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Day of the eagle

Robin Trower


"Day of the Eagle" from the 1974 Chrysalis release "Bridge of Sighs" by Robin Trower -- tabbed by Joe Richardson (jdrich@vuse.vanderbilt.edu)
Notes:
I'm not sure whether or not this is in standard tune. Listen for the open E string in Figs A & B. Also, I have included approximate times from my CD player readout to make some of the lead work easier to follow.
^ - bend r - release bend = - hold note / - slide up \ - slide down ... - carry over to next staff u - undetermined fret from which to slide up or down (x^y) - xth fret bent to yth fret as one continuous sound
(Begin Fig. A. Play this staff 3X in the intro and once after each verse.) E--x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x--------------------------------------------------- B--5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5--------------------------------------------------- G--4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4--------------------------------------------------- D--2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2--------------------------------------------------- A--x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-------------2-4----------------------------------- E--x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x---0-2-4-2-4---------------------------------------
(End Fig. A) E--x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x--------------------------------------------------- B--5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5---------12=============12-----12=12--------------- G--4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4---------(11^13r11^13r11^13)---11^13--------------- D--2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2----------------*----------------------------------- A--x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x--------------------------------------------------- E--x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x--------------------------------------------------- * This last phrase is for the intro and after the second verse. After the first verse, bend the F# to G#, release to F#, bend to G#, and follow with a slight tremolo bend, if you have one. Play only the E5 portion after the third verse.
(Begin Fig. B) E---------------------------------------------------------------------------- B----------9----------------------------------------------------------------- G----------9-------------------11--9----------------------------------------- D----------9------------11-11--11--9----------------------------------------- A--11-------------------11-11------------------------------------------------ E---9---------------0----9--9------------------------------------------------
(Play this staff 6 times within Fig. B) E---------------------------------------------------------------------------- B---------------------------------------------------------------------------- G-----------------------------11--9------------------------------------------ D----------------------11-11--11--9------------------------------------------ A--11--11--11--11------11-11------------------------------------------------- E---9---9---9---9---0---9--9-------------------------------------------------
E---------------------------------------------------------------------------- B---------------------------------------7------7----------------------------- G------------------------------11-------7------7----------------------------- D----------------------11-11---11-------7------7----------------------------- A--11--11--11--11------11-11---------------9------11---------------2-4------- E---9---9---9---9---0---9--9--------7------7-------9----0-2-4-2-4------------
(End Fig. B) E--/8-8-8-8----------/8-8-8-8--------/9-9-9-9-9-9/11-11-11-11-11-11---------- B---x-x-x-x-----------x-x-x-x---------x-x-x-x-x-x--x--x--x--x--x--x---------- G--/8-8-8-8----------/8-8-8-8--------/9-9-9-9-9-9/11-11-11-11-11-11---------- D---------------------------------------------------------------------------- A---------------------------------------------------------------------------- E----------------------------------------------------------------------------
First solo (1:56). It sounds like he has a wah rocked all the way back and is using the tremolo (which I don't have) for much of the vibrato and bends. This sounds very close if you are also tremolo deficient.
2:02 E--------------------------------------------------------------------------- B--------------------------------------------------------------------------- G-----------------------9p8-----------------------9*(11)^13r11^13----9h11p9- D---11-----------------------h11p9\7/9^11----------------------------------- A---(bend 1/4 & shake)--------------------h11------------------------------- E-----------------------------------------(w/ hvy. vib.)-------------------- * - slide to (11) and bend simultaneously to 13
2:05 2:09 E--------------------------------------------------------------------------- B----------------------------------------12-----------------------12^14(vib) G--h11^13r11^13==13r11^13p9(h11^12)p9h11==11^13-9**(13)r11-9h11p9---------- D--------------------------------------------------------------------------- A--------------------------------------------------------------------------- E--------------------------------------------------------------------------- ** - bend before playing 2:12 2:14 E---9----------------------------------------------------------------------- B------12p9-------9---------9-----------------12/14\12---9------------------ G-----------h11------11--9-----h11p9h11^13p9----------------11p9-11p9-11p9\u D--------------------------------------------------------------------------- A--------------------------------------------------------------------------- E---------------------------------------------------------------------------
2:17 E-----------9-9-9--14b16---12-------------------9-------------------------- B--12^14-----------------------14p12---------------h12p9------------------- G------------------------------------11--11^13------------11^13p9--9-----9- D---------------------------------------------------------------------11--- A-------------------------------------------------------------------------- E--------------------------------------------------------------------------
Following Fig. A after the third verse @ 2:54 this kicks in:
(Fig. C.) Play this staff 5 times. E------------------------------------------------------------------------- B------------------------------------------------------------------------- G------------------------------------------------------------------------- D-------------------5^6--------------------------------------------------- A-----------2--4----3^4--------------------------------------------------- E--0--2--4------0---------------------------------------------------------
Then the guitar rests while the bass continues playing a similar pattern. Near the end of the fifth time through with only the bass playing, the "outro" solo kicks in:
3:26 E------------------------------------------------------------------------ B-----12==12\u-***-------------------------------12=12\u----------------- G-----11^13\u---------------u/9^10r9/u-----------11^13\u----------------- D------------------------------------------------------------------------ A------------------------------------------------------------------------ E------------------------------------------------------------------------ *** slide up from or down to an (u)ndetermined fret.
3:36 3:42 E-----------------------------------------9===9===9====== ... ---------- B-----12=12\u-----------9===9\u-----------12^14==(14)====== ...--------- G-----14^16\u-----------11^13\u---------------(shake and hold)---------- D----------------------------------------------------------------------- A----------------------------------------------------------------------- E-----------------------------------------------------------------------
(one 3:45 downpick) 3:47 E--===9----9------------9----------------------------------------------- B--==(14)----12--9----9--------12-------------7\9----------------------- G-------------------11-------------11^13p9---------9========9 .... .---- D----------------------------------------------------------------------- A----------------------------------------------------------------------- E-----------------------------------------------------------------------
3:49 3:52 E----------------9-----------9----------9h12p9-----------------9-------- B--------------9---9---12^14---(14*)------------h12p9--------9---h12p9-- G--==9----9h11----------------------------------------11^12------------- D----------------------------------------------------------------------- A----------------------------------------------------------------------- E----------------------------------------------------------------------- * hold previous bend and (re)pick note
3:54 3:55 3:58 E----------------------------------------------------------------------- B-----------------------------------------------------12---------------- G---11^13r11p9-------11\9----------------4h6p4----------*(13)r11p9------ D---------------h11----------11\9\6-4------------------------------h11-- A----------------------------------------------------------------------- E----------------------------------------------------------------------- *11 bent to 13 before picking
4:01 4:02 4:05 E------------------------------------------9----------------9\u---12--9- B----------------------------------------9---9---12--*(14)-------------- G----9^11r9------------------------u/11--------------------------------- D------------------u/11p9\u--------------------------------------------- A----------------------------------------------------------------------- E----------------------------------------------------------------------- *12 bent to 14 before picking
(Begin fade.) 4:08 4:10 E--(12^14)--12--9----9----9----------------9---------------------------- B---*-------------12--------h12p9--------9--12-------------------------- G---------------------------------(11^12)-------**(13)r11p9h11/13\11^13- D----------------------------------------------------------------------- A----------------------------------------------------------------------- E----------------------------------------------------------------------- *12 is a grace note on this bend ** pick 11 prebent to 13
4:12 4:14 E----------------------------------------------------------------------- B---12--12p(9 mute)------12========12--9h12p9--------------------------- G---------------------(11^13)p9h11^13---------h11p9-----u/11p9\u-------- D---------------------------------------------------h11----------------- A----------------------------------------------------------------------- E-----------------------------------------------------------------------
4:16 4:19 4:20 4:23 E---------------------------------------------------------------------- B-------------5-------------------------------------------------------- G---4/6\4/6-----6-------------------------9---------------------------- D-------------------------9/11\9-----9/11---11\9----------------------- A---------------------------------h11------------11/9--7--9/11--7------ E----------------------------------------------------------------------
4:26 4:28 E---------------------------------------------------------------------- B----9--(11^12r11^12r11^12)--(12^14)p9--------------------------------- G--------------------------------------h(11^13)------------------------ D---------------------------------------------------------------------- A---------------------------------------------------------------------- E----------------------------------------------------------------------
This seems to be a good stopping point, although there is a cool lick around 4:37, or so. The recording has faded 3 or 4 dB and a second guitar track, which was back in the mix previously, has been gaining in volume and I think tabbing two lead guitars is rather tedious.
Lyrics:
I've not figured out whether this song is about religion, sexual conquest, or law enforcement, so I may have some mistakes with the lyrics. Help would be appreciated.
Fig. A (intro) Fig. B (2X)
1st verse: (beginning on 5th staff of Fig. B, second time through)
I saw a light just up ahead, But I couldn't seem to rise up from my bed. I'm not alone and then I am. Some people seem to think I'm Superman, * But I watch for the love. I'm livin' in the Day of the Eagle-- * Eagle not the ..... dove.
Fig. A (etc.)
2nd verse:
* It's like a weight that brings me down. * If I don't move, I'm on the ground. It's in my mind. It's in my soul. It's telling me things that can't (be told?). * It says "Watch for love." I'm livin' in the Day of the Eagle-- * Eagle not the ..... dove.
First solo.
3rd verse:
Another day, another night. * I wanna love--they wanna fight. I need the time. I've got to be alone. * I've got to think it over on my own. * But I watch for the love. I'm livin' in the Day of the Eagle-- Eagle not the ..... dove.
Fig. A
"Ride out" solo over Fig. C.
* Lines updated from 1974 Bridge of Sighs songbook courtesy of Scott Robinson (NavalHist@aol.com)
Please feel free to email any improvements to me. Hope you enjoy.
Joe Richardson (jdrich@vuse.vanderbilt.edu)


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