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The Stable Song chords

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Gregory Alan Isakov - The Stable Song
Capo 2

      Fmaj7     Cadd2


Fmaj7   C   Cadd2   Fmaj7   C 
Cadd2     C   Fmaj7    C

[Verse 1]

C                                              Fmaj7
Remember when our songs were just like prayers.
        C               Cadd2          Am          Fmaj7
Like gospel hymns that you called in the air.
C                             Fmaj7
Come down come down sweet reverence,
    C       Cadd2            Am                    Fmaj7
unto my simple house and ring...and ring.


Fmaj7             C        Fmaj7
Ring like silver, ring like gold
         C               Cadd2          Am   Fmaj7
Ring out those ghosts on the Ohio
Fmaj7                   C              Fmaj7
Ring like clear day wedding bells
              C         Cadd2          Am      Fmaj7           C
Were we the belly of the beast or the sword that fell...we'll never tell.


Em                      Fmaj7          C      Fmaj7      C
Come to me clear and cold on some sea
Em                          Fmaj7         C           G
Watch the world spinning waves...like machines

[Verse 2]

C                               Fmaj7
Now I,ve been crazy couldn't you tell?
        C            Cadd2        Am        Fmaj7
I threw stones at the stars, but the whole sky fell.
C                                           Fmaj7
Now I'm covered up in straw, belly up on the table
         C         Cadd2            Am                  Fmaj7
Well and drank and sang, and passed in the stable.

[Bridge Instrumental]

Em Fmaj7 C Fmaj7 C Em Fmaj7 C G

[Verse 3]

C                                              Fmaj7
That tall grass grows high and brown,
        C                  Cadd2                   Am      Fmaj7
Well I dragged you straight in the muddy ground
 C                                     Fmaj7
and you sent me back to where I roam.
              C      Cadd2             Am      Fmaj7            
Well I cursed and I cried, but now I know...now I know

[Verse 4]

C                                             Fmaj7
And I ran back to that hollow again
     C          Cadd2          Am          Fmaj7
the moon was just a sliver back then.
C                                          Fmaj7
And I ached for my hear like some tin man
         C              Cadd2          Am      Fmaj7           C
when it came oh it beat and it boiled and it rang... oh, it's ringing


Fmaj7             C        Fmaj7
Ring like crazy, ring like hell
         C               Cadd2          Am   Fmaj7
Turn me back into that wild haired gale
Fmaj7               C              Fmaj7
Ring like silver, ring like gold
              C         Cadd2      Am   Fmaj7    C
Turn these diamonds straight back into coal
              C         Cadd2      Am   Fmaj7    C
Turn these diamonds straight back into coal

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PaulLangfermann 76 Mar 07, 2012 07:26 AM

nice work, just a few little things:

in verse 4 he starts on Am, adds the bass G when singing 'hollow' and goes down to F the usual way. same on 'some' in the third line of the verse. try it, it makes the verse much nicer and its a nice change to the rest of the verses.

personally, I like to think that he plays the all important Fmaj7 with the C in the bass and the C and Cadd9 with the G in the bass. i think that gives the song a much warmer sound and its more fun to play, too. especially the Fmaj7 is so thin when only played with those 4 strings and its harder to hit right without the bass C.

thanks for the tab and i hope i helped a bit.
greetings from germany,

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rinkadink 75 Aug 17, 2012 07:54 AM

100% agree with Paul on the Fmaj7 with the C and the Cadd9 with the G. If you watch a live video of GAI playing, you can see this is exactly what he does.

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Omnicontemplate 10 Sep 30, 2013 08:32 PM

Anyone figure out the pattern in the opening at all? It's pretty much the reason I want to learn this song, and I can't seem to get it right. An approximate:


I definitely feel like the Fmaj7 is fine, but the sound of this bit seems all wrong no matter how I play it. I can't even find an approximate I like as a substitute, as I really like how this song begins. I just started messing with it today, will repost if I find a pleasing solution.

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