Carolina Low Tab

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Artist: The Decemberists
  Song: Carolina Low

Tabbed by: N.H.

Tuning: DADGBE - Drop D

Picking pattern:

E -----------------------------
B ------3-------------3--------
G -----------2-------------2---
D --0-----0-------0-----0------
A -----------------------------
D 0---0---------0---0----------

Melody:

E --------------------------------------------------------
B --------------------------------------------------------
G -----0-2---------0--------------------------------------
D -0-3---------0-3---0-------0-3-0---2----2-2h3p2p0---0---
A --------------------------------------------------3-----
D --------------------------------------------------------
                                               ^
                                     This riff is played quickly


Here's how the melody looks within the picking pattern:

E ---------------------------------------------------
B -------3--------------------------3----------------
G ------------2----------0-2------------2-------0----
D ---0------0--------0-3--------0-----0-----0-3---0--
A ---------------------------------------------------
D -0---0---------0------------0---0-------0----------

E -------------------------------------------------------------------
B -------3------------------3------3------3------3-------------------
G -------------2-----------------------------------------------------
D ---0------0------0-3-0-------2------2-----2------2-2h3p2p0---0-----
A -----------------------------------------------------------3-------
D -0---0---------0--------0------0------0------0------------------0--
                                      ^
                               this is just lingering on the 2 on the D string
                               while continuing the picking pattern


The intro is what is played above, twice, only the second time around it goes like this, written without the picking pattern to make it simpler:


E ----------------------------------------------------
B ---------------------------------0--1--3------------
G -------0-2-------0-----0---0------------------------
D --0-3--------0-3---0-----3--------------------------
A ----------------------------------------------------
D ---------------------------------5--3--0------------


He plays the 5-3-0 on the low D during the end of the verses sometimes, too



Here's how the melody looks with the lyrics:

E ---------------------------------------
B ---------------------------------------
G -------0--2-----------------0----------
D -0--3----------------0-3---------0-----
A ---------------------------------------
D ---------------------------------------
   I am  a  boy from the high country


Though Colin just plays the picking pattern through the bit above


E ---------------------------------------------
B ---------------------------------------------
G ---------------------------------------------
D ----0-3-----0------2---------2-2h3p2p0---0---
A ---------------------------------------3-----
D ---------------------------------------------
  And I got a little low for the o-f-f-ering


And later there's this little flourish:

E-------------------------------------
B -----------3~3~3--------------------
G -------0-2--------------------------
D ---0-3------------------------------
A ------------------------------------
D ------------------------------------

Where as the ~ just means adding a little vibrato


Here are the lyrics as I hear them:


I am a boy from the high country
And I got a little low for the offering
Come down from the mountains, bow to the sea
In Carolina low, I will carry thee

Gonna take you up, gonna take you around
Oh, your poor little pant legs, all dragging down
Did you crack your lip? Did you skin your knee?
In Carolina low, I will carry thee

What is sealed with a handshake is spoiled with a kiss
Got an ugly little mouth, boy, it's come to this
I'm bound for the hilltops, gonna make it bleed
In Carolina low, I carry thee

I am a boy from the high country
And I got a little low for the offering
And I got a little low for the offering
And I got a little low for the offering

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