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Jethro Tull: Thick as a brick, the whole album 
Chords and tabs: Håkan Mattsson, Paco Jimenez, Paul Tarvydas. 
############################################################################## 
This file is a compilation of all the separate files of parts of "Thick 
as a brick", to make one file for the whole album. 
For those places where we have no chord suggestions, the lyrics and 
time information is still there. 
I have seperated each file with a row of hash marks, so that any special 
information or notation regarding a specific file, a specific part, is kept. 
Håkan Mattsson 
############################################################################## 
Jethro Tull: Thick as a brick. Track 1,  beginning to 3:02 
Chords/Tab: Håkan Mattsson 
This tab is a bit simplified, meaning that I haven't tabbed every little 
strumming and lift of fingers. In my opinion it's easier to read in this 
way, when only the more difficult parts are tabbed. 
In some places I have indicated where there are significant sus2's and sus4's 
with "sus2/4". 
I have seen many suggestions on how these first minutes are played, and this 
version do not differ in any significant way from most of the others, but 
some. And in my opinion it's easier to follow than many others I have seen. 
(I hope I'm not the only one thinking so! :-) 
Thanks to Paco Jimenez for one riff, and to Sigurd Andre Lund from Norway, 
whose old tab that I found have helped me a lot. 
When Ian Anderson plays the intro he shapes a D, G and then a D at the 5th fret. 
He uses his pinky for the 4th and 7th fret on the A string. 
Capo on 3:rd fret 
   _____ _____ _____ _____ _____ _____ _____ _____ 
   | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | <- triplets 
   D                 G     D at 5th fret           <- (se above) 
e |-----------------------|-----------------------| 
B |------------------3-3-3|-----------------------| 
G |----2-----2-------0-0-0|----5-----5-----------0|   twice 
D |--0-----0-------0-0-0-0|--0-----0-------0---0--| 
A |0-----4-----0-2---2-2-2|0-----7-----0-5---3----| 
E |-----------------------|-----------------------| 
   ^     ^     ^ ^         ^     ^     ^ ^   ^     <- accent 
============================================================================ 
   D  (strummed)           Am (strummed) 
  |2----------------------|0----------------------| 
  |3----------------------|1----------------------| 
  |2----------------------|2----------------------| 
  |0----------------------|2----------------------| 
  |-----------------------|0-----------0-2--------| 
  |-----------------------|------------------3----| 
1)  Really        don't   mind if you sit this one 
2)  My  words  but   a   whisper - your deafness a 
3)  I   may   make  you   feel but I can't make you 
4)  Your  sperm's  in the gutter - your love's in the 
                     G                       G 
  |-----------------------|-----------------------| 
  |------------------3-3-3|------------------3-3-3| 
  |----2-----2-------0-0-0|----2-----2-------0-0-0| 
  |--0-----0-------0-0-0-0|--0-----0-------0-0-0-0| 
  |0-----4-----0-2---2-2-2|0-----4-----0-2---2-2-2| 
  |-----------------------|-----------------------| 
1) out.          (up) 
2) SHOUT.        (up) 
3) think.        (up) 
4) sink. 
============================================================================ 
             G               A          D sus2/4 
   So   you ride yourselves  over the  fields 
   and  you make all your    animal    deals 
   and your wise men don't know how it feels...   (continue below) 
  A sus2/4 
...          to be thick as a 
  
  |-----------------------|-----------------------| 
  |------------------3-3-3|------------------3-3-3| 
  |----2-----2-------0-0-0|----2-----2-------0-0-0| 
  |--0-----0-------0-0-0-0|--0-----0-------0-0-0-0| 
  |0-----4-----0-2---2-2-2|0-----4-----0-2---2-2-2| 
  |-----------------------|-----------------------| 
brick. 
                     G                       G 
  |-----------------------|-----------------------| 
  |------------------3-3-3|------------------3-3-3| 
  |----2-----2-------0-0-0|----2-----2-------0-0-0| 
  |--0-----0-------0-0-0-0|--0-----0-------0-0-0-0| (same as above) 
  |0-----4-----0-2---2-2-2|0-----4-----0-2---2-2-2| 
  |-----------------------|-----------------------| 
============================================================================ 
   D  (strummed)           Am (strummed) 
  |2----------------------|0----------------------| (not aligned with lyrics) 
  |3----------------------|1----------------------| 
  |2----------------------|2----------------------| 
  |0----------------------|2----------------------| 
  |-----------------------|0-----------0-2--------| 
  |-----------------------|------------------3----| 
1) And the sand-castle virtues are all swept 
2) In the tidal destruction, the moral 
3) The elastic retreat rings the close of 
4) As the last wave uncovers the newfangled 
                     G                       G 
  |-----------------------|-----------------------| 
  |------------------3-3-3|------------------3-3-3| 
  |----2-----2-------0-0-0|----2-----2-------0-0-0| 
  |--0-----0-------0-0-0-0|--0-----0-------0-0-0-0| 
  |0-----4-----0-2---2-2-2|0-----4-----0-2---2-2-2| 
  |-----------------------|-----------------------| 
1) away.         (up) 
2) melee.        (up) 
3) play.         (up) 
4) way. 
============================================================================ 
             G               A          D sus2/4 
   But your new shoes  are  worn at the heels 
   and your suntan   does   rapidly     peel 
   and your wise men don't know how it feels...   (continue below) 
  A sus2/4 
...          to be thick as a 
                     G                       G 
  |-----------------------|-----------------------| 
  |------------------3-3-3|------------------3-3-3| 
  |----2-----2-------0-0-0|----2-----2-------0-0-0| 
  |--0-----0-------0-0-0-0|--0-----0-------0-0-0-0| 
  |0-----4-----0-2---2-2-2|0-----4-----0-2---2-2-2| 
  |-----------------------|-----------------------| 
brick. 
============================================================================ 
  |-----------------(0-0-0)-----------------------| 
  |------------------6-6-6|-----------------------| 
  |----5-----5-------5-5-5|----5-----5-----0------| 
  |--0-----0-------0(0-0-0)--0-----0-----0--------| 
  |0-----7-----0-5--------|0-----7-----5-----3----| 
  |-----------------------|-----------------------| 
                   parenthesis optional 
============================================================================ 
                                             |-----------| 
                                             |-----------| 
                                             |-----------| 
                                             |0-2--------| 
                                             |----0-2----| 
D                      Am  C            Em   |--------0-2| 
And the love that I feel  is so far away: 
G                        Bm         D   F#    ( <- in these 3 last chords, 
 I'm a bad dream that I just had todaaaaay -   lift finger from the e string 
G                     A sus2/4                 repeatedly) 
- and you shake your head and say it's a 
  |-----------------------|-----------------------| 
  |------------------3-3-3|------------------3-3-3| 
  |----2-----2-------0-0-0|----2-----2-------0-0-0| 
  |--0-----0-------0-0-0-0|--0-----0-------0-0-0-0| 
  |0-----4-----0-2---2-2-2|0-----4-----0-2---2-2-2| 
  |-----------------------|-----------------------| 
shame. 
============================================================================ 
  |-----------------(0-0-0)-----------------(0-0-0) 
  |------------------6-6-6|------------------6-6-6| 
  |----5-----5-------5-5-5|----5-----5-------5-5-5| 
  |--0-----0-------0(0-0-0)--0-----0-------5(0-0-0) 
  |0-----7-----0-5--------|0-----7-----0-5--------| 
  |-----------------------|-----------------------| 
                   parenthesis optional 
============================================================================ 
  |-----------------(0-0-0)-----------------(0-0-0) 
  |------------------6-6-6|------------------6-6-6| 
  |----5-----5-------5-5-5|----5-----5-------5-5-5| (same as above) 
  |--0-----0-------0(0-0-0)--0-----0-------0(0-0-0) 
  |0-----7-----0-5--------|0-----7-----0-5--------| (Not aligned with lyrics) 
  |-----------------------|-----------------------| 
                   parenthesis optional 
Spin me back down the years and the days of my youth. 
Draw the lace and black curtains and shut out the whole truth. 
Spin me down the long ages: let them sing the song. 
============================================================================ 
  |-----------------(0-0-0)-----------------(0-0-0) 
  |------------------6-6-6|------------------6-6-6| 
  |----5-----5-------5-5-5|----5-----5-------5-5-5| (same as above) 
  |--0-----0-------0(0-0-0)--0-----0-------0(0-0-0) 
  |0-----7-----0-5--------|0-----7-----0-5--------| 
  |-----------------------|-----------------------| 
                   parenthesis optional 
  
   F        strum   D strum Dsus2 
  |5---5-----5------2-- 
  |6----6----6------3-- 
  |5-----5---5------2-- 
  |0------0--0------0-- 
  |-------------------- 
  |-------------------- 
Time: 3:02 
############################################################################## 
Thick as a brick. Track 1, 3:02 - 5:13 
Transcription: Paul Tarvydas (part of Pauls file) 
capo 3rd fret (all chords & notes written as if no capo) 
s/f = string/fret single notes 
single note runs & melody lines inside curly braces {} 
c[p] = chord c, played as barre in position p 
Am      D G 
Am      D G 
Am      D G 
Am      D G 
{ 5/0 5/2 5/3 5/2 5/3 4/0 6/3 5/2   electric riff repeats 
   A   B   C   B   C   D   G   B  } 
Am  D G         Am          D G 
See   there!  A son is born -- 
       Am            D G      Am    D G 
and we pronounce him   fit to fight. 
          Am          D  G   Am        D G 
There are black-heads on his shoulders, 
       Am      D    G      Am    D G 
and he pees himself in the night. 
             C[3]        D[5] 
We'll make a man of him 
           E[7]   D[5] F[8] E[7] 
put him to trade 
C[3]              D[5] 
teach him to play Monopoly and 
               E[7] E[7] D[5] F[8] 
to sing in the rain. 
               D[5] D[5] C[3] Eb[6] 
               C[3] C[3] Bb[1] Db[4] 
               Bb[1] 
(organ solo) 
Am D G   Am D G   Am D G   Am D G 
Am D G   Am D G   Am D G   Am D G 
Am D G   Am D G   Am D G   Am D G 
Am D G 
Bm E A   Bm E A   Bm E A   Bm E A 
Am D G   Am D G   Am D G 
Am 
G    Am Asus2 Cmaj7 
Am D G  Am D G 
(forte) 
Am D G  Am D G 
C[3] D[5] E[7] D[5] F[8] E[7] 
C[3] D[5] E[7] D[5] F[8] E[7] 
D[5] F[8] E[7] 
D[5] F[8] E[7] 
D[5] F[8] E[7] 
D[5] F[8] E[7] 
D[5] F[8]      D/F (hold dischord) 
B[7] Em   B[7] Em 
Time 5:13 
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Jethro Tull: Thick as a brick. Track 1, 5:13 - 11:55 
Chords: Håkan Mattsson 
Capo 3 
  
|Em Em Em D |Em Em Em D |G  G  G  G |A  A  A  A |Am Am Am Am| 
 ^        ^  ^        ^  ^        ^  ^        ^  ^        ^  <- accent 
                              D 
|B  B  B  B |D  D  D  D |Em Em Em D |G  G  A  A |B  B  B  B | 
 ^        ^  ^        ^  ^     ^  ^  ^     ^     ^     ^     <- accent 
repeat above once 
  
     Em                 D          Em 
The Poet and the painter casting shadows on the water -- 
        D                           A                B 
as the sun plays on the infantry returning from the sea. 
     Em                  D       Em 
The do-er and the thinker: no allowance for the other -- 
        D                             A            B 
as the failing light illuminates the mercenary's creed. 
     Em              D      Em 
The home fire burning: the kettle almost boiling -- 
         D             C             A B 
but the master of the house is far away. 
     Em              D        Em 
The horses stamping -- their warm breath clouding 
         D               C              A B 
in the sharp and frosty morning of the day. 
         E    D         B             D        C 
And the poet lifts his pen while the soldier sheaths his sword. 
         Em              D         Em             D 
And the youngest of the family is moving with authority. 
 B                C              A               C 
Building castles by the sea, he dares the tardy tide 
    G              Bb   (Play Bb as barre on 1, and you can lift the 
to wash them all aside.  index finger some from the e string to follow 
                         the song) 
Instrumental over |Em Em Em D | repeatedly 
  
9:28 
     Em                   D         Em 
The cattle quietly grazing at the grass down by the river 
            D                           A              B 
where the swelling mountain water moves onward to the sea: 
     Em                   D   Em 
the builder of the castles renews the age-old purpose 
     D                                  A             B 
and contemplates the milking girl whose offer is his need. 
     Em                       D     Em 
The young men of the household have all gone into service 
         D           C            A B 
and are not to be expected for a year. 
    Em                     D           Em 
The innocent young master -- thoughts moving ever faster -- 
     D                   C                A B 
has formed the plan to change the man he seems. 
         E     D          B             D       C 
And the poet sheaths his pen while the soldier lifts his sword. 
        Em             D         Em             D 
And the oldest of the family is moving with authority. 
 B             C                 A             C 
Coming from across the sea, he challenges the son 
     G               Bb 
who puts him to the run. 
  
   The instrumental part below aren't always chords, but it's 
   something like this: 
10:34 Em..., Bm D F#m A 
10:42 Bm  G  Em 
10:45 Organ, "answers" in Dm 
10:53 Organ, "answers" in Em 
11:00 G D Em, G D Em 
11:08 F#m A G C#      (hum, well, almost :-) 
  
E            D          A                                 B 
What do you do when the old man's gone -- do you want to be him? 
E         D         A                               B 
And your real self sings the song. Do you want to free him? 
A          G        D           E 
No one to help you get up steam -- 
A                  G          F#m 
and the whirlpool turns you `way off-beam. 
  
  
Time 11:55 
############################################################################## 
Track 1, 11:55 - 12:21 
Transcription: Paul Tarvydas 
capo 3rd fret (all chords & notes written as if no capo) 
s/f = string/fret single notes 
single note runs & melody lines inside curly braces {} 
 D                              Em 
{4/4 4/4  4/4 4/4  4/4  5/4 4/0 4/2 
  F#  F#   F#  F#   F#   Db  D   E } 
 D                              Em 
{4/4 4/4  4/4 4/4  4/4  5/4 4/0 4/2 
  F#  F#   F#  F#   F#   Db  D   E } 
  
Am 
{3/2  3/0 3/2  4/2 4/3  3/0 3/2 3/0 4/3 
 A     G   A    E   F   G    A   G   F 
Em 
4/0 4/2 4/0  5/2 5/3 4/0 4/2 4/3 3/0 
E    D   E    B   C   D   E   F   G} 
  
  
Am 
{3/2  3/0 3/2  4/2 4/3  3/0 3/2 3/0 4/3 
 A     G   A    E   F   G    A   G   F 
Em 
4/0 4/2 4/0  5/2 5/3 4/0 4/2 4/3 3/0 
E    D   E    B   C   D   E   F   G} 
  
  
Am 
{3/2  3/0 3/2  4/2 4/3  3/0 3/2 3/0 4/3 
 A     G   A    E   F   G    A   G   F 
Em 
4/0 4/2 4/0  5/2 5/3 4/0 4/2 4/3 3/0 
E    D   E    B   C   D   E   F   G} 
Am 
{3/2  3/0 3/2  4/2 4/3  3/0 3/2 3/0 4/3 
 A     G   A    E   F   G    A   G   F 
Em 
4/0 4/2 4/0  5/2 5/3 4/0 4/2 4/3 3/0 
E    D   E    B   C   D   E   F   G} 
############################################################################## 
12:21 
  
  
12:33 
############################################################################## 
Track 1, 12:33 - 15:55 
TRANSCRIPTION BY PACO JIMENEZ (SPAIN) 
OBSERVE! This tabbed part is without capo. 
              _____       _____ _____ _____ _____ 
              | | |       | | | | | | | | | | | | <- triplets 
e|-----------------------|-----------------------| 
B|-----------------------|-----------------------| 
G|-----------------------|-----------------------| 
D|----------------2-5----|5-3-2-5-3-2-5-3-2-2-3-5| 
A|3-----3-----3-5--------|-----------------------| 
E|-----------------------|-----------------------| 
  C     ^     ^     ^     ^     ^     ^     ^     <- beats 
 (A with capo 3) 
e|-----------------------|-----------------------| 
B|-----------------------|-----------------------| 
G|-----------------------|-----------------------| 
D|----------------4-7----|7-4-3-7-4-3-7-4-3-3-4-7| 
A|5-----5-----5-7--------|-----------------------| 
E|-----------------------|-----------------------| 
  D     ^     ^     ^     ^     ^     ^     ^     <- beats 
 (B with capo 3) 
repeat 5 times and then... 
              ______        ______ ______ ______ ______ 
              | |  |        |  | | |  | | |  | | | |  | <- triplets 
e|-------------------------|---------------------------| 
B|-------------------------|---------------------------| 
G|-------------------------|---------------------------| 
D|-----------------7-10----|10-8-7-10-8-7-10-8-7-7-8-10| 
A|8-----8-----8-10---------|---I-----------------------| 
E|-------------------------|-------I-------------------| 
  F     ^     ^      ^      ^      ^      ^      ^      <- beats 
 (D with capo 3) 
              _______ 
             |  |  |        <- triplets 
e|--------------------------| 
B|--------------------------| 
G|--------------------------| 
D|------------------9-12----| 
A|10----10----10-12---------| 
E|--------------------------| 
  G     ^     ^       ^      <- beats 
 (E with capo 3) 
(This part transposed to capo 3 - to fit with the other pieces - by Håkan Mattsson) 
Capo 3 
|A5 / F#5 / | 
B5                       A5             F#5              E5   D5 
I've come down from the upper class to mend your rotten ways. 
B5                 A5               F#5        E5   D5 
  My father was a man-of-power whom everyone obeyed. 
 |A  | % | B  | % | D  | %  |E   | A  F# |    ( | % |=repeat last bar) 
B5                   A5             F#5              E5   D5 
So come on all you criminals! I've got to put you straight 
B5                    A5             F#5             E5   D5 
just like I did with my old man -- twenty years too late. 
 |A  | % | B  | % | D  | %  |E   | A  F# |    ( | % |=repeat last bar) 
  
flute improvisation over 
 |B5 / / / |A5 / E5 F#5 |x 4times 
 |B5 / / / | %  |A5 / / /| % |E5 / / /| % |F#5 / / /| % |x 2times 
  
cd track 1  time:  14:57 
half time (2 beats for a bar, 1 beat for a chord)  in 3 first bars below 
|A     F#  | C     A  | Bb    G   | C / / / | 
Bass notes (also relative to capo): 
A A  F# F#   C C  A A   Bb Bb G G   C C C C 
___  ____    ___  ___   ____  ___   ___ ___ 
| |  |  |    | |  | |   |  |  | |   | | | | 
  
TIME: 15:04 
|E D A / |B / /  / |E  D A / |B / / /  |A G D / |E / /  / | 
|A G D / |E / F# / |G# / / / |/ / / G#m|B / / / |A / F# / | 
B5                      A5               F#5                   E5   D5 
Your bread and water's going cold. Your hair is too short and neat. 
B5                      A5                  F#5           E5   D5 
I'll judge you all and make damn sure that no-one judges me. 
 |A  | % | B  | % | D  | %  |E   | A  F# |    ( | % |=repeat last bar) 
15:55 
############################################################################## 
Jethro Tull: Thick as a brick. Track 1, 15:55 - 17:20 
Chords/tab: Håkan Mattsson 
Capo on 3:rd fret 
Organ: A B C#m 
C#m F# 
F#  C#m 
C#m F# 
F#  G  A  C 
16:24 
   _____ _____ _____ _____ _____ _____ _____ _____ 
   | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | <- triplets 
  |-----------------------|-----------------------| 3 times before verse 
  |------------------3-3-3|------------------3-3-3| 
  |----2-----2-------0-0-0|----2-----2-------0-0-0| Continue throughout 
  |--0-----0-------0-0-0-0|--0-----0-------0-0-0-0| verse, and during 
  |0-----4-----0-2---2-2-2|0-----4-----0-2---2-2-2| hummed verse after. 
  |-----------------------|-----------------------| 
   ^     ^     ^ ^         ^     ^     ^ ^         <- accent 
You curl your toes in fun as you smile at everyone - 
you meet the stares. You're unaware that your doings aren't done. 
And you laugh most ruthlessly as you tell us what not to be. 
But how are we supposed to see where we should run? 
   _____ _____ _____ _____ _____ _____ _____ _____ 
   | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | <- triplets 
  |-----------------(0-0)-|-----------------(0-0)-| 
  |------------------6-6--|------------------6-6--| 
  |----5-----5-------5-5--|----5-----5-------5-5--| twice 
  |--0-----0--------(0-0)-|--0-----0--------(0-0)-| 
  |0-----7-----0-5--------|0-----7-----0-5--------| 
  |-----------------------|-----------------------| 
   ^     ^     ^ ^   ^     ^     ^     ^ ^   ^     <- accent 
                   (parenthesis optional) 
  
  |-5-                  |-0-0----| 
  |-6-                  |-6--6---| 
  |-5-  once, and then  |-7---7--| four times 
  |-0-                  |-8----8-| 
  |---                  |--------| 
  |---                  |--------| 
                          ^ V     <- down and up strokes 
17:20 
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TRANSCRIPTED BY pacojimenezz@hotmail.com 
with some corrections and notations by Håkan 
CD TRACK 1 time:  17:20 - 21:08 
all chords are relative to CAPO 3 fret 
  
  
  strum         strum 
|-5----5-6-8----2----0-2- 
|-6----6-6-6----3----3-3- 
|-5----5-5-5----2----2-2- 
|-0----0-0-0----0----0-0- 
|------------------------ 
|------------------------ 
  strum  strum   strum  strum 
|-0----3-2----0--2----5-3----2- 
|-1----1-1----1--3----3-3----3- 
|-0----0-0----0--2----2-2----2-  repeat 
|-0----0-0----0--0----0-0----0- 
|------------------------------ 
|------------------------------ 
           C              G            A string: -2-3-2-0- 
I see you shuffle in the courtroom with 
                          D Dsus 
your rings upon your fingers and       A|-----2- 
      C            Em              <-  E|-0-3--- 
your downy little sidies and 
      A              D Dsus D Dsus 
your silver-buckle shoes. 
C                    G                 A string: -2-3-2-0- 
Playing at the hard case, 
                  D Dsus 
you follow the example                 A|-----2- 
        C            Em            <-  E|-0-3--- 
of the comic-paper idol 
      A                D Dsus D Dsus 
who lets you bend the rules. 
  strum  strum   strum  strum  (not played by an acoustic guitar here) 
|-0----3-2----0--2----5-3----2- 
|-1----1-1----1--3----3-3----3- 
|-0----0-0----0--2----2-2----2-  repeat 
|-0----0-0----0--0----0-0----0- 
|------------------------------ 
|------------------------------ 
 (or just play xx0010 xx0232 repeatedly instead of above) 
         C                G 
So! Come on ye childhood heroes! 
                            D Dsus 
Won't you rise up from the pages 
         C                Em 
of your comic-books your super crooks 
      A              D Dsus D Dsus 
and show us all the way. 
        C                  G 
Well!  Make your will and testament. 
                            D Dsus 
Won't you? Join your local government. 
            C             Em 
We'll have Superman for president 
     A              D Dsus D Dsus 
let Robin save the day. 
  
Em                                      A          (A7) Em 
 You put your bet on number one and it comes up every time. 
Em                                            A           (A7) Em 
The other kids have all backed down and they put you first in line. 
Em                               C 
And so you finally ask yourself just how big you are -- 
A                                              B 
and you take your place in a wiser world of bigger motor cars. 
Em ? 
And you wonder who to call on. 
  strum  strum   strum  strum   (not played by an acoustic guitar here) 
|-0----3-2----0--2----5-3----2- 
|-1----1-1----1--3----3-3----3- 
|-0----0-0----0--2----2-2----2-  repeat 
|-0----0-0----0--0----0-0----0- 
|------------------------------ 
|------------------------------ 
 (or just play xx0010 xx0232 repeatedly instead of above) 
       C                 G 
So!  Where the hell was Biggles 
                          D Dsus 
when you needed him last Saturday? 
      C                  Em 
And where were all the sportsmen 
     G/A?                D Dsus D Dsus 
who always pulled you through? 
             C               G 
They're all resting down in Cornwall -- 
                  D Dsus 
writing up their memoirs 
       C           Em 
for a paper-back edition 
        G/A?         D Dsus D Dsus 
of the Boy Scout Manual. 
  strum  strum   strum  strum   (not played by an acoustic guitar all 
|-0----3-2----0--2----5-3----2-  the time here) 
|-1----1-1----1--3----3-3----3- 
|-0----0-0----0--2----2-2----2- repeat 
|-0----0-0----0--0----0-0----0- 
|------------------------------ 
|------------------------------ 
Bm Bm E E 
Bm Bm E E 
  strum  strum   strum  strum 
|-0----3-2----0--2----5-3----2- 
|-1----1-1----1--3----3-3----3- 
|-0----0-0----0--2----2-2----2-  once 
|-0----0-0----0--0----0-0----0- 
|------------------------------ 
|------------------------------ 
Bm Bm E E 
Bm Bm E E 
  strum  strum   strum  strum 
|-0----3-2----0--2----5-3----2- 
|-1----1-1----1--3----3-3----3- 
|-0----0-0----0--2----2-2----2-  once 
|-0----0-0----0--0----0-0----0- 
|------------------------------ 
|------------------------------ 
TIME 21:08 
  
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Track 1, 21:08 - 22:39 
Chords: Håkan Mattsson 
Am 
Am D G repeatedly a few times, goes into: 
21:18 
D G Am, D D G repeatedly, until fade... 
22:39 
##########################  End of track 1  ################################## 
########################## Start of track 2 ################################## 
Thick as a brick. Track 2, 0:00 - 1:32 
Transcription: Paul Tarvydas (from track 1) 
capo 3rd fret 
s/f = string/fret single notes 
single note runs & melody lines inside curly braces {} 
c[p] = chord c, played as barre in position p 
Am      D G 
{ 5/0 5/2 5/3 5/2 5/3 4/0 6/3 5/2   electric riff repeats 
   A   B   C   B   C   D   G   B  } 
Am  D G         Am          D G 
See   there!  A man is born -- 
       Am            D G      Am    D G 
and we pronounce him   fit for peace. 
           Am           D   G    Am        D G 
There's a load lifted from his shoulders, 
       Am      D    G      Am    D G 
with the discovery of his disease. 
             C[3]        D[5] 
We'll take the child from him, 
           E[7]   D[5] F[8] E[7] 
put it to the test 
C[3]              D[5] 
teach it to be a wise man, 
               E[7] E[7] D[5] F[8] 
how to fool the rest. 
E[7] E[7] D[5] F[8] repeatedly 
Time 1:32 
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Thick as a brick. Track 2, 1:32 - 4:05 
QUOTE 
We will be geared to the average rather than the exceptional 
God is an overwhelming responsibility 
we walked through the maternity ward and saw 218 babies wearing nylons 
cats are on the upgrade 
upgrade?  Hipgrave. 
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Jethro Tull: Thick as a brick. Track 2, 4:05 - 6:00 
Tab/Chords: Håkan Mattsson 
  
Capo on 3:rd fret 
     _____ _____ _____ _____ _____ _____ _____ _____ 
     | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | <- triplets 
                          glide 
    |-----------------------|-----------------------| 
    |------------------3-3~~|6----------------------| 
    |----2-----2-------2-2~~|5---5-----5-----0-----0| 
    |--0-----0---------0-0--|--0-----0-----0-----0--| 
    |0-----4-----0-2--------|0-----7-----5-----3----| 
    |-----------------------|-----------------------| 
     ^     ^     ^ ^         ^     ^     ^     ^     <- accent 
                          glide 
    |-----------------------|-----------------------| 
    |------------------3-3~~|6----------------------| 
    |----2-----2-------2-2~~|5---5-----5-----0-----0| (same as above) 
    |--0-----0---------0-0--|--0-----0-----0-----0--| 
    |0-----4-----0-2--------|0-----7-----5-----3----| 
    |-----------------------|-----------------------| 
     ^     ^     ^ ^         ^     ^     ^     ^     <- accent 
                          glide 
    |-----------------------|-----------------(0-0)-| parenthesis optional 
    |------------------3-3~~|6-----------------6-6--| 
    |----2-----2-------2-2~~|5---5-----5-------5-5--| 
    |--0-----0---------0-0--|--0-----0--------(0-0)-| parenthesis optional 
    |0-----4-----0-2--------|0-----7-----0-5--------| 
    |-----------------------|-----------------------| 
     ^     ^     ^ ^         ^     ^     ^ ^   ^     <- accent 
    |-----------------(0)---| parenthesis optional 
    |------------------6----| 
    |----5-----5-------5----| 
    |--0-----0--------(0)---| parenthesis optional 
    |0-----7-----0-5--------| 
    |-----------------------| 
     ^     ^     ^ ^   ^     <- accent 
                         In the...    (continue below) 
============================================================================ 
     _____ _____ _____ _____ _____ _____ _____ _____ 
     | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | <- triplets 
    |------------------3-3-3|------------------3-3-3| 
    |----3-----3-------3-3-3|----3-----3-------3-3-3| 
    |--------2---------0-0-0|--------2---------0-0-0| 
    |--0---4-----0-2--------|--0---4-----0-2--------| 
    |0----------------------|0----------------------| 
    |-----------------------|-----------------------| 
     ^     ^     ^ ^   ^     ^     ^     ^ ^   ^     <- accent 
1) clear white circles of   mor---ning  wonder I 
2) blue- eyed  soldiers stand slightly discoloured (in 
                                         A (strum) 
    |------------------3-3-3|------------0----------| 
    |----3-----3-------3-3-3|------------2----------| 
    |--------2---------0-0-0|----2-------2----------| 
    |--0---4-----0-2--------|--0-----0---2----------| 
    |0----------------------|0-----0-----0----------| 
    |-----------------------|-----------------------| 
     ^     ^     ^ ^   ^     ^     ^                 <- accent 
1)  take  my   place with the lord of the hills. And the        (up) 
2)  neat little rows)    sporting canvas frills. 
============================================================================ 
     _____ _____ _____ _____ _____ _____ _____ _____ 
     | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | <- triplets 
     Asus2 and A                         D   G 
    |0-0-0-0-0---0-0-0-0-0--|0-0-0-0-0---2---3------| 
    |0-2-2-0-2---0-2-2-0-2--|0-2-2-0-2---3---0------| 
    |2-2-2-2-2---2-2-2-2-2--|2-2-2-2-2---2---0------| 
    |2-2-2-2-2---2-2-2-2-2--|2-2-2-2-2---0---0------| 
    |0-0-0-0-0---0-0-0-0-0--|0-0-0-0-0-------2------| 
    |-----------------------|----------------3------| 
     Asus2 and A                         D   G 
    |0-0-0-0-0---0-0-0-0-0--|0-0-0-0-0---2---3------| 
    |0-2-2-0-2---0-2-2-0-2--|0-2-2-0-2---3---0------| 
    |2-2-2-2-2---2-2-2-2-2--|2-2-2-2-2---2---0------| (same as above) 
    |2-2-2-2-2---2-2-2-2-2--|2-2-2-2-2---0---0------| 
    |0-0-0-0-0---0-0-0-0-0--|0-0-0-0-0-------2------| 
    |-----------------------|----------------3------| 
============================================================================ 
     _____ _____ _____ _____ _____ _____ _____ _____ 
     | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | <- triplets 
    |-----------------(0-0)-|-----------------(0)---| parenthesis optional 
    |------------------6-6--|------------------6----| 
    |----5-----5-------5-5--|----5-----5-------5----| 
    |--0-----0--------(0-0)-|--0-----0--------(0)---| parenthesis optional 
    |0-----7-----0-5--------|0-----7-----0-5--------| 
    |-----------------------|-----------------------| 
     ^     ^     ^ ^   ^     ^     ^     ^ ^   ^     <- accent 
============================================================================ 
   With their...  (continue below) 
    |------------------3-3-3|------------------3-3-3| 
    |----3-----3-------3-3-3|----3-----3-------3-3-3| 
    |--------2---------0-0-0|--------2---------0-0-0| 
    |--0---4-----0-2--------|--0---4-----0-2--------| 
    |0----------------------|0----------------------| 
    |-----------------------|-----------------------| 
     ^     ^     ^ ^   ^     ^     ^     ^ ^   ^     <- accent 
1) jock-straps pinching, they slouch to attention, 
2) how's your  granny  and   good  old   Ernie: 
                                         Am (strum) 
    |------------------3-3-3|------------0----------| 
    |----3-----3-------3-3-3|------------2----------| 
    |--------2---------0-0-0|----2-------2----------| 
    |--0---4-----0-2--------|--0-----0---2----------| 
    |0----------------------|0-----0-----0----------| 
    |-----------------------|-----------------------| 
     ^     ^     ^ ^   ^     ^     ^                 <- accent 
1)  while queueing for sarnies at the office canteen. Saying -      &nbssp; (up) 
2)  he coughed up a tenner on a premium bond win. 
============================================================================ 
     _____ _____ _____ _____ _____ _____ _____ _____ 
     | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | <- triplets 
     Asus2 and A                         D   G 
    |0-0-0-0-0---0-0-0-0-0--|0-0-0-0-0---2---3------| 
    |0-2-2-0-2---0-2-2-0-2--|0-2-2-0-2---3---0------| 
    |2-2-2-2-2---2-2-2-2-2--|2-2-2-2-2---2---0------| 
    |2-2-2-2-2---2-2-2-2-2--|2-2-2-2-2---0---0------| 
    |0-0-0-0-0---0-0-0-0-0--|0-0-0-0-0-------2------| 
    |-----------------------|----------------3------| 
     Asus2 and A                         D   G 
    |0-0-0-0-0---0-0-0-0-0--|0-0-0-0-0---2---3------| 
    |0-2-2-0-2---0-2-2-0-2--|0-2-2-0-2---3---0------| 
    |2-2-2-2-2---2-2-2-2-2--|2-2-2-2-2---2---0------| (same as above) 
    |2-2-2-2-2---2-2-2-2-2--|2-2-2-2-2---0---0------| 
    |0-0-0-0-0---0-0-0-0-0--|0-0-0-0-0-------2------| 
    |-----------------------|----------------3------| 
     Asus2 and Am 
    |0-5-5-0-5---0-5-5-0-5--|0-5-5-0-5---7---8------| Play this as a 
    |0-5-5-0-5---0-5-5-0-5--|0-5-5-0-5---5---5------| barre Am, where 
    |0-5-5-0-5---0-5-5-0-5--|0-5-5-0-5---5---5------| you lift the 
    |7-7-7-7-7---7-7-7-7-7--|7-7-7-7-7---7---7------| index finger some from 
    |7-7-7-7-7---7-7-7-7-7--|7-7-7-7-7---7---7------| the e, B and G 
    |5-5-5-5-5---5-5-5-5-5--|5-5-5-5-5---5---5------| strings. 
     Asus2 and Am 
    |0-5-5-0-5---0-5-5-0-5--|0-5-5-0-5---7---8------| 
    |0-5-5-0-5---0-5-5-0-5--|0-5-5-0-5---5---5------| 
    |0-5-5-0-5---0-5-5-0-5--|0-5-5-0-5---5---5------| 
    |7-7-7-7-7---7-7-7-7-7--|7-7-7-7-7---7---7------| (same as above) 
    |7-7-7-7-7---7-7-7-7-7--|7-7-7-7-7---7---7------| 
    |5-5-5-5-5---5-5-5-5-5--|5-5-5-5-5---5---5------| 
============================================================================ 
This is mostly other instruments than guitar, so the 
chords are only approximated 
Am Am Am* Am,  Am Am Am* Am,  Am Am Am* Am Em* C    Am*= X00010, Em*= XX0000  ? 
C  C  C   C,   C  C  C   C,   C  C  C   C  D   G 
Am Am Am* Am,  Am Am Am* Am,  Am Am Am* Am Em* C    (the Em* above is not so good - 
C  C  C   C,   C  C  C   C,   C  C  C   C  D   G     they play mostly just a B note) 
============================================================================ 
     _____ _____ _____ _____ _____ _____ _____ _____ 
     | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | <- triplets 
     Am                      Em 
    |5-----5-----5-----5----|0-----0-0---------0-0--| 
    |5-----5-----5-----5----|0-----0-0---------0-0--| 
    |5-----5-----5-----5----|0-----0-0---------0-0--| 
    |7-----7-----7-----7----|2-----2-2---0-2---2-2--| 
    |7-----7-----7-----7----|2-----2-2---------2-2--| 
    |5-----5-----5-----5~~~~|0-----0-0---------0-0--| 
     ^     V     ^     Vglide^     V ^         ^ V   <- up/down strums 
                                                        slower up strums on Am 
     Am                      Em 
    |5-----5-----5-----5----|0-----0-0---------0-0--| 
    |5-----5-----5-----5----|0-----0-0---------0-0--| 
    |5-----5-----5-----5----|0-----0-0---------0-0--| (same as above) 
    |7-----7-----7-----7----|2-----2-2---0-2---2-2--| 
    |7-----7-----7-----7----|2-----2-2---------2-2--| 
    |5-----5-----5-----5~~~~|0-----0-0---------0-0--| 
     ^     V     ^     Vglide^     V ^         ^ V   <- up/down strums 
                                                        slower up strums on Am 
    |-----------------(0-0)-| 
    |------------------6-6--| 
    |----5-----5-------5-5--| 
    |--0-----0--------(0-0)-| 
    |0-----7-----0-5--------| 
    |-----------------------| 
     ^     ^     ^ ^   ^     <- accent 
                             Em 
    |-----------------------|0----------------------| 
    |-----------------------|0----------------------| 
    |----5-----5-----0-----0|0-----0----------------| 
    |--0-----0-----0-----0--|2-------0-2------------| 
    |0-----7-----5-----3----|2-----------0-2--------| 
    |-----------------------|0---------------0------| 
     ^     ^     ^     ^                              <- accent 
                             Em 
    |-----------------------|0-----------0----------| 
    |-----------------------|0-----------0----------| 
    |----5-----5-----0-----0|0-----------0----------| 
    |--0-----0-----0-----0--|2-------0h2-2-------0h2| 
    |0-----7-----5-----3----|2-----------2----------| 
    |-----------------------|0-----------0----------| 
     ^     ^     ^     ^                              <- accent 
  
     Em 
    |0------ 
    |0------ 
    |0------ 
    |2------ 
    |2------ 
    |0------ 
Time: 6:00 
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Jethro Tull: Thick as a Brick. Track 2, 6:00 - 11:00 
Chords/tab: Håkan Mattsson 
        EADGBe 
Esus2 : 024x00 
  
Em   G D      A      G   Em G  D      A     G     G 
The legends (worded in the  ancient tribal hymn) lie cradled 
D                 A   Asus4 
in the seagull's call. 
Am                         C                           Esus2    Em 
And all the promises they made are ground beneath the sadist's fall. 
  
1:st guitar 
|-------|----0--|-------|-------|-------|----5--|----0--|----0--| 
|----0--|--0---0|----2--|-------|----0--|--7---7|--0---0|--0---0| 
|--0---0|0------|3------|3---3--|--0---0|4------|1------|1------| 
|2------|-------|--4---4|--4---4|2------|-------|-------|-------| 
|-------|-------|-------|-------|-------|-------|-------|-------| 
|-------|-------|-------|-------|-------|-------|-------|-------| 
2:nd guitar chords 
 Em      Em      F#      F#      Em      Esus4   E       Esus4 
  
  
1:st guitar 
|----2--|3-----3|----3--|--3----|----0--|----0--|----0--|-------| 
|--3---3|--3----|3-----3|----3--|----0--|----1--|----0--|-------| 
|2------|----2--|--2----|2-----2|----0--|----0--|----0--|-------| 
|-------|-------|-------|-------|----2--|----2--|----2--|--2---2| 
|-------|-------|-------|-------|2---2--|3---3--|2---2--|-2---2-| 
|-------|-------|-------|-------|-------|-------|-------|3---2--| 
2:nd guitar chords 
 D       Dsus4   Dsus4   Dsus4       Em      C       Em 
  
  
 Below: pick separate notes, strum chords in between for these first two 
 lines. Even though they play a F# above, in this part I think they have 
 the Em all the way. 
e| -    -      -      -                                      -------------- 
B| -    -      -      2                                      -------------- 
G| - Em 0  Em  -  Em  -  Em Esus4 E Esus4 D Dsus4 D Em C Em  -------------- 
D| -    -      4      -                                      -----2------2- 
A| -    -      -      -                                      ---2------2--- 
E| 0    -      -      -                                      -3------2----- 
The poet and the wise man stand behind the gun, behind the gun 
and signal for the crack of dawn. Light the sun. Light the sun. 
                                     --------------          -------------- 
                                     --------------          -------------- 
D     Dsus4 D Dsus4 D       Em  C Em -------------- Em  C Em -------------- 
Do you? Believe      in the day!     -----2------2-          -----2------2- 
Do you? Believe in the day!          ---2-----2----          ---2-----2---- 
                                     -3-----2------          -3-----2------ 
  
 Now when they play chords only, they play F# again.         -------------- 
                                                             -------------- 
     Em    Em     F#     F# Esus4 E Esus4 D Dsus4 D Em C Em  -------------- 
                                                             -----2------2- 
                                                             ---2------2--- 
The Dawn Creation of the Kings has begun, has begun.         -3------2----- 
Soft Venus (lonely maiden) brings the ageless one, the ageless one. 
  (The rest as above) 
Do you believe in the day? 
Do you? Believe in the day? 
The fading hero has returned to the night, to the night - 
and fully pregnant with the day, wise men endorse the poet's sight. 
Do you believe in the day? 
Do you? Believe in the day! 
  
Time 11:00 
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11:00 - 13:15 
  
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Jethro Tull: Thick as a brick. Track 2, 13:15 - 18:06 
Chords: Håkan Mattsson 
Capo 3 
        F            G             Am 
Let me tell you the tales of your life 
         F            G           D 
of your love and the cut of the knife 
     F           C            Bb        Eb 
the tireless oppression, the wisdom instilled 
     Ab        Db         Bb     A Am 
the desire to kill or be killed. 
        F           G          Am 
Let me sing of the losers who lie 
          F           G             D 
in the street as the last bus goes by. 
     F            C           Bb          Eb 
The pavements are empty: the gutters run red -- 
           Ab              Db          Bb   A Am 
while the fool toasts his god in the sky. 
D   F C 
D   F C 
E 
F C G 
C Bb A 
14:05 
(short) F# Bm, Bm E, Bm E 
14:24 
A G F, A Gb 
A G F, A Gb 
14:38 (fast played, more notes than chords) 
Db  Db Db Cb Gb Cb 
Db  Db Db Cb Gb Cb A x5, A x5, A x5 
Db  Db Db Cb Gb Cb 
Db  Db Db Cb Gb Cb A x5, A x5, Gb x5 
14:52 
Bm 
        Bm                        D 
So come all ye young men who are building castles! 
         C     Em A           Bm 
Kindly state the time of the year 
     Bm                    D 
and join your voices in a hellish chorus. 
           C Em   A              Bm 
Mark the precise nature of your fear. 
Bm A, Bm A 
15:23 
Bm and some organ... (one Gb7) 
15:40 
Em A, Em A, C D G Am 
15:57 
Am D, Am D, Am 
16:13 
Am 
        (quiet)                  Am 
Let me help you to pick up your dead 
        F           G          D 
as the sins of the father are fed 
           F           C              Bb             Eb 
with the blood of the fools and the thoughts of the wise 
      Ab         Db          Bb   A Am 
and from the pan under your bed. 
        F           G         Am 
Let me make you a present of song 
        F               G           D 
as the wise man breaks wind and is gone 
           F             C             Bb          Eb 
while the fool with the hour-glass is cooking his goose 
         Ab       Db          Bb   A Am 
and the nursery rhyme winds along. 
  
D   F C 
D   F C 
E 
F C G 
C Bb A 
17:03 
Gb 
(fast played, more notes than chords) 
Db  Db Db Cb Gb Cb 
Db  Db Db Cb Gb Cb A x5, A x5, A x5 
Db  Db Db Cb Gb Cb 
Db  Db Db Cb Gb Cb A x5, A x5, Gb x5 
17:18 
Bm 
          Bm                        D 
So!  Come all ye young men who are building castles! 
         C     Em A           Bm 
Kindly state the time of the year 
     Bm                    D 
and join your voices in a hellish chorus. 
           C Em   A              Bm 
Mark the precise nature of your fear. 
           Bm                         D 
See!  The summer lightning casts its bolts upon you 
         C   Em  A                 Bm 
and the hour of judgement draweth near. 
           Bm                       D 
Would you be the fool stood in his suit of armour 
        C Em  A               Bm 
or the wiser man who rushes clear. 
Bm A, Bm A 
Time 18:06 
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Jethro Tull: Thick as a brick. Track 2, 18:06 - End 
Chords: Paco Jimenez & Håkan Mattsson 
Typed by Håkan Mattsson 
Capo 3 
C G, G D, C Em, A D 
         C                G 
So! Come on ye childhood heroes! 
            G                D 
Won't your rise up from the pages 
         C                Em 
of your comic-books your super-crooks and 
  A? (or G/A?)   D 
show us all the way. 
       C                  G 
Well! Make your will and testament. 
            G               D 
Won't you? Join your local government. 
            C             Em 
We'll have Superman for president 
     A              D 
let Robin save the day. 
C A, D C Bb A 
C A, D C Bb A 
Am... 
      C                 G 
So! Where the hell was Biggles 
          G               D 
when you needed him last Saturday? 
      C                  Em 
And where were all the sportsmen 
    A                    D 
who always pulled you through? 
             C               G 
They're all resting down in Cornwall - 
  G               D 
writing up their memoirs 
       C           Em 
for a paper-back edition 
        A           D 
of the Boy Scout Manual. 
D... 
Em D, Em D, Em D, Em D 
A B D E A 
Am... 
Orchestral part 
D Am G G Am     3 times 
Am... 
? ? ? ? ? ? ? (triplets) 
D 
   _____ _____ _____ _____ _____ _____ _____ _____ 
   | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | <- triplets 
                     G                       G 
  |-----------------------|-----------------------| 
  |------------------3-3-3|------------------3-3-3| 
  |----2-----2-------0-0-0|----2-----2-------0-0-0|   twice 
  |--0-----0-------0-0-0-0|--0-----0-------0-0-0-0| 
  |0-----4-----0-2---2-2-2|0-----4-----0-2---2-2-2| 
  |-----------------------|-----------------------| 
   ^     ^     ^ ^         ^     ^     ^ ^         <- accent 
  
        G              A         D sus2/4 
So you ride yourselves over the fields 
         G            A       D sus2/4 
and you make all your animal deals 
          G               A          D sus2/4 A sus2/4 
and your wise men don't know how it feels 
to be thick as a brick. 
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ryanhiniker wrote on February 28 2013, 09:35 pm

I came here for the 'You Curl Your Toes In Fun' part and I was mighty pleased, been listening to this for years and now I can play along Thanks!

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xonty wrote on March 29 2013, 04:23 pm

Great tab but I could barely read the 6:00-11:00 part of part 2. Still 5 stars though :D

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Borkiz95 wrote on June 11 2013, 07:06 pm

A bit messy at times, but the best tab for the album I've seen! 5*

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