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A merman I should turn to be
By Jimi Hendrix
From "Electric Ladyland" - 1968

There are normarlly two guitars in this song, but I'm only going to work with one, the main guitar.

Tune 1/2 step down (for the real album version).


-----------------------------------------------------------------------------
-----------------------------------------1---------------3--3--3-------------
-------------2-----------------------0-----0---2---------2--2--2-------------
---------2---2-----------------0h2-------------0------------0--0---------2---
-12\--0-------------0----0h3-----------------3--------------------0---3------
-12\--------------0----------------------------------------------------------

------------------------------------------
------------------------------------------
-2--0--2--------2--2-2----------------5--4
----------------2--2-2----5-4--5--4---5--4
---------0---------0-0-0--3-2--3--2---3--2
-----------------------0--3-2--3--2---3--2

------------------------------------------
-----------3------------------------------
--2--2--------2--2---------2---------0----
--0--0--------0--0-----0------------------
--------------------0------------3------3-
------------------------------3-----------

------------------------------------------
------------------------------------------
-------2-------5---4--5--4---5---4--------
-2-------------5---4--5--4---5---4--------
-0--0----0-----3---2--3--2---3---2--------
------------0--3---2--3--2---3---2--------

------------------------------------------
---3---3--3-------------------------------
---2---2--2--2------0--2------------2-----
0------------0--0---------------2---------
0-------------------------0--3------------
------------------------------------------

------------------------------------------
------------------------------------------
--------2-------5---4--5---4--5---4-------
-2--2---2-------5---4--5---4--5---4-------
-0--0------0-0--3---2--3---2--3---2-------
----------------3---2--3---2--3---2-------

-------------------------x----------------
---3----3---3------------x----------------
---2----2---2------------x-----6----------
---0----0---0---0---0----x-----6----------
-------------------------------4----------
------------------------------------------

Verse:  

D5
------------------------------------------
--------7---------------------------------
------------------------------7-----------
7------------7-----------7----------------
5-------------------5---------------5-----
------------------------------------------
Hooray I awake from yesterday,         a-

C#m7
------------------------------------------
----------5h7p5---------------------------
-----------------6-4--4h6p4-----------4---
-----6----------------------6-------6-----
-4--------------------------------4------4
------------------------------------------
live but the war is here to stay

C6
-----------5----------5-------------------
-----------5------------5-----------------
-----------5---------------5-----------5--
-----5-----------------------5------3-----
-3-------------3---------------3----------
------------------------------------------
So my love Catherina and  me  decide to

Bm7
------------------------------------------
--------3h5p3---------------------3-------
--------------2-------------2-------2-----
------4------------------4------------4---
-2---------------------2-----------------2
------------------------------------------
take our last walk thru the noise to the sea

Bb6
-------------------3----------------------
---------------------3--------------------
-----------3-----------3------------------
------3-------------------3----------3----
--1------------1----------------1---------
------------------------------------------
Not to die but to be re-born........a-

Asus4
------------------------------------------
3-----------3--------3-----3-------3------
2-----------2--2-----2-----2-------2------
2-----------2--------2-----2-------2--0---
0-----------0-------------------------0---
------------------------------------------
way from the lands so battered and torn...

A5
--------------
--------------
--2-----------
--2-----------
--0-----------
----------16\x
          for-

A5
-----0-----------------------------------
-----0-----------------------------------
2----2--------------------------0--------
2-------------------------0h2------------
0-------------------0h3-------------3----
-----------------------------------------
-ever....................................

D5
-----------------------
-3-----3---------------
-2-----2---------------
-0-----0-----------0---
--------------0--0----3
----------0-3---3------
               for-....
Amsus2
-----------0-----------------------------
-----------0-----------------------1-----
-----------2--------------------0----0---
----2--2------2----------0h2-------------
0----------------0--0h3------------------
-----------------------------------------
ever..............

D
-2--------2------------6------
-3-----3--3------3--x--6------
-2-----2--2---2--2--x--6------
-0-----0--0---0--0--x--4------
------------------------------
------------------------------

The rest:
Just repeat the above verse again, using arpeggios and "Hendresque"
variations (i.e., hammer-ons, slides, pull-offs). Then he uses chords
for the rest of the song...they are...

D A C G D A C G D A C G 
That is it pretty much, the solo is tough, haven't gotten that far
yet.  Have fun with this great song!!

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Jimi444 wrote on July 6 2005, 12:00 am

Nice Job, this song totally kicks ass. If you haven't got Electric Ladyland yet, i would strongly suggest you to get it. My favorite Hendrix album. HENDRIX FOREVER

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skinning lynyrd wrote on June 7 2006, 04:28 pm

WOot Woot this is gotta be one of the best hendrix songs. GO hendrix

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Semi_Hollow_Bod wrote on January 28 2008, 04:16 pm

A rip off of the first 1983...(A Merman I Should Turn to Be) regular tab.

He just changed the intro words.

Fucker.

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