Sister Seagull

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Sister Seagull - Be Bop Deluxe

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Tabbed by twilightcapers

 

Classic track from the 'Futurama' album.

 

Tuning:EADGBe

 

| h = hammer-on

| p = pull-off

| + = harmonic

| ~ = sustain or vibrato

| / = slide up

| \ = slide down

| b = bend up/down

| r = release bend

| ^ = quarter note bend up

| x = mute note

|(x3555x) = chord shape

 

 

Intro, lead guitar:

 

e|---------------------15-12h15p12----------------------------------------|

B|---------------------------------15-12h15p12----------------------------|

G|---------------------------------------------14-12h14p12----------------|

D|-12/14-14-12-14------------------------------------------14-12h14p12----|

A|-12/14-14-12-14------------------------------------------------------12-|

E|-10/12-12-10-12---------------------------------------------------------|

 

 

e|---------------------15-12h15p12----------------------------------------|

B|---------------------------------15-12h15p12----------------------------|

G|---------------------------------------------14-12h14p12----------------|

D|-12/14-14-12-14------------------------------------------14-12h14p12----|

A|-12/14-14-12-14------------------------------------------------------12-|

E|-10/12-12-10-12---------------------------------------------------------|

 

 

e|------------------------------------------------------------------------|

B|------------------------------------------------------------------------|

G|-14b16-14b16-14b16-14b16\-----------------------------------------------|

D|------------------------------------------------------------------------|

A|------------------------------------------------------------------------|

E|------------------------------------------------------------------------|

 

 

Intro, rhythm guitar:

 

 

___Em_(022000)_____________________C_(x3555x)__________D_(x5777x)_

                        (harmonics)

e|-0----------------------+12+~~~~--------------------------------|

B|-0----------------------+12+~~~~---------5---------------7------|

G|-0----------------------+12+~~~~-------------5---------------7--|

D|-0---2---2---0---2~~~~~/-------------5---------------7----------|

A|-0---2---2---0---2~~~~~/---------3---------------5--------------|

E|-0-------0-------0~~~~~~~~~~~~~~--------------------------------|

 

 | 1 - & - 2 - & - 3 - & - 4 - & - 1 - & - 2 - & - 3 - & - 4 - & -|

 

___Em_(022000)_____________________C_(x3555x)__________D_(x5777x)_

                        (harmonics)

e|-0----------------------+12+~~~~--------------------------------|

B|-0----------------------+12+~~~~---------5---------------7------|

G|-0----------------------+12+~~~~-------------5---------------7--|

D|-0---2---2---0---2~~~~~/-------------5---------------7----------|

A|-0---2---2---0---2~~~~~/---------3---------------5--------------|

E|-0-------0-------0~~~~~~~~~~~~~~--------------------------------|

 

 

Verses: You could improvise a bit here - as long as you play these 

chords or similar. I doubt he played it exactly the same way every 

time.

 

 

___Em_(022000)_____________________C_(x32010)_____________________

                         " Sister seagull,         oh      you're... "

e|-----------------0-------------------------------0--------------|

B|-----------------0-----------------------------------1----------|

G|-----------------0---------------------------0-----------0------|

D|-------------2---------------------------2-------------------2--|

A|---------2-----------------------3------------------------------|

E|-0--------------------------------------------------------------|

 

 

___D_(xx0232)______________________Cadd9(x32033)___G_(320033)_____

 " flying      me         too      high... "

e|-------------2--------------------------------------------------|

B|---------3-----------3-----------------------3---------------3--|

G|-----2-------------------2---------------0---------------0------|

D|-0---------------------------0-------2---------------0----------|

A|---------------------------------3---------------2--------------|

E|----------------------------------------------------------------|

 

 | 1 - & - 2 - & - 3 - & - 4 - & - 1 - & - 2 - & - 3 - & - 4 - & -|

 

 

___Em_(022000)_____________________Cmaj7_(x32000)_________________

                 " feel    so      dizzy                   under - "

e|-----------------0-------------------------------0--------------|

B|---------------------0-------------------------------0----------|

G|-------------------------0-------------------0-----------0------|

D|-------------2---------------2-----------2-------------------2--|

A|---------2-----------------------3------------------------------|

E|-0--------------------------------------------------------------|

 

 

___D_(xx0232)______________________Cadd9(x32033)___G_(320033)_____

" - neath      your      open      sky... "

e|-------------2--------------------------------------------------|

B|---------3-----------3-----------------------3---------------3--|

G|-----2-------------------2---------------0---------------0------|

D|-0---------------------------0-------2---------------0----------|

A|---------------------------------3---------------2--------------|

E|----------------------------------------------------------------|

 

 

___Em_(022000)_____________________C_(x32010)_____________________

                        " and it's strange    the    games we play... "

e|-----------------0-------------------------------0--------------|

B|---------------------0-------------------------------0----------|

G|-------------------------0-------------------0-----------0------|

D|-------------2---------------2-----------2-------------------2--|

A|---------2-----------------------3------------------------------|

E|-0--------------------------------------------------------------|

 

 

___D_(xx0232)______________________F6/9_(xx3233)__________________

                     " to hide the crime            sister seagull... "

e|-------------2-------------------------------3------------------|

B|---------3-----------3-------------------3-----------3----------|

G|-----2-------------------------------2-------------------2------|

D|-0-----------------------0---2---3---------------------------3--|

A|----------------------------------------------------------------|

E|----------------------------------------------------------------|

 

 

___Cadd9_(x32033)__________________G_(320033)_____________________

                      " you're the reason         I           survive "

e|-----------------3-------------------------------3--------------|

B|-------------3-------3-----------------------3-------3----------|

G|---------0---------------0---------------0---------------0------|

D|-----2-----------------------2-------0-----------------------0--|

A|-3-------------------------------2------------------------------|

E|----------------------------------------------------------------|

 

 

Play intro riffs again.

 

Repeat verse section.

 

Play intro riff once more and then:

 

 

___C_(x3555x)_____________________________________________________

                     " I   am  wait  - ing     here "

e|----------------------------------------------------------------|

B|---------5-----------5-------------------5-----------5----------|

G|---------5-----------5-------------------5-----------5----------|

D|-5---5---5---5---5---5---5---5---5---5---5---5---5---5---5---5--|

A|-3---3---3---3---3---3---3---3---3---3---3---3---3---3---3---3--|

E|----------------------------------------------------------------|

 

 | 1 - & - 2 - & - 3 - & - 4 - & - 1 - & - 2 - & - 3 - & - 4 - & -|

 

___C_(x3555x)_____________________________________________________

                     " for the tide    to      turn       and the... "

e|----------------------------------------------------------------|

B|---------5-----------5-------------------5-----------5----------|

G|---------5-----------5-------------------5-----------5----------|

D|-5---5---5---5---5---5---5---5---5---5---5---5---5---5---5---5--|

A|-3---3---3---3---3---3---3---3---3---3---3---3---3---3---3---3--|

E|----------------------------------------------------------------|

 

 

___Em_(x7998x)_____________________D_(xx0232)_____________________

 " pathways       of      the      air                    to... "

e|-x-------------------------------2------------------------------|

B|/8-------------------------------3------------------------------|

G|/9-------------------------------2------------------------------|

D|/9-------------------------------0------------------------------|

A|/7--------------------------------------------------------------|

E|-x--------------------------------------------------------------|

 

 

___Cadd9_(x3x033)______________________________________C_(x3x010)_

" open... "

e|---------3-----------2-----------0------------------------------|

B|-------------3-----------3-----------3-------3-----------1---0--|

G|-----------------0-----------0-----------0-------0--------------|

D|----------------------------------------------------------------|

A|-3---------------------------------------------------3----------|

E|----------------------------------------------------------------|

 

 | 1 - & - 2 - & - 3 - & - 4 - & - 1 - & - 2 - & - 3 - & - 4 - & -|

 

 

___C_(x3x010)_____________________________________________________

                        " Will you    meet     me      there... "

e|-------------0--------------------------------------------------|

B|----------------------------------------------------------------|

G|-----0----------------------------------------------------------|

D|----------------------------------------------------------------|

A|-3--------------------------------------------------------------|

E|----------------------------------------------------------------|

 

 

___Em7_(020030)___________________________________________________

                        " by  the golden     stairway    to   the... "

e|----------------------------------------------------------------|

B|-----------------3----------------------------------------------|

G|-------------0--------------------------------------------------|

D|---------0------------------------------------------------------|

A|----------------------------------------------------------------|

E|-0--------------------------------------------------------------|

 

 

___D_(xx0232)_____________________________________________________

 " Clouds                                                to the... "

e|-2--------------------------------------------------------------|

B|-3--------------------------------------------------------------|

G|-2--------------------------------------------------------------|

D|-0--------------------------------------------------------------|

A|----------------------------------------------------------------|

E|----------------------------------------------------------------|

 

 

___C______________________________________________________________

 " Clouds... "

e|----------------------------------------------------------------|

B|----------------------------------------------------------------|

G|-5---5---5---5---5---5---5---5---5---5---5---5---5---5---5---5--|

D|-5---5---5---5---5---5---5---5---5---5---5---5---5---5---5---5--|

A|-3---3---3---3---3---3---3---3---3---3---3---3---3---3---3---3--|

E|----------------------------------------------------------------|

 

 

 

Play intro riff again, then the guitar solo. 

 

I have not placed notes in bars properly, just tabbed them out 

clearly. Note the 'sustains' in the second row where notes overlap. 

There are so many versions of this track, I have taken the important 

bits from each. Use lots of delay!

 

 

___Em______________________C__________________________D________________C_G_

 

e|------------------------------------------------------------------------|

B|------------------------------------------------------------------------|

G|-----------------------------------12-14-14^r14p12h14~~12-14-12---------|

D|----------------------12h14~~~12h14----------------------------14-12-14-|

A|--------------10/12h14--------------------------------------------------|

E|-0~~~~~~~10h12----------------------------------------------------------|

 

 

___Em____________________C__________________D___________________________C_G_

 

e|------------------------------------------------------------------------|

B|----------12-15~~~12-15~~~12-15~~~12-15-15b17-15b17-15h12---------------|

G|---12-14b16~~~14b16~~~14b16~~~14b16~~~-------------------14h16p14p12h14-|

D|-14---------------------------------------------------------------------|

A|------------------------------------------------------------------------|

E|------------------------------------------------------------------------|

 

 

___Em_____________________C__________________________________________D____

 

e|-15b17-17r15~~~~--15b17-15~~-12h15p12--12-------------------------------|

B|-------------------------------------15--15h12--12----------------------|

G|----------------------------------------------14--14-12h14p12--12-14----|

D|-------------------------------------------------------------14---------|

A|------------------------------------------------------------------------|

E|------------------------------------------------------------------------|

 

 

__________________________________F6/9___________________Cadd9____________

 

e|--------------------------12-15-17b19----17b19--17b19--17b19r17p15------|

B|-----------------------15------------------------------------------17~~-|

G|-12h14p12----12-14-b16--------------------------------------------------|

D|---------14-------------------------------------------------------------|

A|------------------------------------------------------------------------|

E|------------------------------------------------------------------------|

 

 

____________G_____________________________________

 

e|------------------------------------------------|

B|-15-18b20---------------------------------------|

G|----------16h19p16p14h16~~~~\-------------------|

D|------------------------------------------------|

A|------------------------------------------------|

E|------------------------------------------------|

 

 

___Em___________________________C___________________D_____________________

 

e|-22b24-24-22b24-24-22b24\--15-12h15p12----------------------------------|

B|-------------------------------------15-12h15p12------------------------|

G|-----------------------------------------------14-12h14p12--------------|

D|----------------------------------------------------------14-12h14p12---|

A|---------------------------------------------------------------------12-|

E|------------------------------------------------------------------------|

 

If you were playing 'live' you could leave out the last flurry in order 

to get back up the 'board for the bends up to the imaginary 24th fret 

(an E note). The delay effect would disguise this. 

 

 

___Em___________________________C___________________D_____________________

 

e|-22b24-24-22b24-24-22b24\--15-12h15p12----------------------------------|

B|-------------------------------------15-12h15p12------------------------|

G|-----------------------------------------------14-12h14p12--------------|

D|----------------------------------------------------------14-12h14p12---|

A|---------------------------------------------------------------------12-|

E|------------------------------------------------------------------------|

 

 

Play verse once more and the signature intro riff a few times. Then 

comes the famous seagull cry finale. 

 

 

___Em__________________

 

e|-15-12h15p12-------------------------------------14---------------------|

B|-------------15--12---------12-----14---15--17----------15---17---19----|

G|---------------------14-------------------------------------------------|

D|------------------------------------------------------------------------|

A|------------------------------------------------------------------------|

E|------------------------------------------------------------------------|

 

 

___________________________________D________\C________/D_______\C_________

 

e|-15--17---15--17-19-17-19--22----22\21\20\19--22\21\20\19--21\20\19\18--|

B|------------------------------------------------------------------------|

G|------------------------------------------------------------------------|

D|------------------------------------------------------------------------|

A|------------------------------------------------------------------------|

E|------------------------------------------------------------------------|

 

 

___Ab_____________________________________________________________________

 

e|-22\21\20\19--22\21\20\19--21\20\19\18\---------------------------------|

B|------------------------------------------------------------------------|

G|------------------------------------------------------------------------|

D|------------------------------------------------------------------------|

A|------------------------------------------------------------------------|

E|------------------------------------------------------------------------|

 

 

This last bit was hard to tab. There are different versions and the 

delay and overdubs make it hard to be certain of the best way to do it. 

The ascending scales should 'feel' like a bird climbing in the 

sky, listen to the song and you'll get the idea.  The last notes 

are rapid slides down.  

 

 

 

Lyrics:

 

 

Sister seagull 

Oh, you're flying me too high

Feel so dizzy underneath your open sky

And it's strange the games we play to hide the crime

Sister seagull 

You're the reason I survive.

 

I'm a prisoner 

Who has thrown away the key

My soul has vanished 

With the bird who flies so free...

And the wings of change have spread themselves over me

Sister seagull

You're the reason I survive. 

 

I am waiting here

For the tide to turn

And the pathways of the air to open...

Will you meet me there

By the golden stairway to the clouds...

To the clouds...

 

I am a changeling...

Like the wind across the waves

Though in the end there will be 

Nothing left to save

I will return one day

With all the love you gave

Sister seagull

You're the reason I survive.

 

 

Words & Music by Bill Nelson.

© Bill Nelson 2020

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