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Chapman, Steven Curtis - What I Really Want To Say

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Song: What I Really Want To Say
Artist: Steven Curtis Chapman
CD: Speechless
(P)&(C) 1999 Sparrow Records
Tabbed by: Chris Tierney (

Tune high e string 1/2 step up; tune all other strings 1/2 step down
(low to high Eb Ab Db Gb Bb F)

I'll name the chords by shape, not actual sounding chord
(i.e. E is really Eb, A is really Ab, etc.) When I'm writing the chords
above the verses, I'll usually use an abbreviated version
(E instead of Eadd9, etc.)

Also, due to the altered tuning (high e string) I'm not certain how
to name some of these chords--corrections are welcome.

Intro chords
 Eadd9    Asus2(6)

Intro: Eadd9  Asus2(6)  (play 4x)

Verse chords
 Eadd9  Abm7  C#sus4(7)  B5  Asus2(maj7)

Verse 1:
         E                 Abm7
         C#            B5                A
           E                 Abm7
            C#              B5                A

Bridge chords
 B5  C#sus4(7)  Abm7  Asus2(6) 

Bridge 1:
B5                           C#       Abm7    A
B5                           C#       Abm7     A

Chorus chords
 B5  Abm7  Eadd9  Gmaj7  Aadd2(6)  C#sus4(7)  E5add9

            Abm7                 E
     G           A              B5
E5          G

Verse 2 (same chords as verse 1):
              E                           Abm7
         C#                  B5              A
              E                    Abm7
        C#                B5             A

Bridge 2 (same chords as bridge 1):
B5                        C#      Abm7    A
B5                                   C#          Abm7   A

Chorus (same as above)

Interlude chords
 Abm7  F#add4  Eadd9  Gmaj7  Aadd2(6)

Interlude: Abm7  F#  E
       F#  Abm7  F#  E
       F#  Abm7  F#  E
       F#  G     A

Chorus 2 chords
 B5  Abm7  Eadd9  Gmaj7  Aadd2(6)  C#sus4(7) D#m(aug) E5add9  F#add4 Asus2(6) 

Chorus 2:
            Abm7                 E
    G           A               B5
        C#                 D#-E

            Abm7                 E
     G                 A              B5
        G             Abm7   F#   E
            Asus2         Abm7 F# E
Asus2                  E   Asus2    E  Asus2
          E          Asus2     E  Asus2

end on Eadd9

Comments about this tab

stcguitarguy - 2004-10-05

This song sounds perfect if you're able to tune it correctly, however tuning the e string 1/2 up usually snaps the string. So instead I just tune EADGB down one full step and put a capo on the first fret which makes the exact same sound as is on the cd.
Brian Carter

toriandsean - 2008-09-11

Great Tab!!! The only thing that I saw was that your Asus2(6) is actually just an Asus2 (the E is the 5th of that key) and you Asus2(maj7) is actually the Asus2(6) because the F is the 6th of the A major scale. Great job!!! Hope you post more!!!

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