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Author
  Matt Costa
  Ballad of Miss Kate
  The Elasmosaurus e.p.

***
God, this tab was done way back when I was in middle school.
I need to completely revamp this. It sucks.
***

Also, Matt plays this song in a really weird
tuning. I think he tuned it so it sounds like a G chord when he plays all
6 strings open. Because, every time I see him in concert, he strums his
guitar completely open on some parts. AND HE DOESN'T HAVE A CAPO LIVE!!
   Everything in ( ) is an optional note that he DOES play.

h hammer-on
B bend
/ slide up
\ slide down
~ let it ring 
p pull off

Intro:

This is pretty much just a G chord being slid up and down.
And, there are two guitars on this part, so I combined them.

e|---6-----6---|---6\1----1/3-3-(3)-|---6\3-----3\1---1/3-1/3-|
B|---6-----6---|---6\1----1/3-3-(3)-|---6\3-----3\1---1/3-1/4-|
G|---0-----0---|---0\0----0/0-0-----|---0\0-----0\0---0/0-0/0-|
D|---0-----0---|---0\0----0/0-0-----|---0\0-----0\0---0/0-0/0-|
A|---x-(5)-x---|---x\x----x/x-2-----|---x\x-----x\x---x/x-x/x-|
E|-3-6-----6---|-3-6\1-(3)1/3-3-----|-3-6\3-(3)-3\1-3-1/3-1/3-|

e|-3\1-3-8\6-----6\3-----3\1---|---6\3---3\1---1~~-1-1~~-|
B|-4\1-3-8\6-----6\3-----3\1---|---6\3---3\1---1h3-3-1h3-|
G|-0\0-0-0\0-----0\0-----0\0---|---0\0---0\0---0~0-0-0~0-|
D|-0\0-0-0\0-----0\0-----0\0---|---0\0---0\0-------------|
A|-x\x---x\x-----x\x-----x\x---|---x\x---x\x-------------|
E|-3\1---8\6-(3)-6\3-(3)-3\1---|-3-6\3-3-3\1-3-----------|

e|---3-3-1~~-1-1-1~~-|   |---3-3-3-3-3-/6-8\6-3~~-|
B|---3-3-1h3-3-3-1h3-|   |---3-3-3-3-3-/6-8\6-3~~-|
G|---0-0-0~0-0-0-0~0-|   |---0-0-0-0-0-/0-0\0-0~~-|
D|-----0-----0-0-----|x3 |-----0-0-0-0-/0-0\0-0~~-|
A|-------------------|   |----------------x\x-2~~-|
E|-3---3-------------|   |-3---3----------8\6-3~~-|

This is were the starting solo comes in. And, here too, are two guitars.
One just plays |-----------------------------|
               |-----------------------------|
               |-----------------------------|
               |---5---5---5---5---5---5---5-|x2
               |-----------------------------|
               |-3---3---3---3---3---3---3---|

[e|-------1~/6-3---3-|---6p3---------|-------1----------------|
[B|---1h3--------6---|-------6-\6-3--|---1h3------------------|
[G|---0--------------|---------\0-0--|------------------------|
[D|------------------|---------------|---------5p3p0--------5-|
[A|------------------|---------------|---------------3p0------|
[E|-3----------------|-3-------------|-3-----------------3b---|

e|-------1---------|]
B|---1h3-----------|]
G|---0-------------|]
D|---------3/5-5\3-|]x2
A|---------1/3-3\1-|]
E|-3---------------|]


e|---------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------|
G|---------------------------------|
D|-5~~-5-5-5~~-5-5-5~~-5-5-5~~-5-5-|x4
A|-3h5-5-5-3h5-5-5-3h5-5-5-3h5-5-5-|
E|-3~~-3-3-3~~-3-3-3~~-3-3-3~~-3-3-|
   You gave me your word...

e|---------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------|
G|-5~~-5-5-5~~-5-5-5~~-5-5-5~~-5-5-|
D|-3h5-5-5-3h5-5-5-3h5-5-5-3h5-5-5-|
A|-3~~-3-3-3~~-3-3-3~~-3-3-3~~-3-3-|
E|---------------------------------|
   Black seein' black...

e|---------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------|
G|---------------------------------|
D|-5~~-5-5-5~~-5-5-5~~-5-5-5~~-5-5-|
A|-3h5-5-5-3h5-5-5-3h5-5-5-3h5-5-5-|
E|-3~~-3-3-3~~-3-3-3~~-3-3-3~~-3-3-|

e|---------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------|
G|---------------------------------|
D|-5~~-5-5-5~~-5-5-5~~-5-5-5~~-5-5-|x4
A|-3h5-5-5-3h5-5-5-3h5-5-5-3h5-5-5-|
E|-3~~-3-3-3~~-3-3-3~~-3-3-3~~-3-3-|
   I gave you up...

e|---------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------|
G|-5~~-5-5-5~~-5-5-5~~-5-5-5~~-5-5-|
D|-3h5-5-5-3h5-5-5-3h5-5-5-3h5-5-5-|
A|-3~~-3-3-3~~-3-3-3~~-3-3-3~~-3-3-|
E|---------------------------------|
   Black seein' black...

e|---------------------------------|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|
B|---------------------------------|-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-|
G|---------------------------------|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|
D|-5~~-5-5-5~~-5-5-5~~-5-5-5~~-5-5-|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-|
A|-3h5-5-5-3h5-5-5-3h5-5-5-3h5-5-5-|-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-|
E|-3~~-3-3-3~~-3-3-3~~-3-3-3~~-3-3-|-------------------------|
                                     You gave me your word...

e|-----2-2-2-2-2-2-2-------|-----1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-|
B|-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-|-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-|
G|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-|
D|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-|
A|-------------------------|-------------------------|
E|-------------------------|-------------------------|
   flew like a bird...

e|---------------------------------|[-----------------|
B|---------------------------------|[-----------------|
G|---------------------------------|[-3~~-3-3-3~~-3-3-|
D|-5~~-5-5-5~~-5-5-5~~-5-5-5~~-5-5-|[-1h3-3-3-1h3-3-3-|
A|-3h5-5-5-3h5-5-5-3h5-5-5-3h5-5-5-|[-1~~-1-1-1~~-1-1-|
E|-3~~-3-3-3~~-3-3-3~~-3-3-3~~-3-3-|[-----------------|
   back.

e|-----------------|---------------------------------|]
B|-----------------|---------------------------------|]
G|-5~~-5-5-5~~-5-5-|---------------------------------|]
D|-3h5-5-5-3h5-5-5-|-5~~-5-5-5~~-5-5-5~~-5-5-5~~-5-5-|]x2
A|-3~~-3-3-3~~-3-3-|-3h5-5-5-3h5-5-5-3h5-5-5-3h5-5-5-|]
E|-----------------|-3~~-3-3-3~~-3-3-3~~-3-3-3~~-3-3-|]

e|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
G|-3~~-3-3-3~~-3-3-3~~-3-3-3~~-3-3-|---------------------------------|
D|-1h3-3-3-1h3-3-3-1h3-3-3-1h3-3-3-|-5~~-5-5-5~~-5-5-5~~-5-5-5~~-5-5-|
A|-1~~-1-1-1~~-1-1-1~~-1-1-1~~-1-1-|-3h5-5-5-5h3-5-5-3h5-5-5-3h5-5-5-|
E|---------------------------------|-3~~-3-3-3~~-3-3-3~~-3-3-3~~-3-3-|


e|---------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------|
G|---------------------------------|
D|-5~~-5-5-5~~-5-5-5~~-5-5-5~~-5-5-|x4
A|-3h5-5-5-3h5-5-5-3h5-5-5-3h5-5-5-|
E|-3~~-3-3-3~~-3-3-3~~-3-3-3~~-3-3-|
   You played me for a fool...

e|---------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------|
G|-5~~-5-5-5~~-5-5-5~~-5-5-5~~-5-5-|
D|-3h5-5-5-3h5-5-5-3h5-5-5-3h5-5-5-|
A|-3~~-3-3-3~~-3-3-3~~-3-3-3~~-3-3-|
E|---------------------------------|
   Black turnin' black...

e|---------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------|
G|---------------------------------|
D|-5~~-5-5-5~~-5-5-5~~-5-5-5~~-5-5-|
A|-3h5-5-5-3h5-5-5-3h5-5-5-3h5-5-5-|
E|-3~~-3-3-3~~-3-3-3~~-3-3-3~~-3-3-|

e|---------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------|
G|---------------------------------|
D|-5~~-5-5-5~~-5-5-5~~-5-5-5~~-5-5-|x4
A|-3h5-5-5-3h5-5-5-3h5-5-5-3h5-5-5-|
E|-3~~-3-3-3~~-3-3-3~~-3-3-3~~-3-3-|
   Never could have seen...

e|---------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------|
G|-5~~-5-5-5~~-5-5-5~~-5-5-5~~-5-5-|
D|-3h5-5-5-3h5-5-5-3h5-5-5-3h5-5-5-|
A|-3~~-3-3-3~~-3-3-3~~-3-3-3~~-3-3-|
E|---------------------------------|
   back, on my back

e|---------------------------------|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|
B|---------------------------------|-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-|
G|---------------------------------|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|
D|-5~~-5-5-5~~-5-5-5~~-5-5-5~~-5-5-|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-|
A|-3h5-5-5-3h5-5-5-3h5-5-5-3h5-5-5-|-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-|
E|-3~~-3-3-3~~-3-3-3~~-3-3-3~~-3-3-|-------------------------|
                                     You shot me with your gun...

e|-----2-2-2-2-2-2-2-------|-----1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-|
B|-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-|-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-|
G|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-|
D|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-|
A|-------------------------|-------------------------|
E|-------------------------|-------------------------|
   run, run, run, run...

e|---------------------------------|[-----------------|
B|---------------------------------|[-----------------|
G|---------------------------------|[-3~~-3-3-3~~-3-3-|
D|-5~~-5-5-5~~-5-5-5~~-5-5-5~~-5-5-|[-1h3-3-3-1h3-3-3-|
A|-3h5-5-5-3h5-5-5-3h5-5-5-3h5-5-5-|[-1~~-1-1-1~~-1-1-|
E|-3~~-3-3-3~~-3-3-3~~-3-3-3~~-3-3-|[-----------------|
   back.

e|-----------------|---------------------------------|]
B|-----------------|---------------------------------|]
G|-5~~-5-5-5~~-5-5-|---------------------------------|]
D|-3h5-5-5-3h5-5-5-|-5~~-5-5-5~~-5-5-5~~-5-5-5~~-5-5-|]x2
A|-3~~-3-3-3~~-3-3-|-3h5-5-5-3h5-5-5-3h5-5-5-3h5-5-5-|]
E|-----------------|-3~~-3-3-3~~-3-3-3~~-3-3-3~~-3-3-|]

e|---------------------------------|-----------------------------|
B|---------------------------------|-----------------------------|
G|-3~~-3-3-3~~-3-3-3~~-3-3-3~~-3-3-|-----------------------------|
D|-1h3-3-3-1h3-3-3-1h3-3-3-1h3-3-3-|-5~~-5-5-5~~-5-5-5~~-5-5-5~~-|
A|-1~~-1-1-1~~-1-1-1~~-1-1-1~~-1-1-|-3h5-5-5-3h5-5-5-3h5-5-5-3h5-|
E|---------------------------------|-3~~-3-3-3~~-3-3-3---3-3-3~~-|
 
e|-----------------|-----------------|
B|-----------------|-----------------|
G|-3~~-3-3-3~~-3-3-|-5~~-5-5-5~~-5-5-|
D|-1h3-3-3-1h3-3-3-|-3h5-5-5-3h5-5-5-|
A|-1~~-1-1-1~~-1-1-|-3~~-3-3-3~~-3-3-|
E|-----------------|-----------------|
   and if you

e|---------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------|
G|---------------------------------|
D|-5~~-5-5-5~~-5-5-5~~-5-5-5~~-5-5-|
A|-3h5-5-5-3h5-5-5-3h5-5-5-3h5-5-5-|
E|-3~~-3-3-3~~-3-3-3~~-3-3-3~~-3-3-|

e|-----------------|-----------------|
B|-----------------|-----------------|
G|-3~~-3-3-3~~-3-3-|-5~~-5-5-5~~-5-5-|
D|-1h3-3-3-1h3-3-3-|-3h5-5-5-3h5-5-5-|
A|-1~~-1-1-1~~-1-1-|-3~~-3-3-3~~-3-3-|
E|-----------------|-----------------|
   I'll    chop you  down

e|-----------------|-x--x--x--x|
B|-----------------|-x--x--x--x|
G|-----------------|-x--x--x--x|
D|-5~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~|-x--x--x--x|
A|-5~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~|-x--x--x--x|
E|-3~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~|-x--x--x--x|
   tree

    Then, repeat the lead and add on:

e|-6p3-1-3-1-1h3/6-8-6-3-6\3-1-3p1-3-|
B|-----------------------------------|
G|-----------------------------------|
D|-----------------------------------|x2
A|-----------------------------------|
E|-----------------------------------|

Then comes some crazy fingerpicking on G
that I'll figure out later and update.

e|---------------------------|
B|---------------------------|
G|-3/5--3--------------------|
D|-3/5--3--5-----------------|
A|-1/3--1--5-----------------|
E|---------3-----------------|
         I rode into town..

e|---------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------|
G|-5~~-5-5-5~~-5-5-5~~-5-5-5~~-5-5-|
D|-3h5-5-5-3h5-5-5-3h5-5-5-3h5-5-5-|
A|-3~~-3-3-3~~-3-3-3~~-3-3-3~~-3-3-|
E|---------------------------------|
   cheap, your price is...

e|---------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------|
G|---------------------------------|
D|-5~~-5-5-5~~-5-5-5~~-5-5-5~~-5-5-|
A|-3h5-5-5-3h5-5-5-3h5-5-5-3h5-5-5-|
E|-3~~-3-3-3~~-3-3-3~~-3-3-3~~-3-3-|
   cheap
e|---------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------|
G|---------------------------------|
D|-5~~-5-5-5~~-5-5-5~~-5-5-5~~-5-5-|x4
A|-3h5-5-5-3h5-5-5-3h5-5-5-3h5-5-5-|
E|-3~~-3-3-3~~-3-3-3~~-3-3-3~~-3-3-|
   The house with...

e|---------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------|
G|-5~~-5-5-5~~-5-5-5~~-5-5-5~~-5-5-|
D|-3h5-5-5-3h5-5-5-3h5-5-5-3h5-5-5-|
A|-3~~-3-3-3~~-3-3-3~~-3-3-3~~-3-3-|
E|---------------------------------|
   poor, find you poor...

e|---------------------------------|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|
B|---------------------------------|-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-|
G|---------------------------------|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|
D|-5~~-5-5-5~~-5-5-5~~-5-5-5~~-5-5-|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-|
A|-3h5-5-5-3h5-5-5-3h5-5-5-3h5-5-5-|-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-|
E|-3~~-3-3-3~~-3-3-3~~-3-3-3~~-3-3-|-------------------------|
                                     The sheriff found...

e|-----2-2-2-2-2-2-2-------|-----1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-|
B|-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-|-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-|
G|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-|
D|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-|
A|-------------------------|-------------------------|
E|-------------------------|-------------------------|
   guaranteed no doubt...

e|---------------------------------|[-----------------|
B|---------------------------------|[-----------------|
G|---------------------------------|[-3~~-3-3-3~~-3-3-|
D|-5~~-5-5-5~~-5-5-5~~-5-5-5~~-5-5-|[-1h3-3-3-1h3-3-3-|
A|-3h5-5-5-3h5-5-5-3h5-5-5-3h5-5-5-|[-1~~-1-1-1~~-1-1-|
E|-3~~-3-3-3~~-3-3-3~~-3-3-3~~-3-3-|[-----------------|
   back.

e|-----------------|---------------------------------|]
B|-----------------|---------------------------------|]
G|-5~~-5-5-5~~-5-5-|---------------------------------|]
D|-3h5-5-5-3h5-5-5-|-5~~-5-5-5~~-5-5-5~~-5-5-5~~-5-5-|]x2
A|-3~~-3-3-3~~-3-3-|-3h5-5-5-3h5-5-5-3h5-5-5-3h5-5-5-|]
E|-----------------|-3~~-3-3-3~~-3-3-3~~-3-3-3~~-3-3-|]

e|---------------------------------|-----------------------------|
B|---------------------------------|-----------------------------|
G|-3~~-3-3-3~~-3-3-3~~-3-3-3~~-3-3-|-----------------------------|
D|-1h3-3-3-1h3-3-3-1h3-3-3-1h3-3-3-|-5~~-5-5-5~~-5-5-5~~-5-5-5~~-|
A|-1~~-1-1-1~~-1-1-1~~-1-1-1~~-1-1-|-3h5-5-5-3h5-5-5-3h5-5-5-3h5-|
E|---------------------------------|-3~~-3-3-3~~-3-3-3---3-3-3~~-|
 
e|-----------------|-----------------|
B|-----------------|-----------------|
G|-3~~-3-3-3~~-3-3-|-5~~-5-5-5~~-5-5-|
D|-1h3-3-3-1h3-3-3-|-3h5-5-5-3h5-5-5-|
A|-1~~-1-1-1~~-1-1-|-3~~-3-3-3~~-3-3-|
E|-----------------|-----------------|
   and when you...

e|---------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------|
G|---------------------------------|
D|-5~~-5-5-5~~-5-5-5~~-5-5-5~~-5-5-|
A|-3h5-5-5-3h5-5-5-3h5-5-5-3h5-5-5-|
E|-3~~-3-3-3~~-3-3-3~~-3-3-3~~-3-3-|

e|-----------------|-----------------|
B|-----------------|-----------------|
G|-3~~-3-3-3~~-3-3-|-5~~-5-5-5~~-5-5-|
D|-1h3-3-3-1h3-3-3-|-3h5-5-5-3h5-5-5-|
A|-1~~-1-1-1~~-1-1-|-3~~-3-3-3~~-3-3-|
E|-----------------|-----------------|
   We watched you...

e|-----------------|
B|-----------------|
G|-----------------|
D|-5~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~|
A|-5~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~|
E|-3~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~|
   tracks

e|------------------------------|
B|-1~~~~~~~~~~~~----------------|
G|-0~~~~~~~~~~~~----------------|
D|-2~~~~~~~~~~~~-5~~~~~~~~~~~~~-|x4
A|-3~~~~~~~~~~~~-5~~~~~~~~~~~~~-|
E|---------------3~~~~~~~~~~~~~-|
   Black, seein' black 

            
            
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marcelaguiar 629 Jul 18, 2008 08:31 AM

For some reason UG names this song Ballad Of Miss Kate BLACK.????
I can't change it. And this is the 80th Matt Costa tab posted.

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Beckon 30 Dec 12, 2010 06:30 PM

Could you put this in Guitar Pro please? That would be a wonderful help.

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honest john 10 Feb 26, 2012 03:16 PM

Matt uses an E minor tuning EBEGBE capo 3rd fret for the recorded track. Live he sometimes plays without a capo or even with a D minor tuning DADFAD The same intervals but you tune the strings down instead of up.

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