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Rime Of The Ancient Mariner (By IRON MAIDEN)
 
From: scary@zikzak.apana.org.au (Gary Chapman)

Iron Maiden - Rime of the Ancient Mariner   - transcribed by Gary Chapman
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tablature Copyright (c)1994 Gary Chapman

In my usual fashion, I got inspired by someone's posting (in this case,
Andrew Kenter's), belted out half of the song in one go, and then lost 
interest.  If I have the time and energy I'll finish the song in the
not-too-distant future.

Here's everything up to and including the slow section with the poem.
Taken from Live After Death.

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Key:
 
 '  = 1/2 fret bend
<7> = 7th fret harmonic
 w = whammy dive
 ~  = vibrato
 
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Chords used:
 
   C5  D5  E5  A5  E   F  F#m  G  Cadd2
E --- --- --- --- -0- -1- -2- -3- --3--
B --- --- --- --- -0- -1- -2- -3- --3--
G -5- -7- -9- -2- -1- -2- -2- -4- --5--
D -5- -7- -9- -2- -2- -3- -4- -5- --5--
A -3- -5- -7- -0- -2- -3- -4- -5- --3--
E --- --- --- --- -0- -1- -2- -3- -----
 
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Intro:
 
E ------------------------------------------------------------
B ------------------------------------------------------------
G ---------------------9------9------9------9------5---7---9-  etc.
D --5-4---------2------9------9------9------9------5---7---9-
A ------5-5-7--2------7------7------7------7------3---5---7-
E --------------0--0-0-0--0-0-0--0-0-0--0-0-0--0-0------------
 
Riff A:
E ----------------------------------------------------------------------
B ----------------------------------------------------------------------
G ----------------------------------------------------------------------
D -5-4-2-4--5-4-2-4--5-4-2-4--5-4-2-4--5-4-2-4--5-4-2-4--5--5-----------
A -------------------------------------------------------------5-7-9-7-
E ----------------------------------------------------------------------
 
 
Verse:
 
E5
Hear the rime of the ancient mariner, see his eye as he stops one of 
Mesmerises one of the wedding guests - "stay here and listen to the nightmares
 
Riff B:
E -----------------
B -----------------
G -----------------
D -------0-2-4-0-2-
A -----------------
E -----------------
  three.
  of the sea"
 
        C5                         
And the music plays on as the bride passes by.
 
D5                                  Riff B             D5  E5
Caught by his spell and the mariner tells his tale.
 
                                                                    Riff B
Driven south the the land of the snow and ice to a place where nobody's been.
 
E5                                          C5
Through the snow fog flies on the albatross hailed in God's name, 
 
            Riff B           E5
hoping good luck it brings.
 
        C5
And the ship sails on, back to the north.
 
D5                                        Riff B
Through the fog and ice and the albatross follows on.
 
 
Shanty A: (positions may be wrong - I haven't seen the video for ages)
 
LHS (Dave Murray)
E ------------------------------------------------------
B ------------------------------------------------------
G ------------------------7~----------------------------
D -9-7-5-7-9--9-9-9-7-5-7-----9-7-5-7-9--9-9-9-7-5-7-4~-
A ------------------------------------------------------
E ------------------------------------------------------
 
RHS (Adrian Smith)
E ------------------------------------------------------
B ------------------------------------------------------
G ------------------------4~----------------------------
D -5-4-2-4-5--5-5-5-4-2-4-----5-4-2-4-5--5-5-5-4-2-4----
A ---------------------------------------------------5~-
E ------------------------------------------------------
 
 
LHS (Dave Murray)
E ----------------------------------------------------------
B ----------------------------------------------------------
G ------------------------7~--------------------------------
D -9-7-5-7-9--9-9-9-7-5-7-----9-7-5-7-9--9-9-9--9--4-5-7-5-
A ----------------------------------------------------------
E ----------------------------------------------------------
 
RHS (Adrian Smith)
E ----------------------------------------------------------
B ----------------------------------------------------------
G ------------------------4~--------------------------------
D -5-4-2-4-5--5-5-5-4-2-4-----5-4-2-4-5--5-5-5--5--0-2-4-2--
A ----------------------------------------------------------
E ----------------------------------------------------------

(lots of E5 power chordage) 
 
LHS (Dave Murray)
E -----------------------------------------------------------------
B -----------------------------------------------------------------
G -----------------------------------------------------------------
D -9-7-5-7-9--9-9-9-7-5-7-9~---12-10-9-10-12--12-12-12-10-9-10-12~-
A -----------------------------------------------------------------
E -----------------------------------------------------------------
 
RHS (Adrian Smith)
E -------------------------------------------------------
B -------------------------------------------------------
G -------------------------------------------------------
D -5-4-2-4-5--5-5-5-4-2-4-5~--7-5-4-5-7--7-7-7--5-4-5-7~-
A -------------------------------------------------------
E -------------------------------------------------------
 
 
LHS (Dave Murray)
E ---------------------------------------------------------------------
B ---------------------------------------------------------------------
G ---------------------------------------------------------------------
D -9-7-5-7-9--9-9-9-7-5-7-9~---12-10-9-10-12--12-12-12--12---7-9-10-9-
A ---------------------------------------------------------------------
E ---------------------------------------------------------------------
 
RHS (Adrian Smith)
E ----------------------------------------------------------
B ----------------------------------------------------------
G ----------------------------------------------------------
D -5-4-2-4-5--5-5-5-4-2-4-5~--7-5-4-5-7--7-7-7--7---0-2-4-2-
A ----------------------------------------------------------
E ----------------------------------------------------------
(end Shanty A)
 
E5                                         Riff B
The mariner kills the bird of good omen. 
His shipmates cry against what he's done.
But when the fog clears they justify him.
 
E5
And makes themselves a part of the crime.
 
        C5            D5
Sailing on and on and on across the 
 
 
Shanty B:
 
LHS (Dave Murray)
E -------------------------------------------------------
B -------------------------------------------------------
G -4--4-4-7-5-4---4--4-4---4~--4-4-7-5-4---4--4-----4----
D --------------7--------7---------------7-------7-----5-
A -------------------------------------------------------
E -------------------------------------------------------
 
RHS (Adrian Smith)
E -------------------------------------------------
B -------------------------------------------------
G -------------------------------------------------
D --2--2-2-5-4-2---2--2-----2~--2-2-5-4-2---2-2----
A ---------------5-------5----------------5------5-
E -------------------------------------------------
  sea...                                         Sailing on and on and on...
 
             (Shanty B)
'till all is calm.
 
E5                                          Riff B
The albatross begins with his vengeance.
A terrible curse, a thirst has begun.
His shipmates blame bad luck on the mariner.
Around his neck the dead bird is hung.
 
        C5                D5                  Shanty B
And the curse goes on and on and on at sea.
And the curse goes on and on for them and me. 
 
E5                                                             Riff B
Day after day, day after day we struck nor breath nor motion.
As idle as a painted ship upon a painted ocean.
 
C5                                                     Riff B
Water water everywhere, and all the boards did shrink
 
E5                                                Riff A 
Water water everywhere, nor any drop to drink.
 
E5                       E5
There, calls the         mariner, there comes a ship over the
how can she sail with no wind in her sails and no 
 
E --------------------------------------------------------------
B --------------------------------------------------------------
G --------------------------------------------------------------
D ----------------------------7---------------------------7-----  (Murray)
A -------7-7-7--9-9-9--101010--10-9--7-7-7--9-9-9--101010--10-9-  (Murray)
E -------0-0-0--2-2-2--3-3-3--5-3-2--0-0-0--2-2-2--3-3-3--5-3-2-  (Smith)
  line.                                                       But
  tide ?
 
 
LHS (Dave Murray)
E ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
B ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
G ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
D ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
A -3-3-3--3-3-3--3-3-3--3-3-3--3-3-3--3-3-3--3-3-3--3-3-3--3-3-3--3-3-3--(etc)
E ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
 
RHS (Adrian Smith)
E ---------3--------------------------------3---------------------------------
B ---------3----------------------------------3-------------------------------
G --5------5------------------------------------5-----------------------------
D --5---------------------------------------------5---------------------------
A --3---------------------------------------------3---------------------------
E ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
   See...                                    Onward she comes...  Onward she
 
 
LHS (Dave Murray)
E ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
B ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
G ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
D ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
A -0-0-0--0-0-0--0-0-0--0-0-0--0-0-0--0-0-0--0-0-0--0-0-0--0-0-0--0-0-0--(etc)
E ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
 
RHS (Adrian Smith)
E -------0--------------------------------------------------------------------
B -------2--------------------------------------------------------------------
G -2-----2----------2---------------------------------------------------------
D -2----------------2---------------------------------------------------------
A -0----------------0---------------------------------------------------------
E ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
   nears out of the sun...
 
Cadd2                                A 
She, she life in death, she lets him live, her chosen one.
 
F#m  A5  E   F   G     (AS plays chords, DM plays single-note triplets)
F#m  A5  E   F   G
 
LHS (Dave Murray)
E -------------------------------------------------------------------------
B -------------------------------------------------------------------------
G -------------------------------------------------------------------------
D ----------------------------7-7-7--7-------------------------------------
A -10-7-7--7-7-7-(repeat x 3)----------10-9-(1st measure x 2)--------6-6-6-
E ------------------------------------------------------------8-8-8--------
 
RHS (Adrian Smith)
E --------------------------------------------------------------------- 
B ---------------------------------------------------------------------
G ------------------------------------------------------------5------8-
D ------------------------------------------------------------5------8-
A ------------------------------------------------------------3------6-
E -3'-0-0--0-0-0-(repeat x 3)-5-5-5--5-3-2--(1st measure x 2)----------
 
(play the above section 4 times - on 4th time through, play the following
instead of the 2 chords)
 
E ----------------------
B --------------------5-
G --------------------6-
D --7---6^7^6-----8---6-
A ------------7/9---94-
E ----------------------
 
 
Middle Section:
 
LHS (Dave Murray)
E ------------------------------------------
B ------------------------------------------
G -------10-------------------------------7-
D ----11--------------------------------8---
A -12---------------------------------9-----
E ------------------------------------------
 
RHS (Adrian Smith)    (volume swells) 
E ---------------------------------------
B ---------------------------------------
G --5---------7---9---10---12---13---8~-
D ---------------------------------------
A ---------------------------------------
E ---------------------------------------
 
 
LHS (Dave Murray)
E ------------------------------------------
B ------------------------------------------
G -------10-------------------------------8-
D ----11--------------------------------9---
A -12--------------------------------10-----
E ------------------------------------------
 
RHS (Adrian Smith)    (volume swells) 
E ---------------------------------------
B ---------------------------------------
G --5---------7---9---10---12---13---6~-
D ---------------------------------------
A ---------------------------------------
E ---------------------------------------
 
(alternate between the two combinations above)
 
One after one by the star-dogged moon, too quick for a groan or sigh.
Each turned his face with a ghastly pang and cursed me with his eye.
Four times fifty living men, and I heard nor sigh nor groan.
With heavy thump, a lifeless lump, they dropped down one by one.
 
LHS (Dave Murray)
E --------------------------------------------
B --------------------------------------------
G -10---------------------------------8-------
D ----12--------------------------------10----
A -------12--------------------------------10-
E --------------------------------------------
 
RHS (Adrian Smith)    (volume swells) 
E ----------------------------------------------
B --6------------------------------------------
G --7--------7---9---10---12---13---8---<7>w-
D ----------------------------------------------
A ----------------------------------------------
E ----------------------------------------------
 
 
LHS (Dave Murray)
E ------------------------------------------
B ------------------------------------------
G -10---------------------------------7-----
D ----12--------------------------------9---
A -------12-------------------------------9-
E ------------------------------------------
 
RHS (Adrian Smith)    (volume swells) 
E -----------------------------------------------
B --6-------------------------------------------
G --7--------7---9---10---12---13---7~---<5>w-
D -----------------------------------------------
A -----------------------------------------------
E -----------------------------------------------
 
(play twice)
 
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Mr.Scary (Gary Chapman)
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scary@zikzak.apana.org.au

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		Zikzak public access UNIX, Melbourne, Australia.
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