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                             A Long December - Counting Crows
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Tabbed by: Sean Hummer
Email: allstar21369@hotmail.com

A Long December is one of my favorite songs ever and I find this playing of
the song sounds fuller and more like the album version.

I've included a few tab riffs which include certain melody and lead parts to
give a more satisfying sound which resembles the album version of the song.


Tuning- A full step down or D Tuning

This riff is played at various parts after certain C chords which I
noted with an asterisk *
e|----------|
B|----------|
G|------0~--|
D|--0h2-----|
A|3---------|
E|----------|

This riff is played at various parts after certain Am chords which I
noted with two asterisks **
e|------3~--|
B|--0h1-----|
G|2---------|
D|----------|
A|----------|
E|----------|


[Intro]
G    C    Am    C
G    C    Am


[Verse 1]
C          G                  D           Am
  A long December and there's reason to believe
      C                 G               C *
Maybe this year will be better than the last
 Am             C       G                   D
   I can't remember the last thing that you said as you were
Am
leavin'
        G             C
Now the days go by so fast
         G               C         Am **
And it's one more day up in the canyons
         G              C          Am
And it's one more night in Hollywood
       G                  C     Am
If you think that I could be forgiven... I wish you would.


[Chorus]
G            C    Am            C
   Na, na-na, na. Na, na-na, na-na, na-na, na, na.
G            C    Am
   Na, na-na, na. Yeah...

Or to play it with a little lead...

  G             C             Am            C
e|----3--3^3--------3--3^3--------3--3^3--------3--3^3----|
B|0h1-3--3^3----0h1-3--3^3----0h1-3--3^3----0h1-3--3^3----|
G|0---0--0^0----0---0--0^0----0---0--0^0----0---0--0^0----|
D|----0--0^0--------0--0^0--------2--2^2--------0--0^0----|
A|----x---------3---3---------0---0---------3---3---------|
E|3---3---------------------------------------------------|

  G       C       Am
e|----------------3~----|
B|0~--0x--1~--3---1~----|
G|0~--0x--0~--0~--0~----|
D|0~--0x--0~--0~--2~----|
A|x-------3~--3~--0~----|
E|3~--------------------|


[Verse 2]
 C              G            D
   The smell of hospitals in winter
        Am                C            G
And the feeling that it's all a lot of oysters, but no
 C
pearls
Am        C              G               D
   All at once you look across a crowded room
           Am               G           C
To see the way that light attaches to a girl
         G               C         Am
And it's one more day up in the canyons
         G                 C       Am
And it's one more night in Hollywood
       G               C           Am
If you think you might come to California... I think you should


[Chorus]
G            C    Am            C
   Na, na-na, na. Na, na-na, na-na, na-na, na, na.
G            C    Am
   Na, na-na, na. Yeah...

With lead...

  G             C             Am            C
e|----3--3^3--------3--3^3--------3--3^3--------3--3^3----|
B|0h1-3--3^3----0h1-3--3^3----0h1-3--3^3----0h1-3--3^3----|
G|0---0--0^0----0---0--0^0----0---0--0^0----0---0--0^0----|
D|----0--0^0--------0--0^0--------2--2^2--------0--0^0----|
A|----x---------3---3---------0---0---------3---3---------|
E|3---3---------------------------------------------------|

  G       C       Am
e|----------------3~----|
B|0~--0x--1~--3---1~----|
G|0~--0x--0~--0~--0~----|
D|0~--0x--0~--0~--2~----|
A|x-------3~--3~--0~----|
E|3~--------------------|


[Bridge]
G   C   Am   C
G   C   Am

With lead...

  G                 C                   Am
e|------------------------------------------------------|
B|------------------0v0--0v0--0--0----0-0--0^0--0--0----|
G|2--4v4--2--4----2-2v2--4v4--2--4----2-2--4^4--2--4----|
D|0--0v0--0--0----0-x-x--x-x--x--x----x-x--x-x--x--x----|
A|x--x-x--x--x----x-3v3--3v3--3--3----3-0--0^0--0--0----|
E|3--3v3--3--3----3-------------------------------------|

  C
e|------------------------|
B|------------------------|
G|5^5--5-5--5^5--4-2-0----|
D|x-x--x-x--x-x--x-x-x----|
A|3^3--3^3--3^3--3-3-3----|
E|------------------------|

  G                 C                  Am
e|-------------------------------------------|
B|------------------0--0--0-0-0-0-0----------|
G|2--4v4--2--4----2-4--4--2-4-2-0-2----0~----|
D|0--0v0--0--0----0-x--x--x-x-x-x-x----2~----|
A|x--x-x--x--x----x-3--3--3-3-3-3-3----0~----|
E|3--3v3--3--3----3--------------------------|


[Verse 3]
 C             G              D              Am
   Drove up to Hillside Manor sometime after two a.m.
    C               G               C
And talked a little while about the year
Am             C                G              D
   I guess the winter makes you laugh a little slower,
           Am            G               C
Makes you talk a little lower about the things you could not
show her
                C    G                    D           Am
And it's been a long December and there's reason to believe
      C                 G               C
Maybe this year will be better than the last
Am           C               G               D
   I can't remember all the times I tried to tell my myself
   Am               G               C
To hold on to these moments as they pass
         G               C         Am
And it's one more day up in the canyons
         G              C          Am
And it's one more night in Hollywood
     G                       C            Am
It's been so long since I've seen the ocean... I guess I should


[Chorus]
G            C    Am            C
   Na, na-na, na. Na, na-na, na-na, na-na, na, na.
G            C    Am
   Na, na-na, na. Yeah...

With lead...

  G             C             Am            C
e|----3--3^3--------3--3^3--------3--3^3--------3--3^3----|
B|0h1-3--3^3----0h1-3--3^3----0h1-3--3^3----0h1-3--3^3----|
G|0---0--0^0----0---0--0^0----0---0--0^0----0---0--0^0----|
D|----0--0^0--------0--0^0--------2--2^2--------0--0^0----|
A|----x---------3---3---------0---0---------3---3---------|
E|3---3---------------------------------------------------|

  G       C       Am
e|----------------3~----|
B|0~--0x--1~--3---1~----|
G|0~--0x--0~--0~--0~----|
D|0~--0x--0~--0~--2~----|
A|x-------3~--3~--0~----|
E|3~--------------------|

E-mail me any suggestions or corretions and I'll update it.
Enjoy!

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| /  slide up
| \  slide down
| H  hammer-on
| p  pull-off
| ~  vibrato
| +  harmonic
| x  Mute note

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bookstorecowboy 263 Oct 02, 2014 02:20 PM

This matches the original song if you move it up 7 frets (to G) and then play capoed at III. But it sounds good either way. Thank you!

The chord placements need just a bit of tinkering.

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allstar21369 652 Oct 03, 2014 06:19 AM

It matches the original song if you're tuned down a full step as I noted (the first note of the song is an F but I tabbed a G chord-shape with a full step down tuning, making it an F chord).

Make sense?

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alishapeck66 20 Sep 26, 2017 02:03 AM

i like this one the best my 90s ear likes it at least lol

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