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Natalie Merchant - River
Tigerlily, 1995
Chords taken directly from songbook.

Cmaj7 - 000233
Am7 - x02013
G - 320033
Am - x03320
D - xx0232
C - 332010
Am11 - x00210

INTRO - Cmaj7   Am7     G    Am7    C    G
G
Young and strong Hollywood son
Am
in the early morning light
         C             G
this star fell down on Sunset Boulevard 
G
young and strong beautiful one
Am
we embraced so close
      C
is gone
          G
was torn away 
        D
let the youth of America mourn
  C
include him in their prayers
     D
let his image linger on
  C
repeat it everywhere 

Cmaj7   Am7

     Cmaj7                   Am7
with candles, with flowers
       Cmaj7    Am7
he was one of ours
Cmaj7         G
       one of ours 
Am7
why don't you let him be?
     C
he's gone

we know
         G
give his mother and his father peace

your vulture's candor

your casual slander
    Am
you murder his memory
     C
he's gone

we know
     G
it's nothing but a tragedy 
D
lay to rest your soul and body
C
lay beside your name
D
lay to rest your rage
              C
your hunger and amazing grace 
     Cmaj7                   Am7
with candles, with flowers
        Cmaj7     Am7
you were one of ours
Cmaj7        G
      one of ours 
      Cmaj7          Am
I saw cameras expose your life
        Cmaj7        Am7
I heard rumors explode with lies
      Cmaj7
I saw children in tears
Am11                        D
cry and crowd around the sight
                    C
of where you had collapsed that day
            D
where your last breath and word
         C
had been sighed
           D
where your heart had burst
              C
where you had died 
           D
Where you had died
                C
Where you had died


                    D
I saw how they were lost in grieving
                       C
all half believing you were gone
       D
Oh the loss and pain of it

crime and shame of it
C
you were gone
              D
it was such a nightmare raving,

"how could we save him
C
from himself?"

Repeat and fade
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musidore 66 Dec 07, 2013 02:32 PM

Thank-You Tons for posting this song! :)

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gitmaniam 76 Jun 22, 2016 08:39 AM

This is my favorite tab version, but to my ear some things were a little off. I incorporate the following changes when I play the song.

My intro is a little different, I think it plays better on an acoustic. Some of the "chords from the songbook" didn't sound right to me, so I use the following chords:
Am7 - x02010
Cmaj7 - x32000
G - 320003
Am - x02210
D - xx0232
C - x32010 (RumikKey shows the low E fretted at 3, a typo I think)
According to my references, "Am11" is actually an Am4 - x00210

My entire tab is below:

[Intro]

Cmaj7 Am7 Cmaj7 Am7 C Am G Am C G

[Song]

Young and strong, Hollywood son,
Am
in the early morning light,
C G
this star fell down on Sunset Boulevard.
G
Young and strong, beautiful one,
Am
and-we embraced so close,
C
is gone,
G
was torn away.
D
Let the youth of America mourn,
C
include him in their prayers,
D
let his image linger on,
C
repeat it ev-ry-where...
Cmaj7 Am7
(no lyrics)
Cmaj7 Am7
...with candles, with flowers.
Cmaj7 Am7
He was onnnne of ours...
Cmaj7 G
...one of ours.
Am7
Why don't you let him be?
C
He's gone, we know.
G
Give his mother and his father peace.

Your vulture's candor,

your casual slander,
Am
you murder his memory.
C
He's gone, we know,
G
it's nothing but a tragedy.
D
Lay to rest your soul and body,
C
lay beside your name,
D
Lay to rest your rage,
C
your hunger, and amazing grace...
Cmaj7 Am7
(no lyrics)
Cmaj7 Am7
...with candles, with flowers.
Cmaj7 Am7
You were onnnne of ours...
Cmaj7 G
...one of ours.
Cmaj7 Am
I saw cam-eras expose... your life.
Cmaj7 Am7
I heard rum-ors explode... with lies.
Cmaj7
I saw children in tears...
Am4 D
...cry, and crowd around the site
C
of-where you had collapsed that day.
D
Where your last breath-and worrrd
C
had-been sighed.
D
Where-your heart had burst,
C
where-you had died.
D
Where-you ha--d died,
C
where-you-had died.
D
I-saw-how they were lost in grieving,
C
all half-believing you were gone.
D
Oh, the loss and pain of it,

crime and the-shame-of-it,
C
you were gone.
D
It was such a nightmare raving,

"How can we sa-ve him
C
from himself?"
D
Oh-oh, they were lost in grieving,
C
all half-believing, you were gone.
D
Oh, the loss and pain of it,

crime and the-shame-of-it,
C
you were gone.
D
Oh, tonight they’re raving,

“How can we sa-ve him
C
From himself?”

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