Tragically Hip – Stay (Guitar Chords)

The Tragically Hip

Photo Credit: Hip Museum.

Playing Notes

For the intro part, I just play octaves (i.e. for E I play x7x9xx, D is x5x7xx, etc.)

The Chords

The Tragically Hip
Stay

E D C B A G \
F   F   C   / x2

F                               C
You did the best that you could do.
G
You were a great crew,
F
who tried to nurture and preserve your
G
faith in you.
F                         C
And with the bureau chiefs
G
and the shrugging spies
F                    G
You could stay, but why.

G

Am
You see a light and then another
F
and everything you fought for
         C
naught's uncovered.
You're not a fighter, you're a lover.
                    Am
You got no business in here, brother
      F      G
so... stay.
Stay.

E D C B A G C
E D C B A G \
F F C       / x2

F                              C
Is it the worst that you could do?
G
You were a great you,
F
who tried to nurture and preserve your
G
faith in you
F                         C
and with the bureau chiefs
G
and the shrugging spies
F                  G
you could stay and why.

Am
Cause you see a light and then another.
F
Everything you thought you
         C
sought's uncovered.
You're a fighter and a lover
                      Am
and there's no one up above her
      F      G
so ...stay.
Stay.

E D C B A G C

F C

F
All things being balanced,
                         C
it's balanced and called balancing
                            F
somewhere beyond everything it's being
balanced not for the
                    C
sake of balance but balancing between
the throes of learning
        Bb
and the entire thing
          C
entirely
Bb
balancing.

E D C B A G C

Tabbed by Matthew Gruman

http://matthewgruman.com

Anecdote

About five years ago, Dany introduced me to this song. He was just learning to play guitar and asked if I could figure it out for him. “Sure” I said, “give me a few days”.

About a year later, I was listening to the song and, overcome with guilt, tabbed this out. Dany never learned how to play it, but it’s one of my favourites now.

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Comments

  1. Greg | May 3rd, 2008 | 11:58 am

    Heya, Thx fer the tab of Stay. Have to love the Hip. Looked all over for it, found it here, thanx again

  2. Matthew | May 5th, 2008 | 10:00 am

    You’re welcome, Greg! I’m glad people are finding/using it.

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