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TRANSCRIPTIONS “ DECEMBER”

DECEMBER
Collective Soul
As heard on COLLECTIVE SOUL
Words and music by ED ROLAND • Transcribed by KENN CHIPKIN

G5 G5/F Csus2 Gm/B¨ G/B C7/E

A Intro (0:00, 1:19) 2 34 2 34 2 34 1 34 1 34 2 3

Moderate Rock q = 116


G5 G5/F Csus2 Gm/B¨ G/B
Gtr. 1 (clean elec. w/light tremolo effect)
let ring throughout
1 Rhy. Fig. 1

 
3 3 3


3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3
 0 0 0 0 0 0
3
0 0 0
1
0 0
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0

3 1
Bass plays Bass Fill 1 second time (see below)
G5 G5/F Csus2 Gm/B¨ G/B
Gtr. 2 (clean elec.)
let ring throughout
5 Rhy. Fig. 2

!
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 !
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 0  0 0
0 0
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1 1 2
3 1

B Verses (0:16, 1:34)


1. Why drink the water from my hand Contagious as you think I am
2. Why follow me to higher ground Lost as you swear I am
G5 G5/F Csus2 Gm/B¨ G/B
Gtr. 2 plays Rhy. Fig. 2 four times (see bar 5)
Gtr. 1
9
3 3 3
3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 1 1 2
3 1

G5 G5/F Csus2 Gm/B¨ G/B


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3 3 3
3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 1 1 2
3 1

Just tilt my sun towards your domain Your cup runneth over again
Don’t throw away your basic needs Ambiance and vanity
G5 G5/F Csus2 Gm/B¨ G/B
17
3 3 3
3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 1 1 2
3 1

G5 G5/F Csus2 Gm/B¨ G/B


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3 3 3
3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 1 1 2
3 1

Bass Fill 1 (1:19)


 !
G5

3 !
3

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C 1st and 2nd Choruses (0:47, 2:06)


Don’t scream about Don’t think aloud Turn your head now baby Just spit me out
G5 G5/F Csus2 Gm/B¨ G/B
Gtr. 2
25

0
3
0
3
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0 !
3 3 3 3 0
!


3 3 3 0 1 1 1 2
3

Gtr. 3 (acous.)
   
3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3
3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
0 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 3 3 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 3 3 3 3 3 1 1 1 1 2 2
3 3 3 3 3 3

Bass
Bass Fig. 1

! ! !

3 3 1 1 2
!
3 !
3 !
1 !
1

Don’t worry ’bout Don’t speak of doubt Turn your head now baby Just spit me out
G5 G5/F Csus2 Gm/B¨ G/B
Gtr. 2
29

0
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0 !
3 3 3 3 0
!


3 3 3 0 1 1 1 2
3

Gtr. 3
Rhy. Fig. 3
3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3
3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
0 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 3 3 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 3 3 3 3 3 1 1 1 1 1 2 2
3 3 3 3 3 3

Bass repeats Bass Fig. 1 (see bar 25)

1.
(Ooh)
G5 G5/F Csus2 Gm/B¨ G/B
Gtr. 3 plays Rhy. Fig. 3 twice (see bar 29)
Gtr. 2
33
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 P.M. P.M.
 P.M.
 P.M. P.M.
  P.M.
3 3 3 5 3 1 1 1 3 1 0 0 0 0 0
3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 1 1 1 3 1 3 3 3 1
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 0 3 3

 

Gtr. 1
3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3
3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 2
3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

Bass
Bass Fig. 2

3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 2
3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1

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Ooh
G5 G5/F Csus2

Gtr. 2
37 P.M.
 P.M. P.M.
 P.M.
 P.M. P.M.
 P.M.
 P.M. P.M.
3 3 3 5 3 1 1 1 3 1 0 0 0 0 0
3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 1 1 1 3 1
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Gtr. 1
3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3
3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3
3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3
3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

Bass repeats Bass Fig. 2 twice (see bar 33)

(2:22)
2.
Don’t scream about Don’t think aloud
(Ooh)

40 Gm/B¨
  G/B G5 G5/F


P.M.
3
3
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3 0
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 03
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0 !
3 3 3 3 0

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Gtr. 3
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3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

Bass repeats Bass Fig. 2 twice (see bar 33)

Turn your head now baby Just spit me out Don’t worry about
Csus2 Gm/B¨ G/B G5
43

!
 0 3
0
3
0
0


3 3 3 0 1 1 1 2
3

Gtr. 1
3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3
3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 2
3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

Don’t speak of doubt Turn your head now baby Just spit me out
G5/F Csus2 Gm/B¨ G/B
46

!
3 3 3 3 0
!


3 3 3 0 1 1 1 2

3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3
3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 2

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(2:37)
(Ooh)
G5 G5/F Csus2 Gm/B¨ G/B
Gtr. 2
49
 P.M.   P.M.   P.M.   
 
P.M. P.M. P.M. P.M. P.M. P.M. P.M.
3 3 3 5 3 1 1 1 3 1 0 0 0 0 0
3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 1 1 1 3 1 3 3 3 1
 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 0 3 3

 
Gtr. 3
 3
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3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

Bass
  
 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 1 1 1 1

1 2 

D Breakdown (2:53)
G5 G5/F Csus2 C7/E G/B
Gtr. 1 plays Rhy. Fig. 1 3rd and 4th times (see bar 1)
Gtr. 2 (play 4 times)
53 P.M.

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3 3 3 3 3 3 3 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Bass
 Bass enters third time   
 !3  5 !
3 5 !
2
!
1 2 
Substitute Bass Fill 2 fourth time
(see below)

E 3rd Chorus (3:25)


(December promise you gave unto me
(enter 3rd time) Don’t scream about Don’t think aloud
G5 G5/F

Gtr. 2 (tacet 1st time)
57
  

P.M. P.M. P.M. P.M. P.M. P.M.
3 3 3 5 3 1 1 1 3 1
3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3
 0 0 0 0 0 0

Gtr. 3 
 3
3
3
3
3
3
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 0
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3 3 3 3 3 3


Bass

 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1

Bass Fill 2 (0:00)


Gm/B¨ G/B


3 2 0
1 1 3

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December whispers of treachery December clouds are now


Turn your head now baby Just spit me out Don’t worry about

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
Csus2
P.M.
 P.M. P.M. 
Gm/B¨
 P.M.
G/B
G5
 P.M.
 P.M. P.M.
0 0 0 0 0 3 3 3 5 3
1 1 1 3 1 3 3 3 1 3 3 3 3 3
0 0 0 3 3 0 3 3 0 0 0

 

  
3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3
3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 3 3 3 3 3 1 1 1 1 2 2
3 3 3 3 3 3

3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 2
3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

covering me December songs no longer I sing)


Don’t speak of doubt Turn your head now baby Just spit me out
G5/F Csus2 Gm/B¨ G/B

62
      (play 4 times)

P.M. P.M. P.M. P.M. P.M. P.M. P.M.
1 1 1 3 1 0 0 0 0 0
3 3 3 3 3 1 1 1 3 1 3 3 3 1
0 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 0 3 3

 

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3
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1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 

F Outro (4:28) Slower


G5 G5/F Csus2 Gm/B¨ G/B G5
Gtr. 1

0
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3 3 3


3
3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
0
3 1 1 2
3 1 3

Bass
  
!
3 !
3

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