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MARATHON
    from 'Power Windows'

transcribed by dlinklater@ewu.edu [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----
Verse: 

      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]
Bridge:

-------------12--17vvv-|-------------------------------|
----------15-----------|-------------------------------|
-------14--------------|-------------------------------|
----12-----------------|-----------4---------4---------|
-----------------------|---5-5-5-7---5-5-5-7-----------|
-----------------------|-----------------------5-------|
                       

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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