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Drink the Water

Jack Johnson

from the album Brushfire Fairytales released in 2001

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Lyrics

Intro

C#m (with riff)

Verse

C#m Drink the water, drink it down... this time I know I'm bound G# F# To spit it back up, I didn't want this Salty substitute... it's just not going to do I need some air, if I'm gonna to live through This experience... reminds me of a clock That just won't tick, I wanna wake up From this concussion... but my dream is just not done I'm late again, it's just one of those Bad days look outside and... be careful what you ride You just might find that you're...

Pre-Chorus

E G# C#m Out of time... to swim... ashore E G# C#m If I drift... long enough... I'll be home (intro riff x2) He's got delusions between his ears Man it takes up too much space And all that tension between his gears Man he'll never ever leave this place He's got stones instead of bones and everybody knows Ah, man, that can make you real, real slow And if heaven was below, he'd know just where to go Dive in the ocean and he'd sink like a stone and he'd say It's time to swim ashore If I drift long enough I'll be home

Chorus

C#m Hold on if you can you're gonna G# F# Sink faster than you can imagine so Hold on if you can you're gonna Sink faster than you can imagine so It's just time to swim ashore If I drift long enough I'll be home

Notes & Tabs

Intro Riff

The intro riff can be played as follows. Basically, it is the exact same position/pattern slid up and down the fretboard. Do your best to mute the other strings, which allows you strum a bit more furiously and get a fuller sound.

e-|---------------|-----------------|-----------------|-------------------
B-|---------------|-----------------|-----------------|-------------------
G-|--6-6-6--/9-9--|-/11-11-11--4-4--|--/13-13-13-9-9--|--/11-11-11--4-4---
D-|---------------|-----------------|-----------------|-------------------
A-|--4-4-4--/7-7--|--/9--9--9--2-2--|--/11-11-11-7-7--|--/9--9--9---2-2---
E-|---------------|-----------------|-----------------|-------------------

Basic Chords

Here's how to play the chords in the verse, pre-chorus, and chorus.

e-|-----4-----4-----2-----0-----
B-|-----5-----4-----2-----0-----
G-|-----6-----5-----3-----1-----
D-|-----6-----6-----4-----2-----
A-|-----4-----6-----4-----2-----
E-|-----------4-----2-----0-----
       C#m    G#    F#    E 

Chord Progressions

Intro

 C#m (with riff)

Verse

"Drink the water, drink it down..."
| C#m . . . | . . . . | G# . . . | F# . . . | (repeat)

Pre-Chorus

"Out of time... to swim... ashore..."
| E . . . | G# . . . | C#m . . . | . . . . |
| E . . . | G# . . . | C#m . . . | . . . . |

Chorus

"Hold on, if you can..."
| C#m . . . | . . . . | G# . . . | F# . . . | (repeat)

Song Info

Song: Drink the Water
Artist: Jack Johnson
Album: Brushfire Fairytales
Year: 2001
Label: Everloving

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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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