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The Dreaming Tree



#----------------------------------PLEASE NOTE--------------------------------#

#This file is the author's own work and represents their interpretation of the#

#song. You may only use this file for private study, scholarship, or research.#



Date: Sun, 10 May 1998 18:07:14 -0400

From: Ken Dunnington

Subject: m/matthews_dave_band/


Song: The Dreaming Tree

Artist: Dave Matthews Band

Album: Before These Crowded Streets

Transcribed by: Ken Dunnington

Notes: This is from the new DMB album 'Before These Crowded Streets'.

If you haven't heard it yet, it's worth a listen, though very different

from their other stuff. This is my first tab, so be gentle :)

All comments/corrections/complaints are welcome at


Chords used:

I put both versions of the chords (where applicable) because I'm not

sure which one is correct, but they both sound good.


Verse chords:

Dm: x00231 (or 577555)

Am: x02210 (or 557765)


These two are played during the main verses while Dave sings.

The pattern is Dm/Dm/Am/Am for the whole verse.


Bridge chords:

D : x0023x

A : x02220 (or 557775)

G : 320033 (or 355733)

F : 133211


Again, I put the alternative fingerings in parentheses because I'm not

exactly sure which is right, though either way sounds fine to me.

The pattern is A/G/F/D.


Now for the tab:


Intro Bridge [Repeat this part]
















[Verse 1]:

These are all equal measures. The chords are strummed on the last

word of each measure.


Dm | Dm | Am

Staning here | The old man said to me | "Long before these crowded streets

Am | Dm | Dm

Here stood my dreaming tree" | Below it he would sit | For hours at a time

Am | Am | Dm

Now progress takes away | What forever took to find | Now he's falling hard

Dm | Am | Am

He feels the falling dark | How he longs to be | Beneath his dreaming tree

Dm | Dm |


Conquered fear to climb | A moment froze in time | When the girl who first

he kissed

Am | Dm |


Promised him she'd be his | Remembered mother's words | There beneath the


Am | Am | Dm

"No matter what the world | You'll always be my baby" | Mommy come quick

Dm | Am |


The dreaming tree has died | The air is growing thick | A fear he cannot



The dreaming tree has died


The song then goes into a part I don't dare try to tab - just strum the

Am/Dm chords along with it and occasionally pick a note here and there

along with what you hear.


[Chorus]: Start off with an A

A G | F | D

Oh have you no pity | This thing I do | I do not deny it

A | G | F

All through this smile | As crooked as danger | I do not deny

D | A | G


I know in my mind | I would leave you now | If I had the strength to

F | D | A

I would leave you up | To your own devices | Will you not talk

G | F | D A

Can you take pity | I don't ask much | But won't you speak Please





[Verse 2]:

Dm | Dm | Am

>From the start | She knew she had it made | Easy up 'til then

Am | Dm |


For sure she'd make the grade | Adorers came in hordes | To lay down in

her wake

Am | Am | Dm

She gave it all she had | But treasures slowly fade | Now she's falling


Dm | Am |


She feels the fall of dark | How did this fall apart | She drinks to fill

it up

Dm | Dm |


A smile of sweetest flowers | Wilted so and soured | Black tears stain the


Am | Dm |


That once were so admired | She thinks when she was small | There on her

father's knee

Am | Am | Dm

How he had promised her | "You'll always be my baby" | "Daddy come quick

Dm | Am |


The dreaming tree has died | I can't find my way home | There is no place

to hide


The dreaming tree has died"


Back to the picking/strumming like before.


[Chorus]: Again, start with an A


Oh if I had the strength...




[Out]: This follows the same pattern as the verse [Dm/Dm/Am/Am]

Dm ... | Dm

Take me back ... | Save me please


Well, that's the song. Like I said, this is my first tab, so it's not

perfect, and I welcome any feedback at!


- Ken


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