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Riverboat Song   J J Cale



Intro

  B(v.1)            B(v.2)                  E(v.1)                  B(v.1)
e|--------------|  |--------------------|  |--------------------|  |--------------|
b|--------------|  |--------------------|  |--------------------|  |--------------|
g|--------------|x8|--------------------|x4|----12--14----12-14-|x2|--------------|x2
d|--------------|  |----12--14----12-14-|  |14---------14-------|  |--------------|
a|---5--7---5-7-|  |14---------14-------|  |--------------------|  |---5--7---5-7-|
E|7-------7-----|  |--------------------|  |--------------------|  |7-------7-----|

  F#                      B(v.1)
e|--------------------|  |--------------|
b|--------------------|  |--------------|
g|--------------------|x2|--------------|x2
d|--------------------|  |--------------|
a|----12--14----12-14-|  |---5--7---5-7-|
E|14---------14-------|  |7-------7-----|

(Steve plays this riff beginning on F#.  This bit I am unsure about!)

                                           H  P
e|10--7--10--7--10--7--10-12BU(14)BD12-10-10-12-10----10---------------------------|
b|------------------------------------------------12----10--------------10BU(12)---|
g|---------------------------------------------------------11----------------------|
d|------------------------------------------------------------12-129---------------|
a|---------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------------------------------------|

Verse 1

B(v.1) x4
I see double up ahead

  E(v.2) x2
e|--------------------|
b|--------------------|
g|--------------------|
d|--------------------|
a|----10--12----10-12-|
E|12---------12-------|
Where the riverboat swayed beneath the sun

                        B(v.1) x2
Is where the river runs red

E(v.2) x2
Like a king who stalks the wings and shoots a dove

                       B(v.1) x2
And frees an eagle instead

e|----------------------------------------------------||------------|
b|----------------------------------------------------||------------|
g|----------------------------------------------------||------------|
d|----------------------------------------------------||------------|
a|----------------------------------------------------||----0---0-2-|
E|---0----------------2-----------7-------------------||0-2---2-----|
It's more or less the same as the things that you said.

Verse 2 (same as Verse 1)

I see trouble up the road
Like the thing you found in love are by the way
And like to cheat on your soul
Like the best and worst of thoughts that lose control
Before you lie on your bed
It's more or less the same as the things that you said.

Chorus

  E/F#        F#/A          A/B          E(1st time) E(2nd time)
                                                         P
e|-------------------------------------||---------||17-17-14---P------|
b|--------------------------10BU(12)vv-||---------||---------17-15-17-|
g|9BU(11)vv---11BU(14)vv---------------||---------||------------------|x2
d|-------------------------------------||14vvvvvv-||------------------|
a|-------------------------------------||---------||------------------|
E|-------------------------------------||---------||------------------|
Anyway for all the things you know
Tell me why does the river not flow
Anyway for all the things you said
Tell me why does the river run red

  A/B          B/D         D/E
e|-------------------------10BU(12)-|
b|10BU(12)vv---12BU(15)vv-----------|
g|----------------------------------|
d|----------------------------------|
a|----------------------------------|
E|----------------------------------|
Anyway for all the things you've seen


    P
e|17-14----14---P-------------------|
b|------17----17-15----15---P-------|
g|------------------16----16-14-----|
d|-------------------------------16-|
a|----------------------------------|
E|----------------------------------|
Tell me when will the river run green


e|------------------------------------||------------|
b|------------------------------------||------------|
g|------------------------------------||------------|
d|------------------------------------||------------|
a|------------------------------------||----0---0-2-|

E|7---5-----------------------------2-||0-2---2-----|
And anyway for all the things you know
Tell me why does the river not flow

Verse 3

B(v.1) x4  B(v.2) x4

e|--------------||---------||-------------||---------|
b|--------------||---------||-------------||---------|
g|--------------||---------||-------------||---------|
d|17-(let ring)-||------12-||9-(let ring)-||------12-|
a|--------------||---------||-------------||---------|
E|--------------||---------||-------------||---------|
It's more or less the things you fail to say in your own way
That's your trouble
Like a king who stalks the wings and shoots the moon and the stars
And his double

e|----------------------------------------------------||------------|
b|----------------------------------------------------||------------|
g|----------------------------------------------------||------------|
d|----------------------------------------------------||------------|
a|----------------------------------------------------||----0---0-2-|
E|---0----------------2-----------7-------------------||0-2---2-----|
It's more or less the same as the things that you said

Chorus (as above)

Solo

B min Pentatonic (with wah wah pedal) played over the following:
B(v.1) x4 B(v.2) x4 E(v.2) x2 B(v.1) x2 F# x2 B(v.1) x2

Outro

e|----------------------------|
b|--------------P-H---P-------|
g|9BU(10)---19 9-7-9---7------|
d|-----------------------9----|
a|----------------------------|


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