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River Man Chords

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Author
Difficulty
Capo
intermediate
3rd fret
Song: River man
Artist: Nick Drake
Composer: Nick Drake
Album: Five leaves left

Tabbed by DJ ('DiddyD') for ultimateGuitar.com
28th Sept 2016

TIME SIGNATURE: 5/4

CAPO: 3rd fret (Sounds in the key of C)

A/E   = 002220     A(b5)/E = 002240
Am/E  = 002210     A7/E    = 002020
Gm6b5 = 330330     Am7/E   = 002010
F     = 133211

On the A and the Am there is an alternating
E bass note throughout, but, for neatness, I've
not shown it against the lyrics. The intro shows
roughly how the pattern falls on the bars of 5/4,
it's better to try and get a groove going and not 
to over-think the rhythm. Again, on the Gm and
F chords alternate the bass notes by emphasising
between the 5th and 6th strings on each chord. 
Naming the Gm chord was a guess, I'm sure it has
an even more complicated name, but the important
thing is the shape shown above.

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

[Intro]
    A/E A    A/E A    A/E A    A/E A
||:  /  /  /  /  /  |  /  /  /  /  /  :||  [x2]


[Verse 1]
Am/E                              Gm6b5
       Betty came by on her way----------,
                              F
Said she had a word to say-----------,
                        A/E
'Bout things today----------, and fallen leaves,
Am/E                                  Gm6b5
      Said she hadn't heard the news----------,
                                 F
Hadn't had the time to choose--------,
                 A/E
A way to lose-------  ...what she believes!


[Chorus]
Am/E                             Gm6b5
       Gonna see the river man----------,
                             F
Gonna tell him all I can---------,
                   A/E
About the plan--------- ...for lilac time,
Am/E                                 Gm6b5
       If he tells me all he knows-----------,
                                  F
'Bout the way his river flows--------,
                     A(b5)/E
And all night shows---------- ...in summertime!


[Break]
    F
||: /  /  /  /  / | /  /  /  /  / | /  /  /  /  / |

  A/E A    A/E A    A/E A    A/E A
|  /  /  /  /  /  |  /  /  /  /  /  :||[x2]

  A/E A     A/E A    A/E A    A/E A
|  /  /   /  /  /  |  /  /  /  /  / |


[Verse 2]
Am/E                                 Gm6b5
       Betty said she prayed today-----------,
                            F
For the sky to blow away------------,
                  A/E
Or maybe stay----------, ...she wasn't sure,
Am/E                                       Gm6b5
      For when she thought of summer rain--------,
                              F
Calling for her mind again--------,
                    A/E
She lost the pain-------, ...and stayed for more!


[Chorus]
Am/E                           Gm6b5
      Gonna see the river man----------,
                             F
Gonna tell him all I can-----------,
                  A/E
About the ban--------- ...on feeling free,
Am/E                                 Gm6b5
      If he tells me all he knows-----------,
                                  F
'Bout the way his river flows----------,
                 A(b5)/E
I don't suppose---------  ...it's meant for me!


[Coda]
A7/E
       Oh-----, how they come and go,
Am7/E                     A/E          A(b5)/E
       Oh-----, how they come and go!


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

Additional unrecorded verse:

[Verse 3]
Am/E                                 Gm6b5
       Betty fell behind a while-----------,
                                  F
Said she hadn't time to smile--------,
                  A/E
Or die in style--------, ...but she still she tries,
Am/E                                   Gm6b5
      Said her time was drawing short--------,
                                    F
Hadn't done the things she ought--------,
                      A/E
Where teacher taught-------, ...and father flies!
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