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Wedding Song Tabs

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Stookey Paul
I noticed that you included my transcription of Paul Stookey's "Wedding
Song" in your submission to olga, but left out most of my introductory

Also, you unfortunately used the first version I posted, which I worked out
on my 6-string. Playing it the next day on my 12-string I noticed that I had
made some errors by not taking into account the sound of the treble bass
strings (for instance there is no CaddG, it's just a vanilla C). I deleted
the first post and reposted the corrected version, but apparently not fast


Wedding Song (There Is Love)
Paul Stookey
(Transcribed from the 25th Anniversary video)

The transcription is my own, as are any mistakes.
(Note: I don't have the original recording, so I
don't know how closely this video version is to the

Note: While the song is sung in the key of E, Paul
tunes his 12-string down 3 half-tones and plays it using
G fingerings as seen on their 25th Anniversary video.
The good news is that it's fairly easy to play this way.
The bad news is that you tune all day if you want to play
along with the recording.

(Note to the note: in the video Paul's 12-string is actually
tuned down 5(!) half-tones and then he capos up two to get
the resulting 3 half-tone drop. Talk about loose strings!)

(Tune down 3 half-tones from standard to play with recording)
           C# F# B  E  G# c#
Finger     -- -- -- -- -- --
G:         3  2  0  0  3  0  (and run with 320010, 320000)
A:         0  0  2  2  2  0
Asus2:     0  0  2  2  0  0
Cmaj7:     0  3  2  0  0  0  (and run with 032200)
C(addD):   0  3  2  0  3  0
Gsus4add9: 3  0  0  2  1  0
D/F#:      2  0  0  2  3  2
Em:        0  2  2  0  0  0
f#:        2  0  0  0  0  0  (bass note used between Em and G)
C*:        0  3  2  0  1  0  (see note below)
C:         0  3  2  0  1  0  (C-C/B-Am7-Am7/G = running bass.
C/B:       0  2  0  0  1  0   Running bass notes are c-b-a-g
Am7:       0  0  2  0  1  0   into the f# of the D/F# chord)
Am7/G:     3  0  2  0  1  0
Last G:    3  2  0  0  0  3  (final chord of song)

Picked with the thumb and two fingers using the following
basic pattern. The 1st string is hardly ever played.


12-string vs 6-string note:
You're not going to get the same sound with a 6-string as you
would with the 12-string, and more than just the lack of fullness.
If you play on a 6-string you will think that Paul is playing
notes on the 1st and 2nd strings that are in fact being played by
the thumb hitting the high-octave bass strings. Examples of this
are the first C note of the Cmaj7 run, the E note in the A-Asus2
and the G note in the C* as described below.

C* note: picked as follows:
-----------2-------    Paul plays this as a standard open C chord.
-----1-------------    However, the thumb striking the 3rd string
--------T----------    emphasizes the high-G string on the 12-string
-------------------    guitar. If you are playing this on a 6-string
--T----------------    guitar you can get a similar sound by playing
-------------------    a CaddG (032013) rather than (032010).

Now for the song...

    G (for a few bars, then to intro)



       A                      Asus2

    Cmaj7 (Paul uses index finger to fret 3rd string)

    G        Gsus4add9                     into verse...

      G                          D/F#
He is now to be among you at the calling of your hearts
     C(addD)                                       G
Oooo rest assured this troubadour is acting on His part
                  D/F#             C(addD)         G
The union of your spirits here has caused Him to remain
         Em      f# G               D/F#
For whenever two or more of you are gathered in His name
         C*              (intro)
There is love  -  -  there is love...

       G                       D/F#     C(addD)         G
Well a man shall leave his mother and a woman leave her home
Em             f# G               D/F#
They shall travel on to where the two shall be as one
      G            D/F#         C(addD)         G
As it was in the beginning - is now and til the end
Em          f#  G                 D/F#
Woman draws her life from man and gives it back again
             C*              (intro)
And there is love  -  -  there is love...

        C         C/B    Am7   Am7/G       D/F#           G
Oh then what's to be the reason      for becoming man and wife
      C         C/B        Am7  Am7/G    D/F#                 G
Is it love that brings you here       or love that brings you life
       G             D/F#        C(addD)          G
For if loving is the answer then who's the giving for
   Em          f# G                     D/F#
Do you believe in something that you've never seen before
             C*              (intro)
Oh, there is love  -  -  oh there is love...

G   D/F#  C(addD)  G  Em  f# G  D/F#
        G                D/F#             C(addD)         G
Yes the marriage of your spirits here has caused Him to remain
        Em       f# G               D/F#
For whenever two or more of you are gathered in His name
         C*               (intro)     G
There is love  -  -  there is love...
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