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Manhattan Skyline Tab

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#----------------------------------PLEASE NOTE---------------------------------#
#This file is the author's own work and represents their interpretation of the #
#song. You may only use this file for private study, scholarship, or research. #
#------------------------------------------------------------------------------#


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              Manhattan Skyline by A-ha . . . tabbed by Bob M. 
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I saw that this song was requested and said I'd give it a go. It's all tabbed by ear so
if it's not 100% that's why but I think it sounds pretty close...you be the judge! I 
arranged the piano played in the verses to guitar so if it is awkward to play that is 
because of the transposition between the instruments and could be amended to your liking - 
as I say it is merely an arrangement, owing to the fact that it was not originally played 
with a guitar. I heard the song today for the first time.

guitar 1 - eadgbe - piano arrangement
guitar 2 - eadgbe - solo piano


Chords: 
Dm - xx0231 or x57765
F  - xx3211 or 133211
Bb - x13331 or 688766
A  - x02220 or 577655


It took pretty long to tab and figure out so please rate and comment and I'm open to suggestions!



Intro - 00:01  '...You sit and watch umbrellas fly...'

                 *
E|--------------(5)-------|--------------(5)--------||
B|---------------1--------|---------------1---------||
G|--------0---------0-----|--------0---------0------||
D|-----3-----3------------|-----3-----3-------------||
A|------------------------|-------------------------||
E|--1---------------------|--1----------------------||


  00:16 - '...I'm trying to keep...'

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

   
   00:20 - '...my newspaper dry...'
 
E|-------(5)---(5)---------|-------(5)---(5)---------|
B|--------3-----3----------|--------3-----3----------|
G|-----3-----3-----3-------|-----3-----3-----3-------|
D|-----3-----3-----3-------|-----3-----3-----3-------|
A|--1----------------------|--1----------------------|
E|-------------------------|-------------------------|


E|-------(5)---(5)----5----3-----3-------|
B|--------3-----3-----3----3-----6-------|
G|-----3-----3-----3----3-----3----------|
D|-----3-----3-----3---------------------|
A|--1------------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------------|


   00:26 - '... I hear myself say...'   

E|--------------(5)-------|--------------(5)--------|
B|---------------1--------|---------------1---------|
G|--------0---------0-----|--------0---------0------|
D|-----3-----3------------|-----3-----3-------------|
A|------------------------|-------------------------|
E|--1---------------------|--1----------------------|


   00:30 - '...My boat's leaving now...'

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


   00:33 - '...so we shake hands and cry..'

E|-------(5)---(5)---------|-------(5)---(5)---------|
B|--------3-----3----------|--------3-----3----------|
G|-----3-----3-----3-------|-----3-----3-----3-------|
D|-----3-----3-----3-------|-----3-----3-----3-------|
A|--1----------------------|--1----------------------|
E|-------------------------|-------------------------|


      '...Now I must wave good bye...'   

E|-------(5)---(5)---------|--------------------------|
B|--------3-----3----------|-----------1--3--5--------|
G|-----3-----3-----3-------|--------3-----------------|
D|-----3-----3-----3-------|-----3--------------------|
A|--1----------------------|--1-----------------------|
E|-------------------------|--------------------------|


00:41

 Dm    F
Wave goodbye
 Dm    F
Wave goodbye
 Dm    F
Wave goodbye
 Dm    F
Wave goodbye
 Dm    F     
Wave goodbye
 Bb    Bb
  

1:02
           F
You know
   F                      Bb                
I don't want to cry again
  Bb                   F
Don't want to try again
 F                       Bb
I don't want to say goodbye
 Bb                     F
Don't ever want to cry again
F                        Bb
I don't want to run away
  Bb                      F 
I don't want to raise this pain
 F                    Bb
I'll never see your face again

  
Bb        F


       Dm
Oh but how
             A
How can you say
               Bb
That I didn't try...
 Dm
no....
 


 01:54 - '...I leave to their goodbyes...'   

E|--------------(5)-------|--------------(5)--------|
B|---------------1--------|---------------1---------|
G|--------0---------0-----|--------0---------0------|
D|-----3-----3------------|-----3-----3-------------|
A|------------------------|-------------------------|
E|--1---------------------|--1----------------------|



 01:58 - '..I've come to depend on the look in their eyes..'

E|--------------1---------|--------------1----------|
B|--------3--------3------|--------3--------3-------|
G|-----2-----2------------|-----2-----2-------------|
D|--0---------------------|--0----------------------|
A|------------------------|-------------------------|
E|------------------------|-------------------------|
 |guitar 2                |                         |
E|------------------------|--20----18----17---------|
B|------------------------|-------------------------|
G|------------------------|-------------------------|
D|------------------------|-------------------------|
A|------------------------|-------------------------|
E|------------------------|-------------------------|


E|-------(5)---(5)---------|-------(5)---(5)---------|
B|--------3-----3----------|--------3-----3----------|
G|-----3-----3-----3-------|-----3-----3-----3-------|
D|-----3-----3-----3-------|-----3-----3-----3-------|
A|--1----------------------|--1----------------------|
E|-------------------------|-------------------------|


E|-------(5)---(5)----5-----3-----3-------|
B|--------3-----3-----3-----3-----6-------|
G|-----3-----3-----3-----3-----3----------|
D|-----3-----3-----3----------------------|
A|--1-------------------------------------|
E|----------------------------------------|
 | guitar 2                               |  
E|--------------------17--15--------------|
B|----------------------------15--13------|
G|----------------------------------------|
D|----------------------------------------|
A|----------------------------------------|
E|----------------------------------------|




   
   02:09 - '...My blood's sweet from pain...'

E|--------------(5)-------|--------------(5)--------|
B|---------------1--------|---------------1---------|
G|--------0---------0-----|--------0---------0------|
D|-----3-----3------------|-----3-----3-------------|
A|------------------------|-------------------------|
E|--1---------------------|--1----------------------|


   2:12 - '...The wind and the rain brings back'

E|--------------1---------|--------------1----------|
B|--------3--------3------|--------3--------3-------|
G|-----2-----2------------|-----2-----2-------------|
D|--0---------------------|--0----------------------|
A|------------------------|-------------------------|
E|------------------------|-------------------------|
 |guitar 2                |                         |
E|------------------------|--20----18----17---------|
B|------------------------|-------------------16----|
G|------------------------|-------------------------|
D|------------------------|-------------------------|
A|------------------------|-------------------------|
E|------------------------|-------------------------|



  2:16 -  '...bring back words of a song...'
E|-------(5)---(5)---------|-------(5)---(5)---------|
B|--------3-----3----------|--------3-----3----------|
G|-----3-----3-----3-------|-----3-----3-----3-------|
D|-----3-----3-----3-------|-----3-----3-----3-------|
A|--1----------------------|--1----------------------|
E|-------------------------|-------------------------|


      '...Now I must wave good bye...'   

E|-------(5)---(5)---------|--------------------------|
B|--------3-----3----------|-----------1--3--5--6-----|
G|-----3-----3-----3-------|--------3-----------------|
D|-----3-----3-----3-------|-----3--------------------|
A|--1----------------------|--1-----------------------|
E|-------------------------|--------------------------|


             Dm    F
And we say: wave goodbye
 Dm     F 
Wave goodbye
 Dm     F 
Wave goodbye
 Dm     F 
Wave goodbye
 Dm     F 
Wave goodbye 
 Dm     F 
Wave goodbye


2:42
             F
   You know
      F                      Bb                
   I don't want to fall again
     Bb                     F
   Don't want to know this pain
    F                       Bb
   Don't want another friend
     Bb                     F
   I don't want to try again
    F                             Bb
   Don't ever want to see you hurt
    Bb                      F 
   Don't let me see you hurt
      F                    Bb
   I don't want to cry again
     Bb                          F
   I'll never see your face again


  Solo -  03:21

    D  U  D  U   U  D     D  U   
e---x--x--x--x----x--x----x--x------------------------------|
b--10-10-10-10---10-10---10-10----------10-10--13b(15)~-----|
g--10-10-10-10---10-10---10-10----10h12---------------------|
d--10-10-10-10---10-10---10-10------------------------------|
a-----------------------------------------------------------|
e-----------------------------------------------------------|
                                                     
                                           (at 3:32)

e---------------------8----------|----------13b(15)----------||
b---\---10s8---6---------6-------|---------------------------||
g-----------------7---------7----|---------------------------||
d--------------------------------|---------------------------||
a--------------------------------|---------------------------||
e--------------------------------|---------------------------||


           Dm
How can you say
               A
That I didn't try
F          Dm
You know I did
                     F
I don’t want to cry again…



    03:45 - '...So I read to myself...'

E|--------------(5)-------|--------------(5)--------|
B|---------------1--------|---------------1---------|
G|--------0---------0-----|--------0---------0------|
D|-----3-----3------------|-----3-----3-------------|
A|------------------------|-------------------------|
E|--1---------------------|--1----------------------|


   03:48 - '...A chance of a lifetime...' 

E|--------------1---------|--------------1----------|
B|--------3--------3------|--------3--------3-------|
G|-----2-----2------------|-----2-----2-------------|
D|--0---------------------|--0----------------------|
A|------------------------|-------------------------|
E|------------------------|-------------------------|
 |guitar 2                |                         |
E|------------------------|--20----18----17---------|
B|------------------------|-------------------------|
G|------------------------|-------------------------|
D|------------------------|-------------------------|
A|------------------------|-------------------------|
E|------------------------|-------------------------|


   3:52 - '...to see new horizons...'

E|-------(5)---(5)---------|-------(5)---(5)---------|
B|--------3-----3----------|--------3-----3----------|
G|-----3-----3-----3-------|-----3-----3-----3-------|
D|-----3-----3-----3-------|-----3-----3-----3-------|
A|--1----------------------|--1----------------------|
E|-------------------------|-------------------------|
 

E|-------(5)---(5)---------|--------------------------|
B|--------3-----3----------|-----------1--3--5--6-----|
G|-----3-----3-----3-------|--------3-----------------|
D|-----3-----3-----3-------|-----3--------------------|
A|--1----------------------|--1-----------------------|
E|-------------------------|--------------------------|
 |guitar 2                 |                          |
E|-------------------------|----17-----15-----20------|
B|-------------------------|--------------------------|
G|-------------------------|--------------------------|
D|-------------------------|--------------------------|
A|-------------------------|--------------------------|
E|-------------------------|--------------------------|


                 F  
  03:59  -  '...On the front page...'

E|------------------------|-------------------------|
B|------------------------|-------------------------|
G|------------------------|-------------------------|
D|------------------------|-------------------------|
A|------------------------|-------------------------|
E|------------------------|-------------------------|


                     Dm 
   (guitar 2) - '...A black and white picture...'

E|------------------------|--20----18----17---------|
B|------------------------|-------------------------|
G|------------------------|-------------------------|
D|------------------------|-------------------------|
A|------------------------|-------------------------|
E|------------------------|-------------------------|


                     Bb               F
  (guitar 2 ) - '...Of Manhattan Skyline.'

E|------------------------|-------------------------|
B|------------------------|-------------------------|
G|------------------------|-------------------------|
D|------------------------|-------------------------|
A|------------------------|-------------------------|
E|------------------------|-------------------------|

              **
E|----------1(13)-3(15)---|------1(13)-3(15)--------|
B|-------1----------------|---1---------------------|
G|-------0----------------|---0---------------------|
D|----3-------------------|-------------------------|
A|------------------------|-------------------------|
E|--1---------------------|-------------------------|


Tablature Notation: 

||  - Play bars twice
 *  - The notes in the intro and through-out in the piano arrangement include 
notes which are difficult to play in transposition between the instruments. 
These notes are optional, so don't have to be played but replicate the music more 
accurately if played.
D U - These letters are written up above the solo as a guideline for how to strum; 
D is a downstroke and U represents an upstroke.
 x  - muted string
 h  - hammer-on
13b(15) - bend the 13th fret up a tone to produce a note two frets above it ie to 
the 15th fret. 
 s  - slide
**  - Here an artificial harmonic is played to replicate the ending 
as close as possible.



e----------------------------------------------------------------||
b----------------------------------------------------------------||
g------------------ Love always to Éadaoin x --------------------||
d----------------------------------------------------------------||
a----------------------------------------------------------------||
e----------------------------------------------------------------||



My email is ultimate-guitartabber@hotmail.com if you have any questions or
comments but constructive criticism only please.


20.09.09
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barfrog wrote on September 21 2009, 03:15 pm

Good job, though why did you tab out the piano arrangement but leave out the distorted guitar thats in the chorus? Other than that, nice one!!

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senorbobby wrote on September 25 2009, 03:02 pm

I didnt leave out the distorted guitar part I just didn't tab it(if that makes any sense)! You see the chords I have tabbed for this part are power chords. I saw no need of tabbing these out as the chords over the words would be sufficient, just play power chords or fifth chords in this part. There is a slight bit of strumming of muted strings creating a percussive effect but you can listen to the song to pick up this. Hope that helped!

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barfrog wrote on January 22 2010, 07:16 am

ahh fair enough... yeah i figured they were just fifths of the chords youve shown :)

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