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Intro -riff or Verse chords-:
xA|---------------------------------------------------7--|
xE|--1--3-5------------5------------5-----5---5/3---1----|
xC|--2--4-5---9-11---9-5---9-11---9-5---5---5------------|
xG|-----------5-7----5-----5-7----5----------------------|

Verse:
Dm7      F          Bb     F
Tried to keep you close to me,
    Bb       F        C
But life got in between
Dm7       F         Bb      F
Tried to square not being there
     Bb        F                C
But think that I should have been

Chorus:
Bb
Hold back the river, let me look in your eyes
Bb
Hold back the river so I
F
Can stop for a minute and see where you hide
F
Hold back the river, hold back

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

Chorus:
Bb
Hold back the river, let me look in your eyes

Hold back the river so I
F                         
Can stop for a minute and be by your side
                      C
Hold back the river, hold back
Bb
Hold back the river, let me look in your eyes

Hold back the river so I
F
Can stop for a minute and see where you hide
                      C
Hold back the river, hold back

Dm7  F    Bb   F
Ooh oho, oho, oho,
 Bb   F    C   
Oho, oho, ohooh

Bridge:
F                                     Bb
Lonely water, lonely water won't you let us wander
Gm
Let us hold each other
F                                     Bb
Lonely water, lonely water won't you let us wander
Gm
Let us hold each other

Chorus:
Bb
Hold back the river, let me look in your eyes

Hold back the river so I
F                         
Can stop for a minute and be by your side
                      C
Hold back the river, hold back
Bb
Hold back the river, let me look in your eyes

Hold back the river so I
F
Can stop for a minute and be by your side
                      C
Hold back the river, ooh

Bridge:
F                                     Bb
Lonely water, lonely water won't you let us wander
Gm
Let us hold each other
F                                     Bb
Lonely water, lonely water won't you let us wander
Gm
Let us hold each other

Outro:
xA|---------------------------------------------------7--|
xE|--1--3-5------------5------------5-----5---5/3---1----|
xC|--2--4-5---9-11---9-5---9-11---9-5---5---5------------|
xG|-----------5-7----5-----5-7----5----------------------|
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20 Comments

  1. Santa clause

    This one works best for me :)

    A| ————— 3——5——5—————3——5——5————————————————3———|
    E| 1—3—5——5——5——3—— 5——5——5——3——5——5——5/3——3—1—0————|
    C| 2—4—5——————————5——————————5——5——5/3——3—————————|
    G|—————————————-————————————————————————————|

  2. Pineappleyeets

    At the end of the intro riff do 8-e and 9-c at the same time then 10-e and 11-c at the same time for when it says to do it on the strings over. To me it sounds better and it’s way easier.

  3. Sage Wilcox

    +2 is easy but replacing the Em7 with just an Em makes it sound better!

  4. In the chorus i play Bb at the first verse then i change the chord to Bb6

  5. I found that -5 was easier for me to play.

  6. -5 is easy to sing and play.

  7. TanmanNobel

    Thanks, this is awesome! Plus thanks @Bianca032718 !!!! That is a super cool easy version that sounds great!

  8. +5 for a higher voice

  9. brittabird6

    Thank you Buzz84! You’re the best!

  10. +2 is way easier!

  11. Bianca032718

    A|——-3-5-3—-3-5-3——————3——-|
    E|1-3-5——–5———5-5-5-3-3-1-0—————|
    C|—————————————-|
    G|—————————————-|

  12. Im so bad at ukuklele… this has helped with the chords and all, but it’d be better if it had ALL the chords on one single page to help people like me practice.

  13. The numbers represent the fret and the positioning of the numbers represent the order. EG; so if there is a 1 on the line of E and a 2 on the line of C, you out your fingers on the allocated fret number and pick those strings at the same time. If a fret number is on its own, you pick that fret number on its own, according to thee line where it is situated. :3 :) @ukugirl ukugirl

  14. Buzz84, thanks for that intro. I agree with you, I think it’s better, even easier.

  15. How to play the intro? I don’t know what that mean :(

  16. xA|————3—-5—3——-3–5–3——————————3–|
    xE|–1–3-5—5—-6—5–5—5–6—5—5—-5—-5/3—-1–0——|
    xC|–2–4-5—————-5—————5–5—5——————–|
    xG|———————————————————————–|

    The intro is more correct in this way!! ;)

  17. CarlaCulunda

    Instead of the 11 in the riff I play a 10. Sounds more fitting to me :) Thank you vey much for the tab

  18. I’m so happy to see the chords here!! I’m in love with James Bay, the intro sounds a bit off when I play I don’t know if there are any chords missing ?? Somebody pls help

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