Medication Tab

More Damien Jurado Tabs

Artist: Damien Jurado
 Album: Ghost of David
  Song: Medication

Tabbed by: Tim Prizer (

CAPO 4 standard tuning

Play this one with a capo on 4 to make it sound just like the record.
I saw Damien the other night in Atlanta play this song with these exact
chords with a capo on 6, but that's not the way he does it on the record.

The whole song is based around a C chord and what I call a Fadd4*
(play this one from low to high: 0-3-3-2-1-0). The entire song follows
a very simple picking pattern that I have tabbed below:


Repeat this and then switch to the Fadd4* and play a similar picking pattern on it.
Improv on this one a bit, or listen to the record to do it exactly as Damien does it.

Then, go back into the picking pattern on C, lifting your second finger on and off of the
fourth string second fret as tabbed above. Also, be sure to hammer back onto the fourth
string occasionally in the verses. For instance, one should hammer on the word "brother's"
in the first verse, "asked" in the second, "spies" in the third, "man" in the fourth, and
"Jackie" in the last.


[C] It just so happens I have many concerns
My brother's down the road and my lover in town
They [Fadd4*] both need affection
And some kind of [C] love

[Fadd4*] Well I'm the one who gives it at any given time
From two in the morning to six
Call me up and [C] cry

[C] My lover keeps it secret that we meet under covers
When asked by her man if we two are lovers
She [Fadd4*] says, "I hardly know him.
Besides, he's not my [C]type."

[Fadd4*] Her man's a policeman with a keen sense of trouble
He's known to spot danger
And all kinds of [C] liars

[C] My brother called this morning in a terrible panic
Spies in the closet, bugs in the attic
He [Fadd4*] screams bloody murder saying,
"We're all gonna [C] die."

[Fadd4*] And death is upon me, I know 'cause he showed me
Pictures of graveyards and us under[C]neath.

[Fadd4*] I'm losing my hearing from my brother screaming,
"They're coming to get me.
Can someone call the [C] police?"

[C] Two in the morning, the phone disconnected
Her man knows I'm calling, it's what I expected
A [Fadd4*] note on my backdoor saying, "Baby, not to-[C]-night."

[Fadd4*] So I sit with my brother who is nursing a cut wrist
He's mumbling "Forgive me."
And "Don't let them take me [C] away."

[Fadd4*] I can be a good boy and stay out of trouble
Jackie I love you and
Don't let them take your [C] brother

[C] Strapped to a table, go in the electrodes
"Jackie come save me the doctors will kill me."
"[Fadd4*] No, they're here to help you
Straighten out your [C] mind."

[Fadd4*] The TV is blaring with some preacher saying that
God is among us and he hears our [C] cries

[Fadd4*] Lord, do me a favor
It's wrong but I ask you
Take my brother's [C] life

[Fadd4*] 'Cause he's sick of the suffering
The pills he's inhaling
The cross he is bearing
That is his troubled [C] mind
#----------------------------PLEASE NOTE-----------------------------#
# This represents the author's own work and interpretation of the    #
# song. To be used only for private study, scholarship, or research. #

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