Stookey Paul - Wedding Song Chords & Tabs

 

Wedding Song Chords & Tabs

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Wedding Song Tab

   
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#This file is the author's own work and represents their interpretation of the#
#song. You may only use this file for private study, scholarship, or research.#
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Date: Wed, 25 Mar 1998 19:05:03 -0800
From: John Blair 
Subject: s/stookey_noel_paul/wedding_song.tab

*****
Thanks to Andy Strassburg (see below) for some corrections
to my original transcription. After seeing my post in OLGA Andy
emailed me to say that he had tabbed the entire song (he has
a better ear and more patience than I) and wanted to
post it. His great tab is a good complement since I just
tabbed the intro and then show the chords. So here is my
original post, followed by Andy's detailed tab.
*****

This transcription is my own, as are any mistakes.
(Note: I don't have the original recording, so I
don't know how closely this video version is to the
original.)

Note: While the song is sung in the key of E, Paul
tunes his 12-string down 3 half-tones and plays it using
G fingerings as seen on their 25th Anniversary video.
The good news is that it's fairly easy to play this way.
The bad news is that you tune all day if you want to play
along with the recording.

(Note to the note: in the video Paul's 12-string is actually
tuned down 5(!) half-tones and then he capos up two to get
the resulting 3 half-tone drop. Talk about loose strings!)


(Tune down 3 half-tones from standard to play with recording)
           C# F# B  E  G# C#
Finger     -- -- -- -- -- --
G:         3  2  0  0  3  0  (and run with 320010, 320000)
A:         0  0  2  2  2  0
Asus2:     0  0  2  2  0  0
Cmaj7:     0  3  2  0  0  0  (and run with 032200)
C(addD):   0  3  2  0  3  0
Gsus4add9: 3  0  0  2  1  0
D/F#:      2  0  0  2  3  2
Dsus4/F#:  2  0  0  2  3  3
Em:        0  2  2  0  0  0
f#:        2  0  0  0  0  0  (bass note used between Em and G)
C(addD)*   0  3  2  0  3  0  (see note below)
C:         0  3  2  0  1  0  (C-C/B-Am7-Am7/G = running bass.
C/B:       0  2  0  0  1  0   Running bass notes are c-b-a-g
Am7:       0  0  2  0  1  0   into the f# of the D/F# chord)
Am7/G:     3  0  2  0  1  0
Last G:    3  2  0  0  0  3  (final chord of song)

 
The whole song is picked with the thumb and two fingers using
the following basic pattern. The 1st string is hardly ever played.

-------------------
-----------2-------
-----1-------------
--------T----------
-------------------
--T----------------


12-string vs 6-string note:
You're not going to get the same sound with a 6-string as you
would with the 12-string, and more than just the lack of fullness.
If you play on a 6-string you will think that Paul is playing
notes on the 1st and 2nd strings that are in fact being played by
the thumb hitting the high-octave bass strings. Examples of this
are the first C note of the Cmaj7 run, the E note in the A-Asus2
and the G note in the C(addD)* as described below.


C(addD)* note: picked as follows:
-----------2-------    Paul fingers this the same as the other chord.
-----1-------------    However, the thumb striking the 3rd string
--------T----------    emphasizes the high-G string on the 12-string
-------------------    guitar. If you are playing this on a 6-string
--T----------------    guitar you can get a similar sound by playing
-------------------    (032033) rather than (032030).



Now for the song...

    G (for a few bars, then to intro)
e-|-------------------------------------------------------
B-|----------3-----------3-----------3-----------3--------
G-|----0-----------0-----------0-----------0--------------
D-|-------0-----------0-----------0-----------0-----------
A-|-------------------------------------------------------
E-|-3-----------3-----------3-----------3-----------------



Intro:

    Grun
e-|-------------------------------------------------------
B-|----------3-----------1-----------0--------------------
G-|----0-----------0-----------0-----------0--------------
D-|-------0-----------0-----------0-----------0-----------
A-|-------------------------------------------------------
E-|-3-----------3-----------3-----------3-----------------


       A                      Asus2
e-|-------------------------------------------------------
B-|-----------2-----------0------------------0------------
G-|-----2-----------2-----------2-----2-------------------
D-|--------2-----------2-----------2-----------2----------
A-|--0-----------0-----------0-----------0----------------
E-|-------------------------------------------------------


    Cmaj7run (Paul uses index finger to fret 3rd string)
e-|-------------------------------------------------------
B-|----------0-----------------0-----------0--------------
G-|----0-----------0-----2-----------0--------------------
D-|-------2-----------2-----------2----------2------------
A-|-3-----------3-----------3-----------3-----------------
E-|-------------------------------------------------------


    G        Gsus4add9                     into verse...
e-|-------------------------------------------------------
B-|----------0h1-----------1-----------1-----------1------
G-|----0-----------2-------------2-----------2------------
D-|-------0-----------0-------------0-----------0---------
A-|-------------------------------------------------------
E-|-3-----------3-------------3-----------3---------------



      G                          D/F#
He is now to be among you at the calling of your hearts
     C(addD)                                       G
Oooo rest assured this troubadour is acting on His part
                  D/F#             C(addD)         G
The union of your spirits here has caused Him to remain
         Em      F# G               D/F#
For whenever two or more of you are gathered in His name
         C(addD)*        (intro)
There is love  -  -  there is love...


       G                       D/F#     C(addD)         G
Well a man shall leave his mother and a woman leave her home
Em             F# G               D/F#
They shall travel on to where the two shall be as one
      G            D/F#         C(addD)         G
As it was in the beginning - is now and til the end
Em          F#  G                 D/F#
Woman draws her life from man and gives it back again
             C(addD)          (intro)
And there is love  -  -  there is love...


        C         C/B    Am7   Am7/G       D/F#           G
Oh then what's to be the reason      for becoming man and wife
      C         C/B        Am7  Am7/G    D/F#                 G
Is it love that brings you here       or love that brings you life
       G             D/F#        C(addD)          G
For if loving is the answer then who's the giving for
   Em          F# G                     D/F#
Do you believe in something that you've never seen before
             C(addD)*        (intro)
Oh, there is love  -  -  oh there is love...


Grun   Dsus4/F#  Cmaj7run  Em F# G  D/F#
(Humming.....................................)
        G                D/F#             C(addD)         G
Yes the marriage of your spirits here has caused Him to remain
        Em       F# G               D/F#
For whenever two or more of you are gathered in His name
         C(addD)*         (intro)     G
There is love  -  -  there is love...

jwblair@ix.netcom.com (John Blair)


=====================================
Wedding Song
by Noel Paul Stookey

Tab by Andy Strassburg
andypro@vt.edu

(formatting and minor suggestions from John Blair)

    This version of "Wedding Song" is the one from the
Peter Paul and Mary 25th Anniversary Video.  Paul plays it
with a 12-string guitar, and this tab will sound like the
video if played with a 12-string.  If you play it with a
6-string, it will still sound good, but not quite like the
video.

    The rhythm is easy, every note is an 1/8 note, and
    you only play 1 note at a time.  There is a pause
    after the A progression in the intro riff, and after
    the Em in the verses.  If this isn't descriptive
    enough, check the video to get the correct pause.

    The order this tab is played will be:
    Intro, Verse 1, Standard 1/2 Verse, Intro riff,
    Standard 1/2 Verse, Standard 1/2 Verse, Intro riff,
    Bridge, Standard 1/2 Verse, Intro riff,
    Humming, Standard 1/2 Verse, Intro riff.



  G
-----------------------------------------------------------
-----------3-----------3-----------3-----------3-----------
-----0-----------0-----------0-----------0-----------------
--------0-----------0-----------0-----------0--------------
-----------------------------------------------------------
--3-----------3-----------3-----------3--------------------


-----------------------------------------------------------
-----------3-----------3-----------3-----------3-----------
-----0-----------0-----------0-----------0-----------------
--------0-----------0-----------0-----------0--------------
-----------------------------------------------------------
--3-----------3-----------3-----------3--------------------

Intro riff:
  Grun
-----------------------------------------------------------
-----------3-----------1-----------0-----------0-----------
-----0-----------0-----------0-----------0-----------------
--------0-----------0-----------0-----------0--------------
-----------------------------------------------------------
--3-----------3-----------3-----------3--------------------

[ Tab from: http://www.guitartabs.cc/tabs/s/stookey_paul/wedding_song_tab.html ]
  A                    Asus2
-----------------------------------------------------------
-----------2-----------0-----------------------------------
-----2-----------2-----------2-----2-----0-----------------
--------2-----------2-----------2-----2--------------------
--0-----------0-----------0--------------------------------
-----------------------------------------------------------


  Cmaj7run(*)
-----------------------------------------------------------
-(1)-------0-----------------------------------------------
-----0-----------0-----2-----2-----0-----0-----0-----------
--------2-----------2-----------2-----------0--------------
--3-----------3-----------3-----------3--------------------
-----------------------------------------------------------
(*)Note: the (1) is not played by Paul, but helps give the
correct sound if you are playing this on a 6-string guitar.


The intro riff ends with a Gsus4 figure that Paul varies
slightly at different points in the song:

Gsus4 (as played during first intro riff)
-----------------------------------------------------------
-----------0-h1--------1-----------1-----------1-----------
-----0-----------0-----------0-----------0-----------------
--------0-----------0-----------0-----------0--------------
-----------------------------------------------------------
--3-----------3-----------3-----------3--------------------


Gsus4 (as played in the intro riff prior to bridge)
-----------------------------------------------------------
-----------0-h1--------0-----------1-----------------------
-----0-----------0-----------0-----------0-----------------
--------0-----------0-----------0-----------0--------------
-----------------------------------------------------------
--3-----------3-----------3-----------3--------------------


G(sus4) (as played at the end of the song)
-----------------------------------3-----------------------
-----------0-h1--------0-----------------------------------
-----0-----------0-----------0-----------------------------
--------0-----------0-----------0--------------------------
-----------------------------------------------------------
--3-----------3-----------3--------------------------------

(End of intro riff)



Verse 1
  G
-----------------------------------------------------------
-----------3-----------3-----------3-----------3-----------
-----0-----------0-----------0-----------0-----------------
--------0-----------0-----------0-----------0--------------
-----------------------------------------------------------
--3-----------3-----------3-----------3--------------------



 D/F#
-----------------------------------------------------------
-----------3-----------3-----------3-----------3-----------
-----2-----------2-----------2-----------2-----------------
--------0-----------0-----------0-----------0--------------
-----------------------------------------------------------
--2-----------2-----------2-----------2--------------------


  C(addD)
-----------------------------------------------------------
-----------3-----------3-----------3------------3----------
-----0-----------0-----------0------------0----------------
--------2-----------2-----------2------------2-------------
--3-----------3-----------3------------3-------------------
-----------------------------------------------------------


-----------------------------------------------------------
-----------3-----------3-----------3-----------3-----------
-----0-----------0-----------0-----------0-----------------
--------2-----------2-----------0-----------0--------------
--3-----------3--------------------------------------------
--------------------------3-----------3--------------------


  G                         End Verse 1
-----------------------------------------------------------
-----------3-----------3-----------------------------------
-----0-----------0-----------------------------------------
--------0-----------0--------------------------------------
-----------------------------------------------------------
--3-----------3--------------------------------------------


Standard 1/2 Verse
  G
-----------------------------------------------------------
-----------3-----------3-----------------------------------
-----0-----------0-----------------------------------------
--------0-----------0--------------------------------------
-----------------------------------------------------------
--3-----------3--------------------------------------------


  D/F#                       C(addD)
-----------------------------------------------------------
-----------3-----------3--------------3-----------3--------
-----2-----------2--------------0-----------0--------------
--------0-----------0--------------2-----------2-----------
-----------------------------3-----------3-----------------
--2-----------2--------------------------------------------


  G                       Em
-----------------------------------------------------------
-----------3-----------0-----------0-----------------------
-----0-----------0-----------0-----------0-----------------
--------0-----------0-----------2--------------------------
-----------------------------------------------------------
--3-----------3-----------0-----------0-----2--------------



  G                       D/F#
-----------------------------------------------------------
-----------3-----------3-----------3-----------3-----------
-----0-----------0-----------2-----------2-----------------
--------0-----------0-----------0-----------0--------------
-----------------------------------------------------------
--3-----------3-----------2-----------2--------------------


                          Repeat 1x
                             C(addD)
--------------------------:-----------0-----------0--------
-----------3-----------3--:-----3-----------3--------------
-----2-----------2--------:--------0-----------0-----------
--------0-----------0-----:--------------------------------
--------------------------:--3-----------3-----------------
--2-----------2-----------:--------------------------------


-----------0-----------0-----------0-----------0-----------
-----3-----------3-----------3-----------3-----------------
--------0-----------0-----------0-----------0--------------
-----------------------------------------------------------
--3-----------3-----------3-----------3--------------------
-----------------------------------------------------------

                             Back to Intro riff
-----------0-----------0-----------------------------------
-----3-----------3-----------------------------------------
--------0-----------0--------------------------------------
-----------------------------------------------------------
--3-----------3--------------------------------------------
-----------------------------------------------------------


Bridge
  C           C/B         Am7         Am7/G
-----------------------------------------------------------
-----------1-----------1-----------1-----------1-----------
-----0-----------0-----------0-----------0-----------------
--------2-----------0-----------2-----------2--------------
--3-----------2-----------0--------------------------------
--------------------------------------3--------------------


  D/F#                    G
-----------------------------------------------------------
-----------3-----------3-----------3-----------0-----------
-----2-----------2-----------0-----------0-----------------
--------0-----------0-----------0-----------0--------------
-----------------------------------------------------------
--2-----------2-----------3-----------3--------------------


  C           C/B         Am7         Am7/G
-----------------------------------------------------------
-----------1-----------1-----------1-----------1-----------
-----0-----------0-----------0-----------0-----------------
--------2-----------0-----------2-----------2--------------
--3-----------2-----------0--------------------------------
--------------------------------------3--------------------


  D/F#                    Gsus4
-----------------------------------------------------------
-----------3-----------0-----------0-h1--------1-----------
-----2-----------2-----------0-----------0-----------------
--------0-----------0-----------0-----------0--------------
-----------------------------------------------------------
--2-----------2-----------3-----------3--------------------


                                End of Bridge
-----------------------------------------------------------
-----------1-----------1-----------------------------------
-----0-----------0-----------------------------------------
--------0-----------0--------------------------------------
-----------------------------------------------------------
--3-----------3--------------------------------------------


(Humming)
  G            Gsus4
-----------------------------------------------------------
-----------3-----------1-----------1-----------0-----------
-----0-----------0-----------0-----------0-----------------
--------0-----------0-----------0-----------0--------------
-----------------------------------------------------------
--3-----------3-----------3-----------3--------------------


(the next three bars are something like the following. -jb)
Dsus4/F#                Cmaj7run
-----------------3-----------------------------------------
-----------3-----------------------0-----------0-----------
-----2-----------------2-----0-----------2-----------------
--------0-----------0-----------2-----------2--------------
--------------------------3-----------3--------------------
--2-----------2--------------------------------------------


  Em                      G
-----------------------------------------------------------
-----------0-----------------------3-----------3-----------
-----0-----------0-----------0-----------0-----------------
--------2-----------------------0-----------0--------------
-----------------------------------------------------------
--0-----------0-----2-----3-----------3--------------------


  D/F#                                  (end of humming)
-----------------------------------------------------------
-----------3-----------3-----------3-----------3-----------
-----2-----------2-----------2-----------2-----------------
--------0-----------0-----------0-----------0--------------
-----------------------------------------------------------
--2-----------2-----------2-----------2--------------------



Final standard 1/2 verse then back to final intro riff.



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