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Life By The Drop




by Doyle Bramhall / B. Logan
recording of 1991

from The Sky Is Crying (Epic EK-47390), copyright notice

#From: Mario Kefalopoulos <>

#CHORDed by Brian Handy <>


{t:Life by the Drop}

{st:Stevie Ray Vaughan}

{define D7: base-fret 5 frets x 2 0 2 0 x}

{define E7: base-fret 5 frets x 2 1 2 0 x}

[A]Hello there, [E7]my old friend,

[F#min]Not so long ago it was [D7]'till the end

[A]We played out [E7]in th' pouring rain

[F#min]On our way up the road [D7]we started over again


[F#min]You're living a dream, [D7]wo you [E7]on top

[F#min]My mind is achin' [D7]Lord it won't stop

[F#min]That's how it [D7]happens livin' [E7]life by th' [A]drop [A]

^---- only 2/4 here


Up and down that road in our worn out shoes

Talkin' 'bout good thangs, singin' th' blues

You went your way, I stayed behind

We both knew it was justa matter of time


You're livin' our dream, wo you on top

My mind is achin', Lord it won't stop

That's how it happens livin' life by th' drop


No wasted time we're alive today

Churning up th' past, there's no easier way

Time's been between us, a means to an end

God it's good to be here walkin' together my friend


We're livin' our dreams <fill>

my mind stopped achin' <fill>

That's how it happens livin' life by th' drop

That's how it happens livin' life by th' drop




/ / / / | F#min

E ---------------------------------------|-------2-

B ---------------------------------------|-------2-

G ---------------------------------------|-------3- ...

D 0---2--2h4------2----------2-2h4--2----|-------4-

A -------------------------------------4-|-------4-

E ---------------------------------------|--2--2---




/ / / / |/ / / / | A

E ---------------------------------|----------------------------|-------

B ---------------------------------|----------------------------|-------

G ------------0---------------0-h2-|0-------------------------2-|------- ...

D -----0-1-h2---0-h1-p0---0--------|--2-1-0-h1-0---0---0--------|---2---2h4-

A 0-h3------------------3---3------|-------------3---3---3-p0---|---0---0-0-

E ---------------------------------|----------------------------|-----------




A / / / /

/ / / / G -2---2h4---4---2---2h4---4-|

D -2---2h4---4---2---2h4---4-| D -0---0-0---0---0---0-0---0-|

A -0---0-0---0---0---0-0---0-|... A ---------------------------|

E ---------------------------| E ---------------------------|



/ / / /

A -2---2h4---4---2---2h4---4-|

E -0---0-0---0---0---0-0---0-|



{c:On 'The Sky Is Crying', SRV plays this song with a 12-string.}

{c:Note SRV used both xx0212 and xx7575 for D7.}


{c:That's it. There are a couple of licks missing but with a little messing}

{c:around with the chords you'll be able to get them.}

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