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Broken Hearted Tab
Broken-Hearted
by Eric Clapton

Originally released in non-acoustic form
on Pilgrim album (Reprise Records, 1998);
played acoustic live on Music for Montserrat
DVD; also played acoustic featuring John Mayer
on CNN's Hurricane Relief telethon in 2005.
Videos of both live performances are on Youtube.

Standard Tuning (EADGBe)

Song Structure:
B        B/G#       C#m       C#m/A
When the wind blows down this hard
B      B/G#         A	      E/A
Many a bond is broken
B        B/G#       C#m       C#m/A
See the water lie on the ground
B      B/G#         A	      E/A
From where the heavens opened


E      Asus2        F#m       B
Lord, how will you get through this night
E/G#   C#m          F#m        B
With your dreams departed?
B        B/G#       C#m       C#m/A
And who alone will comfort you?
B      B/G#         A	      E/A
Only the broken hear-art
A    E/A
Hear-art-ed


B        B/G#       C#m       C#m/A
So you've gone beyond your means
B      B/G#         A	      E/A
Every wound is open
B        B/G#       C#m       C#m/A
Your best laid plans are out of reach
B      B/G#         A	      E/A
And all your fears unspoken


E      Asus2        F#m       B
Lord, how will you get through this night
E/G#   C#m          F#m        B
With your dreams departed?
B        B/G#       C#m       C#m/A
And who alone will comfort you?
B      B/G#         A	      E/A
Only the broken hear-art
A    E/A
Hear-art-ed

F#     F#/E       B      B/A
Sweet revenge is spoken then
A                      C#m
In the twilight it is gone
F#     F#/E       B      B/A
To living lies with no escape
E/G#                      A    E/A   A  E/A
Lord, I would rather be alone


B        B/G#       C#m       C#m/A
I press my fingers to the wood
B      B/G#         A	      E/A
To tell you of my dreaming
B        B/G#       C#m       C#m/A
To sing you songs from olden times
B      B/G#         A	      E/A
To keep the love light gleaming

E      Asus2        F#m       B
'Cause there's a place where we can go
E/G#   C#m          F#m        B
Where we will not be parted
B        B/G#       C#m       C#m/A
And who alone will enter there?
B      B/G#         A	      E/A
Only the broken hearted

Main riff (Clapton's way, very easy):
e---------------4--------------------------|
B-----4---7-5-----7~~------4---7-5---4-----|
G-4-6------------------4-6-------------6~~-|
D------------------------------------------|
A------------------------------------------|
E------------------------------------------|

Main riff (my way, very VERY easy):
e---------2-0---4-2~~-----------2-0--------|
B-0-2-4----------------0-2-4---------4-2~~-|
G------------------------------------------|
D------------------------------------------|
A------------------------------------------|
E------------------------------------------|


*Lower-case "v"s above the tab indicate
where Clapton mute-slaps the strings to
keep the beat.*

Acoustic Verse:

  B          B/G#       C#m      C#m/A
       v          v          v         v
e------------------------------------------|
B---4-----------4----------5-------5-------|
G---4-----------4----------6-------6-------|
D------------------------------------------|
A-2--------0------------4-------0--------0-|
E------------4--------4--------------------|


  B          B/G#         A       E/A
       v          v          v         v
e------------------------------------0-----|
B---4-----------4---------2-------0--0-----|
G---4-----------4---------2-------1--------|
D-------------------------2-------2--------|
A-2--------0--------------0-------0------0-|
E------------4--------4--------------------|

Acoustic Chorus:
  E          Asus2      F#m        B
       v          v          v         v
e----0----------0--------------------------|
B-0--0----------0----------2---------4-----|
G-0h1-----------2----------2---------4-----|
D------------------------------------------|
A------------0--------0-----------2------0-|
E-0--------0------------2-------2----------|


  E/G#       C#m        F#m        B
       v          v          v         v
e----4---------------------2---------------|
B----5----------5----------2---------4-----|
G----4----------6----------2---------4-----|
D------------------------------------------|
A------------4--------------------2------2-|
E-4--------4---------4-2--------2----------|


  B          B/G#       C#m      C#m/A
       v          v          v         v
e------------------------------------------|
B---4-----------4----------5-------5-------|
G---4-----------4----------6-------6-------|
D------------------------------------------|
A-2--------0------------4-------0--------0-|
E------------4--------4--------------------|


  B          B/G#         A       E/A
       v          v
e-------------------------0----------0-----|
B---4-----------4---------2-------0--0-----|
G---4-----------4---------2-------1--------|
D-------------------------2-------2--------|
A-2--------0--------------0-------0------0-|
E------------4-----------------------------|


  A       E/A

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

Acoustic Bridge:
  F#        F#/E      B        B/A
       v         v         v        v
e-2----------------------------------------|
B-2----------2--------4--------4-----------|
G-3----------3--------4--------4-----------|
D-4----------------------------------------|
A-4-------------------2-2----2-0-0------0--|
E-2-2------2-0-0----0----------------------|

  A                   C#m
       v         v         v
e------------------------------------------|
B-2---------2-----------5---------5--------|
G-2---------2-----------6---------6--------|
D------------------------------------------|
A-0-0-----0-0-0-----0-4-------4-4----------|
E------------------------------------------|


  F#        F#/E      B        B/A
       v         v         v        v
e-2----------------------------------------|
B-2----------2--------4--------4-----------|
G-3----------3--------4--------4-----------|
D-4----------------------------------------|
A-4-------------------2-2----2-0-0------0--|
E-2-2------2-0-0----0----------------------|


  E/G#                 A       E/A
       v         v
e----------------------0--------0----------|
B-5---------5----------2--------0----------|
G-4---------4----------2--------1----------|
D----------------------2--------2----------|
A----------------------0--------0----------|
E-4-4-----4-4-4------4---------------------|


  A       E/A

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


I looked all over the Internet for a decent
tab of this song, but none seemed to be
quite right. So I decided to transcribe the
tab from Clapton's own fingerwork in the
Youtube videos of Broken-Hearted. This is my
first tab, and I tried to make it as thorough
as possible without going overboard. Feedback
and corrections are welcome!
- Jaquito

 
 
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About the artist behind Broken Hearted 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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