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Mesa Az Tabs

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INTRO:

e|-------------0------------|
B|----------3-----3---------|
G|-------5--------------0---|
D|--2/4--------------4------|
A|--------------------------|
E|--------------------------|

CHORDS USED (SOME ARE UNCONVENTIONAL):

   G  C/G  G/F#  Em   A    A7   D  
E -3---0----3----0---------0----0--|
B -0---1----0----0---------2----3--|
G -0---0----0----0----0----0----0--|
D -0---2----0----2----0----2----4--|
A -x---3----x----2----4----0----5--|
E -3---3----2----0----5------------|


VERSE:

G                           C/G                        G
We passed 800 miles talking circles about living with loss
C/G                                                              G
You said your sense of humor's always helped you get above & across
G                                   C/G                    G
Every hurdle, every chasm, every shocking & unspeakable blow
C/G                                 
Just proves the universe is chaos so you laugh to clear the lump from your 
  G      G   G/F#
throat

[PRETTY BIG EMPHASIS ON THIS G - G/F# - Em TRANSITION OF BASS NOTES]

Em                              A
But if you're fixed on being bitter
         G            A7
Go be bitter on your own
                  C/G
We're still two hours from El Paso
       D                  G
Arizona's such a long way to go


Then play this very slight variation of the INTRO (with a 
quicker opening slide and one extra note toward the end):

e|-------------0---------------|
B|----------3-----3------------|
G|-------5-----------5-----0---|
D|--2/4-----------------4------|
A|-----------------------------|
E|-----------------------------|


Then back to another VERSE:

The chemicals were coursing through our bloodstreams at incongruous rates
I was time-traveling inward through a past life I can never erase
You were hanging out the window, you said: 'We're just a beggar's banquet in space'
Then you were laughing at the moon and you were cursing it for wearing your face


Me & New Mexico are orphans
Or is it bastards? Either way:
I think I know a guy in Roswell
We'll hitch a moonride, steal you back your face


INTERLUDE: Repeat VERSE, and make sure you play that G - G/F# - Em transition into the next part,

              Em                  A
You sleep and whistle 'Blackbird' backwards 
              G                 A7
while my eyes cut her name in clay.
              C/B
You wake to Mesa, Arizona
              D                            G
Say, 'Let it go. She'll change her mind someday.'
                      C/B
You took the wheel in Mesa, Arizona.
              D
Said, 'I got the rest, man.
                 G
You can drift away.'

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I've heard Kevin plays it a half step down live if you want to try it, but the recording is definitely in
standard. Also, when he plays it he will occasionally throw in stuff like this on the G:

e|--3-------|
B|--0-------|
G|--0--2--0-| 
D|--0-------|
A|--x-------|
E|--3-------|

and even more occasionally follow that up with: 

e|--------|
B|--------|
G|------0-| 
D|--0h2---|
A|--------|
E|--------|
            
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