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LIFE BY THE DROP

As recorded by Stevie Ray Vaughan
(From the 1991 Album THE SKY IS CRYING)

Words and Music by Doyle Bramhall & Barbara Logan

Transcribed by Slowhand


Gtr I (E A D G B E) - 'Stevie Ray Vaughan - Acoustic 12-string Guitar'


 Intro
  Q=104(8=s8)
  N.C.
 4/4
  Gtr I (Ac. 12-string Gtr.)
  |-3-| |-3-| |--3--| |--3--|   |-3-| |--3--| |-3-| |-3-|
  E E E E E E E S S E E E a E   E E E E S S E E E E E E E
|-----------------------------|---------------------------|
|-----------------------------|---------------------------|
|-----------0-------------0h2-|-0-----------------------2-|
|-----0-1h2---0-1p0---0-------|---2-1-0-1p0---0---0-------|
|-0h3---------------3---3-----|-------------3---3---3-0---|
|-----------------------------|---------------------------|


                                        1st Verse
  A                                      A                 E
              |-3-|
  E E E E E E E E E   E E E E E E E E    E E E E E E E E   E E E E E E E E
|-------------------|-----------------||-----------------|-----------------|
|-------------------|-----------------||-----------------|-----------------|
|-----------------2-|-----------------||-----------------|-----------------|
|-2-2-4-4-2-2-------|-2-2-4-4-2-2-4-4-||-2-2-4-0-2-2h4-0h|=2-----0h2-------|
|-0-0-0-0-0-0-3p0---|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-||-0-0-0---0-0-----|---2-4-0h2---4-4-|
|-------------------|-----------------||-----------------|---0-0-----0-0-0-|


  F#m             D                 A                 E
  E E Q  Q  E E   E E E E E E E E   E E E E E E E E    E  E E E E E E E
|-----2---------|-----------------|-----------------|--------------------|
|-----2-----2---|-----------------|-----------------|--------------------|
|-----2-----2-0-|-2-2-4-4-2-2-4-4-|---------------0-|--------------------|
|-----4-----4-0-|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|-2-2-4-0-2---4---|--------------------|
|-4---4-----4-0-|-----------------|-0-0-0---0-0-0---|-(2)-2-4-0-2-2-4-4--|
|-2-2-2--2------|-----------------|-----------------|--0--0-0---0-0-0-0--|


                                      Chorus
  F#m               D                  F#m              D       E
  E E E E E E E E   E E E E E E E E    E E Q  E E E E   E E E E E E E E
|-------2---------|-----------------||-----2----------|------------------|
|-----2-2-2---2-0-|-----------------||-----2------2---|------------------|
|-----2---2---2-0-|-2-2-4-0-2-2-4-4-||-----2------2-0-|-2-2-4-0----------|
|-----4---4---4-0-|-0-0-0---0-0-0-0-||-----4------4-0-|-0-0-0-0----------|
|-----4-------4-0-|-----------------||---4-4------4---|---------2-2-4-4--|
|-2-2-------2-----|-----------------||-2-2-2--2-2-----|---------0-0-0-0--|


  F#m              D       E         F#m    D7       E
                                                    2/4
  E E Q  E E E E   E E E E E E E E   Q.   E Q.   E   Q.   E
|----------------|-----------------|---------------|------0-|
|------------2---|-----------------|-2------1------|-0----0-|
|-----2------2-0-|-2-2-4-0---------|-2------2------|-1----0-|
|-----4------4-0-|-0-0-0-0---------|-4----0-0------|-2----0-|
|---4-4------4---|---------2-2-4-0-|-4----0------0-|-2------|
|-2-2----2-2-----|---------0-0-0-0-|-2-----------0-|-0------|


                                      2nd Verse
  A                                    A                 E
 4/4
  E E E E E E E E   E E E E E E E E    E E E E E E E E   E E E E E E E E
|-----------------|-----------------||-----------------|-----------------|
|-----------------|-----------------||-----------------|-----------------|
|-----------------|-----------------||-----------------|-----------------|
|-2-2-4-4-2-2-4-4-|-2-2-4-4-2-2-4-4-||-2-2-4-0-2---4---|-------0-------0-|
|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-||-0-0-0---0-0-0-0-|-2-2-4-0-2-2-4-0-|
|-----------------|-----------------||-----------------|-0-0-0---0-0-0---|


  F#m              D                 A                 E
  E E Q  E E E E   E E E E E E E E   E E E E E E E E   E E E E E E E E
|-----2----------|-----------------|-----------------|------------------|
|-----2------2---|-----------------|-----------------|------------------|
|-----2------2-0-|-2-2-4-4-2-2-4-4-|-----------------|------------------|
|-----4------4-0-|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|-2-2-4-0-2---4-0-|------------------|
|-4-4-4------4-0-|-----------------|-0-0-0---0-0-0---|-2-2-4-0-2-2-4-4--|
|-2-2-2--2-2-----|-----------------|-----------------|-0-0-0---0-0-0-0--|


                               Chorus
                    D7          F#m              D
  E E E E E E E E   W           E E Q  E E E E   E E E E E E E E
|-------2---------|-2--------||-----2----------|------------------|
|-----2-2-2---2-0-|-1--------||-----2------2---|------------------|
|-----2---2---2-0-|-2--------||-----2------2-0-|-2-2-4-0----------|
|-----4---4---4-0-|-0--------||-----4------4-0-|-0-0-0-0----------|
|-----4-------4---|----------||---4-4------4---|---------2-2-4-4--|
|-2-2-------2-----|----------||-2-2-2--2-2-----|---------0-0-0-0--|


  F#m              D       E         F#m    D7
  E E Q  E E E E   E E E E E E E E   Q.   E Q.   E
|----------------|-----------------|---------------|
|------------2---|-----------------|-2------1------|
|-----2------2-0-|-2-2-4-0---------|-2------2------|
|-----4------4-0-|-0-0-0-0---------|-4----0-0------|
|---4-4------4---|---------2-2-4-0-|-4----0------0-|
|-2-2----2-2-----|---------0-0-0-0-|-2-----------0-|


                                                 3rd Verse
  E        A
 2/4      4/4
                                 |-3-|
  Q.   E   E E E E E E E E   E E E E E E E E E    E E E E E E E E
|--------|-----------------|-------------------||-----------------|
|-0----0-|-----------------|-------------------||-----------------|
|-1----0-|-----------------|---------2---------||-----------------|
|-2----0-|-2-2-4-4-2-2-4-4-|-2-2-----2-2-2-4-4-||-2-2-4-0-2-2-4-4-|
|-2------|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|-0-0-3p0---0-0-0-0-||-0-0-0---0-0-0-0-|
|-0------|-----------------|-------------------||-----------------|


  E                 F#m                   D7
                                               |-3--|
  E E E E E E E E   E E E E E E E E   e E E E +E  E E E E
|-----------------|-----------------|-------2-(2)-----2-0-|
|-----------------|-----------------|-----1-1-(1)-1-----0-|
|---------------0-|-------------2---|-----2---------2---0-|
|-------0-------0-|-----4-4-----4-4-|---0-0---------------|
|-2-2-4-0-2-2-4-0-|-------------4---|-4-0-----------------|
|-0-0-0---0-0-0---|-2-2-----2-2-----|-2-0-----------------|


  A                 E                 F#m        D7
  E E E E E E E E   E E E E E E E E   W          H    +Q.   E
|-----------------|-----------------|----------|---------------||
|-----------------|-----------------|-2--------|-1----(1)------||
|---------------0-|-------0---------|-2--------|-2----(2)------||
|-2-2-4-0-2-2-4-0-|-------0---------|-4--------|-0----(0)------||
|-0-0-0---0-0-0---|-2-2-4---2-2-4-0-|-4--------|---------------||
|-----------------|-0-0-0---0-0-0-0-|-2--------|------------2--||


 Chorus
  F#m             N.C.                      F#m
                          ~~~~~~
                                    |-3-|
  Q  Q  E E E E   E E a E E +E  E a E E E   E E Q  E E E E
|---------------|-------------------------|----------------|
|-2---------2---|-------------------------|-----2------2---|
|-2---------2---|-0-------------2---------|-----2------2---|
|-4---------4---|-0-2-2h4-2-(2)-2-2h4p2---|-----4------4---|
|-4--4------4---|-----------------------4-|-----4------4---|
|----2--2-2---2-|-------------------------|-2-2----2-2---2-|


  N.C.          Esus4       F#m    D7       E        A
                                           2/4      4/4
          ~~~~~~
                    |-3-|
  E E a E E +E  E a E E E   E Q.   Q.   E   Q.   E   E E E E E E E E
|---------------0---------|---2----2------|-0------|-----------------|
|---------------0---------|---2----1------|-0------|-----------------|
|---------------2---------|---2----2------|-1----0-|-----------------|
|-0-2-2h4-2-(2)---2h4p2---|---4----0------|-2----0-|-2-2-4-4-2-2-4-4-|
|-0---------------------4-|---------------|-2----0-|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|
|-------------------------|-2-----------0-|--------|-----------------|


                      F#m    D7       E        A
                                     2/4      4/4
      |-3-|                                                |-3-|
  E E E E E E E E E   Q.   E Q.   E   Q.   E   E E E E E E E E E
|-------------------|---------------|--------|--------------------|
|-------------------|-2------1------|-0------|--------------------|
|---------2---------|-2------2------|-1----0-|-----------------2--|
|-2-2-----2-2-2-4---|-4----0-0------|-2----0-|-2-2-4-4-2-2--------|
|-0-0-3p0---0-0-0---|-4----0------0-|-2----0-|-0-0-0-0-0-0-3p0----|
|-----------------0-|-2-----------0-|-0------|--------------------|


                    F#m    D7       E    A/E
                                   2/4      4/4
  E E E E E E E E   Q.   E Q.   E   Q.   E   +W
|-----------------|---------------|-0------|--------*|
|-----------------|-2------1------|-0----2-|-(2)----*|
|-----------------|-2------2------|-1----2-|-(2)----*|
|-2-2-4-4-2-2-4-2-|-4----0-0------|-2----2-|-(2)----*|
|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|-4----0--------|-2----0-|-(0)----*|
|-----------------|-2-----------0-|------0-|-(0)----*|


Duration Legend
---------------
W - whole; H - half; Q - quarter; E - 8th; S - 16th; T - 32nd; X - 64th; a - acciaccatura
+ - note tied to previous; . - note dotted; .. - note double dotted
Uncapitalized letters represent notes that are staccato (1/2 duration)
Irregular groupings are notated above the duration line
Duration letters will always appear directly above the note/fret number it represents the
duration for.  Duration letters with no fret number below them represent rests.  Multi-
bar rests are notated in the form Wxn, where n is the number of bars to rest for.  Low
melody durations appear below the staff

Tablature Legend
----------------
 h   - hammer-on
 p   - pull-off
 b   - bend
 pb  - pre-bend
 r   - bend release (if no number after the r, then release immediately)
 /\  - slide into or out of (from/to "nowhere")
 s   - legato slide
 S   - shift slide
  - natural harmonic
[n]  - artificial harmonic
n(n) - tapped harmonic
 ~   - vibrato
 tr  - trill
 T   - tap
 TP  - trem. picking
 PM  - palm muting
\n/  - tremolo bar dip; n = amount to dip
 \n  - tremolo bar down
 n/  - tremolo bar up
/n\  - tremolo bar inverted dip
 =   - hold bend; also acts as connecting device for hammers/pulls
 <>  - volume swell (louder/softer)
 x   - on rhythm slash represents muted slash
 o   - on rhythm slash represents single note slash

Misc Legend
-----------
 |  - bar
||  - double bar
||o - repeat start
o|| - repeat end
*|  - double bar (ending)
 :  - bar (freetime)
 $  - Segno
 &  - Coda
Tempo markers -  = BPM(8/16=s8/s16), where s8 = swing 8ths, s16 = swing 16ths



[Verse 1]
Hello there my old friend
Not so long ago it was 'til the end
We played outside in the pouring rain
On our way up the road we started over again

[Chorus]
You're living a dream as though you're on top
My mind is aching and Lord it won't stop
That's how it's happened livin' life by the drop

[Verse 2]
Up and down that road in our worn out shoes
Talking 'bout good thangs and singing the blues
You went your way and I stayed behind
We both knew it was just a matter of time

[Chorus]
Livin' a dream as though you're on top
My mind is aching and Lord it won't stop
That's how it happens livin' life by the drop

[Verse 3]
No waste of time, we're alive today
Turning up the past, there's no easier way
Time's been between us, a means to an end
God it's good to be here walkin' together my friend

[Bridge]
Living our dream... 
My mind stopped aching... 

[Outro]
That's how it happened livin' life by the drop

That's how it happened livin' life by the drop

That's how it happened livin' life by the drop...
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