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BUFFALO RIVER HOME - John Hiatt
-------------------------------

Intro:
E   A   E   A   E

           B                                       E
 I've been taking off + landing but this airport's closed
              A                         E             B
 and how much thicker this fog is gonna get, God only knows
A
 Just when you think that you've got a grip,
   E                          /F# /G# A
 reality sneaks off and gives you the slip-
E          B/D#      C#m     B
 As if you ever knew what it was,
 A          G#m      F#m
 takin' you down the line.

 CHORUS:
  B                   E         
  Tearing through the cotton fields and bus shelters
         A 
  of the South running helter skelter
                   E    B/D#   C#m
  Down through the Mississippi Delta 
  B       A                  B
  with no place to call your own.
            E      
  Mixing up drinks with mixed feelings,
  A
  all along the paint was peeling
             E      B/D#         C#m
  down to an Indian blanket on a pony,
  B       A            G#m       F#m
  with no rider in the flesh and bone
                  A             E
  Lookin' for his buffalo river home.

 I've been circling the wagons down at Times Square
 trying to fill up this hole in my soul, but nothing fits there
 Just when you think that you can let it rip
 you're pounding the pavement in your daddy's wingtips
 As if you had someplace else to go, or a better way to get there.

 CHORUS:

 Now there's only two things in life, but I forget what they are-
 it seems we're either hangin' on a moonbeam's coattails, or wishing
  on stars.
 Just when you think that you've been gyped, 
 the bearded lady comes and does a double back flip
 and you run off and join the circus,
yeah you just let that pony ride.

CHORUS:

Lookin' for his buffalo river home.
-------------

Chords used:   John    Michael  Alternatively
            E- 022100  022xxx
            A- x02200  577xxx
            B- x2440x  799xxx
         B/D#- x69xxx  x69xxx   x6444x
          C#m- x46xxx  x466xx   x46654
          G#m- 4664xx  466xxx   466444
          F#m- 2442xx  244xxx   244222

On the album, John strums along (in  the left channel, clean) with the
chords shown  above,  whilst  Michael  (in  the  right  channel,  with
distortion), aside  from  the links between the verses and fills shown
below, plays mostly  power   chords  as  shown  above. The alternative
chords are fuller chords that you can use if playing it by yourself.
Note also that Michael's  part  on  the  first  and  third line of the
chorus goes like this:
  + + + +   + + + +   + + + +   + + + +
|----0---0|----0----|----0---0|----0----|
|------0--|--0---0--|------0--|--0---0--|
|---------|---------|-2-------|---------|
|-2-------|---------|-2-------|---------|
|-2-------|---------|-0-------|---------|
|-0-------|---------|---------|---------|

If you want to improvise your own  links  and fills you will note that
Michael uses E major pentatonic all the way.

Intro:
  +     +     +     +       +     +     +     +       +     +     +    +
|-------------------------|-------------------------|-------------------------|
|-------------------------|-9-----12-9~~~~~---------|-9-----12-9~~~~~---------|
|----------------9--------|----11----------11-9-----|----11----------11-9-----|
|----------9-/11----11-9--|----------------------11-|----------------------11-|
|----7-/11----------------|-------------------------|-------------------------|
|-------------------------|-------------------------|-------------------------|

  +  +  +  +    +     +     +     +       +     +     +     +
|-------------|-------------------------|-------------------------|
|-------------|----------9--------------|-9-----12-9~~~~~---------|
|-9~~~~~~~~~~~|------/11----11-9--------|----11----------11-9-----|
|-------------|-------------------11-9--|----------------------11-|
|-------------|-------------------------|-------------------------|
|-------------|-------------------------|-------------------------|

  +     +     +     +       +     +     +     +       +  +  +     +
|-------------------------|-------------------------|-------------------|---
|-9-----12-9~~~~~---------|-9-----------------------|-------------------|---
|----11----------11-9-----|----11-9-/11----9-----9--|----------9--------|---
|----------------------11-|-------------------11----|------/11----11-9--|-9-
|-------------------------|-------------------------|-------------------|---
|-------------------------|-------------------------|-------------------|---

Link to v2:
  +     +     +     +       +     +     +     +       +     +     +     +
|-------------------------|-------------------------|-------------------------|
|-9-----12-9~~~~~---------|-9-----12-9~~~~~---------|-9-----------------------|
|----11----------11-9-----|----11----------11-9-----|----11-9-/11----9-----9--|
|----------------------11-|----------------------11-|-------------------11----|
|-------------------------|-------------------------|-------------------------|
|-------------------------|-------------------------|-------------------------|

  +  +  +     +       +     +     +     +       +     +     +     +
|-------------------|-------------------------|-------------------------|
|-------------------|-9-----12-9~~~~~---------|-9-----12-9~~~~~---------|
|----------9--11-9--|----11----------11-9-----|----11----------11-9-----|
|------/11----------|----------------------11-|----------------------11-|
|-------------------|-------------------------|-------------------------|
|-------------------|-------------------------|-------------------------|

    +  +  +  +    +   +     +     +       +
|---------------|-----------------------|-----
|---10----------|-----9--10-12--10--9---|-----
|---9-----------|----x------------------|-9---
|--x------------|----x------------------|-----
|-x-------------|---x-------------------|-----
|-rake----------|--rake-----------------|-----

Fills in v2:
              +  +  +  +     +  +  +  +
            |--------------|-------------|
            |--------------|-------------|
            |--------------|-------------|
            |-2--------6-7-|-9-7-6-------|
            |-2------------|-------7-----|
            |-0------------|-------------|
down at Times Square
                 +   +   +   +     +
               |-----------------|----
               |-----------------|----
               |---------8---9---|-8--
               |-9--------/9---9-|----
               |-9---------------|----
               |-7---------------|----
but nothing fits there

Link to v3/solo:
  +     +     +     +       +     +     +     +       +  +  +     +
|-------------------------|-------------------------|-------------------|
|-9-----12-9~~~~~---------|-------------------------|-------------------|
|----11----------11-9-----|-9-----11-9~~~~~---------|-------------------|
|----------------------11-|----11----------11-9-----|----------------9--|
|-------------------------|---------------------\9--|-7--------7-/11----|
|-------------------------|-------------------------|-------------------|

  +         +   +   +     +   +   +   +     +       +     +     +
|-----------------------|-----------------|---------------------------|
|-----------------------|-----------------|---------------------------|
|------9-11b13---b13----|b13---b13-b13----|b13-r11p9---9------------9-|
|/11--------------------|-----------------|---------11-------11-9h11--|
|-----------------------|-----------------|---------------------------|
|-----------------------|-----------------|---------------------------|

  +  +  +  +    +   +   +   +     +
|-------------|-----------------|-----
|-10----------|---10----9---10--|-12--
|-9-----------|-----9-----9---9-|-9---
|-------------|-11----11--------|-----
|-------------|-----------------|-----
|-------------|-----------------|-----

Fills in v3:
                       +   +     +     +       +   +   +
                     |-----------------------|------------
                     |-----------------------|------------
                     |--------------9-----9--|------------
                     |-2------------9--11-9--|------------
                     |-2-----/7-/11----------|\9-7---7----
                     |-0---------------------|-----9------
but I forget what they are
              +   +   +   +     +
            |-----------------|-----
            |-----------------|-----
            |---------11--13--|-11--
            |-9----/13--13--13|-13--
            |-9---------------|-----
            |-7---------------|-----
or wishing on stars

Outro:
  +     +   +   +     +     +   +     +     +   +     +   +
|-------------------|---------------------|---------------------|
|-------------------|---------------------|---------------------|
|-------9-----------|---------------------|-------------9-11-9--|
|/11-9----11--9-----|-------------------9-|-7------7-/11--------|
|--------------\9-7-|/11-9--7-7----7-/11--|---------------------|
|-------------------|---------------------|---------------------|

   + + +          +      + +          +   +       +  +     +    +
|----------------------|------------------------|--------------------|
|----------------------|-------/14-12b14-b14-12-|-------9-/12-9------|
11b13------r11-11b13r11|b13---------------------|---------------11-9-|
|----------------------|------------------------|--------------------|
|----------------------|------------------------|--------------------|
|----------------------|------------------------|--------------------|

   +       +   +  +    +  +  +  +     +    +   +        +
|--------------------|--------------|------12-----------------|
|--------------------|------------12|-14-12--14~~~-12---------|
11b13-r11p9--9-------|---------/13--|----------------13b14r13-|
|----------11--------|--------------|-------------------------|
|--------------------|--------------|-------------------------|
|--------------------|--------------|-------------------------|

  +    +   +   +      +   +       +  +      +      +   +   +
|------12----------|----------------------|--------------------|
|-14-12--14~-12----|----------------------|--------------------|
|--------------13--11b13--9h11p9----------|--------------------|
|------------------|-----------------11-9-|--------------------|
|------------------|----------------------|\9--7-9b11---b11----|
|------------------|----------------------|--------------------|

  +    +   +   +     +        +     +         +      +   +    +    +
|------------------|-------------------------------|---------------------|
|------------------|-------------------------------|-----12---12---12-10~|
|------------------|-----9-11b13---b13--r11p9-11-9-|-9------9----9-------|
|--------------9-11|/11----------------------------|---------------------|
|b11r9-7-7--/11----|-------------------------------|---------------------|
|------------------|-------------------------------|---------------------|

  +    +    +    +      +
|---------------------|----||
|~~~---10---10p9------|----||
|----9----------------|-9--||
|----------------11-9-|-9--||
|---------------------|----||
|---------------------|----||

Notation used:
   + = beat marker
   h = hammer-on
   p = pull-off
   / = slide
   b = bend        eg 11b13---b13--r11-  means bend from the 11
   r = release       fret up 2 frets, re-bend, and then release
   ~ = vibrato
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