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No Rain

Blind Melon

from the album Blind Melon released in 1992

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Lyrics

Intro

| E . . . | . . . . | E . . . | . . . . | ...with riff, let chords ring | E . . . | D . . . | E . . . | D . . . | ...with full strumming | E . . . | D . . . | E . . . | D . . . |

Verse

E D All I can say is that my life is pretty plain A G E I like watching the puddles gather rain E D And all I can do is just pour some tea for two A G E And speak my point of view, but its not sane E (let ring) Its not sane...

Chorus

E D E D ...I just want someone to say to me.... Oh, oh, oh, oh E D E D ...I'll always be there when you wake... E D E D ...You know I like to keep my cheeks dry today... E D E D ...So stay with me and I'll have it made (I'll have it made) E D And I don't understand why I sleep all day A G E And I start to complain when there's no rain E D And all I can do is read a book to stay awake A G E And it rips my life away but it's a great escape E E E Escape... escape... escape... (solo, using chorus chords) (let all chords ring) E D All I can say is that my life is pretty plain A G E You don't like my point of view, you think that I'm insane E E It's not sane... It's not sane... E D E D ...I just want someone to say to me.... Oh, oh, oh, oh E D E D ...I'll always be there when you wake... E D E D ...You know I like to keep my cheeks dry today... E D E D ...So stay with me and I'll have it made (I'll have it made) E D E D And I'll have it made...... And I'll have it made...... E D E D And I'll have it made...... And I'll have it made...... E D E D Oh oh oh oh....... Oh oh oh oh....... E D (no chord) Oh oh oh oh....... Oh oh oh oh.......

Notes & Tabs

Guitar Chords Used

Here is how to play the chords used in this song on a guitar. I've also included some variations to the chords you might want to throw in for flavor -- though these are by no means required, of course.

e-|---0---0---2---3---     e|---0-------3-----0---
B-|---0---2---3---0---     B|---3-------3-----3---
G-|---1---2---2---0---     G|---2-------2-----1---
D-|---2---2---0---0---     D|---0-------0-----2---
A-|---2---0-------2---     A|-----------------2---
E-|---0-----------3---     E|-----------------0---
      E   A   D   G           Dsus2   Dsus4   E7 

Intro Riff, Simplified

The easiest way to play the intro riff is beginning on the 5th fret. I show two options here -- one where you end by letting the high E string ring, and another where you play the 5th fret on the B string. Explore both, use whichever you like.

e-|---5--5/7--0---      e-|---5--5/7------
B-|---------------      B-|-----------5---
G-|---------------      G-|---------------
D-|---------------  or  D-|---------------  ...repeat 3x
A-|---------------      A-|---------------
E-|---------------      E-|---------------

If you want to explore a bit more, here is how you can play it higher on the fretboard. This position sets you up nicely for some of the extended intro riffing you can do (which I'll cover below).

e-|---------------------
B-|---10---10/12--------
G-|----------------9----
D-|---------------------   ...repeat 3x
A-|---------------------
E-|---------------------

Intro Riff, Expanded

To play the complete intro, here is the main riff followed by another riff that comes in once the acoustic rhythm guitar gets going. You have one section repeated three times, which then transitions to a closing section that is played once. Note that all these notes are found in the scale for the E mixolydian mode, which you may want to take a look at if you're going to explore soloing to this song.

e-|---------------------|----------------------------------------|-
B-|-----10---10/12------|---10--9--------------------------------|-
G-|-----------------9---|----------11--9-------------9-------9---|-
D-|---------------------|-----------------12------12------12-----|-
A-|---------------------|----------------------------------------|-
E-|---------------------|----------------------------------------|-
                             ...repeat this bar 3 times...


                       -|------------------9--10---9-------------|-
                       -|---10--9---------------------10---------|-
                       -|----------11---------------------9------|-
                       -|----------------------------------------|-
                       -|----------------------------------------|-
                       -|----------------------------------------|-
                             ...play this 1 time, then start verse

Intro Riff, Expanded for Solo Acoustic Guitar

If you want to mimic the sound of the full intro on a single acoustic guitar, here is what I recommend doing. This is based on the intro riff played at the 5th fret, and always resolves to the open E chord. For the D chord heard doing the intro, I'm throwing in a Dsus2 and adding some precise strumming to pull some melodic voicing out of the high E and B strings. The tabs here show the notes (and approximate the rhythm), so you're best off listening along for reference. This too is by no means required.

e-|-----5---5/7---0-----|---2---0----------------0-----------0----|-
B-|---------------0-----|---3-----------3-----3--------3-----0----|-
G-|---------------1-----|---2-----------2-----2--------2-----1----|-
D-|---------------2-----|---0-----------0-----0--------0-----2----|-
A-|---------------2-----|------------------------------------2----|-
E-|---------------0-----|------------------------------------0----|-
                             ...repeat this bar 4 times, then start verse

Videos

Official Music Video

Here is the official music video for this song, if you want a reminder of what it sounds like or want to listen along for reference.



Recommended Guitar Lesson

Here is a great lesson by Marty Schwartz going over how to play this song with both an acoustic and electric guitar. Highly recommended as always.



Chord Progressions

Intro

With riff only, let chords ring
| E . . . | . . . . | E . . . | . . . . |
With full strumming
| E . . . | D . . . | E . . . | D . . . |
| E . . . | D . . . | E . . . | D . . . |

Verse

"All I can say is that my life is pretty plain..."
| E . . . | E . . . | D . . . | D  . . . |
| A . . . | A . G . | E . . . | E7 . E . |
                                 ...repeat

Chorus

"I just want someone to say to me..."
| E . . . | D . . . | E . . . | D . . . |
                                ...repeat

Song Info

Song: No Rain
Artist: Blind Melon
Album: Blind Melon
Year: 1992
Label: Capitol

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My name is David Potsiadlo, and I created Songnotes to share my collection of guitar tabs, chords, and lyrics for my favorite songs.

Since I started playing guitar over 10 years ago, I've often been frustrated by the preponderance of mediocre and incomplete song tabs littered across the internet. To combat this, I started keeping my own collection of notes for each song I learn -- always taking the extra time to make sure accuracy and completeness are never compromised. Years later, my collection grew to the point where I knew I had to share it online with fellow aspiring musicians.

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