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Optimistic (By RADIOHEAD)
 
Optimistic By Radiohead
From the Album Kid A
Tabbed by Andrew Prefontaine

I won't post lyrics with this tab because there seems to be a big stink
about it if
you do.

It's pretty simple, and believe it or not repetitive
Use your own beat style. I only wrote it like this so it would be easy
to understand the dsus4 d dsus4 d part.

standard tuning

Verse:

  D            F?             Dsus4       D   
--5---5--5-5---5-5--5--5--5---5---5--5-5--5--5--5-5-5--
--7---7--7-7---6-6--6--6--6---8---8--8-8--7--7--7-7-7--
--7---7--7-7---5-5--5--5--5---7---7--7-7--7--7--7-7-7--
--7---7--7-7---7-7--7--7--7---7---7--7-7--7--7--7-7-7--
--5---5--5-5---8-8--8--8--8---5---5--5-5--5--5--5-5-5--
---------------5-5--5--5--5----------------------------

 F?           C             Dsus4 D     Dsus4 D  
-5---5--5-5---3--3--3--3----5--5--5-5---5-5-5----
-6---6--6-6---5--5--5--5----8--7--7-7---8-7-7----
-5---5--5-5---5--5--5--5----7--7--7-7---7-7-7----
-7---7--7-7---5--5--5--5----7--7--7-7---7-7-7----
-8---8--8-8---3--3--3--3----5--5--5-5---5-5-5----
-5---5--5-5--------------------------------------

Chorus:
  D           F?           G               D                 
--5---5--5-5--5-5-5--5-5---10--10--10-10---10--10--10-10-10---
--7---7--7-7--6-6-6--6-6---12--12--12-12---10--10--10-10-10---
--7---7--7-7--5-5-5--5-5---12--12--12-12---11--11--11-11-11---
--7---7--7-7--7-7-7--7-7---12--12--12-12---12--12--12-12-12---
--5---5--5-5--8-8-8--8-8---10--10--10-10---12--12--12-12-12---
--------------5-5-5--5-5-------------------10--10--10-10-10---

 F                 C                 Dsus4 D     Dsus4 D
-8--8--8--8---8----8--8--8--8--8-----5--5--5-5---5-5-5----
-10-10-10-10--10---8--8--8--8--8-----8--7--7-7---8-7-7----
-10-10-10-10--10---9--9--9--9--9-----7--7--7-7---7-7-7----
-10-10-10-10--10---10-10-10-10-10----7--7--7-7---7-7-7----
-8--8--8--8---8----10-10-10-10-10----5--5--5-5---5-5-5----
-------------------8--8--8--8--8--------------------------



And that's it. Repeat as necessary.


--------------------------------------------------------------------------------


RADIOHEAD
Optimistic

By Johan, johan.mickelin@home.se

 /=slide
 h=hammer on
 p=pull off
 *=let ring
 ^=bend
(x) = optional tone
 x

 here is the cd version of optimistic, it has a few differences from the
live version but
 not many

 chords:  F G D C#(or maybe F instead) D# D

 intro (with slight distorsion)

        (oooooooooooooo ooooooooo oooooooooooh)


      F    G     D     F    D#     D

 -----5----7-----2-----1-----3-----2-----
 -----6----8-----3-----1-----4-----3-----
 -----5----7-----2-----2-----3-----2-----
 ---------------------------(1)----------
 ----------------------------------------
 ----------------------------------------

 or this way

        (oooooooooooooo ooooooooo oooooooooooh)

             F    G     D    F   D#    D
 ----------------------------------------
 ----10----12----7----6----8----7--------
 ----10----12----7----5----8----7--------
 ----10----12----7----7----8----7--------
 ----(8)--(10)--(5)--(8)--(6)--(5)-------
 ----------------------------------------


 these are the main chords

 (flies are buzzing around my head...)

          Dm   Dsus2 Dsus4 D         F      D#     D
 -(5)----(5)----(5)---(5)-------------------------
 --6------5------8-----7------6------8------7-----
 --7------7------7-----7------5------8------7-----
 --7------7------7-----7------7------8------7-----
 --5------5------5-----5-----(8)-----6------5-----
 -------------------------------------------------

 then its the chorus, the first guitar keeps on playing the same chords
 while the second guitar is playing along using the G Major scale...
        (this is not really accurate. im aware of that)

 (If you try the best you can)

 ----------------------------2^*--------
 -----------------------3-5-------------
 ------------------2-4-5----------------
 ------------2-4-5----------------------
 ------2-3-5----------------------------
 -3-5-----------------------------------



 second verse the second guitar playes along like this

 --x--x--x--x--x--x--x--x--x--x
 --x--x--x--x--x--x--x--x--x--x
 --x--x--x--x--x--x--x--x--x--x
 --x--x--x--x--5--x--x--5--5--x
 --x--x--x--x--x--x--x--x--x--x
 --x--x--x--x--x--x--x--x--x--x

 this is played simultaneously. this is actually a keyboard riff now
        but it isnt when they play it live..
        (who cares right?)
 --------------------------------
 --------------------------------
 -7--5---------------------------
 --------8--7--5--8----7---------
 --------------------------------
 --------------------------------

  outro both guitars

 -----5----7-----2-----1-----3-----2-----
 -----6----8-----3-----1-----4-----3-----
 -----5----7-----2-----2-----3-----2-----
 -----3----5-----0-----3-----1-----0-----
 ----------------------------------------
 ----------------------------------------

 after this its some sort of slow jamming wich i didnt bother to tab.

---------------------------------------------------------------------

Song: Optimistic
Artist: Radiohead
Tab by: Sam Colclough
Tuning: Drop D

e-mail me if you have questions: sam@footbag.org

I'm going to take the octave approach because that is what it sounds like the band is playing. The slight sliding sound in between chords and such.

Intro (have to hear song to learn rhythm)
  A   B   F#  F   G   F#
e x   x   x   x   x   x
b x   x   x   x   x   x
g 14  16  11  10  12  11
d x   x   x   x   x   x
a 12  14  9   8   10  9
e 0   0   0   0   0   0

  A   B   F#  F   G   F#  F   G   F#
e x   x   x   x   x   x   x   x   x
b x   x   x   x   x   x   x   x   x
g 14  16  11  10  12  11  10  12  11
d x   x   x   x   x   x   x   x   x
a 12  14  9   8   10  9   8   10  9
e 0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0

Intro Lead:
Not sure but there is some other guitar over some chords.

Singing... :c)

Then:
The verse type guitar part.

e
b
g     7  7 7 / 5 5  5 5 5     9  9 9 / 7 7  7 7 7
d     x  x x / x x  x x x     x  x x / x x  x x x
a     5  5 5 / 3 3  3 3 3     7  7 7 / 5 5  5 5 5
e 0 0                     0 0

Flies are buzzing round my head
Vultures circling my bed
Picking up every last crumb

The big fish eat the little ones
The big fish eat the little ones
Not my problem, give me some

e
b
g             0 2 3 5 7 9H11   11^12^11
d       0 2 3                0
a 0 2 3
e

You can try the best you can
If you try the best you can
The best you can is good enough
(x2)

Also.. under the chorus here, there are some different chords. I JUST CAN'T HEAR THEM. Sorry bout that. uh I think for "The best you can is good enough" The verse is played under it.

--
Drums.. distortion.. guitar ... (doh)
--

This one's optimistic
This one went to market
This one just came out of the swamp

This one drops a payload
Fighting for the animals
Living on an animal farm

You can try the best you can
If can try the best you can
The best you can is good enough
(x2)

I'd really like to help you man
I'd really like to help you man
Now is messed up now you're there(???)
Flying on on a prison ship(???)

If you try the best you can
If you try the best you can
The best you can is good enough
You can try the best you can
You can try the best you can
Then lets all lose our WINDY ASSES WHAT THE HELL IS THOM SAYING(???)
*note this is before the album is/was released*

There is more guitar that revolves around the same 3 chord structure and at the end it returns to the intro progression... I really like this song.. I really like this album. OH DAMN ITS RADIOHEAD! Heheh my tab started out strong and then degressed to.. "figure it out." Thanks for reading!




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