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    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 +


    This file is the author's own work and represents his interpretation of this song. It's intended solely for private study, scholarship or research.