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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.#
#-----------------------------------------------------------------------------#

From: "Matthias Baumann" <matschga@hotmail.com>
Subject: i/iron_maiden/the_educated_fool.tab
Date: Wed, 17 Jun 1998 07:14:47 PDT

                      The Educated Fool
                by Iron Maiden (Steve Harris)
                  off the Album "Virtual XI"
   Transcribed by Matthias Baumann (matschga@hotmail.com)

INTRO-Riff 1 (play it 2 times, Steve plays the chords):

   Em      |-let ring------>  C              G--------------|          D
E|--------------------------|-------------------------------|
B|--------------------------|-------------------------------|
G|--------------------------|-------------------------------|
D|----9-10-9----------------|----9-10-9-10-9-/12---10-9-----|
A|-12-----------------------|-12-----------------------12---|
E|--------------------------|-------------------------------|

INTRO-Riff 2 (also 2 times, Steve is still playing the chords):

  Em           |-let ring-->  C                        D
|---------------------------|-----------------------------------|
|---7-8-10-8-7-8------------|---7-8-10-8-7-8---10/12---10-8-10--|
|-9-------------------------|-9---------------------------------|
|---------------------------|-----------------------------------|
|---------------------------|-----------------------------------|
|---------------------------|-----------------------------------|

During the first verse guitar 1 plays the chords by picking
the following pattern (this is just a sample so that you get the idea):

  Em            Em           Em        C           G        D
|------------------------------------|-----------------------------------|
|------------------------------------|-----------------------------------|
|------9---9--------9---9--------9---|-----5---5--------------------7----|
|----9---9---9----9---9---9----9---9-|---5---5---5-----5---5------7---7--|
|-7-------------7------------7-------|-3-------------5---5---5--5--------|
|------------------------------------|-------------3---------------------|

VERSE 1:

         Em                    C                    G               D
  I'm an educated fool   so I don't know what it is I'm supposed to do
             Em                               C                     D
  About this awkward situation   that's been forced down right upon me
          Em                      C             G         D
  As I'm walking down into  on my own into the Valley of life
         Em                                 C              D
  Got a lifetime of experience   Yeah I've got so much to give


CHORUS RIFF (don't let the notes ring [mute 'em with your palm]):

  Em
|---------------------------------|
|---------------------------------|
|---------------------------------|
|----9----7-----5-----5--7p5--5h7-|   (play this 4 times)
|-7----7-----7-----7--------------|
|---------------------------------|
  Open the page...

The Second Verse is played (heavily!) distorted, so there's a new
pattern:

  Em                          C       G      D (let ring)
|---------------------------|--------------------------------|
|---------------------------|--------------------------------|
|-9-------9---9--9---9--9-9-|-5--5-----------7---------------|
|-9-------9---9--9---9--9-9-|-5--5----5--5---7---------------|
|-7-7-7-7-7-7-7--7-7-7--7-7-|-3--3----5--5---5---------------|
|---------------------------|---------3--3-------------------|
..felt this way before...

VERSE 2:
        Em                                 C              G           D
  Never felt this way before   seems that somebody's just opened the
door
         Em                                       C           D
  To the book of life ... or is it death is there ever anyway out
             Em                         C          G          D
  Someone's looking down on me  to the very inner core of my soul
              Em                            c               D
  They won't tell me what they see   but I really want to know

Repeat CHORUS RIFF 8 times, then

VERSE 3:
          Em                   C               G         D
  Do you really wanna be  just another one statistic or feel
            Em                             C                 D
  That you really should aspire  that you really do deserve more
         Em                           C              G         D
  Do you ever really feel   that you have so much potential inside
            Em                            C                D
  What you really have to give  could be realised so much more

CHORUS RIFF (8 times)

BRIDGE:

 (let the chords ring)
  Em         G       C         D    Em      G      C     D
|------------------|--------------|--------------|--------------|
|------------------|--------------|--------------|--------------|
|-9----------12-- -|-5---------7--|-9-------12---|-5-----7------|
|-9----------12----|-5---------7--|-9-------12---|-5-----7------|
|-7----------10----|-3---------5--|-7-------10---|-3-----5------|
|------------------|--------------|--------------|--------------|
  Time       will    flow       and I       will   fo--llow

INTERLUDE RIFF 1 (6 times):

  Em               C                    G   D
|----------------|------------------------------|
|----------------|------------------------------|
|----------------|------------------------------|
|----9-10-9------|----9-10-9-12-10-9------------|
|-12-------------|-12----------------12-10--12--|
|----------------|------------------------------|

INTERLUDE RIFF 2 (8 times, Em-C-G-D as usual):

|--------------------------------------|
|--------------------------------------|
|--9--11--12----9--11--11-12-14-12-11--|
|--------------------------------------|
|--------------------------------------|
|--------------------------------------|

SOLO-Chords (8 times, don't know if they're exact):

  Em     G       C       G
|------------------------------------|
|------------------------------------|
|-9------12------5-------12-12-12-12-|
|-9------12------5-------12-12-12-12-|
|-7------10------3-------10-10-10-10-|
|------------------------------------|

After the Solo play INTERLUDE RIFF 2 four more times

INTERLUDE RIFF 3 (4 times):

  Em               C                  G          D
|----------------|-------------------------------------|
|----------------|-------------------------------------|
|----------------|-------------------------------------|
|----9-10-9-9----|----9-10-9-9---10-9-12----10-9-12----|
|-12-------------|-12----------------------------------|
|----------------|-------------------------------------|

then the CHORUS RIFF (8 more times),
afterwards the BRIDGE Chords (12 times),
the INTRO-RIFF 1 two more times

and finally the OUTRO RIFF:
  Em
|------------------------------------------|
|------------------------------------------|
|------------------------------------------|
|------9--10---9---9---(let ring and fade)-|
|-12---------------------------------------|
|------------------------------------------|

----------------------------------------------------------------------------
Due to my lacking fingering speed, the solo is missing.
If anyone out there has a transcription of it, please mail it to me.
As usual, comments, error reports or ANYTHING else to:
matschga@hotmail.com
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bambooo wrote on December 22 2009, 05:09 am

|----------------|-------------------------------------|
|----------------|-------------------------------------|
|----------------|-------------------------------------|
|----9-10-9-9----|----9-10-9-9---10-9-12----10-9-12----|
|-12-------------|-12----------------------------------|
|----------------|-------------------------------------|

last note is wrong

|----------------|-------------------------------------|
|----------------|-------------------------------------|
|----------------|-------------------------------------|
|----9-10-9-9----|----9-10-9-9---10-9-12----10-9-------|
|-12-------------|-12----------------------------12----|
|----------------|-------------------------------------|

It's great tab dude.

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