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Motherless Children Tab
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              MOTHERLESS CHILDREN--Eric Clapton
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Album: 461 Ocean Boulevard
Tabbed by Alex Hovanes
email: [email protected]



Forgive me if it's not quite right and incomplete, I've only been playing for a year or so :)



Intro
e|-------------------------------------------------------|
B|-------------------------------------------------------|
G|-----2-2--2-----2-----2---------2-2--2-----2-----5p4-2-| 
D|-2h4--------4p2-2-4p2-2-4p2-2h4--------4p2-2-4p2-------|
A|-------------------------------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------------------------------|


Main riff
e|-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-16^17r16-13--------------12-------------------------------------------|
G|-------------14~--/11-13----13~-11-------------14~-------------------|
D|------------------------------------------------------------------/12~-| x2
A|-------------------------------------12-14^15r14------12-14^15r14------|
E|-----------------------------------------------------------------------|

e|-----12-12~-12----------------------------------------------|
B|-/14----------------15-15~-15-------------------------------|
G|----------------/16----------------14-14~-14-16-17r16-14-16~-|
D|-------------------------------/16---------------------------|
A|-------------------------------------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------------------------------------|

e|-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-16^17r16-13--------------12-------------------------------------------|
G|-------------14~--/11-13----13~-11-------------14~-------------------|
D|------------------------------------------------------------------/12~-|
A|-------------------------------------12-14^15r14------12-14^15r14------|
E|-----------------------------------------------------------------------|


VERSE
All the verses share the same pattern.

Note: At the end of a verse line, this riff is played in conujunction with the D chord:
             e|-------------------------|
	     B|-------------------------|
	     G|-----2-2--2-----2---4-2~-|
	     D|-2h4--------4p2---2------|
	     A|-------------------------|
	     E|-------------------------|

      If you listen to the song, you'll know which lines it comes in on.

1)
A                          D                   A                    D
Motherless children have a hard time when your mother is dead, Lord

A                          D                   A                    D
Motherless children have a hard time when your mother is dead, Lord

A                  E            D                     F
They don't have anywhere to go, wandering around from   door to door

A                        D                     A                    D
Nobody treats you like a mother will when your mother is dead, Lord


2)
Father will do the best he can when your mother is dead, Lord
Father will do the best he can when your mother is dead, Lord
Father will do the best he can, so many things a father can't understand
Nobody treats you like a mother will when your mother is dead, Lord



e|-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-16^17r16-13--------------12-------------------------------------------|
G|-------------14~--/11-13----13~-11-------------14~-------------------|
D|------------------------------------------------------------------/12~-| x2
A|-------------------------------------12-14^15r14------12-14^15r14------|
E|-----------------------------------------------------------------------|

e|-----12-12~-12~-121417/12~---/17-14-------------------|
B|-/14----------------------------------17~---------------|
G|------------------------------------------14~----14/16~-|
D|----------------------------------------------14--------|  (not exactly right, but it sounds good =P
A|--------------------------------------------------------|
E|--------------------------------------------------------|

e|-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-16^17r16-13--------------12-------------------------------------------|
G|-------------14~--/11-13----13~-11-------------14~-------------------|
D|------------------------------------------------------------------/12~-|
A|-------------------------------------12-14^15r14------12-14^15r14------|
E|-----------------------------------------------------------------------|


3)
Sister will do the best she can when your mother is dead, Lord
Sister will do the best she can when your mother is dead, Lord
Sister will do the best she can, so many things a sister can't understand
Nobody treats you like a mother will when your mother is dead, Lord


OUTRO

D            A               D
   When your mother is dead

After the first couple of lines of the outro, the intro is laid in over the chords.
Then it breaks into the main riff
one more time, sounds like it stops, then slides up into an A chord.

That's it, enjoy =)



| /  slide up
|   slide down
| h  hammer-on
| p  pull-off
| ~  vibrato

 
 
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About the artist behind Motherless Children Tab:

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".

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