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Life is a long song

Jethro Tull


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Here is my version of Jethro Tulls Life's A Long Song. I've put most of the work in the intro as this is the the hard part. The key to master this song is to get the picking and rythm right. I've therefore included the number of beats in each bar and indicated how the string should be played(upstroke or downstroke) in the first 17 bars. After this point it is easier to listen to the record to get it right.
^ - downstroke v - upstroke h - hammer-on p - pull-off ()- play these weak or ignore them
Standard tuning, capo at 7th fret. All fret numbers are relativ to capo.
LIFE IS A LONG SONG (Jethro Tull) ---------------------------------
_____ upstroke here to get more sound out of 2.string than 3. | or ignore the (2) and play downstroke | v
^ v ^ v v ^ v ^ v ^ v ^ v ^ v ^ v ^ v ^ v ^ v
|-------2-------|-------0---0-|-----0-0-0-0-|-----0-0-0-0-| |---------0h3p0-|-----1-1---1-|-----1-1-1-1-|-----1-1-1-1-| |-----2--(2)----|---0---0--(0)|-----0-0-0-0-|-0-4-4-4-4-4-| |---0-----------|-0-----------|-0-2---------|-------------| |-0-------------|-------------|-------------|-------------| |---------------|-------------|-------------|-------------| 1 2 3 4 5 6 1 2 3 4 5 6 1 2 3 4 5 6 1 2 3 4 5 6
^ v ^ v ^ ^ v ^ v ^ v ^ v ^ v ^ v ^ v ^ v ^ v |-------2-------|-----0-0---0-|-----0-0-0-0-|-----0-0-0-0-| |-----3---0h3p0-|---1---1---1-|-----1-1-1-1-|-----1-1-1-1-| |---2-----------|-0-----0-----|-----0-0-0-0-|-0-4-4-4-4-4-| |-0-------------|-------------|-0-2---------|-------------| |---------------|-------------|-------------|-------------| |---------------|-------------|-------------|-------------| 1 2 3 4 5 6 1 2 3 4 5 6 1 2 3 4 5 6 1 2 3 4 5 6
_____ An alternative here is to play -4- on 3.string. | I'm not sure which of them Ian is playing, but | I prefer -0- on 2.string | | v
^ v ^ v ^ ^ v ^ v ^ v ^ v ^ v ^ v ^ v
|-2-----2-----|-2---2-0-----|-0-----0-0-0-|-0-----------| |-3---------0-|-3---3---1---|-1-----1-1-1-|-1-0(0)0-----| |-2-------2---|-2---2-----2-|-0-----0-0-0-|-0(0)0(0)0-2-| |-0-----------|-------------|-------------|-0-----------| |-0-----------|-------------|-------------|-------------| |-------------|-------------|-------------|-------------| 1 2 3 4 5 6 1 2 3 4 5 6 1 2 3 4 5 6 1 2 3 4 5 6
^ ^ v ^ v ^ v ^ v v v ^ v ^ v ^ v ^
|-2---2-2-2-2-|-------------|-------------|-----------0h2| |-3---3-3-3-3-|------(3)--0-|h1-----1-1-0-|-3---2-2-0-3--| |-2---2-2-2-2-|---0-2-0---0-|-------0-0-0-|-2---2-2-2-2--| |-0-----------|-4-----------|-------------|-----------0--| |-------------|-------------|-------------|--------------| |-------------|-------------|-------------|--------------| 1 2 3 4 5 6 1 2 3 4 5 6 1 2 3 4 5 6 1 2 3 4 5 6
v v ^ v
||-2-----2-----|-2-----2-2-2-|-0-----0-0-0-|-0-0-0-0-----| ||-3---------0-|-3-----3-3-3-|-1-----1-1-1-|-1-0-0-0-----| ||-2-------2---|-2-----2-2-2-|-0-----0-0-0-|-0-0-0-0-0-2-| ||-------------|-0-----------|-2-----------|-------------| ||-------------|-------------|-------------|-------------| ||-------------|-------------|-------------|-------------| 1 2 3 4 5 6
When you're fallen awake And you And you hear your voice croak
|-2---2-2-2-2-|---------0---|-------------|-----------0h2-|| |-3---3-3-3-3-|---------0---|-----1-1---0-|-3---2-2-0-2---|| |-2---2-2-2-2-|---0-2-0---0-|-----0-0---0-|-2---2-2-2-3---||. |-0-----------|-4-----------|---4---------|-----------0---||. |-------------|-------------|-3-----------|---------------|| |-------------|-------------|-------------|---------------|| take Stock of the new day as you choke On what you need to
2. time, replace bar 24 with:
|-------------| |-3---2-2---0-| |-2---2-2---0-| |-------------| |-------------| |-------------|

say
|-1---1-1-1-1-|-----1-1-1-1-|-0---0-0-----|-----0-0-0-0-| |-1---1-1-1-1-|-----1-1-1-1-|-1---1-1-----|-----1-1-1-1-| |-2---2-2-2-2-|-0-2-2-2-2-2-|-0---0-0-----|-----0-0-0-0-| |-3---3-3-3-3-|-----3-3-3-3-|-2---2-2-0h2-|---2---------| |-------------|-------------|-3---3-3-----|-3-----------| |-------------|-------------|-------------|-------------|
Well, don't you fret, don't you fear I will
|-3---3-3-----|-----3-3-3-3-|-0-0-0-0-0-0-|-0-0-0-0-0-0-| |-3---3-3-----|-----3-3-3-3-|-3-3-3-3-3-3-|-2-2-2-0-0-0-| |-0---0-0-----|-----0-0-0-0-|-2-2-2-2-2-2-|-2-2-2-2-2-2-| |-0---0-0-----|-----0-0-0-0-|-2-2-2-2-2-2-|-2-2-2-2-2-2-| |-2---2-2-0-2-|---2-2-2-2-2-|-0-0-0-0-0-0-|-------------| |-------------|-3-----------|-------------|-------------|
give you good cheer
Repeat 3 times:
|-2---2-2-2-2-|-------2-2-2-|-------0-0-0-|-----0-0-0-0-| |-3---3-3-3-3-|-------3-3-3-|-------1-1-1-|-----1-1-1-1-| |-2---2-2-2-2-|-------2-2-2-|-------0-0-0-|-----0-0-0-0-| |-0---0-0-0-0-|-0-4---------|-0-2---------|-----2-2-2-2-| |-------------|-------------|-------------|-0-3---------| |-------------|-------------|---------------------------|
1.Life's a long song 2.Life's a long song 3.Life's a long song If you

|-3---3-3-----|-----3-3-3-3-|-0-0-0-0-0-0-|-0-0-0-0-0-0-| |-3---3-3-----|-----3-3-3-3-|-3-3-3-3-3-3-|-2-2-2-0-0-0-| |-0---0-0-----|-----0-0-0-0-|-2-2-2-2-2-2-|-2-2-2-2-2-2-| |-0---0-0-----|-----0-0-0-0-|-2-2-2-2-2-2-|-2-2-2-2-2-2-| |-2---2-2-0-2-|---2-2-2-2-2-|-0-0-0-0-0-0-|-------------| |-------------|-3-----------|-------------|-------------| wait then your plate I will fill
Additional verses: ------------------
As the verses unfold and your soul suffers the long day, And the twelve o'clock gloom spins the room, you struggle on your way. Well don't you sigh, don't you cry, Lick the dust from your eye.
Life's a long song. Life's a long song. Life's a long song. We will meet in the sweet light of dawn.
As the Baker Street train spills your pain all over your new dress, And the symphony sounds underground but you under du - ress. Well don't you squeal as the heel Grinds you under the wheels.
Life's a long song. Life's a long song. Life's a long song. But the tune ends too soon for us all But the tune ends too soon for us all
Ending: -------
|-0-0-0-0-0-0-|---2---------| |-3-3-2-2-0-0-|-0-3---------| |-2-2-2-2-2-2-|-0-2---------| |-2-2-2-2-2-2-|-0-0---------| |-0-0-0-0-0-0-|-------------| |-------------|-------------|
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In the second verse there is another guitar playing:
|-5---3p2p0---------------- |-----------3-----3p1p0---- |-----------------------2-- |-------------------------- |-------------------------- |--------------------------
..suffers the long day
|-5---3p2p0---------------- |-----------3-----3p1p0--1- |-------------------------- |-------------------------- |-------------------------- |--------------------------
..struggle on your way
Any corrections are welcome.
Transcribed by Sigurd Andre Lund salund@lise.unit.no


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