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"The Hammer Holds" by Bebo Norman
From the album "The Fabric Of Verse"
Words and music by Bebo Norman
Copyright © 1996 Bebo Norman
http://bebonorman.com   http://awakeningrecords.com
Transcribed by T-rev http://www.t-rev.net


Capo 4.  Bebo plays fingerstyle with acrylic nails.
See below for condensed version.


INTRO:

1               2               3               4
|------0--------|------0--------|---------------|---------------|
|----3-------3--|----3-------3--|------3--------|----2---3---2--|
|--2-------2---0|--0-------0---0|----0---------0|----0---0---0--|
|0--------------|---------------|--0---------0--|--2---2---2---2|
|--------4------|2-------0------|--------0h2----|0--------------|
|---------------|---------------|3--------------|---------------|
 D2.... (C#)... (B).... (A)..... G.............. A7.............

5               6               7               8(2/4)  9
|------0--------|------0--------|---------------|-------|------------0--|
|----3-------3--|----3-------3--|------3--------|------3|----2---3------|
|--2-------2---0|--0-------0---0|----0-------2p0|----0--|----0---0---0--|
|0--------------|---------------|--0-------0----|--0----|--2---2---2---2|
|--------4------|2-------0------|---------------|-------|0--------------|
|---------------|---------------|3-------2------|3------|---------------|
 D2.... (C#)... (B).... (A)..... G...... D/F#... G...... A..............


VERSE:

10/42/77        11              12              13
|------0--------|------0--------|---------------|---------------|
|----3-------3--|----3-------3--|------3--------|----2---3---2--|
|:-2-------2---0|--0-------0---0|----0---------0|----0---0---0--|
|0--------------|---------------|--0---------0--|--2---2---2---2|
|--------4------|2-------0------|--------0h2----|0--------------|
|---------------|---------------|3--------------|---------------|
 A shapeless piece of steel,     that's all I claim to be.
 The water cools me grey,        and the hurt subdued somehow.
 And a hammer pounds again,      but flames I do not feel.

14/46/81        15              16              17
|------0--------|------0--------|---------------|-------0h2----2|
|----3-------3--|----3-------3--|------3-------3|----3-----3----|
|--2-------2---0|--0-------0---0|----0-------0--|--2---2-----2--|
|0--------------|---------------|--0-------2----|0--------------|
|--------4------|2-------0------|--------0------|---------------|
|---------------|---------------|3--------------|---------------|
 This hammer pounds to give me form, this flame, it melts my dreams.
 I have my shape: this sharpened point. What is my purpose now?
 This force that drives me helplessly through flesh and wood reveals

18/50/85        19              20              21
|------0--------|------0--------|---------------|---------------|
|----3-------3--|----3-------3--|------3--------|----2---3---2--|
|--2-------2---0|--0-------0---0|----0---------0|----0---0---0--|
|0--------------|---------------|--0---------0--|--2---2---2---2|
|--------4------|2-------0------|--------0h2----|0--------------|
|---------------|---------------|3--------------|---------------|
 I glow with fire and fury       as I'm twisted like a vine.
 The question, it still remains: what am I to be?
 A burn that burns much deeper;  it's more than I can stand.

22/54/89        23              24              25
|------0--------|------0--------|---------------|-------0h2----2|
|----3-------3--|----3-------3--|----3-------3--|----3-----3----|
|--2-------2---0|--0-------0---0|----0-------0--|--2---2-----2--|
|0--------------|---------------|--0---0---2---2|0--------------|
|--------4------|2-------0------|--------0------|---------------|
|---------------|---------------|3--------------|---------------|
 My final shape, my final form,  I'm sure I'm bound to find.
 Perhaps some perfect piece of art displayed for all to see.
 The reason for my life was to take the life Of a guiltless man.


CHORUS:

26/58/93        27              28              29
|------0--------|------0--------|---------------|-------0h2----2|
|----3-------3--|----3-------3--|------3-------3|----3-----3----|
|--2-------2---0|--0-------0---0|----0-------0--|--2---2-----2--|
|0--------------|---------------|--0-------2----|0--------------|
|--------4------|2-------0------|--------0------|---------------|
|---------------|---------------|3--------------|---------------|
 So dream a little dream for me, in hopes that I'll remain.

30/62/97        31              32              33
|------0--------|------0--------|---------------|---------------|
|----3-------3--|----3-------3--|------3--------|------3-----2--|
|--2-------2---0|--0-------0---0|----0-------2p0|----0-------0--|
|0--------------|---------------|--0-------0----|--0-------2---2|
|--------4------|2-------0------|---------------|--------0------|
|---------------|---------------|3-------2------|3--------------|
 And cry a little cry for me,    so I can bear the flames (pain).

34/66/101       35              36              37
|------0--------|------0--------|---------------|-------0h2----2|
|----3-------3--|----3-------3--|------3-----3--|----3-----3----|
|--2-------2---0|--0-------0---0|----0-------0--|--2---2-----2--|
|0--------------|---------------|--0-------2---2|0--------------|
|--------4------|2-------0------|--------0------|---------------|
|---------------|---------------|3--------------|---------------|
 And hurt a little hurt for me;  my future is untold (so bold).

                                                _______1,3_______
38/70/105       39              40              41/108
|------0--------|------0--------|---------------|-------0h2----2|
|----3-------3--|----3-------3--|------3-------3|----3-----3----|
|--2-------2---0|--0-------0---0|----0-------0--|--2---2-----2-.|
|0--------------|---------------|--0-------2----|0-------------.|
|--------4------|2-------0------|--------0------|---------------|
|---------------|---------------|3--------------|---------------|
 But my dreams are not the issue here for Thee the hammer holds.

________________________________2________________________________
73              74              75              76
|------0--------|------0--------|---------------|------------0--|
|----3-------3--|----3-------3--|------3--------|----2---3------|
|--2-------2---0|--0-------0---0|----0---------0|----0---0---0-:|
|0--------------|---------------|--0---------0--|--2---2---2---2|
|--------4------|2-------0------|--------0h2----|0--------------|
|---------------|---------------|3--------------|---------------|
 holds.         (B).... (A)..... G.............. A7.............


OUTRO:

109             110             111
|------0--------|------0--------|---------------|
|----3-------3--|----3-------3--|------3-------3|
|--2-------2---0|--0-------0---0|----0-------0--|
|0--------------|---------------|--0-------2----|
|--------4------|2-------0------|--------0------|
|---------------|---------------|3--------------|
 This task before me may seem unclear, but it my Maker holds.

112             113             114             115
|------0--------|------0--------|---------------|----0-0-0h2----|
|----3-------3--|----3-------3--|---------------|--3---3-3------|
|--2-------2---0|--0-------0---0|----------0----|2-----2-2------|
|0--------------|---------------|--0---------0-0|--------0------|
|--------4------|2-------0------|----0h2-0------|---------------|
|---------------|---------------|3--------------|---------------|
 D..... (C).... (B).... (A)..... G...... A.. D..................


Transcribed 2/28/1998 by T-rev, updated 11/5/1999
More tab available at http://www.t-rev.net


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"The Hammer Holds" by Bebo Norman (condensed tab)
From "The Fabric Of Verse" and "Ten Thousand Days"
Words and music copyright © 1996 Bebo Norman
bebonorman.com   awakeningrecords.com
Transcribed by T-rev http://www.t-rev.net

Capo 4.  Most of the song is composed of four basic two-bar riffs, so
rather than tab out the entire song note for note, which would be a bit
redundant, I'm just giving you the riffs and the "riff scheme."

The body of the song:    INTRO=ABAf   VERSE=ABACABAC   CHORUS=ACADACAC

Details before verse 3:  CHORUS 2 (Fabric)=ACADACAgAB  SOLO (10,000)=Af

How to end it:           OUTRO (Fabric)=AgAh        OUTRO (10,000)=ACAh

             RIFF A                             RIFF B
|------0--------|------0--------|  |---------------|-----------(0)-|
|----3-------3--|----3-------3--|  |------3--------|----2---3---2--|
|--2-------2---0|--0-------0---0|  |----0---------0|----0---0---0--|
|0--------------|-------------(0)  |--0---------0--|--2---2---2---2|
|--------4------|2-------0------|  |--------0h2----|0--------------|
|---------------|---------------|  |3--------------|---------------|
 D2.... (C#)... (B).... (A).....    G.............. A7.............

             RIFF C                             RIFF D
|---------------|-------0h2----2|  |---------------|---------------|
|------3-------3|----3-----3----|  |------3--------|------3-----2--|
|----0-------0--|--2---2-----2--|  |----0-------2p0|----0-------0--|
|--0-------2----|0--------------|  |--0-------0----|--0-------2---2|
|--------0------|---------------|  |---------------|--------0------|
|3--------------|---------------|  |3-------2------|3--------------|
 G...... Asus... D..............    G...... D/F#... G...... A7.....

                 RIFF f
|---------------|-------|------------0--|
|------3--------|------3|----2---3------|
|----0-------2p0|----0--|----0---0---0--|
|--0-------0----|--0----|--2---2---2---2|
|---------------|-------|0--------------|
|3-------2------|3------|---------------|
 G...... D/F#... G...... A..............

     RIFF g                     RIFF h
|---------------|  |---------------|----0---0h2----|
|------3-------3|  |---------------|--3---3-3------|
|----0-------0--|  |----------0----|2-----2-2------|
|--0-------2----|  |--0---------0-0|--------0------|
|--------0------|  |----0h2-0------|---------------|
|3--------------|  |3--------------|---------------|
 G...... Asus...    G...... A.. D..................

Transcribed 2/28/1998 by T-rev, revised 11/5/1999
More tab available at http://www.t-rev.net

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VERSE 1
A shapeless piece of steel
That's all I claim to be
This hammer pounds to give me form
This flame it melts my dreams
I glow with fire and fury
As I'm twisted like a vine
My final shape my final form
I'm sure I'm bound to find

CHORUS 1
So dream a little dream for me
In hopes that I'll remain
And cry a little cry for me
So I can bear the flames
And hurt a little hurt for me
My future is untold
But my dreams are not the issue here
For Thee the hammer holds

VERSE 2
And the water cools me great
And the hurt subdued somehow
I have my shape this sharpened point
What is my purpose now
The question it still remains
What am I to be
Perhaps some perfect piece of art
Displayed for all to see

CHORUS 2 (Fabric: replace last riff C with gAB)

SOLO (10,000 Days)

VERSE 3
And a hammer pounds again
But flames I do not feel
This force that drives me helplessly
Through flesh and wood reveals
A burn that burns much deeper
It's more than I can stand
The reason for my life was to take the life
Of a guiltless man

CHORUS 3 (change "flames" to "pain" and "untold" to "so bold")

OUTRO
This task before me may seem unclear
But it my Maker holds

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