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Marathon  Rush

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MARATHON
from 'Power Windows'
transcribed by dlinklater@ewu.edu [Derek Linklater]
Note: I did not transcribe the solo for Marathon, I'll leave that
to you die-hard rush fans. Please feel free to mail any comments
to me regarding this transcription... especially if one of you
enterprising Lifeson fans wants to transcribe the solo correctly. :)
The 'Alex Lifeson' Sound: I have managed to re-create (sort of) the sound
that Alex uses on Marathon. Use a ballsey heavy
distortion, chorus (using a triangle wave-form if
you can), and either a bit of delay or reverb to
get that 'studio' sound.
Lyrics not reprinted with permission... sorry guys. :(
Intro Riff:
[B] [A] [B] [A]  
 
 ------------------------5vvv-|---------------------5vvv---2-----2----|
 ---------------5vvv---4------|------------5vvv----4-------4--2--4--2-|
 ------4vvv-------------------|---4vvv---------------------4--2--4--2-|
 ---4---------2------2--------|--4--------2-------2--------4--2--4--2-|
 -2---------0-----------------|-2--------0-----------------2--0--2--0-|
 -----------------------------|----------------------------2-----2----|

Verse:
[B] [A]  
 
 ------2----------------------------------------------------|
 ------4----------------------------2-----------------------|
 ------4----------------------------2-----------------------|
 ------4----------------------------2-----------------------|
 ------2----------------------------0-----------------------|
 ------2----------------------------------------------------|

It's not how fast you can go, the force goes into the flow.
[B] [A]  
 
 ----2---------------------------------------------------------|
 ----4--------------------------------2------------------------|
 ----4--------------------------------2------------------------|
 ----4--------------------------------2------------------------|
 ----2--------------------------------0------------------------|
 ----2---------------------------------------------------------|

If you pick up the beat, you can forget about the heat.
[play 1st balf of intro riff] 
More than just survival
More than just a flash
More than just a dotted line
[B] [A]  
 
 ------------------2-------------------|
 ------------------4---------2---------|
 ------------------4---------2---------|
 ------------------4---------2---------|
 ------------------2---------0---------|
 ------------------2-------------------|

More than just a dash...
[play verse] 
It's a test of ultimate will
A heartbreak climb uphill
Got to pick up the pace
If you want to stay in the race...
[play 1st balf of intro riff] 
More than blind ambition
More than simple greed
More than a finish line
 
 ----------------------------------------------------5-2vvv--|
 ------------------------------------------------------------|
 --------------------4vvv--------------------------4---------|
 ------------------4-----------------------------2-----------|
 ----------------2-------------------------------------------|
 ------------------------------------------------------------|

Must feed this burning need. In the long run...
Chorus #1 & #3:
[B] [E] [F#] [E]  
 
 -7--------------7-----2----------------------------0-----------|
 -7--------------9-----2----------------------------0-----------|
 -8--------------9-----3----------------------------1-----------|
 -9--------------9-----4----------------------------2-----------|
 -9--------------7-----4----------------------------2-----------|
 -7--------------7-----2----------------------------0-----------|

From first to last, the peak is never passed. Something
[Abm] [F#]  
 
 ------------------4------------------------2-------------------|
 ------------------4------------------------2-------------------|
 ------------------4------------------------3-------------------|
 ------------------6------------------------4-------------------|
 ------------------6------------------------4-------------------|
 ------------------4------------------------2-------------------|

always fires the light that gets in your eyes.
[B] [E] [F#] [E]  
 
 -7-----------7----2--------------------------0------------------|
 -7-----------9----2--------------------------0------------------|
 -8-----------9----3--------------------------1------------------|
 -9-----------9----4--------------------------2------------------|
 -9-----------7----4--------------------------2------------------|
 -7-----------7----2--------------------------0------------------|

One moment time, and glory rolls on by. Like a streak of
[E] [E] [E] [E] [F#] [F#] [F#]  
 
 -----------------0--0-----0--0------------2---2---2-------------|
 -----------------0--0-----0--0------------2---3---3-------------|
 -----------------1--1-----1--1------------3---3---4-------------|
 -----------------2--2-----1--1------------4---4---4-------------|
 -----------------2--2-----2--2------------4---4---4-------------|
 -----------------0--0-----0--0------------2---2---2-------------|

Lightning, that flashes and fades in the summer sky.
[play 1st balf of intro riff] 
then:
[A]  
 
 --------------|
 ------2-------|
 ------2-------|
 ------2-------|
 ------0-------|
 --------------|

[play verse cbords] 
Your meters may overload
You can rest at the side of the road
You can miss a stride
But nobody gets a free ride.
[play 1st balf of intro rif] 
More than high performance
More than just a spark
More than just the bottom line
[A] [A] [A] [A] [A]  
 
 --------------------------------------------------5-2vvv-----|
 ------------2----2--2---2--2---------------------------------|
 ------------2----2--2---2--2---------------------4-----------|
 ------------2----2--2---2--2--------------------2------------|
 ------------0----0--0---0--0---------------------------------|
 -------------------------------------------------------------|

or a lucky shot in the dark... in the long run
[play cborus] 
Bridge:
 
 -------------12--17vvv-|---------------------------------|
 ----------15-----------|---------------------------------|
 -------14--------------|---------------------------------|
 ----12-----------------|-----------4---------4-----------|
 -----------------------|---5-5-5-7---5-5-5-7-------------|
 -----------------------|-----------------------5---------|


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