A Pleasant Shade of Grey: Pt. 1

Fates Warning


A PLEASANT SHADE OF GRAY--FATES WARNING from 1997's "A Pleasant Shade of Gray" album Metal Blade Lyrics and music by Jim Matheos
Transcribed by Eric Schlelein email eric@u.arizona.edu
My transcription of this brilliant song is far from perfect. The rhythm parts are the absolute best I could do, and I'm fairly proud of how the solos came out. It would be a waste of time to try to learn this song without the album because most of the parts are horribly syncopated, so do yourself a favor and go buy it. Plus, the record store's probably out of Hanson.
I've given the rhythm figures according to each part of the song; don't get confused by the many "rhythm figure 1"s there are about.
Enjoy.
Part I (1:53):
[free time]
e---2------9------8--------|--9-----8--5--4--2---------------| B---2---------10-----5--2--|----10-----------------------2---| G---5----------------------|--------------------------5------| D---4----------------------|-----------------------4---------| A---4----------------------|--------------------4------------| E---2-------------------2--|-----------------2---------------|
e-----9------8--------|--9-----8--5--4--2---------------| B--------10-----5--2--|----10-----------2---------------|
G---------------------|-----------------5---------------| D---------------------|-----------------4---------------| A---------------------|-----------------4---------------| E------------------2--|-----------------2---------------|
[4/4 time]
e--------------------------|----------------------------| B--------------------------|----------------------------| G--------------------------|----------------------------| D---4--4--4--4--4--4--4--4-|---4--4--4--4--4--4--4--4---| A--------------------------|----------------------------| E--------------------------|----------------------------|
-->Repeat this cadence through 7 more bars, then,
e--------------------------| B--------------2-----------| G-----------5--------------| D--------4--------4--4--4--| A-----4--------------------| E--2-----------------------|
-->Seven more bars of the cadence, and then back to free time with
e---2---| B---2---| G---5---| D---4---| A---4---| E---2---|
So where do we begin, and what else can we say? When the lines are all drawn, what should we do today?

























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