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Hangin On A Limb chords

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Song: Hangin' on a limb
Artist: Neil Young
Composer: Neil Young
Album: Freedom

Tabbed by DJ ('DiddyD' at ultimateGuitar.com)
25th June 2013

TUNING: D-G-C-F-A-A (Chords will then sound in the key of D)

Tune 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th & 6th strings down a whole tone,
then tune 1st string way down to match 2nd string.
Using a chromatic tuner may make this process a bit easier.

N.B. 
I have simplified a few of the chord names, which would have
been quite long and made the tab look messier. 
With dropped tuning the chords will sound as those in brackets:
Please IGNORE ANY POP-UP CHORD BOXES the website
might automatically suggest and use the typed shapes
shown below:

    (D)    (Gadd9)    (C6)    (A)   (Gadd9)   (Em11)  (F#m)
     E      Aadd9      D6      B     Aadd9 *   F#m11   G#m
A|---0--------0--------0-------0-------0--------0-------0---|
A|---0--------2--------3-------7-------5--------0-------0---|
F|---1--------2--------2-------8-------6--------2-------4---|
C|---2--------2--------0-------9-------7--------4-------6---|
G|---2--------0----------------9-------7--------4-------6---|
D|---0--------------------------------(5)------(2)-----(4)--|
                               [Optional bass notes using thumb]

[Optional riff on Aadd9 chords]
   Aadd9  Asus2          Aadd9
A|---0-----0--0----0--0---0----|
A|---2-----0--0----0--0--h2----|
F|---2-----2--2----2--2---2----|
C|---2-----2--2----2--2---2----|
G|---0-----0--0----0--0---0----|
D|-----------------------------|

Neil uses the dropped tuning for the track on the 'Freedom'
album. There are also live versions, where he plays the song in
standard tuning except for the top E string tuned down to B. 
He plays the same chord shapes as above, and performs it a tone
higher than the record, in the key of E. 
Live version dropped tuning:  E-A-D-G-B-B

****************************************************************

[Intro]
    E            Aadd9          D6   Aadd9    E
||: /  /  /  / |  /  /  /  /  | /  /  /  /  | /  /  /  / :||[x2]


[Verse 1]
  E                    Aadd9
Though the river flows gently to the sea,
D6            Aadd9    E
He was on the shore, rooted like a tree,
 E                       Aadd9
She was here, and there, riding on the waves,
 D6                Aadd9                E
Through it all she heard his call, and gave it all she gave!


[Chorus]
B                            Aadd9 *
   And though their love was hanging on a limb,
      E                      Fm#11  G#m                  Aadd9 *
She taught him how to dance-------------, and start a - gain,
B                            Aadd9 *
   And though their love was hanging on a limb,
      E                           Fm#11             G#m  Aadd9 *  B
She taught him how to dance! (She taught him how to dance------!)


[Break]
    E            Aadd9          D6   Aadd9    E
||: /  /  /  / |  /  /  /  /  | /  /  /  /  | /  /  /  / :||[x2]


[Verse 2]]
     E                Aadd9
And when the melody, through the window called,
     D6          Aadd9              E
It echoed in the courtyard, and whispered in the halls,
     E                              Aadd9
He played it through the night, she knew he had to go,
             D6            Aadd9            E
There was something about freedom  ...he thought he didn't know!


[Chorus]
B                            Aadd9 *
   And though their love was hanging on a limb,
      E                      Fm#11   G#m                   Aadd9 *
She taught him how to dance-----------------, and start a - gain,
B                            Aadd9 *
   And though their love was hanging on a limb,
      E                           Fm#11             G#m  Aadd9 *  B
She taught him how to dance! (She taught him how to dance------!)


[Break]
    E            Aadd9          D6   Aadd9    E
||: /  /  /  / |  /  /  /  /  | /  /  /  /  | /  /  /  / :||[x2]


[Verse 3]
  E                    Aadd9
Though the river flows gently to the sea,
D6            Aadd9    E
He was on the shore, rooted like a tree,
 E                       Aadd9
She was here, and there, riding on the waves,
 D6                Aadd9                E
Through it all she heard his call, and gave it all she gave!


[Coda]
B                            Aadd9 *
   And though their love was hanging on a limb,
      E                          Fm#11             G#m   Aadd9 *
She taught him how to dance!(She taught him how to dance-------!)


  Aadd9 *
|  /  /  /  / | /  /  /  / | /  /  /  / | /  /  /  / |  /  ||

            
            
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maguri [tm] 31,600 Aug 05, 2013 08:38 AM

Fantastic song and great job with the tab, as always!

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