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Take Me To The River Chords

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[Intro]      E7      Asus4  A(repeat vamp to verse 1)
[Verse 1]
        E7                                 Asus4   A
        I don't know why I love you like I do
        E7                                         Asus4   A
        After all the changes you been putting me through
        E7                                Asus4   A
        You took my money and my cigarettes
        E7                              Asus4  A
        Now I ain't seen hide nor hair of you yet
                 C               G       D            A   A7
        I wanna know, won't you tell me, I'd love to say...
                       E7     Asus4  A   E7
        Take me to the river, wash   me down
                       E7   E7+5         Asus4  A       E
        Take me to the water,     put my feet   on the ground
turnaround  Asus4  A
[Verse 2]
        I don't know why she treated me so bad
        After all the things that we could have had
        Love is emotion that I can't forget
        My sweet sixteen I will never regret  (repeat chorus)
        Dbm       A
        Hold me, love me
        Dbm        A
        Please me, baby you can squeeze me
        B                                                                E7
        Til I drown, til I drown, til I drown, I'm gonna take you to the river
[Verse 3]
        I don't know why I love you like I do
        After all the changes you been putting me through
        Your sixteen candles are burnin' on my wall
        Telling me how you made a fool of them all (repeat chorus)

[Verse]  E7      0 2 0 1 3 0  or...
         E7      0 7 6 7 5 0(I like this version better)
         Asus4   x 0 4 2 3 0
         A       x 0 2 2 2 0
[chorus chords]
         C       x 3 5 5 x x  or...
         C       x 3 5 5 0 0(jangly)
         G       3 5 5 x x x
         D       x 5 7 7 x x
         A       x 0 2 2 2 0(if you can get to it)
         A       5 7 7 x x x(if you can't)
         A7      x 0 7 6 8 x(funky chord, mute the A string)
         rest of the chorus chords like the verse chords, except...
         E7+5    0 7 6 7 8 0(mute both E strings or let 'em ring)
[bridge chords]
         Dbm     x 4 6 6 5 x
         A       x 0 2 2 2 x
         B       x 2 4 4 x x or...
         B       x 2 4 4 0 0 (jangly)
         B7      x x 4 2 4 x or...
         B7      x x 9 8 10 x (funky)
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Shihad Owns! 10 Feb 06, 2007 08:14 PM

The chords are fine but why did you try a "hybrid version"? It would have made more sense to just do one version (ie the Talking Heads one) and be assured that the lyrics were correct.
Good tab though :-)

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ajc_420 10 Feb 21, 2009 09:34 AM

Good tab, nice idea with the hybrid tab. I think that the song stands for itself no matter whose version you emulate, this is a very good outline for all of them. Just add in a few variations on your own, and this is a very fun groove.

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willwelsh816 306 Jun 28, 2009 04:48 AM

I always thought that the verse kinda sounds like the version of Gloria by John Lee Hooker and Van Morrison. JLH's tone is so funky and sounds like water in that song, and it reminded me of this song.

great tab!

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