‘If I Could Give All My Love (or Richard Manuel is Dead)’

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I’m an anchor on the line of a clock that tells the time that is running out on you …


Standard Tuning
Note: () denotes a single note (i.e. not a whole chord)
Intro riff:
E-|——–12—————————————————|-
B-|-12/14—–14-12——10/12–14-12—————10-10/12-10-|-
G-|—————–14—————-14-12—9/11————–|-
D-|————————————————————-|-
A-|————————————————————-|-
E-|————————————————————-|-

E-|——–12—————————————————|-
B-|-12/14—–14-12——10/12–14-12—————10-13-12-10-|-
G-|—————–14—————-14-12—9/11————–|-
D-|————————————————————-|-
A-|————————————————————-|-
E-|————————————————————-|-

Verse 1:
Bm D A
Got a message in my head that the papers had all come
Bm D
Richard Manuel is dead and the daylight’s comin’ on
A
I’ve been wandering through the dark
Bm (B) (C#) D
now I’m standing on the lawn

Chorus:
A Bm D
If I could give all my love to you
A G D
I could justify myself, but I’m just not coming through
A G D
You’re a pill to ease the pain of all the stupid things I do
(C#) Bm G
I’m an anchor on the line of a clock that tells the time
A G D
that is running out on you [play first 1/2 of intro riff]

Verse 2:
Bm D A
It was cold when I awoke and the day was halfway done
Bm D
Nearly spring in San Francisco and I cannot feel the sun
A Bm (B) (C#) D
You were sleeping next to me, but I knew that you’d be gone

Repeat Chorus, then:
Lead-in to solo:
E-|—————————–|-
B-|—————————–|-
G-|—————————–|-
D-|—————————–|-
A-|—————————–|-
E-|—-4~–5——4~–5-4-5-6~–|-7

Solo chords: (key of D, I think)
Bm D A E
Bm D A G D

Verse 3:
Bm D A
Take some time before you go to think of Mondays coming down
E Bm
and the people that you knew and the ones that aren’t around
D Bm D
You’ve been fading day to day I’ve been moving town to town

Repeat Chorus twice
(skip the intro riff between these repeats)
End with a variation on Riff 1 (it’s a really easy variation)

Tabbed by Neil (oxtoby@physics.uq.edu.au) on Thursday 11 July 2002.
Updated 18 July 2002.

Got a message in my head
That the papers had all gone
Richard Manuel is dead
And the daylight’s coming on
I’ve been wandering through the dark
Now I’m standing on the lawnIf I could give all my love to you
I could justify myself
But I’m just not coming through
You’re a pill to ease the pain
Of all the stupid things I do
I’m an anchor on the line
Of a clock that tells the time
That is running out on you

It was cold when I woke
And the day was halfway done
Nearly spring in San Francisco
But I cannot feel the sun
You were sleeping next to me
But I knew that you’d be gone

If I could give all my love to you
I could justify myself
But I’m just not coming through
You’re a pill to ease the pain
Of all the stupid things I do
I’m an anchor on the line
Of a clock that tells the time
That is running out on you
Take some time before you go
Think of Mondays coming down
And the people that you knew
The ones that aren’t around
You’ve been fading day to day
I’ve been moving town to town

If I could give all my love to you
I could justify myself
But I’m just not coming through
You’re a pill to ease the pain
Of all the stupid things i do
I’m an anchor on the line
Of a clock that tells the time
That is running out on you

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