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I Speak Because I Can Tab

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D A D F# A D
I Speak Because I Can - Open D tuning (DADF#AD)

She usually plays the first few lines fingerpicked then the rest strummed softly with thumb

Intro: 

(each chord played for one bar)
|---0----0----0----0----0----0----0----0----0----0----0----0--|
|---0----0----0----0----0----0----0----0----0----0----0----0--|
|--12---12---13---13---12---10----8----7----8----8----8----8--|
|---0----0----0----0----0----0----0----0----0----0----0----0--|
|--12---12---13---13---12---11----9----7----9----9----9----9--|
|---0----0----0----0----0----0----0----0----0----0----0----0--|

Verse:

(alternate between these two chords)
|---0----0----|
|---0----0----|
|--12---13----|
|---0----0----|
|--12---13----|
|---0----0----| 

My husband left me last night
Left me a poor and lonely wife
I cooked the meals and he got the life
And now I'm just old for the rest of my


(then on the last bit repeat the intro chords)
|----0----0----0----0----0----0----0----0--|
|----0----0----0----0----0----0----0----0--|
|---12---10----8----7----8----8----8----8--|
|----0----0----0----0----0----0----0----0--|
|---12---11----9----7----9----9----9----9--|
|----0----0----0----0----0----0----0----0--|

time for he, oh he, oh my


Middle section:

|----0----0----|
|----0----0----|
|----7----0----|  x2
|----0----0----|
|----x----0----|
|----5----0----|

I speak because I can to anyone I trust enough to listen
You speak because you can to anyone who'll hear what you say

|----4----5----0----|
|----4----5----0----|
|----4----5----0----|  x2
|----4----5----0----|
|----4----5----0----|
|----4----5----0----|

I swear it was not my choice
I used to be so kind


Verse 2 (same chords as verse 1):

Never rode my bike down to the sea
Never finished that letter I was writing
Never got up and said anything
Worthy, for he, for my


Middle section chords again (but repeated more times here):

Graceful sleeper, you midnight dreamer,
I'm floored by your sound, I'm floored by your sound.

I swear it was not my choice, to reach out for someone wise,
I used to be so kind, I used to be so kind.

Bridge?

|-------------------|
|-------------------|
|----7----5----0----|   x4
|----7----5----0----|
|----x----x----0----|
|----7----5----0----|

In the breaking of the morning we'll be dancing on my soft lawn
When you're shaking out the anger that stops you from taking my call
When you're running up the highway singing I'm the king, the king of you all
when you look back to where it started, I'll be there waving you on

Verse (same as verse 1 chords):

Never rode my bike down to the sea
Never quite figured out what I believe
Never got up and said anything
Worthy, for he, for my
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