Michael Hedges – Watching My Life Go By tab

WATCHING MY LIFE GO BY
by Michael Hedges 1981

Tuning: DADGCC

Legend:
! = left hand reaches under neck and vigorously slaps guitar body like
it's a bongo drum!

This tune is in 5/8 TIME  Michael kept a kind of eighth note grace note
strum pattern throughout this tune. Notes Tabbed out below are more or
less Accents, but this is my first tab, so there are grace notes that I didn't put in 
here, but if you know the tune, you'll know what to do...

* WHEN YOU OPEN THIS MAKE SURE IT WRAPS TO WINDOW AND NOT RULER.
UNSURE? GO TO THE 62ND CHARACHTER OF EACH LINE OF TABLATURE AND DO A HARD RETURN [HIT 
ENTER] IT WILL LINE UP PROPERLY ...


Forte [WITH PASSION]

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pianoforte [lightly with grace and energy, LET IT BREATHE] [and keep 16ths going on the top 2 strings as shown vaguely below] Everyone sees their life a different way __________________________
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Saviors even come on different days
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Bleeding his colors into several shades
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Forte [stronger] But I am a prisoner caught in the flesh, red-handed
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Watching my life go by
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I'm watching my life go by
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Watching my life go by! !-------------0----------0----------------------H5-----------------------|-------------0----------0----------------------------H4-----------------|-------------0----------0----------------------------------H5-----------|--0---0---0-----0-0----------(0)-0---0---0------------------------------|--0---0---0-----0-0----------(0)-0---0---0------------------------------|--0---0---0-----0-0----------(0)-0---0---0------------------------------|
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Nobody knows how close ... "together" means---0--------------------------0-------------0---------------0-----------|---0--------------------------0-------------0---------------0-----------|---5--------------------------4-------------0---------------0-----------|---7--------------------------5-------------7---------------5-----------|---X--------------------------X-------------8---------------7-----------|---X--------------------------X-------------X---------------X-----------|
Love is a race we run at different speeds---------2--2--2----------------2--2--2---------------------------------|---------0--0--0----------------0--0--0---------------------------------|---------3--3--3----------------3--3--3---------------------------------|--0-0-0----------------0-0-0--------------------------------------------|--3-3-3----------------3-3-3--------------------------------------------|--3-3-3----------------3-3-3--------------------------------------------|
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Pacing ourselves to deal with different needs
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But I am a spectator caught in a crowd of laughter-------5---------------0-------------------------------------------------|-------0---------------0-------------------------------------------------|-------0---------------0-------------------------------------------------|-------5---------------0-------------------------------------------------|-------X---------------8-------------------------------------------------|-------5---------------8-------------------------------------------------|
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I'm watching my life go by------------------0----0----0----------------0----0----0-----------------|------------------0----0----0----------------0----0----0-----------------|------------------0----0----0----------------0----0----0-----------------|-------9--9--9-------------------9--9--9---------------------------------|-------7--7--7-------------------7--7--7---------------------------------|-------7--7--7-------------------7--7--7---------------------------------|
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Deeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee deet deet--------------2----2----2------------------------------2----2----2------|--------------2----2----2------------------------------2----2----2------|--------------2----2----2------------------------------2----2----2------|-0--0--0---------------------------0--0--0------------------------------|-4--4--4---------------------------4--4--4------------------------------|-4--4--4---------------------------4--4--4------------------------------|
Dee Deeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee--------------2----2----2------------------------------2----2----2------|--------------2----2----2------------------------------2----2----2------|--------------2----2----2------------------------------2----2----2------|-0--0--0---------------------------0--0--0------------------------------|-4--4--4---------------------------4--4--4------------------------------|-4--4--4---------------------------4--4--4------------------------------|
Dweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee DaaDweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee---------5--5--5-------7--7--7--------8--8--8---------10-10-10-----------|---------5--5--5-------7--7--7-------10-10-10---------12-12-12-----------|---------5--5--5-------7--7--7--------8--8--8---------10-10-10-----------|--5--5--5-------7--7--7--------8--8--8---------10-10-10------------------|--5--5--5-------7--7--7--------8--8--8---------10-10-10------------------|--5--5--5-------7--7--7-------10-10-10---------12-12-12------------------|
eeeeeeeee Ah - dah - daaaaaahhhhh! !-------------0----------0----------------------H5-----------------------|-------------0----------0----------------------------H4-----------------|-------------0----------0----------------------------------H5-----------|--0---0---0-----0-0----------(0)-0---0---0------------------------------|--0---0---0-----0-0----------(0)-0---0---0------------------------------|--0---0---0-----0-0----------(0)-0---0---0------------------------------|
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[same as verses above] Somebody help me find my way back down There's nobody left for me to lap around Everyone's breaking past my speed of sound I am a dictator I keep my soul surrounded Watching my life, Waaah - tching my life, Watching my life .... I'm watching my life go by Watching my life go by [ending] I'm watching my life go by-------------------------
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--yyyyy-----------------------------------------------------------I'm---
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Watching my life!
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************************************************** ********************** Alternative harmonics [the entire harmonics part]
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