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DESPITE THE TEARS
Words and Music by Chris Dowd of Fishbone and Jeff Buckley
Tabbed by Petsky Piyamaradu

This is a fantastic song which hasn’t gotten one zillionth of the attention it deserves. 
Still, if any raving Jeff Buckley or Fishbone fans care to try it out, here it is.

It’s easiest to play with a capo on the second fret, so everything in this document is 
two semitones below sounding pitch.

Enjoy!  Rock on!

CHORD CHART

INTRO:   E  B  Bm  C#  F#m  C#/E#  (B7)

VERSE 1
E          B      		 Bm  C#
He found a letter from his lover
F#m	   C#/E#		  (B7)
she said she's never coming home
E          B		     Bm  C#
his things were lying on her doorstep
F#m 		C#/E# 	(B7)
and his tears, they fell like rain


CHORUS 1
E	(E7)
and in his mind, he knew
Am    Bm      C
he'd love her always
F#m    B    E        (B7)
despite the tears


VERSE 2
E		     B			     Bm   C#
and in this town where few knew love
   F#m		    C#/E#       (B7)
he'd spend his nights    all alone, crying
E		   B				     Bm
and all the love he'd once shared with her
                C#
was gone, long, long, long gone
F#m	          C#/E#       (B7)
and he knew   a part of him was dying


CHORUS 2 (slightly crazier guitar part)
E	(E7)
and in his mind, he knew
Am    Bm      C
he'd love her always
F#m    B    E        (B7)
despite the tears


BRIDGE
D  A  B

    (continued B7)                         D
don't cry, don't cry, don't cry
A             B7
lover we tried, we tried, we tried

CHORUS 3
E
yet in his mind he knew
Am    	      Bm  C
he'd love her always
E
yet in his mind now in his mind
      Am
he knew he'd love her
      Bm  C
he knew he'd love her always
F#m  B  E
despite the tears

E
[noodling ad nauseum]

NOW IN TAB FORM…

MAIN RIFF/VERSES
---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
---------------------------------------------2-2-------2-2-----------------|
------4-4-------4-4------4-4------1-1------2---------1---------------------|
----6----------4-------4---------3-------4---------3-----------------------|
--7---------6--------5---------4---------------------------2-2-2-2-2[etc]--|
---------------------------------------------------------------------------|

[Sometimes he repeats the root of the chord]


CHORUS:

------0------------------------------------------------------|
---0--0------->9--------->10--->12----13---------------------|
---1--1------->7---7----->9---->11--------12-----------------|
---2--2------->9-----9--->10--->12------------14--[etc]------|
-------------------------------------------------------------|
-------------------------------------------------------------|


-------------------------------------------------------------|
-------------------------------------------------------------|
-------------------------------------------------------------|
--4-4-4-[etc]------------------2-2-2-[etc]-------------------|
-----------------2-2-2-[etc]------------------2-2-2-[etc]----|
-------------------------------------------------------------|

Chorus 2 is the same thing except I like to put a G# on top of the first E chord and the 
& Bm chords are arpeggiated in a frantic way.

BRIDGE

-------------0---5----------5--6--7---------|
--7--7--7----5-----5--------------7---------|
--7--7--7----6--------6--6--------8---------|
--7----------7--------------------9---------|
--5----------0--------------------9---------|
----------------------------------7---------|


------------0---5--------5-6-7---------------------|
--7--7--7---5-----5----------7---------------------|
--7--7--7---6-------6--6-----8------6--------------|
--7---------7----------------9--------9-7-6--------|
--5---------0----------------9--------------9-7-7--|
-----------------------------7---------------------|

OUTRO

Noodling based on the standard shape E chord

--0---------------|
--0---------------|
--1---------------|
--2---------------|
--2---------------|
--0---------------|

            
            
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ruben.imants 20 Aug 29, 2017 01:09 PM

Been playing this for years, thanks

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ruben.imants 20 Aug 29, 2017 01:10 PM

Thank you!!!

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