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God Of Ocean Tides by Counting Crows

This song reminds me of their cover of "Girl From The North Country" and Pearl Jam's "Just 
Breathe". It is destined to be one of the Crows' best, though I say that every time they 
release anything.

Dan fingerpicks this song. I have tabbed out the intro because it gives a pretty good 
representation of the pattern and variations he uses throughout the song. The bass is 
played by alternating the thumb between the lowest and second lowest string every 1/4 
note. When he does the walkdown during the verses ("And I buy all my days"), he seems to 
only hit the bass note of each chord so I have notated it as such.

In the "chorus", for lack of a better term, the D-G-D-G parts ("All night long"), he 
strums the chords.

Now on to the bridge. It gets sort of difficult here because the second guitar starts 
playing a big part and there is also more occasional strumming. At the beginning I wrote 
Bm7 but I'm not completely sure. It sounds nice to use a Gmaj7/B but I don't think that's 
actually being played on the acoustic guitar. At "colored lights", a very distinctive 
picking pattern appears and I have written it out there. The chord names represent those
picking patterns until the end of the bridge, at which point you can return to normal 
chord forms. You can barre the first two forms but make sure not to hit that D string. 
Sorry if it is confusing, but I promise I could have made it much worse.

I hope my tab does this beautiful song justice.

*Lyrics adapted from LyricsMania.com

Intro:

  C
e|----------------|-------0-------|---------------|-----------------|
B|--1---------0---|-3---------3---|-----------0---|-----------------|
G|--------0-------|---------------|-------0-------|-------0-0-------|
D|------2-------2-|-----2-------2-|-----2-------2-|-----2-----2---2-|
A|--3-------3-----|-3-------3-----|-3-------3-----|-3-----------3---|
E|----------------|---------------|---------------|-----------------|

Verse 1:

G
Close the door on a short night
D
Lift the lid on the daylight
Em                 C
6:09 West Tennessee time
      C   /B  /A  G
And I buy all my  days
G      D                                   C
At the same place where the girl sells her nights
     C      /B  /A  G
To a God of ocean   tides.

Chorus:

D   G     D
All night long,
G       C            G
Writing poems to California
Em
Melodies of failure
        Am
And the people I have thrown
    D    G   D      G         C           G
A - way, meanwhile, somewhere west of Carolina
     Em
In a congregation of strangers
       A7
We are digging holes to China
        C
Then we pray to our reflections
       C
In the water when it rises.

Verse 2:

       G
I said headlights pin the highway down
D
Jesus spins the world around
         Em                            C
And I’ll spend all my tomorrows coming down
    C   /B  /A  G
Goodbye all my  days.
         D
I know I said I never loved you
      C          C    /B     /A     G
But I might just try again tonight.

Bridge:

Bm7(Gmaj7/B)    C
Truck stops and river gods
    D               G
Gas stations of the Cross
D
Following a ghost,
Am
Following a ghost,
  C              D
I pray the water wash away
    Em        D       Cmaj7
The memories and the cost.
D          G           Cadd9
Carry me south, to the sea
Em              G           Cmaj7
Along with your memories of me
       D           G
We are born in the water
           G  /A   /B  Cadd9
And I will re-turn to  Thee.

  Csus2
e|----3-------3-----|----3-------3-----|----3-------3-----|----3-------3-----|
B|--------3-------3-|--------3-------3-|--------3-------3-|--------3-------3-|
G|------------------|------------------|------------------|------------------|
D|------5-------5---|------5-------5---|------5-------5---|------5-------5---|
A|--3-------3-------|--3-------3-------|--3-------3-------|--3-------3-------|
E|------------------|------------------|------------=-----|------------=-----|

  G5/D
e|----3-------3-----|----3-------3-----|----3-------3-----|----3-------3-----|
B|--------3-------3-|--------3-------3-|--------3-------3-|--------3-------3-|
G|------------------|------------------|------------------|------------------|
D|------5-------5---|------5-------5---|------5-------5---|------5-------5---|
A|--5-------5-------|--5-------5-------|--5-------5-------|--5-------5-------|
E|------------------|------------------|------------=-----|------------=-----|

  G(2)
e|----7-------7-----|----7-------7-----|----7-------7-----|----7-------7-----|
B|--------8-------8-|--------8-------8-|--------8-------8-|--------8-------8-|
G|------------------|------------------|------------------|------------------|
D|------9-------9---|------9-------9---|------9-------9---|------9-------9---|
A|--10-----10-------|--10------10------|--10-----10-------|--10------10------|
E|------------------|------------------|------------=-----|------------=-----|

Csus2
Colored lights
    G5/D
And birthday cakes
Csus2
Candle wax
   G(2)
On paper plates.
Csus2
Breathe the water
G(2)
Hush-a-bye, hush-a-bye.
        Csus2
You can see through water
                      G(2) (only 1 measure)
All the way up to the sky.

Verse 3:

G
Gods of water, gods of rain
D
Cover up the sun again
       Em                         C
We are crossing at the Mississippi line
      C     /B  /A  G
And I tried all my  days
D                                    C
To love you just the way you hoped I might,
        C       /B   /A G
But I’m leaving here to-night.
  D
I can’t remember yesterday
  C           C      /B  /A  G
I tried, if I said I could
G
I lied.

Outro:

Em7 Em7(2)

Cadd9 (End riff)


Chords:

Verse/Chorus
C            X32010
G            320033
D            XX0232
Em           022000
Am           X02210
A7           X02020

Bridge
Bm7          X24232
(Gmaj7/B)    X2403X
Cmaj7        X32000
Cadd9        X32030
Csus2        X35X33
G5/D         X55X33
G(2)         X(10)9X87

Outro
Em7          020000
Em7(2)       020003

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