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	Ripple by Grateful Dead

       G                               C
If my words did glow with the gold of sunshine,
        C                             G
and my tunes were played on the harp unstrung,
                   G                   C
would you hear my voice come thru the music,
           D       C                    G
would you hold it near as it were your own?

It's a hand-me-down,
the thoughts are broken,
perhaps they're better left unsung.
I don't know, don't really care,
let there be songs to fill the air.

 Am         D
Ripple in still water,
when there is no pebble tossed,
     Am      D
nor wind to blow.

Reach out your hand if your cup be empty,
if your cup is full may it be again,
let it be known there is a fountain,
that was not made by the hands of men.

There is a road, no simple highway,
Between the dawn and the dark of night,
and if you go no one may follow,
that path is for your steps alone.
Ripple in still water,
when there is no pebble tossed,
nor wind to blow.

You who choose, to lead must follow,
but if you fall you fall alone,
if you should stand then who's to guide you?
If I knew the way I would take you home.

	Ripple by the Grateful Dead

If my words did glow
with the gold of sunshine

and my tunes, were played

on the harp unstrung

would you hear my voice

come through the music,

  (G)             (D)
would you hold it near

 (C)          (G)
as it were your own

(same chords for next verse)


5th string 3 3 2  0

(Am)              (D)
Ripple  in still water

           (C)          (G)
When there is no pebble tossed

    (Am)     (D)
no wind, to blow,


It's a hand me down....

This is the intro riff that leads into the verse:




So this is my first fledgling attempt at tabbing. Any constructive
criticism will be
appreciated. The rhythm and bars may be a little hard to decipher, since
there is some
syncopation in the melody, i.e., lead-ins to the one beat, but bear with
me.  Again, criticism is
welcome here, too, and if there is a faq or instruction on writing tab,
I would be interested in
directions to it.

The melody line is mixed in among the chords and the trick is getting
the melody note to
stand out over the rest of the chord by either hitting that string a
little harder, or omitting the
notes on the higher strings so they don't drown it out. Play around with
it, that's what I do. I tried
to approximate the strumming under te melody as best i could --  You
know the groove, though,
it has a slow shuffle feel, with the bass at 1 and 3 and the chords on
the 2 beat and right before three if you think of it in terms of
4/4...the idea is
to get as many of those in as you can without sacrificing the melody
Anyway, here it is as I play it:

Ripple intro, Grateful Dead, American Beauty Album,








   if my  words  could  glow

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Ripple, Grateful  Dead - instructions for the beginner





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