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Green Grass chords

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  • Chord and lyrical placement is improved for ease of sight reading.
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Chord and lyrical placement is improved for ease of sight reading. Was this info helpful? Yes No
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As similarly tabbed (to be read, nearly copied exactly) by bigmadhabib who really did do some great work, and
really all the leg work and deserves all the credit.

The only differences are the placement of the chords  with the lyrics.  In this song, Waits places the vowels
of his words on the chord changes.  The chord changes also drop between the lines sometimes when he is not
singing so I threw those over hanging at the ends of the lines rather than at the beginning of the lyric
where Waits would otherwise already be singing.  It feels as though it is easier to sight read if you will.

bigmadhabib says, "The chords are generally played with a bass line playing the tonic note and the note a
fourth down on 1 and 3.  The Fm chord is started by sliding up to the 8th fret on the A string.  Enjoy."  Upon
doing so you really get that feel that Waits, Ribot and Taylor create.  Good to note, well done bigmadhabib.

One may find this song easier to play if tuned down a half step, and then playing everything up a half step to
get an Abmaj7 in the common position of A, and also to get the fourth down from the Abmaj7's tonic, your Eb.  
Waits does from, time to time, tune down a half step.

Great song, great fun and again, big shout-out to bigmadhabib.  I hope you don't mind my touch ups to your
tab.  You really deserve the credit.

Corrector's suggestion: play Abmaj7 instead of Ab. Just take the standart Cm shape and put your index finger 
on the fourth fret of the low E-string. Also, the Abmaj7 is played for two bars. This is important to note, 
since the timing of the lyrics is a little weird. 


Cm Cm

[Verse 1]

                     Fm                 G
Lay your head where my heart used to be

               Cm        Abmaj7
Hold the earth above me

Lay down in the green grass

Remember when you loved me

             Fm           G
Come closer don't be shy

Stand beneath a rainy sky

            Abmaj7        G 
The moon is over the rise

Think of me as a train goes by

            Fm                   G
Clear the thistles and brambles

                    Cm      Abmaj7
Whistle 'Didn't He Ramble'

Now there's a bubble of me

           Cm              Fm
And it's floating in thee

[Middle Section]

           Bb             Ebmaj7
Stand in the shade of me

Things are now made of me

The weather vane will say...

It smells like rain today

[Verse 2]

                           Fm          G
God took the stars and he tossed 'em

                                Cm      Abmaj7
Can't tell the birds from the blossoms

You'll never be free of me

He'll make a tree from me

                Fm         G
Don't say good bye to me

               Cm       Abmaj7
Describe the sky to me

And if the sky falls, mark my words

We'll catch mocking birds

[Interlude] (With Whistling)

G    Cm
Abmaj7   Abmaj7
G    Cm


                             Fm          G
Lay your head where my heart used to be
                 Cm      Abmaj7 
Hold the earth above me
Lay down in the green grass
                   Cm         Cm
Remember when you loved me      

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