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Ghost   Indigo Girls







GHOST (Emily Saliers)
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[No capo; each chord is half a measure.]
D/F#  G  C(9)  G/B  (repeating, fading in)
[intro]

          D/F#          G             C(9)           G/B
There's a letter on the desktop that I dug out of a drawer
           D/F#         G                C(9)       G/B
The last truce we ever came to from our adolescent war
        D/F#             G              C(9)                   G/B
And I start to feel the fever from the warm air through the screen
         D/F#           G      C(9)         G6/B    C(9)  G6/B  D(9)/F#  G6
You come regular like seasons, shadowing my dreams

    D(9)/F#        G6              C(9)         G6/B
The Mississippi's mighty, but it starts in Minnesota
       D(9)/F#             G6               C(9)           G6/B
At a place that you could walk across with five steps down
      D(9)/F#                   G6            C(9)           G6/B
And I guess that's how you started like a pinprick to my heart
             D(9)/F#                G6              C(9)         C(9)
But at this point you rush right through me and I start to drown

            D          D#dim        Em7          A7sus - A7
And there's not enough room in this world for my pain
D                  D/C#               Bm7                   Bm7
Signals cross and love gets lost and time passed makes it plain
   D            D#dim     Em7           A7sus - A7
Of all my demon spirits I need you the most
C(9)      G6/B            D(9)/F#  G6
  I'm in love with your ghost
       C(9)    G6/B        D(9)/F#  G6
  I'm in love with your ghost

Dark and dangerous like a secret that gets whispered in a hush
When I wake the things I dreamt about you last night make me blush
When you kiss me like a lover, then you sting me like a viper
I go follow to the river, play your memory like the piper

And I feel it like a sickness, how this love is killing me
But I'd walk into the fingers of your fire willingly
And dance the edge of sanity, I've never been this close
C(9)        G6/B       D(9)/F#   G6
   In love with your ghost
 
         C(9)     G6/B        D(9)/F#  G6
Oo oo-oo ooooooooooooo oo-oo oooooo oo oooo
         C(9)     G6/B        D(9)/F#  G6
Oo oo-oo ooooooooooooo oo-oo oooooo oo oooo

          Em7            Em7            A7sus     A7
Unknowing captor, you'll never know how much you
           D      D/C#         F#11      F#11
Pierced my spirit, but I can't touch you
             Bm    Bm/A        G#m7-5  Gmaj13
Can you hear it, a cry to be free
B7       B7         Em          E   Am   C      D      D/C   G/B   D
  I'm forever under lock and key as you pass through me

Now I see your face before me, I would launch a thousand ships
To bring your heart back to my island as the sand beneath me slips
As I burn up in your presence, and I know now how it feels
To be weakened like Achilles, with you always at my heels

And my bitter pill to swallow is the silence that I keep
It poisons me, I can't swim free, the river is too deep
Though I'm baptized by your touch, I am no worse at most
   C(9)  G6/B       D(9)/F#   G6
In love with your ghost
   C(9)  G6/B       D(9)/F#              G6
In love with your ghost  (shadowing my dreams)
   C(9)  G6/B       D(9)/F#    G6
In love with your ghost  (ooooooooh)
   C(9)  G6/B       D(9)/F#     G6
In love with your ghost  (ooooooooh)
 
C(9)   G/B   D/F#   G
[instrumental: repeat and fade]

CHORDS (just the non-standard ones):
D/F#: 2x023x     G: 3x003x        C(9): x3203x     G/B: x2003x
D(9)/F#: 2x0230  G6: 3x0030       C(9): x32030     G6/B: x20030
D#dim: xx1212    Em7: 020030      D/C#: x4x232
F#11: 244300     G#m7-5: 4x4430   Gmaj13: 5x4430   D/C: x3x232

Notes on some chords:
  If you don't want to play D#dim (xx1212), play B7/D# (xx1202) instead;
it doesn't sound much different.  Same deal with G#m7-5; you can play it as
E9 (020102) for the same basic sound.  Then you can just play G, not Gmaj13.
Also, you can play F#7sus and F#7 (xx4330 & xx4320) instead of F#11.
  In the chorus, try playing the second half of D and D#dim (or B7/D#) with
the third fret on the high E string.  It matches the vocals that way.
TAB:

The picking pattern for the intro, first verse, and outro goes like this
(note the continuous D note on the third fret of the B string):

  D/F#            G                C(9)            G/B
E --------------------------------|--------------------------------|
B ------3-------3-------3-------3-|------3-------3-------3-------3-|
G --2-------2-------0-------0-----|--0-------0-------0-------0-----|
D ----0-------0-------0-------0---|----2-------2-------0-------0---|
A --------------------------------|3-------3-------2-------2-------|
E 2-------2-------3-------3-------|--------------------------------|
  ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ .  ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ .   
For the rest of the song, where it goes D(9)/F# G6 C(9) G6/B, it's a
little trickier (HINT: the thumb handles all the notes on the E, A, and
D strings):

  D(9)/F#         G6               C(9)            G6/B
E ------0---------------0---------|------0---------------0---------|
B ----------3---------------3-----|----------3---------------3-----|
G --2-----------2---0-----------0-|--0-----------0---0-----------0-|
D ----0-------0-------0-------0---|----2-------2-------0-------0---|
A --------------------------------|3-------3-------2-------2-------|
E 2-------2-------3-------3-------|--------------------------------|
  ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ .  ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ .   
And then there's this little fill in the intro and outro:

  D/F#            G                C(9)            G/B
E --------------------------------|3-----2-----3-------------------|
B ----------3-----1-----0---------|----------------3---------------|
G ------0---------0-----0---------|--------------------------------|
D 2/4-------------2-----0---------|--------------------------------|
A --------------------------------|3---------------2---------------|
E --------------------------------|--------------------------------|
  ^   .   ^   .   ^   .   ^   .    ^   .   ^   .   ^   .   ^   .

- Adam Schneider, schn0170@maroon.tc.umn.edu



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