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Strange affair   Richard Thompson











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A Strange Affair                   Si Fadul al-Huwari / Richard Thompson

Transcription and data entry by Allyn Dimock.  This particlar version
comes from the authorized fan cassette "Doom and Gloom from the Tomb"
FLYC 001 and was a demo version for the First Light album.

The intro and first verse are transcribed: the guitar behind the
vocals is not guaranteed to be accurate.  I was mostly interested in
how simple the accompaniment was, and in how licks are inserted into
pauses in the vocals.

The song is in the key of B, which I have interpreted as A capoed at 2.
It seems to be in normal tuning.  The E chords are a bit clumsy as I
have noted them at the second fret: you may want to play them from a
half bar on the 7th fret.

1    A                                                                         
E----------------|-------------------|-----------------------|--------------|
B----3-3-------2-|-3-----3-2---2-----|-3-----3-------2p0-----|--------------|
G----2-------2---|-2---4---------4p2-|-2-2-4---2-2h4----h2---|--------------|
D----2-----2-----|---4-2-------2-----|-----2---------------4-|1/2--2--------|
A----0---0-------|-0-------0---------|-0-------0-------------|--0-----------|
E----------------|-------------------|-----------------------|--------------|
  |  |   |   |     |   |   |   | s s   |   |   | s s | s s s    |  |    t  t   
                                                                   This is a

5 E                                   A                   E       A            
E-----0-----4-----2/4---4-5-4---0---|-------------------|-------------------|
B---0---0-----5---|---5-------5-----|-------------------|-----0--------2h3--|
G-4-------4-----4-|-4---4---4-------|-----------------2-|---4---4----2-2h4-4|
D-2-------2-------|-2-------2-------|---2---4-2---2-----|-2---------2--2----|
A-----------------|---------------2-|-0---0-----0---4---|---------0---------|
E-----------------|-------------4---|-------------------|-------------------|
  |   |   |   |     |   |   |   |     |   | s s |   |     |   |   | ss |ss     
  strange affair                 the  time  to  travel    road  of 
                                        has         but     is    fear.
                                          come        the     full

9           E                                   A                              
E---------|-0-----------0-2-|-4-0---0-0-------|---------------------|
B-2-----0-|-0---0-----0-----|-----0-----------|-2---------2---------|
G-2---2---|---4---0---------|-----1-----------|-----2---------2-----|
D---2-----|-2---------------|-2---------2-2---|-2-2---4p2---2-----0-|
A-0-------|---------2-------|---------2---2---|-0-----4p2-0-----4---|
E---------|-----------------|-------------4---|---------------------|
  |   |     |   |   |   |     |   |   |   |     |   | s s |   | s s            
      this  strange affair                   my youth been      I'm
       is                                         has     wasted
        a                                           all       and

13 E       A                       D       A                                   
E----------------------|---------|-------------------|---------0-------|
B-----0--------3p2-----|---------|-------------2--2--|-3-2-2-3---------|
G---4---4--2-2-4p2-----|-2-------|---2---------2-----|-2---------------|
D-2----------------4-2-|-2-2-----|-0---4-4---2---2---|-----2-----2-----|
A----------4-----------|-0---4---|---------0---------|-0-------2---4---|
E----------5-----------|---------|-------------------|-----------------|
  |   |    |   | s s s   |   |     |   |   |   | s s   |   |   |   |           
  bent  with                  and  all my              taken a-way   and
    and    years                     of  companions
      grey                                       are
                                                                 Esus/B
17 D      A         D         A         D       A        D   A       F#m     
E-----------------|-0---0-----0-------|----------------|-----0-----------|
B-----------------|-3---3---3---------|----------------|-3-------3---2---|
G-------2-----2---|-2---2-2-----------|---2---2--------|---2---2-2-----2-|
D-0-4-4---------2-|-4---4-------2---2-|-0---0-----2----|-0---------2-4---|
A---------0---4---|-----------0---4---|---------0---4--|-----4---2-------|
E-----------------|-------------------|----------------|-------------2---|
  |   |   |   |     |   | s s |         |   |   |   |    |   |   |   |    
  who will    me        dying day?  I   took  provision  fooled  wasted a-
        provide a---gainst                my        but      me
            for       my                    own       it       and

21 E                    B(5)7   E                                        
E-0---2---2/4---0-----|-------------2---2/4--------
B---5---5-----5-------|-------0---5---5-----5------
G-4---4-----4---------|---2---2-----4-----4--------
D-2---2-----2---2-0---|---4-4---2---2-----2-----2--
A-------------------4-|-2---------------------2----
E---------------------|----------------------------
  |   |     |   | s s   |   |   |   |     |   |                          
  way           2:Oh    where companions
                          are
                            my


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