Guitar Tabs, Chords and Lyrics


Blackbird   Beatles


Date: Wed, 23 Aug 1995 18:03:05 -0400 (EDT)



Yet another TAB of Blackbird by the Beatles.  The existing TABs are
close but miss important runs in measures 5, 7, 20, 22, 39, and 41.

dfrench@site.gmu.edu

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Title:     Blackbird
Composers: John Lennon and Paul McCartney
Group:     The Beatles
Arranger:  Doug French, dfrench@site.gmu.edu

Note timing changes throughout.

  #1                          #2
  3/4 G       Am7     G       4/4 G
E{|---------------------------|-----------------------------------|
B{|---0-------1-------3-------|---12----12--12----12----12--12----|
G{|-------0-------0-------0---|-------0-------0-------0-------0---|
D{|---------------------------|-----------------------------------|
A{|-----------0-------2-------|---10------10------10------10------|
E{|---3-----------------------|-----------------------------------|
      +   .   +   .   +   .       +   .   +   .   +   .   +   .


  3/4 G       Am7     G       4/4 G
E||---------------------------|-----------------------------------|
B||---0-------1-------3-------|---12----12--12----12----12--12----|
G||.------0-------0-------0---|-------0-------0-------0-------0---|
D||.--------------------------|-----------------------------------|
A||-----------0-------2-------|---10------10------10------10------|
E||---3-----------------------|-----------------------------------|
      +   .   +   .   +   .       +   .   +   .   +   .   +   .
   1. Blackbird singing in the dead of night
   2. Blackbird singing in the dead of night


  #5
      C       A7      D7      B7          Em              Cm
E |-----------------------------------|-----------------------------------|
B |---5-------8-------7-------10------|---8-----8---8-----8-----8---8-----|
G |-------0-------0-------0-------0---|-------0-------0-------0-------0---|
D |-----------------------------------|-----------------------------------|
A |---3-------7-------5-------9-------|---7-------7-------6-------6-------|
E |-----------------------------------|-----------------------------------|
      +   .   +   .   +   .   +   .       +   .   +   .   +   .   +   .
      Take these broken wings and learn to fly
      Take these sunken eyes and learn to see


  #7
  3/2 G       A7      Am7              Cm
E |----------------------------------------------------|
B |---7-------8-------5-----5---5------4-----4---4-----|
G |-------0-------0-------0-------0--------0-------0---|
D |----------------------------------------------------|
A |---5-------7-------3-------3--------3-------3-------|
E |----------------------------------------------------|
      +       .       +       .        +       .
      All     your    life
      All     your    life


  #8
      G               A7               Am7     D7
E |----------------------------------------------------|
B |---3-----3---3-----2-----2---2------1-----1---1-----|
G |-------0-------0-------0-------0--------0-------0---|
D |------------------------------------0-------0-------|
A |---2-------2-------0-------0------------------------|
E |----------------------------------------------------|
      +       .       +       .        +       .
     You were only  waiting  for this  moment  to a-
     You were only  waiting  for this  moment  to be

   -----------------------------------------------------------------------...
  |  1.
  #9
  4/4 G               C       G           A7              D7(Am7)
E |-----------------------------------|-----------------------------------|
B |---0-----0---0-----5-------3-------|---2-----2---2-----1-----1---1-----|
G |-------0-------0-------0-------0---|-------0-------0-------0-------0---|
D |-----------------------------------|-------------------0-------0-------|
A |-------------------3-------2-------|---0-------0-----------------------|
E |---3-------3-----------------------|-----------------------------------|
      +   .   +   .   +   .   +   .       +   .   +   .   +   .   +   .
      rise.

  ... -----------------  -------------------
                       ||  2.               |
  #11                  ||                   |
  2/2 G
E |--------------------||-------------------|
B |---0-----0---0------||---0-----0---0-----|
G |-------0-------0---.||-------0-------0---|
D |-------------------.||-------------------|
A |--------------------||-------------------|
E |---3-------3--------||---3-------3-------|
      +   .   +   .         +   .   +   .
                             free.

  #13
  4/4 F       Em      Dm      C           Bb              C
E |-----------------------------------|-----------------------------------|
B |---10------8-------6-------5-------|---3-----3---3-----5-----5---5-----|
G |-------0-------0-------0-------0---|-------0-------0-------0-------0---|
D |-----------------------------------|-----------------------------------|
A |---8-------7-------5-------3-------|---1-------1-------3-------3-------|
E |-----------------------------------|-----------------------------------|
      +   .   +   .   +   .   +   .       +   .   +   .   +   .   +   .
      Black     -     bird,              fly,


  #15
  4/4 F       Em      Dm      C           Bb              A7
E |-----------------------------------|-----------------------------------|
B |---10------8-------6-------5-------|---3-----3---3-----2-----2---2-----|
G |-------0-------0-------0-------0---|-------0-------0-------0-------0---|
D |-----------------------------------|-----------------------------------|
A |---8-------7-------5-------3-------|---1-------1-------0-------0-------|
E |-----------------------------------|-----------------------------------|
      +   .   +   .   +   .   +   .       +   .   +   .   +   .   +   .
      Black     -     bird,              fly,                    into the

  #17
  2/4 D7(Am7)
E |----------------------|
B |---1-----1---1----1---|
G |-------0-------0------|
D |---0-------0----------|
A |----------------------|
E |----------------------|
      +   .   +   .
      light of a dark black


  #18
  3/4 G       Am7     G       4/4 G
E |---------------------------|-----------------------------------|
B |---0-------1-------3-------|---12----12--12----12----12--12----|
G |-------0-------0-------0---|-------0-------0-------0-------0---|
D |---------------------------|-----------------------------------|
A |-----------0-------2-------|---10------10------10------10------|
E |---3-----------------------|-----------------------------------|
      +   .   +   .   +   .       +   .   +   .   +   .   +   .
      night.


  #20
      C       A7      D7      B7          Em              Cm
E |-----------------------------------|-----------------------------------|
B |---5-------8-------7-------10------|---8-----8---8-----8-----8---8-----|
G |-------0-------0-------0-------0---|-------0-------0-------0-------0---|
D |-----------------------------------|-----------------------------------|
A |---3-------7-------5-------9-------|---7-------7-------6-------6-------|
E |-----------------------------------|-----------------------------------|
      +   .   +   .   +   .   +   .       +   .   +   .   +   .   +   .


  #22
  3/2 G       A7      Am7              Cm
E |----------------------------------------------------|
B |---7-------8-------5-----5---5------4-----4---4-----|
G |-------0-------0-------0-------0--------0-------0---|
D |----------------------------------------------------|
A |---5-------7-------3-------3--------3-------3-------|
E |----------------------------------------------------|
      +       .       +       .        +       .


  #23                                                  #24
      G               A7               D7(Am7)         2/4 G
E |----------------------------------------------------|---------------|
B |---3-----3---3-----2-----2---2------1-----1---1-----|---0-----------|
G |-------0-------0-------0-------0--------0-------0---|---0-----------|
D |------------------------------------0-------0-------|---------------|
A |---2-------2-------0-------0------------------------|---------------|
E |----------------------------------------------------|---3-----------|
      +       .       +       .        +       .           +       .


  #25
  4/4 F       Em      Dm      C           Bb              C
E |-----------------------------------|-----------------------------------|
B |---10------8-------6-------5-------|---3-----3---3-----5-----5---5-----|
G |-------0-------0-------0-------0---|-------0-------0-------0-------0---|
D |-----------------------------------|-----------------------------------|
A |---8-------7-------5-------3-------|---1-------1-------3-------3-------|
E |-----------------------------------|-----------------------------------|
      +   .   +   .   +   .   +   .       +   .   +   .   +   .   +   .
      Black     -     bird,               fly,


  #27
  4/4 F       Em      Dm      C           Bb              A7
E |-----------------------------------|-----------------------------------|
B |---10------8-------6-------5-------|---3-----3---3-----2-----2---2-----|
G |-------0-------0-------0-------0---|-------0-------0-------0-------0---|
D |-----------------------------------|-----------------------------------|
A |---8-------7-------5-------3-------|---1-------1-------0-------0-------|
E |-----------------------------------|-----------------------------------|
      +   .   +   .   +   .   +   .       +   .   +   .   +   .   +   .
      Black     -     bird,               fly,                    into the

  #29
  2/4 D7(Am7)
E |----------------------|
B |---1-----1---1----1---|
G |-------0-------0------|
D |---0-------0----------|
A |----------------------|
E |----------------------|
      +   .   +   .
    light of a dark, black


  #30
  3/4 G       Am7     G       4/4 G
E |---------------------------|-----------------------------------|
B |---0-------1-------3-------|---12----12--12----12----12--12----|
G |---------------------------|-------0-------0-------0-------0---|
D |---------------------------|-----------------------------------|
A |-----------0-------2-------|-----------------------------------|
E |---3-----------------------|---10------10------10------10------|
      +   .   +   .   +   .       +   .   +   .   +   .   +   .
      night.


 #31
      G
E |-----------------------------------|-----------------------------------|
B |---12----12--12----12----12--12----|---12----12--12----12--------------|
G |-------0-------0-------0-------0---|-------0-------0---0---------------|
D |-----------------------------------|-----------------------------------|
A |---10------10------10------10------|---10------10------10--------------|
E |-----------------------------------|-----------------------------------|
      +   .   +   .   +   .       +   .   +   .   +   .   +   .   +   .
                                molto rit.


  #34
  3/4    G       Am7     G       3/4 C       G       A7
E||------------------------------|---------------------------|
B||------0-------1-------3-------|---5-------3-------2-------|
G||----------0-------0-------0---|-------0-------0-------0---|
D||------------------------------|---------------------------|
A||--------------0-------2-------|---3-------2-------0-------|
E||---103-----------------------|---------------------------|
          +   .   +   .   +   .      +   .   +   .   +   .
 slide down
        a tempo


  #36
  2/4 Am7/D
E |------------------|
B |--1-----1---1-----|
G |------0-------0---|
D |--0-------0-------|
A |------------------|
E |------------------|
     +   .   +   .

  #37
  3/4 G       Am7     G       4/4 G
E||---------------------------|-----------------------------------|
B||---0-------1-------3-------|---12----12--12----12----12--12----|
G||.------0-------0-------0---|-------0-------0-------0-------0---|
D||.--------------------------|-----------------------------------|
A||-----------0-------2-------|---10------10------10------10------|
E||---3-----------------------|-----------------------------------|
      +   .   +   .   +   .       +   .   +   .   +   .   +   .
    Blackbird singing in the dead of night


  #39
      C       A7      D7      B7          Em              Cm
E |-----------------------------------|-----------------------------------|
B |---5-------8-------7-------10------|---8-----8---8-----8-----8---8-----|
G |-------0-------0-------0-------0---|-------0-------0-------0-------0---|
D |-----------------------------------|-----------------------------------|
A |---3-------7-------5-------9-------|---7-------7-------6-------6-------|
E |-----------------------------------|-----------------------------------|
      +   .   +   .   +   .   +   .       +   .   +   .   +   .   +   .
      Take these broken wings and learn to fly;


  #41
  3/2 G       A7      Am7              Cm
E |----------------------------------------------------|
B |---7-------8-------5-----5---5------4-----4---4-----|
G |-------0-------0-------0-------0--------0-------0---|
D |----------------------------------------------------|
A |---5-------7-------3-------3--------3-------3-------|
E |----------------------------------------------------|
      +       .       +       .        +       .
      All     your    life


  #42
  4/4 G               A7                  Am7             G
E||-----------------------------------|-----------------------------------||
B||---3-----3---3-----2-----2---2-----|---1-----1---1-----0---------------||
G||.------0-------0-------0-------0---|-------0-------0---0--------------.||
D||.----------------------------------|---0-------0----------------------.||
A||---2-------2-------0-------0-------|-----------------------------------||
E||-----------------------------------|-------------------3---------------||
      +   .   +   .   +   .   +   .       +   .   +   .   +   .   +   .
     You were only   waiting  for this    moment  to    a-rise.


  #44
      C       G       A7                  Am7     D7      G
E |-----------------------------------|-----------------------------------||}
B |---5-------3-------2-----2---2-----|---1-----1---1-----3---------------||}
G |-------0-------0-------0-------0---|-------0-------0---0---------------||}
D |-----------------------------------|---0-------0-------0---------------||}
A |---3-------2-------0-------0-------|-----------------------------------||}
E |-----------------------------------|-------------------3---------------||}
      +   .   +   .   +   .   +   .       +   .   +   .   +   .   +   .
     You were only   waiting  for this    moment  to    a-rise.



dfrench@site.gmu.edu






Blackbird  by John Lennon and Paul McCartney

   E--------------------   |--------------------------------------------
   B---0-----1-----3----   |12-----12------12-----12-----12------12-----
3  G------0-----0-----0-  4|----0--------------0------0--------------0--
4  D--------------------  4|--------------------------------------------
   A---------0-----2----   |10---------10---------10---------10---------
   E---3----------------   |--------------------------------------------

  ||--------------------   |--------------------------------------------
  ||---0-----1-----3----   |12-----12------12-----12-----12------12-----
3 ||.-----0-----0-----0-  4|----0--------------0------0--------------0--
4 ||.-------------------  4|--------------------------------------------
  ||---------0-----2----   |10---------10---------10---------10---------
  ||---3----------------   |--------------------------------------------

   E---0-----3-----2-----5-----3------3-----3-----3----3-----3---------
   B-------------------------------------------------------------------
4  G------0-----0-----0-----0------0-----------0-----0----------0------
4  D---------------0------------2--------2--------1-------1------------
   A---3-----4-----------6---------------------------------------------
   E-------------------------------------------------------------------

   E---2-----3--------------------------------------|
   B---------------5----5-----5----4----4----4------|
3  G------0-----0-----0---------0-----0---------0---|
2  D---0--------------------------------------------|
   A---------4-----3-------3-------3------3---------|
   E------------------------------------------------|

    E--------------------------------------------------------------
    B---3------3-----3----2----2-----2----1----1---1---------------
3   G--------0---------0-----0---------0-----0-------0-------------
2   D-------------------------------------0------0-----------------
    A---2---------2-------0-------0--------------------------------
    E--------------------------------------------------------------

    E-------------------0------------------------------------------
    B---0----0-----0----------3-----2----2---2----1-----1-----1----
4   G------0---------0-----0-----0-----0-------0-----0-----------0-
4   D---------------------------------------------0--------0-------
    A-------------------3-----2-----0------0-----------------------
    E---3-------3--------------------------------------------------

    E-------------------||  -----------------    -5-----3-----1---------
    B--0----0-----0-----||  --0----0-----0---    -------------------5---
2   G-----0---------0--.||2 -----0---------0-  4 ----0-----0-----0-----0
4   D------------------.||4 -----------------  4 -3-----2-----0---------
    A-------------------||  -----------------    -------------------3---
    E--3-------3--------||  --3-------3------    -----------------------

    E--------------------------------|-5-----3-----1---------------
    B--3---------3-----5---------5---|-------------------5---------
 4  G-------0---------------0------0-|----0-----0-----0-----0------
 4  D-----0---------0-----0----------|-3-----2-----0---------------
    A--1------1--------3------3------|-------------------3---------
    E--------------------------------|-----------------------------

    E--------------------------------     ---------------------------
    B--3---------3-----3---------2---     --1-----1-----1------------
 4  G-------0---------------0------0-  2  -----0-----------0---------
 4  D-----0---------0-----0----------  4  --0--------0---------------
    A--1------1--------0------0------     ---------------------------
    E--------------------------------     ---------------------------

   (one blank 3/4 measure, one blank 4/4, and one blank 2/4)


    E--------------------|
    B--0-----1-----3-----|
 3  G-----0-----0-----0--|
 4  D--------------2-----|
    A--------0-----------|
    E--3-----------------|

    E---------------------------|---------------------------------|
    B--12---12--12---12---------|-12-----------12-----------------|
 4  G-----0--------0----0-/-/-/-|----/-/-/-/-/-----/-/-/-/-/------|
 4  D---------------------|-|-|-|----|-|-|-|-|-----|-|-|-|-|------|
    A--10-----10-----10---|_|_|-|-10-|_|_|_|_|-10--|_|_|_|_|------|
    E---------------------------|---------------------------------|
                                 (tie to 10, brush strokes on G)

    E-----------------------------|
    B--12-----12-----12-----------|
 4  G------/------/------/---/-/--|
 4  D------|------|------|---|-|--|
    A--10__|--10__|--10__|---|_|--|
    E-----------------------------|

    E--------------------|--0----------------|    ---------------------
    B--0-----1-----3-----|--------3-----2----|    --1----1-----1-------
 3  G-----0-----0-----0--|-----0-----0-----0-|  2 -----0---------0-----
 4  D--------------------|-------------------|  4 ---------------------
    A--------0-----2-----|--3-----2-----0----|    --0-------0----------
    E--3-----------------|-------------------|    ---------------------

      (blank 3/4 measure, blank 3/2)

    E-----------------------------|--------------------------------|
    B--3----3---3----2----2---2---|-1-----1---1-----0----0-----0---|
 4  G-----0-------0-----0-------0-|----0---------0-----0---------0-|
 4  D-----------------------------|-0-------0----------------------|
    A--2------2------0------0-----|--------------------------------|
    E-----------------------------|-----------------3-------3------|

    ||---0----------------------------|-----------------------------||
    ||---------3-----2-----2-----2----|-1----1---1----0----0----0---||
 4  ||.-----0-----0-----0-----------0-|----0-------0-----0--------0.||
 4  ||.-------------------------------|-0------0-------------------.||
    ||---3-----2-----0--------0-------|-----------------------------||
    ||--------------------------------|---------------3-------3-----||

    E--------------------------------||
    B--1----1----1-------------------||
    G-----0--------0---/------/------||
    D--0------0--------|------|------||
    A------------------|------|------||
    E--------------------------------||
                       (brush strokes on G chord)






Blue Eyes  writes:

I've known the fingering for Blackbird for some years.
But the middle part always fouls me up (yuck yuck).
You know the part.....'blackbird fly, blackbird fly
into the dark of the dark black night.."
Thanks. //Gary

I know there are tabs for Blackbird at Nevada, but as I recall, I don't
entirely agree with the one in normal tuning, and the one in open G seemed
harder than the normal version, for me at least.  Anyway, this is how I
play the part in question.  Normal tuning.
  8   10      7 8       5 6       3   5      1   3       3   5
-|-|-|-|-   -|-|-|-   -|-|-|-   -|-|-|-|-   |-|-|-|-   -|-|-|-|-
-|-|-|*|-   -|-|*|-   -|-|*|-   -|-|-|*|-   |-|-|*|-   -|-|-|*|-
-|-|-|-|-   -|-|-|-   -|-|-|-   -|-|-|-|-   |-|-|-|-   -|-|-|-|-
-|-|-|-|-   -|-|-|-   -|-|-|-   -|-|-|-|-   |-|-|-|-   -|-|-|-|-
-|*|-|-|-   -|*|-|-   -|*|-|-   -|*|-|-|-   |*|-|-|-   -|*|-|-|-
-|-|-|-|-   -|-|-|-   -|-|-|-   -|-|-|-|-   |-|-|-|-   -|-|-|-|-

   Black    - - - -     bird    - - - - -    fly

  8   10      7 8       5 6       3   5      1   3      0   2
-|-|-|-|-   -|-|-|-   -|-|-|-   -|-|-|-|-   |-|-|-|-    |-|-|-
-|-|-|*|-   -|-|*|-   -|-|*|-   -|-|-|*|-   |-|-|*|-    |-|*|-
-|-|-|-|-   -|-|-|-   -|-|-|-   -|-|-|-|-   |-|-|-|-    |-|-|-
-|-|-|-|-   -|-|-|-   -|-|-|-   -|-|-|-|-   |-|-|-|-    |-|-|-
-|*|-|-|-   -|*|-|-   -|*|-|-   -|*|-|-|-   |*|-|-|-   *|-|-|-
-|-|-|-|-   -|-|-|-   -|-|-|-   -|-|-|-|-   |-|-|-|-    |-|-|-

  Black    - - - -      bird    - - - - -    fly           into the


0 1                   0     3     0 1      1   3       10  12
 |-|-                  |-|-|-|-    |-|-   |-|-|-|-   -|-|-|-|-
 |*|-                 *|-|-|-|-    |*|-   |-|-|*|-   -|-|-|*|-
 |-|-                  |-|-|-|-    |-|-   |-|-|-|-   -|-|-|-|-
*|-|-                  |-|-|-|-    |-|-   |-|-|-|-   -|-|-|-|-
 |-|-                  |-|-|-|-   *|-|-   |*|-|-|-   -|*|-|-|-
 |-|-                  |-|-|*|-    |-|-   |-|-|-|-   -|-|-|-|-

light of a dark black night

Etc. instrumentally through one verse, then repeat bridge, playing four
measures of the last chord (10/12), slowing tempo each measure. Rub a
wound string (A or D) with the tips of your thumb and forefinger to
simulate a European blackbird chirping.  Then:
 1              10     0     3     0 1      1   3       3   5|-|-           -|-|-    |-|-|-|-    |-|-   |-|-|-|-   -|-|-|-|-|-|-           -|-|-   *|-|-|-|-    |*|-   |-|-|*|-   -|-|-|*|-|-|-           -|-|-    |-|-|-|-    |-|-   |-|-|-|-   -|-|-|-|-|-|-           -|-|-    |-|-|-|-    |-|-   |-|-|-|-   -|-|-|-|-|*|

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