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Fare thee well   Indigo Girls














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Yes, I've posted this before.  I post it every few months.  Why?
Because it's the best damn piece of tablature I ever wrote down, and
maybe there's some IG fans out there who haven't tried to play it yet.
(It's not very hard.)

Also, my girlfriend and I just broke up, so I'm in a lousy mood, and
this song has been on my mind a lot lately, so I figured, what the hell.
This one goes out to Erin...

Adam



FARE THEE WELL (Emily Saliers)
------------------------------
[Actually in F#; capo 6.]
[Tune both E strings down to D.]
[Complete tablature is at the end.]
[Some of the chord names are kind of strange; this is what happens
 when you use alternate tunings.  Refer to the tab at the end for
 fingerings.]
[Thanks much to Rich Tebb for the collaboration on the tablature.]
 
 
C   G(4)/F   Em7   Am9      F6(#4)   G   C(9)   G(4)/B
[intro]
 
C            G(4)/F          Em7   Am7
  Fare thee well, my bright star
                F6(#4)      G                C(9)   G(4)/B
I watched your taillights blaze into nothingness
C                    G(4)/F       Em7           Am9
  But you were long gone before I ever got to you
F6(#4)         G                  Am9   Am7
  Before you blazed past this address
 
    Dm7(4)  C(9)/E         F6(9)            G
And now I think of having loved and having lost
    Dm7(4)                C(9)/E         F6(9)    G7
You never know what it's like to never love
Dm7(4)              C(9)/E         F6(9)              G  -  E7/G#
Who can say what's better when my heart's become the cost
        Am7         D11/A         G9/D          G9
A mere token of a brighter jewel sent from up above
 
Fare thee well, my bright star
The vanity of youth, the color of your eyes
Maybe if I'd fanned the blazing fire of your day-to-day
Or if I'd been older I'd been wise
 
Too thick the heat of those long summer evenings
For a cool evening I began to yearn
But you could only feed upon the things which feed a fire
Waiting to see if I would burn
 
Fare thee well, my bright star
It was a brief brilliant miracle dive
That which I looked up to and I clung to for dear life
Had to burn itself up just to make itself alive
 
And I caught you then, in your moment of glory
Your last dramatic scene against a night sky stage
With a memory so clear it's as if you're still before me
My once in a lifetime star of an age
 
So fare thee well, my bright star
Last night the tongues of fire circled me around
And this strange season of pain will come to pass
When the healing hands of autumn cool me down
 
 
TAB:
 
[An equal sign is a hammer-on; / is a slide.]
[Play all the notes on the lower three strings with your thumb.]
 
  C                G(4)/F           Em7              Am9
D ----------------|0---------0-----|----------------|----------------|
B ----------1-----|------1---------|----------0-----|0=1---0---------|
G ------0-------0-|----------------|------0-------0-|------0---0-----|
D ----2-------2---|----0-------0---|----0-------0---|----2-------0---|
A 3-------3-------|----------------|----------------|0-------0-------|
D ----------------|3-------3-------|2-------2-------|----------------|
  ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ .  ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ .  ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ .  ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ .
  [intro]
 
  F6(#4)           G                C(9)             G(4)/B
D ----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
B ----------0-----|--0-------0-----|--1-------1-----|--1-------1-----|
G ------2-------2-|------4-------0-|------0-------0-|------0-------0-|
D ----0-------0---|----0-------0---|----0-------0---|----0-------0---|
A ----------------|----------------|3-------3-------|2-------2-------|
D 3-------3------/|5-------5-------|----------------|----------------|
  ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ .  ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ .  ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ .  ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ .  
  [intro]
 
  C                G(4)/F           Em7              Am7
D ----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
B ----------1-----|----------1-----|--0-------0-----|1---------1-----|
G ------0-------0-|------0-------0-|------0-------0-|------0-------0-|
D ----2-------2---|----0-------0---|----0-------0---|----2-------2---|
A 3-------3-------|----------------|----------------|0-------0-------|
D ----------------|3-------3-------|2-------2-------|----------------|
  ^   ^   ^   ^    ^   ^   ^   ^    ^   ^   ^   ^    ^   ^   ^   ^
        Fare thee well,  my bright star                   I watched your
 
  F6(#4)           G                C(9)             G(4)/B
D ----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
B ----------0-----|--0-------0-----|----------1-----|--1-------1-----|
G ------2-------2-|------4-------4-|------0-------0-|------0-------0-|
D ----0-------0---|----0-------0---|----0-------0---|----0-------0---|
A ----------------|----------------|3-------3-------|2-------2-------|
D 3-------3------/|5-------5-------|----------------|----------------|
  ^   ^   ^   ^    ^   ^   ^   ^    ^   ^   ^   ^    ^   ^   ^   ^
 taillights     blaze  into  nothingness
 
  C                G(4)/F           Em7              Am9
D ----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
B ----------1-----|--1-------1-----|--0-------0-----|------1---0-----|
G ------0-------0-|------0-------0-|------0-------0-|--------------0-|
D ----2-------2---|----0-------0---|----0-------0---|----2-------2---|
A 3-------3-------|----------------|--------2-------|0-------0-------|
D ----------------|3-------3-------|2---------------|----------------|
  ^   ^   ^   ^    ^   ^   ^   ^    ^   ^   ^   ^    ^   ^   ^   ^
    But you were long gone before I ever got to you
 
  F6(#4)           G                Am9              Am7
D ----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
B ----------0-----|--0-------0-----|--1---0---1-----|--1-------1-----|
G ------2-------2-|------4-------0-|--------------2-|------0-------0-|
D ----0-------0---|----0-------0---|----2-------2---|----2-------2---|
A ----------------|----------------|0-------0-------|0-------0-------|
D 3-------3------/|5-------5-------|----------------|----------------|
  ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ .  ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ .  ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ .  ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ .  
      Before you blazed past this address                          And

  Dm7(4)           C(9)/E           F6(9)            G
D ----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
B ----------1-----|--1-------1-----|--1-------1-----|--3-------3-----|
G ------0-------0-|------0-------0-|------0-------0-|------0---------|
D ----3-------3---|----0-------0---|----0-------0---|----0-------0---|
A ----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
D 0-------0-------|2-------2-------|3-------3-------|5-------5-------|
  ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ .  ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ .  ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ .  ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ .  
  now       I   think   of having loved and having lost           You
  
  Dm7(4)           C(9)/E           F6(9)            G7
D ----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
B ----------1-----|--1-------1-----|----------1-----|--0-------0-----|
G ------0-------0-|------0-------0-|------0-------0-|------0-------0-|
D ----3-------3---|----0-------0---|----0-------0---|----3-------3---|
A ----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
D 0-------0-------|2-------2-------|3-------3------/|5-------5-------|
  ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ .  ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ .  ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ .  ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ .  
  never know what it's like to never love
 
  Dm7(4)           C(9)/E           F6(9)            G       E7/G#
D ----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
B ----------1-----|--1-------1-----|--1-------1-----|--3-------0-----|
G ------0-------0-|------0-------0-|------0-------0-|------0---------|
D ----3-------3---|----0-------0---|----0-------0---|----0-------0---|
A ----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
D 0-------0-------|2-------2-------|3-------3-------|5-------6-------|
  ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ .  ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ .  ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ .  ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ .  
  Who can say what's better and my heart's become the cost,  a mere
 
  Am7              D(11)/A          G9/D             G9
D ----------------|----------------|--3-------3-----|----------3-----|
B ----------1-----|--3-------3-----|------0-------0-|----------------|
G ------0-------0-|------0-------0-|----2-------2---|------------2-0-|
D ----2-------2---|----4-------4---|0-------0-------|----0-----------|
A 0-------0-------|0-------0-------|----------------|----------------|
D ----------------|----------------|----------------|5-------5-------|
  ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ .  ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ .  ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ .  ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ .  
 token    of  a  brighter jewel   sent from above
 
[Alternatively (and probably more correct, but very hard):]
  Am7              D(11)/A          G9/D             G9
D ----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
B ----------1-----|--3-------3-----|--6-------6-----|----------6-----|
G ------0-------0-|------0-------0-|------4-------4-|--------------0-|
D ----2-------2---|----4-------4---|----7-------7---|----7-------7---|
A 0-------0-------|0-------0-------|5-------5-------|----------------|
D ----------------|----------------|----------------|5-------5-------|
  ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ .  ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ .  ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ .  ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ .  
 token    of  a  brighter jewel   sent from above

[Note that in order to do the x5746x chord, you need to use your pinky
 and ring fingers for the Am7 and D(11/)A, rather than the index and
 middle fingers.  Then you slide up to the next chords, and use the
 index and middle fingers for the 5 and 4 in the G9.]


Ending:
         Am(9)            Am(9)            Am(9)            Am(4)
       D ----------------|----------------|----------------|--------0-------|
       B --1---0---1---0-|--1---0---1---0-|--1---0---1---0-|----0=1---------|
       G ----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
       D ----2-------2---|----2-------2---|----2-------2---|--2-------------|
       A 0-------0-------|0-------0-------|0-------0-------|0---------------|
       D ----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
         ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ .  ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ .  ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ .  ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ .  
cool me down....


[Or the ending might be like this:]
         Am(9)            Am(9)            Am(9)            Am(4)
       E ----------------|----------------|----------------|--------0-------|
       B ------0-------0-|------0-------0-|------0-------0-|----0-----------|
       G --5-------5-----|--5-------5-----|--5-------5-----|------5---------|
       D ----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
       A ----7-------7---|----7-------7---|----7-------7---|--7-------------|
       E 7-------7-------|7-------7-------|7-------7-------|7---------------|
         ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ .  ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ .  ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ .  ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ .
cool me down....



==-=--=---=----=-----=-------=---------=---------=-------=-----=----=---=--=-==
Adam Schneider             schn0170@maroon.tc.umn.edu           Minneapolis, MN
          Mail me if you want guitar chords for Mary-Chapin Carpenter,
               Indigo Girls, Suzanne Vega, Lucinda Williams, etc.
==-=--=---=----=-----=-------=---------=---------=-------=-----=----=---=--=-==




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