Far out


Far Out by Blur, from their triff album "Parklife"
This is a (rough) transcription of the cool synth part, not the guitar part of this song, that has more than a passing resemblance to Syd Barrett's style. The main melody is done on the synth, so if you're playing solo this sounds a lot better than the guitar part. Also you need loads of really silly effects to do it well - or better still a guitar synth; sadly I have neither. This transcription was considerably aided by the sleeve insert on the album, which not only gives the lyrics but the chords as well. Nice one. I haven't done the guitar part at the start either; trying to simulate a bongo roll a la Mission Impossible is a bit tricky on one guitar.
Anyway, the song's mainly based around a C Eb progression. The chorus is made up of 2 bars, an Ab Bb prog and an F prog (see the lyric section for the order they come in), and there's a little bridge part of Eb D after the first chorus.
(Verse) /---\ /---\ /---\ <--triplet rhythm C Eb e-|-----------|-----------------------| B-|-----5-5-5-|-------------------8-8-| G-|-----5-5-5-|-------------------8-8-| D-|---5-------|---------5-6-7---8-----| A-|-3---------|-6-7-8-9---------------| E-|-----------|-----------------------|
(Chorus) /---\ /---\ /---\ <--triplet rhythm F Ab Bb e-|---------------|-------------------6-6-| B-|------10-10-10-|-------------------6-6-| G-|------10-10-10-|---------5-6-7---8-----| D-|---10----------|-6-7-8-9---------------| A-|-8-------------|-----------------------| E-|---------------|-----------------------|
(Bridge) Eb D e-|-----|-----|
B-|-----|-----| G-|-----|-----| D-|-5---|-4---| A-|---6-|---5-| E-|-----|-----|
Here we go:
2 * (Verse) as intro
C Eb (Verse) I spy in the night sky don't I Phoepe Io Elara Leda Callisto Sinope Janus Dione Portia so many
F (1st bar of chorus) moons
Ab Bb F (Chorus) Quiet in the sky at night Hot in the Milky Way
Eb D (Bridge) Outside in
1 * (Verse)
C Eb (Verse) Vega Capella Ha- gar Rigel Barnard's star Antares Alde-baran Altair Wolf 3 5 9 Betelgeuse
F (1st bar of chorus) Sun sun sun sun
Ab Bb F (Chorus - fade out) Sun sun sun sun Sun sun sun sun
That's your lot for now. Oh - any corrections, improvements etc gratefully received. John Howell, yorkie@praxis.co.uk

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