‘Another Horsedreamer’s Blues’

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Every race night is shot through with sunlight, trying to hit the big one one last time tonight …


Date: Tue, 19 Nov 1996 19:58:53 -0800
From: “Michael A. Mazur”
Subject: TAB: Counting Crows, “Another Horsedreamer’s Blues”

Tab: “Another Horsedreamer’s Blues” Counting Crows

Transcribed by Michael A. Mazur (mmazur@wpi.edu)

Intro:
Wurlitzer arranged for guitar: (Play this three times)
|——————————————-|
|——————————–10———|
|–10–9——–9————10——10–9–|
|–0—0—–0—–10—–0————–0–|
|——————————————-|
|——————————————-|

|————————————————|
|———————8—–6–6–6—–8–8–8–|
|——–10–9—–9——–7–7–7—–9–9–9–|
|—–0–0——0——–0———–0———–|
|–0———————————————|
|————————————————|

Guitar 1, enters after first repeat of the wurlitzer, played twice:
|———–5—————————–|
|————–6————————–|
|–7—–7——–7—–7—–7——–7–|
|—–0——————–0—–7——–|
|———————————–5—–|
|—————————————–|

|———–5——————–8——–|
|————–6——————–8—–|
|–7—–7——–7—–7—–7——–9–|
|—–0——————–0————–|
|—————————————–|
|—————————————–|

Guitar 2, entering at the same time, played w/ slide
|———-|–5———-|——15~~~–15–|——15~~~–|
|–5/10\/–|—–5/10\/–|–15————-|–15———|
|———-|————-|—————–|————-|
|———-|————-|—————–|————-|
|———-|————-|—————–|————-|
|———-|————-|—————–|————-|

Verse: (chords played by wurlitzer and bass)
Dm C Dm C
Margery’s dreaming of the middle of the day
Dm C
Tiyuri to win
Bb C
Perfect Dozen to place

Fill 1 Fill 2
|——15~~~—–|-|——————————|
|–15————|-|——————————|
|—————-|-|——————————| guitar 1 plays
|—————-|-|——–8————-10——| these where
|—————-|-|–8/10—–10–10/12——12–| marked
|—————-|-|——————————|
* (w/ fill 1)
money is the matter that’s been on her mind
* (w/ fill 2)
time ticks by her one race at a a time

Chorus: Guitar 1 plays chords, guitar 2 plays the part below:
Bb C F Dm Bb C
|–6–3—–0——–|–1————–|——–1–0——–|
|——–3—–1—–|—–3———–|—–3——–1—–|
|—————–0–|——–2—–2–|–3————–0–|
|——————–|———–3—–|——————–|
|——————–|—————–|——————–|
|——————–|—————–|——————–|

Bb
|——6—–8——–|–10——–8——–|
|———6—–6—–|——6——–6—–|
|–/7————–7–|———7——–7–|
|———————|———————|
|———————|———————|
|———————|———————|

Bb C
She’s tryin’ to be a good girl
F Dm
And give ’em what they want
Bb C Bb
But Margery’s dreaming of horses

Lookin’ at a green sky
Sun like a red eye
Bright blue horses are the fortune she lives by
* (w/ fill 3)
She’s tired and lonely
Scared and depressed
Her visions of one day go racing the next

|———-|–5———-6——–8———|
|–5/10\/–|—–5/10\/—–8——–10—–|
|———-|——————-7———9–| Fill 3,
|———-|——————————–| guitar 2 (w slide)
|———-|——————————–|
|———-|——————————–|

She’s tryin’ to be a good girl
And give ’em what they want
But Margery’s dreaming of horses

Bridge:
Am Bb Am Gm Am Am
|–5–|———–0——–|———–0——–|–5–|
|–5–|———–1——–|———–1——–|–5–|
|–5–|——–3–2——–|———–2——–|–5–| Gtr 1
|–7–|—–3—–2——–|——–5–2——–|–7–|
|–0–|–1—————–|—–5————–|–0–|
|—–|——————–|–3—————–|—–|
| | | | |
| | | | |
|–5–|–6–6—–5–5—–|–6–6—–5–5—–|–5–|
|–5–|–3–3—–5–5—–|–8–8—–5–5—–|–5–|
|–5–|–3–3—–5–5—–|–7–7—–5–5—–|–5–| Gtr 2
|–7–|——————–|——————–|–7–| w/ wah
|–0–|——————–|——————–|–0–|
|—–|——————–|——————–|—–|

Am Bb Am Gm Am
Margie doesn’t say anything all the way home
Am
So afraid she’ll awake to find she’s all alone

Gm Am Bb C
|——————–|——————–|
|—————–1–|——–3——–1–|
|——–3—–2—–|—–3——–2—–| Both guitars repeat
|—–5————–|——————–| this, and continue
|———–0——–|–1——–3——–| over organ solo
|–3—————–|——————–|

Organ solo over Gm Am Bb C

Re-intro: The wurlitzer plays this, with slight variation, 8 times:
|—————-|
|—————-|
|—–10–10–9–| Wurlitzer figure 1
|–0–0—0—0–|
|—————-|
|—————-|

|——–5———–|
|—–6—–6——–|
|–7———–7—–| Guitar 1 plays this 4 times, starting on
|—————–0–| the fifth repeat in the wurlitzer part
|——————–|
|——————–|

|—–10–|—-13–|—-15–|
|—-x—-|—x—-|—x—-|
|—x—–|–x—–|–x—–| Guitar 2 plays this, with a lot of
|–x——|——–|——–| distortion and wah, starting on the
|———|——–|——–| fifth repeat in the wurlitzer part
|———|——–|——–|

Verse:
Margery’s wingspan’s all feathers and coke cans, and
TV dinners and letters she won’t send, and
* (w/ fill 1)
Every race night is shot through with sunlight
* (w/ fill 4)
Trying to hit the big one one last time tonight for…

|———|–8——–8/10–|
|—–10–|—–8———–|
|/10——|——–9——–| Fill 4, played by guitar 2
|———|—————–|
|———|—————–|
|———|—————–|

Bb C Bb C
Drunken fathers and stupid mothers and
Bb C Gm Am
Boys who can’t tell one girl from another

Bb C Gm Am
||—6–6—–8–8—||–3–3—–5–5—-|——-|
||—3–3—–5–5—||–3–3—–5–5—-|——-|
||*–3–3—–5–5–*||–3–3—–5–5—-|——-| Guitar 1
||*—————–*||——————-|——-|
||——————-||——————-|——-|
||——————-||——————-|——-|
|| || | |
||————5~~~—||—–5—–8–5–8/|10~~~–|
||————5~~~—||-/6—–6———-|——-|
||*———–5~~~–*||——————-|——-| Guitar 2 w/ slide
||*———–5~~~–*||——————-|——-|
||——————-||——————-|——-|
||——————-||——————-|——-|
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
This measure repeated 3 times

(with Wurlitzer figure 1, 4 times)
So she takes her pills
Careful and round
* (w/ fill 3, second measure only)
One of these days she’s gonna
throw the whole bottle down

But she’s trying to be a good girl
And give ’em what they want
But Margery’s dreaming of…

Trying to be a good girl
And give ’em what they want
But Margery’s dreaming of horses

Wurlitzer and Guitar 1 play the intro again
|—–10~~–|
|—-x——|
|—x——-| Guitar 2 plays this, and then is tacet
|–x——–|
|———–|
|———–|

Finish with another organ solo, with both guitars playing the same
Gm Am Bb C progression they did the first time


Margery’s dreaming of the middle of the day
Tiyuri to win
Perfect Dozen to place
money is the matter that’s been on her mind
time ticks by her one race at a time

She’s tryin’ to be a good girl
And give ’em what they want
But Margery’s dreaming of horses

Lookin’ at a green sky
Sun like a red eye
Bright blue horses are the fortune she lives by
She’s tired and lonely
Scared and depressed
Her visions of one day go racing the next

She’s trying to be a good girl
And give ’em what they want
But Margery’s dreaming of horses

Margie doesn’t say anything all the way home
So afraid she’ll awake to find she’s all alone
Margery’s wingspan’s all feathers and coke cans, and
TV dinners and letters she won’t send, and
Every race night is shot through with sunlight
Trying to hit the big one one last time tonight for …
Drunken fathers and stupid mothers and
Boys who can’t tell one girl from another
So she takes her pills
Careful and round
One of these days she’s gonna throw the whole bottle down

But she’s trying to be a good girl
And give ’em what they want
But Margery’s dreaming of…
Trying to be a good girl
And give ’em what they want
But Margery’s dreaming of horses.

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