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                                Goodbye – Steve Earle (live in Sydney)
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Version: Steve Earle live at Factory Theatre in Sydney on April 8, 2012
Tuning: Standard with capo on 5th fret.
Key: C (G relative to capo)
Timing 4/4
Tabbed by Robert Saunders


Chords (relative to capo):

Gadd9:    3X0203
G:        320003 (often switching to 320013 and occasionally 320033)
D7sus4/G: 3X021X
D7/F#:    20021X (often switching to 20020X)
C/G:      33201X
Em:       022000


NOTES:

I've post the full tab as a separate entry but here are the chords and lyrics from the live 
Sydney Recording (which, unlike the picking patterns, seem to be very similar in all recordings). 
His thumb plays alternating bass notes throughout.

You will see that I’ve differentiated between the G (320003) and the Gadd9 (3X0203) chords. Although 
they are both G chords with different melody notes, these are the two starting shapes that Steve Earle 
uses, moving his second finger down from the 5th string to the 3rd string when he switches from the G 
to the Gadd9. The Gadd9 becomes a D7sus4/G (3X021X) when he frets the 2nd string on the 1st fret with 
his first finger. When playing the G chord he always frets the 5th string on the 2nd fret even though 
he doesn’t pick it. 

If you want to play a simplified version you can play G chords instead of the Gadd9 and D7sus4/G chords.
Just keep your thumb playing the alternating bass notes and pick out whichever high notes fit with the 
rhythm and melody. 



LYRICS & CHORDS:


"Same girl - some girls are just better for songs than others. Different harmonica."



[INTRO]

G      G      G      G

D7/F#  D7/F#  D7/F#  D7/F#

C/G    C/G    D7/F#  D7/F#

G      Gadd9  G      Gadd9



[VERSE 1]


Gadd9  Gadd9  G         G        D7/F#   D7/F#   D7/F#   D7/F#
  I  remember   holding on to you

Em         Em       C/G       C/G           G                G   G   Gadd9
  All them long and,   lonely nights that I  put you through.

Gadd9       Gadd9    G       G                D7/F#  D7/F#  D7/F#  D7/F#
  Somewhere in there,  [I’m] sure I made you cry.

        C/G         C/G     D7/F#    D7/F#    D7sus4/G  D7sus4/G   G   
[But] I     can't remember     if we said goodbye.



[CHORUS]

C/G             C/G   C/G   C/G         C/G                G    G    Gadd9
[But] I recall              all of them nights down in Mexico

    G           D7/F#    D7/F#  D7/F#   D7/F#    D7sus4/G   G   D7/F#  D7/F#
One place I may never go          in my life  again

      D7sus4/G   Gadd9   G      G          D7/F#   D7/F#   D7/F#   D7/F#
Was I            off somewhere, just too high?

       C/G       C/G     D7/F#    D7/F#    D7sus4/G  D7sus4/G   G   Gadd9
Well I   can't remember    if we said goodbye.



[BRIDGE]

G       G       G       G

D7/F#   D7/F#   D7/F#   D7/F#

G       G       C/G     C/G

G       G       G       G



[HARMONICA PART]

G       G       G       G

D7/F#   D7/F#   D7/F#   D7/F#

C/G    C/G      D7/F#   D7/F#

G       G       G       Gadd9



[VERSE 2]


Gadd9  Gadd9      G        G          D7/F#  D7/F#  D7/F#  D7/F#
  I only miss you  ever'   now and then.

Em              Em          C/G        C/G           G        G   G   Gadd9
  It's like the soft breeze,   blowing up from the Caribbean.

Gadd9    Gadd9    G        G          D7/F#   D7/F#   D7/F#   D7/F#
  Most Novembers   I break down and cry.

      C/G        C/G     D7/F#    D7/F#    D7sus4/G  D7sus4/G   G   
Coz I    can't remember     if we said goodbye.



[CHORUS]

C/G             C/G   C/G   C/G         C/G                G    G    Gadd9
[But] I recall              all of them nights down in Mexico

       G              D7/F#  D7/F#  D7/F#   D7/F#  D7sus4/G   G   D7/F#  D7/F#
That's one place I'll never go        in my life  again

      D7sus4/G   Gadd9   G      G          D7/F#   D7/F#   D7/F#   D7/F#
Was I            off somewhere, just too high?

       C/G       C/G     D7/F#    D7/F#    D7sus4/G  D7sus4/G   G   G
Well I   can't remember    if we said goodbye.



[OUTRO]

C/G       C/G     D7/F#    D7/F#      Em  Em
  Can't remember     if we said   goodbye

    C/G   C/G
Goodbye

    G    G
Goodbye




            
            
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swampdog62 12 Sep 19, 2017 10:29 AM

Beautiful sad song by one of our true troubadours.

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swampdog62 12 Sep 19, 2017 06:27 PM

Really good tab. I change it a bit to suit my finger style. Haunting beautiful song about addiction. A+

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onecentrob 455 Sep 25, 2017 03:57 PM

Thanks. Yes, great song, and always best to mix it up a bit and play how the mood takes you've learnt the structure and are confident enough with your technique.

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