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Thick as a brick   Jethro Tull







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Here's how I learned Tull's Thick as a Brick Edit #1.  I notice
the archive contains something I posted on netnews many moons ago
with only about half of it - here's the whole thing.
There's a couple of parts where the guitar is pretty low in the
mix and I'm not real sure I got it right, but it sounds pretty
dang close to me.

Couple of notes - there's a capo at the 3rd fret, which is why the
strings at the left of the tab are noted the way they are.
So, what I designated as an open string is actually fretted at
the 3rd fret by the capo.  Secondly, one should use liberal
interpretation of the tab - I wasn't too careful in some of the
chordal sections about specifying exactly which notes of the chord
are hit and which aren't.  Nor did I attempt to tab the exact
strumming patterns.  As always, use tab as a guide, listen to
it yourself, and make it sound right!

The lyrics are here for reference only.  I placed them close to
where they occur but I certainly didn't try to get all the nuances
and rhythm for the vocals in there, nor did I make a great attempt
to make sure I got all the words right.

I should also note this is only the Ian Anderson acoustic part.
There's a few small Martin Barre parts which I will leave as as
exercise for the reader.

Now that I got all the disclaimers out of the way, go for it.

david nason
ddn@cb.att.com

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INTRO:

 g:|---------------------------|---------------------------|
 D:|---------------------------|---------------------------|
Bb:|-----2-----2-------0-0-0---|-----5-----5-------------0-|
 F:|---0-----0---------0-0-0---|---7-----7---------0---0---|
 C:|-0-----4-----0-(2)-2-2-2---|-0-----7-----0-(5)---3-----|
 G:|-------------------3-3-3---|---------------------------|

 g:|---------------------------|---------------------------|
 D:|---------------------------|---------------------------|
Bb:|-----2-----2-------0-0-0---|-----5-----5-----0-----0---|
 F:|---0-----0---------0-0-0---|---7-----7-----0-----0-----|
 C:|-0-----4-----0-(2)-2-2-2---|-0-----7-----5-----3-------|
 G:|-------------------3-3-3---|---------------------------|

VERSE:

     Really don't mind if you sit this one
     My word's but a whisper, your deafness a
     I may make you feel, but I can't make you
     Your sperm's in the gutter, your love's in the

 g:|-2-----------0-------------|---------------------------|
 D:|-3-----------1-------------|---------------------------|
Bb:|-2-----------2-------------|-------0-0-0---------------|
 F:|-0-----------2-------------|-------0-0-0---------------|
 C:|-------------0-------------|-0-(2)-2-2-2---------------|
 G:|---------------------------|-------3-3-3---------------|
    ^            ^
    |            |
    ------------------ Just Dmaj and Amin chords - listen to the song
                       for the strumming pattern.

     out ...
     shout ...
     think ...
     sink ...                                     So you

 g:|---------------------------|---------------------------|
 D:|---------------------------|---------------------------|
Bb:|-----2-----2-------0-0-0---|-----2-----2-------0-0-0---|
 F:|---0-----0---------0-0-0---|---0-----0---------0-0-0---|
 C:|-0-----4-----0-(2)-2-2-2---|-0-----4-----0-(2)-2-2-2---|
 G:|-------------------3-3-3---|-------------------3-3-3---|

                

CHORUS:

     ride yourselves over the    field              as you
     make all your animal        deals              and your
     wisemen don't know how it   feels ...

 g:|-3-----------0------0------|-2-0-2-0-2-3-2------2-0----|
 D:|-3-----------2------0------|-3-3-3-3-3-3-3------3-3----|
Bb:|-0-----------2------2------|-2-0-2-0-2-0-2------2-0----|
 F:|-0-----------2------2------|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0------0-0----|
 C:|-2-----------0------0------|---------------------------|
 G:|-3-------------------------|---------------------------|
    ^            ^      ^        ^  ^
    |            |      |        |  |
    ---------------------------------- Just Gmaj, Amaj, and Dmaj chords
                                        with a little variation thrown 
                                        in - listen to the song for the
                                        strumming pattern.

                

                                          to be thick as a

 g:|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0---0-0-0--0--|-0-0-0--0------------------|
 D:|-2-0-2-0-2-3-2---2-2-0-(2)-|-2-2-0-(2)-----------------|
Bb:|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2---2-2-2--2--|-2-2-2--2------------------|
 F:|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2---2-2-2--2--|-2-2-2--2------------------|
 C:|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0---0-0-0--0--|-0-0-0--0------------------|
 G:|---------------------------|---------------------------|


BRIDGE:

     brick

 g:|---------------------------|---------------------------|
 D:|---------------------------|---------------------------|
Bb:|-----2-----2-------0-0-0---|-----2-----2-------0-0-0---|    
 F:|---0-----0---------0-0-0---|---0-----0---------0-0-0---|
 C:|-0-----4-----0-(2)-2-2-2---|-0-----4-----0-(2)-2-2-2---|
 G:|-------------------3-3-3---|-------------------3-3-3---|

 g:|---------------------------|---------------------------|
 D:|---------------------------|---------------------------|
Bb:|-----2-----2-------0-0-0---|-----2-----2-------0-0-0---|    

 g:|---------------------------|---------------------------|
 D:|-------------------6-6-6---|-------------------6-6-6---|
Bb:|-----5-----5-------7-7-7---|-----5-----5-------7-7-7---|
 F:|---7-----7---------7-7-7---|---7-----7---------7-7-7---|
 C:|-0-----7-----0-(5)-5-5-5---|-0-----7-----0-(5)-5-5-5---|
 G:|---------------------------|---------------------------|

VERSE:
       Spin me back down the    years             and the
     days of my                 youth
       Draw the lace and black  curtain           and shut
     out the whole                  truth
     Spin me down the long ages let them sing the song

 g:|---------------------------|---------------------------|
 D:|-------------------6-6-6---|-------------------6-6-6---|
Bb:|-----5-----5-------7-7-7---|-----5-----5-------7-7-7---|
 F:|---7-----7---------7-7-7---|---7-----7---------7-7-7---|
 C:|-0-----7-----0-(5)-5-5-5---|-0-----7-----0-(5)-5-5-5---|
 G:|---------------------------|---------------------------|
                       ^
                       |
                       Note that there's a subtle, but important change
                       in the rhythm used for the Dmin at this point
                       (as opposed to the previous two measures).

        
        
        

 g:|-5-------------------------|-2-------0-(2)-------------|
 D:|-6-------------------------|-3-------3--3--------------|
Bb:|-5-------------------------|-2-------0-(2)-------------|
 F:|-0-------------------------|-0-------0--0--------------|
 C:|---------------------------|---------------------------|
 G:|---------------------------|---------------------------|
    ^                            ^
    |                            |
    ------------------ Just Fmaj and Dmaj chords with a little spice
                       thrown in - listen to the song for the strumming
                       pattern.

        


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