Artist: Nick Drake, Title: River Man

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Nick Drake - River Man

Found on:
Earcandy, 16 Delicious Tracks
Pure Moods: A New World of Emotions(2015)
Relax(2008)
Chillout - A Winter Collection(2003)
Pure Relaxation(2017)
Made to Love Magic(2004-05-24)
N. R. Drake, 69.(2014-09-08)
Les Trésors cachés : 50 ans de rock(2004-07-26)
Chillout Moods(2002)
Dream With the Fishes(1997-06-10)
Trigger Happy TV 3(2001-12-09)
Q: Essential Chill Out(2000-09)
Acoustic.(2002)
LateNightTales: The Flaming Lips(2005-03-07)
Five Leaves Left(2012)
Fruit Tree(1979-03-09)
Musician Magazine's New Music Sampler: A Little on the CD Side, Volume 16
Faithless, The Bedroom Sessions(2001-08)
Pure Chillout(2001-11-26)
Unwind: 34 Soothing Laidback Tracks(2001-10-29)
The Hannibal Sampler(1992)
Heaven in a Wild Flower: An Exploration of Nick Drake(1985)
Simply Acoustic(2002-04-29)
A Treasury(2005-01-04)
Best of Acoustic: 32 Moody Songs
Way to Blue: An Introduction to Nick Drake(2003)
A Day Gone By...
Les Trésors du Rock de Philippe Manœuvre(2013)
River Man(2004)
The Very Best of Pure Moods(2008-06-30)
The Ultimate Acoustic Songbook(2005-05-30)
The Very Best of Singers‐Songwriters
Pure Acoustic(2004-08-23)
The Bedroom Sessions(2001-08)
Nova Classics Eight(2008-05-12)
Les Hits 1969 : Salut les copains(2014)
The John Peel Session
The John Peel Session(2014-11)
Due Radici(2020)
RIVER MAN


Tuning standard
capo 3rd fret
(5 triplets to each "bar")
     
Intro (call this Bar A):
     
|------------0--|
|--2---2-----2--|
|--4---4-----4--| (x4)
|--2---2-2---2-2|
|--0---0-----0--|
|0----0---0-0---|
             l
   r   r     r
   m   m     m       - suggested possible picking 
   i   i i   i  i
   t   t     t
 t    t   t t
     
note - the 4's are quiet in the track (to imitate this just make 
the middle finger pick a bit more quietly)
     
Verse:
     
|-----------(0)-|       |---------------|---------------| 
|--1---1-----1--|       |--3---3-----3--|--3---3-----0--|
|--4---4-----4--|       |--3---3-----3--|--3---3-----0--|
|--2---2-2---2-2| (x2)  |--0-----0---0--|--0-----0---0--| 
|--0---0-----0--|       |------3--------|------3--------| 
|0----0---0-0---|       |3----3---3-----|3----3---3-0--0|
     
|---------------|
|--1---1-----1--|
|--2---2-----2--| (x2)   then bar A x2 
|--3---3-3---3-3|
|--3---3-----3--|
|1----1---1-1---|
     

note: the 33033x (thanks to Howard Wright for the suggested fingering btw)
is clearly heard as 33031x in the demo version of this song on the Made To
Love Magic album. But it seems to be 33033x in the Five Leaves Left version.
     
The first variation is the verse ending "...in summertime". 
Instead of bar A's to finish, it has 4 bars of:
     
|------------0--|
|--4---4-----4--|
|--0---0-----0--| (call this bar B)
|--2---2-2-----2|
|--0---0-----0--|
|0----0---0-0---|
     
(a cynic might suggest Nick's little finger missed the G-string 
and a variation was born...)
     
Instrumental bit:
     
|---------------|
|--1---0-----0--|
|--2---2-----2--|
|--3---3-3---3-3| (x3), then 2x A, 3x this new bar, 4x A. 
|--3---3-----3--|
|1----1---1-1---|
     
     
Last verse also ends with 4 bar B's.
     
"Oh how they come and go" to end:
     
|---------------|       |---------------| 
|--2---2-----2--|       |--1---1-----1--| 
|--0---0-----0--| (x4)  |--0---0-----0--| (x2) 
|--------4-----4|       |--------4-----4| 
|--0---0-----0--|       |--0---0-----0--| 
|0----0---0-0---|       |0----0---0-0---|
     
|---------------|       |---------------| 
|--2---2-----4--|       |--4---4-----2--| 
|--0---0-----0--| (x4)  |--0---0-----0--| (rpt to end) 
|--------2-----2|       |--------2-----2| 
|--0---0-----0--|       |--0---0-----0--| 
|0----0---0-0---|       |0----0---0-0---|
     
(a cynic might suggest....)
     
nb - the first 4 bars might sound odd if unaccompanied in that they don't 
change (in the track, the strings give some variation). You could play
a 1 on the B-string for the first 2 bars, or a 2 on the D-string for the 
3rd and 4th bar, to give it some variation, but above is what I think 
Nick plays.
     

Tabbed by Chris Healey


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