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Beat The Retreat  Richard Thompson



The song is in C mixolydian (C-D-D-F-G-A-Bb), but sometimes a B shows up.

C: o-o-2-o-1-0----|
Cadd4: o-o-3-o-1--|o
G5: x-o-o-o-3-3---|
a: x-2-2-2-1------|o
[C]Beat [Cadd4]my retreat, back home to [G5]you
[C]Beat [Cadd4]my retreat, back home to [G5]you
[a]I'm burning all my [C]bridges
[a]I'm burning all my [C]bridges
[a]I'm burning all my [C]bridges
[G5]I'm running back home [C]to [Cadd4]you
Trailing my colours, back home to you
Trailing my colours, back home to you
This world is filled with sadness
This world is filled with sadness
This world is filled with sadness
I'm running back home to you


(instrumental over same chords as verse)


Follow the drum, back home to you
Follow the drum, back home to you
There was no sense in my leaving
There was no sense in my leaving
There was no sense in my leaving
I'm running back home to you

You can play the song quite adequately in standard, but you won't get
the same bass feel. Also, Richard frequently plays octave bass runs like:

E_______________________________
B_______________________________
G___0___2-sl-3-sl-2_____________
D_______________________________
G___0___2-sl-3-sl-2_____________
C_______________________________

These are _much_ easier when you have the octave G strings as open, since
you can damp out the B string more easily. (Actually, I was led to using this
tuning because I heard these, tried to play them in standard, and was
disappointed. :)

[--]Jay Verkuilen                                            jayv@uiuc.edu

"A human society without conflict would be a society not of friends, but of
ants." --Sir Karl Popper, _Unended Quest_

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