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Raining In Baltimore chords

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"Raining in Baltimore" by Counting Crowes

A bit tweaked from the other chords that I've seen for this song.  Inspired by a
by JordanCaiolaMusic on YouTube: (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0we2Zd3-oo0)

Remember to keep the "B string" open throughout the song to give the song that whispey
 When transitioning from the first line of the chorus to the second, there is a slight
riff, which sounds really good if you strum the "A Chord" the way it is listed
and then hammer on the "B String" to create a normal "A", pull it off, strum all the
open for a half-beat and then hammer on "E".  Everyone says this, but if you listen to
CD, you will find the inspiration for it.  It translates the chorus from piano to
guitar with dignity.

C#m : 046600
A   : 002200
B   : 024400
E   : 022100


This (C#m)circus is (A)falling (B)down on its (E)knees
The (C#m)big top is (A)crumbling (B)down
It's (C#m)raining in (A)Baltimore (B)fifty miles (E)east
Where you (C#m)should be, (A)no one's (B)around

[Chorus 1]
I need a (A)phone call (RIFF) (E)
I need A (A)raincoat(E)
I need A (A)big love(E)
I need A (A)phone call(E)

[Verse 2]
These (C#m)train (A)conversations are (B)passing me (E)by
And (C#m)I don't have (A) nothing to (B)say
You (C#m)get what you (A)pay for
But I (B)just had (E) no (C#m) intention of (A) living this (B)way

[Chorus 2]
I need A (A)phone call(E)
I need A (A)plane ride(E)
I need A (A)sunburn(E)
I need A (A)raincoat(E)
(B)And I get no (A)answers
(B)And I don't get no (A)change
(B)It's raining in (A)Baltimore, (E)baby
(C#m)But everything (A)else is the (B)same

[Verse 3]
There's (C#m)things I (A)remember and (B)things I (E)forget
I miss (C#m)you I (A)guess that I (B)should
Three (C#m)thousand five (A)hundred (B)miles (E)away
But what (C#m)would (A)you change if you (B)could

[Verse 4]
I need A (A)phone call(E)
Maybe I should buy a (A) new car (E)
I can always hear a (A) freight train (E)
If I listen (A) real hard (E)
And I wish it wasn't a (A) small world (E)
'Cause I'm lonely for the (A) big towns (E)
I'd like to hear a little (A) guitar (E)
I think it's time to pu the (A) top down (E)

I need a (A) phone call (E)
I need A (A)raincoat(E)
I really need a (A) raincoat (E)
I really really need a (A) raincoat (E)
I really really really need a (A) raincoat (E)
I really need a (A) raincoat (E)

--Juan B.


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ibanezeric82 103 Apr 29, 2012 05:23 PM

Is this in a different tuning? Am I missing something? Because this sounds really weird to me. The chorus sounds good. But that C#m chord is awful. Help?

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scalwi 10 Mar 12, 2014 05:30 PM

ibanezeric -- try playing a regular C#m (and the other chords) for most of the song. I used standard versions of the chords listed the whole way through (rather than the author's suggested versions of the chords) and to my ear, it sounded pretty good.

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fender24m 10 Jun 25, 2014 09:52 PM

at first i agreed with the first guy. It just didn't sound right....so i went back and read the paragraph above the tab and man, once i tried what he said and played around it came right out and i was like wow, nice tab!

good job man 5 stars! i think i got the strum (riff) part to. fun song to play thanks for sharing

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