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Whats The Matter Here  10,000 Maniacs

tired of the    ex-c-u-s-e-s    everybody  uses,       he's  their 

[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]                 [D]              [G]     [Em] 
tired of the exc-u-s-e-s       everybody uses,   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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