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Submitted by: jdironfist

Jars of Clay
Portrait of an Apology
Words and music by Dan Haseltine, Steve Mason, Matt Odmark, and Charlie Lowell
©1997 Bridge Building Music/Pogostick Music (BMI)
All rights reserved.

Tabbed by Joel (jdironfist@aol.com)

NOTICE: All chords are given at the end. Questions/comments can either be PM’ed if you are a member of CGR (if you aren’t, I encourage it) to “jdironfist”, or you can email them to the address above.

There are at least two guitars in this song, but it can be played with one. It does, however, sound a lot cooler with the second guitar picking. I'm going to go against convention and instead of calling the chords/rhythm guitar second guitar, I'm calling the picking guitar(s) second (or third) guitar. So the guitars are titled in order of importance to the song (first=most important, etc.).

This is definitely an awesome and yet totally underrated song. It's in 6/4 (I think) and please, have fun with it!



Intro— Am7* Fmaj7* G5 (x2)


V1— Am7* Fmaj7* G5 (x2)


Pre-Chorus— Another guitar is added here (first on top, second below)

Am7* Fmaj7* G5 G5

B|----------5-3---|----------5-3---|------------------|----------------
G|--4---5-------5-|--4---5-------5-|--4---5---2---0---|----------------


Am7* Fmaj7* G5 G5

B|----------5-3---|----------5-3---|------------------|----------------
G|--4---5-------5-|--4---5-------5-|--4---5---2---0---|----------------


Chorus— E D/F# G5 Asus Asus (x2)
E D/F# G5 Asus


Post-Chorus— Same as Pre-Chorus, only once, and if you don't have a bass player, have the second guitar play the last (fourth) measure under "G5"

Am7* Fmaj7* G5 G5

B|----------5-3---|----------5-3---|------------------|----------------
G|--4---5-------5-|--4---5-------5-|--4---5---2---0---|----------------
D|----------------|----------------|------------------|----------------
A|----------------|----------------|------------------|--2---3---0-----
E|----------------|----------------|------------------|--------------3-


V2—

Am7* Fmaj7* G5 G5

B|----------5-3---|----------5-3---|------------------|----------------
G|--4---5-------5-|--4---5-------5-|--4---5---2---0---|----------------


Am7* Fmaj7* G5 G5

B|----------5-3---|----------5-3---|------------------|----------------
G|--4---5-------5-|--4---5-------5-|--4---5---2---0---|----------------


Pre-Chorus—

Am7* Fmaj7* G5 G5

B|----------5-3---|----------5-3---|------------------|----------------
G|--4---5-------5-|--4---5-------5-|--4---5---2---0---|----------------


Am7* Fmaj7* G5 G5

B|----------5-3---|----------5-3---|------------------|----------------
G|--4---5-------5-|--4---5-------5-|--4---5---2---0---|----------------


Chorus— There is definitely an electric guitar here. I don't know what it's playing, and the song still would sound cool without it, and I don't feel like figuring out what it's playing. It exists. It's not in this tab. BTW, this is the third guitar.

E D/F# G5 Asus Asus (x2)
E D/F# G5 C Asus


Bridge— E D/F# G5 Fmaj7 Am
Fmaj7 Am (x4)
C Asus?


Interlude— Same thing concerning bass as in the Post-Chorus (the second set of four measures this time). Also, the electric does something the first time through (i.e. the first set of four measures) which I have translated into acoustic.

Am7* Fmaj7* G5 G5

B|----------5-3---|----------5-3---|--------------------|----------------
G|--4---5-------5-|--4---5-------5-|--4---5---2---0-0-2-|--4---5---2---0-


Am7* Fmaj7* G5 G5

B|----------5-3---|----------5-3---|------------------|----------------
G|--4---5-------5-|--4---5-------5-|--4---5---2---0---|----------------
D|----------------|----------------|------------------|----------------
A|----------------|----------------|------------------|--2---3---0-----
E|----------------|----------------|------------------|--------------3-


V3—

Am7* Fmaj7* G5 G5

B|----------5-3---|----------5-3---|------------------|----------------
G|--4---5-------5-|--4---5-------5-|--4---5---2---0---|----------------


Am7* Fmaj7* G5 G5

B|----------5-3---|----------5-3---|------------------|----------------
G|--4---5-------5-|--4---5-------5-|--4---5---2---0---|----------------




(Pause)




Chorus— E D/F# G5 Asus Asus (x4)
E D/F# G5 C Asus


Bridge— E D/F# G5 Fmaj7 Am
Fmaj7 Am (x2)
C Asus?


Ending— Fmaj7 Am (x3)
C Asus?
Fmaj7 Am (x3)
C Asus?
Fmaj7 Am (x3)
C Asus?
Fmaj7 Am (x3)
C Asus?
Fmaj7 Am
C Asus?
Am?




CHORDS:

Am7* (possibly Am*): x02013 (x02213)
Fmaj7*: xx3213
G5 (or G): 3x0033 (320033)
E: 022100
D/F#: 2x0323
Asus: x02230
Fmaj7: xx3210
Am: x02210
C: x30210
Any chord with a "?" after it: Either that chord or something close to it.

Happy music-making!

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