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Closer to Fine

Indigo Girls

 

Capo 2

 

This is the strum pattern you use for most of the song.  See below for a more exact strumming description of the main riff.

 

Main Strum:   B   D   D U D U

              1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +

 

 

Intro: Main Riff x2

 

       G                      G6/A                     Cadd9   [Dsus4 D Dsus2 D]

I’m tryin’ to tell you something ‘bout my life

            G                    G6/A                    Cadd9  [Dsus4 D Dsus2 D]

Maybe give you insight between black and white

            Dadd2add4 (2)                           C (2)

And the best thing you’ve ever done for me

        Dadd2add4 (2)                        C (2)

Is to help me take my life less seriously--It’s only life

G        G6/A           Cadd9   [Dsus4 D Dsus2 D]

after all,       yeah.

 

              G                      G6/A             Cadd9     [Dsus4 D Dsus2 D]

Well the darkness has a hunger that’s insatiable

              G                  G6/A                    Cadd9   [Dsus4 D Dsus2 D]

And the lightness has a call that’s hard to hear

          Dadd2add4 (2)                           C (2)

And I wrap my fear around me like a blanket

   Dadd2add4 (2)                           C (2)

I sailed this ship of safety ‘till I sank it

                                 / G - - Cadd9 / G - - - /

I’m crawling on your shores

 

Chorus:

    D (2)

I went to the doctor

   Cadd9              G

I went to the mountain

   D (2)

I looked to the children

   Cadd9                   G

I drank from the fountains

           Dadd2add4 (2)                             C (2)

There’s more than one answer to these questions

                           / G - - Cadd9 / G - - - /

Pointing me in a crooked line

             Dadd2add4 (2)                           C (hold 2)

And the less I seek my source for some definitive

          G                G6/A  Cadd9  [Dsus4 D Dsus2 D]

Closer I am to fine.

 

G    G6/A  Cadd9  [Dsus4 D Dsus2 D]

 

 

 

          G                     G6/A          Cadd9       [Dsus4 D Dsus2 D]

And I went to see the doctor of philosophy

            G              G6/A           Cadd9                  [Dsus4 D Dsus2 D]

With a poster of Rasputin and a beard down to his knees

       Dadd2add4 (2)     C (2)

He never did marry or see a B-grade movie

       Dadd2add4 (2)                  C (2)

He graded my performance, he said he could see through me

            G                            D                   C

I spent four years prostrate to the higher mind

            D                       / G - - Cadd9 / G - - - /

Got my paper and I was free

 

Chorus

 

Instrumental:

/ Dadd2add4 - - - / - - - - / C - - - / - - - - /  

/ Dadd2add4 - - - / - - - - / C - - - / C/B - - - /

 

          G                G6/A           Cadd9     [Dsus4 D Dsus2 D]

And I stopped by a bar at three A.M.

              G             G6/A      Cadd9             [Dsus4 D Dsus2 D]

To seek solace in a bottle or possibly a friend

          Dadd2add4 (2)                            C (2)

And I woke up with a headache like my head against a board

    Dadd2add4 (2)                     C (2)

Twice as cloudy as I’d been the night before

                                   / G - - Cadd9 / G - - - /

And I went in seeking clarity

 

Extended Chorus:

   D (2)

I went to the doctor

   C               G

I went to the mountain

   D (2)

I looked to the children

    C                    G

I drank from the fountain

 

            D (2)

And we go to the doctor

      C              G

We go to the mountains

      D (2)

We look to the children

      C                    G

We drink from the fountains

 

              D (2)

Yeah, we go to the bible

       C                    G

We go through the workout

      D (2)

We read up on revival

       C                     G

We stand up for the lookout

 

              Dadd2add4 (2)                           C (2)

There’s more than one answer to these questions

                         / G - - Cadd9 / G - - - /

Pointing me in a crooked line

            Dadd2add4 (2)                           C (2)

And the less I seek my source for some definitive

 

          G                G6/A  Cadd9  [Dsus4 D Dsus2 D]

Closer I am to fine

          G                G6/A  Cadd9  [Dsus4 D Dsus2 D]

Closer I am to fine

          G                G6/A  Cadd9     [Dsus4 D Dsus2 D]

Closer I am to fine           yeah

 

End on G

 

 

 

Main Riff:

  G               G6/A             Cadd9        Dsus4 D  Dsus2 D
E ----3---3-3-3-3-----3---3-3-3-3-|----3---3-3-3-3---2---0---2-2-3-|
B ----3---3-3-3-3-----3---3-3-3-3-|----3---3-3-3-3---3---3---3-3-3-|
G ----0---0-0-0-0-----0---0-0-0-0-|----0---0-0-0-2---2---2---2-2-0-|
D ----0---0-0-0-0-----2---2-2-2-2-|----2---2-2-2-0---0---0---0-0-0-|
A ----------------0---------------|3-------------------------------|
E 3-------------------------------|--------------------------------|

  B   D   D U D U B   D   D U D U  B   D   D U D U   U   U   U D U

  1   2   3 + 4 + 1   2   3 + 4 +  1   2   3 + 4 + 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +


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