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River Of Tears
Song : River of Tears
Album : Pilgrim
Artist : Eric Clapton (/Simon Climie)
Author : Al Watson

Bound to become a classic - I have seen a fairly accurate transcription of
this and have a fairly good interpretation myself. This is my first transcription
so I have just invented the Tab as I went along.
There is quite a lot of arpeggioed rhythm guitar which is repeated so
please excuse me for not writing it out each time.
There were I suspect at least 3 guitar tracks on the original:

1 - Main Rhythm (arpeggioed chords)
2 - Lead / Rhythm
3 - Slide

I have not transcribed the slide part yet but could try - this is because
of the difficulty of getting accurate intonation and the difference between
players have the slide on the neck to acheive a certain note.

As usual you will need to listen to the track for all the timings.

Guitar 1 - [Intro] / [PART A] Played Twice
    C                                   F
e|----------0--------|---------0-------|--------1--------|-------1------------|
B|--------1-------1--|------1------1---|-----1-------1---|-----1-----1-3------|
G|------0-------0----|----0------0-----|---2-------2-----|---2----------------|
D|-------------------|-----------------|-----------------|--------------------|
A|---3---------------|-3---------------|-----------------|--------------------|
E|-------------------|-----------------|-1---------------|-1------------------|

    Dm7                                 G7sus4
e|----------1--------|--------1--------|--------1--------|-------1------------|
B|--------1----1-3---|------1----1-3---|------3----1-3---|-----3----1-3-------|
G|------2------------|----2------------|----0------------|---0----------------|
D|---0---------------|-0---------------|-----------------|--------------------|
A|-------------------|-----------------|-3---------------|-3------------------|
E|-------------------|-----------------|-----------------|--------------------|

Guitar 1 - [PART B]
   Am                                   D7
e|----------0--------|--------0--------|--------5--------|--------5-----------|
B|--------1------1---|------1------1---|------3------3---|------3------3------|
G|------2------2-----|----2------2-----|----5------5-----|----5------5--------|
D|-------------------|-----------------|-0---------------|-0------------------|
A|---0---------------|-0---------------|-----------------|--------------------|
E|-------------------|-----------------|-----------------|--------------------|

   Gsus4                      G                 F
e|----------3--------|--------3--------|--------1--------|--------1-----------|
B|--------3------3---|------3------3---|------1------1---|------1------1------|
G|------5------5-----|----4------4-----|----2------2-----|----2------2--------|
D|-------------------|-----------------|-----------------|--------------------|
A|-------------------|-----------------|-----------------|--------------------|
E|---3---------------|-3---------------|-1---------------|-1------------------|

e|----------1--------|--------1-----------|
B|--------1------1---|------1------1------|
G|------2------2-----|----2------2--------|
D|-------------------|--------------------|
A|-------------------|--------------------|
E|---1---------------|-1------------------|

It is Played
[Part A]
[Part A] / [Part C]
[Part B] / [Part D]
[Part A] / [Verse 1] (Start of [Part E])
[Part B] / [Part E]
[Part A] / [Chorus] / [Part E] cont. (Start [Part F])
[Part A] / [Part F] (Parts A & C together)
[Part A] / [Verse 2]
[Part B] / [Part E]
[Part A] / [Chorus]
[Part A] / [Part F]
[Part B] / [Part E] (Start of [End] on last F) / Two bars of chorus
[End] (Two bars of C)

Guitar 2 - [PART C]
   G7sus4             C                                   F
e|-------------------|-----------------|-----------------|--------------------|
B|-------6~~~~~~~~5--|--5~~~~~~~-------|-----------------|--------------------|
G|-------------------|-----------------|--------------7--|--p5----------------|
D|---5---------------|-----------------|-----------------|--------------------|
A|-------------------|-----------------|-------5/7-------|--------------------|
E|-------------------|-----------------|-----------------|--------------------|

                      Dm7                                 G7sus4
e|-------------------|-----------------|-----------------|--------------------|
B|-------8--------6--|--6~~~~~~~-------|---5h6-5---------|--------------------|
G|-------------------|-----------------|----------7--p5--|--7~~~~~~-----------|
D|---7---------------|-----------------|-----------------|--------------------|
A|-------------------|-----------------|-----------------|--------------------|
E|-------------------|-----------------|-----------------|--------------------|

                      C                                   F
e|-------------------|-----------------|-----------------|--------------------|
B|-------8--p5~~-----|-----------------|-----------------|--------------------|
G|----------------7--|-7(9)r7--p5~~~---|-------------7---|--p5~~~~------------|
D|---5---------------|-----------------|-----------------|--------------------|
A|-------------------|-----------------|-----5/7---------|--------------------|
E|-------------------|-----------------|-----------------|--------------------|

                      Dm7                                 G7sus4
e|-------------------|-----------------|-----------------|--------------------|
B|-----5h6~~~~---5---|-5h6p5-----------|--5h6--5~~~------|--------------------|
G|-------------------|-------7~~~~~~---|------------7p5--|--7~~~~~~-----------|
D|---7---------------|-----------------|-----------------|--------------------|
A|-------------------|-----------------|-----------------|--------------------|
E|-------------------|-----------------|-----------------|--------------------|

e|----------------------|
B|----------------------|
G|----------------------|
D|----------------------|
A|--------5----5--------|
E|----------------------|

[PART D]
   Am                                   D7
e|-------------------|-----------------|-----------------|--------------------|
B|-------------------|-----------------|-----------------|-------------8------|
G|------5~~~~~-------|---4/5 7/9\7-----|-----------------|------7h9~~~--------|
D|--5h7--------------|-----------------|--4------7-------|--7-----------------|
A|-------------------|-----------------|-----------------|--------------------|
E|-------------------|-----------------|-----------------|--------------------|

   Gsus4              G                 F
e|-------------------|-----------------|-----------------|--------------------|
B|-------------------|-----------------|-----------------|--------------------|
G|-9\7~~~~-----------|-----------------|-----5~~~--7-----|--5-----------------|
D|-------------------|------------5--5-|-5h7---------7---|-------------5------|
A|-------------------|-----------------|-----------------|--------------------|
E|-------------------|-----------------|-----------------|--------------------|

e|-------------------|--------------------|
B|-------------------|--------------------|
G|------5~~~~----7---|--5~~~~~~\----------|
D|-5h7-------------7-|--------------------|
A|-------------------|--------------------|
E|-------------------|--------------------|

[PART E]
   G7                 Am                                  D7
e|-------------------|-----------------|-----------------|--------------------|
B|------3/5--\3---1--|-----------------|-----------------|--------------------|
G|-------------------|--2--------------|-------2/4---5---|-2------------------|
D|------3/5--\3------|-----------------|-----------------|--------------------|
A|-------------------|--3--------------|-----3-3/5---7---|-3------------------|
E|-------------------|-----------------|-----------------|--------------------|

                      Gsus4             G                 F
e|-------------------|-----------------|-----------------|--------------------|
B|-------------------|-----------------|-----------------|--------------------|
G|---2/4--5----------|---4-------------|-----------0-----|--2----------5\-----|
D|-------------------|-----------------|-----------------|--------------------|
A|---3/5--7----------|---5-------------|-----------2-----|--3--------7-7\-----|
E|-------------------|-----------------|-----------------|--------------------|

                                                        {C *only played 1st chorus*
e|-------------------|-----------------|-----------------{--------------------|
B|-------------------|-----------------|-----------------{--3/5------6--------|
G|--2-----------0----|---2--------5\---|-\2--------------{--------------------|
D|-------------------|-----------------|-----------------{--3/5------7--------|
A|--3---------2------|---3-----7--7\---|-\3--------------{--------------------|
E|-------------------|-----------------|-----------------{--------------------|

                      F                                   Dm7
e|-------------------|-----------------|-----------------|--------------------|
B|----5\3-p1---------|-------6---5-----|--\1-------------|-------5/6---8------|
G|-------------------|-----------------|-----------------|--------------------|
D|----5\3-p2---------|--5/7--7---5-----|--\2-------------|-------5/7----------|
A|-------------------|-----------------|-----------------|--------------------|
E|-------------------|-----------------|-----------------|--------------------|

                      G7sus4
e|-------------------|-----------------}
B|----6\5-p3---------|------6--5-------}
G|-------------------|-----------------}  Straight onto Part F
D|----7\5-p3---------|--5/7----5-------}
A|-------------------|-----------------}
E|-------------------|-----------------}

[PART F]
   G7                 C                                   F
e|-------------------|-----------------|-----------------|--------------------|
B|---3------6~~~-5---|-5-3/5------6----|-5\3-p1----------|----------6---5-----|
G|-------------------|-----------------|--------------7--|-p5-----------------|
D|---3---5-----------|---3/5------7----|-5\3-p2----------|------5/7-----5-----|
A|-------------------|-----------------|----------5/7----|--------------------|
E|-------------------|-----------------|-----------------|--------------------|

                      Dm7                                 G7sus4
e|-------------------|-----------------|-----------------|--------------------|
B|-\1-------8----6---|-6~~~~------6--8-|-6p5-3-5h6-5-----|----------6---5-----|
G|-------------------|-----------------|-----------------|--------------------|
D|-\3----7-----------|-------5/7-------|-7p5-3-------7p5-|-7---5/7------5-----|
A|-------------------|-----------------|-----------------|--------------------|
E|-------------------|-----------------|-----------------|--------------------|

e|----------------------|
B|-3--------------------|
G|----------------------|
D|----------------------|
A|-3--------------------|
E|----------------------|

[End]
   F                  C
e|-------------------|-----------------|--------------------|
B|--1----------------|--3/5------6-----|--5\3-p1------------|
G|--2----------------|-----------------|--------------------|
D|-------------------|-----------------|--------------------|
A|--3----------------|--3/5------7-----|--5\3-p2------------|
E|-------------------|-----------------|--------------------|

It's three miles to the river that would carry me away,
and two miles to the dusty street that I saw you on today,
It's four miles to my lonely room where I'm gonna hide my face,
and about half a mile to the downtown bar that I ran from in disgrace

Lord how long have I got to keep on running?
Seven hours, seven days or seven years?
All I know is since you've been gone, feel like I'm drowning
in a river
Drowning in a river of tears
Drowning in a river
Feel like I'm drowning, drowning in a river

In three more days, I leave this town, and disappear without a trace,
a year from now maybe settle down, where no one knows my face,
I wish that I could hold you one more time to ease the pain,
But my times run out and I got to go, got to run away again

Still I catch myself thinking one day I'll find my way back here
And you'll save me from drowning,
Drowning in a river, drowning in a river of tears
Drowning in a river, Feels like I'm drowning,
Drowning in a river
Lord how long must this go on?

Drowning in a river, drowning in a river of tears.

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| ~  Vibrato
| p  Pull-off
| /  Slide up
| h  Hammer-on
| \  Slide down

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Eric Clapton - River Of Tears :: indexed at Ultimate Guitar.
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About the artist behind River Of Tears:

Eric Patrick Clapton, CBE (born 30 March 1945), is a English blues-rock guitarist, singer, songwriter and composer. He is one of the most successful musicians of the 20th and 21st centuries,[1] garnering an unprecedented three inductions into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (The Yardbirds, Cream, and solo). Often viewed by critics and fans alike as one of the greatest guitarists of all time[2], Clapton was ranked fourth in Rolling Stone Magazine's list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time"[3] and #53 on their list of the Immortals: 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.[4]

Although Clapton's musical style has varied throughout his career, it has always remained rooted in the blues. Clapton is credited as an innovator in several phases of his career, which have included blues-rock (with John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers and The Yardbirds) and psychedelic rock (with Cream). Clapton has also achieved great chart success in genres ranging from Delta blues (Me and Mr. Johnson) to pop ("Change the World") and reggae (Bob Marley's "I Shot the Sheriff"). Clapton also achieved fame with Derek and the Dominos through the hit song "Layla".

Indexed at Wikipedia.

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