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I Had Me A Girl Tab

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D G C F A D
3rd fret
I Had Me a Girl
The Civil Wars
Transcribed by: Tyler Anderson

Tuning: DADGAD
Capo 3 -- all tabs relative to capo

The song revolves around these A couple chord-based riffs

I've tabbed out the strum pattern as best as I could, but listen for the exact one

Chords

D|-0-0-0-0-0-|
A|-0-0-0-0-0-|
D|-2-7-9-5-4-|
G|-0-5-7-3-2-|
A|-0-5-7-3-2-|
D|-0-5-7-3-2-|
   D G A F E


Intro

D|--------------------------|
A|--------------------------|
D|-------------2p0----------|
G|-5p3-----3h5-----3p0--3s5-|
A|-----3-3------------------|
D|--------------------------|


Riff 1
D|-0--000--0--0--0--0--000--0--0--0--0--000--0--0--0--0--0--0--|
A|-0--000--0--0--0--0--000--0--0--0--0--000--0--0--0--0--0--0--|
D|-2--222--2--2--2--2--222--2--2--2--2--222--2--2--2--2--2--2--|
G|-0--000--3--0--0--0--000--0--0--0--0--000--0--0--0--0--0--0--|
A|-0--000--0--0--3--0--000--3--0--0--0--000--0--0--0--0--0--0--|
D|-0--000--0--0--0--0--000--0--0--5--0--000--5--3--3--5--3--0--|

Riff 2
D|--0-0-0--0--|
A|--0-0-0--0--|
D|--2-2-2--2--|
G|--0-0-0--0--|
A|--3-3-3--0--|
D|--3-3-3--0--|

Riff 3
D|-0--000--3--0--0--0--000--0--0--0--0--000--0--0--0--0--0--0--0-0-0-0--|
A|-0--000--0--0--3--0--000--3--0--0--0--000--0--0--0--0--0--0--0-0-0-0--|
D|-2--222--2--2--2--2--222--2--2--0--2--222--2--2--2--2--2--2--2-2-2-2--| repeat
G|-0--000--0--0--0--0--000--0--0--0--0--000--5--3--3--5--3--0--0-0-0-0--|
A|-0--000--0--0--0--0--000--0--0--0--0--000--0--0--0--0--0--0--3-3-3-0--|
D|-0--000--0--0--0--0--000--0--0--0--0--000--0--0--0--0--0--0--0-0-0-0--|


Lyrics

Intro
Riff 1
Riff 2
Riff 1

Riff 1
I had me a girl
who taught me those things
a young man should know
Riff 2

Riff 1
Down, down on my knees
I'd be and I'd plead
to learn a little bit more

         G                       D
Oh that woman she taught me to pray
         G         A
I saw heaven everyday
Lord, she could
Riff 1
Ooooooooooh
Riff 2
Riff 1
Ooooooooooh

Riff 1
I had me a boy
Who buttoned me down
and drew me a line
Riff 2

Riff 1
He, he washed me as clean
as a sinner could be
showed me the light

         G                    D
Oh that boy he taught me to pray
         G                       A
But for all of his spit-shinin' ways
Lord he could
Riff 1
Ooooooooooooh
Riff 2
Riff 1
Ooooooooooooh

Bridge
F E D D D D repeat

Riff 3
I had me a girl
like cigarette smoke
she came and she went
Riff 2

Riff 3
I slipped through his hands
to my back door man
under his chin

          G                      D
Oh that woman she taught me to pray
          G                        A
But for all of her wandering' waaaaaaaaaaaays
She could
Riff 1
Oooooooooooooooooooooooh
Riff 2
Play until you feel like stopping.
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splngb wrote on August 15 2013, 11:27 pm

Excellent tab. Sounds perfect to me. Definitely one of my favorite songs on this album to play along with.

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ethanguitar wrote on August 22 2013, 11:11 am

love this tab. great job!

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Aussie Kid wrote on September 22 2013, 12:05 am

Ok this seems like a really dumb question, but I'm thrown off by the tuning.

Is it DAGDAd (in relation to standard tuning of EADGBe) making the usual 'D' string in standard tuning now a 'G' in this song?

That makes no sense, but following how the tab is written up top, this is what it indicates for the tuning?

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