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Rattlin' Bones  Kasey Chambers

Written by Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson
Shane plays the guitar part with two capos:
The 5/6 capo at the third fret transposes the guitar-friendly
D-chords to the key of F while leaving the 6th-string open to
extend the range of the bass. A second capo at the first fret
allows the 6th-string to be played open sounding an F-note.
The sound can be duplicated with one capo using Drop-D tuning
but requires a fingering shift to play the G-chord.
Alternatively, use a 5/6 capo at Fret-2 dropping the key to E.
4 beats per chord _ = hold Beat-1
` = 2 beats . = Csus2 passing chord on Beat-4
(capo at third fret)
INTRO:
D5 `Dsus4 `Dm11 D5 `Dm7 `D7sus4
D5 `Dsus4 `Dm11 D5. D5.
CHORUS:
[D5]Smoke don't rise [D5]fuel don't burn [A7sus4]sun don't shine no [D5]more
[D5]Late one night [D5]sorrow come 'round [A7sus4]scratching at my [D5]door but I
[D5]Cut my hands and [D5]break my back [A7sus4]draggin' this bag of [D5]stones 'til they
D5 D5 `A7sus4 `G5
Bury me down be-neath the ground with the dust and rattlin'
RE-INTRO:
D5 `Dsus4 `Dm11 D5 `Dm7 `D7sus4
Bones
D5 `Dsus4 `Dm11 D5. D5.
VERSE:
[D5]Left my home and [D5]left my love [A7sus4]caught on a rusty [D5]nail
[D5]Devil rose up [D5]heavy with gold [A7sus4]my soul's not for [D5]sale then a
[D5]Holy man in a [D5]house of God he [A7sus4]offered me a book of [D5]prayer but when I
D5 D5 `A7sus4 `G5 D5
Left my home and left my love I left my faith back there
CHORUS:
(as before)
RE-INTRO:
(as before)
VERSE:
[D5]Shut my eyes and [D5]hang my head [A7sus4]darkness makes no [D5]sound
[D5]Climbin' up a [D5]bottleneck [A7sus4]hurts on the way back [D5]down when a
[D5]Sadness falls on the [D5]morning bird [A7sus4]wonder what the day will [D5]bring but I
D5 D5 `A7sus4 `G5 D5
Shut my eyes and hang my head at least that bird can sing
CHORUS:
(as before)
TAG:
[D5]Bones till they
D5_ N.C. N.C.
Bury me down be-neath the ground with the dust and rattlin'
(slightly slower)
OUTRO: (a tempo)
D5 `Dsus4 `Dm11 D5 `Dm7 `D7sus4
Bones
D5 `Dsus4 `Dm11 D5. D5
================================================================================
TUNING: 6 5 4 3 2 1
Drop-D D A D G B E
CHORDS: 5/6 CAPO:
[D5] [Dsus4] [Dm11] [Dm7] [D7sus4] [A7sus4] [G5] [Csus2] [G5] 
 
 E ------------------------------------------------- E -----
 B --3-----8-----3-----6-----3-------3-----3-----3-- B --3--
 G --2-----7-----0-----5-----0-------0-----0-----0-- G --0--
 D --0-----0-----3-----0-----0-------2-----0-----0-- D --0--
 A --0-----0-----0-----0-----3-------0-----------3-- A -----
 D --0-----0-----0-----0-----0-------------5-------- E-2 --3-- 

Names are used for identification rather than descr i ption.
D-chords and A-chords are minor in the ensemble.
VERSE/CHORUS:
Basic strumming pattern:
[D5]  
[1] [2] [3] [+] [4] [+]  
 
 E ----------------- - 1st-string muted
 B -----3-----3-3-3- h = hammer-on
 G -----2-----2-2-2- p = pull-off
 D -----0-----0-0-0- ~ = slight bend and vibrato
 A ----------------- d = down-strum
 D -0-------0------- u = up-strum

[d] [d] [d] [u] [d] [u]  
TAB shows loudest notes only - all chord-tones may ring.
INTRO:
[D5] [Dsus4] [Dm11] [D5] [Dm7] [D7sus4] 
[1] [2] [3] [+] [4] [+] [1] [2] [3] [+] [4] [+] [1] [2] [3] [+] [4] [+] [1] [2] [3] [+] [4] [+] 
 
 E ----------------- ----------------- ----------------- -----------------
 B -----3-----3----- -----8~----3---3- -----3-----3----- -----6~----3---3-
 G -----2-------0h2- -----7~----0---0- -----2-------0h2- -----5~----0---0-
 D ----------------- ---------0---3--- ----------------- -----------------
 A ----------------- ---------0------- ----------------- -------------3---
 D -0-------0------- -0-------0------- -0-------0------- -0-------0------- 

[D5] [Dsus4] [Dm11] [D5] [Csus2] [D5] [Csus2] 
[1] [2] [3] [+] [4] [+] [1] [2] [3] [+] [4] [+] [1] [2] [3] [+] [4] [+] [1] [2] [3] [+] [4] [+] 
 
 E ----------------- ----------------- ----------------- -----------------
 B ----------------- ----------------- -----3-----3---3- -----3-----3---3-
 G ------- ------- -----2-----2---0- -----2-----2---0-
 D ------- (as before) ------- -------------0--- -0-------0---0---
 A ------- ------- ---------0---3--- -------------3---
 D ----------------- ----------------- -0--------------- ----------------- 

Note the one-beat passing chord and moving bass-line in Bar-7-8.
Suggest keeping ring-finger on 2nd-string.
In the changes on Beat-3 the middle-finger waits until Beat-4 to
fret the alternate bass-notes at Fret-3.
================================================================================
Banjo part can be played on guitar with 1st-string tuned down to D.
5th-string would be tuned in unison with 3rd-string (same octave)
but it is not played although it sometimes rings. This part adds
the seventh to the D-chords and the minor-third to the A-chords.
TUNING: 5 4 3 2 1
[G] [D] [G] [B] [D]  
Played with fingers
(capo at third fret)
INTRO:
[D5] [Dsus4] [Dm11] [D5] [Dm7] [D7sus4] 
[D5] 
[1] [+] [2] [+] [3] [+] [4] [+] [1] [+] [2] [+] [3] [+] [4] [+] [1] [+] [2] [+] [3] [+] [4] [+] [1] [+] [2] [+] [3] [+] [4] [+]  
 
 D -----0-------0--- ----------------- ----------------- -----0-----------
 B -----3-------1h3- ------ O / ----- ------ O / ----- -----3---1-------
 G -----2-----2----- ------ / ----- ------ / ----- -------2---2-----
 D -0-------0------- ------ / O ----- ------ / O ----- -0-----------3~--
 G ----------------- ----------------- ----------------- ----------------- 

VERSE/CHORUS:
[D5] [Asus4] [Asus4] [G5] [D5] 
[1] [2] [3] [+] [4] [+] [1] [2] [3] [+] [4] [+] [1] [+] [2] [+] [3] [+] [4] [+] [1] [+] [2] [+] [3] [+] [4] [+]  
 
 D -----0-------0--- -----0-------0--- -----0-------0--- -----0-----------
 B -----3-------1h3- -----3-------1h3- -----3-------3--- -----3---1-------
 G -----2-----2----- -----2-----2----- ---2---2---0---0- -------2---2-----
 D -0-------0------- -2-------2------- -2-------0------- -0-----------3~--
 G ----------------- ----------------- ----------------- ----------------- 

Suggest little-finger on 2nd-string fret-3.
================================================================================
Electric guitar adds melodic figures at times hitting a low Eb with
vibrato and sliding up to F. This could be played either in Drop-D
tuning or in the key of G with all strings tuned a whole step down.
In the CMAA performance the player was in Drop-D tuning with a capo
at the third fret which cannot duplicate that low seventh.
Using Double-Drop-D tuning a solo performance can incorporate ideas
Waynus Of Uranus
July 2008
April 2011 Corrected Banjo part and added Capo-fret-2 suggestion

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