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Gregory Alan Isakov - 3am chords

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This is my favourite song of the absolutely brilliant Gregory Alan Isakov. Unfortunately
there are no very good tabs around. I have been working on the song for a long time and
actually used it to learn some basic picking techniques. I could have tabbed the whole
thing but it would not be worth the effort because you only need to know the correct
chords and then learn the picking pattern yourself. I don't know it 100% correctly, Greg
plays it very differently live, so there is no 100% correct version. Make up your
little mix of hammers and pulls, just like I have. I will post a little part of the
intro to get you going. Once you have your thumb moving irrespective of your other fingers,
a whole new
world of guitar playing will open up. That's what this song has done for me. It takes
some time, but it is well worth it.

Capo 3rd


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(First part of Intro, exemplary picking pattern tabbed. ‚t‘ marks notes played by
thumb, 0/2 marks hammer on from open string to 2nd for example. When a note is put right
beneath a hammered on note, play that note simultaneously with the hammering)

e|----------3----1----------1-------------------------------------------------|
B|--------1---1------------------0—-1-----------1-----------------1-----------|
G|------0------------0---------------------0/2------2--------0/2-----2--------|
D|----2------------0t---------0t--------2t--------2t------2t------------------|
A|--3t------------------------------0t-------0t---------0t-----0t-------------|
E|---------------3t------3t---------------------------------------------------|

     C2          G2                  Am


e|-----------------------------1—0--------------------------------------------|
B|--1-----------1---------------------1---1-------3-----1----0----------------|
G|--------0/2---------2----------------------------------------------0--------|
D|-----3t---------3t-------3t-----3t----------0t----------0t-------0t---------|
A|----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|--1t------1t----------1t-----1t---------3t---------3t--------3t-------3t----|

     F1                                     G3

----- end of picking example ---------------------------------


Chords used:

e|--0---0---0-------0--------3---1---0---0------5---3----1--------------|
B|--1---1---1---1---1--------1---0---3---1------0---1----3--------------|
G|--0---0---2---0---2--------0---0---0---0------0---0----2--------------|
D|--2---0---2---2---3--------0---0---0---0(2)---3---2----0--------------|
A|--3---2---0---x---3--------2---2---2---2----------3-------------------|
E|------3-------3---1--------3---3---3---3------------------------------|

    C1  G3 Am* Am/G F1**    G1  G2  G4  G5***   F2  C2   Dm


*always hammer on 0/1 on B-sting when switching to this chord
**use left hand thumb for bass F!
***hammer on 0/2 and pull off again on D-string


(Intro)

C2       G2    Am     Am     F1      F1      G1      G2

C2      G2      Am    Am     F2     C2     G1      C2

G1      G2      G3     G4


C              G3                Am         Am7/G          F
Well, it's 3 a.m. again, like it always seems to be
G1                  G2                           Am         Am/G      F
Driving northbound, driving homeward, driving wind is driving me.
G1                G2             Am    Am7/G      F
It just seems so funny how I always end up here
G1                 G2                      Am      Am/G       F
walking outside in a storm while looking way up past the treeline.
        G1      G2      G3     G4
It's been some time.


        Am              F               G5                    G5
Give me darkness when I'm dreaming, give me moonlight when I'm leaving,
Am                      F               G5            G5
Give me shoes that weren't made for standing.
 Am                     F               G5             G5
Give me treeline, give me big sky, give me snowbound, give me rainclouds,
  Am                     G1     G2     G3     G4
give me bedtime just sometimes.


                C          G3           Am   Am7/G    F
Now you're talking in my room, there ain't nobody here,
                  G1               G2               Am        Am/G        F
Cause I've been driving like a trucker, I've been wearing through the gears
            G1                 G2               Am    Am/G        F
I've been training like a soldier, I've been burning through this sorrow
       G1            G2 Am      Am/G   F     G1      G2     G3     G4
The only talking lately is a background radio


Dm            F               G5              G5
You are my friend and I was a saint
Dm            F                                G5             G5
And riding that hope was like catching some train
Dm            F                                G5             G5
Now I just walk, but I don't mind the rain
Dm       F                                      G5             G5
Singing so much softer than I did back then
(Interlude)

C2      G2     Am     Am     F2     C2     G1      C2

G1       G2     G3     G4


        C                       G      Am       Am7/G   F
Well the night I think is darker, than we can really say,
               G1            G2          Am     Am/G      F
God's been living in that ocean, sending us all the big waves
        Am              F              G5                     G5
And I wish I was a sailor so I could know just how to trust
        Am                  F               G5                        G5
Maybe I could bring some grace back home to dry land for each of us


Dm         F                   G5             G5
Say what you see, you say it so well
Dm                  F                   G5          G5
Just say you will wait like snow on the rail
Dm            F                                G5             G5
Combing that train yard for some kind of saint
Dm            F                        G5             G5
Even my own self, it just don't seem mine


        Am                      F           G5                 G5
Give me darkness when I'm dreaming, give me moonlight when I'm leaving
        Am                      F          G5                 G5
Give me mustang horse and muscle, oh, I won't be going gentle
        Am                           F               G5                 G5
Give me slandered looks when I'm lying, give me fingers when I'm crying
    Am                 F               G5                 G5
I ain't out there to cheat you, see I killed that damn coyote in me


(Outro)

Am                 Am                  F                      F

G5                 G5                  G5                     G5
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