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John Mark McMillan
Carbon Ribs (from 2 Samuel 9)
From "The Medicine"
Tabbed by thatchadmiller (Twitter)


I can't even begin to figure out what James is doing this entire song, but
it's awesome. Playing live, he uses delay, swells with a volume pedal, and 
I'm sure some other effects. For the acoustic, here are the chords with 
the basic tab notes below.

Played in E, but play the song Capo 4 in the C position

Capo 4

Intro x2
C - G - F - G 


Verse 1
C                              G
A Thousand pairs of fiery eyes burn like a serpent down the hwy 5
       F                      G           C  
As the long amber tail to Los Angeles unwinds
(C)
I've got this resurrection down inside my skin
    G                                       F            G              C
But for all my revelating I just cant make sense of this gravity we're in


Pre-Chorus
            Am
Cause I'm a dead man now with a ghost who lives
           G
Within the confines of these carbon ribs
    F                G           Am   
And one day when I'm free I will sit


Chorus
     G              C       G                          F    G   C
The cripple at your table       The cripple by your side


Intro


Verse 2
C                                 G
A thousand miles of pain I'm sure led you to the threshold of my hearts screen door
     F             G              C  
To tell me what it is I'm dying for
(C)                                       G
Gravity comes like a cold cold rain to lead me to the rope again
        F       G              C
But someone is standing in my place


Pre-Chorus
Chorus x2


Bridge x2
   Am            G               F             G
And I      sit beside you…    And I      sit beside you


Outro (this isn't on the album but is usually played live; the chorus of
the hymn "Nothing but the Blood")

C           G           F              G
Oh precious is the flow that makes me white as snow
C         Am           C               F        G  C
No other fount I know, Nothing but the blood of Jesus



Tab relative to capo 4
Pick these notes while playing the main structure above
e|------------------------3--------------------------------------------|
B|--3-5-over-and-over---5----------------------------------------------|
G|---------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|-------------------------------0h2-----------------------------------|
A|---------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------------------------|



To play it in the Capo 4 C position works better since it makes the lead
"ditty" easier to play (and it's the way JMM plays it live). For the actual 
chords, transpose it above by clicking "up 4 half steps" to get it in E. 



If you have any input or corrections, check out my blog for more info and 
let me know if you have any songs you need help with. God bless!

            
            
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