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What's the Matter Here?  10,000 Maniacs

What's the Matter Here?
10,000 Maniacs - My Tribe (1987 album)
G |
That young boy without a name
G |
anywhere, I'd know his face.
G (Em*) | * If solo acoustic, Em sounds better
In the city, than just playing 4 bars of G, but
G (Em) | ?do as you see fit.?
The kid's my favorite. I?ve
C |
seen him, seen him.
D G |
Oh, I see him every day.
G |
G | G |
I?ve seen him run outside looking for a place to hide
G (Em) | G (Em) |
from his father, the kid half naked made me
C | D G |
say to myself, ?Oh, what's the matter here?"
G |
I am...
C D | G (Em) |
tired of the ex-c-u-s-e-s everybody uses, he's their
C D | G |
kid, (so) I stay out of it, but..
C D | G (Em) |
who gave you the right to do
[G]We live on Morgan Street,
just ten feet between.
[(Em)] And his mother,
I never see her, but her
[C]screams and curses,
[D] I hear them every d[G]ay.
[G]Threats like: "If you don't mind
I will beat on your behind,"
[(Em)] "Slap you, I?ll
slap you silly." Made me
[D]?Oh, what's the matter h[G]ere?!" I?m..
Chorus 2:
[C]tired of the exc-[D]u-s-e-s [G]everybody uses,[(Em)] he's your
[C]kid, (so) d[D]o as you see f[G]it, but
[C]get this th[D]rough that [G]I don't approve[(Em)] of what you
[C]did to your o[D]wn flesh and b[G]lood.
Solo: (over) G |C D |
Chorus 3:
[C]I'm tired of [D]the excuses [G]everybody uses,[(Em)] he's your
[C]kid, so d[D]o as you see[G] fit, but
[C]get this thro[D]ugh that I d[G]on't approve [(Em)]of what you
[C]did to your o[D]wn flesh and[G] blood.
[Em]"If you do[G]n't sit in y[C]our chair st[G]raight, I?ll
[Em]take this [G]belt from a[C]round my w[G]aist and
[Em]don't you [G]think that [C]I won't [G]use it!"
(chorus chords continued through end)
[C]Answer me and ta[D]ke your time, [G]what could be th[(Em)]e awful crime he
[C]could do at s[D]o young an a[G]ge? And if I?m the
[C]only witness t[D]o your madness[G] offer me some [(Em)]words to balance
[C]out what I se[D]e and what I [G]hear. Ohhh, these
[C]cold and c[D]ruel th[G]ings that you [(Em)] do, I sup(pose)
[C]you do them beca[D]use he belongs[G] to you. And, in-st(ead)
[C]of love and the f[D]eeling of warmth, you [G]offer him these[(Em)] cuts and sores that
[C]don?t heal with t[D]ime or with a[G]ge.
[C] And, [D]I want [G]to say I want to
(switch to chorus chords played like verse endings)
[D]?Oh, what?s the matter h[G]ere?!? But, I don?t dare
[D] ?What?s the matter he[G]re?!? No, I don?t dare
D G (1 strum, let ring)
-AYYYYY! it.
I am shocked that this song isn?t available on major tab sites, so here?s a version
to get you started. This song can be played more accurately with a Capo on the 2nd
fret. However, I think it sounds great if played lower (matches my male vocals way
better anyway).
Also, I found myself getting lazy and playing the C as a Cadd9 (x32030) and the Em
as Em7 (022030). Since the other chords are D (x00232) and G (320033), this makes
sense in switching as you can just leave you ring finger on the B (2nd) string the
entire time. Similarly, the Em can be played as Em7 for the same reason.
I made up the ?interlude? section from memory without the CD to verify--so you may
be able to workout a better chord progression. If you do, please share the information.
Chords - suggested variants in parens ?()?:
G = 320003 (320033)
D = x00232
C(add9) = x32010 (x32033 or x32030)
Em(7) = 022000 (022033 or 022030)
* note the 3 is always played on 2nd string if suggested chords used.
And, I say ?suggested? because I play a regular C in the verses and use the add9
variant in the chorus when the pace picks up. I think this tab is more than helpful
towards getting you started and playing this great song. You can play around with the
chords to suite your own taste/flavor or to try to match 10,000 Maniacs more precisely.

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