------------|
D|--3--5----------(5)--------------5-----|
A|--3--5----------(5)--------------5-----|
E|--3--5----------(5)--------------5-----|
(2:20)    I still see your face

e|------0-------0-------0-------------|
B|------0-------0-------0-------------|
G|------------------------------------|  (x2)
D|--3-0---3-5-0---5-3-0---5-3-0-3--5--|
A|--3-0---3-5-0---5-3-0---5-3-0-3--5--|
E|--3-0---3-5-0---5-3-0---5-3-0-3--5--|

[Verse 2]
I said, sometime around midnight, 
They've come knocking at my door. 
I said, sometime around midnight 
Hellhounds found what they're looking for 
Those flashin' lights tell me, 
Didn't have to say a word. 
Someone took my baby, 
Someone took away my world. 
All they found was a letter 
I should'a never let her go 
The river's the only witness 
The only one who knows 

[Slide Guitar Solo]
e|--/12--12\10-0--10\12-12-----------------------------------------------|
B|--/12--12\10-0--10\12-12--------15--15--12\11---11/12-11/12--11--------|
G|-------------0--------------/15---15------------11/12-----------11-----|
D|---------------------------------------------12--------------------12--|
A|-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|-----------------------12\---------------------------------------------|
(3:38)

e|------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|--/3-0---3/5-------3/5-3-0-3-0---0------12/15-15/17-17/15-15/12---|
A|-------0-----3-0-3-------------0---3/5--12/15-15/17-17/15-15/12---|
E|------------------------------------------------------------------|
(3:45)

e|----------------------------------------------12----------------------|
B|-------------------------------------------------12/17--15-12\11------|
G|----------------------------------------------------------------12----|
D|-12-15-12---12/15-15/17-17/15-15/12--12-15-12---------------------12--|
A|-12-15-12---12/15-15/17-17/15-15/12--12-15-12-------------------------|
E|----------------------------------------------------------------------|
(3:52)

e|-----------------------------|
B|-----------------------------|
G|-----------------------------|
D|--3~-0----------3/5-5\3-0-3--| (And the wind...)
A|------0-3/5\3-0--------------|
E|-----------------------------|
(4:00)

[Verse 3] 
And the wind whispers her name 
And all those lonesome years 
The water turns to whiskey 
I drown in my own tears 
Down by the river 
I see my life in the flames 
Down by the river, honey 
I call out your name, yeah 
I call out your name

e|------12-------15-------17-------------|
B|------12-------15-------17-------------|
G|---------------------------------------|  (x2) 
D|--3-0----3-5-0----5-3-0----5-3-0-3--3--|
A|--3-0----3-5-0----5-3-0----5-3-0-3--3--|
E|--3-0----3-5-0----5-3-0----5-3-0-3--3--|
                            I call out your name

e|-------------------------------------|
B|-------------------------------------|
G|-------------------------------------|  
D|--3-0---0-3-0---0-3-0---5-3-0-3---3--|
A|--3-0---0-3-0---0-3-0---5-3-0-3---3--|
E|--3-0---0-3-0---0-3-0---5-3-0-3-0-3--|

e|---------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------|
G|---------------------------------|  
D|--3-0---3-0---3-0---5-3-0-3---3--| (x4)
A|--3-0---3-0---3-0---5-3-0-3---3--|
E|--3-0---3-0---3-0---5-3-0-3-0-3--|


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| b    Bend
| (n)  Ghost note
| /    Slide up
| h    Hammer-on
| p    Pull-off
| ~    Vibrato
| \    Slide down
| x    Dead note

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