Swansong

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Swansong - Be Bop Deluxe

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Tabbed by twilightcapers

 

 

Epic track from the 'Futurama' album. A bit of a weird one this, as the guitar parts are lines and melodies rather than chords, but it makes a nice change from the usual riffery.

 

Apparently much of this material was written on piano which would explain the unusual (for guitar) key of F. 

 

I reckon a capo at the first fret would be handy so you could play the open E and A strings for those piano 'pedal' parts. You could also transpose the key to E quite easily but I prefer to play without doing either of these, so that's how I've tabbed it. I hope you enjoy it.

 

 

Tuning:EADGBe

 

 

| Bb/D chord/bass note

|  ^   quarter tone bend

|  b   bend

|  r   relax bend

|  pb  pre-bend

|  \   slide down

|  /   slide up

|  h   hammer-on

|  p   pull-off

|  t   use left hand thumb to fret string

| (6)  optional note

|  ~   vibrato

|  +   harmonic

|  x   Mute note

 

 

Intro: Military style drum, then piano and lead guitar. Chords as shown in 

the verse section.

 

Chords, piano:

 

___F___________________Cm/F________________

(Riff 1)

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

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

G|-----------------------------------5-h7--|

D|---------------------3~~~-----5-h7-------|

A|---------------3-h5----------------------|

E|-1~~~-----3-h5---------------------------|

 

 

___Eb________________________Bb/D__________________________

(Riff 1)

e|-----------------8-h10--13----10h13p10p8----10p8---------|

B|-6~~~-----8-h10------------------------------------------|

G|------------------------------------------------12b14b12~|

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

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

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

 

 

__C___________________________________

(Lead guitar, first time...)

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

B|----------------------13--------------|

G|~~~~~~~~~-------12-b14--pb10^r10------|

D|--------------------------------12p10-|

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

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

 

 

__Bb_________________________________

 

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

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

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

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

A|-10^--10--8~~~~~~~~~~~~~~\3--------|

E|-----------------------------5--3--|

 

 

___F___________________Cm/F________________

(Riff 1)

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

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

G|-----------------------------------5-h7--|

D|---------------------3~~~-----5-h7-------|

A|---------------3-h5----------------------|

E|-1~~~-----3-h5---------------------------|

 

 

___Eb_____________________Bb/D________________________________

(Riff 1)

e|-----------------8--10--13----10h13p10p8h10p8---------------|

B|-6~~~-----8--10---------------------------------------------|

G|---------------------------------------------12b13r12p10h12-|

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

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

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

 

 

___C__________________________________

(lead guitar, second time...)

e|-----------------------------13----|

B|--------------------------13----15-|

G|-12~~~~~~~~----------15b17---------|

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

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

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

 

 

__Bb________________________Bb7_______________________

(lead guitar, second time...)

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

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

G|-16^-13-15----13--b15--13~~-------------------------|

D|-----------15--------------15p13--------------------|

A|--------------------------------15p13h15p13\11------|

E|----------------------------------------------13p11-|-(13)

 

 

Verse: voice and piano, same chord sequence as above.  

Chords are my arrangement for guitar, but not a perfect copy 

of the piano parts, so play around with them.

 

 

__F________________Cm/F________Eb_________Bb/D_____

"with our bodies... etc"

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

B|-10--------------8---------|-8-----------6-------|

G|-10--------------8---------|-8-----------7-------|

D|-10--------------10--------|-8-----------8-------|

A|-8---------------8---------|-6-----------5-------|

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

 

 

___C________________________Bb_____________Bb7_______

 

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

B|-5----------------------|-3---------------3--------|

G|-5----------------------|-3--------------(1)-------|

D|-5----------------------|-3---------------3--------|

A|-3----------------------|-1---------------1--------|

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

 

Repeat

 

No lead guitar until:

 

___C_______________________________

"..company... "

e|------------------------8~~~~~~--|

B|------------------------11b13~~--|

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

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

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

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

 

 

___Bb_______________________________________________

"..derided me. "

e|--------------------------8-13--------------------|

B|---------------------11b13-----9^-----------------|

G|------------------------------------10p8----------|

D|----------------------------------------10p8------|

A|---------------------------------------------11^--|

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

 

 

New guitar rhythm part comes in, up in the Fmaj pent box.  Use left thumb to 

fret bass notes.  Verse continues...

 

 

 

__F_________________Cm/F______________Eb_______________Bb/D___________

"..in your head i'm so easily led... etc "

e|----------13----------------13----|---------13----------------13----|

B|----------13----------------13----|---------13----------------13----|

G|----------10----------------10----|---------10----------------10----|

D|----------10----------------10----|---------10----------------10----|

A|-8~~~~----------------------------|---------------------------------|

E|------------------13--------------|-11---------------10-------------|

                    t                 t                t

 

__C______________________________________________________

"..lose the key                               oh, won't you.."

e|--------------------13--------13-----13-----13-----13--|

B|-------------16b18-------16b18--16b18--16b18--16b18----|

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

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

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

E|-8-----------------------------------------------------|

   t

 

__Bb________________________________________________

"..lose the key."

e|-18^--16~~~13-------------------------------------|

B|-------------16-13--------------------------------|

G|------------------15-13^--------------------------|

D|--------------------------15p13-------------------|

A|-------------------------------15p13\11h13p11-----|

E|----------------------------------------------13~~|

 

 

Then: ("Let me show you a...)

 

(riff 2)

 

___F#_______________________________Gm_______________________________

"..sign           pure as the virgin snow... etc "

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

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

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

D|-4-------------------------------|-5-------------------------------|

A|----------4----------------------|----------5----------------------|

E|-------------------2~~~----------|-------------------3~~~----------|

 

(riff 2)

 

__Bb_________________Bb______________Eb_______Bb_______Eb_______Bb_______

"..through my dreams... etc "       (harmony guitar in brackets...)

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

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

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

D|-8-------------------------------|(5)------(3)------(5)------(3)-------|

A|----------8----------------------|-6--------5--------6--------5--------|

E|-------------------6~~~----------|-------------------------------------|

 

(riff 2)

 

__C________C/G______C________C__Bb______Ab_______Eb________Ab_______A___

"..you               in several keys of blue              sing for you my... "

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

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

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

D|------------------------------------|-3--------5--------6--------7----|

A|-3----------------3--------3--1-----|---------------------------------|

E|---------3--------------------------|---------------------------------|

 

 

__Bbm______________________________Eb/Bb_______________________________

"..swansong... "     (Use left hand thumb to fret bass notes...) 

e|---------6----------------------|------------------------------------|  

B|---------6-----------8^--8------|------------------------------------|

G|---------6-----------8^--8------|---------6^-----8b9b8----8--6-------|

D|-8~~~~---8----------------------|-6h8p6--8---8---8b9b8-6--8----8-6-8-|

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

E|---------6-------(6)------------|-(6)---------------(6)--------------|

           t        t                t                 t

 

__Bbm________________________________Eb/Bb_________________________________

(Lead guitar...)

e|-----------6---6---6----------------6h9-11b13-11b13-9--------------------|

B|---------6---9-------9p6----------6h9----------------11-9-11-11b13-9-----|

G|-----8b10---------------8p6^----6h8---------------------------------10-8-|

D|----------------------------8p6h8----------------------------------------|

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

E|-(6)---------------------------------------------------------------------|

    t

 

(Middle bit:)

 

 

___Ab/Eb___________________________Eb_______________________________

"..Oh.............Strange, strange harmony." 

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

B|-----9-11b14--b9~~~-------------|---------------------------------|

G|-10-----------------------------|---------------------------------|

D|--------------------------------|----------------------8/10\8-----|

A|--------------------------------|-6--------------------6/8~\6-----|

E|--------------------------------|----------------------6/8~\6-----|

 

 

__Ab/Eb______________________________Eb______________________________

" oh such a sad refrain."

e|-4-------4-------4-------4-------|---------------------------------|

B|-4-------4-------4-------4-------|-8-------8-------8-------8-------|

G|-5-------5-------5-------5-------|-8-------8-------8-------8-------|

D|---------------------------------|-8-------8-------8-------8-------|

A|-----6-------6-------6-------6---|-----6-------6-------6-------6---|

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

 

Repeat until:

 

___Eb...Eb_F_Eb________Db__Db_Eb_Db__

(Lead guitar...)

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

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

G|-8----8-/10\8--------6----6-/8\6---|

D|-8----8-/10\8--------6----6-/8\6---|

A|-6----6-/8~\6--------4----4-/6\4---|

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

 

Then:

 

(Riff 3)

 

__Dm___________________________________Eb_______________________

(Lead guitar...)

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

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

G|----------7\------------------------|---------8\--------------|

D|-3-----------------3--------3--5--7-|-5--------------5~~~~----|

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

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

 

(Riff 3)

 

__Em_________________________Am_____F_______G_______E7______(Am....)

(Lead guitar...)

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

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

G|-------9\-----------------|-------------------------------|---------

D|-5------------5-----5-7-9-|-7-9-10-7-9-10-9-10-12-9-10-12-|-(12)~~~~

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

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

 

 

Then: Piano - arranged for guitar.

 

__Am______Am/G______Fmaj7____________Am_____Am/G____Fmaj7____________

 

(Piano...)

e|------5--------5------5-----------|------5-----5-------5-----------|

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

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

D|-7-------5------------------------|-7------5-----------------------|

A|------------------8------------8--|---------------8-------------8--|

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

 

(Riff 3)

 

__Am__________________________________Bb_____________________________

(Lead guitar..)

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

B|--------10------10------10--11--13-|-11------11------11~~~~~~------|

G|-9---------------------------------|-------------------------------|

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

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

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

 

(Riff 3)

 

__Bm____________________________________C________C#______Dm____________

(Lead guitar..)

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

B|-12------12------12------12--13--15--|-13------14------15~~~~~~------|

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

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

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

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

 

Play next part twice:

 

___D___________D/C_________Bbmaj7________________________

(Piano - arranged for guitar))

e|--------10-----------10-----------10-------------------|

B|-----10----------10-----------10------10---------------|

G|------------------------------------------10-----------|

D|-12----------10----------------------------------------|

A|-------------------------13--------------------13------|

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

 

 

Pause, and then: (VERY loud!)

 

__F#____________________Ebm______________

(Lead guitar)

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

B|---------------------------------7\----|

G|-------4b6--4b5b4-2--------------8\----|

D|--------------------4------------8\----|

A|---------------------------------6\----|

E|-2-------------------------------------|

 

 

__F#______________________Ebm_____________________

 

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

B|-------------------------11-14-----11-----------|

G|-------4^-4p2--------13b15----13b15---13-11~~~~-|

D|--------------4---------------------------------|

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

E|-2----------------------------------------------|

 

 

__F#_________________Ebm_______________

 

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

B|----------------------11----11-------|

G|-----------------2----13b15-13b15~~~~|

D|-----------4p2h4---------------------|

A|---------4---------------------------|

E|-----2-------------------------------|

 

 

__F#______________________________

 

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

B|-------14--------------------------------------------------------|

G|-13b15----15b13-11--13p11--13-11^--------------11---13b15b13~~~~-|

D|-------------------------13--------11-13-11-13----13-------------|

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

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

 

 

Then follows a reversed guitar solo, I haven't tried to tab it yet 

as I tend to think of it more as an effect than a guitar part. 

The nice piano chords are tabbed below.

 

 

(Piano, my arrangement for guitar. I use left thumb for bass note Bb.)

 

 

___Cm/Bb____________Bb______________Bb________________Fm_____________

 

e|---------3-----------------------|---------6-----------------4-----|

B|---------4-----------------6-----|---------6-----------------6-----|

G|---------5-----------------7-----|---------7-----------------5-----|

D|---------------------------8-----|---------------------------------|

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

E|-6--------------6-6---6----------|-6--------------6-6---6----------|

   t              t t   t            t              t t   t          

 

 

__Cm______________________Bb___________Bbm____________Fm__

 

e|---------3--------------6---|--------6--------------4---|

B|---------4--------------6---|--------6--------------6---|

G|---------5--------------7---|--------6--------------5---|

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

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

E|-6------------6--6--6-------|-6----------6--6---6-------|

   t            t  t  t         t          t  t   t  

 

__Fm______________________________________________________

 

e|---------1-------------1---|---------1--------------1---|

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

G|---------1-------------1---|---------1--------------1---|

D|---------3-------------3---|---------3--------------3---|

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

E|-1-------1---1--1--1---1---|-1-------1---1--1---1---1---|

 

 

___________Ab_________________Eb____________Ab__________________Eb__

 

e|---------4----------------------|---------4-----------------------|

B|---------4------------------8---|---------4-------------------8---|

G|---------5------------------8---|---------5-------------------8---|

D|----------------------------8---|-----------------------------8---|

A|-6--------------6---6-----------|-6---------------6---6-----------|

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

 

 

__Db_______Eb/Db___Db________Db_______Eb/Db___Db_______

 

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

B|---------8----------------|---------8----------------|

G|-10------8-------10--10---|-10------8-------10--10---|

D|-11------8-------11--11---|-11------8-------11--11---|

A|-11------x-------11--11---|-11------x-------11--11---|

E|-9-------9-------9---9----|-9-------9-------9---9----|

           t                          t 

 

(Riff 3)

 

__Dm___________________________________Eb_______________________

(Lead guitar...)

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

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

G|----------7\------------------------|---------8\--------------|

D|-3-----------------3--------3--5--7-|-5--------------5~~~~----|

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

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

 

(Riff 3)

 

__Em_________________________F______Cm/F_____Eb_____Bb/D____

(Lead guitar...)

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

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

G|-------9\-----------------|-------------------------------|

D|-5------------5-----5-7-9-|-7~~~~~~~~~~~~~----------------|

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

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

 

 

__F________________Cm/F________Eb_________Bb/D_____

(piano - arranged for guitar)

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

B|-10--------------8---------|-8-----------6-------|

G|-10--------------8---------|-8-----------7-------|

D|-10--------------10--------|-8-----------8-------|

A|-8---------------8---------|-6-----------5-------|

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

 

 

___C________________________Bb_____________Bb7_______

 

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

B|-5----------------------|-3---------------3--------|

G|-5----------------------|-3---------------1--------|

D|-5----------------------|-3---------------3--------|

A|-3----------------------|-1---------------1--------|

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

 

Verse 2

 

__F________________Cm/F________Eb_________Bb/D_____

"with our bodies..etc"

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

B|-10--------------8---------|-8-----------6-------|

G|-10--------------8---------|-8-----------7-------|

D|-10--------------10--------|-8-----------8-------|

A|-8---------------8---------|-6-----------5-------|

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

 

 

___C________________________Bb_____________Bb7_______

 

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

B|-5----------------------|-3---------------3--------|

G|-5----------------------|-3--------------(1)-------|

D|-5----------------------|-3---------------3--------|

A|-3----------------------|-1---------------1--------|

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

 

(riff 2)

 

___F#_______________________________Gm_______________________________

"..Ride, far from the stony ground...etc"

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

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

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

D|-4-------------------------------|-5-------------------------------|

A|----------4----------------------|----------5----------------------|

E|-------------------2-------------|-------------------3-------------|

 

(riff 2)

 

__Bb_________________Bb______________Eb_______Bb_______Eb_______Bb_______

"..in my dreams.."

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

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

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

D|-8-------------------------------|(5)------(3)------(5)------(3)-------|

A|----------8----------------------|-6--------5--------6--------5--------|

E|-------------------6-------------|-------------------------------------|

 

(riff 2)

 

__C________C/G______C________C__Bb______Ab_______Eb________Ab_______A___

"..you             in several shades of blue              sing for you my.."

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

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

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

D|------------------------------------|-3--------5--------6--------7----|

A|-3----------------3--------3--1-----|---------------------------------|

E|---------3--------------------------|---------------------------------|

 

 

__Bbm______________________________________________________

"..swansong               swansong.."

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

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

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

D|-8---8---8-7-6--------------|-8---8---8-7-6--------------|

A|-----------------9-8-7-6----|----------------9-8-7-6-----|

E|----------------------------|------------------------9-8-|

 

 

__________Fm/Bb____________________________________

 

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

B|--------(6)--------------------------------------|

G|--------(5)--------------------------------------|

D|--------(6)--------------------------------------|

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

E|-6~~~--------------------------------------------|

   t

 

 

Words & Music by Bill Nelson

© Bill Nelson 2020

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