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Pearl Jam - Thumbing My Way tab

Date: Tue, 1 Apr 2003 12:30:39 +0300
From: "St.Elizabeth's Mission Hospital, Mukumu"
Subject: p/pearl_jam/thumbing_my_way.crd

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Thumbing my way .....
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    by Pearly Jam Necklace

Tabbed from the wet slopes of western Kenya by Richie
'Rich' Herbert for Monsieur Cranefly aka Tall John.

If my guitar is tuned correctly (which I think it is)
then this is played with CAPO 1. Therefore, the D
chord played is technically an E flat, but we don't
need to worry about that. I have simply written a D (E
flat) as a D.

Here is the bass of the thing, to start you rocking.

e --------|-----------|--------|
B --------|-----------|--------|
G --------|-----------|--------|
D --0--4--|--4--2--0--|--------|
A --------|-----------|--2--0--|
E --------|-----------|--------|

(Bear this bass in mind when strumming through the D
section.)

Here are the shapes of the chords used in the D
section, and the order in which they are all played.
(I don't know what all the chord names are, so I'll
just make them up.)

D

e |---------|----X----|---------|
B |---------|---------|----X----|
G |---------|----X----|---------|
D |---------|---------|---------|
A |---------|---------|---------|
E |---------|---------|---------|
FRET   1         2         3

D add F#

e |---------|----X----|---------|---------|
B |---------|---------|----X----|---------|
G |---------|----X----|---------|---------|
D |---------|---------|---------|----X----|
A |---------|---------|---------|---------|
E |---------|---------|---------|---------|
FRET   1         2         3         4

D add E

e |---------|----X----|---------|
B |---------|---------|----X----|
G |---------|---------|---------|
D |---------|----X----|---------|
A |---------|---------|---------|
E |---------|---------|---------|
FRET   1         2         3

D sus A

e |---------|----X----|---------|
B |---------|---------|----X----|
G |---------|---------|---------|
D |---------|---------|---------|
A |---------|---------|---------|
E |---------|---------|---------|
FRET   1         2         3

D add B

e |---------|----X----|---------|
B |---------|---------|----X----|
G |---------|---------|---------|
D |---------|---------|---------|
A |---------|----X----|---------|
E |---------|---------|---------|
FRET   1         2         3

A6 add D

e |---------|---------|---------|
B |---------|---------|----X----|
G |---------|---------|---------|
D |---------|----X----|---------|
A |---------|---------|---------|
E |---------|---------|---------|
FRET   1         2         3

A6

e |---------|---------|
B |---------|----X----|
G |---------|---------|
D |---------|----X----|
A |---------|---------|
E |---------|---------|
FRET   1         2


C bass G

e |---------|---------|---------|
B |----X----|---------|---------|
G |---------|---------|---------|
D |---------|----X----|---------|
A |---------|---------|----X----|
E |---------|---------|----X----|
FRET   1         2         3

The hardest part of this song is the D section, but
once you get it, it's easy. Refer to the bass bit at
the top and then piece it together using the folowing
chords.

D   D add F#       D add E / D sus A / D add B / A6

NOTE: When I write A6, you can play the A6 add D shape
first and pull off to create a twiddly-dee effect -
but don't over do it mate, you're not Kenny Rogers!


NB. I have had to remove most of the lyrics as requested, but I have put
blanks where the words should be, so print it out and fill them in! Good
luck Pot-pickers!

D                            D add B         A6
I have not been ____ _____ ___ left me ____ ___.

D   D add F#       D add E/D sus A/D add B/A6
I'm thumbing __ ___ back to heaven.

D                     D add B          A6
Count _____, _______ backwards __ ___ road.

D   D add F#       D add E/D sus A/D add B/A6
I'm counting __ ___ back to heaven.

G
I can't be free

                             C bass G
____ ______ ______ ______ of me.

               Am          G
If there ___ a key __ ___ nothing.

G
There's __ _____ __ right,

                              C bass G
But ___ ____ _______ good and bad.

     Am               G
___ questions ______ here.

D                                        D add B
A6
No matter ___ ____ ___ ______, _______ _ spring time
ahead.

D   D add F#       D add E/D sus A/D add B/A6
I'm thumbing __ ___ back to heaven.

D                                  D add B
A6
I wish ____ _ _____ ____ ___ .....     I wish that _
had .....

D   D add F#  D add E/D sus A/D add B/A6
    Thinking about ______.

MIDDLE 8 bit (sorry I haven't really worked on this,
but I reckon it starts with this strange G add C chord
on fret 7).

G add C

e |---------|----O----|----O----|
B |---------|---------|----O----|
G |---------|----O----|---------|
D |---------|---------|---------|
A |---------|---------|---------|
E |---------|---------|---------|
FRET   6         7         8

G

e |---------|----O----|---------|
B |---------|---------|----O----|
G |---------|----O----|---------|
D |---------|---------|---------|
A |---------|---------|---------|
E |---------|---------|---------|
FRET   6         7         8


G add C    G
I go ____ my road,

________ ____ you'll have __ back

___ __ ____ ____ I realise,

____ ___ wrapped ______ my neck.

_ _____ ___ ______ next,

____ ____ lonely overpass.

Hang my head ___ _____ __ _____,

__ _______ car goes past.


G                                              C bass
G
All the rusted signs, __ ______ __________ ___ life.


              Am           G
Choosing ___ shiny ____ instead.


G                                        C bass G
I turned __ ____, ___ _______ __ turning back.


Am     G
Mmmmmmmm.

D                                        D add B
A6
No matter how cold ___ ______, _______ _ spring time
ahead.

D   D add F#       D add E/D sus A/D add B/A6
I _____, ___ _____ okay, (I don't know what he's
mumbling on about here)

D                             D add B
A6
I'm just _______ around, every once in _ _____ _ ___ a
ride.

D   D add F#       D add E/D sus A/D add B/A6
Thumbing my ___ ____ __ heaven.

D   D add F#       D add E/D sus A/D add B/A6
Thumbing __ ___ ____ __ heaven.

D   D add F#       D add E/D sus A/D add B/A6
Thumbing __ ___ ____ __ ______.

The celibate_monkey@yahoo.co.uk
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