Peter Rowan - Tumbleweed tab

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			 Tumble Weed - Pete Rowan
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Tabbed by: maguri
Tuning: Standard

A wonderful and haunting contemporary folk song penned by Peter Rowan and Bill Miller 
from Rowan's album "Dust Bowl Children" (1990). Highly recommended!

It's not that difficult to play, mostly Travis. The final E7 of Intro/Link/Chorus, 
however, might at first pose some problems to picking beginners with 
the bending quickly followed by a hammering on. The notes in brackets can be added 
to link the chord transitions smoothly. Rowan himself plays lots of subtle variations 
throughout the song that I sometimes but not always noted here. 

Have fun!


Capo 3rd fret

Intro Am7 C/Ge|-----0------------3----------------|-----0-------------3----------------|B|-----------1----------------1------|-----------1-----------------1------|G|------------------------2-------(0)|--------------------------0------(0)|D|-----2--------2-------2--------2---|-----2--------2--------2--------2---|A|-0-------0--------0-------0--------|------------------------------------|E|-----------------------------------|-3--------3--------3--------3-------|
D9/F# E7e|-----0-------------3---------------|----b3----0-----0-------------------|B|-----------1----------------1------|------------0h3---------------------|G|(h2)--------------------2-------(0)|(h1)-------------------------(1)----|D|-----0--------0-------0--------0---|-----2--------2--------2--------2---|A|-----------------------------------|------------------------------------|E|-2--------2--------2--------2------|-0--------0--------0--------0-------| 1. Far a-
Verse 1./3. Am7 C/Ge|-----0------------0----------------|-----0-------------0----------------|B|-----------1----------------1------|-----------1-----------------1------|G|------------------------2----------|--------------------------2---------|D|-----2--------2-------2--------2---|-----2--------2--------2--------2---|A|-0----------------0-------0--------|------------------------------------|E|---------0-------------------------|-3--------3--------3--------3-------| -cross the Mississippi and out on the open plains In an [3.] boot heals tap in time to an old flat top box guitar He's a
D9/F# E7e|-----0-------------0---------------|-----0-------------0----------------|B|-----------1----------------1------|------------3----------------0------|G|------------------------2----------|--------------------------1---------|D|-----0--------0-------0--------0---|-----2--------2--------2--------2---|A|-----------------------------------|------------------------------------|E|-2--------2--------2--------2------|-0--------0--------0--------0-------| Oklahoma cow town where the sky begins to rain In a guitar local hero and he sings straight from the heart. And his
Am7 C/Ge|-----0------------0----------------|-----0-------------0----------------|B|-----------1----------------1------|-----------1-----------------1------|G|------------------------2----------|--------------------------2---------|D|-----2--------2-------2--------2---|-----2--------2--------2--------2---|A|-0-------0--------0-------0--------|------------------------------------|E|-----------------------------------|-3--------3--------3--------3-------| dusty run-down honky tonk sits a drifting tumbleweed tip jar is just a jumble of worn old dollar bills He
D9/F# E7e|-----0-------------0---------------|-----0------------|B|-----------1----------------1------|------------3-----|G|------------------------2----------|------------------|D|-----0--------0-------0--------0---|-----2--------2---|A|-----------------------------------|------------------|E|-2--------2--------2--------2------|-0--------0-------| Thumbing through some magazine he can't even read makes his bread and grocery in the local bar and grill
Link between verses 1./2. and 3./4. Am7 Am7e|-----0------------3----------------|-----0------------3---------3------|B|-----------1----------------1------|-----------1-----------------------|G|------------------------2--------2-|------------------------2----------|D|-----2--------2-------2--------2---|-----2--------2-------2--------2---|A|-0-------0--------0-------0--------|-0-------0--------0-------0--------|E|-----------------------------------|-----------------------------------| 2. Now 4. When
Verse 2./4. Am7 C/Ge|-----0------------0----------------|-----0-------------0----------------|B|-----------1----------------1------|-----------1-----------------1------|G|------------------------2----------|--------------------------2---------|D|-----2--------2-------2--------2---|-----2--------2--------2--------2---|A|-0----------------0-------0--------|------------------------------------|E|---------0-------------------------|-3--------3--------3--------3-------|
tumbleweed remembers how the west was won and lost The he starts to picking that people turn and stare When old guitar you know the D9/F# E7e|-----0-------------0---------------|-----0-------------0----------------|B|-----------1----------------1------|------------3----------------0------|G|------------------------2----------|--------------------------1---------|D|-----0--------0-------0--------0---|-----2--------2--------2--------2---|A|-----------------------------------|------------------------------------|E|-2--------2--------2--------2------|-0--------0--------0--------0-------| homestead act and the dust bowl, everybody paid the cost And the he starts singing the songs he wrote wells there's magic in the air. Cause
Am7 C/Ge|-----0------------0----------------|-----0-------------0----------------|B|-----------1----------------1------|-----------1-----------------1------|G|------------------------2----------|--------------------------2---------|D|-----2--------2-------2--------2---|-----2--------2--------2--------2---|A|-0-------0--------0-------0--------|------------------------------------|E|-----------------------------------|-3--------3--------3--------3-------| great white father promised to treat his children all the same Back when his song can heal your wounded heart, he can set you spirit free. He can
D9/F# E7e|-----0-------------0---------------|-----0-------------0----------------|B|-----------1----------------1------|------------3----------------0------|G|------------------------2----------|--------------------------1---------|D|-----0--------0-------0--------0---|-----2--------2--------2--------2---|A|-----------------------------------|------------------------------------|E|-2--------2--------2--------2------|-0--------0--------0--------0-------| Indian Territory was Oklahoma's name Oh, raise you hopes to be the very best that you can be
Chorus (after verse 2 and 4) F Ce|------------------1----------------|------------------------------------|B|-----------1----------------1------|-----------1-------1---------1------|G|-------2----------------2----------|-------0------------------0---------|D|-----3--------3-------3--------3---|-----2--------2--------2--------2---|A|-----------------------------------|-3-----------------3--------3-------|E|-1-------1--------1-------1--------|----------3-------------------------| tumbleweed keep rollin', he just roams from town to town It ain't
Dm E7e|-----------1----------------1------|-----0-------------0----------------|B|-------3----------------3----------|------------3----------------0------|G|-----2--------2-------2--------2---|--------------------------1---------|D|-0----------------0----------------|-----2--------2--------2--------2---|A|---------0----------------0--------|------------------------------------|E|-----------------------------------|-0--------0--------0--------0-------| easy for a half-breed kid to try and settle down
F Ce|------------------1----------------|------------------------------------|B|-----------1----------------1------|-----------1-------1---------1------|G|-------2----------------2----------|-------0------------------0---------|D|-----3--------3-------3--------3---|-----2--------2--------2--------2---|A|-----------------------------------|-3-----------------3--------3-------|E|-1-------1--------1-------1--------|----------3-------------------------| Tumbleweed keep rollin', he can't find no place to rest 'Cause the
Dm E7 e|-----------1----------------1------|----b3----0-----0-------------------|B|-------3----------------3----------|------------0h3---------------------|G|-----2--------2-------2--------2---|------------------------------------|D|-0----------------0----------------|-----2--------2---------------------|A|---------0----------------0--------|------------------------------------|E|-----------------------------------|-0--------0--------0----------------| desert wind blows tumbleweed the spirit of the west
Link (from Chorus 1 to Verse 3/from Chorus 2 to Verse 5) Am7 C/Ge|-----0------------3----------------|-----0-------------3----------------|B|-----------1----------------1------|-----------1-----------------1------|G|------------------------2-------(0)|--------------------------0------(0)|D|-----2--------2-------2--------2---|-----2--------2--------2--------2---|A|-0-------0--------0-------0--------|------------------------------------|E|-----------------------------------|-3--------3--------3--------3-------|
D9/F# E7e|-------------------3---------------|----b3----0-----0-------------------|B|-----------1----------------1------|------------3-----------------------|G|(h2)---2----------------2-------(0)|(h1)-------------------------(1)----|D|-----0--------0-------0--------0---|-----2--------2--------2--------2---|A|-----------------------------------|------------------------------------|E|-2--------2--------2--------2------|-0--------0--------0--------0-------| 3. Well, his 5. So when you
Verse 5 Am7 C/Ge|-----0------------0----------------|-----0-------------0----------------|B|-----------1----------------1------|-----------1-----------------1------|G|------------------------2----------|--------------------------2---------|D|-----2--------2-------2--------2---|-----2--------2--------2--------2---|A|-0----------------0-------0--------|------------------------------------|E|---------0-------------------------|-3--------3--------3--------3-------| cross the Mississippi, you head out on the open plain And you
D9/F# E7e|-----0-------------0---------------|-----0-------------0----------------|B|-----------1----------------1------|------------3----------------0------|G|------------------------2----------|--------------------------1---------|D|-----0--------0-------0--------0---|-----2--------2--------2--------2---|A|-----------------------------------|------------------------------------|E|-2--------2--------2--------2------|-0--------0--------0--------0-------| pass through Oklahoma where the sky begins to rain And you're
Am7 C/Ge|-----0------------0----------------|-----0-------------0----------------|B|-----------1----------------1------|-----------1-----------------1------|G|------------------------2----------|--------------------------0-------0-|D|-----2--------2-------2--------2---|-----2--------2--------2--------2---|A|-0-------0--------0-------0--------|------------------------------------|E|-----------------------------------|-3--------3--------3--------3-------| feeling kind of rootless, you can't find no place to nest
D9/F# E7e|-----0-------------0---------------|----b3----0-----0-------------------|B|-----------1----------------1------|------------3-----------------------|G|(h2)---2----------------2-------(0)|(h1)--------------------------------|D|-----0--------0-------0--------0---|-----2--------2---------------------|A|-----------------------------------|------------------------------------|E|-2--------2--------2--------2------|-0--------0--------0----------------| Just remember tumbleweed, the spirit of the west
Am7 C/Ge|-----0-----------~3----------------|-------------------3----------------|B|-----------1----------------1------|-----------1-----------------1------|G|--------------2---------2-------(0)|-------0------------------0------(0)|D|-----2----------------2--------2---|-----2--------2--------2--------2---|A|-0----------------0-------0--------|------------------------------------|E|-----------------------------------|-3--------3--------3--------3-------| Yeah, the
D9/F# E7e|-------------------3---------------|----b3----0-----0-------------------|B|-----------1----------------1------|-----------b3-----------------------|G|(h2)---2----------------2-------(0)|(h1)--------------------------------|D|-----0--------0-------0--------0---|-----2--------2---------------------|A|-----------------------------------|------------------------------------|E|-2--------2--------2--------2------|-0--------0--------0----------------| desert wind blows tumbleweed, the spirit of the west
Am7 C/Ge|--------0---------3----------------|-------------------3----------------|B|-----------1----------------1------|-----------1-----------------1------|G|--------------2---------2-------(0)|-------0------------------0------(0)|D|-----2----------------2--------2---|-----2--------2--------2--------2---|A|-0----------------0-------0--------|------------------------------------|E|-----------------------------------|-3--------3--------3--------3-------|
Oh, the D9/F# E7e|-------------------3---------------|----b3----0-----0-------------------|B|-----------1----------------1------|-----------b3-----------------------|G|(h2)---2----------------2-------(0)|(h1)--------------------------------|D|-----0--------0-------0--------0---|-----2--------2---------------------|A|-----------------------------------|------------------------------------|E|-2--------2--------2--------2------|-0--------0--------0----------------| desert wind calls tumbleweed, the spirit of the west
Outro Am7 C/Ge|------------------3----------------|-------------------3----------------|B|-----------1----------------1------|-----------1-----------------1------|G|-------2----------------2-------(0)|-------0------------------0------(0)|D|-----2--------2-------2--------2---|-----2--------2--------2--------2---|A|-0-------0--------0-------0--------|------------------------------------|E|-----------------------------------|-3--------3--------3--------3-------|
D9/F# E7e|------------------~3---------------|----b3----0-----0-------------------|B|-----------1----------------1------|------------0h3---------------------|G|(h2)---2----------------2-------(0)|(h1)-------------------------(1)----|D|-----0--------0-------0--------0---|-----2--------2--------2--------2---|A|-----------------------------------|------------------------------------|E|-2--------2--------2--------2------|-0--------0--------0--------0-------|
Am7 C/Ge|-----0------------3----------------|-----0-------------3----------------|B|-----------1----------------1------|-----------1-----------------1------|G|------------------------2-------(0)|--------------------------0------(0)|D|-----2--------2-------2--------2---|-----2--------2--------2--------2---|A|-0-------0--------0-------0--------|------------------------------------|E|-----------------------------------|-3--------3--------3--------3-------| [falsetto wail] Oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooh
D9/F# E7 (ritardando)e|-----0------------~3---------------|----b3----0-----0-------------------|B|-----------1----------------1------|------------0h3--------3----1---0---|G|(h2)--------------------2-------(0)|(h1)--------------------------------|D|-----0--------0-------0--------0---|-----2--------2---------------------|A|-----------------------------------|------------------------------------|E|-2--------2--------2--------2------|-0--------0--------0----------------|
Ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooh Ame|-------0---------------------------|B|----1---1--------------------------|G|---2-----1-------------------------|D|--2-------1------------------------|A|-0--------0------------------------|E|-----------------------------------| [sweep up (t)] [sweep down (i)]
************************************ | / slide up | \ slide down | h hammer-on | p pull-off | ~ vibrato | + harmonic | x Mute note | b Bend | pb Pre-bend | br Bend release | pbr Pre-bend release | brb Bend release bend ************************************ Tumble Weed (Bill Miller/Peter Rowan) 1. Far across the Mississippi and out on the open plains In an Oklahoma cow town where the sky begins to rain In a dusty run-down honky tonk sits a drifting tumbleweed Thumbing through some magazine that he can't even read 2. Now tumbleweed remembers how the west was won and lost The homestead act and the dust bowl, everybody paid the cost And the great white father promised to treat his children all the same Back when Indian Territory was Oklahoma's name Chorus 1 Oh tumbleweed keep rollin', he just roams from town to town It ain't easy for a half-breed kid to try and settle down Tumbleweed keep rollin', he can't find no place to rest Cause the desert wind blows tumbleweed, the spirit of the west 3. His boot heals tap in time to an old flat top box guitar He's a local guitar hero and he sings straight from the heart And his tip jar just a jumble of worn old dollar bills He makes his bread and grocery in the local bar and grill 4. When he starts picking that old guitar the people turn and stare When he starts singing them songs he wrote well there's magic in the air Cause his song can heal your wounded heart, he can set you spirit free He can raise your hopes to be the very best that you can be Chorus 2 Oh tumbleweed keep rollin', he just roams from town to town It ain't easy for a half-breed kid to try and settle down Tumbleweed keep rollin', he can't find no place to nest 'Cause the desert wind blows tumbleweed, the spirit of the west Verse 5 So if you cross the Mississippi, you head out on the open plain And you pass through Oklahoma and the sky begins to rain And you feeling kind of rootless, you can't find no place to nest Just remember tumbleweed, he's the spirit of the west Yeah, the desert wind blows tumbleweed, the spirit of the west Oh, the desert wind calls tumbleweed, the spirit of the west
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