The Crane Wife 3

The Crane Wife 3 Bass Tab

SONG:   The Crane Wife 3
BAND:   The Decemberists
ALBUM:  The Crane Wife
YEAR:   2006
TRACK:  1
TUNING: GDAE (standard)

  And under the boughs unbowed
  All clothed in the snowy shroud
  She had no heart so hardened
  All under the boughs unbowed

(0:48) (That's two 11s, not four 1s.)
G|----777--999--1111--666--777--99--444------------|
D|---------------------------------------5>--77----|
A|-------------------------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------------------------|

(0:57)
G|----777--999--1111--666--777--99--444-------------|
D|---------------------------------------555--------|
A|--------------------------------------------------|
E|------------------------------------------3/-3----|

(1:05)                             (1:29)
G|----------------------|          |--------------------------------|
D|----------------------|          |--------------------------------|
A|----5~----------------|    ×3    |----5~--------------------------|
E|----------5~----3~----|          |----------5~----3~---/7~~\3~----|
  Each feather, it fell from skin
  'Til threadbare, as she grew thin
  How were my eyes so blinded?
  Each feather, it fell from skin

(1:37) (This time, a little more active: not just straight strumming, put some rhythm into it)
G|----------------------|
D|----------------------|
A|----5>----------------|    ×2
E|----------5>----3>----|
  And I will hang my head, hang my head low
  And I will hang my head, hang my head low

(1:54)
G|----777--999--1111--666--777--99--444---------------|
D|---------------------------------------5>--77-99----|
A|----------------------------------------------------|
E|----------------------------------------------------|

(2:02)
G|----777--999--1111--666--777--99--444-------------|
D|---------------------------------------555--------|
A|--------------------------------------------------|
E|------------------------------------------3/-3----|

(2:10)
G|----------------------|
D|----------------------|
A|----5~----------------|    ×4
E|----------5~----3~----|
  A gray sky, a bitter sting
  A raincloud, a crane on wing
  All out beyond horizon
  A gray sky, a bitter sting

(2:42)
G|----------------------|
D|----------------------|
A|----5>----------------|    ×6
E|----------5>----3>----|
  And I will hang my head, hang my head low
  And I will hang my head, hang my head low
  And I will hang my head, hang my head low
  And I will hang my head, hang my head low

(3:30)
G|----777--999--1111--666--777--99--444---------------|
D|---------------------------------------5>--77-99----|
A|----------------------------------------------------|
E|----------------------------------------------------|

(3:38)
G|----777--999--1111--666--777--99--444-------------|
D|---------------------------------------555--------|
A|--------------------------------------------------|
E|------------------------------------------3/-3----|

(3:46) (Skip the A, only the guitar plays that.)
G|----------------------|
D|----------------------|
A|----5~----------------|    ×2
E|----------------3~----|
Bass Tabs
TitleThe Crane Wife 3
ArtistThe Decemberists
Tablature TypeASCII Tab
YouTube IDjnwRewQ–QM

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  • Play the note on the 1st fret of the E string.
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  • Play the 3rd fret on the A string.
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        G|-----------------|
        D|-----------------|
        A|---------3-------|
        E|---1-1---1---3---|
    

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