Marthas harbour

All About Eve


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'Martha's Harbour' TAB by All About Eve
(also available on the compilation 'Winter Words, Hits and Rareties')
Transcribed by Wayne and Duncan Ellis. (the Brothers Grimm). email ellis_w_wayne@bt-web.bt.co.uk
This song uses 2 acoustic guitars. The verses feature guitar1, alone, which plays the main arpeggio parts throughout. The intro and chorus feature both guitar1 and guitar2. Guitar 2 plays a simple melodic accompanyment at specific points in the intro, chorus' and interlude.
The song is tuned a whole tone down, to D. The tuning for both guitars is as follows: D, G, C, F, A, D (low to high): i.e Standard tuning but with reference to D. If you don't want to play along to the record then standard tuning (E) is fine but the tone of the song suffers a bit, due to the higher string tension.
The transcription below, references the guitar strings as if they were tuned to standard.
Intro
(With the sound of waves hitting the beach)
E---------0---0-----|----------0----0---|---------0---0-----|----------------0--| B---------------0---|-----------------0-|---------------0---|-------------------| gtr 1 G------9----9-------|--------9----9-----|------9----9-------|-------------------| D---10--------------|-----10------------|---10--------------|-----10------------| A-0-----------------|-0-8---------------|-0-----------------|-0-8----------8----| E-------------------|-------------------|-------------------|-------------------| | | | | E-------------------|-------------------|---8---------------|------8----5-------| B-------------------|-------------------|-------------------|-------------------| gtr 2 G-------------------|-------------------|-9-----------------|---9---------------| D-------------------|-------------------|-------------------|-------------------| A-------------------|-------------------|-------------------|-------------------| E-------------------|-------------------|-------------------|-------------------|
E--0------0-----0---|---------0-----0---| B----3--------0-----|-----------3-------| gtr 1 G------4------------|------4------4-----| D-------------------|----5--------------| A-------------------|-------------------| E-------------------|--0----------------| | | E--3----------------|----3--------------| B----5--------------|-------------------| gtr 2 G-------------------|-------------------| D--5----------------|--5----------------| A-------------------|-------------------| E-------------------|-------------------|
E---------0---0-----|----------0--------|---------0---0-----|----------0-----0--| B---------------0---|---------------0---|---------------0---|--------------0----| gtr 1 G------9----9-------|--------9----9-----|------9----9-------|--------9----------| D---10--------------|-----10------------|---10--------------|-----10------------| A-0-----------------|-0-8---------------|-0-----------------|-0-8---------------| E-------------------|-------------------|-------------------|-------------------| | | | | E----8--------------|-----8-------------|---8---------------|------8----5-------| B-------------------|-------------------|-------------------|-------------------| gtr 2 G-9-----------------|---9---------------|-9-----------------|---9---------------| D-------------------|-------------------|-------------------|-------------------| A-------------------|-------------------|-------------------|-------------------| E-------------------|-------------------|-------------------|-------------------|
E--0------0-----0---|---------0-----0---| B----3------3-----3-|-----------3-------| gtr 1 G------4------4-----|------4------4-----| D-------------------|----5--------------| A-------------------|-------------------| E-------------------|--0----------------| | | E--3----------------|----3--------------| B----5--------------|-------------------| gtr2 G-------------------|-------------------| D--5----------------|--5----------------| A-------------------|-------------------| E-------------------|-------------------|
Verse 1
E---------0--0------|---------0---0-----|---------0---0-----|--------0------0---| B-------------------|---------------0---|---------------0---|-------------------| gtr1 G------9---9--9-9---|------9------------|------9----------9-|------9---9--------| D---10--------------|---10--------------|---10--------------|---10-------10-----| A-0-----------------|-8-----------------|-0-----------------|-8-----------------| E-------------------|-------------------|-------------------|-------------------| I sit by the harbour
E-------0------0----|---------0---------| B-----3------3------|-------3---3-------| gtr 1 G-------------------|-----4-------4-0---| D-0-5------5--------|-0-5---------------| A-------------------|-------------------| E-------------------|-------------------| a sea calls to me
E---------0--0------|---------0---------|-------0-----------|--------0----------| B---------------0---|------------9-0----|---------------0---|-------------0-----| gtr 1 G------9---9--9-----|------9------------|-------------9-----|------9----9-------| D---10--------------|---10--------------|---10--------------|---10--------------| A-0-----------------|-8-----------------|-0-----------------|-8-----------------| E-------------------|-------------------|-------------------|-------------------| I hide in the water
E-------0------0----|---------0-----0---| B-----5------5------|-------3---3-----3-| gtr 1 G-------------------|-----4-------4-----| D-0-5------5--------|-0-5---------------| A-------------------|-------------------| E-------------------|-------------------| but I need to breathe
Chorus 1
E-------------------|-------------------|--------0-----0----|-------------------| B-------5------5----|-------5------5----|------3------------|-------------------| gtr 1 G-----6------6------|-----6------6------|----4--------------|----2--------------| D---7------7--------|---7------7--------|--5---------5------|--0-----4---s7-----| A-0-----------------|-0-----------------|-------------------|-------------------| E-------------------|-------------------|-------------------|-------------------| | | | s s | E-5-----------------|-4-----------------|--3----------------|-----------3/5-----| B-------------------|-------------------|-------------------|--3----------------| gtr 2 G-6-----------------|-5-----------------|--5----------------|-------------------| D-------------------|-------------------|-------------------|--0---2/4----------| A-------------------|-------------------|-------------------|-------------------| E-------------------|-------------------|-------------------|-------------------| You are an ocean wave my love crashing at the
E-------------------|-------------------|--------0-----0----|-------------------| B-------5------5----|-------5------5----|------3------------|-------------------| gtr 1 G-----6------6------|-----6------6------|----4--------------|-------------------| D---7------7--------|---7------7--------|--5---------5------|--0-----4----0-----| A-0-----------------|-0-----------------|-------------------|-------------------| E-------------------|-------------------|-------------------|-------------------| | | | s | E-5-----------------|-4-----------------|--3----------------|-------------------| B-------------------|-------------------|-------------------|--3----------------| gtr 2 G-6-----------------|-5-----------------|--5----------------|-------------------| D-------------------|-------------------|-------------------|--0---2/4----0-----| A-------------------|-------------------|-------------------|-------------------| E-------------------|-------------------|-------------------|-------------------| bow I am a galley slave my love if only I could
E-------0--------0---0---|-------0---0-0--|-----------------|---------0--0------| B----------3------3---3--|-----3---3------|--------0--------|-------0-----------| gtr 1 G-----4-------4----4-----|---4------------|-----------------|-------------------| D---5-------5------------|-5--------------|(0)--2-----0-----|----7--------------| A-0----------------------|----------------|---0-----2----3--|-5-----------------| E------------------------|----------------|-----------------|-------------------| find out the way to sail you maybe I'll just stow
E----------0-0------| B--------0----------| gtr 1 G-------------------| D----9--------------| A-7-----------------| E-------------------| away
Interlude
(With the sound of waves hitting the beach)
E---------0---0-----|----------0--------|---------0---------|----------0-----0--| B---------------0---|--------------0----|-------------0-----|-------------------| gtr 1 G------9----9-------|--------9----------|------9------------|--------9----------| D---10--------------|-----10------------|---10--------------|-----10------------| A-0-----------------|-0-8---------------|-0-----------------|-0-8---------------| E-------------------|-------------------|-------------------|-------------------| | | | | E---8---------------|---8----5----------|---8---------------|------8----5-------| B-------------------|-------------------|-------------------|-------------------| gtr 2 G-9-----------------|-9-----------------|-9-----------------|---9---------------| D-------------------|-------------------|-------------------|-------------------| A-------------------|-------------------|-------------------|-------------------| E-------------------|-------------------|-------------------|-------------------|
E---------0---------|---------0---------| B-------3----3------|------3-----3------| gtr 1 G-----4-------4-----|----4--------4-----| D-0-5---------------|--5----------------| A-------------------|-------------------| E-------------------|-------------------| | | E---3---------------|----3--------------| B-------------------|-------------------| gtr 2 G-------------------|-------------------| D---5---------------|--5----------------| A-------------------|-------------------| E-------------------|-------------------| (this bar fades down)
Verse 2
E---------0---------|---------0---------|---------0---------|---------0-0---0---| B--------------0----|---------------0---|---------------0---|-------------------| gtr 1 G------9-----9------|------9------9-----|------9-------9----|-------9----9------|
D---10--------------|---10--------------|---10--------------|----10-------10----| A-0-----------------|-8-----------------|-0-----------------|-0-8---------------| E-------------------|-------------------|-------------------|-------------------| I've been run aground
E--------0------0---|---------0---------| B-------------------|-------3---3-------| gtr 1 G------4------4-----|-----4-------4-0---| D-0-5-------5-------|---5---------------| A-------------------|-------------------| E-------------------|-------------------| so sad for a sailor
E---------0--0------|---------0---------|---------0---------|--------0-----0--0-| B--------------0----|--------------0----|---------------0---|-------------------| gtr 1 G------9---9--------|------9-----9------|------9-------9----|-------------9--9--| D---10--------------|---10--------------|---10--------------|-----10---10-------| A-0-----------------|-8-----------------|-0-----------------|-0-8---------------| E-------------------|-------------------|-------------------|-------------------| I felt safe and sound
E-------0------0----|--------0-----0----| B------3-----3------|------3---3-----3--| gtr 1 G----4-----4--------|----4-------4------| D--5----------------|--5----------------| A-------------------|-------------------| E-------------------|-------------------| needed the danger
Chorus 2
E-------------------|-------------------|--------0-----0----|-------------------| B-------5------5----|-------5-----------|------3------------|-------------------| gtr 1 G-----6------6------|-----6------6------|----4--------------|----2--------------| D---7------7--------|---7---------------|--5---------5------|--0-----4---s7-----| A-0-----------------|-0-----------------|-------------------|-------------------| E-------------------|-------------------|-------------------|-------------------| | | | s s | E-5-----------------|-4-----------------|--3----------------|-----------3/5-----| B-------------------|-------------------|-------------------|--3----------------| gtr 2 G-6-----------------|-5-----------------|--5----------------|-------------------| D-------------------|-------------------|-------------------|--0---2/4----------| A-------------------|-------------------|-------------------|-------------------| E-------------------|-------------------|-------------------|-------------------| You are an ocean wave my love crashing at the
E-------------------|------------0------|--------0-----0----|-------------------| B-------5------5----|-------5-----------|------3------------|-------------------| gtr 1 G-----6------6------|-----6-------------|----4--------------|-------------------| D---7------7--------|---7---------------|--5---------5------|--0-----4---0------| A-0-----------------|-0-----------------|-------------------|-------------------| E-------------------|-------------------|-------------------|-------------------| | | | s | E-5-----------------|-4-----------------|--3----------------|-------------------| B-------------------|-------------------|-------------------|--3----------------| gtr 2 G-6-----------------|-5-----------------|--5----------------|-------------------| D-------------------|-------------------|-------------------|--0---2/4---0------| A-------------------|-------------------|-------------------|-------------------| E-------------------|-------------------|-------------------|-------------------| bow I am a galley slave my love if only I could
E---------------0---0-|--------0--------|-------------------|-------------------| B--3----------3---3---|------3----------|-----0-------------|------0------------| gtr 1 G----4------4------4--|----4------------|-------------------|---------7---------| D------5--5-----------|--5--------------|---2-----0---------|----7--------------| A-0-------------------|-----------------|-0-----2----3------|-5-----------------| E---------------------|-----------------|-------------------|-------------------| find out the way to sail you maybe I'll just stow
E-------------------| B-------------------| gtr 1 G-------7-----------| D----9--------------| A-7-----------------| E-------------------| away
Chorus 3
E-------------------|-------------------|--------0-----0----|-------------------| B-------5------5----|-------5------5----|------3------------|-------------------| gtr 1 G-----6------6------|-----6-------------|----4--------------|----2--------------| D---7------7--------|---7------7--------|--5---------5------|--0-----4---s7-----| A-0-----------------|-0-----------------|-------------------|-------------------| E-------------------|-------------------|-------------------|-------------------| | | | s s | E-5-----------------|-4-----------------|--3----------------|-----------3/5-----| B-------------------|-------------------|-------------------|--3----------------| gtr 2 G-6-----------------|-5-----------------|--5----------------|-------------------| D-------------------|-------------------|-------------------|--0---2/4----------| A-------------------|-------------------|-------------------|-------------------| E-------------------|-------------------|-------------------|-------------------| You are an ocean wave my love crashing at the
(played slightly more aggressively) E-------------------|-------------------|--------0-------0--|---0-----0---0-----| B-------5------5----|-------5------5----|------3----3-------|-------------------| gtr 1 G-----6------6------|-----6-------------|----4--------4-----|-------------------| D---7------7----(7)-|---7------7--------|--5----------------|--0-----4---0------| A-0-----------------|-0-----------------|-------------------|-------------------| E-------------------|-------------------|-------------------|-------------------| | | | s | E-5-----------------|-4-----------------|--3----------------|-------------------| B-------------------|-------------------|-------------------|--3----------------| gtr 2 G-6-----------------|-5-----------------|--5----------------|-------------------| D-------------------|-------------------|-------------------|--0---2/4---0------| A-------------------|-------------------|-------------------|-------------------| E-------------------|-------------------|-------------------|-------------------| bow I am a galley slave my love if only I could X rake E--------0----0-----|--3--3-------3-----|-------0-----------|-------------------| B------3----0-------|--3----3--5--------|------------0------|(0)--0-------------| gtr 1 G----4--------------|--4----------------|-----9--------0----|-------------------| D--5----------------|--5----------------|---7---------------|---2------0--------| A-------------------|-------------------|-0--------0--------|-0------2----3-----| E-------------------|-------------------|-------------------|-------------------| find out the way to sail you maybe I'll just stow
E-----------0----0--| B-------------------| gtr 1 G-------9-----------| D----9--------------| A-7-----------------| E-------------------| away
Outro
(With the sound of waves hitting the beach)
E---------0---------|----------0--------|---------0---------|----------0----0---| B---------------0---|-------------------|---------------0---|-----------------0-| gtr 1 G------9------0-----|--------9----------|------9------0-----|--------9----------| D---10--------------|-----10------------|---10--------------|-----10------------| A-0-----------------|-0-8-----------8-8-|-0-----------------|-0-8----------8----| E-------------------|-------------------|-------------------|-------------------| | | | | E---8---------------|-----8-----5-------|---8---------------|------8----5-------| B-------------------|-------------------|-------------------|-------------------| gtr 2 G-9-----------------|---9---------------|-9-----------------|---9---------------| D-------------------|-------------------|-------------------|-------------------| A-------------------|-------------------|-------------------|-------------------| E-------------------|-------------------|-------------------|-------------------|
E---------0---------|----------0----0---|---------0---------|-------------------| B---------------0---|-----------------0-|-----------0-------|-------------------| gtr 1 G------9------0-----|--------9----------|------9------------|--------9----------| D---10--------------|-----10------------|---10--------------|-----10------------| A-0-----------------|-0-8---------8-----|-0-----------------|-0-8---------------| E-------------------|-------------------|-------------------|-------------------| | | | | E---8---------------|-----8-----5-------|---8---------------|------8----5-------| B-------------------|-------------------|-------------------|-------------------| gtr 2 G-9-----------------|---9---------------|-9-----------------|---9---------------| D-------------------|-------------------|-------------------|-------------------| A-------------------|-------------------|-------------------|-------------------| E-------------------|-------------------|-------------------|-------------------| stowaway
rake E-------------0-----| B-----0-------0-----| gtr 1 G-------9-----9-----| D------------10-----| A-0-----------------| E-------------------| rake | E-------------0-----| B-------------0-----| gtr 2 G-------------9-----| D------------10-----| A-------------------| E-------------------| stowaway
This Transcription (C) DarkMusic 1995.
Notes TAB Key s - slide () - incidental note X - mute rake - exagerate the strumming of the chord (but not enough for it to be an arpeggio)
Let all the notes ring out as you play them.
The parts played by guitar 1 aren't well regimented and vary in note choice and timing, in response to Julianne Regans voice.
Theres no way anybody could learn this verbatim, the 'trick' is to learn the basic shapes and play each with minor variations which fit with the lyrics and timing. We wrote the whole lot down as there are some interesting variants which give the song more dynamics and are worth stealing to put in your own renditions. The ascii tab doesn't really do some of the phrasing justice, so you'd be well advised to consult the record whilst learning it.
The chorus' are a little hard to hear because of the orchestrial backing at certain points and the high vocal mix, messing with the stereo pan and graphic equaliser can make things clearer if you're desperate to hear whats going on here. The chorus' also sound a little bare on their own since the orchestration provides a sort of walking bassline, which gives a 'stepped' effect (like you hear in a 'blues shuffle') giving the passage that sense of motion. The last 4 bars of chorus 3 are different from the others, employing slightly different 'shapes'. Here it wouldn't matter if you played the same standard shapes as the others.
The song works well as a solo piece. You don't stictly need 2 guitars to play it. When this was performed live it was done with just Julianne Regan and Tim Bricheno playing alone. (listen to the 'live at Glastonbury 1989' CD or pick up a bootleg, like 'Blessed by Angels'. The bootleg contains two live versions of this song. One has original guitarist Tim Brecheno playing, and the other has Marty Wilson-Piper (of The Church) on it.)
Feel free to e-mail me with comments, corrections, requests and general idle-banter
Wayne Ellis email ellis_w_wayne@bt-web.bt.co.uk


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