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#----------------------------------PLEASE NOTE---------------------------------#
#This file is the author's own work and represents their interpretation of the #
#song. You may only use this file for private study, scholarship, or research. #

artist: Indigo Girls
album:  Shaming of the Sun
tab: Sweetcheeks

Shame on You (Amy Ray)

A5 D5-B5 X2

My friends they wash the windows
D5                       B5 
and they shine in the sun
they tell me wake up early in the morning sometime
  D5                          B5 
see what beautiful job we done
i say let's put on some tunes, sing along
D5              B5 
dolittle all day
go down to the riverside take off our shoes
D5                  B5
wash these sins away

(add an acoustic here playing A,D,B chords)
A5                      D5          B5          
the river said la la la shame on you                 X2

i go down to chiano city park
cause it makes me feel so fine
when the weeds go down you can see up close
in the dead of the winter time
but when summer comes everything's in bloom
and you wouldn't know it's there
the white folks like to pretend it's not
but their music's in the air
you can hear them singing la la la shame on you
you can feel them dancing la la la shame on you

my friend tanner says you know me and Jesus
we're of the same heart 
the only things that keeps us distant
is that i keep fuckin' up
i said come down to chiano city park
wash away your blues away
the beautiful ladies walk on by
you know i never know what to say
they will be singing 
oo la la shame on you

lets go road block trippin in the middle of the night
up in Gainesville town
there'll be blue lights flashin
down the long dirt road
when they ask me to step out
they say they are looking for illegal immigrants
can we check your car
i say you know it's funny
i think we were on the same boat back in 1694
i said oo la la shame on you

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docweasel 916 Nov 23, 2006 09:59 AM

This song has only 3 chords, and you got one of the incorrect. That's batting .666, pretty good in the big leagues, pretty poor for an easy chord chart.

The correct chords are A D E throughout. Where you got "B" only heaven (and your tin ear) knows.

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docweasel 916 Nov 27, 2006 10:36 PM

You have one of the only 3 chords in this entire song incorrect. The correct chords are A D E. Here and there the bassist does play a B as the root of the Emaj chord, but this improvisation does not change the fact the quality of the chord is an E G# B triad.

Next time you figure out a song and are at all confused whether or not a chord works, try playing the single notes of a chord accompanying that chord. While the B note is a fifth of the E chord, both a D# and F# sound drastically wrong when played with the 3rd chord in this song, This would have told you that your guess of "B5" is incorrect.

Furthermore, while the electric guitar in the intro does indeed play 1/5 power chords (though not the ones you notated), the acoustic takes over mid 1st verse, and both the acoustic and the electric play full major chord triads throughout, not 5 chords. If mentioned at all, the A5 D5 and E5 are only used in the first intro verse and are superceded by full chords by the first intro chorus (before the entire band comes in)

You also left out the banjo/acoustic guitar break before the solo, which is entirely an A major chord, with Asus4 and Amaj inversions used as a melodic rhythm device.

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AmyRayFan 113 May 25, 2007 08:14 AM

yeah, I agree, the B5 chord is incorrect, but the rest is right. At first i though it sounded fine but then I realize that i mixed the chord B5 up with another higher chord...so yeah....

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