Blackbird

Beatles


Date: Wed, 23 Aug 1995 18:03:05 -0400 (EDT)
Yet another TAB of Blackbird by the Beatles. The existing TABs are close but miss important runs in measures 5, 7, 20, 22, 39, and 41.
dfrench@site.gmu.edu
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Title: Blackbird Composers: John Lennon and Paul McCartney Group: The Beatles Arranger: Doug French, dfrench@site.gmu.edu
Note timing changes throughout.
3/4 G Am7 G 4/4 G E{|---------------------------|-----------------------------------| B{|---0-------1-------3-------|---12----12--12----12----12--12----| G{|-------0-------0-------0---|-------0-------0-------0-------0---| D{|---------------------------|-----------------------------------| A{|-----------0-------2-------|---10------10------10------10------| E{|---3-----------------------|-----------------------------------| + . + . + . + . + . + . + .
3/4 G Am7 G 4/4 G E||---------------------------|-----------------------------------| B||---0-------1-------3-------|---12----12--12----12----12--12----| G||.------0-------0-------0---|-------0-------0-------0-------0---| D||.--------------------------|-----------------------------------| A||-----------0-------2-------|---10------10------10------10------| E||---3-----------------------|-----------------------------------| + . + . + . + . + . + . + . 1. Blackbird singing in the dead of night 2. Blackbird singing in the dead of night
C A7 D7 B7 Em Cm E |-----------------------------------|-----------------------------------| B |---5-------8-------7-------10------|---8-----8---8-----8-----8---8-----| G |-------0-------0-------0-------0---|-------0-------0-------0-------0---| D |-----------------------------------|-----------------------------------| A |---3-------7-------5-------9-------|---7-------7-------6-------6-------| E |-----------------------------------|-----------------------------------| + . + . + . + . + . + . + . + . Take these broken wings and learn to fly Take these sunken eyes and learn to see
3/2 G A7 Am7 Cm E |----------------------------------------------------| B |---7-------8-------5-----5---5------4-----4---4-----| G |-------0-------0-------0-------0--------0-------0---| D |----------------------------------------------------| A |---5-------7-------3-------3--------3-------3-------| E |----------------------------------------------------| + . + . + . All your life All your life
G A7 Am7 D7 E |----------------------------------------------------| B |---3-----3---3-----2-----2---2------1-----1---1-----| G |-------0-------0-------0-------0--------0-------0---| D |------------------------------------0-------0-------| A |---2-------2-------0-------0------------------------| E |----------------------------------------------------| + . + . + . You were only waiting for this moment to a- You were only waiting for this moment to be
-----------------------------------------------------------------------... | 1.
4/4 G C G A7 D7(Am7) E |-----------------------------------|-----------------------------------| B |---0-----0---0-----5-------3-------|---2-----2---2-----1-----1---1-----| G |-------0-------0-------0-------0---|-------0-------0-------0-------0---| D |-----------------------------------|-------------------0-------0-------| A |-------------------3-------2-------|---0-------0-----------------------| E |---3-------3-----------------------|-----------------------------------| + . + . + . + . + . + . + . + . rise.
... ----------------- ------------------- || 2. |
2/2 G E |--------------------||-------------------| B |---0-----0---0------||---0-----0---0-----| G |-------0-------0---.||-------0-------0---| D |-------------------.||-------------------| A |--------------------||-------------------| E |---3-------3--------||---3-------3-------| + . + . + . + . free.
4/4 F Em Dm C Bb C E |-----------------------------------|-----------------------------------| B |---10------8-------6-------5-------|---3-----3---3-----5-----5---5-----| G |-------0-------0-------0-------0---|-------0-------0-------0-------0---| D |-----------------------------------|-----------------------------------| A |---8-------7-------5-------3-------|---1-------1-------3-------3-------| E |-----------------------------------|-----------------------------------| + . + . + . + . + . + . + . + . Black - bird, fly,
4/4 F Em Dm C Bb A7 E |-----------------------------------|-----------------------------------| B |---10------8-------6-------5-------|---3-----3---3-----2-----2---2-----| G |-------0-------0-------0-------0---|-------0-------0-------0-------0---| D |-----------------------------------|-----------------------------------| A |---8-------7-------5-------3-------|---1-------1-------0-------0-------| E |-----------------------------------|-----------------------------------| + . + . + . + . + . + . + . + . Black - bird, fly, into the
2/4 D7(Am7) E |----------------------| B |---1-----1---1----1---| G |-------0-------0------| D |---0-------0----------| A |----------------------| E |----------------------| + . + . light of a dark black
3/4 G Am7 G 4/4 G E |---------------------------|-----------------------------------| B |---0-------1-------3-------|---12----12--12----12----12--12----| G |-------0-------0-------0---|-------0-------0-------0-------0---| D |---------------------------|-----------------------------------| A |-----------0-------2-------|---10------10------10------10------| E |---3-----------------------|-----------------------------------| + . + . + . + . + . + . + . night.
C A7 D7 B7 Em Cm E |-----------------------------------|-----------------------------------| B |---5-------8-------7-------10------|---8-----8---8-----8-----8---8-----| G |-------0-------0-------0-------0---|-------0-------0-------0-------0---| D |-----------------------------------|-----------------------------------| A |---3-------7-------5-------9-------|---7-------7-------6-------6-------| E |-----------------------------------|-----------------------------------| + . + . + . + . + . + . + . + .
3/2 G A7 Am7 Cm E |----------------------------------------------------| B |---7-------8-------5-----5---5------4-----4---4-----| G |-------0-------0-------0-------0--------0-------0---| D |----------------------------------------------------| A |---5-------7-------3-------3--------3-------3-------| E |----------------------------------------------------| + . + . + .
G A7 D7(Am7) 2/4 G E |----------------------------------------------------|---------------| B |---3-----3---3-----2-----2---2------1-----1---1-----|---0-----------| G |-------0-------0-------0-------0--------0-------0---|---0-----------| D |------------------------------------0-------0-------|---------------| A |---2-------2-------0-------0------------------------|---------------| E |----------------------------------------------------|---3-----------| + . + . + . + .
4/4 F Em Dm C Bb C E |-----------------------------------|-----------------------------------| B |---10------8-------6-------5-------|---3-----3---3-----5-----5---5-----| G |-------0-------0-------0-------0---|-------0-------0-------0-------0---| D |-----------------------------------|-----------------------------------| A |---8-------7-------5-------3-------|---1-------1-------3-------3-------| E |-----------------------------------|-----------------------------------| + . + . + . + . + . + . + . + . Black - bird, fly,
4/4 F Em Dm C Bb A7 E |-----------------------------------|-----------------------------------| B |---10------8-------6-------5-------|---3-----3---3-----2-----2---2-----| G |-------0-------0-------0-------0---|-------0-------0-------0-------0---| D |-----------------------------------|-----------------------------------| A |---8-------7-------5-------3-------|---1-------1-------0-------0-------| E |-----------------------------------|-----------------------------------| + . + . + . + . + . + . + . + . Black - bird, fly, into the
2/4 D7(Am7) E |----------------------| B |---1-----1---1----1---| G |-------0-------0------| D |---0-------0----------| A |----------------------| E |----------------------| + . + . light of a dark, black
3/4 G Am7 G 4/4 G E |---------------------------|-----------------------------------| B |---0-------1-------3-------|---12----12--12----12----12--12----| G |---------------------------|-------0-------0-------0-------0---| D |---------------------------|-----------------------------------| A |-----------0-------2-------|-----------------------------------| E |---3-----------------------|---10------10------10------10------| + . + . + . + . + . + . + . night.
G E |-----------------------------------|-----------------------------------| B |---12----12--12----12----12--12----|---12----12--12----12--------------| G |-------0-------0-------0-------0---|-------0-------0---0---------------| D |-----------------------------------|-----------------------------------| A |---10------10------10------10------|---10------10------10--------------| E |-----------------------------------|-----------------------------------| + . + . + . + . + . + . + . + . molto rit.
3/4 G Am7 G 3/4 C G A7 E||------------------------------|---------------------------| B||------0-------1-------3-------|---5-------3-------2-------| G||----------0-------0-------0---|-------0-------0-------0---| D||------------------------------|---------------------------| A||--------------0-------2-------|---3-------2-------0-------| E||---10\3-----------------------|---------------------------| + . + . + . + . + . + . slide down a tempo
2/4 Am7/D E |------------------| B |--1-----1---1-----| G |------0-------0---| D |--0-------0-------| A |------------------| E |------------------| + . + .
3/4 G Am7 G 4/4 G E||---------------------------|-----------------------------------| B||---0-------1-------3-------|---12----12--12----12----12--12----| G||.------0-------0-------0---|-------0-------0-------0-------0---| D||.--------------------------|-----------------------------------| A||-----------0-------2-------|---10------10------10------10------| E||---3-----------------------|-----------------------------------| + . + . + . + . + . + . + . Blackbird singing in the dead of night
C A7 D7 B7 Em Cm E |-----------------------------------|-----------------------------------| B |---5-------8-------7-------10------|---8-----8---8-----8-----8---8-----| G |-------0-------0-------0-------0---|-------0-------0-------0-------0---| D |-----------------------------------|-----------------------------------| A |---3-------7-------5-------9-------|---7-------7-------6-------6-------| E |-----------------------------------|-----------------------------------| + . + . + . + . + . + . + . + . Take these broken wings and learn to fly;
3/2 G A7 Am7 Cm E |----------------------------------------------------| B |---7-------8-------5-----5---5------4-----4---4-----| G |-------0-------0-------0-------0--------0-------0---| D |----------------------------------------------------| A |---5-------7-------3-------3--------3-------3-------| E |----------------------------------------------------| + . + . + . All your life
4/4 G A7 Am7 G E||-----------------------------------|-----------------------------------||
B||---3-----3---3-----2-----2---2-----|---1-----1---1-----0---------------|| G||.------0-------0-------0-------0---|-------0-------0---0--------------.|| D||.----------------------------------|---0-------0----------------------.|| A||---2-------2-------0-------0-------|-----------------------------------|| E||-----------------------------------|-------------------3---------------|| + . + . + . + . + . + . + . + . You were only waiting for this moment to a-rise.
C G A7 Am7 D7 G E |-----------------------------------|-----------------------------------||} B |---5-------3-------2-----2---2-----|---1-----1---1-----3---------------||} G |-------0-------0-------0-------0---|-------0-------0---0---------------||} D |-----------------------------------|---0-------0-------0---------------||} A |---3-------2-------0-------0-------|-----------------------------------||} E |-----------------------------------|-------------------3---------------||} + . + . + . + . + . + . + . + . You were only waiting for this moment to a-rise.
dfrench@site.gmu.edu
>Blackbird by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
> E-------------------- |-------------------------------------------- > B---0-----1-----3---- |12-----12------12-----12-----12------12----- >3 G------0-----0-----0- 4|----0--------------0------0--------------0-- >4 D-------------------- 4|-------------------------------------------- > A---------0-----2---- |10---------10---------10---------10--------- > E---3---------------- |--------------------------------------------
> ||-------------------- |-------------------------------------------- > ||---0-----1-----3---- |12-----12------12-----12-----12------12----- >3 ||.-----0-----0-----0- 4|----0--------------0------0--------------0-- >4 ||.------------------- 4|-------------------------------------------- > ||---------0-----2---- |10---------10---------10---------10--------- > ||---3---------------- |--------------------------------------------
> E---0-----3-----2-----5-----3------3-----3-----3----3-----3--------- > B------------------------------------------------------------------- >4 G------0-----0-----0-----0------0-----------0-----0----------0------ >4 D---------------0------------2--------2--------1-------1------------ > A---3-----4-----------6--------------------------------------------- > E-------------------------------------------------------------------
> E---2-----3--------------------------------------| > B---------------5----5-----5----4----4----4------| >3 G------0-----0-----0---------0-----0---------0---| >2 D---0--------------------------------------------| > A---------4-----3-------3-------3------3---------| > E------------------------------------------------|
> E-------------------------------------------------------------- > B---3------3-----3----2----2-----2----1----1---1--------------- >3 G--------0---------0-----0---------0-----0-------0------------- >2 D-------------------------------------0------0----------------- > A---2---------2-------0-------0-------------------------------- > E--------------------------------------------------------------
> E-------------------0------------------------------------------ > B---0----0-----0----------3-----2----2---2----1-----1-----1---- >4 G------0---------0-----0-----0-----0-------0-----0-----------0- >4 D---------------------------------------------0--------0------- > A-------------------3-----2-----0------0----------------------- > E---3-------3--------------------------------------------------
> E-------------------|| ----------------- -5-----3-----1--------- > B--0----0-----0-----|| --0----0-----0--- -------------------5--- >2 G-----0---------0--.||2 -----0---------0- 4 ----0-----0-----0-----0 >4 D------------------.||4 ----------------- 4 -3-----2-----0--------- > A-------------------|| ----------------- -------------------3--- > E--3-------3--------|| --3-------3------ -----------------------
> E--------------------------------|-5-----3-----1--------------- > B--3---------3-----5---------5---|-------------------5--------- > 4 G-------0---------------0------0-|----0-----0-----0-----0------ > 4 D-----0---------0-----0----------|-3-----2-----0--------------- > A--1------1--------3------3------|-------------------3--------- > E--------------------------------|-----------------------------
> E-------------------------------- --------------------------- > B--3---------3-----3---------2--- --1-----1-----1------------ > 4 G-------0---------------0------0- 2 -----0-----------0--------- > 4 D-----0---------0-----0---------- 4 --0--------0--------------- > A--1------1--------0------0------ --------------------------- > E-------------------------------- ---------------------------
> (one blank 3/4 measure, one blank 4/4, and one blank 2/4)
> E--------------------| > B--0-----1-----3-----| > 3 G-----0-----0-----0--| > 4 D--------------2-----| > A--------0-----------| > E--3-----------------|
> E---------------------------|---------------------------------| > B--12---12--12---12---------|-12-----------12-----------------| > 4 G-----0--------0----0-/-/-/-|----/-/-/-/-/-----/-/-/-/-/------| > 4 D---------------------|-|-|-|----|-|-|-|-|-----|-|-|-|-|------| > A--10-----10-----10---|_|_|-|-10-|_|_|_|_|-10--|_|_|_|_|------| > E---------------------------|---------------------------------| > (tie to 10, brush strokes on G)
> E-----------------------------| > B--12-----12-----12-----------| > 4 G------/------/------/---/-/--| > 4 D------|------|------|---|-|--| > A--10__|--10__|--10__|---|_|--| > E-----------------------------|
> E--------------------|--0----------------| --------------------- > B--0-----1-----3-----|--------3-----2----| --1----1-----1------- > 3 G-----0-----0-----0--|-----0-----0-----0-| 2 -----0---------0----- > 4 D--------------------|-------------------| 4 --------------------- > A--------0-----2-----|--3-----2-----0----| --0-------0---------- > E--3-----------------|-------------------| ---------------------
> (blank 3/4 measure, blank 3/2)
> E-----------------------------|--------------------------------| > B--3----3---3----2----2---2---|-1-----1---1-----0----0-----0---| > 4 G-----0-------0-----0-------0-|----0---------0-----0---------0-| > 4 D-----------------------------|-0-------0----------------------| > A--2------2------0------0-----|--------------------------------| > E-----------------------------|-----------------3-------3------|
> ||---0----------------------------|-----------------------------|| > ||---------3-----2-----2-----2----|-1----1---1----0----0----0---|| > 4 ||.-----0-----0-----0-----------0-|----0-------0-----0--------0.|| > 4 ||.-------------------------------|-0------0-------------------.|| > ||---3-----2-----0--------0-------|-----------------------------|| > ||--------------------------------|---------------3-------3-----||
> E--------------------------------|| > B--1----1----1-------------------|| > G-----0--------0---/------/------|| > D--0------0--------|------|------|| > A------------------|------|------|| > E--------------------------------|| > (brush strokes on G chord)
Blue Eyes writes:
>I've known the fingering for Blackbird for some years. >But the middle part always fouls me up (yuck yuck). >You know the part.....'blackbird fly, blackbird fly >into the dark of the dark black night.." >Thanks. //Gary
I know there are tabs for Blackbird at Nevada, but as I recall, I don't entirely agree with the one in normal tuning, and the one in open G seemed harder than the normal version, for me at least. Anyway, this is how I play the part in question. Normal tuning.
8 10 7 8 5 6 3 5 1 3 3 5 -|-|-|-|- -|-|-|- -|-|-|- -|-|-|-|- |-|-|-|- -|-|-|-|- -|-|-|*|- -|-|*|- -|-|*|- -|-|-|*|- |-|-|*|- -|-|-|*|- -|-|-|-|- -|-|-|- -|-|-|- -|-|-|-|- |-|-|-|- -|-|-|-|- -|-|-|-|- -|-|-|- -|-|-|- -|-|-|-|- |-|-|-|- -|-|-|-|- -|*|-|-|- -|*|-|- -|*|-|- -|*|-|-|- |*|-|-|- -|*|-|-|- -|-|-|-|- -|-|-|- -|-|-|- -|-|-|-|- |-|-|-|- -|-|-|-|-
Black - - - - bird - - - - - fly
8 10 7 8 5 6 3 5 1 3 0 2 -|-|-|-|- -|-|-|- -|-|-|- -|-|-|-|- |-|-|-|- |-|-|- -|-|-|*|- -|-|*|- -|-|*|- -|-|-|*|- |-|-|*|- |-|*|- -|-|-|-|- -|-|-|- -|-|-|- -|-|-|-|- |-|-|-|- |-|-|- -|-|-|-|- -|-|-|- -|-|-|- -|-|-|-|- |-|-|-|- |-|-|- -|*|-|-|- -|*|-|- -|*|-|- -|*|-|-|- |*|-|-|- *|-|-|- -|-|-|-|- -|-|-|- -|-|-|- -|-|-|-|- |-|-|-|- |-|-|-
Black - - - - bird - - - - - fly into the
0 1 0 3 0 1 1 3 10 12 |-|- |-|-|-|- |-|- |-|-|-|- -|-|-|-|- |*|- *|-|-|-|- |*|- |-|-|*|- -|-|-|*|- |-|- |-|-|-|- |-|- |-|-|-|- -|-|-|-|- *|-|- |-|-|-|- |-|- |-|-|-|- -|-|-|-|- |-|- |-|-|-|- *|-|- |*|-|-|- -|*|-|-|- |-|- |-|-|*|- |-|- |-|-|-|- -|-|-|-|-
light of a dark black night
Etc. instrumentally through one verse, then repeat bridge, playing four measures of the last chord (10/12), slowing tempo each measure. Rub a wound string (A or D) with the tips of your thumb and forefinger to simulate a European blackbird chirping. Then:
1 10 0 3 0 1 1 3 3 5 |-|- -|-|- |-|-|-|- |-|- |-|-|-|- -|-|-|-|- |-|- -|-|- *|-|-|-|- |*|- |-|-|*|- -|-|-|*|- |-|- -|-|- |-|-|-|- |-|- |-|-|-|- -|-|-|-|- |-|- -|-|- |-|-|-|- |-|- |-|-|-|- -|-|-|-|- |*|<-slide down-|*|- |-|-|-|- *|-|- |*|-|-|- -|*|-|-|- |-|- -|-|- |-|-|*|- |-|- |-|-|-|- -|-|-|-|-
2 3 0 2 0 1 -|-|-|- |-|-|- |-|- -|-|*|- |-|*|- |*|- -|-|-|- |-|-|- |-|- -|-|-|- |-|-|- *|-|- -|*|-|- *|-|-|- |-|- -|-|-|- |-|-|- |-|-
And back into the last verse.
By the way, listen to Blackbird and then I'll Follow the Sun. Aren't they really just variations on the same song? For that matter, how about Lady Madonna and Get Back? Any other recycled Beatles songs?
-- Bryan
BLACKBIRD (written down in Lund, Sweden Dec 5, 1994) (The corrected version)
E-------------------------------------------------------------- B----0----1---3----12---12-----12--12----12----12-------------- G------0----0---0-----0-----0----------0-----0----------------- D-------------------------------------------------------------- A---------0---2----10--------------10-------------------------- E----3---------------------------------------------------------
same thing again..
E-------------------------------------------------------------- B----0----1---3----12---12-----12--12----12----12-------------- G------0----0---0-----0-----0----------0-----0----------------- D-------------------------------------------------------------- A---------0---2----10--------------10-------------------------- E----3---------------------------------------------------------
E---0----3---2---5---3---3---3-3---3---3-2---3----------------- B-----0----0---0---4---0---0-----0---0-----0---5---5---5------- G------------------------------------------------0---0--------- D--------2---0---4---2---------1---------0--------------------- A---3----------------------------------------2-3--------------- E--------------------------------------------------------------
E-------------------------------------------------------------- B---4---4---4--3---3---3--2---2---2-1---1---1-0---0---0-------- G-----0---0------0---0------0---0-----0---0-----0---0---------- D-------------------------------------------------------------- A---3----------2----------0---------2-------------------------- E---------------------------------------------3----------------
E-------------------------------------------------------------- B---10----8-----6----5----3---3---3-5---5---5------------------ G------0-----0-----0---0----0---0-----0---0-------------------- D-------------------------------------------------------------- A---8-----7-----5----3----1---------3-------------------------- E--------------------------------------------------------------
E-------------------------------------------------------------- B---10----8-----6----5----3---3---3-2---2---1---1---1-0---0---0 G------0-----0-----0---0----0---0-----0---0---0---0-----0---0-- D-------------------------------------------------------------- A---8-----7-----5----3----1---------0-------------------------- E-------------------------------------------2---------3--------
Then it starts again. The song consists of these parts in a mix I can't remember exactly right now but listen to the recording and I think you will find out. As always, the timing isn't in the tab, just the fingering.
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