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MARATHON from 'Power Windows'
transcribed by [Derek Linklater]
Note: I did not transcribe the solo for Marathon, I'll leave that to you die-hard rush fans. Please feel free to mail any comments to me regarding this transcription... especially if one of you enterprising Lifeson fans wants to transcribe the solo correctly. :)
The 'Alex Lifeson' Sound: I have managed to re-create (sort of) the sound that Alex uses on Marathon. Use a ballsey heavy distortion, chorus (using a triangle wave-form if you can), and either a bit of delay or reverb to get that 'studio' sound.
Lyrics not reprinted with permission... sorry guys. :(
Intro Riff: B A B A ------------------------5vvv-|---------------------5vvv---2-----2---- ---------------5vvv---4------|------------5vvv----4-------4--2--4--2- ------4vvv-------------------|---4vvv---------------------4--2--4--2- ---4---------2------2--------|--4--------2-------2--------4--2--4--2- -2---------0-----------------|-2--------0-----------------2--0--2--0- -----------------------------|----------------------------2-----2----
B A ------2---------------------------------------------------- ------4----------------------------2----------------------- ------4----------------------------2----------------------- ------4----------------------------2----------------------- ------2----------------------------0----------------------- ------2---------------------------------------------------- It's not how fast you can go, the force goes into the flow. B A ----2--------------------------------------------------------- ----4--------------------------------2------------------------ ----4--------------------------------2------------------------ ----4--------------------------------2------------------------ ----2--------------------------------0------------------------ ----2--------------------------------------------------------- If you pick up the beat, you can forget about the heat.
[play 1st half of intro riff] More than just survival More than just a flash More than just a dotted line
B A ------------------2------------------- ------------------4---------2--------- ------------------4---------2--------- ------------------4---------2--------- ------------------2---------0--------- ------------------2------------------- More than just a dash... [play verse] It's a test of ultimate will A heartbreak climb uphill Got to pick up the pace If you want to stay in the race...
[play 1st half of intro riff] More than blind ambition More than simple greed More than a finish line
----------------------------------------------------5-2vvv-- ------------------------------------------------------------ --------------------4vvv--------------------------4--------- ------------------4-----------------------------2----------- ----------------2------------------------------------------- ------------------------------------------------------------ Must feed this burning need. In the long run...
Chorus #1 & #3:
B E F# E -7--------------7-----2----------------------------0----------- -7--------------9-----2----------------------------0-----------
-8--------------9-----3----------------------------1----------- -9--------------9-----4----------------------------2----------- -9--------------7-----4----------------------------2----------- -7--------------7-----2----------------------------0-----------
Abm F# ------------------4------------------------2------------------- ------------------4------------------------2------------------- ------------------4------------------------3------------------- ------------------6------------------------4------------------- ------------------6------------------------4------------------- ------------------4------------------------2------------------- always fires the light that gets in your eyes.
B E F# E -7-----------7----2--------------------------0------------------ -7-----------9----2--------------------------0------------------ -8-----------9----3--------------------------1------------------ -9-----------9----4--------------------------2------------------ -9-----------7----4--------------------------2------------------ -7-----------7----2--------------------------0------------------ One moment time, and glory rolls on by. Like a streak of
E E E E F# F# F# -----------------0--0-----0--0------------2---2---2------------- -----------------0--0-----0--0------------2---3---3------------- -----------------1--1-----1--1------------3---3---4------------- -----------------2--2-----1--1------------4---4---4------------- -----------------2--2-----2--2------------4---4---4------------- -----------------0--0-----0--0------------2---2---2------------- Lightning, that flashes and fades in the summer sky.
[play 1st half of intro riff] then: A -------------- ------2------- ------2------- ------2------- ------0------- --------------
[play verse chords] Your meters may overload You can rest at the side of the road You can miss a stride But nobody gets a free ride.
[play 1st half of intro rif] More than high performance More than just a spark More than just the bottom line
A A A A A --------------------------------------------------5-2vvv----- ------------2----2--2---2--2--------------------------------- ------------2----2--2---2--2---------------------4----------- ------------2----2--2---2--2--------------------2------------ ------------0----0--0---0--0--------------------------------- ------------------------------------------------------------- or a lucky shot in the dark... in the long run
[play chorus]
-------------12--17vvv-|-------------------------------| ----------15-----------|-------------------------------| -------14--------------|-------------------------------| ----12-----------------|-----------4---------4---------| -----------------------|---5-5-5-7---5-5-5-7-----------| -----------------------|-----------------------5-------| <------- Repeat 10 times ------->
Solo: Not Transcribed
Guitar tacet, then: [play 1st half of bridge riff]
Chorus #2 C# F# Ab From first to last The peak is never passed F# Bbm Something always fires the light Ab That gets in your eyes C# F# Ab One moment time And glory rolls on by F# Like a streak of lightning F# F# F# F# Ab Ab That flashes and fades in the summer sky
Chorus #3: [play Chorus #1 chords until finish]
Transcription Notes:
'v' indicates shallow tremelo action... basically vibrato. '|' indicates a certain section of music... not a traditional musical measure

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