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Louise

Leo Kottke


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Louise By Paul Siebel Arranged by Leo Kottke
Transcribed by B.A. Head, 04/02/96
>From *Greenhouse*, *My Feet Are Smiling*, and "Home And Away" This version transcribed from the "Home And Away" video
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One of my favourite of Leo's vocal numbers (hey, who can resist a tune about a truck-stop whore who kills herself?). IMHO, Leo's solo 12-string accompaniment, deep resonant vocals, and slide interlude are very effective at evoking the sadness of this song.
"Louise" was written and originally recorded by Paul Siebel, a songwriter and folk singer from the 60s (where is he now?). Paul originally recorded this tune with a backing band, which included a pedal steel. You can find the original recording on the 1995 compilation of Siebel's works issued by Rounder Records (Philo CD PH 1161).
I've approximated Leo's picking pattern in this tab. Leo generally moves between the bottom three strings for the bass (e.g., low D to D, A to D, low D to D with some variation). Leo also strums the open chords with his thumb at certain times for emphasis. I've included a couple of these in the tab (abbreviated as "TS"). The slide solo section alternates between the use of the fingers and the use of the slide. I've noted this in the tab by using "S" when you sound the note or chord with the slide, and "F" when you sound the note or chord by fretting it with your finger. If you don't have a slide handy, you can finger all the changes. It does sound a whole lot better with slide, though. Remember to add vibrato on key notes in the solo section.
If you use the slide, put it on your pinky which will free up your other three fingers for the chords during the verses.
Leo tunes his guitar two whole-steps down for this tune. You may want to adjust the tuning according to your vocal range.
Bruce -----cut here----
Louise by Paul Siebel
arr. by Leo Kottke transcribed by B.A. Head
12-string guitar Dropped D tuning (tuned down two whole steps to Bb-F-Bb-Eb-G-C (low to high))
TS E---||---------|---------------2---------------------0---0------------------ B---||---------|-------3-----------------0-----------0-----------0---------- G---||*---4:---|--------------------2h3----------0---0---------------------- D---||*---4:---|-----------0----------0--------------0---------------0------ A---||---------|-------------------------------------5---------------------- D---||---------|---0--------------0----------5-------5-------5-------------- D G
TS E---------------2---2-------------------------0---0------------------------- B---0-------3---3-----------------0-----------0-----------0-------0---1----- G---------------2-----------2h3-----------0---0-----------------------0----- D---------------0-------------0---------------0---------------0-------1----- A---------------0-----------------------------5-----------------------0----- D-------0---------------0-------------5---------------5--------------------- D G
1. They said that E---------------------------------------------------2----------------------- B---/2-------2-------2/3/5~~~--R------------3---------------0--------------- G----0-------------------0-----E-------------------------------------------- D----2---2-------------3-5-----S----------------0---------------0----------- A----------------0-------0-----T-------------------------------------------- D---------------------------------------0---------------0------------------- A7 D
Louise was not half bad E---0-----------------------------------------------0----------------------- B-----------0-------0-------3-------3-------0---------------0-----0--------- G--------------------------------------------------------------------------- D---------------0---------------0---------------2---------------0h-2-------- A--------------------------------------------------------------------------- D-------5---------------0---------------2---------------2----------2-------- G D E
It was writ- ten on the walls E-----------0-------------------------------0---------------0--------------- B-------------------0-------0-------0---------------0---------------2------- G---1----------------------------------------------------------------------- D-------2-------------------------------0---------------0------------------- A---------------------------------------------------------------0----------- D---------------2-------4-------5---------------5--------------------------- G A7
and window shades TS E-------0-------------------0---------------2-----------0---2--------------- B-------------------2---------------3---------------3---3-----------3------- G---------------------------------------2---------------2------------------- D---2-------------------2-------------------------------0------------------- A---------------0---------------------------------------0------------------- D-------------------------------0---------------0-------2-------0-----------
D
And though she'd act E-------2-----------------------------------2---------------0--------------- B-------------------3-------3-------3---------------3---------------0------- G--------------------------------------------------------------------------- D---0-----------------------------------0---------------0------------------- A---------------2-------0--------------------------------------------------- D-------------------------------0---------------0---------------5----------- G
the little girl E-------0---------------0---------------0-----------------------------0----- B---------------3---------------0---------------0-----0--------------------- G-------------------------------------------------------------1------------- D---0---------------0---------------2---------------0----h2-------2--------- A--------------------------------------------------------------------------- D-----------0---------------2---------------2-------------2----------------- D E
A de- ceiver don't believe her E-------------------------------0---------------0---------------0----------- B-------0-------0-------0---------------0---------------2------------------- G--------------------------------------------------------------------------- D---------------------------0---------------0---------------2--------------- A---------------------------------------------------0----------------------- D---2-------4-------5---------------5--------------------------------------- G A7
that's her trade E---------------0---------------2---------------2--------------------------- B-------2---------------3---------------3----------------------------------- G-------------------------------------------------------0-------0----------- D-----------2---------------0---------------0------------------------------- A---0----------------------------------------------------------------------- D-------------------0---------------0---------------2-------4--------------- D
Sometimes a bottle of E---------------0-------------------------------0---------------0----------- B-------0---------------0-------0-------2---------------2------------------- G--------------------------------------------------------------------------- D-----------0---------------0---------------2---------------2--------------- A-----------------------------------0---------------0----------------------- D---5---------------5------------------------------------------------------- G A7 D
perfume TS E---------------2-----------0---2---------------2--------------------------- B-------3---------------3---3-----------3-----------3---2-------0----------- G---------------------------2----------------------------------------------- D-----------0---------------0---------------0---------------0--------------- A---------------------------0----------------------------------------------- D---0---------------0-------0-------0---------------0-----------------------
Flowers and maybe some E---------------0---------------0---------------0---------------2----------- B-------0---------------0---------------2---------------2------------------- G--------------------------------------------------------------------------- D-----------0---------------0---------------2---------------2--------------- A-----------------------------------0---------------0----------------------- D---5---------------5------------------------------------------------------- G A7 D
lace E---------------2----------------------------------------------------------- B-------3---------------------7~~~-------7-------7-------5-------0---------- G-----------------------2/7----------------------7-------6-------0---------- D-----------0-------------0------------------0---------------0-------------- A--------------------------------------------------------------------------- D---0---------------0----------------0---------------0---------------5------ G
Men brought Lou- ise ten-cent E-----------0---------------0---------------0---------------0--------------- B-------------------0---------------2---------------2----------------------- G---0----------------------------------------------------------------------- D-------0---------------0---------------2---------------2------------------- A-------------------------------0---------------0--------------------------- D---------------5----------------------------------------------------------- A7
trinkets Their E---------------2---------------2---------------2---------------0----------- B-------3---------------3---------------3---------------3------------------- G--------------------------------------------------------------------------- D-----------0---------------0---------------0---------------0--------------- A--------------------------------------------------------------------------- D---0---------------0---------------0---------------0----------------------- D E
intentions were ea- si- ly traced E---------------0-----------------------------0----------------------------- B-------0---------------0-----0-----------------------0-------2------------- G-------------------------------------1-----------------------0------------- D-----------2---------------0h----2-------2---------------2---2-------2----- A-------------------------------------------------------------0------------- D---2---------------2-------------2---------------2------------------------- A7
And every- bo- dy E---------------------------------------------------2----------------------- B---2-------2---/---3---/---5--R------------3------------------------------- G-----------0---/---0---/---0--E----------------------------0-------0------- D-----------2---/---3---/---5--S----------------0--------------------------- A-------0-----------0----------T-------------------------------------------- D---------------------------------------0---------------0-------4-----------
D knew at times she cried E---------------0h2-----------0---------------0----------------------------- B---------------------3---------------0---------------0-----0--------------- G-------0-----------------------------------------------------------1------- D-----------0-------------0---------------2---------------0h----2----------- A--------------------------------------------------------------------------- D---5-------------0---------------2---------------2-------------2----------- G D E
aah but women like Louise E-------0-------------------------------0----------------------------------- B-----------------------------------------------0-------0-------2----------- G---------------0-------0-------0------------------------------------------- D---2-------------------------------0---------------0---------------2------- A-----------------------------------------------------------0--------------- D-----------2-------4-------5---------------5------------------------------- G A7
they get by E---0---------------0h2-----------2-----------0---2---------------2--------- B-----------2-------------3---------------3---3-----------3----------------- G---------------------------------------------2----------------------------- D---------------2-------------0---------------0---------------0------------- A-------0-------------------------------------0-----------------------2----- D---------------------0---------------0-------0-------0--------------------- D TS
S S S S F E---------------|----------------------------------------------------------- B---0-------0---|----------------------------------------------------------- G---------------|----------------------------------------------------------- D---------------|---2/4~~~-------4\2---0-------0-------2/4~~~---4\2--------- A-------0-------|------------0-------------2--------------------------2----- D---------------|-----0------------0---------------0---0--------0-----0----- F F F F F F F F F F
F S F F F S S S S E--------------------------------------------------------------------------- B---------------------------------------------------------------------------
G-----------------------------------1--------------------------------5------ D---0-------2---4---\---0---2---------------2-------3/5~~~-------5---------- A-----------2---4---\---0-------2---------------2---3-5------5-------------- D-------0---2---4---\---0---2-----------2-----------3-5--------------5------ F F F F F F
S S S S F F F F F F E-----------------------------------------------0--------------------------- B-------------------------------0---3-----------3-----------------2--------- G---\3\0--------------------7\5\--------0---------------0------------------- D----------5/7~~~-------7-----------4-------4---------------4\2-------2----- A----------5-7------7-----------------------------------------0------------- D----------5-7--------------7-------0---------------0----------------------- F S S F F F F F F
F F S S S E---0-------------------|--------------------------------------------------- B-----------2-----------|--------------------------------------------------- G-----------------------|--------------------------------------------------- D---------------2-------|---2/4~~~-------4\2---0-------0-------2/4---------- A-------0---------------|------------0-------------2------------------------ D-----------------------|-----0------------0---------------0---0------------ F F F F F F F F F F
S F F S F F F S E--------------------------------------------------------------------------- B--------------------------------------------------------------------------- G---------------------------------------------------1----------------------- D---~~~---4\2-------0-------2---4---\---0---2---------------2-------3------- A---------------2-----------2---4---\---0-------2---------------2---3------- D---------0-----0-------0---2---4---\---0---2-----------2-----------3------- F F F F F F F F
S S S S S S S F F F F E--------------------------------------------------------------------0------ B------------------------------------------------0-------3-----------3------ G-------------------5\3\0--------------------7\5\------------0-------------- D---/5~~~-------5-----------5/7~~~-------7---------------4-------4---------- A----5------5---------------5-7------7-------------------------------------- D----5--------------5-------5-7--------------7-----------0------------------ F S S F F
F 2. And every- body thought E---------------|---------------------------2---------------0--------------- B-------3/5\2---|-------------------3---------------0---------------0------- G-----------0---|----------------------------------------------------------- D---------5-2---|-----------------------0---------------0------------------- A-----------0---|----------------------------------------------------------- D---0-----------|---------------0---------------0---------------5----------- F F F D G
it kind of sad E---------------------------------------0-----------------------------0----- B-------0-------3-------3-------0---------------0-----0--------------------- G-------------------------------------------------------------1------------- D---0---------------0---------------2---------------0h----2-------2--------- A--------------------------------------------------------------------------- D-----------0---------------2---------------2-------------2----------------- D E
when they found Lou- -ise E-------------------------------0---------------0---------------0----------- B-------0-------0-------0---------------0---------------2------------------- G--------------------------------------------------------------------------- D-------------------------------------------0---------------2--------------- A---------------------------5-----------------------0----------------------- D---2-------4-------5---------------5--------------------------------------- G A7
in her room E---------------0---------------2-----------0---2---------------2----------- B-------2---------------3---------------3---3-----------3------------------- G---------------------------2---------------2------------------------------- D-----------2-------------------------------0---------------0--------------- A---0---------------------------------------0------------------------------- D-------------------0---------------0-------2-------0-----------------------
They'd always put her down below E-------------------------------2---------------0---------------0----------- B-------3-------3-------3---------------3---------------0------------------- G--------------------------------------------------------------------------- D---------------------------0---------------0---------------0--------------- A---2-------0--------------------------------------------------------------- D-------------------0---------------0---------------5---------------0------- G D
their kind Still E-----------0---------------0-----------------------------0----------------- B---3---------------0---------------0-----0-----------------------0--------- G-------------------------------------------------1------------------------- D-------0---------------2---------------0h----2-------2--------------------- A--------------------------------------------------------------------------- D---------------2---------------2-------------2---------------2------------- E
some cried when she died this E-----------------------0---------------0---------------0------------------- B-------0-------0---------------0---------------2---------------2----------- G--------------------------------------------------------------------------- D-------------------0---------------0---------------2----------------------- A-------------------------------------------0---------------0--------------- D---4-------5---------------5----------------------------------------------- G A7
afternoon TS E-------0---------------2---------------2-------------------0--------------- B---------------3---------------3---------------------------0--------------- G-----------------------------------------------0-------0---0--------------- D---2---------------0---------------0-----------------------0--------------- A-----------------------------------------------------------5--------------- D-----------0---------------0---------------2-------4-------5--------------- D G
Louise rode home on the mail train E---------------------------0-----------------------------------2----------- B---------------------------2---------------------------3------------------- G---------------------------0----------------------------------------------- D---------------------------2-------------------------------0--------------- A---------------------------0----------------------------------------------- D---------------------------------------------------0---------------0------- A7 D
TS Some where E-------0---2---------------2-------------------------------0--------------- B---3---3-----------3-----------3---2-------0-------0---------------0------- G-------2------------------------------------------------------------------- D-------0---------------0---------------0----------------------------------- A-------0-----------------------------------------------5------------------- D-------0-------0---------------0---------------5---------------5----------- G
to the south I heard them say E-------0---------------0---------------2---------------2------------------- B---------------2---------------2---------------3---------------------7----- G---------------------------------------------------------------2/7--------- D---0---------------2---------------2---------------0-------------0--------- A-----------0---------------0----------------------------------------------- D-------------------------------------------0---------------0--------------- A7 D
Too bad it E-----------------------------------------------------0--------------------- B---~~~-------7-------7---5-----------0-----------------------0------------- G---------------------7---6-----------0-------0----------------------------- D-----------------0---------------0---------------0---------------0--------- A--------------------------------------------------------------------------- D---------0-----------0-------------------5---------------5----------------- G
ended so ugly E---0---------------0---------------0---------------2---------------2------- B-----------2---------------2---------------3---------------3--------------- G--------------------------------------------------------------------------- D---------------2---------------2---------------4---------------4----------- A-------0---------------0---------------2---------------2------------------- D--------------------------------------------------------------------------- A7 Bm
Too bad she had to E---------------2---------------2---------------0--------------------------- B-------3---------------3---------------0---------------0-----0------------- G--------------------------------------------------------------------------- D-----------4---------------4---------------2---------------0h----2--------- A---2---------------2------------------------------------------------------- D-----------------------------------2---------------2-------------2--------- E
go this way And E-----------0--------------------------------------------------------------- B-------------------0-------2-------2-------2---/---3---/---5--------------- G---1-----------------------0---------------0---/---0---/---0--------------- D-------2---------------2---2---2-----------2---/---3---/---5--------------- A---------------------------0-----------0-----------0----------------------- D---------------2----------------------------------------------------------- A7
the wind is blow- in' cold tonight E-------------------2------------------------------------------------------- B-----------3-------------------------------------------------------0------- G---------------------------0-------0-------0-----------2------------------- D---------------0-------------------------------0-----------0--------------- A--------------------------------------------------------------------------- D-------0---------------0-------4-------5-----------0-----------2----------- D G D E
So good night E-------0-----------------------------0-------------------------------0----- B---------------0-----0----------------------------------------------------- G-----------------------------1---------------0-------0-------0------------- D---2---------------0h----2-------2-------------------------------0--------- A--------------------------------------------------------------------------- D-----------2-------------2---------------2-------4-------5----------------- G
Lou- ise, goodnight E-------------------------------0---------------2---------------2----------- B-------0-------0-------2---------------2---------------3------------------- G--------------------------------------------------------------------------- D-----------0---------------2---------------2---------------0--------------- A-------------------0---------------0--------------------------------------- D---5-----------------------------------------------0---------------0------- A7 D
S S E-------0---2---------------2-------------------|--------------------------- B---3---3-----------3---------------0-------0---|--------------------------- G-------2---------------------------------------|--------------------------- D-------0---------------0-----------------------|---2/4~~~-------4\2-------- A-------0-----------------------2-------0-------|------------0-------------- D-------0-------0-------------------------------|-----0------------0-------- TS F F F
S S F F S F E--------------------------------------------------------------------------- B--------------------------------------------------------------------------- G--------------------------------------------------------------------------- D---0-------0-------2/4~~~---4\2-------0-------2---4---\---0---2------------ A-------2--------------------------2-----------2---4---\---0-------2-------- D---------------0---0--------0-----0-------0---2---4---\---0---2------------ F F F F F F F F F F F
F S S S S S S S S F F E--------------------------------------------------------------------------- B-------------------------------------------------------------0---3--------- G---1----------------------------5\3\0--------------------7\5\--------0----- D---------------3/5~~~-------5-----------5/7~~~-------7-----------4--------- A-----------2---3-5------5---------------5-7------7------------------------- D-------2-------3-5--------------5-------5-7--------------7-------0--------- F F S S F F
F F F [Slow slide, lots of vibrato] E-------0-----------------0-------|---5---/---7~~~-------------------------- B-------3-----------------2-------|---5---/---7----------------------------- G---------------0---------0-------|---5---/---7----------------------------- D---4---------------4\2---2-------|---5---/---7----------------------------- A---------------------0---0-------|---5---/---7----------------------------- D-----------0-------------0-------|---5---/---7----------------------------- F F F F S S
============================================================================ == TABLATURE EXPLANATION == ============================================================================
---------- ----5h8--- Hammeron ---------- ----5p8--- Pulloff
---------- ----5/8--- Slide Up ---------- ----5\8--- Slide Down
---------- ----5~~~-- Vibrato ---------- ----------
---------- -4:------- Time -4:------- Signature ---------- **************************************************** * The trouble isn't that there are too many fools, * * but that the lightning isn't distributed right * * * * - Mark Twain * ****************************************************


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