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the dreaming tree

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Date: Sun, 10 May 1998 18:07:14 -0400
From: Ken Dunnington 
Subject: m/matthews_dave_band/
Song: The Dreaming Tree
Artist: Dave Matthews Band 
Album: Before These Crowded Streets
Transcribed by: Ken Dunnington 
Notes: This is from the new DMB album 'Before These Crowded Streets'.
 If you haven't heard it yet, it's worth a listen, though very different
 from their other stuff.  This is my first tab, so be gentle :)
 All comments/corrections/complaints are welcome at
Chords used:
 I put both versions of the chords (where applicable) because I'm not
 sure which one is correct, but they both sound good.
 Verse chords:
  Dm: x00231 (or 577555)
  Am: x02210 (or 557765)
  These two are played during the main verses while Dave sings.
  The pattern is Dm/Dm/Am/Am for the whole verse.
 Bridge chords:
  D : x0023x
  A : x02220 (or 557775)
  G : 320033 (or 355733)
  F : 133211
  Again, I put the alternative fingerings in parentheses because I'm not
  exactly sure which is right, though either way sounds fine to me.
  The pattern is A/G/F/D.
Now for the tab:
    Intro                                 Bridge [Repeat this part]
[Verse 1]:
 These are all equal measures.  The chords are strummed on the last
 word of each measure.
        Dm   |                     Dm |                            Am
Staning here | The old man said to me | "Long before these crowded streets
                       Am    |                   Dm  |                Dm
Here stood my dreaming tree" | Below it he would sit | For hours at a time
                   Am   |                      Am   |                  Dm
Now progress takes away | What forever took to find | Now he's falling hard
                     Dm   |                 Am |                      Am
He feels the falling dark | How he longs to be | Beneath his dreaming tree
                  Dm    |                   Dm   |                         
Conquered fear to climb | A moment froze in time | When the girl who first 
he kissed
                      Am  |                     Dm    |                   
Promised him she'd be his | Remembered mother's words | There beneath the 
                    Am    |                     Am    |            Dm
"No matter what the world | You'll always be my baby" | Mommy come quick
                      Dm   |                    Am    |                  
The dreaming tree has died | The air is growing thick | A fear he cannot 
The dreaming tree has died
 The song then goes into a part I don't dare try to tab - just strum the
 Am/Dm chords along with it and occasionally pick a note here and there
 along with what you hear.
[Chorus]: Start off with an A
A              G    |              F  |           D     
Oh have you no pity | This thing I do | I do not deny it
                 A     |               G      |          F      
All through this smile | As crooked as danger | I do not deny
          D       |                   A   |              G            
I know in my mind | I would leave you now | If I had the strength to
                  F  |             D       |              A      
I would leave you up | To your own devices | Will you not talk 
             G    |             F    |               D      A         
Can you take pity | I don't ask much | But won't you speak  Please 
[Verse 2]:
         Dm    |                     Dm   |              Am
>From the start | She knew she had it made | Easy up 'til then
                        Am    |                 Dm     |                   
For sure she'd make the grade | Adorers came in hordes | To lay down in 
her wake
                    Am  |                      Am   |                   Dm
She gave it all she had | But treasures slowly fade | Now she's falling 
                      Dm   |                   Am    |                     
She feels the fall of dark | How did this fall apart | She drinks to fill 
it up
                     Dm     |                Dm    |                       
A smile of sweetest flowers | Wilted so and soured | Black tears stain the 
                    Am    |                         Dm    |                
That once were so admired | She thinks when she was small | There on her 
father's knee 
                    Am  |                      Am    |             Dm
How he had promised her | "You'll always be my baby" | "Daddy come quick  
                      Dm   |                     Am   |                    
The dreaming tree has died | I can't find my way home | There is no place 
to hide  
The dreaming tree has died"
 Back to the picking/strumming like before.
[Chorus]: Again, start with an A
A               G
Oh if I had the strength...  
[Out]: This follows the same pattern as the verse [Dm/Dm/Am/Am]
        Dm   ... |         Dm
Take me back ... | Save me please
Well, that's the song.  Like I said, this is my first tab, so it's not
perfect, and I welcome any feedback at!
 - Ken
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