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Making A Cross Tab
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Hey guys, been trying to find a tab for this for ageeeees, but I suppose it
isn't very well known. Which doesn't make sense because it's such a powerful
song - one of the better songs by the Desert Sessions and ultimately proving
how BAD-ASS Alain Johannes is (he deserves so much more credit...)

The key is slightly ambiguous and unusual chord choices are used, however it
feels like D major or A major in the verses and more modal or ambiguous in
the choruses.

I am unsure on the tuning as it sounds best with drop D tuning (DADGBe) with
the D - D/Ab cadence, however this just may be the bass for the song and it
makes the other chords awkward and cumbersome to play, so I have tabbed it
out for standard (EADGBe) also - see how generous I am :).

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  !Standard version!

Intro

D   D/Ab  (X4)
 (Strummed - listen to the song for rhythm)
e|-2----2----|
B|-3----3----|
G|-2----1----|
D|-0----0----|
A|-0---------|
E|------4----|

Verse 1

A               Asus4  E7/A(No. 5)
        Salt in my dreams
     Tracks in the bone
e|-0---------------0-------0----|
B|-2---------------3-------3----|
G|-2---------------2-------1----|
D|-2---------------2-------2----|
A|-0---------------0-------0----|
E|------------------------------|

Amadd11+                Gm     Gmadd11+  F         E
          I've never been dead this long before   ohh...
e|-o----------------------3---------3------1---------0----|
B|-1----------------------3---------3------1---------0----|
G|-2----------------------3---------3------2---------1----|
D|-1----------------------5---------5------3---------2----|
A|-0----------------------5---------4------3---------2----|
E|------------------------3---------3------1---------0----|

A                 Asus4  E7/A(No. 5)
         Star on the ground
      Stepped on the lie
e|-0-----------------0-------0----|
B|-2-----------------3-------3----|
G|-2-----------------2-------1----|
D|-2-----------------2-------2----|
A|-0-----------------0-------0----|
E|--------------------------------|

Amadd11+                Gm  Gmadd11+  F         E
           To find myself born inside a stone   ohh...
e|-o----------------------3------3------1---------0----|
B|-1----------------------3------3------1---------0----|
G|-2----------------------3------3------2---------1----|
D|-1----------------------5------5------3---------2----|
A|-0----------------------5------4------3---------2----|
E|------------------------3------3------1---------0----|

Chorus

Am             Cm               G                  Gm               Am
     I'm making a cross of all you are, and up on the hill I hear your name
e|-0--------------3----------------3------------------3---------2------0---|
B|-1--------------4----------------3------------------3---------3------1---|
G|-2--------------5----------------4------------------3---------2------2---|
D|-2--------------5----------------5------------------5---------0------2---|
A|-0--------------3----------------5------------------5---------0------0---|
E|---------------------------------3------------------3--------------------|

(!Play this progression twice, they are identical!)
(!Then us the same progression, apart from the last Am for the following lyrics!)

Am              Cm               G                    Gm   D
   I'm making a cross of all you are It's never been easy....
 
   D   D/Ab  (X4)

e|-2----2----|
B|-3----3----|
G|-2----1----|
D|-0----0----|
A|-0---------|
E|------4----|

Verse 2

A               Asus4  E7/A(No. 5)
        Salt in my schemes
          Dry as a tear
e|-0---------------0-------0----|
B|-2---------------3-------3----|
G|-2---------------2-------1----|
D|-2---------------2-------2----|
A|-0---------------0-------0----|
E|------------------------------|

Amadd11+                Gm     Gmadd11+  F         E
         It's never been easy...        to know    ohh...
e|-o----------------------3---------3------1---------0----|
B|-1----------------------3---------3------1---------0----|
G|-2----------------------3---------3------2---------1----|
D|-1----------------------5---------5------3---------2----|
A|-0----------------------5---------4------3---------2----|
E|------------------------3---------3------1---------0----|

A                 Asus4  E7/A(No. 5)
           Frozen in fate
         Hooked on a line
e|-0-----------------0-------0----|
B|-2-----------------3-------3----|
G|-2-----------------2-------1----|
D|-2-----------------2-------2----|
A|-0-----------------0-------0----|
E|--------------------------------|

Amadd11+                Gm  Gmadd11+    F         E
              I heard you say it could be mine    ohh...
e|-o----------------------3------3--------1---------0----|
B|-1----------------------3------3--------1---------0----|
G|-2----------------------3------3--------2---------1----|
D|-1----------------------5------5--------3---------2----|
A|-0----------------------5------4--------3---------2----|
E|------------------------3------3--------1---------0----|

Chorus

Am             Cm               G                  Gm               Am
     I'm making a cross of all you are, and up on the hill I hear your name
e|-0--------------3----------------3------------------3---------2------0---|
B|-1--------------4----------------3------------------3---------3------1---|
G|-2--------------5----------------4------------------3---------2------2---|
D|-2--------------5----------------5------------------5---------0------2---|
A|-0--------------3----------------5------------------5---------0------0---|
E|---------------------------------3------------------3--------------------|

(!Play this progression twice, they are identical!)
(!Then us the same progression, apart from the last Am for the following lyrics!)

Am              Cm               G                    Gm   D
   I'm making a cross of all you are It's never been easy....
 
(!Much heavier, distortion and percussion!)

D   D/Ab  (X25)

e|-2----2----|    or    e|----2-------------------|
B|-3----3----|          B|----3-------------------|
G|-2----1----|          G|----2-------------------|
D|-0----0----|          D|----0---6--6--6--7------|
A|-0---------|          A|----0---6--6--6--7------|
E|------4----|          E|--------4--4--4--5------|

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  !Drop-D version!

Intro

D   D/Ab  (X4)
 (Strummed - listen to the song for rhythm)
e|-5----5----|
B|-7----7----|
G|-7----7----|
D|-0----0----|
A|-0---------|
E|-0----6----|

Verse 1

A               Asus4  E7/A(No. 5)
        Salt in my dreams
     Tracks in the bone
e|-0---------------0-------0----|
B|-2---------------3-------3----|
G|-2---------------2-------1----|
D|-2---------------2-------2----|
A|-0---------------0-------0----|
E|------------------------------|

Amadd11+                Gm     Gmadd11+  F         E
          I've never been dead this long before   ohh...
e|-o----------------------3---------3------1---------0----|
B|-1----------------------3---------3------1---------0----|
G|-2----------------------3---------3------2---------1----|
D|-1----------------------0--------------------------2----|
A|-0----------------------5---------4------3---------2----|
E|------------------------5---------5------3---------2----|

A                 Asus4  E7/A(No. 5)
         Star on the ground
      Stepped on the lie
e|-0-----------------0-------0----|
B|-2-----------------3-------3----|
G|-2-----------------2-------1----|
D|-2-----------------2-------2----|
A|-0-----------------0-------0----|
E|--------------------------------|

Amadd11+                Gm  Gmadd11+  F         E
           To find myself born inside a stone   ohh...
e|-o----------------------3------3------1---------0----|
B|-1----------------------3------3------1---------0----|
G|-2----------------------3------3------2---------1----|
D|-1----------------------0-----------------------2----|
A|-0----------------------5------4------3---------2----|
E|------------------------5------5------3---------2----|

Chorus

Am             Cm               G                  Gm               Am
     I'm making a cross of all you are, and up on the hill I hear your name
e|-0--------------3----------------3------------------3---------2------0---|
B|-1--------------4----------------3------------------3---------3------1---|
G|-2--------------5----------------4------------------3---------2------2---|
D|-2--------------5----------------0------------------0---------0------2---|
A|-0--------------3----------------5------------------5---------0------0---|
E|---------------------------------5------------------5---------0----------|

(!Play this progression twice, they are identical!)
(!Then us the same progression, apart from the last Am for the following
lyrics!)

Am              Cm               G                    Gm   D
   I'm making a cross of all you are It's never been easy....
 
   D   D/Ab  (X4)

e|-5----5----|
B|-7----7----|
G|-7----7----|
D|-0----0----|
A|-0---------|
E|-0----6----|

Verse 2

A               Asus4  E7/A(No. 5)
        Salt in my schemes
          Dry as a tear
e|-0---------------0-------0----|
B|-2---------------3-------3----|
G|-2---------------2-------1----|
D|-2---------------2-------2----|
A|-0---------------0-------0----|
E|------------------------------|

Amadd11+                Gm     Gmadd11+  F         E
         It's never been easy...        to know    ohh...
e|-o----------------------3---------3------1---------0----|
B|-1----------------------3---------3------1---------0----|
G|-2----------------------3---------3------2---------1----|
D|-1----------------------0--------------------------2----|
A|-0----------------------5---------4------3---------2----|
E|------------------------5---------5------3---------2----|

A                 Asus4  E7/A(No. 5)
           Frozen in fate
         Hooked on a line
e|-0-----------------0-------0----|
B|-2-----------------3-------3----|
G|-2-----------------2-------1----|
D|-2-----------------2-------2----|
A|-0-----------------0-------0----|
E|--------------------------------|

Amadd11+                Gm  Gmadd11+    F         E
              I heard you say it could be mine    ohh...
e|-o----------------------3------3--------1---------0----|
B|-1----------------------3------3--------1---------0----|
G|-2----------------------3------3--------2---------1----|
D|-1----------------------0-------------------------2----|
A|-0----------------------5------4--------3---------2----|
E|------------------------5------5--------3---------2----|

Chorus

Am             Cm               G                  Gm               Am
     I'm making a cross of all you are, and up on the hill I hear your name
e|-0--------------3----------------3------------------3---------2------0---|
B|-1--------------4----------------3------------------3---------3------1---|
G|-2--------------5----------------4------------------3---------2------2---|
D|-2--------------5----------------0------------------0---------0------2---|
A|-0--------------3----------------5------------------5---------0------0---|
E|---------------------------------5------------------5---------0----------|

(!Play this progression twice, they are identical!)
(!Then us the same progression, apart from the last Am for the following lyrics!)

Am              Cm               G                    Gm   D
   I'm making a cross of all you are It's never been easy....
 
(!Much heavier, distortion and percussion!)

D   D/Ab  (X25)

e|-5----5----|    or    e|----2-------------------|
B|-7----7----|          B|----3-------------------|
G|-7----7----|          G|----2-------------------|
D|-0----0----|          D|----0---6--6--6--7------|
A|-0---------|          A|----0---6--6--6--7------|
E|-0----6----|          E|----0---6--6--6--7------|

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Whew! That was a long one. Was worth it just 'cus the songs so epic :), 
enjoy and feel free to rate, comment, add your corrections or just generally
show your appreciation(!).

Thank you Alain for a truly beautiful song,

Gag-Bob
 
 
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About the artist behind Making A Cross Tab:

The Desert Sessions are a musical collective series "that cannot be defined", founded by Josh Homme in 1997. Artists such as Brant Bjork, PJ Harvey, Jeordie White (Twiggy Ramirez), Dave Catching, Nick Oliveri, Mark Lanegan, John McBain, Josh Freese, Chris Goss, Alain Johannes, Dean Ween and many others from the Palm Desert scene have contributed as songwriters and musicians.

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