Date: Wed, 3 Jan 1996 23:19:13 -0500
Subject: (Crd) The Who--Baba O'Reilly
The Who--Baba O'Reilly
Starts out on a synth, but using two guitars:
Pick quickly A-A-D-D-G-G-D-D-A-A-D-D-G-G-D-D (all sixteenth notes) over and
(Technically, this is until the end of the song, when the violin comes in.)
Pick quickly G-G-B-B-e (The G and B strings are played as sixteenth, the e
is picked as an eighth)
After 5 repetitions, the piano enters, after four piano and synth parts,
the drums and bass enter. The piano and bass play a simple
For guitar in place of piano, it is played
F C Bb
e 5 3 1
B 6 5 3
G 5 5 3
D x x x
A x x x
E x x x
The first verse is played the same way:
F C Bb
Out here in the fields
I fight for my meals
I get my back into my living
I don't need to fight
To prove I'm right
I don't need to be forgiven
(yeah yeah yeah yeah ye-ah!)
NOW Townshend throws in the power chords along the same rhythm (F-C-Bb)
Play that pattern 5 times, then it softens for the bridge:
Play C5 three times, then softly strum a first-position C chord
(With the opening F5 synth pattern only:)
Don't raise your eyes
It's only a teenage wasteland
The chords ring in again, with bass and drums, the synth still rolling
Sally take my hand
We'll travel south cross land
Put out the fire but don't look past my shoulder
The exodus is here
The happy won't come near
Let's get together before we get much older
A soft guitar solo, in the same key, but one I can't figure out yet.
Hitting a few F5 chords, the drums and bass ring back in and the bar chords
return in the F-C-Bb pattern:
Teenage wasteland, oh yeah!
They're all wasted!
Repeat, over a C then Bb chord, then, over C
The violin comes in over the synth part, which fades out as the violin
plays until the end, when the synth returns for a crescendo up onto yet
again the F5 chord.
A classic, a masterpiece--only Pete Townshend (although any group doing
this without Keith Moon on drums loses something!)
"Fletch, this time you goofed big. . .in the story of yours we ran
Wednesday, you have recent quotes from a man who's been dead two
years. . . ."
"At least give me a chance to check my sources."
"Like who? Saint Peter? You get him on the line, I want to know."
__Gregory Mcdonald, "Fletch and the Widow Bradley"