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How Good You Are chords

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Joe Pug – ‘How Good You Are’
From the record “Messenger”
Words and music by Joe Pug

Tabs by Tim Prizer (tim_prizer@yahoo.com)


CAPO 2

Note 1: *riff – the riff in the intro and chorus is simply lifting off of the 2nd string
and then the third string on both the [Am] and the [Fmaj7] before transitioning to [C/G].
 So, on the [Am], play the chord as usual, then play it with the second string open, 
then play 2-0 on the third string, and do the exact same thing on the [Fmaj7] before
playing the [C/G].  It should look something like this:

Am                     Fmaj7                               C/G
0---------------0--------------------0----|
1---0-----------1-----0--------------1----|
2-------2---0---2----------2---0-----0----|
2---------------3--------------------2----|
0---------------3--------------------3----|
x---------------x--------------------3----|

Note 2: the verses consist of a continuous [Am] [G] [C/G] [G] [Am] [G] [C/G] pattern, in
which the [G] is played only on the fifth and sixth strings and is stroked for just one
quick beat each time you transition between [Am] and [C/G].  Listen to get the timing.


Chords used (with capo on 2):
[Am]: 0-1-2-2-0-x----|
[Fmaj7]: 0-1-2-3-3-x-|
[C/G]: 0-1-0-2-3-3---|
[G]: x-x-x-o-2-3-----|


INTRO: [Am] [Fmaj7] [C/G] [C/G] (w/ *riff) x2

W/ HARMONICA:
[Am] [Fmaj7] [C/G]
[Fmaj7] [Am] [C/G]
[C/G] [Am]
[C/G] [Am]
[Fmaj7] [Am] [C/G]


[G] [Am] 

I was [G] born into A [C/G] circus [G] [Am]
But I ran [G] off to [C/G] join a home [G] [Am]
They said [G] that [C/G] I was worthless
That my [Fmaj7] family died un[C/G]known

[G] [Am]

So it [G] gets, and so it [C/G]goes [G] [Am]
That’s what [G] you get [C/G] I suppose 
[G] [Am]
For [G] wanting something [C/G] more
Than a [Fmaj7] life of walking [C/G] rows

[Am] [Fmaj7] [C/G]
[Fmaj7] [Am] [C/G]
[C/G] [Am]
[C/G] [Am]
[Fmaj7] [Am] [C/G]

[G] [Am] 

All the [G] Christians left [C/G] behind [G] [Am]
At the [G] cross[C/G]roads of your town [G] [Am]
Ah, [G] they’re playing truth or [C/G] dare

Beneath [Fmaj7] the sanctuary [C/G] now

[G] [Am]

Some wish [G] they [C/G] had the truth [G] [Am]
Some wish [G] they [C/G] had the gold [G] [Am]
But they’re [G] ain’t no sense in [C/G] leaving

From the [Fmaj7] only game you [C/G] know

CHORUS
[Am] [Fmaj7] [C/G] (w/ *riff)
[C/G] Oh I know how good you are
How [Am] hard it is [Fmaj7] [C/G]
[C/G] How good you are

[Am] [Fmaj7] [C/G] (w/ *riff)
[Fmaj7] [Am] [C/G]
[C/G] [Am]
[C/G] [Am]
[Fmaj7] [Am] [C/G]

[G] [Am] 

There’s A [G] butler in [C/G] your hallway [G] [Am]
He is [G] troublesome [C/G] and old [G] [Am]
He repeats [G] the [C/G] word alive
To de[Fmaj7]scribe your family [C/G] gold

[G] [Am]

You ask [G] him [C/G] please to go [G] [Am]
But there’s one [G] thing you [C/G] don’t know [G] [Am]
He [G] carved [C/G] April 7th, ‘65
Into the [Fmaj7] side of your pia[C/G]no

CHORUS
[Am] [Fmaj7] [C/G] (w/ *riff)
[C/G] Oh I know how good you are
How [Am] hard it is [Fmaj7] [C/G]
[C/G] How good you are

[Am] [Fmaj7] [C/G] (w/ *riff)
[Fmaj7] [Am] [C/G]
[C/G] [Am]
[C/G] [Am]
[Fmaj7] [Am] [C/G]

[G] [Am] 

Everything that [G] you were [C/G] meant for [G] [Am]
Everything that [G] you were [C/G] born to do [G] [Am]
Does not [G] need [C/G] you to do it
Someone else was [Fmaj7] born to do it [C/G] too


[G] [Am]

Now like A [G] half [C/G] grown man [G] [Am]
You barely [G] learn [C/G] how to stand [G] [Am]
If you [G] shut up [C/G] with what you’ve chosen
You’ll hear [Fmaj7] something choosing [C/G] you

CHORUS
[Am] [Fmaj7] [C/G] (w/ *riff)
[C/G] Oh I know how good you are
How [Am] hard it is [Fmaj7] [C/G]
[C/G] How good you are

[Am] [Fmaj7] [C/G]

            
            
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doty13 10 Aug 06, 2013 07:19 PM

Nice tab, seems mostly correct! I love Joe's music and am waiting for it to take off, he's a true artist with songs that are becoming more and more rare.

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Uncl2pelo 394 Aug 07, 2013 04:55 AM

Thanks! I should have noted above that this is taken from a live version I found on YouTube and is not exactly the way he plays it on the record.

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