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The Promise - WHEN IN ROME
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Tabbed by:  Kevin Buzby - 1 Feb 2005
E-Mail:  kjlee@bu.edu
AIM SN:  kjlee2112

Tuning: Standard EADGBe

Chord Key:(relative to tuning)
  C/G   F   Am/E    G
|-0-----1----0-----3---|
|-1-----1----1-----3---|
|-0-----2----2-----0---|
|-2-----3----2-----0---|
|-3-----3----0-----2---|
|-3-----1----0-----3---|


Intro:
Piano tabbed for guitar
  C                               Am                     F                      G
|-------------------|---------------------|------------------|---------------------|
|------6--5--—--5~~-|-----6-5-----5~------|------6-5---------|-----6-5----5~----8~-|
|-5-7--------7------|-5h7------7-----5~---|-5-7-------7------|-5h7------7----5~----|
|-------------------|---------------------|------------------|---------------------|
|-------------------|------------(0)------|--------------8~~-|---------------------|
|-------------------|---------------------|------------------|---------------------|


Piano Break/Solo:               v--------v----------------|subtlely played
|---------------------------------------------------------|
|---------------------------------------------------------|
|----5-4~--5-----7~-5-4~--5------5-5-4-4-5~--5-9-7-5-5~---|
|-5~---------5~-------------5~--5-5-5-5-5-----------------|
|---------------------------------------------------------|
|---------------------------------------------------------|

|-----------------------------------1-----------|
|---------8-----------------------1---1---------|
|-------9---9-------------------2-------2-------|
|----10-------10--------------3-----------3-----|
|-10-------------10~------------------------3~--|
|-----------------------------------------------|

Verses/Refrains all same chords
--The bass notes of G, E, C, G are just the 3rd note of that chord's scale being played under
In the song, that note is being played by a synth so you can choose to play it or not,
up to you.  If you listen to the song, you'll hear the synth with that beat.  Again, if
have a question or are confused just shoot me an email.

Verse 1:
                   C/G                  Am/E
If you need a friend, don't look to a stranger,
                F                   C
You know in the end, I'll always be there.
                   C                         Am
And when you're in doubt, and when you're in danger,
                F                   C
Take a look all around, and I'll be there.

Chorus 1:
C
I'm sorry, but I'm just thinking of the right words to say.
Am
I know they don't sound the way I planned them to be.
F
But if you'll wait around awhile, I'll make you fall for me,
    C             Am    G   C
I promise, I promise you I will.

Verse 2:
When your day is through, and so is your temper,
You know what to do, I'm gonna always be there.
Sometimes if I shout, it's not what's intended.
These words just come out, with no gripe to bear.
Chorus 2:
I'm sorry, but I'm just thinking of the right words to say.(I promise you)
I know they don't sound the way I planned them to be.(I promise you)
But if you'll wait around awhile, I'll make you fall for me,(I promise you)
I promise, I promise you...

Chorus 3:

I'm sorry, but I'm just thinking of the right words to say.(I promise you)
I know they don't sound the way I planned them to be.(I promise you)
And if I had to walk the world, I'd make you fall for me,(I promise you)
I promise you, I promise you I will.
Bridge/Interlude:

I gotta tell you, need to tell ya I gotta tell you, i've gotta tell ya
Chorus 4:

I'm sorry, but I'm just thinking of the right words to say.(I promise you)
I know they don't sound the way I planned them to be.(I promise you)
But if you'll wait around awhile, I'll make you fall for me,(I promise you)
I promise, I promise you...
Chorus 5/Outro:

I'm sorry, but I'm just thinking of the right words to say.(i promise you)
I know they don't sound the way I planned them to be.(i promise you)
And if I had to walk the world, I'd make you fall for me,
I promise you, I promise you I will.
I will. I will.


--I love this song from the '80s.  I heard it again in Napoleon Dynamite so I looked for
on the internet, but to no avail so I decided to tab it myself.  Hope you enjoy.  Great 
 Thanks for the comment on the chorus chords--I was indeed incorrect.  Thanks!!
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LostSoulBand 10 Aug 17, 2005 12:00 AM

Good job dude, this is a great song, and I am thinking of doing it during our shows. Only thing is at the end of the chorus, it should be C Am G C, instead of C G F C.

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jleex3 50 May 04, 2008 09:06 PM

if anyone is interested in a different take on this song, anberlin does a great cover of this song

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barfrog 185 May 26, 2009 05:50 PM

Good song, nice tab :-)

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