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Black Water Tabs

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The Doobie Brothers'"Black Water" (by Patrick Simmons) 

The tuning is "Open D" (DADGBD). 
NOTE:   > = accent this note, h = hammer on, p = pull off, b = bend     

Please note that this song is a blues rock adaptation of a blue grass style.  
Therefore, a degree of artistic license is OK when playing.  For instance, 
instead of hammering on from the 2nd to the 3rd fret (2h3) you can slide
also do this on the 6th string on the 3rd fret as well (3b). Refer to the 
below diagram for reference.      

INTRODUCTION [play this phrase 4 times, with slight variations]
       Am7             D
     d-------0---------------0---------| Repeats through the verses.
       1 ' ' ' 2 ' ' ' 3 ' ' ' 4 ' ' ' 
     VERSE #1:
     D       Am7        D               Am7         D 
     Well, I built me a raft and she's ready for floatin'
     Am7        D           Am7           D 
     ol' Mississippi, she's callin' my name
     Am7          D           Am7          D 
     Catfish are jumpin' that paddle wheel thumpin'
     Am7            D           Am7         D
     Black water keeps rollin' on past just the same
     Old black water, keep on rollin'   
     Bb                                            G 
     Mississippi moon won't you keep on shinin' on me?
                                                   Old black water,
                                                   keep on rollin'
     Bb                                            G 
     Mississippi moon won't you keep on shinin' on me?
                                                   Old black water,
                                                   keep on rollin'
     Bb                                            A7  '  '  Em7 
     Mississippi moon won't you keep on shinin' on me?
                   A7            Em7               A7     Em7
     Yeah, keep on shinin' your light, gonna make every thing
                        A7                 Em7
     Pretty mama, gonna make everything all right
           D            Am7              D           Am7      A     Em7
     And I ain't got no worries 'cause I ain't in no hurry at all
     b-2---------------3p2-3p2---------| then: INTRO (4 times w/fiddle solo) 
       1 ' ' ' 2 ' ' ' 3 ' ' ' 4 ' ' ' 
     VERSE #2
     D           Am7                D               Am7              D 
     Well, if it rains, I don't care, don't make no difference to me
                    Am7               D            Am7   D
     Just take that street car that's goin' up town        Yeah, I'd like to
     Am7             D             Am7           D 
     hear some funky Dixieland and dance a honky tonk, and I'll be
     Am7                    D        Am7      D 
     buyin' everybody drinks all roun'-------
     CHORUS, followed by guitar/fiddle solos, then:
     ENDING [1: with music, 2/3: a capella, then w/music, repeat and fade]:
     D           Am7             D                 Am7             
     I'd like to hear some funky Dixieland, pretty momma come and take me
     D                     Am7                      D
     by the hand,  by  the hand,     take me by the hand,
                (I want to honky-tonk)       (honky-tonk)
                            Am7                     D
     pretty momma, come and dance with your daddy all night long, I'd like...
           (honky-tonk)                 (with you all night long)
        Am7  D   G  Bb  Em7  A  A7 Em7(alt)      Bb (alt)
     d   0   0   0   3   0   0  2  0              0
     b   1   3   5   3   3   2  2  3              6
     g   0   2   0   0   0   2  0  0              0 (or 7)
     D   2   0   0   0   2   2  2  0              0
     A   0   x   5   1   2   0  0  2              8             
     D   x   0   5   x   2   x  x  x (or thumb 2) 8
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