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Strawberry Fields Forever (By BEATLES)
 
From: Howard Wright (Hman) <spxhaw@thor.cf.ac.uk>
Subject: b/beatles/strawberry_fields_forever.tab
Date: Wed, 16 Aug 1995 14:29:06 +0100 (BST)


                     Strawberry Fields Forever   -    The Beatles
                 -----------------------------------------------------




                                 From the album 'Magical Mystery Tour'

                                 Tabbed by Howard Wright



There are two other versions of this in the archives, but none are in the 
right key. I thought a great song such as this deserved a proper tab in the 
archives.


Because the recording of this song involved a lot of playing around with 
tape speeds, you need to tune down your guitar by a whole step.

So instead of tuning your bottom string to E, tune to D, then tune the other 
strings to this by playing at the 5th/4th fret (you know the routine ...)

You should end up tuned to DGCFAD.

This means that the song is based on the C chord for the guitar, but it
ends up being in the key of Bb.



I've tried to give a guitar part that does justice to all the things that are 
going on in the song. For the first bit it's fairly straight forward since the 
song has a guitar playing here - but later on I've tried to tab out a guitar 
version of what the cellos and trumpets are doing.

Of course you can't play all of the song on just one guitar - but you can do 
a pretty good job. I've written the chords above each line of tab if you just 
want to strum along, and the words are underneath the line of tab.  



Intro :
---------

This is played on the mellotron, but you can do it fairly easily on guitar.


    G    Gmaj7  G7           Am        G       F     C

D-----------------------------------------------------------
A---3--3--3--3--3--3--1--0--------1--------0------------------
F---4--4--4--4--4--4--2--1------2--------0------2----0--------
C---5-----4-----3--3----------2--------0--------3----2--------
G--------------------------------------------------3----------
D-----------------------------------------------------------



Chorus :
----------


    C                                   Gm7

D-----------------------------------------------------------------------
A----------------------------------------3------------------------3--3--
F---0------------------------------------3-------------------3--3--------
C---2------------------------------------3----------------3-------------
G---3------------------------------------5------------3h5----------------
D----------------------------------------3---------------------------

    Let me take you down cos' I'm going to  Strawberry fields


    A7

D----------------0----------0--0--------------------------------
A------2--2----2------------------2--2---------------------
F---0--------0-----------0--------------------------------
C--------------------0h2---------------------------------------
G--------------------0---------------------------------------
D-----------------------------------------------------------

    Nothing is real



 
     F               A7

D-------1---------------------0-------------------------------
A----1--1-----------------------2----2---------------------------
F----2--------------------0-------0---------------------------
C----3---------------0h2----------------------------------------
G----3---------------0----------------------------------------
D----1-------------------------------------------------------

  And nothing to get hung about




    F                 C

D------------------------------------------------------------
A---1-----------1------1---------------------------------------
F---2-----------2------0---------------------------------------
C---3-----------3------2---------------------------------------
G---3-----------3------3---------------------------------------
D---1-----------1---------------------------------------------

    Strawberry fields forever





Verse 1:
---------

    G         Gmaj7     G7

D-----------------------------------------------------------
A---3--3------3--3-----3--3---1---0---------------------------------
F---4--4------4--4-----4--4---2---1---------------------------------
C---5---------4--------3------------------------------------------
G-----------------------------------------------------------
D-----------------------------------------------------------

   Living is easy with eyes closed




    Am      Am/G             F

D-------0---------0---------------1------1---------------------------
A-------1---------1---------------1---1------1------------------------
F-------2---------2-------------2------------2----------------------
C-----2---------2---------------3---------------------------------
G---0------0--------------------3--------------------------------
D-------------3-------------0h1--------------------------------

     Misunderstanding all you see



    F            G               C         G/B      Am    Am/G

D---------1----------3----------------------------------0--------
A---------1----------3----------------------------------1-----------
F---------2-------4----------------0---------0----------2----------
C------3----------5----------------2---------0----------2----------
G------3-------------------------3---------2---------0-----------
D--0h1--------1/3-------------------------------------------3------

    It's getting hard to be someone but it all works out




    F          G               F           C

D--------1-----------3---------------1--------------------------
A------1-------------3---3-----------1--1--0h1-----------------------
F------2-------------4---4-----------2--2--0------------------------
C------3-----------------5--------------3---------------------------
G--------------------------------------------------------------
D--0h1----------1/3-------------0h1----------------------------------

      It doesn't matter much to me




Chorus :
---------

   C                                   Gm               (no chord )

D--------------------------------------3-------------------------
A--------------------------------------3-------------------------
F--------------------------------------3-------------------------
C--2-----------------------------------5------0------------------
G--3-----------------------------------5---1-----1-----1------1--
D--------------------------------------3------------3------1-----
                                   
   Let me take you down cos' I'm going to  Strawberry fields



  (no chord)

D-----------------------------------------------------------
A-----------------------------------------------------------
F-----------------------------------------------------------
C-----------------------------------------------------------
G---7--------------7------------------------------------------
D---0--------------0------------------------------------------

       Nothing is real




      F          G     A7

D-----1----------3-----0---------------------------------------
A-----1----------3-----2---------------------------------------
F-----2----------4-----0---------------------------------------
C-----3----------5-----2---------------------------------------
G-----3----------5-----0---------------------------------------
D-----1----------3--------------------------------------------

  And nothing to get hung about



    F                 C

D-----------------------------------------------------------
A---1---------1-------1----------------------------------------
F---2---------2-------0----------------------------------------
C---3---------3-------2----------------------------------------
G---3---------3-------3----------------------------------------
D---1---------1-----------------------------------------------

   Strawberry fields forever




Linking phrase :
-----------------

This is the little downwards scale played on a harp-like instrument.
Leave all strings to sustain as much as possible.


D----1p0---------------------------------------------------------
A---------1----------------------------------------------------
F-----------3p0--------------------------------------------------
C---------------3p2----------------------------------------------
G--------------------3-----------------------------------------
D-----------------------------------------------------------


Verse 2:
---------

    G       Gmaj7     G7

D-----------------------------------------------------------
A---3--------3---------3-----1---0---------------------------------
F---4--------4---------4-----2---1---------------------------------
C---5--------4---------3-----3---3---------------------------------
G-----------------------------------------------------------
D-----------------------------------------------------------

   Noone I think is in my tree




    Am         Am7             F

D------------------------------------------------------------
A---1-----------1--------------1---------------------------------
F---2-----------0--------------2---------------------------------
C---2-----------2--------------3---------------------------------
G-------------------------------------0----------------------
D-----------------------------------------3------------------

    I mean it must be high or low



    F              G                  C                 Am  Am/G

D-------------------------------------------------------------------
A---1--------------3------------------1----------------1----------
F---2--------------4------------------0----------------2----------
C---3--------------5------------------2----------------2----------
G---3--------------5------------------3----------------0-----------
D---1--------------3---------------------------------------3------

      That is you can't you know tune in but it's alright




    F               G                 F                C

D------------------------------------------------------0------0----------------
A---1---1---1---1---3---3---3---3------1-------1-------1------1----------------
F---2---2---2---2---4---4---4---4------2-------2-------0------0------------------
C---3---3---3---3---5---5---5---5------3-------3-------2---2-----2--------------
G---3---3---3---3---5---5---5---5------3---0---3---0---3----------------------
D---1---1---1---1---3---3---3---3------1--------------------------------

       That is I  think it's not too bad



Chorus :
---------

   C                                   Gm

D---------------------------------------------6-6-------------
A---------------------------------------------3-3-------------
F---------------------------------------3-----3-3-------------
C--2------------------------------------5----------------------
G--3------------------------------------5---------------------
D---------------------------------------3--------------------

     Let me take you down cos I'm going to



                                   Gm/E

D-------------------------------6-6-----------3--3--3--3--3---
A-------------------------------8-8--------------------------
F--------------3------------------------------0--0--0--0--0---
C--------------5-----------------------------------------------
G--------------5-------1-----------------------------------------
D--------------3-------1-----0-------------0------------------

  Strawberry fields             Nothing is real



         F         G        A

D--------1---------3--------5---------------------------------
A--------1---------3--------5----------------------------------
F--------2---------4--------6----------------------------------
C--------3---------5--------7----------------------------------
G--------3---------5--------7----------------------------------
D--------1---------3--------5----------------------------------

   And nothing to get hung about



   F                   C

D-----------------------------------------------------------
A--1-----------1-------1---------------------------------------
F--2-----------2-------0---------------------------------------
C--3-----------3-------2---------------------------------------
G--3-----------3-------3---------------------------------------
D--1-----------1----------------------------------------------

   Strawberry fields forever



Linking phrase :
-----------------


D----1p0---------------------------------------------------------
A---------1----------------------------------------------------
F-----------3p0--------------------------------------------------
C---------------3p2----------------------------------------------
G--------------------3-----------------------------------------
D-----------------------------------------------------------



Verse 3:
---------

    G       Gmaj7     G7

D-----------------------------------------------------------
A---3--3----3---3-----3---3--------1--0---------------------------
F---4--4----4---4-----4---4--------2--1-----------------------------
C---5--5----4---4-----3---3--------3--3-----------------------------
G-----------------------------------------------------------
D-----------------------------------------------------------

   Always, no, sometimes think it's me



    Am                Am7             F

D-----------------------------------------------------------
A---1--------1--------1-------1-------1----------------------
F---2--------2--------0-------0-------2----------------------
C---2--------2--------2-------2-------3----------------------
G-----------------------------------------------0------------
D----------------------------------------------------3-------

     But you know I know when it's a dream



   F           G           C              Am    Am/G

D-----------------------------------------------------------
A-----------------------------------------------------------
F-----------------------------------------------------------
C-----------------------------------------------------------
G----------0-------0---2---3---------------0-----------------
D--1---3-------3----------------3----0----------3----------

    I think a no I mean a yes but it's all wrong



   F            G7          F            C

D-----------------------------------------------------------
A--1--1--1--1---3--3--3--3------------------------------------------
F--2--2--2--2---4--4--4--4-------------------0-----------------------
C--3--3--3--3---3--3--3--3---3-------------2----3p2p0---------------------
G--3--3--3--3---5--5--5--5---3--0--3--0--3--------------3--------------
D--1--1--1--1---3--3--3--3---1------------------------------------------

    That is I think I disagree



Chorus :
---------

   C                                   Gm                   Gm7

D--------------------------------------3-------------------------------
A--1-----------------------------------3------------------3------3-----
F--0-----------------------------------3----------------3------3------3
C--2-----------------------------------5--------------5------3------3--
G--3-----------------------------------5-------------------------------
D--------------------------------------3-------------------------------
                                   
   Let me take you down cos' I'm going to  Strawberry fields



   A7/E

D---0--------------0--0--0--0--0----------------------------------
A---2--------------2--2--2--2--2----------------------------------
F---0--------------0--0--0--0--0----------------------------------
C---2--------------------------------------------------------
G---0------------------------------------------------------
D---0--------------------------------------------------------

       Nothing is real




      F          G     A7

D-----1----------3-----0---------------------------------------
A-----1----------3-----2---------------------------------------
F-----2----------4-----0---------------------------------------
C-----3----------5-----2---------------------------------------
G-----3----------5-----0---------------------------------------
D-----1----------3--------------------------------------------

  And nothing to get hung about



    F                 C       Am7      F                 C

D---------------------------------------------------------------
A---1---------1-------1--------1-------1---------1-------1--------
F---2---------2-------0--------0-------2---------2-------0--------
C---3---------3-------2--------2-------3---------3-------2--------
G---3---------3-------3--------0-------3---------3-------3-------
D---1---------1------------------------1---------1--------------

   Strawberry fields forever         Strawberry fields forever



    F           G      F

D---1-----------3------1-----------5r3---1--0h1p0h1p0--------
A---1-----------3------1--------------------------------3-3--
F---2-----------4------2-------------------------------------
C---3-----------5------3-------------------------------------
G---3-----------5------3-------------------------------------
D---1-----------3------1-------------------------------------

    Strawberry fields forever   



Fade out over a chord of C
----------------------------

 (cellos)                     (elec. gtr)

D-----------------------------------------1--0h1p0h1p0h1p0h1p0---
A-------------------------------------------------------------
F-----------5------2----------------------------------------------
C--------------3-5---3----2-3-5------------------------------------
G--3/1---3--------------5-------3-------3--------------------------
D----------------------------------------------------------------



(harp-thing)

D-------------------------------12--------------13--12--12---------15--13--
A-----------13--11-----11-----------13--11------------------11------------
F---10--12-----------------12---------------12------------------12---
C---------------------------------------------------------------------
G-----------------------------------------------------------------------
D----------------------------------------------------------------------


etc etc  fade back in, a few weird noises etc etc ......
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