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The Drowning Man chords

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“THE DROWNING MAN”
Words by: R.Smith  Music by: The Cure  published by: Fiction Records, 1981
Tabbed by: graph_sas

Tuning: normal 
Intro: Dm, Em, Bb

Riff 1: [Dm, Em, Bb]

    Dm                 Em 
She stands twelve feet above the flood
    Bb
She stares
Alone
Across the water
     Dm                  Em
The loneliness grows and slowly 
          Bb
Fills her frozen body
Sliding downwards

Riff 2: [G, F#, Bb]
G              F#
One by one her senses die 
    Bb
The memories fade 
And leave her eyes
       G                 F#
Still seeing worlds that never were
     Bb                          Repeat Riff 1: [Dm, Em, Bb] x2
And one by one the bright birds leave her ...
                                 Repeat Riff 2: [G, F#, Bb] x 2

Dm               Em
Starting at the violent sound
     Bb
She tries to turn
But final
Noiseless
Dm                    Em
Slips and strikes her soft dark head
    Bb
The water bows
Receives her

     G                F#    Bb
And drowns her at its ease
 G                F#    Bb
Drowns her at its ease

  Dm                  Em
I would have left the world all bleeding
Bb
Could I only help you love
    Dm                 Em          Bb
The fleeting shapes so many years ago

So young and beautiful and brave

G               F#
Everything was true
            Bb
It couldn't be a story
   G               F#
I wish it was all true
           Bb
I wish it couldn't be a story

    Dm
The words all left me
Em
Lifeless
Hoping
Bb
Breathing like the drowning man
    Dm    Em
Oh Fushia
You leave me
Bb                              G, F#, Bb
Breathing like the drowning man
Bb                              G, F#, Bb
Breathing like the drowning man
Repeat Riff 1,and 2 two times alternately to the end...

            
            
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chaseme65 10 Feb 22, 2017 10:03 PM

Are you sure about the Em? To me it sounds better as Dm - A - Bb. Just my ear anyway. :) Love playing this.

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hofmannquinn 10 Feb 24, 2017 02:04 PM

Yeah pretty good but definitely agree with the other comment before me. It is definitely an A and actually if you listen closely it really 4 strums of an A and then the other 4 strums are an A7. I play very close tab other than that. Try changing To
Dm-------A---A7---Bb---------------

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