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Free Hold Back the Water tab for the acoustic guitar. Learn to play James Bay with easy chords for beginners

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Chord C (x,3,2,0,1,0)
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Chord C5 (x,3,5,5,x,x)
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Chord Dm7 (x,x,0,2,1,1)
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Chord F (1,3,3,2,1,1)
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Chord F5 (1,3,3,x,x,x)
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Chord G5 (3,5,5,x,x,x)
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Chord A# (x,1,3,3,3,1)
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Chord A#5 (x,1,3,3,x,x)
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Intro (& verses):
   Dm7 Dm7     F F         A# A#         F F         A# A#         F F         C C       C C  
e|-----------------------------------------------------------------------8~~--|
B|-6----8--10----13--15-----13--10----13--15-----13--10----10--8---6h5-5------|
G|----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|-5----7--8-----12--13-----12--8-----12--13-----12--8-----8------------------|
E|-------------------------------------------------------------8---8----------|


1st verse:
Dm7 Dm7      F F         A# A#      F F
Tried to keep you close to me
    A# A#       F F         C C    C C
But life got in between
Dm7 Dm7       F F         A# A#    F F
Tried to square not being there
     A# A#        F F                 C C    C C
But think that I should have been


Chorus:
A#5 A#5>let ring               (A#5 A#5)
Hold back the river, let me look in your eyes
A#5 A#5>let ring          (A#5 A#5)
Hold back the river so I
     F5 F5>let ring         (F5 F5)
Can stop for a minute and see where you hide
F5 F5>let ring         (F5 F5)
Hold back the river, hold back


   Dm7 Dm7     F F 
e|--------------|
B|-6----8--10---|
G|--------------|
D|--------------|
A|-5----7--8----|
E|--------------|


2nd verse:
Dm7 Dm7   F F     A# A#        F F
Once upon a different life
   A# A#       F F               C C    C C
We rode our bikes into the sky
    Dm7 Dm7     F F     A# A#         F F
But now we crawl against the tide
      A# A#      F F                 C C    C C
Those distant days are flashing by


Chorus:
A#5 A#5                         A#5 A#5
Hold back the river, let me look in your eyes
A#5 A#5                    A#5 A#5
Hold back the river so I__
     F5 F5                   F5 F5
Can stop for a minute and be by your side
F5 F5                   C5 C5
Hold back the river, hold back
A#5 A#5                         A#5 A#5
Hold back the river, let me look in your eyes
A#5 A#5                    A#5 A#5
Hold back the river so I__
     F5 F5                   F5 F5
Can stop for a minute and see where you hide
F5 F5                    C5 C5
Hold back the river, hold back


Interlude:
Dm7 Dm7  F F     A# A#    F F
Oh ohoh, ohoh, ohoh,
  A# A#    F F            C C    C C
ohoh, ohoh, oohoh oohoh


Bridge:
F5 F5     (F5 F5)   F5 F5     (F5 F5)            A#5 A#5     (A#5 A#5)   | 
Lonely water, lonely water won't you let us wander   | Let
G5 G5         (G5 G5)                                      | Ring
Let us hold each other                               |
F5 F5      F5 F5    F5 F5      F5 F5             A#5 A#5     A#5 A#5 
Lonely water, lonely water won't you let us wander
G5 G5>let ring (G5 G5)
Let us hold  each other



Chorus:
A#5 A#5                         A#5 A#5
Hold back the river, let me look in your eyes
A#5 A#5                    A#5 A#5
Hold back the river so I__
     F5 F5                   F5 F5
Can stop for a minute and be by your side
F5 F5                   C5 C5
Hold back the river, hold back
A#5 A#5                         A#5 A#5
Hold back the river, let me look in your eyes
A#5 A#5                    A#5 A#5
Hold back the river so I__
     F5 F5                   F5 F5
Can stop for a minute and see where you hide
F5 F5                   C5 C5
Hold back the river, ooh



Bridge:
F5 F5      F5 F5    F5 F5      F5 F5             A#5 A#5     A#5 A#5 
Lonely water, lonely water won't you let us wander
G5 G5          G5 G5
Let us hold each other
F5 F5      F5 F5    F5 F5      F5 F5             A#5 A#5     A#5 A#5 
Lonely water, lonely water won't you let us wander
G5 G5>let ring      (G5 G5)
Let us hold each other


Outro:
e|--------------------------------------------------------------------8~~--|
B|-6----8--10----13--15-----13--10----13--15-----13--10----10-10----8------|
G|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|-5----7--8-----12--13-----12--8-----12--13-----12--8-----8---8-----------|
E|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|

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