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Hard Times (chord transcription)

    • 112 posts
    February 28, 2012 9:00 AM PST
    In the version linked above? Maybe I should try a simpler song, first...
    • 45 posts
    February 28, 2012 9:09 PM PST
    No it is this one Jason mentioned
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    • 132 posts
    February 29, 2012 2:09 AM PST
    Yep. that one.
    • 112 posts
    February 29, 2012 8:05 AM PST
    I've never watched that one before. I love when they (mostly he) muff lyrics. That is such a simple song, but he gets all fancy with the capo and the drop d.
    • 9 posts
    December 19, 2012 11:35 PM PST

    On Hard times, I think the line is the end of the row, not road.


    I also think the reference to lost his knack, is about the loss of one's dreams, hopes and aspirations.

    His knack for doing his soul's work, he forgot that song, the song in your heart that keeps you moving forward, woke up one morning and the mule was gone. Metaphorically the mule was his dreams. Life had passed him by. One day you wake up to realize that you're never going to do the things you always dreamed you would.


    Possibly the saddest lines in the whole album.


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    • 132 posts
    September 1, 2018 1:12 AM PDT

    Hi sarahtc, yes it was Fretboard Journal where I read that about Dave's capo. Summer 2010 edition.