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The Promise chords

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Building from the earlier versions, you will see this one has different chords in several places. The chord in parenthesis at the beginning of interludes means that the interlude phrasing begins at the end of the last chord of the previous line. Was this info helpful? Yes No
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The Promise
Tracy Chapman
 

***THIS VERSION IS BASED ON THE SONG AS PLAYED ON HER “NEW BEGINNINGS” ALBUM***


Capo I

[Intro]
C G/B F G (2x)

[Verse 1]
   C    G/B         F        G
If you     wait for me
     C    G/B          F        G
then I'll     come for you
  Em           Am       G
Although I've traveled far
  Em      Am      F        G        C
I always hold a place for you in my heart

[Link]
 C  G/B F G (2x)

[Verse 2]
   C    G/B         F        G
If you     think of me
       C      G/B         F        G
If you miss me   once in awhile
     Em     Am       G
Then I'll return to you
  Em   Am       F         G             C
I'll return and fill that space in your heart

[Link]
 C  G/B F G
           Remembering…

[Chorus]
Am       F
    Your touch
     G
Your kiss
     C    G/B  Am
Your warm  em - brace
     F       G
I'll find my way 
C    G/B  Am
back  to  you
   F         G    C
If you'll be wait-ing

[Link]
 C  G/B F G (2x)

[Verse 3]
   C  G/B         F        G
If you   dream of me
     C   G/B          F        G
Like I      dream of you
     Em           Am       G
In a place that's warm and dark
     Em          Am       F        G               C
In a place where I    can feel the beating of your heart

[Link]
 C  G/B F G
           Remembering…

[Chorus]
Am       F
    Your touch
     G
Your kiss
     C    G/B  Am
Your warm  em - brace
     F       G
I'll find my way 
C    G/B  Am
back  to  you
   F         G    C
If you'll be wait-ing

[Link]
 C  G/B F G (2x)

[Verse 4]
C    G/B          F      G
I've   longed for you
    C   G/B        F        G
And I       have desired
   Em       Am        G
To see your face your smile
   Em      Am      F    G    C
To be with you wherever you are

[Link]
 C  G/B F G
           Remembering…

[Chorus]
Am        F            G
    Your touch    Your kiss
     C    G/B  Am
Your warm  em - brace
     F       G
I'll find my way 
C    G/B  Am
back  to  you
       F             G    C
Please say you'll be wait-ing

[Link]
 C  G/B F G

[Bridge]
Am       F        G
Together again
        C       G/B     Am
It would feel so good to be
        F       G
In your arms
      C      G/B      Am
Where all my journeys end
                   F        G
If you can make a promise
        C        G/B     Am
If it's one that you can keep
   F      C        G
I vow to come for you
   F   G        C
If you wait for me

[Link]
 C  G/B F G 

[Outro]
E7             Am
And say you'll hold
  F         G (4 measures) 
A place for me…
         C    G/B    F    G
…in your heart.         A place for me…
         C    G/B    F    G
…in your heart.         A place for me…
         C    G/B    F    G
…in your heart.          A place for me…
         C
…in your heart.
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eddiemiddle 45 Feb 16, 2017 02:37 PM

A further performance note from eddiemiddle:

There is a relatively consistent guitar fingerpicking pattern that she (?) uses on the recording. I surmise she might be using some type of open tuning, but I'll pass along these ideas as a way to approximate it, if you're trying to be accurate to that degree.

You can approximate it/mess around with keeping a high G on the 1st string on the C, G/B, F, G open chord voicings during the instrumental interludes/"links" and the first two lines of each verse.

In those areas of the song, try launching off from these voicings:

C: x32013, G/B: x20013 or x20003, F: xx3013 or 1xx013, G: 3x0003

This self-admittedly lazy bit of tab below is meant to set-up a picking pattern that you would adapt to the other chords. It seems to have a similarity to a "Travis picking" rhythm in that beat 1 is a quarter note, with the remaining notes played as eighth notes for beats 2, &, 3, &, 4, &.

|-----3---0-----0|
|-1-----------1--|
|-------0---0----|
|----------------|
|-3--------------|
|----------------|

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danielpaulclarke 10 Jul 17, 2017 02:55 PM

the Em in the verse is an F.
The Am at the beginning of Chorus perhaps a C.

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