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What It Is chords

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What it is - Mark Knopfler
From the album: Sailing to philadelphia

Didn`t find any decent chords for this excellent song, so I
decided to tab it myself. I capo it on the 2nd fret to suit my voice better,
but I think it`s most accurate to the original without a capo.

Chords by Rune T. from Norway.

(A) = Play quick, one strum


F#m   (A)  D   A
F#m   (A)  D   E


F#m                                       A
The drinking dens are spilling out and staggering in the square
D                                          A              E
There`s lads and lassies falling about and a crackling in the air
F#m                                      A
Down around the dungeon doors, the shelters and the keeps
D                               A               E         (F#m)
Everybody`s looking for somebody`s arms to fall into this way

                                That`s what it is now...

(Riff: Sorry, I stole this one..)
                                            fast (1/2) bend

  or:  F#m (A) D  E


                F#m    (A)  D   A
It`s (that`s) what it is
                F#m    (A)  D    E
It`s what it is now

[Verse 2]
(same chords)

There`s frost on the graves and the monuments but the taverns are warm in town
People curse the government and shovel hot food down
Lights are out in city hall ,the castle and the keep
Moon shines down upon it all the legless and asleep


D                                 A
Cold on the tollgate where the wagons creeping through
D                          A          E
Cold on the tollgate God knows what I can do with you


[Verse 3]
(same chords)

The garnison sleeps in the citadel with the ghosts and the ancient stones
High on the parapet the scottish pipers stands alone
High on the wind the highland drums begin to roll
And something from the past just comes and stares into my soul


D                             A
Cold on the tollgate where the caledonian blues
D                        A                  E
Cold on the tollgate god knows what I can do with you


[Verse 4]
(same chords) 

There’s a chink of light as a burning wick, there’s a lantern in  the tower
Wee Willie Winkie with the candle sticks still writing songs in the wee Wee hours
On charlotte street they take a walking stick from my hotel
The ghost of Dirty Dick is still in search of little nell



| h  Hammer-on
| p  Pull-off
| /  Slide up
| ~  Vibrato
| BD bend down
| BU bend up


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fingas 206 Apr 18, 2008 09:15 AM

I think it's not entirely right. It's not out of tone or sth, but I think this song should be played with capo on 2nd fret and the intro is: E (G) C D (you can hear that it is a higher tone than the A that you use here)

Well, replace those chords or sth?
Otherwise, good job

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lakesound 624 Jul 17, 2009 06:04 PM

...It's not out of tone, but needs capo on 2nd fret?????????? :<
Well, I think it needs no capo. The tone is ok.
Just 1 little correction:
- the intro and chorus are F#m (A) D E all the time.

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inrhythm44 10 Jul 22, 2015 02:58 PM

I am a huge fan of Mark Knopfler and his music. Thanks for getting this tab up! Hats off to you, bro.

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