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Before The Deluge  Jackson Browne

[G]Some of them were dreamers
[C]And some of them were [G]fools
Who were [Em]making plans and [C]thinking of the fut[G]ure  [C]   [G]
With the [G]energy of the innocent
They were [C]gathering the [G]tools
They would [Em]need to make their [C]journey back to nat [G]ure [C]   [G]
While the [Em]sand slipped through the [G]opening
And their [C]hands reached for the [G]golden ring
With their [Em]hearts they turned to each [C] other's heart for [D]refuge [Em] [D]
In the [Em]troubled years that [C]came before the [G]deluge [C]   [G]


[G]Some of them knew pleasure
And [C]some of them knew [G]pain
And for [Em]some of them it was [C]only the moment that mat[G]tered [C] [G]
And on the [G]brave and crazy wings of youth
They went [C]flying around in the [G]rain
And their [Em]feathers, once so [C]fine, grew torn and tat[G]tered [C] [G]
And in the [Em]end they traded their [G]tired wings
For the [C]resignation that [G]living brings
And e[Em]xchanged love's bright and [C]fragile glow
For the [D]glitter and the rouge      [Em]     [D]
And in the [Em]moment they were [C]swept before the [G]deluge[C]  [G]
Now let the music keep our [C]spirits high [G]        [C]        [G]
And let the buildings keep our [C]children dry  [G] [C]
[G]Let creation re[D]veal it's secrets by and [G]by     [C]
By and [G]by...       [C]
When the [G]light that's lost [C]within us reaches the [G]sky      [D]
[G]Some of them were angry
At the [C]way the earth was a[G]bused
By the [Em]men who learned how to [C]forge her beauty into pow[G]er [C] [G]
And they s[G]truggled to protect her from them
[C]Only to be conf[G]used
By the [Em]magnitude of her [C]fury in the final ho[G]ur [C] [G]
And when the [Em]sand was gone and the [G]time arrived
In the [C]naked dawn only a [G]few survived
And in [Em]attempts to under[C]stand a thing so [D]simple and so huge [Em] [D]
Believed that [Em]they were meant to live [C] after the del[G]uge  [C] [G]
Now let the music keep our [C]spirits high [G]    [C]        
[G]And let the buildings keep our [C]children dry   [G] [C]
[G]Let creation re[D]veal it's secrets by and [G]by     [C]
By and [G]by...       [C]
When the [G]light that's lost [C]within us reaches the [G]sky      [D]
Coda:
|G |C |G |C |
|G |C |G |D |

Repeat coda and fade

Transcribed by Gerard Koot (Amsterdam, Netherlands) � may 2007
email: gerardkoot@hotmail.com


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I�ve added a sample fingerstyle arrangement of the intro. The intro is not played like
the original recording but it�s a way of playing
the intro violin melody combined with chords.

The vertical lines (|) above the high e string indicate the quarter note beats of the measures.

Tuning: EADGBe
Intro:

   [G]|   |   |   |     [C]|   |   |   |     [G]|   |   |   |     [C]|   |   |   |
e|-----------------|---3---------5---|-7-----8-7-5-----|---3---------5---|

B|-3-----3-----3-5-|-----5-----------|-----8-------8-5-|-----5-----------|
G|-----4-----------|-------5---5---5-|---7-------------|-------5---5---5-|
D|---5-------5-----|-----------------|-5-------5-------|-----------------|
A|-----------------|-3-------3-------|-----------------|-3-------3-------|
E|-3-------3-------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|

   | [C/E]  |  [D/F#] |   |     |   |   |   |     |   |   |   |     |   |   |   |
e|-7-----8-7-5-----|---3---------5---|-7-----7-------7-|-5-----5---------|

B|-----8-------8-5-|-----5-----------|-----8-------8---|-----7---8---10--|
G|---7-------------|-------5---5---5-|---7-------7-----|---7-----9---11--|
D|-5-------5-------|-----------------|-5-------5-------|-----------------|
A|-----------------|-3-------3-------|-----------------|-5-------7---9---|
E|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|

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rsummerhayes (report)

Agreed

KM90808 (report)

I think the chord progression should be:
G C G Em C G CG
G C G Em C G CG
Em G C G Em C D
Em C G CG

The first Em C CG is there, but missing from the rest of the song and the EM C D progression is completely missing from the "with their hearts they turned to each other's hearts for refuge" and similar) line.