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Down by the Water

The Decemberists

 

Chord Guide

       32 1

C:    x32010

       12

Em:   022000

         132

D:    xx0232

      3    4

G:    3x0003

 

Strum Guide

Main Strum:

    >       >    

D U D U D U D U    > = accent

1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +

“Anon” strum

 

D D D D D D D D

1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +

 

 

Intro:  / C - - - / Em - - - / C - - - / Em - D - /

 

Em                    G

See this ancient riverbed

  D                       C

See where all the follies led

Em                          D                               Em (2)

Down by the water, down by the old main drag

 

Em                    G

I was just some towhead teen

   D                                        C

Feelin' 'round for fingers to get in-between

Em                          D                               Em (2)

Down by the water, down by the old main drag

 

Pre-Chorus:

        Em      D            Em (2)

The season rubs me wrong

        Em          D      C (2 w/anon strum)

The summer swells anon

 

Chorus:

                      Em                G

So knock me down, tear me up

                    D                                C

But I would bear it all broken just to fill my cup

  Em                              D                             Em (2)

Down by the water and down by the old main drag

 

Repeat Intro

 

Em                        G

Sweet descend this rabble 'round

       D                               C

the pretty little patter of a seaport town

Em                               D                                     Em (2)

Rolling in the water and rolling down the old main drag

 

Em                   G

All dolled-up in gabardine

        D                           C

The lash-flashing Leda of pier nineteen

Em                                  D                            Em (2)

Queen of the water and queen of the old main drag

 

Pre-Chorus

Chorus

 

Solo:

/ C - - - / Em - - - / C - - - / Em - D - /

/ Em - - - / G - - - / D - - - / C - - - /

/ Em - - - / D - - - / Em - - - / - - - - /

 

Pre-Chorus

Chorus

 

  Em                              D                             Em (2)

Down by the water and down by the old main drag

  Em                              D                             Em (2)

Down by the water and down by the old main drag

 

w/ritard:

  Em (hold)                     D (hold)                       Em (hold)

Down by the water and down by the old main drag

 

 


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