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#----------------------------------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. #
#------------------------------------------------------------------------------#


"The Gift" as performed by Garth Brooks
From his Christmas album "Beyond the Season"
Written by Stephanie Davis


This song is played with an alternating bass style in 3/4 time.  Pick the
bass note with your thumb on the first beat of each measure (alternate bass
notes are marked with a slash on every other measure).  Pluck the treble
strings on the second and third beats of each measure.  To get that spanish
sound to the song, it is important that the strings are plucked rather than
strummed.  Use your index finger on the third string (G string), middle
finger on the second string (B string), and your ring finger on the first
string (high e string).  Your fingers should be slightly curled into what's
often referred to as a claw shape.  Pluck all three treble strings
simultaneously by quickly snapping your fingers in towards your palm.  It
helps to have a little length to the finger nails on your picking hand (but
not too long).

  D           D/A          D    D/A
A poor orphan girl named Maria
    D          D/A        A7      A7/E
Was walking to market one day
    A7            A7/E        A7          A7/E
She stopped for a rest by the roadside
        A7          A7/E        D      D/A
Where a bird with a broken wing lay
  D           D/A             D        D/A
A few moments passed till she saw it
         D             D/A          A7      A7/E
For it's feathers were covered with sand
    A7             A7/E           A7           A7/E
But soon clean and wrapped it was travelling
       A7           A7/E       D      D/A
In the warmth of Maria's small hand

    G       G/D           G        G/D
She happily gave her last peso
     D            D/A        D       D/A
On a cage made of rushes and twine
    G            G/D           G        G/D
She fed it loose corn from the market 
    D               D/A           A7         A7/E
And watched it grow stronger with time

Now the Christmas Eve service was coming
And the church shone with tinsel and light
And all of the town folks brought presents
To lay by the manger that night
There were diamonds and incense and perfumes
In packages fit for a king
But for one ragged bird in a small cage
Maria had nothing to bring

She waited till just before midnight
So no one would see her go in
And crying she knelt by the manger
For her gift was unworthy of Him

[CHANGES KEY]

       E              E/B             E           E/B
Then a voice spoke to her through the darkness
    E        E/B           B7      B7/F#
"Maria, what brings you to Me
       B7          B7/F#        B7          B7/F#
If the bird in the cage is your offering
B7       B7/F#       E        E/B
Open the door let Me see"
           E            E/B       E           E/B
Though she trembled she did as He asked her
    E          E/B           B7      B7/F#
And out of the cage the bird flew
B7         B7/F#    B7       B7/F#
Soaring up into the rafters
     B7            B7/F#          E        E/B
On a wing that had healed good as new

A             A/E            A          A/E
Just then the midnight bells rang out
        E           E/B        E           E/B
And the little bird started to sing
  A            A/E           A          A/E
A song that no words could recapture
      E          E/B       B7      B7/F#
Whose beauty was fit for a king

      E        E/B             E           E/B
Now Maria felt blessed just to listen
        E          E/B             B7        B7/F#
To that cascade of notes sweet and long
       B7           B7/F#     B7       B7/F#
As her offering was lifted to heaven
       B7         B7/F#       (pause)   E
By the very first nightingale's...      song.


Outro:  The song seems destined to end abruptly on the last word, and then up
comes a guitar solo out of nowhere.  I haven't bothered to figure out the solo,
so I just end it with a single strum on the word "song".
********************************************************

Here are the chords for this song.  Since you will only be playing the bass
note and the three treble strings, those are the only strings I have marked.
I have placed an "x" over some strings which would normally be part of the
chord but aren't used in this arrangement.

D=xx0232  D/A=x0x232  A7=x0x020  A7/E=0xx020  G=3xx003  G/D=xx0003
E=0xx100  E/B=x2x100  B7=x2x202  B7/F#=2xx202 A=x0x220  A/E=0xx220


For those who need tabs to understand the alternating bass style, this
should be enough to get you started.  The song follows an AABAAB format (I'm
referring to sections of the song, not chords).  Remember that the song
changes key toward the end, and you'll have to switch to a new set of chords.

SECTION A TABS IN KEY OF D

          D            D/A          D            D/A
        e|----2---2---|----2---2---|----2---2---|----2---2---|
        B|----3---3---|----3---3---|----3---3---|----3---3---|
        G|----2---2---|----2---2---|----2---2---|----2---2---|
        D|0-----------|------------|0-----------|------------|
        A|------------|0-----------|------------|0-----------|
        E|------------|------------|------------|------------|
1)     A poor orphan  girl named Maria
2)     A few moments passed till she saw it

          D            D/A          A7           A7/E
        e|----2---2---|----2---2---|----0---0---|----0---0---|
        B|----3---3---|----3---3---|----2---2---|----2---2---|
        G|----2---2---|----2---2---|----0---0---|----0---0---|
        D|0-----------|------------|------------|------------|
        A|------------|0-----------|0-----------|------------|
        E|------------|------------|------------|0-----------|
1)   Was walking to    market one   day
For it's feathers were covered with sand   [ <--- 2) ]

          A7           A7/E         A7           A7/E
        e|----0---0---|----0---0---|----0---0---|----0---0---|
        B|----2---2---|----2---2---|----2---2---|----2---2---|
        G|----0---0---|----0---0---|----0---0---|----0---0---|
        D|------------|------------|------------|------------|
        A|0-----------|------------|0-----------|------------|
        E|------------|0-----------|------------|0-----------|
1)  She stopped for a  rest by the  roadside
2)  But soon clean and wrapped it was travelling

          A7           A7/E         D            D/A          
        e|----0---0---|----0---0---|----2---2---|----2---2---|
        B|----2---2---|----2---2---|----3---3---|----3---3---|
        G|----0---0---|----0---0---|----2---2---|----2---2---|
        D|------------|------------|0-----------|------------|
        A|0-----------|------------|------------|0-----------|
        E|------------|0-----------|------------|------------|
1)Where a bird with a  broken wing  lay
2)In the warmth of Ma- ri-a's small hand


SECTION B TABS IN KEY OF D

          G            G/D          G            G/D
        e|----3---3---|----3---3---|----3---3---|----3---3---|
        B|----0---0---|----0---0---|----0---0---|----0---0---|
        G|----0---0---|----0---0---|----0---0---|----0---0---|
        D|------------|0-----------|------------|0-----------|
        A|------------|------------|------------|------------|
        E|3-----------|------------|3-----------|------------|
3)    She hap-pi-ly   gave her last peso

          D            D/A          D            D/A
        e|----2---2---|----2---2---|----2---2---|----2---2---|
        B|----3---3---|----3---3---|----3---3---|----3---3---|
        G|----2---2---|----2---2---|----2---2---|----2---2---|
        D|0-----------|------------|0-----------|------------|
        A|------------|0-----------|------------|0-----------|
        E|------------|------------|------------|------------|
3)  On a cage made of  rushes    and twine

          G            G/D          G            G/D
        e|----3---3---|----3---3---|----3---3---|----3---3---|
        B|----0---0---|----0---0---|----0---0---|----0---0---|
        G|----0---0---|----0---0---|----0---0---|----0---0---|
        D|------------|0-----------|------------|0-----------|
        A|------------|------------|------------|------------|
        E|3-----------|------------|3-----------|------------|
3)   She fed it loose corn from the market 

          D            D/A          A7           A7/E
        e|----2---2---|----2---2---|----0---0---|------------|
        B|----3---3---|----3---3---|----2---2---|------------|
        G|----2---2---|----2---2---|----0---0---|------------|
        D|0-----------|------------|------------|------------|
        A|------------|0-----------|0-----------|------------|
        E|------------|------------|------------|0-----------|
3)And watched it grow stronger with time       [hold bass note]



Comments and corrections are always welcome.
- Darragh Egan - Toronto, Canada



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