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Thirty Years of Tears  John Hiatt

From the 1990 A&M Records release Stolen Moments
Transcribed by Jim O'Neill (thunderbird2k1@hotmail.com)
A great song...and by no coincidence transcribed on my 30th birthday. This is a
waltz ( time), listen to the CD for timing and the chord pattern. In the intro
and between lines of the verse for the chord change from G to Cadd9, play the
G (320033), lift your first two fingers and strum the A7sus4(x00033), then hammer
the 1st and 2nd fingers to the Cadd9(x32033).
Chords
[G] [A7sus4] [Cadd9] [Em7] [Dsus2] [Dsus4] [Dsus4/A] [G5/B]  
 
 e|--3---3--------3-------3-----0-------3-------3---------3----|
 B|--3---3--------3-------3-----3-------3-------3---------3----|
 G|--0---0--------0-------0-----2-------2-------2---------0----|
 D|--0---0--------2-------2-----0-------0-------0---------0----|
 A|--2---0--------3-------2-----x-------x-------0---------2----|
 E|--3---x--------x-------0-----x-------x-------x---------x----|

Intro and Riff 1: G A7sus4 Cadd9 (see performance notes)
G Em7 Cadd9 G Riff 1
Is this a place I can rest my poor head,
G Em7 Cadd9 G Riff 1
To gather my thoughts in sweet si......lence?
G Em7 Cadd9 G Riff 1
Is this a place where the feelings aren't dead,
From an [G]overex[Em7]posure to [Dsus2]violence?
And [Dsus4/A]is this a [G5/B]place I can [Cadd9]slowly [G5/B]face
The only [Dsus4/A]one I [G5/B]truly can [Cadd9]know?
These are [G]tears from a [Cadd9]long time a[G]go,
[Cadd9]I've got these [G]tears from a [Cadd9]long time a[G]go,
and [Cadd9]I need to [G]cry [D]thirty [Dsus4]years [D]or [Em7]so.
[G]These are [Cadd9]tears from a [D]long [Dsus4]time [G]ago.
[Cadd9] [G5/B] [Dsus4/A]  
G Em7 Cadd9 G Riff 1
"Oh, Darling, Oh, darling" you say unto me,
G Em7 Cadd9 G Riff 1
"Oh, Where have you been all my life...time?"
G Em7 Cadd9 G Riff 1
Well, I have been swimmin' the seven sad seas,
Fair [G]women have [Em7]thrown me their [Dsus2]lifelines,
And I [Dsus4/A]just pulled them [G5/B]in to the [Cadd9]water's dark [G5/B]grin,
I'd have [Dsus4/A]warned 'em but [G5/B]I didn't [Cadd9]know.
These are [G]tears from a [Cadd9]long time a[G]go,
[Cadd9]I've got these [G]tears from a [Cadd9]long time a[G]go,
and [Cadd9]I need to [G]cry [D]thirty [Dsus4]years [D]or [Em7]so.
[G]These are [Cadd9]tears from a [D]long [Dsus4]time [G]ago.
[Cadd9] [G5/B] [A7sus4] [G]  
Interlude Chords:
[Dsus4]  
Cadd9 B/G5 A/Dsus4 G (2x)
Cadd9 Dsus4 Em7 G (2x)
Cadd9 B/G5 A/Dsus4 G (2x)
[Cadd9] [B/G5] [A/Dsus4]  
G Em7 Cadd9 G Riff 1
Well, I've cried me a river, I've cried me a lake,
G Em7 Cadd9 G Riff 1
Hell, I cried 'til the past nearly drowned me.
G Em7 Cadd9 G Riff 1
Tears for sad consequence, tears for mistakes,
But [G]never these [Em7]tears that sur[Dsus2]round me.
[Dsus4/A]Alone in this [G5/B]place with a [Cadd9]lifetime to [G5/B]trace,
And a [Dsus4/A]heartbeat that [G5/B]tells me it's [Cadd9]so.
Oh, and I've got these [G]tears from a [Cadd9]long time a[G]go,
[Cadd9]These are [G]tears from a [Cadd9]long time a[G]go,
and [Cadd9]I need to [G]cry [D]thirty [Dsus4]years [D]or [Em7]so,
[G]These are [Cadd9]tears from a [D]long [Dsus4]time [G]ago,
These are [Cadd9]tears from a [D]long [Dsus4]time [G]ago,
I've got these [Cadd9]tears from a [D]long [Dsus4]time [G]ago.

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