The Water - Chords, Lyrics and Origins

Chords

The Water

by Chris Rubeo

Chords

The chords in this song are rarely strummed in full and are more often fingerpicked. I’ll list both the approximate chord name and also write out the notes in the chord so you can play around with your own arpeggiation. Note: “F/A” means Fmaj chord with the A in the bass. “(A)” refers to a walk down in the bass and not actually a full “A” chord.

Intro

||       F                                 Eb      :||

||       Bb                               Bb      :||

||       A                                 G (F)   :||

||       Bb                               Eb       :||

||     Bb maj 7(no 3rd)         Eb (sus 2):|| (3x)

 

Bb           Eb                             Bb       F/A            Bb        (A)          gm

All these hours --------  all the rolling water------crash---ing--------down and it

 

Eb           F/A                     Bb      (A)           gm        

wont be long------till she leaves this------- town

 

cm(sus 4)       Bbmaj 7

down   the    road  

 

Instrumental (same chords as intro)

 

Bb                F/A       cm                    Eb               Bb                       (A)       gm

Oh how you wear ------ me ----------down to the bone brother I’d rather drown.

 

   Eb     F/A                             Bb       (A) gm

I can’t take you with me I’m leaving alone.

 

Eb            F/A         Bb (A walk) gm

Tell everybody I’m already gone.

     

           Eb           F/A                Bb     (A)         gm

If you happen to see me well don’t look too long.

 

Eb                    --               F/A   Bb      (A)         

Oh, and if you happen to think of me don’t think

 

gm              cm (sus 4)                          Bb maj 7

too -------- long------cause I’m already gone

 

Instrumental (same chords as intro)



Guitar Tab (Capo 3rd)

The chord names below are written to represent the chord shapes, as if there was no capo,  not the actual notes. So, for example the first chord is written GM but sounds as Bb when played because of the capo.

 

Intro

E----------------------------------------------------------------------------------

B-----0---1---0-----------------------------------------------------------------

G-------------------0---2---0----------------------0---------------------------

D-----------------------------------0----2----3----------3-----2----0--------

A----------------------------------------------------------------------------0---

E---------------------------------------------------------------------------------

 

E||----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------:||

B||--------------3----------------3-----------------3--------------------0----1--------:||

G||----------0---------------0-----------------0------------------0-------------------0-:||

D||-----4---------------4-----------------4------------------------------0----2---------:||

A||--------------------------------------------------------------3-------------------3----:||

E||-3---------------3----------------3---------------------------------------------------:|| (3x)

    Gmaj 7(no 3rd)                                          C (sus2)

 

V1

E--0---------3---------x-------3-----------------------------0-------

B--1---------0---------3-------0-----------------------------0------

G--0---------0---------2-------0-----------------------------0------

D--2---------0---------0-------0-----------------------------2------

A--3---------2---------0-------2-----------------------------2------

E--x---------3---------2-------3----------2-----------------0-------

    C        G        D/F#   G          F# walk     em

    All these hours…                      …crashing down…                    

 

E--------0---------x-------3-----------------------------0---------x-------------------------

B--------1---------3-------0-----------------------------0---------0------------------------

G--------0---------2-------0-----------------------------0---------0------------------------

D--------2---------0-------0-----------------------------2---------0------------------------

A--------3---------0-------2-----------------------------2---------3------------------------

E--------x---------2-------3----------2-----------------0---------5-------------------------

         C         D/F#   G        F# walk         em      am (sus4)  

           And it won’t be long….                   ...down the….

 

Instrumental (same as intro)

...road…                  …Oh how you…

 

V2

E--------x-----x--------------x---------3-----------------------------0---------

B--------3-----x--------------1---------0-----------------------------0---------

G--------2-----0--------------0---------0-----------------------------0---------

D--------0-----0--------------2---------0-----------------------------2---------

A--------x-----3--------------3---------2-----------------------------2---------

E--------2-----5--------------x---------3----------2-----------------0---------

          D    am (sus4)   C        G          F# walk     em      

Wear me down…       ...I’d         rather              drown...

 

 

E||--0---------x-------2-------------------0-------------------: ||----------------------x

B||--1---------3-------2-------------------0-------------------: ||----------------------x

G||--0---------2-------0-------------------0-------------------: ||----------------------0

D||--2---------0-------0-------------------2-------------------: ||----------------------0

A||--3---------0-------2-------------------2-------------------: ||----------------------3

E||--x---------2-------3---------2--------0-------------------: ||----------------------5

      C      D/F#    G      (F#)      em                  : || (x4) then ->    am (sus4)

 1. Can’t take you with me I’m leaving alone         ||...cause I’m already gone.

 2. Tell everybody I’m already gone

 3. If you happen to see me well don’t look too long.

 4. Oh, and if you happen to think of me don’t think too long...



Instrumental (same as intro)

 

Lyrics

All these hours

all the rolling water crashing down

and it won’t be long till she leaves this town

down the road.

 

Oh how you wear me down to the bone brother I’d rather drown.

I can’t take you with me I’m leaving alone.

Tell everybody I’m already gone.

If you happen to see me well don’t look too long.

Oh, and if you happen to think of me don’t think too long

cause I’m already gone.

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