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Chord/Tab for: Powderfinger
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(written t.b.d.)     (notes below will be moved here eventually)

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Chords/Tabulature for
Powderfinger (accoustic version)

Submitted by: Malc Brookes (

Notes about this song:

  • This accoustic version taken from the Chrome Dreams bootleg CD.
  • Also see the Rust Never Sleeps version.
  • Tuning: Standard (EADGBE)
  E     022100
  Esus4 022200
  A     x02220
  G#m   466444
  G#m#5 466400  \
  A(v)  577650   > use thumb to fret bass string
  Badd4 799870  /

E / / / E / / /

E                         A                        E     Esus4 E
Look out, Mama, there's a white boat coming up the river
       A                                     E    Esus4 E
With a big red beacon, and a flag, and a man on the rail
I think you'd better call John,
                                     G#m       A(v)
'Cause it don't look like they're here to deliver the mail
         G#m#5             A(v)
And it's less than a mile away
  G#m#5                    A(v)
I hope they didn't come to stay
         G#m#5                     A(v)
It's got numbers on the side and a gun
And it's making big waves.

E / / / A / / / E / / Esus4 E / / /

Daddy's gone, my brother's out hunting in the mountains
Big John's been drinking since the river took Emmylou
So the Powers That Be left me here to do the thinking
And I just turned twenty two
I was wondering what to do
And the closer they got
The more those feelings grew.


Daddy's rifle in my hand felt reassuring
He told me, red men run, son, numbers add up to nothing
But when the first shot hit the docks I saw it coming
Raised my rifle to my eye
Never stopped to wonder why
Then I saw black
And my face splashed in the sky.


Shelter me from the powder and the finger
Cover me with the thought that pulled the trigger
Just think of me as one you'd never figured
Would fade away so young
With so much left undone
Remember me to my love
I know I'll miss her.

(Fill, and finish...)