Thick as a brick

Jethro Tull


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Here's how I learned Tull's Thick as a Brick Edit #1. I notice the archive contains something I posted on netnews many moons ago with only about half of it - here's the whole thing. There's a couple of parts where the guitar is pretty low in the mix and I'm not real sure I got it right, but it sounds pretty dang close to me.
Couple of notes - there's a capo at the 3rd fret, which is why the strings at the left of the tab are noted the way they are. So, what I designated as an open string is actually fretted at the 3rd fret by the capo. Secondly, one should use liberal interpretation of the tab - I wasn't too careful in some of the chordal sections about specifying exactly which notes of the chord are hit and which aren't. Nor did I attempt to tab the exact strumming patterns. As always, use tab as a guide, listen to it yourself, and make it sound right!
The lyrics are here for reference only. I placed them close to where they occur but I certainly didn't try to get all the nuances and rhythm for the vocals in there, nor did I make a great attempt to make sure I got all the words right.
I should also note this is only the Ian Anderson acoustic part. There's a few small Martin Barre parts which I will leave as as exercise for the reader.
Now that I got all the disclaimers out of the way, go for it.
david nason ddn@cb.att.com
Corrections by: Larry Haydel larry@maxen.com Just a few corrections, if you listen you can hear that the intro is all played within the 1st four frets. I also added the Em7 during the chorus. Note that I have only made corrections of the intro and the 1st picking sequence during the chorus. More later............................................ ==========
INTRO:
G:|-----2---------------------|---------------------------| D:|-------3-----------3-3-3---|-------3---3-3--3-----3----| A#:|-----2-----2-------0-0-0---|-----2-----------0-----0---| F:|---0-----0---------0-0-0---|---0-----2-0------0-----0--| C:|-0-----4-----0-(2)-2-2-2---|-0-----------3-2-----3-----| G:|-------------------3-3-3---|---------------------------|
G:|---------------------------|---------------------------| D:|-------3-----------3-3-3---|-------3---3-3--3-----3----| A#:|-----2-------2--0--0-0-0---|-----2-----------0-----0---| F:|---0-------0-------0-0-0---|---0-----2-0------0-----0--| C:|-0-------4---0-(2)-2-2-2---|-0-----------3-2-----3-----| G:|-------------------3-3-3---|---------------------------| VERSE:
Really don't mind if you sit this one My word's but a whisper, your deafness a I may make you feel, but I can't make you Your sperm's in the gutter, your love's in the
g:|-2-----------0-------------|--------------------------------------------------------| D:|-3-----------1------3------|-------3------------3-3-3---------3-------------3-3-3---| Bb:|-2-----------2-------------|-----2-------2---0--0-0-0-------2-------2---0---0-0-0---| F:|-0-----------2-------------|---0-------0--------0-0-0-----0-------0---------0-0-0---| C:|-------------0------2------|-0-------4---0--(2)-2-2-2---0-------4---0--(2)--2-2-2---| G:|---------------------------|--------------------3-3-3-----------------------3-3-3---| ^ ^ ^ | | | ------------------ Just Dmaj,Amin and Emin7 chords - listen to the song for the strumming pattern.
out ... shout ... think ... sink ... So you
g:|---------------------------|---------------------------| D:|---------------------------|---------------------------| Bb:|-----2-----2-------0-0-0---|-----2-----2-------0-0-0---| F:|---0-----0---------0-0-0---|---0-----0---------0-0-0---| C:|-0-----4-----0-(2)-2-2-2---|-0-----4-----0-(2)-2-2-2---| G:|-------------------3-3-3---|-------------------3-3-3---|

CHORUS:
ride yourselves over the field as you make all your animal deals and your wisemen don't know how it feels ...
g:|-3-----------0------0------|-2-0-2-0-2-3-2------2-0----| D:|-3-----------2------0------|-3-3-3-3-3-3-3------3-3----| Bb:|-0-----------2------2------|-2-0-2-0-2-0-2------2-0----| F:|-0-----------2------2------|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0------0-0----| C:|-2-----------0------0------|---------------------------| G:|-3-------------------------|---------------------------| ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ | | | | | ---------------------------------- Just Gmaj, Amaj, and Dmaj chords with a little variation thrown in - listen to the song for the strumming pattern.

to be thick as a
g:|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0---0-0-0--0--|-0-0-0--0------------------| D:|-2-0-2-0-2-3-2---2-2-0-(2)-|-2-2-0-(2)-----------------| Bb:|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2---2-2-2--2--|-2-2-2--2------------------| F:|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2---2-2-2--2--|-2-2-2--2------------------| C:|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0---0-0-0--0--|-0-0-0--0------------------| G:|---------------------------|---------------------------|
BRIDGE:
brick
g:|---------------------------|---------------------------| D:|---------------------------|---------------------------| Bb:|-----2-----2-------0-0-0---|-----2-----2-------0-0-0---| F:|---0-----0---------0-0-0---|---0-----0---------0-0-0---| C:|-0-----4-----0-(2)-2-2-2---|-0-----4-----0-(2)-2-2-2---| G:|-------------------3-3-3---|-------------------3-3-3---|
g:|---------------------------|---------------------------| D:|---------------------------|---------------------------| Bb:|-----2-----2-------0-0-0---|-----2-----2-------0-0-0---| <1st time only) F:|---0-----0---------0-0-0---|---0-----0---------0-0-0---| C:|-0-----4-----0-(2)-2-2-2---|-0-----4-----0-(2)-2-2-2---| G:|-------------------3-3-3---|-------------------3-3-3---|


g:|---------------------------|---------------------------| D:|---------------------------|---------------------------| Bb:|-----5-----5-------0-----0-|-----5-----5-----0-----0---| <2nd time only> F:|---7-----7-------------0---|---7-----7-----0-----0-----| C:|-0-----7-----0-(3)---5-----|-0-----7-----5-----3-------| G:|---------------------------|---------------------------|

BRIDGE 2:
And the love that I feel
g:|-2-------------------------|-0-----------0-0-0---------| D:|-3-------------------------|-1-----------0-1-0---------| Bb:|-2-------------------------|-2-----------2-2-2---------| F:|-0-------------------------|-2-----------2-2-2---------| C:|---------------------------|-0-----------0-0-0---------| G:|---------------------------|---------------------------| ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ | | | | | ------------------ Just Dmaj and Amin chords with a little spice thrown in - listen to the song for the strumming pattern.
is so far away
g:|-0------------0------------|-0-------------------------| D:|-1------------1------------|-0-------------------------| Bb:|-0------------0------------|-0-------------------------| F:|-2------------0-(2)--------|-2-------0-(2)-------------| C:|-3------------3------------|-2-------------0-(2)-------| G:|---------------------------|-0-------------------0-(3)-| ^ ^ ^ | | | ------------------ Just Cmaj and Emin chords with a little spice thrown in - listen to the song for the strumming pattern.
I'm a bad dream that I just ha-a-a-a-a-d to-
g:|-3-------------------------|-2-0-2-0-2-0-2-0-----------| D:|-3-------------------------|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-----------| Bb:|-0-------------------------|-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-----------| F:|-0-------------------------|-4-------------------------| C:|-2-------------------------|-4-------------------------| G:|-3-------------------------|---------------------------| ^ ^ | | ------------------ Just Gmaj and F#maj chords with a little spice thrown in - listen to the song for the strumming pattern.
da-a-a-a-a-a-y
g:|-2-0-2-0-2-0-2-0-----------|-2-0-2-0-2-----------------| D:|-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-----------|-2-2-2-2-2-----------------| Bb:|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-----------|-3-3-3-3-3-----------------| F:|-0-------------------------|-4-------------------------| C:|---------------------------|-4-------------------------| G:|---------------------------|-2-------------------------| ^ ^ | | ------------------ Just Dmaj and F#maj chords with a little spice thrown in - listen to the song for the strumming pattern.
and you shake your head you say it's a
g:|-3-------------------------|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-------------| D:|-3-------------------------|-2-2-2-0-0-0-0-(2)---------| Bb:|-0-------------------------|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-------------| F:|-0-------------------------|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-------------| C:|-2-------------------------|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-------------| G:|-3-------------------------|---------------------------| ^ ^ | | ------------------ Just Gmaj and Amaj chords with a little spice thrown in - listen to the song for the strumming pattern.

shame
g:|---------------------------|---------------------------| D:|---------------------------|---------------------------| Bb:|-----2-----2-------0-0-0---|-----2-----2-------0-0-0---| F:|---0-----0---------0-0-0---|---0-----0---------0-0-0---| C:|-0-----4-----0-(2)-2-2-2---|-0-----4-----0-(2)-2-2-2---| G:|-------------------3-3-3---|-------------------3-3-3---|

g:|---------------------------|---------------------------| D:|-------------------6-6-6---|-------------------6-6-6---| Bb:|-----5-----5-------7-7-7---|-----5-----5-------7-7-7---| F:|---7-----7---------7-7-7---|---7-----7---------7-7-7---| C:|-0-----7-----0-(5)-5-5-5---|-0-----7-----0-(5)-5-5-5---| G:|---------------------------|---------------------------|
VERSE: Spin me back down the years and the days of my youth Draw the lace and black curtain and shut out the whole truth Spin me down the long ages let them sing the song
g:|---------------------------|---------------------------| D:|-------------------6-6-6---|-------------------6-6-6---| Bb:|-----5-----5-------7-7-7---|-----5-----5-------7-7-7---| F:|---7-----7---------7-7-7---|---7-----7---------7-7-7---| C:|-0-----7-----0-(5)-5-5-5---|-0-----7-----0-(5)-5-5-5---| G:|---------------------------|---------------------------| ^ | Note that there's a subtle, but important change in the rhythm used for the Dmin at this point (as opposed to the previous two measures).

g:|-5-------------------------|-2-------0-(2)-------------| D:|-6-------------------------|-3-------3--3--------------| Bb:|-5-------------------------|-2-------0-(2)-------------| F:|-0-------------------------|-0-------0--0--------------| C:|---------------------------|---------------------------| G:|---------------------------|---------------------------| ^ ^ | | ------------------ Just Fmaj and Dmaj chords with a little spice thrown in - listen to the song for the strumming pattern.



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