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Thirty Years Of Tears
John Hiatt
From the 1990 A&M Records release Stolen Moments

Transcribed by Jim O'Neill (thunderbird2k1@hotmail.com)

A great song...and by no coincidence transcribed on my 30th birthday. This is a
waltz (¾ time), listen to the CD for timing and the chord pattern. In the intro
and between lines of the verse for the chord change from G to Cadd9, play the
G (320033), lift your first two fingers and strum the A7sus4(x00033), then hammer
the 1st and 2nd fingers to the Cadd9(x32033).


Chords

   C   D7sus4   Fadd9   Am7   Gsus2   Gsus4   Gsus4/G   C5/E    
e|--3---3--------3-------3-----0-------3-------3---------3----|
B|--3---3--------3-------3-----3-------3-------3---------3----|
G|--0---0--------0-------0-----2-------2-------2---------0----|
D|--0---0--------2-------2-----0-------0-------0---------0----|
A|--2---0--------3-------2-----x-------x-------0---------2----|
E|--3---x--------x-------0-----x-------x-------x---------x----|


Intro and Riff 1: G  A7sus4 Cadd9 (see performance notes)

C         Am7         Fadd9        C       Riff 1
Is this a place I can rest my poor head,
   C         Am7               Fadd9   C        Riff 1
To gather my thoughts in sweet si......lence?
C         Am7             Fadd9           C       Riff 1
Is this a place where the feelings aren't dead,
        C     Am7       Gsus2
From an overexposure to violence?
    Gsus4/G   C5/E        Fadd9  C5/E
And is this a place I can slowly face
         Gsus4/G C5/E      Fadd9
The only one I   truly can know?

          C            Fadd9      C
These are tears from a long time ago,
Fadd9          C            Fadd9      C
I've got these tears from a long time ago,
    Fadd9     C   G      Gsus4 G  Am7
and I need to cry thirty years or so.
C         Fadd9        G    Gsus4 C
These are tears from a long time  ago.

Fadd9  C5/E  Gsus4/G
 
     C            Am7          Fadd9    C       Riff 1
"Oh, Darling, Oh, darling" you say unto me,
     C              Am7         Fadd9  C       Riff 1
"Oh, Where have you been all my life...time?"
      C           Am7          Fadd9     C       Riff 1
Well, I have been swimmin' the seven sad seas,
     C          Am7             Gsus2
Fair women have thrown me their lifelines,
      Gsus4/G          C5/E      Fadd9        C5/E
And I just pulled them in to the water's dark grin,
         Gsus4/G        C5/E     Fadd9
I'd have warned 'em but I didn't know.

          C            Fadd9      C
These are tears from a long time ago,
Fadd9          C            Fadd9      C
I've got these tears from a long time ago,
    Fadd9     C   G      Gsus4 G  Am7
and I need to cry thirty years or so.
C         Fadd9        G    Gsus4 C
These are tears from a long time  ago.

Fadd9  C5/E  D7sus4 C

Interlude Chords:

Gsus4

Fadd9  E/C5  G/Gsus4  C  (2x)

Fadd9  Gsus4  Am7  C  (2x)

Fadd9  E/C5  G/Gsus4  C  (2x)

Fadd9  E/C5  G/Gsus4

           C          Am7         Fadd9      C        Riff 1
Well, I've cried me a river, I've cried me a lake,
        C              Am7         Fadd9       C      Riff 1
Hell, I cried 'til the past nearly drowned me.
C             Am7          Fadd9     C           Riff 1
Tears for sad consequence, tears for mistakes,
    C           Am7           Gsus2
But never these tears that surround me.
Gsus4/G       C5/E         Fadd9       C5/E
Alone in this place with a lifetime to trace,
      Gsus4/G        C5/E          Fadd9
And a heartbeat that tells me it's so.

                       C            Fadd9      C
Oh, and I've got these tears from a long time ago,
Fadd9     C            Fadd9      C
These are tears from a long time ago,
    Fadd9     C   G      Gsus4 G  Am7
and I need to cry thirty years or so,
C         Fadd9        G    Gsus4 C
These are tears from a long time  ago,
          Fadd9        G    Gsus4 C
These are tears from a long time  ago,
               Fadd9        G    Gsus4 C
I've got these tears from a long time  ago.

            
            
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