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Grey Street - Dave Matthews Band

This is one of Dave's easier songs, in terms of chords (stretching), but the rhythm is tough to
get down for the verses. These chords are from DMBTabs.com, which is awesome. Check it for their
videos of how to play this song. But, it was still a pain to figure out how to use tab info over
the lyrics. And I was shocked/pissed that there isn't a decent chord post for great song anywhere
- just tabs. Well, this should do it, enjoy!

Note: This is the extended version I've heard on the radio before, but not the shorter one like 
I have in mp3. I fit chords I hear in my version over the extra lyrics.

Chords: (Std Tuning)
Bm   - 7xx7xx (or 7xx77x)
G    - 3xx4xx (or 3xx43x)
A    - 5xx6xx (or 5xx65x)   Alternative chords are more acoustic/full sounding,
D/F# - 2xx2xx (or 2x032x)   but a lot harder to play
Bmadd9-x24432
A/C# - x4222x
G2   - 320003
D2   - xx0232 (or 2x0232)
A2   - xx222x (or x4222x)

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[Intro/Verse]

|1 . . 2 . . 3 . . 4 . . |1 . . 2 . . 3 . . 4 . . |
 Bm          G     A     |D/F#  G     A   D/F# G  |
 / / / /     /     /      /     /     /     /  /

[Chorus]

|1 . 2 . 3 . 4 . |1 . 2 . 3 . 4 . |
:Bmadd9             |A/C#            |
 / / /   / / / /  / / /   / / / /
 D2              |G2              |: (repeat as needed)
 / / /   / / / /  / / /   / / / /
then (on last line)...
|1 . 2 . 3 . 4 . |1 . 2 . 3 . 4 . |
 Bmadd9             |A2              |* then right into verse progression
 / / /   / / /    / / /   /   / /

Okay, that's the info, let's get to the song...


Grey Street (Chords)


[Intro]

Bm              G     A    |D/F#    G    A   D/F#   G  | (x4)
                                                  Oh...


[Verse 1]

Bm              G     A    |D/F#    G    A    D/F#  G  | (x8)
Look at how           she   listens.          She  says
nothing    of  what   she   thinks.           She just goes
stumbling    through  her   memories,         Star-ing
out   on   to Grey  Street.                   But she thinks,
"Hey,                                         How did I
come to this?                                 I dream myself a
thousand times  around  the world,            but I can't get
out of this place."  (yeah)                   Oh there's an...


[Chorus 1]

Bmadd9                  |A/C#                  |
Empt-i-ness  in-side  her.    And, she'll do
D2                   |G2                    |
an-y-thing to fill it in.        But all the
Bmadd9                  |A2                    | * back to verse chords
colors     mix     to-gether.......... to (Grey!)

Bm              G     A    |D/F#    G    A    D/F#  G  | (x2)
Grey!                                           And it
breaks her heart!                              (How she...)

                                              
[Verse 2]

        Bm            G    A  D/F#  G  A  D/F#
How she wishes it was different
    G        Bm       G  A  D/F#  G  A  D/F#
She prays to God most every night
    G          Bm                G  A  D/F#  G  A  D/F#
And though she swears He doesn't listen
        G       Bm          G  A    D/F#  G  A  D/F#
There's still a hope in her He might
    G        Bm        G  A  D/F#  G  A  D/F#
She says, "I pray
G        Bm           G  A  D/F#  G  A  D/F#
But they fall on deaf ears,
     G           Bm         G  A  D/F#  G  A  D/F#
Am I supposed to take it on myself?
G      Bm          G   A   D/F#  G  A  D/F# G
To get out of this place"  (yeah)       (Oh there's...)


[Chorus 2]

        Bmadd9               A/C#
There's loneliness inside her
             D2                  G2
And she'd do anything to fill it in
                Bmadd9                A/C#
And though it's red blood bleeding from her now
              D2               G2
It feels like cold blue ice in her heart
             Bmadd9           A2        *Bm    G A D/F#   G A D/F#
When all the colors mix together - to Grey!
G      Bm              G A D/F#   GA D/F#     G
And it breaks her heart.                    (There's a...)


[Verse 3]

          Bm                G       A   D/F#  G  A  D/F#
There's a stranger speaking outside her door
G    Bm                G    A    D/F#   G  A  D/F#
Says take what you can from your dreams
     G       Bm      G   A   D/F#  G  A  D/F#
Make them as real as anything
     G        Bm              G   A  D/F#  G  A  D/F#
It'd take the work out of the courage
    G          Bm        G  A  D/F#  G  A  D/F#
But she says, "Please
 G        Bm               G        A       D/F#    G  A  D/F#
There's a crazy man that's creeping outside my door,
  G           Bm        G    A    D/F#  G  A  D/F#
I live on the corner of Grey Street
G       Bm         G   A  D/F#   G  A  D/F# G
and the end of the world!"             (Oh there's an...)


[Chorus 3]

           Bmadd9              A/C#
There's an emptiness inside her
             D2                  G2
And she'd do anything to fill it in
                Bmadd9                A/C#
And though it's red blood bleeding from her now
               D2               G2
It's more like cold blue ice in her heart
               Bmadd9                 A/C#
She feels like kicking out all the windows
            D2           G2
And setting fire to this life
                 Bmadd9           A/C#
She could change everything about her,
      D2              G2
using colors bold and bright
            Bmadd9           A2        *Bm    G  A  D/F#  G  A  D/F#
But all the colors mix together - to Grey!

G      Bm         G    A   D/F#  G  A  D/F#
And it breaks her heart.
G      Bm         G    A   D/F#  G  A  D/F#
And it breaks her heart.
   G         Bm       G  A  D/F#  G  A  D/F#
It breaks her heart.
G  Bm           G  A  D/F#  G  A  D/F# G
To Grrrr-eeeeee-yyyyyyyyyy--yyyyyyyyyyyy!!!
Bm           G  A  D/F# G  A  D/F# G
Yeaaahhhhhhh-hhhhhhhhhh-hhhhhhhhhhhh!!!
Bm           G    A  D/F#  G  A  D/F# G
Yeah, yeah,  yeah-ah!

Bm       G  A  D/F#  G  A  D/F# G
Bm       G  A  D/F#  G  A  D/F# G
Bm       G  A  D/F#

END

Comments:
I've updated the intro/verse ("main") progression to show the correct timing. In doing so, I've 
simplified it only to a rhythm overview. There are slides, palms/mutes and double strums mixed 
in there, but you should be able to figure out the interpretable details more easily without me
complicating the picture. The sliding between G, A, D/F# and D/F#, G, and back up to Bm should 
be intuitive if you look at the formations. To get this down, I recommend using 2 figured chords 
with the Bm and D/F# using middle (on 6th string) and ring (on 3rd string) and G and A using 
index (on 6th) and ring (locked on 3rd). The correct way (Dave's way) is to use E-form bar. 
Since I am not Dave, nor trying to be, I use only 2 fingers out at a time and it is still a 
really fun and quick moving pattern. Additionally, my sloppy, fat fingers are really good about
accidentally muting strings. Well, here you WANT to mute out the 5th and 2nd strings (so, job 
accomplished). For the muted 4th string, I have found that it doesn't sound bad left open. I 
think I'm starting to prefer it this way actually. 

Going back to my 2-finger suggestion, if you start out by picking, simultaniusly, the 6th and 3rd 
strings with your thumb and middle finger (respectfully) then you will hear the song unfold. When 
the light goes off, grab a pick and start strumming.

            
            
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jamesonsadams1 10 Oct 26, 2017 10:16 PM

two points

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Cafeman 10 Nov 18, 2017 10:04 PM

this is my fave Tab for Grey Street, thanks

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