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Jim Croce - The Hard Way Every Time (Tab)
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The Hard Way Every Time (live version key of 'D')  -  Jim Croce and Maury Muehleisen

Video:  Live  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bP5lymQugXI 

***  tabbed for 2 acoustics - guitar 1 without Capo – Jim Croce        ***
***                         - guitar 2 with Capo 7  - Maury Muehleisen ***
***                                                                    ***
***  guitars are one full step (two frets) apart for harmony effect.   ***
***  guitar 1 fingerpicks the chords on the 1st line while guitar 2    ***
***  fingerpicks the harmony chords on the 2nd line (in parentheses).  ***
***  this harmony method was used by the Eagles on Hotel California.   ***
***  the recorded version is one full step higher in 'E major' with    ***
***  guitar 1 capo 2 and guitar 2 capo 9 using these same chords.      ***

  riff 1 (guitar 1)                         riff 1 (guitar 2 relative to Capo 7)
   D  E F# E  D~~   E F#G A [E D  A~~]      (G  A B  A  G~~   E F#G A)[A G  D~~]
e----------------|-------------------|    e----------------|-------------------|
B----------------|-----------5\3--2~~|    B----------------|-----------3\1--0~~|
G----------------|-------------------|    G----------------|-------------------|
D--0--2h4--2--0~~|-----------6\4--2~~|    D-----0h2--0-----|--------0--4\2--0~~|
A----------------|--------0----------|    A--3----------3~~|--0h2-3------------|
E----------------|--0h2-3------------|    E----------------|-------------------|
|                                    |
|alternate riff 1 for a single guitar| 
|  D  E F# E  D~~   E F#G A [A*G* D*~]
e----------------|-----------5\3--2~~|
B----------------|-------------------|
G----------------|-----------6\4--2~~|
D--0--2h4--2--0~~|-------------------|
A----------------|--------0----------|
E----------------|--0h2-3------------|

 -------------------------guitar 2 relative to Capo 7-------------------------
/ riff 2                  riff 3                   riff 4                     \  
|  (B  A  G  A  F#)       (G A  B  A  G  A)        (A  B  C#  B  A   F# E  D) |
e------------------|    e-------------------|    e-----0--2---0---------------|
B---5--3--1--3--0~~|    B--1/3--5--3--1--3--|    B--3------------3---0--------|
G------------------|    G-------------------|    G----------------------2--0--|
D------------------|    D-------------------|    D----------------------------|
A------------------|    A-------------------|    A----------------------------|
E------------------|    E-------------------|    E----------------------------|

Intro
(riff 1 - guitars 1&2) – 2 times  (or alternate riff 1 for a single guitar)

Verse 1
          D      Bm       F#m    G     ---- guitar 1 chords on 1st line
         (G)    (Em)     (Bm)   (C)    ---- guitar 2 chords on 2nd line in ( )'s
Well I've had my share of broken dreams,
    Bm          A         G    D
   (Em)        (D)       (riff 2)
and more than a couple of fa…a…alls…
                Bm        F#m          G
       (G)     (Em)      (Bm)         (C)
And in chasin'…    what I thought were moonbeams,
       Bm         A         G    D
      (Em)       (D)       (riff 2) 
I have run into a couple of walls…

Chorus 1
       Bm                      A
      (Em)                    (D)
But in lookin' back…    at the places I've been,
        Em             F#m       G
       (Am)           (Bm)      (C)
and the changes…  that I've left behind…
        Em                G     
       (Am)              (C)   (riff 3)
I still look at myself to find… 
 A                Bm       A     G
(D)              (Em)     (D)   (C)   (riff 4)
 I've learned the hard way ev'ry time. 

Verse 2
Yeah… I've had my share of…  good intentions,
and I've made…  my share of mista…a…akes…
And I've learned at times…  it's…  best to bend.
Cause if you don't…  well those are the breaks.

Chorus 2
Should have listened to…   all the things I was told.
But I was young…  and too proud at the time…
And now I look at myself to find…
I've learned the hard way ev'ry time.

Instrumental
 D    Bm    F#m   G    Bm    A    G    D
(G)  (Em)  (Bm)  (C)  (Em)  (D)  (riff 2)

Chorus 3
But in looking back…    at the lessons I've learned,
from the mountains…  I wanted to climb…
I still look at myself to find…
I've learned the hard way ev'ry time.

Verse 3
Cause I've had… my share of… broken dreams,
and more than a couple of fa…a…alls…
And in chasin'…  what I thought were moonbeams,
I have run into a couple of walls.

Chorus 4
But in lookin' back…    at the faces I've been.
I would sure be…  the first one to say… 
When I look at myself today…
Wouldn'a done it any other way.

Outro
(riff 1 – guitars 1&2) – 2 times (guitar 1 subs final [A] chord with [Dsus2-h-D~~])

Chord Chart (guitar 1) & (guitar 2 relative to Capo 7)
   A    Am   Bm   C    D   Em   F#m   G     A*   G*   D*                Legend
e--0----0----2----0----2----0----2----3--|--5----3----2---|          ~  let ring
B--2----1----3----1----3----0----2----0--|-(5)--(3)--(3)--|          h  hammer
G--2----2----4----0----2----0----2----0--|--6----4----2---|          /  slide up
D--2----2----4----2----0----2----4----0--|-(7)--(5)--(0)--|          \  slide down
A--0----0----2----3---------2----4----2--|-(7)--(5)-------|             
E---------------------------0----2----3--|-(5)--(3)-------|

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*** dedicated to the memory of Jim & Maury, thanks for all of the beautiful music ***
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 Comments (click here to add a non-facebook comment)
Love Jim Croce,, great tab,, well done!!!!!!
-aussief | 1/8/2011
Nice job. KK.
-kraziekhat | 1/9/2011
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