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SONG:   THE HOLY RIVER
ARTIST: PRINCE
VIDEO:  https://youtu.be/8aKd2Fi0ETk
TAB BY: DON CZARSKI
EMAIL:  GUITARZAN7@HOTMAIL.COM


                 THE HOLY RIVER
                     PRINCE

                                       *   *  
NOTE: See below to see how to play the A, F#m.
      They really are an  Aadd9/E , F#m7/11/E.
      I didn't put them that way so as not to 
      clutter the chord tab. But do play them that
      way if you want to. Either way works.


Play the VERSE like this:
If you notice you are basically sliding down holding
the same strings for the Emaj7, F#m7/11/E, and E chords.

    A*              F#m*
  Aadd9/E  Emaj7  F#m7/11/E   E

E ---0------0--------0--------0--
B ---0------0--------0--------0--
G ---6------4--------2--------1--
D ---7------6--------4--------2--
A ---0------6--------4--------2--
E ---0------0--------0--------0--


INTRO:
A


VERSE:
Aadd9/E                      F#m7/11/E
 *                               *
 A                  Emaj7       F#m   E
Let's go down 2 the holy river

A                     Emaj7          F#m  E
If we drown then we'll be delivered

        A                   Emaj7
U can still see the picture upon the wall
F#m                 E
One eye staring at nothing at all

    A                  Emaj7                   F#m   E
The other one trying 2 focus through all your tears
                              
       A                     Emaj7       
U can try and try but there's nothin' 2 hide
        F#m                     A
U can't run from yourself and what's inside

   A                            Emaj7                F#m   E
U got 2 find the answers 2 the questions that U most fear


BREAK:
   D               C#m
So over and over U ask your soul
 D                     E
Why'd U come down 2 a world so cold?
         D                 C#m                     F#m   E
And the voice inside says 2night the truth will be told


VERSE:
       A                  Emaj7
U surrounded yourself with all the wrong faces
 F#m                   E
Spending your time in all the wrong places

 A                     Emaj7                  F#m  E
Puttin' your faith in things that only make U cry
                                   
 A                               Emaj7
People say they love U when they wanna help
    F#m                        E
But how can they when U can't help yourself?

     A     
The more they say they love U, 
     Emaj7            F#m     E
The more U just wanna die 

    A                          Emaj7
So here we go again, the self analysis
F#m                               E
Have another glass of Port and uh.. forget this

     A                        Emaj7
The band's playin' at the club 2 night 
                     F#m   E
And they're bound 2 groove


BREAK:
  D             C#m
There U are, U think U're high
   D                         E
U can't ask yourself cuz U'd only lie
D                   C#m          F#m    E
If U had a dollar 4 every time U tried


VERSE:
   A                            Emaj7
U can't call nobody cuz they'll tell U straight up
F#m                        E
Come and make love when U really hate 'em

   A                        Emaj7                F#m   E
Relationships based on the physical are over and done


VERSE::
 E                A        Emaj7   
They're over and done oooh ooooh
                  F#m         E
(They're over and done) oooh oooh

 E               A       Emaj7    
U'd rather have fun oooh oooh
          F#m  E
With only one, 

           A
With only one    
     Emaj7
Only one 
     F#m
Only one 
 E  E
One


VERSE:
     A                      Emaj7 
And then it hit 'cha like a fist on a wall
F#m                             E
Who gave U life when there was none at all?

     A                        Emaj7        F#m
Who gave the sun permission 2 rise up everyday? (Ooh,alright)
 E
Let me tell it (Go'n)

A              Emaj7 
If U ask God 2 love U longer
F#m                       E
Every breath U take will make U stronger

  A                           
Keepin' U happy (happy) 
    Emaj7            F#m
And proud 2 call His name (Go'n and say it)
 E
Jesus (Jesus)


BREAK:
    D               C#m
And over and over U ask your soul
 D                     E
Why'd U come down 2 a world so cold?
         D                 C#m                     F#m
And the voice inside said 2night the truth will be told
              E
And this time I was listening, hear me


VERSE:
 A                  Emaj7 
Let's go down 2 the holy river
F#m                    E
If we drown then we'll be delivered (Yes we will)

A                     Emaj7           F#m   E
If we don't then we'll never see the light (No-oh)

A          Emaj7 
If U die before U try
     F#m                   E
U'll have 2 come back and face the light (Oh yes)

 A
When U believe it,  
 Emaj7                F#m  E
U got a good reason 2 cry (Oh my, my)

     A                 Emaj7 
So, went on down 2 the holy river
   F#m                               A
I called my girl and told her I had something 2 give her

   A                       Emaj7            F#m   E
I asked her 2 marry me and she said yes, I cried 

          A                     Emaj7 
Oh, that night I drowned in her tears and mine
          F#m                          E
And.. and instead of a glass of sorrow oh, and wine

              A                  Emaj7              F#m   E
Looking back y'all, I don't miss nothing except the time

            A                 Emaj7 
And when I see that picture up on the wall
    F#m                 E
The one eye staring at nothing at all

    A                      Emaj7                    F#m
My eyes trying 2 focus but these are much different tears
E
Oh, yes they are


ONE STRUM - LET RING - Then sing ACAPELLA
 D
Let's go down 2 the holy river 
N.C
Let's go down 2 the holy river 
N.C
Let's go down 2 the holy river 


INSTRUMENTAL/SOLO:
F#m F#m  E

A  Emaj7  F#m  E
A  Emaj7  F#m  E
D  D  A  A
D  D  A  A
D  C#m  Bm  A  
A  Emaj7  F#m  E
 

OUTRO:
 A                 Emaj7       F#m  E 
Let's go down 2 the holy river 

D A  D A  D A  D A  D A  D A  D A  G
 
 A                 Emaj7       F#m  E   A  Emaj7  F#m  E
Let's go down 2 the holy river 

 A                  Emaj7      F#m  E  
Let's go down 2 the holy river 

A  Emaj7  F#m  E
A  Emaj7  F#m  E
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schoben 2,628 Oct 05, 2016 03:48 PM

great song and tab, Don!!

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prince199 10 Oct 13, 2016 08:23 PM

thank you very much
u r great!!!

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prince199 10 Oct 13, 2016 08:59 PM

at last i found these chords to this beautiful song.
thank you Don

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