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TIME IN A BOTTLE

( Jim Croce )

Written by Jim Croce in the key of Dm in 3/4 time
Released on the album: You Don't Mess Around with Jim ( 1972 )
Released as a single ( 1973 )
Fingerstyle version for single acoustic guitar
Time In A Bottle on Wikipedia | Demo | Studio
thumb: x
index: a
dirty: b
ring: c
pinky: d

Hammer on: h
Pull off: p
Slide up: /
Slide down: \
Arpeggio: ~~~

Bend up: )
Bend down: (
Grab but don't pick: !
Staccato: :
Mute: m

This is my interpretation of the song. It slightly differs from the original version

INTRO
e------5b---5b--------5b-------|------5b---5b--------5b-------|------5b---5b--------5b-------|
b-----6c-------6c---------6c---|-----6c-------6c---------6c---|-----6c-------6c---------6c---|
g---!7d-----------7d-----------|----6d-----------6d-----------|----5a-----------5a-----------|
D---0--------------------------|---0--------------------------|---0--------------------------|
A------------------------------|------------------------------|------------------------------|
E------------------------------|------------------------------|------------------------------|
e------5b---5b--------5b-----------|
b-----6c-------6c---------6c---\---|
g----4a-----------4a---------------|
D---0------------------------------|
A----------------------------------|
E----------------------------------|

picking pattern:
flatpick with your index

!: grab 5a

picking pattern:
flatpick with your index

ritardando

e---3d---------0----------1a--------|---3d---------1a----------0---------|
b---3c---------3c---------3c--------|---3c---------3c----------3c--------|
g--------3b---------3b---------3b---|--------3b---------3b----------3b---|
D---0----------0----------0---------|---0----------0-----------0---------|
A-----------------------------------|------------------------------------|
E-----------------------------------|------------------------------------|

picking pattern:
xbc - a ( 6x )

e-------------------------------------------|---------------------------------------|
b----2b---------3d--------/---5d--------/---|---8d---------6a--------\----5a--------|
g----2a---------2a------------0-------------|---0----------7b--------\----6b--------|
D---------2a---------3c---/--------5c---/---|--------8c---------0--------------7c---|
A----0----------0-------------0-------------|---0----------0--------------0---------|
E-------------------------------------------|---------------------------------------|

picking pattern:
xbc - a ( 6x )

ritardando

... If ...

1ST VERSE
... I could save time in a bottle ...
e-----------------1a-------------|-----------------1a-------------|-----------------1a-------------|
b------------3d-------------3d---|------------2c-------------2c---|------------1a-------------1a---|
g-------2b-------------2b--------|-------2b-------------2b--------|-------2b-------------2b--------|
D---0----------------------------|---0----------------------------|---0----------------------------|
A--------------------------------|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
E--------------------------------|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
... the ... first thing that I'd like to ...
e---------------1a------------|------------------1a-------------|-----------------0-------------|
b-----------0-----------------|-------------3d-------------3d---|------------3d------------3d---|
g-------2b----------------0---|--------2b-------------2b--------|--------0-------------0--------|
D---0----------------2b-------|---------------------------------|-------------------------------|
A-----------------------------|---1a----------------------------|-------------------------------|
E-----------------------------|---------------------------------|---3c--------------------------|
<------ full barré ------->
... do ... is to ...
e-----------------0--------------|----------------0------------| picking pattern:
b------------2b-------------2b---|-----------2b-----------2b---| x - a - b - c - a - b ( 2x )
g-------2a-------------2a--------|-------0------------0--------|
D-------!------------------------|-------!---------------------|
A---0----------------------------|---0-------------------------| !: grab 2a
E--------------------------------|-----------------------------|

picking pattern:
x - a - b - c - a - b ( 3x )

picking pattern:
x - a - b - c - a - b ( 3x )

... save every day till eternity ...
e-----------------1a--------------|-----------------1a------------|-----------------1a-------------| picking pattern:
b------------3d--------------3d---|------------3c------------2c---|------------3d-------------3d---| x - a - b - c - a - b ( 3x )
g-------2b-------------2b---------|-------2b-------------2b-------|-------2b-------------2b--------|
D---0-----------------------------|-------------------------------|--------------------------------|
A---------------------------------|---3c--------------------------|---1a---------------------------|
E---------------------------------|-------------------------------|--------------------------------|
<------ full barré ------>
... passes away just to spend them with ...
e----------------0------------|-----------------1a--------------|-----------------3c-------------| picking pattern:
b-----------3d-----------3d---|------------1a--------------1a---|------------3c-------------3c---| x - a - b - c - a - b ( 3x )
g-------0------------0--------|-------2b-------------2b---------|-------3c-------------3c--------|
D-----------------------------|---------------------------------|--------------------------------|
A-----------------------------|---------------------------------|--------------------------------|
E---3c------------------------|---1a----------------------------|---3c---------------------------|
<----------------------- full barré ----------------------->

... you ... if ...
e-----------------0--------------|----------------0------------|
b------------2b-------------2b---|-----------2b-----------2b---|
g-------2a-------------2a--------|-------0------------0--------|
D-------!------------------------|-------!---------------------|
A---0----------------------------|---0-------------------------|
E--------------------------------|-----------------------------|

picking pattern:
x - a - b - c - a - b ( 2x )

2ND VERSE ( same tab as 1st verse )
...
...
...
...
...
...

I could make days last forever ...
if words could make wishes come ...
true ... I'd ...
save every day like a treasure and ...
then again, I would spend them with ...
you... But there ...

CHORUS
... never seems to be enough time to do the things you want to ...
e-----------------2b-------------|------------------2a-------------|----------------2a-------------|
b------------3c--------3c--------|-------------3b--------3b--------|------------3b-------3b--------|
g-------2a------------------2a---|--------2a------------------2a---|-------4d-----------------4d---|
D---0----------------------------|---------------------------------|-------!-----------------------|
A--------------------------------|---4d----------------------------|---2a--------------------------|
E--------------------------------|---------------------------------|-------------------------------|
<-------------------- full barré -------------------->
... do, once you find them ...
e---------------2b-------------|-----------------3d-------------|------------------3d-------------|
b-----------3c-------3c--------|------------3c--------3c--------|-------------3c--------3c--------|
g-------2a----------------2a---|-------0-------------------0----|--------0-------------------0----|
D------------------------------|--------------------------------|---------------------------------|
A---0--------------------------|--------------------------------|---------------------------------|
E------------------------------|---3b---------------------------|---2a----------------------------|
... I've ...
e-----------------0-------------|-----------------0-------------|
b------------0---------0--------|------------2b-------2b--------|
g-------0-------------------0---|-------2a-----------------2a---|
D-------------------------------|-------!-----------------------|
A-------------------------------|---0---------------------------|
E---0---------------------------|-------------------------------|

picking pattern:
x - a - b - c - b - a

!: grab 4c

picking pattern:
x - a - b - c - b - a

picking pattern:
x - a - b - c - b - a

picking pattern:
x - a - b - c - b - a

------------------0--------------|
-------------3c--------3c--------|
--------2b------------------2b---|
---------------------------------|
---------------------------------|
---2a----------------------------|
picking pattern:
x - a - b - c - b - a

( 2x )

!: grab 2a

INTRO ( variation )
e--------5b-----------5b-------|-------5b----------5b--------|-------5b----------5b-------| picking pattern:
b------------6c-----------6c---|-----------6c-----------6c---|-----------6c----------6c---| xa - c - b - a - c - b
g---!7d-----------7d-----------|---6d----------6d------------|---5a----------5a-----------|
D---0--------------------------|---0-------------------------|---0------------------------|
A------------------------------|-----------------------------|----------------------------| !: grab 5a
E------------------------------|-----------------------------|----------------------------|
e-------5b----------5b-----------|
b-----------6c----------6c---\---|
g---4a----------4a---------------|
D---0----------------------------|
A--------------------------------|
E--------------------------------|

( 3x )

!: grab 2a

... go through ... time with ...
e---------------2b-------------|-----------------3d-------------|------------------3d-------------|
b-----------3c-------3c--------|------------3c--------3c--------|-------------3c--------3c--------|
g-------2a----------------2a---|-------0-------------------0----|--------0-------------------0----|
D------------------------------|--------------------------------|---------------------------------|
A---0--------------------------|--------------------------------|---------------------------------|
E------------------------------|---3b---------------------------|---2a----------------------------|

e-----------------0-------------|-----------------0-------------|
b------------0---------0--------|------------2c-------2c--------|
g-------0-------------------0---|-------2b-----------------2b---|
D-------------------------------|-------!-----------------------|
A-------------------------------|---0---------------------------|
E---0---------------------------|-------------------------------|

( 3x )

( 2x )

... looked around enough to know ... that you're the one I want to ...
e-----------------2b-------------|------------------2a-------------|----------------2a-------------|
b------------3c--------3c--------|-------------3b--------3b--------|------------3b-------3b--------|
g-------2a------------------2a---|--------2a------------------2a---|-------4d-----------------4d---|
D---0----------------------------|---------------------------------|-------!-----------------------|
A--------------------------------|---4d----------------------------|---2a--------------------------|
E--------------------------------|---------------------------------|-------------------------------|
<-------------------- full barré -------------------->

alternative pattern

picking pattern:
x - a - b - c - b - a

picking pattern:
xa - c - b - a - c - b

ritardando

e---3d---------0----------1a--------|---3d---------1a----------0---------|
b--------3c---------3c---------3c---|--------3c----------3c---------3c---|
g-----------------------------------|------------------------------------|
D---0----------0----------0---------|---0----------0-----------0---------|
A-----------------------------------|------------------------------------|
E-----------------------------------|------------------------------------|

picking pattern:
xb - a ( 6x )

( 3x )

( 3x )

( 3x )

e-----------------------------------|---3a--------------------------------|
b---2b--------3d-------/---5d-------|---!--------/---6d--------5d---------|
g--------0---------0------------0---|--------0------------0----------2a---|
D-----------------------------------|-------------------------------------|
A---0---------2a-------/---4a-------|---4b-------/---5b---------0---------|
E-----------------------------------|-------------------------------------|

picking pattern:
xb - a ( 6x )

!: keep 5d pressed
ritardando

... If ...

3RD VERSE ( same tab as 2nd verse )
...
...
...
...

I had a box just for wishes ... and ...
dreams that had never come true ... the ...
box would be empty, except for the memory of ....
how they were answered by you ... But there ...

CHORUS ( same tab but with different ending )
... never seems to be enough time to do the things you want to ...
... do, once you find them ...
... I've ...
... looked around enough to know that you're the one I want to ...
... go through ... time with ...
e-----------------0-------------|--------------------------------|
b------------0---------0--------|-----------------5a-------------|
g-------0-------------------0---|------------6b--------6b--------|
D-------------------------------|-------7c------------------7c---|
A-------------------------------|---0----------------------------|
E---0---------------------------|--------------------------------|

OUTRO
e-------0----0-------------0---------|----------------------------|
b ----6a---------6a-------------6a---|----------------------------|
g----7b---------------7b-------------|---7b----------7c - harm.---|
D---0--------------------------------|----------7c - harm.--------|
A------------------------------------|----------------------------|
E------------------------------------|----------------------------|

¼
Play a final arpeggio ( 0007b6a0 )

¼

¼

picking pattern:
flatpick with your index

repeat tab 2x


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