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


Author/Artist: Jeff Buckley
Title: Last Goodbye
Album: Grace
Transcribed by: Ben Jones
Email: unholysmoke@yahoo.com

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All of what's here comes from three places - listening to various versions of
the song, the chord charts on M. Harris' brilliant Buckley guitar tab page
(http://captaintab.tripod.com/jefftabs.html), and the Live in Chicago DVD,
which has the band playing an unplugged version of the song. The guitar part's
in open-G, and Mick Grondahl played a drop-D bass, but this is in standard
EADG bass tuning, which doesn't change things too much anyway. This is a long
and complicated tab, simplified as it is. Grondahl messes about like nobody's
business on the DVD - get hold of that if you're keen enough to find out the
whole thing.

Chords are placed above tabs for reference only - they're not necessarily the 
note being played! What's more, timing generally goes by the lyrics below, not 
on space.

Corrections or suggestions are welcome!

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

During slidey 'pre-intro', first go round 'ACGD' bit (as I'll refer to it when 
it returns....). I think the version on Grace has it an octave lower, but it's
clear played here:

       A          C           G               D
    G--------------------------------------------------------
    D---7--7--7-----10----10-----------------------12---12---
    A--9--9--9--9/12---12-------10---10---10--12/14---14-----
    E-------------------------12---12---12-------------------

It's a tricky little figure, but it can be played a few different ways,
including this, which is simpler, but doesn't involve that nice first slide:

       A         C      G         D
    G-------------5--5-------------7--7--
    D---7--7--7--7--7----5--5--5--9--9---
    A--9--9--9----------7--7--7----------        So go for whichever suits
    E------------------------------------

The drums come in, and it's into this - which will heretofore be called the 
'intro', though it also constitutes most of the verse :D:

       D                       D
    A--5--5--------------------5--5----------------------  Play the quick bits
    E-----------0-3-0-2-0-0-3-----------0-3-0-2-0-0-3----  individually - not
                Q U I C K L Y           Q U I C K L Y      as hammer-ons!

Verse begins:

       D                        D
    A--5--5---------------------5--5----------------------
    E------------0-3-0-2-0-0-3------------0-3-0-2-0-0-3---
                 Q U I C K L Y            Q U I C K L Y     

      This is our last goodbye

                Bm            A          Em    (F#m)    G
    A-------------------------------------------------------
    E-----------7-------------5----------0-----2--------3---

      I hate to feel the love between us die...but it's over

                    D          A              G
    A---------------5-----------------------------
    E--------------------------5--------------3---

       I'll just do this...you gave me more...more than you'll ever know....

Back to the intro, twice round. The next verse is just different enough for me to
have to write the bugger out again!

       D                       D
    A--5--5--------------------5--5----------------------
    E-----------0-3-0-2-0-0-3-----------0-3-0-2-0-0-3----
                Q U I C K L Y           Q U I C K L Y     

      This is our last embrace

             Bm        A               G         Em              D
    A------------------------------------------------------------5----
    E--------7---------5---------------3---------0--------------------

      Must I dream and always see your face? Why can't we...this wall?

Next line over the 'ACGD' bit from earlier:

       A          C           G               D
    G--------------------------------------------------------
    D---7--7--7-----10----10-----------------------12---12---
    A--9--9--9--9/12---12-------10---10---10--12/14---14-----
    E-------------------------12---12---12-------------------

       Maybe......because.....know..........all

Okay, bear with me, cos next up is the 'strange Dm/Gm7 bit' for a few bars :s:

       Dm                          Gm7
    G-------------------------------------- 
    D----10|10|10----------10|10----------- 
    A-------------9h10------------9h10p9---
    E--8-----------------8-----------------

Tough to explain the timing of this - I'm sure it's only in the song to make
things more complicated! It's played twice. At least the next verse is simple - 
the whole thing is played over the 'ACGD' line from above, shown again below 
for the hard of scrolling:

       A          C           G               D
    G--------------------------------------------------------
    D---7--7--7-----10----10-----------------------12---12---
    A--9--9--9--9/12---12-------10---10---10--12/14---14-----
    E-------------------------12---12---12-------------------

       Kiss me.........please kiss me................kiss me out of desire...

    ...makes me so angry, cos I know that in time,

and then the last line 

       A/C#m             G
    A------------------------
    E--5-----------------3---
      
       I'd only make you cry

Then 'this is our last goodbye' leads into the slidey string solo, which is played
over the verse riff, shown here again:

       D                       D
    A--5--5--------------------5--5----------------------
    E-----------0-3-0-2-0-0-3-----------0-3-0-2-0-0-3----
                Q U I C K L Y           Q U I C K L Y    

Round there a few times, then into the second part of the solo, you'll hear the
change, which climbs from the D above down to the Bm:

            Bm   A    G
    A--5-4----------------
    E-------7----5----3---

Second time round, there's a little climb that the bass and soloing guitar play:

       Bm   A   Em  G                            Bm   A    G
    D-------------4-5---                      A----------------
    A-----------7-------   then another       E--7----5----3---
    E--7----5-----------

Then into the 'did you say bit, which, for once, is a simple four-chord
progression - shocker!

       D            Bm A                G               The B and G notes are
    A--5---------------------------------------------   *just* a bit later than
    E---------------7--5----------------3------------   the start of the bar.
         Did you say...no, this can't happen to me      

         Did you rush to the phone and call?
         Was her voice unkind in the back of your mind?
         Saying

       Em Am                 C                  G
    A-----0------------------3----------------------
    E--0----------------------------------------3---

       Ba-by......you didn't know....you didn't know...oh-oh, you didnt know....

Back to the ACGD intro, and through it twice, then a slight variation on the verse
riff for the outro, incorporating the C chord Jeff puts in:

       D                       D
    A--5--5--------------------5--5----------------------
    E-----------0-3-0-2-0-0-3-----------0-3-0-2-0-0-3----
                Q U I C K L Y           Q U I C K L Y   

   The bells out...chime....

        C                       D
    A---3-----------------------5-------------------------
    E------------0-3-0-2-0-0-3-----------0-3-0-2-0-0-3----
                 Q U I C K L Y           Q U I C K L Y   

Burning closer to this heart of mine                            Same riff for
Thinkin so hard          on her soft eyes                       all three of
And.....memory           of her sighs                           these lines.


'That it's o-veeeeeeer' is played over the Dm/Gm7 part again, here it is:


       Dm                          Gm7
    G-------------------------------------- 
    D----10|10|10----------10|10----------- 
    A-------------9h10------------9h10p9---
    E--8-----------------8-----------------

Then

       D            C
    D---------4----------
    A--5----7-------7----
    E--------------------

And the song ends on that C chord.

It's the structure of the song that's the complicated part - stick with it and
get to know when the individual sections come in, and it'll start to make sense!



Ben
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Eve.bassface wrote on March 8 2013, 02:13 pm

makes sense :)

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