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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 David.D.Nason@att.com             Jun 17 '94 at 1:59 pm edt


Return-Path: <ddn@cbncp51.cb.att.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Jun 94 13:59:18 EDT
Original-From: ddn@cbncp51.cb.att.com
To: guitar@nevada.edu
Subject: /j/Jethro.Tull/ThickAsABrick.tab


Here's how I learned Tull's Thick as a Brick Edit #1.  I notice
the archive contains something I posted on netnews many moons ago
with only about half of it - here's the whole thing.
There's a couple of parts where the guitar is pretty low in the
mix and I'm not real sure I got it right, but it sounds pretty
dang close to me.

Couple of notes - there's a capo at the 3rd fret, which is why the
strings at the left of the tab are noted the way they are.
So, what I designated as an open string is actually fretted at
the 3rd fret by the capo.  Secondly, one should use liberal
interpretation of the tab - I wasn't too careful in some of the
chordal sections about specifying exactly which notes of the chord
are hit and which aren't.  Nor did I attempt to tab the exact
strumming patterns.  As always, use tab as a guide, listen to
it yourself, and make it sound right!

The lyrics are here for reference only.  I placed them close to
where they occur but I certainly didn't try to get all the nuances
and rhythm for the vocals in there, nor did I make a great attempt
to make sure I got all the words right.

I should also note this is only the Ian Anderson acoustic part.
There's a few small Martin Barre parts which I will leave as as
exercise for the reader.

Now that I got all the disclaimers out of the way, go for it.

david nason
ddn@cb.att.com

==========

INTRO:

 g:|---------------------------|---------------------------|
 D:|---------------------------|---------------------------|
Bb:|-----2-----2-------0-0-0---|-----5-----5-------------0-|
 F:|---0-----0---------0-0-0---|---7-----7---------0---0---|
 C:|-0-----4-----0-(2)-2-2-2---|-0-----7-----0-(5)---3-----|
 G:|-------------------3-3-3---|---------------------------|

 g:|---------------------------|---------------------------|
 D:|---------------------------|---------------------------|
Bb:|-----2-----2-------0-0-0---|-----5-----5-----0-----0---|
 F:|---0-----0---------0-0-0---|---7-----7-----0-----0-----|
 C:|-0-----4-----0-(2)-2-2-2---|-0-----7-----5-----3-------|
 G:|-------------------3-3-3---|---------------------------|

VERSE:

     Really don't mind if you sit this one
     My word's but a whisper, your deafness a
     I may make you feel, but I can't make you
     Your sperm's in the gutter, your love's in the

 g:|-2-----------0-------------|---------------------------|
 D:|-3-----------1-------------|---------------------------|
Bb:|-2-----------2-------------|-------0-0-0---------------|
 F:|-0-----------2-------------|-------0-0-0---------------|
 C:|-------------0-------------|-0-(2)-2-2-2---------------|
 G:|---------------------------|-------3-3-3---------------|
    ^            ^
    |            |
    ------------------ Just Dmaj and Amin chords - listen to the song
                       for the strumming pattern.

     out ...
     shout ...
     think ...
     sink ...                                     So you

 g:|---------------------------|---------------------------|
 D:|---------------------------|---------------------------|
Bb:|-----2-----2-------0-0-0---|-----2-----2-------0-0-0---|
 F:|---0-----0---------0-0-0---|---0-----0---------0-0-0---|
 C:|-0-----4-----0-(2)-2-2-2---|-0-----4-----0-(2)-2-2-2---|
 G:|-------------------3-3-3---|-------------------3-3-3---|

                <repeat last four bars 4 times, once for each line of verse>

CHORUS:

     ride yourselves over the    field              as you
     make all your animal        deals              and your
     wisemen don't know how it   feels ...

 g:|-3-----------0------0------|-2-0-2-0-2-3-2------2-0----|
 D:|-3-----------2------0------|-3-3-3-3-3-3-3------3-3----|
Bb:|-0-----------2------2------|-2-0-2-0-2-0-2------2-0----|
 F:|-0-----------2------2------|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0------0-0----|
 C:|-2-----------0------0------|---------------------------|
 G:|-3-------------------------|---------------------------|
    ^            ^      ^        ^  ^
    |            |      |        |  |
    ---------------------------------- Just Gmaj, Amaj, and Dmaj chords
                                        with a little variation thrown 
                                        in - listen to the song for the
                                        strumming pattern.

                <repeat last two bars 3 times, once for each line of chorus, th
en>

                                          to be thick as a

 g:|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0---0-0-0--0--|-0-0-0--0------------------|
 D:|-2-0-2-0-2-3-2---2-2-0-(2)-|-2-2-0-(2)-----------------|
Bb:|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2---2-2-2--2--|-2-2-2--2------------------|
 F:|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2---2-2-2--2--|-2-2-2--2------------------|
 C:|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0---0-0-0--0--|-0-0-0--0------------------|
 G:|---------------------------|---------------------------|


BRIDGE:

     brick

 g:|---------------------------|---------------------------|
 D:|---------------------------|---------------------------|
Bb:|-----2-----2-------0-0-0---|-----2-----2-------0-0-0---|    <both times>
 F:|---0-----0---------0-0-0---|---0-----0---------0-0-0---|
 C:|-0-----4-----0-(2)-2-2-2---|-0-----4-----0-(2)-2-2-2---|
 G:|-------------------3-3-3---|-------------------3-3-3---|

 g:|---------------------------|---------------------------|
 D:|---------------------------|---------------------------|
Bb:|-----2-----2-------0-0-0---|-----2-----2-------0-0-0---|    <1st time only)
 F:|---0-----0---------0-0-0---|---0-----0---------0-0-0---|
 C:|-0-----4-----0-(2)-2-2-2---|-0-----4-----0-(2)-2-2-2---|
 G:|-------------------3-3-3---|-------------------3-3-3---|

        <now go back and do the second verse/chorus the same way>
        <except replace these last two measures of the bridge>
        <with the two measures below on the second pass>

 g:|---------------------------|---------------------------|
 D:|---------------------------|---------------------------|
Bb:|-----5-----5-------0-----0-|-----5-----5-----0-----0---|    <2nd time only>
 F:|---7-----7-------------0---|---7-----7-----0-----0-----|
 C:|-0-----7-----0-(3)---5-----|-0-----7-----5-----3-------|
 G:|---------------------------|---------------------------|

        <and now onto what I'll call the 2nd bridge>

BRIDGE 2:

        And the love that I      feel

 g:|-2-------------------------|-0-----------0-0-0---------|
 D:|-3-------------------------|-1-----------0-1-0---------|
Bb:|-2-------------------------|-2-----------2-2-2---------|
 F:|-0-------------------------|-2-----------2-2-2---------|
 C:|---------------------------|-0-----------0-0-0---------|
 G:|---------------------------|---------------------------|
    ^                            ^           ^ ^ ^
    |                            |           | | |
    ------------------ Just Dmaj and Amin chords with a little spice
                       thrown in - listen to the song for the strumming
                       pattern.

               is so far       away

 g:|-0------------0------------|-0-------------------------|
 D:|-1------------1------------|-0-------------------------|
Bb:|-0------------0------------|-0-------------------------|
 F:|-2------------0-(2)--------|-2-------0-(2)-------------|
 C:|-3------------3------------|-2-------------0-(2)-------|
 G:|---------------------------|-0-------------------0-(3)-|
    ^             ^              ^
    |             |              |
    ------------------ Just Cmaj and Emin chords with a little spice
                       thrown in - listen to the song for the strumming
                       pattern.

        I'm a bad dream that I   just ha-a-a-a-a-d to-

 g:|-3-------------------------|-2-0-2-0-2-0-2-0-----------|
 D:|-3-------------------------|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-----------|
Bb:|-0-------------------------|-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-----------|
 F:|-0-------------------------|-4-------------------------|
 C:|-2-------------------------|-4-------------------------|
 G:|-3-------------------------|---------------------------|
    ^                            ^
    |                            |
    ------------------ Just Gmaj and F#maj chords with a little spice
                       thrown in - listen to the song for the strumming
                       pattern.

     da-a-a-a-a-a-y

 g:|-2-0-2-0-2-0-2-0-----------|-2-0-2-0-2-----------------|
 D:|-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-----------|-2-2-2-2-2-----------------|
Bb:|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-----------|-3-3-3-3-3-----------------|
 F:|-0-------------------------|-4-------------------------|
 C:|---------------------------|-4-------------------------|
 G:|---------------------------|-2-------------------------|
    ^                            ^
    |                            |
    ------------------ Just Dmaj and F#maj chords with a little spice
                       thrown in - listen to the song for the strumming
                       pattern.

           and you shake your    head             you say it's a

 g:|-3-------------------------|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-------------|
 D:|-3-------------------------|-2-2-2-0-0-0-0-(2)---------|
Bb:|-0-------------------------|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-------------|
 F:|-0-------------------------|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-------------|
 C:|-2-------------------------|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-------------|
 G:|-3-------------------------|---------------------------|
    ^                            ^
    |                            |
    ------------------ Just Gmaj and Amaj chords with a little spice
                       thrown in - listen to the song for the strumming
                       pattern.

        <back to the intro part>

     shame

 g:|---------------------------|---------------------------|
 D:|---------------------------|---------------------------|
Bb:|-----2-----2-------0-0-0---|-----2-----2-------0-0-0---|
 F:|---0-----0---------0-0-0---|---0-----0---------0-0-0---|
 C:|-0-----4-----0-(2)-2-2-2---|-0-----4-----0-(2)-2-2-2---|
 G:|-------------------3-3-3---|-------------------3-3-3---|

        <now we'll segue into another verse>

 g:|---------------------------|---------------------------|
 D:|-------------------6-6-6---|-------------------6-6-6---|
Bb:|-----5-----5-------7-7-7---|-----5-----5-------7-7-7---|
 F:|---7-----7---------7-7-7---|---7-----7---------7-7-7---|
 C:|-0-----7-----0-(5)-5-5-5---|-0-----7-----0-(5)-5-5-5---|
 G:|---------------------------|---------------------------|

VERSE:
       Spin me back down the    years             and the
     days of my                 youth
       Draw the lace and black  curtain           and shut
     out the whole                  truth
     Spin me down the long ages let them sing the song

 g:|---------------------------|---------------------------|
 D:|-------------------6-6-6---|-------------------6-6-6---|
Bb:|-----5-----5-------7-7-7---|-----5-----5-------7-7-7---|
 F:|---7-----7---------7-7-7---|---7-----7---------7-7-7---|
 C:|-0-----7-----0-(5)-5-5-5---|-0-----7-----0-(5)-5-5-5---|
 G:|---------------------------|---------------------------|
                       ^
                       |
                       Note that there's a subtle, but important change
                       in the rhythm used for the Dmin at this point
                       (as opposed to the previous two measures).

        <repeat the above throughout the whole last verse then>
        <one more time without the verse (12 measures total)>
        <then ...>

 g:|-5-------------------------|-2-------0-(2)-------------|
 D:|-6-------------------------|-3-------3--3--------------|
Bb:|-5-------------------------|-2-------0-(2)-------------|
 F:|-0-------------------------|-0-------0--0--------------|
 C:|---------------------------|---------------------------|
 G:|---------------------------|---------------------------|
    ^                            ^
    |                            |
    ------------------ Just Fmaj and Dmaj chords with a little spice
                       thrown in - listen to the song for the strumming
                       pattern.

        <at which point my CD goes right into Bungle in the Jungle>

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bs5538 wrote on March 7 2006, 03:04 pm

Beautifully done tab. There are some things here and there that are different, but it's to be expected with tabbing this song. Great work!!

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yho asakura wrote on August 17 2007, 09:50 am

รจ un deu assoluto

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P0undc4k3 wrote on March 22 2008, 10:05 am

Amazing tab! One of my favorite acoustic songs! Why aren't more people rating this tab??? *****

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