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Cygnus x-1   Rush







				   "Cygnus X-1"
				     by Rush
			     from A Farewell to Kings
(tune up to concert pitch)

Prologue:

|---------------------|  [bass enters at app. 1:25]
|---------------------|
|---------------------|  [drums enter at app. 2:13]
|---------------------|
|---------------------|
|---------------------|

[guitar enters at app. 2:25]
							       (x4)
|------------------------------------------------------------------|
|------------------------------------------------------------------|
|------------------------------------------------------------------|
|----2--0-2--5------2--0-2--5--5------2--0-2--5------2--0-2--5-5-5-|
|------------------------------------------------------------------|
|-0--------------0-----------------0--------------0----------------|

 1                                                                       1
|---------------------------------|-------------------------------------|--|
|---------------------------------|-------------------------------------|--|
|-2-2---2---2---2---2---2---2---2-|-5-5---5---5---5---5---5---5---5---5-|--|
|-2-------------------------------|-5-----------------------------------|--|
|-0---0---0---0---0---0---0---0---|-3---3---3---3---3---3---3---3---3---|--|
|---------------------------------|-------------------------------------|--|

 2                       3         4         3         3  4
|-----------------------|-------0-|-------0-|--|-0--0-|--|--|
|-----------------------|-------0-|-------0-|--|-0--0-|--|--|
|-5-5-5-5--5-5-5-5--5-5-|-7--6--4-|-5--4--x-|--|-6--2-|--|--|
|-5-5-5-5--5-5-5-5--5-5-|-7--6--4-|-5--4--4-|--|-6--2-|--|--|
|-3-3-3-3--3-3-3-3--3-3-|-5--4--2-|-3--2--4-|--|-4--0-|--|--|
|-----------------------|---------|-------2-|--|------|--|--|

 5            6                                   6  7  8
|------------|------------------|----------------|--|--|-----------------|
|------------|------------------|----------------|--|--|-----------------|
|-7--6--4--6-|-6-6-6-6--9-9-9-9-|----------------|--|--|-----------------|
|-7--6--4--6-|-6-6-6-6--9-9-9-9-|-6-6-6-6--5-6-5-|--|--|-----------1-4-5-|
|-5--4--2--4-|-4-4-4-4--7-7-7-7-|-6-6-6-6--5-6-5-|--|--|-----2-3-5-------|
|------------|------------------|-4-4-4-4--3-4-3-|--|--|-3-4-------------|
		 ^-----------------7------------------^

		       9                                           9   (x5)
|---------------------|------------------|------------------------|--|-----|
|---------------------|------------------|------------------------|--|-----|
|-5--5-5--5-5--5-5--4-|------------------|----8--8-8--8-8--8-8--7-|--|-----|
|-5--5-5--5-5--5-5--4-|-4--4-4--4-4--4-4-|-4--8--8-8--8-8--8-8--7-|--|-4-4-|
|-3--3-3--3-3--3-3--2-|-4--4-4--4-4--4-4-|-4--6--6-6--6-6--6-6--5-|--|-4-4-|
|---------------------|-2--2-2--2-2--2-2-|-2----------------------|--|-2-2-|
 ^-----------------------play-this-9-times-----------------------^

Part 1:

 "All who dare to cross her course..."
  lr 2      lr 2  3                4                5      10
|---|--|------|--|--|-------0-----|--|-------0-----|--|-0-|--|-----|
|---|--|------|--|--|-----0---0---|--|-----0---0---|--|-0-|--|-----|
|-5-|--|-5--5-|--|--|---4---------|--|-------------|--|-2-|--|-----|
|-5-|--|-5--5-|--|--|-4---------4-|--|---4-------4-|--|-2-|--|-5-5-|
|-3-|--|-3--3-|--|--|-------------|--|-4-----------|--|-0-|--|-5-5-|
|---|--|------|--|--|-------------|--|-------------|--|---|--|-3-3-|
		      ^------------------10------------------^
(The 1st time on 10, play the open B and e strings on the last C# of section 5)

Part 2:

Fill 1              Fill 2   Fill 3
	    b v
|--------------|    |---|    |----|
|--------------|    |---|    |----|
|-9--10--7--12-|    |-9-|    |-12-|
|--------------|    |---|    |----|
|--------------|    |---|    |----|
|--------------|    |---|    |----|

			 "I set a course just east of Lyra..."
	*       (x2)               lr                  lr(x4)
|------|------------|--------------1-------------------3-----|
|-5--5-|-5-----7----|-5--5-5-5-----1------7--7-7-7-----3-----|
|-5--5-|-5--2--7--4-|-5--5-5-5--2--2-2-2--7--7-7-7--4--4-4-4-|
|-5--5-|-5--3--7--5-|-5--5-5-5--3--3-3-3--7--7-7-7--5--5-5-5-|
|-3--3-|-3--3--5--5-|-3--3-3-3--3--3-3-3--5--5-5-5--5--5-5-5-|
|------|----1-----3-|-----------1--1-1-1------------3--3-3-3-|
* with Fill 1 2nd time                                     ^--w/Fill2 2nd time
							      w/Fill3 4th time
 pm-------------- - - - |
|---------------------------------|
|---------------------------------|
|---------------------------------|
|-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-|
|-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-|
|-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-|

"The x-ray is her siren song..."
 11        8             (x2) 11 8
|---------|--|---------------|--|--|---------------|
|-4--4--1-|--|-4--4--1--3----|--|--|---------------|
|-5--5--2-|--|-5--5--2--4--8-|--|--|-8-----7-----5-|
|-5--6--3-|--|-5--6--3--5--8-|--|--|-8-----7-----5-|
|-3--6--3-|--|-3--6--3--5--6-|--|--|-6-----5-----3-|
|----4--1-|--|----4--1--3----|--|--|---------------|
	      ^-----------------------------------------with solo

Solo:

(with wah wah)
  AH        AH--------|      hb    AH                           hb      AH-----|
|-20~-20-20-18-17-------------------------------------------------------20-18-17--
|-----------------20-18-18~--20-18-17~--------------------11-11-14-13~------------
|---------------------------------------10-10-12-12-14-14-------------------------
|---------------------------------------------------------------------------------
|---------------------------------------------------------------------------------
|---------------------------------------------------------------------------------

						b       p  p     p  p
 ----17---------------------------------------------------------------------------
 -20----20-18~\-------------------------------------------------------------------
 ----------------------16-----------14--------8-----------------------------------
 ----------------14-14----14--12-12----12--10---10~\--14-12-11--------------------
 --------------------------------------------------------------14-12-11-------/15-
 -----------------------------------------------------------------------14-14-----
 ------10~--15~--18~\-|
 ---------------------|
 ---------------------|
 -15\-----------------|
 ---------------------|
 ---------------------|
 (x36) 12                           (x2) (x24) 12 (x12) 12 (x26)
|-----|---------------------------------|-----|--|-----|--|-----|
|-----|-----------0---0-----------------|-----|--|-----|--|-----|
|---5-|---5---5---5---5---5---5---5---5-|---5-|--|---5-|--|---5-|
|-----|---6---6-------------------------|-----|--|-----|--|-----|
|-3---|-3---3---3---3---3---3---3---3---|-3---|--|-3---|--|-3---|
|-----|-4---4---7---7-------------------|-----|--|-----|--|-----|
	^-------------^
(This is my approximation of what Alex is doing.  He may have recorded the two
 parts separately.)

|-------------------------------------------------|
|-------------------------------------------------|
|---4---4---4---4---3---3-------------------------|
|---------------------------7---7---6---5---4---3-|
|-2---2---2---2---1---1---------------------------|
|-------------------------5---5---4---3---2---1---|

		     (x8)                     (x4)
|------------------------|------------------------|
|------------------------|------------0---0---0---|
|------------4---4---4---|------------x---x---x---|
|-2--2--2--2-2-2-2-2-2-2-|-4--4--4--4-4-4-4-4-4-4-|
|-2--2--2--2-2-2-2-2-2-2-|-4--4--4--4-4-4-4-4-4-4-|
|-0--0--0--0---0---0---0-|-2--2--2--2---2---2---2-|

Part 3:

("Spinning..." on 5th time)      ("Sound..." on 5th time)
				 v-----------------(x5)--v
			    (x5) 6         6
|-------------------------------|--|------|--|------------|-3-|
|-------------------------------|--|------|--|------------|-4-|
|-6--9--------6--9--5-5-5-5-5-5-|--|------|--|-5-5--5-5-5-|-5-|
|-6--9--6--5--6--9--5-5-5-5-5-5-|--|-6--5-|--|-5-5--5-5-5-|-5-|
|-4--7--6--5--4--7--3-3-3-3-3-3-|--|-6--5-|--|-3-3--3-3-3-|-3-|
|-------4--3--------------------|--|-4--3-|--|------------|---|
		    ^---------^                ^--------^
		    (listen to the song to get the exact
		     number of repetitions and beats on
		     these parts)

  lr         lr         lr    lr
|-3----------6----------0-----0-|
|-4----------7----------1-----1-|  (fade out on 3rd repeat)
|-5----------8----------2-----2-|
|-5----------8----------2-----2-|
|-3----------6----------0-----0-|
|-------------------------------|
KEY:
pm--|     palm mute
x         muted string
b         bend
hb        half bend
AH        artificial harmonic (octave)
p         pull-off
h         hammer-on
~         tremelo
lr        let ring
/         slide up
\         slide down

NOTES:
I couldn't determine whether or not some of the chords in the song were
more than just power chords.  So, some of the chords above may really be
minor.  To get the "twangy" sound Alex has, I play on the back pick-up
and strum the strings really hard, near the bridge.

Transcribed by:  Blake Butterworth
		 butterwo@cs.tulane.edu
----------
X-Sun-Data-Type: default
X-Sun-Data-Description: default
X-Sun-Data-Name: CygnusX-1.tab


				   "Cygnus X-1"
				     by Rush
			     from A Farewell to Kings
(tune up to concert pitch)

Prologue:

|---------------------|  [bass enters at app. 1:25]
|---------------------|
|---------------------|  [drums enter at app. 2:13]
|---------------------|
|---------------------|
|---------------------|

[guitar enters at app. 2:25]
							       (x4)
|------------------------------------------------------------------|
|------------------------------------------------------------------|
|------------------------------------------------------------------|
|----2--0-2--5------2--0-2--5--5------2--0-2--5------2--0-2--5-5-5-|
|------------------------------------------------------------------|
|-0--------------0-----------------0--------------0----------------|

 1                                                                       1
|---------------------------------|-------------------------------------|--|
|---------------------------------|-------------------------------------|--|
|-2-2---2---2---2---2---2---2---2-|-5-5---5---5---5---5---5---5---5---5-|--|
|-2-------------------------------|-5-----------------------------------|--|
|-0---0---0---0---0---0---0---0---|-3---3---3---3---3---3---3---3---3---|--|
|---------------------------------|-------------------------------------|--|

 2                       3         4         3         3  4
|-----------------------|-------0-|-------0-|--|-0--0-|--|--|
|-----------------------|-------0-|-------0-|--|-0--0-|--|--|
|-5-5-5-5--5-5-5-5--5-5-|-7--6--4-|-5--4--x-|--|-6--2-|--|--|
|-5-5-5-5--5-5-5-5--5-5-|-7--6--4-|-5--4--4-|--|-6--2-|--|--|
|-3-3-3-3--3-3-3-3--3-3-|-5--4--2-|-3--2--4-|--|-4--0-|--|--|
|-----------------------|---------|-------2-|--|------|--|--|

 5            6                                   6  7  8
|------------|------------------|----------------|--|--|-----------------|
|------------|------------------|----------------|--|--|-----------------|
|-7--6--4--6-|-6-6-6-6--9-9-9-9-|----------------|--|--|-----------------|
|-7--6--4--6-|-6-6-6-6--9-9-9-9-|-6-6-6-6--5-6-5-|--|--|-----------1-4-5-|
|-5--4--2--4-|-4-4-4-4--7-7-7-7-|-6-6-6-6--5-6-5-|--|--|-----2-3-5-------|
|------------|------------------|-4-4-4-4--3-4-3-|--|--|-3-4-------------|
		 ^-----------------7------------------^

		       9                                           9   (x5)
|---------------------|------------------|------------------------|--|-----|
|---------------------|------------------|------------------------|--|-----|
|-5--5-5--5-5--5-5--4-|------------------|----8--8-8--8-8--8-8--7-|--|-----|
|-5--5-5--5-5--5-5--4-|-4--4-4--4-4--4-4-|-4--8--8-8--8-8--8-8--7-|--|-4-4-|
|-3--3-3--3-3--3-3--2-|-4--4-4--4-4--4-4-|-4--6--6-6--6-6--6-6--5-|--|-4-4-|
|---------------------|-2--2-2--2-2--2-2-|-2----------------------|--|-2-2-|
 ^-----------------------play-this-9-times-----------------------^

Part 1:

 "All who dare to cross her course..."
  lr 2      lr 2  3                4                5      10
|---|--|------|--|--|-------0-----|--|-------0-----|--|-0-|--|-----|
|---|--|------|--|--|-----0---0---|--|-----0---0---|--|-0-|--|-----|
|-5-|--|-5--5-|--|--|---4---------|--|-------------|--|-2-|--|-----|
|-5-|--|-5--5-|--|--|-4---------4-|--|---4-------4-|--|-2-|--|-5-5-|
|-3-|--|-3--3-|--|--|-------------|--|-4-----------|--|-0-|--|-5-5-|
|---|--|------|--|--|-------------|--|-------------|--|---|--|-3-3-|
		      ^------------------10------------------^
(The 1st time on 10, play the open B and e strings on the last C# of section 5)

Part 2:

Fill 1              Fill 2   Fill 3
	    b v
|--------------|    |---|    |----|
|--------------|    |---|    |----|
|-9--10--7--12-|    |-9-|    |-12-|
|--------------|    |---|    |----|
|--------------|    |---|    |----|
|--------------|    |---|    |----|

			 "I set a course just east of Lyra..."
	*       (x2)               lr                  lr(x4)
|------|------------|--------------1-------------------3-----|
|-5--5-|-5-----7----|-5--5-5-5-----1------7--7-7-7-----3-----|
|-5--5-|-5--2--7--4-|-5--5-5-5--2--2-2-2--7--7-7-7--4--4-4-4-|
|-5--5-|-5--3--7--5-|-5--5-5-5--3--3-3-3--7--7-7-7--5--5-5-5-|
|-3--3-|-3--3--5--5-|-3--3-3-3--3--3-3-3--5--5-5-5--5--5-5-5-|
|------|----1-----3-|-----------1--1-1-1------------3--3-3-3-|
* with Fill 1 2nd time                                     ^--w/Fill2 2nd time
							      w/Fill3 4th time
 pm-------------- - - - |
|---------------------------------|
|---------------------------------|
|---------------------------------|
|-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-|
|-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-|
|-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-|

"The x-ray is her siren song..."
 11        8             (x2) 11 8
|---------|--|---------------|--|--|---------------|
|-4--4--1-|--|-4--4--1--3----|--|--|---------------|
|-5--5--2-|--|-5--5--2--4--8-|--|--|-8-----7-----5-|
|-5--6--3-|--|-5--6--3--5--8-|--|--|-8-----7-----5-|
|-3--6--3-|--|-3--6--3--5--6-|--|--|-6-----5-----3-|
|----4--1-|--|----4--1--3----|--|--|---------------|
	      ^-----------------------------------------with solo

Solo:

(with wah wah)
  AH        AH--------|      hb    AH                           hb      AH-----|
|-20~-20-20-18-17-------------------------------------------------------20-18-17--
|-----------------20-18-18~--20-18-17~--------------------11-11-14-13~------------
|---------------------------------------10-10-12-12-14-14-------------------------
|---------------------------------------------------------------------------------
|---------------------------------------------------------------------------------
|---------------------------------------------------------------------------------

						b       p  p     p  p
 ----17---------------------------------------------------------------------------
 -20----20-18~\-------------------------------------------------------------------
 ----------------------16-----------14--------8-----------------------------------
 ----------------14-14----14--12-12----12--10---10~\--14-12-11--------------------
 --------------------------------------------------------------14-12-11-------/15-
 -----------------------------------------------------------------------14-14-----
 ------10~--15~--18~\-|
 ---------------------|
 ---------------------|
 -15\-----------------|
 ---------------------|
 ---------------------|
 (x36) 12                           (x2) (x24) 12 (x12) 12 (x26)
|-----|---------------------------------|-----|--|-----|--|-----|
|-----|-----------0---0-----------------|-----|--|-----|--|-----|
|---5-|---5---5---5---5---5---5---5---5-|---5-|--|---5-|--|---5-|
|-----|---6---6-------------------------|-----|--|-----|--|-----|
|-3---|-3---3---3---3---3---3---3---3---|-3---|--|-3---|--|-3---|
|-----|-4---4---7---7-------------------|-----|--|-----|--|-----|
	^-------------^
(This is my approximation of what Alex is doing.  He may have recorded the two
 parts separately.)

|-------------------------------------------------|
|-------------------------------------------------|
|---4---4---4---4---3---3-------------------------|
|---------------------------7---7---6---5---4---3-|
|-2---2---2---2---1---1---------------------------|
|-------------------------5---5---4---3---2---1---|

		     (x8)                     (x4)
|------------------------|------------------------|
|------------------------|------------0---0---0---|
|------------4---4---4---|------------x---x---x---|
|-2--2--2--2-2-2-2-2-2-2-|-4--4--4--4-4-4-4-4-4-4-|
|-2--2--2--2-2-2-2-2-2-2-|-4--4--4--4-4-4-4-4-4-4-|
|-0--0--0--0---0---0---0-|-2--2--2--2---2---2---2-|

Part 3:

("Spinning..." on 5th time)      ("Sound..." on 5th time)
				 v-----------------(x5)--v
			    (x5) 6         6
|-------------------------------|--|------|--|------------|-3-|
|-------------------------------|--|------|--|------------|-4-|
|-6--9--------6--9--5-5-5-5-5-5-|--|------|--|-5-5--5-5-5-|-5-|
|-6--9--6--5--6--9--5-5-5-5-5-5-|--|-6--5-|--|-5-5--5-5-5-|-5-|
|-4--7--6--5--4--7--3-3-3-3-3-3-|--|-6--5-|--|-3-3--3-3-3-|-3-|
|-------4--3--------------------|--|-4--3-|--|------------|---|
		    ^---------^                ^--------^
		    (listen to the song to get the exact
		     number of repetitions and beats on
		     these parts)

  lr         lr         lr    lr
|-3----------6----------0-----0-|
|-4----------7----------1-----1-|  (fade out on 3rd repeat)
|-5----------8----------2-----2-|
|-5----------8----------2-----2-|
|-3----------6----------0-----0-|
|-------------------------------|
KEY:
pm--|     palm mute
x         muted string
b         bend
hb        half bend
AH        artificial harmonic (octave)
p         pull-off
h         hammer-on
~         tremelo
lr        let ring
/         slide up
\         slide down

NOTES:
I couldn't determine whether or not some of the chords in the song were
more than just power chords.  So, some of the chords above may really be
minor.  To get the "twangy" sound Alex has, I play on the back pick-up
and strum the strings really hard, near the bridge.

Transcribed by:  Blake Butterworth
		 butterwo@cs.tulane.edu


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