Celebration day

Led Zeppelin

Sent: Monday, December 22, 1997 12:33 PM
Led Zeppelin - Celebration Day
From the CD set 'Remasters' Written by Jones/Page/Plant Atlantic Records 82371-2
Celebration Day is a cool song that's easy to play if you practice it for a while. Make sure you listen to it a few times before you attempt to play it. The entire song is in 4/4 so it should be easy to keep up. I think this song is in A. Special thanks to Josh M. Johnson who tabbed the solo.
Fiz tabbed the intro and retabbed the main riff. The A string works as a kind of drone throughout the whole song, except for the chorus. Let it ring wherever sounds good and try to mute the E string with your thumb. There are guitar overdubs in the song, so it's impossible to play it exactly just with one guitar. In the chorus the feeling is given by the bass lines, it'd be nice if someone could tab them.
| = not a standard bar line; just used to separate music ~ = vibrato or held note x = percussive note with no pitch; muted note . = staccato; mute the note immediately after striking it h = hammer on p = pull off s = slide ^ = downward stroke v = upward stroke o \_ o / repeat sign (always look for these!)
G7/A ^ v ^ v ^ v e:--------6/7-7-7-7-7-7-7--- B:--------5/6-6-6-6-6-6-6--- G:o-------6/7-7-7-7-7-7-7--- (twice) D:o-------4/5-5-5-6-5-5-5--- A:-------(0)---------------- E:--------------------------
G7/A ^ v e:---------6/7-7-7------ B:---------5/6-6-6------ G:o--------6/7-7-7------ (three times) D:o--------4/5-5-5------ A:--------(0)----------- E:---------------------- G#7/A ^ v e:---------7/8-8-8--- B:---------6/7-7-7--- G:---------7/8-8-8--- D:---------5/6-6-6--- A:--------(0)-------- E:-------------------
A7 ^ v ^ v ^ v ^ v ^ v ^ v ^ v ^ e:--------8/9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-------- B:--------7/8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-------- G:--------8/9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-------- D:--------6/7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-------- A:-------(0)--------------------------------------- E:-------------------------------------------------
[Riff 1]
^ v ^ v e:----------------------------------------- B:----------------------------------------- G:o---------------------------------------- (twice) D:o--------/7-7----5---4-4----2------------ A:-------0--0-0--0-0-0-0-0--0-0--0-/3~~-0-- E:-----------------------------------------
[Riff 2] (main riff)
^ v ^ v ^ v ^ e:--------------------9-9-9-9-9-9-9------------------ B:--------------------8-8-8-8-8-8-8------------------ G:--------------------9-9-9-9-9-9-9------------------ D:---------------/7~~-7-7-7-7-7-7-7------------------ A:-------0-/3-0---0--(0)----------------------------- E:---------------------------------------------------
^ v ^ v e:--------------------------------------------------- B:--------------------------------------------------- G:--------------------------------------------------- D:--------------------5---4-4----2------------------- A:-------0-/3-0---0-0-0-0-0-0--0-0--0-/3~~-0--------- E:---------------------------------------------------
[Chorus] C G Bb F
e:--0-0-0-0-0-0-0--3-3-3-3-3-3-3--1-1-1-1-1-1-1--1-1-1-1-1-1-1---------------| B:--1-1-1-1-1-1-1--3-3-3-3-3-3-3--3-3-3-3-3-3-3--1-1-1-1-1-1-1---------------| G:--0-0-0-0-0-0-0--0-0-0-0-0-0-0--3-3-3-3-3-3-3--2-2-2-2-2-2-2---------------| D:--2-2-2-2-2-2-2--0-0-0-0-0-0-0--3-3-3-3-3-3-3--3-3-3-3-3-3-3---------------| A:--3-3-3-3-3-3-3--2-2-2-2-2-2-2--1-1-1-1-1-1-1--3-3-3-3-3-3-3---------------| E:-----------------3-3-3-3-3-3-3-----------------1-1-1-1-1-1-1---------------|
C G Bb F E
e:--0-0-0-0-0-0-0--3-3-3-3-3-3-3--1-1-1-1-1-1-1---1-1-1-1-1------------------| B:--1-1-1-1-1-1-1--3-3-3-3-3-3-3--3-3-3-3-3-3-3---1-1-1-1-1------------------|
G:--0-0-0-0-0-0-0--0-0-0-0-0-0-0--3-3-3-3-3-3-3---2-2-2-2-2-1-1-1-1-1--------| D:--2-2-2-2-2-2-2--0-0-0-0-0-0-0--3-3-3-3-3-3-3---3-3-3-3-3-2-2-2-2-2--------| A:--3-3-3-3-3-3-3--2-2-2-2-2-2-2--1-1-1-1-1-1-1---3-3-3-3-3-2-2-2-2-2--------| E:-----------------3-3-3-3-3-3-3------------------1-1-1-1-1------------------|
Song Progression:
[Intro] [Riff 1] [Riff 2]
With [Riff 2]:
Her face is cracked from smiling, all the fears that she's been hiding, and it seems that pretty soon evr'ybody's gonna know.
And her voice is sore from shouting, cheering winners who are losing, and she wonders if their days are few and soon they'll have to go.
[Riff 2] once more, then
With [Chorus]: (chords shown here for reference)
C G My, my, my, I'm so happy, Bb F I'm gonna join the band. C G We are gonna dance and sing in celebration, Bb F E we are in the promised land.
With [Riff 2]:
She hears them talk of new ways to protect the home she lives in, Then she wonders what it's all about when they break down the door. Her name is Brown or White or Black; you know her very well. You hear her cries of mercy as the winners toll the bell.
With [Chorus]:
My, my, my, I'm so happy, I'm gonna join the band. We are gonna sing and dance in celebration, we are in the promised land.
|------------------------------------|-----------------------------------| |-15b17--15b17--15b17r15p13-15b17-15-|-(15)-----------13-15p13---15p13---| |------------------------------------|-----12---12-14----------14-----14-| |------------------------------------|-----------------------------------| |------------------------------------|-----------------------------------| |------------------------------------|-----------------------------------|
|------------15------------|-------------8p5----------| |-13---15-13----15b17-15b17|-(17)-15b17-----8p5-8p5---| |--------------------------|-----------------------7p5| |--------------------------|--------------------------| |--------------------------|--------------------------| |--------------------------|--------------------------|
|----------------------|------------------------|----------------8| |----------------------|------------------------|-----------------| |-7b9-7b9-7b9r7p5-7b9r7|-(17)------5-7p5-5-7p5--|-5--7-5--5--8h9--| |----------------------|-----5--5h7-----7-----7-|-----------------| |----------------------|------------------------|-----------------| |----------------------|------------------------|-----------------|
|-------13----13--------12----12-| |--------------------------------| |-12/14----14-----12/13----13----| |--------------------------------| |--------------------------------| |--------------------------------|
With [Riff 1]:
There is a train that leaves the station heading for your destination, But the price you pay to nowhere has increased a dollar more. Yes, it has! And if you walk you're gonna get there although it takes a little longer, And when you see it in the distance you will wring your hands and moan.
Repeat [Riff 1] until fade out

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