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Carry On My Wayward Son Bass Tab

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Carry on Wayward Son
by Kansas
>From the album "Leftoverture," 1976.
Written by Kerry Livgren

Transcribed by Jason Vey (Jason@grey-elf.com)

Standard Tuning, 4/4 and 6/8 time

NOTES:

||-----||
||o---o||   Signifies a pair of repeat bars
||o---o||
||-----||

p = Pull off
R = Rest
/12\ slide up, down

I noticed that this song was particularly hard to come by in any sort of 
complete form (especially in bass tab).  I've been playing it for years, so I 
threw down some tab for it.  It should be correct, but I did it from memory 
without my bass being in front of me.  Enjoy!

+----------------------|------------||----------|---------|-----------+
|---VOCAL INTRODUCTION-|----------6:||o---------|---------|-2-5-2-----|
|----------R-----------|-R-R-/12\-8:||o-------3-|-------5-|-------5-3-|
+----------------------|------------||--5-3-5---|-5-3-5---|-----------+
      Intro:                    

+-----------||----------|--------------|---------|--------------|+
|----------o||o---------|-----5-7---5--|-----7-5-|-----5-7---5-o||
|-5---5----o||o-----7-7-|-5-7-----5----|---------|-5-7-----5---o||
+---3---2---||--0-0-----|--------------|-0-0-----|--------------|+


+|----------|---------|-----------|----------||---------|-------------+
||o---------|---------|-2-5-2-----|---------o||---------|-----5-7---5-|
||o-------3-|-------5-|-------5-3-|-5---5---o||-----7-7-|-5-7-----5---|
+|--5-3-5---|-5-3-5---|-----------|---3---2--||-0-0-----|-------------+
    Guitar Solo 1:

+----------------------|-------------|---------|
|-----7-5-----5-7---5--|-------------|---------|
|---------5-7-----5----|-------------|---------|
+-0-0------------------|-5-5-5-3-3-3-|----0----+
                                          

+----------------------|-----------|---------|-----------|---+
|4:---PIANO ONLY-------|-----------|---------|-----------|---|
|4:----(8 BARS)--------|-5-55-3-33-|-1--1-03-|-5-55-3-33-|---|
+----------------------+-----------|---------|-----------|-3-+
      Verse 1:

+-----------|----------|----------|----------|----------|----------+
|-----------|----------|----------|----------|----------|----------|
|--0-023-32-|----------|-0-023-32-|----------|-0-023-32-|----------|
+-----------|-3-3-1-13-|----------|-3-3-1-13-|----------|-3-3-1-13-+
     Chorus:
 ____________     ___________
|1.              |2.
+-----------|    +----------|
|-----------|    |----------|
|-----------|    |----------|      (On 3 to OUTRO)
|--R---5-3--|    |-----R----|


+|---------------|---------|-----------|----------|+
||o-6:-----------|---------|-2-5-2-----|---------o||
||o-8:---------3-|-------5-|-------5-3-|-5---5---o||
+|-------5-3-5---|-5-3-5---|-----------|---3---2--|+

                                                     
+|-------------------|-----------------|-------------|------------|+
|o-4:----------------|-----------------|-------------|--------5--o||
|o-4:----------------|-----------------|-5-53-31-103-|-5-53-3----o||
+|----5-53-31-13-013-|-5-53-31-13-013--|-------------|---------3--|+
      Verse 2:                                     (To CHORUS, 2)

+|----2p0---------|---------|---2p0---------|--------||------------+
||o-------2p0-----|---------|-------2p0-----|-------o||------------|
||o-0---------3p0-|---0-5-3-|-0---------3p0-|---0-5-o||---7-5-4-2--|
+|----------------|-3-------|---------------|-3------||-0----------+
Interlude (Guitar Solos 2 and 3):

+---------|-----------|------------|+
|-------5-|-----------|------------||
|-----5---|---7-5-4-2-|-5----------||
+-5-3-----|-0---------|---2-3-4-5--|+


+|---------------|---------|-----------|----------|+
||o-6:-----------|---------|-2-5-2-----|---------o||
||o-8:---------3-|-------5-|-------5-3-|-5---5---o||
+|-------5-3-5---|-5-3-5---|-----------|---3---2--|+


+----------------|---------------|------------------|------------|+
|4:--------------|---------------|------------------|---------5--||
|4:--------------|---------------|-5-55-3-33-1-1-3--|-5-55-3-3---||
+---55-3-1-1-3-3-|-55-3-1-1-3013-|------------------|----------3-|+
Bridge (Carry on - you will always, etc.):      (To CHORUS, 3)


+-------------|--------------|---------|--------------+
|o-6:---------|-----5-7---5--|-----7-5-|-----5-7---5-o|
|o-8:-----7-7-|-5-7-----5----|---------|-5-7-----5---o|
+-----0-0-----|--------------|-0-0-----|--------------+
OUTRO 1:

+-------------------|--------------|+
|o------------------|-------------o||
|o-7-77p5---7-77p5--|-7-77p5--0---o||
+---------7-------7-|-------7---0--|+
OUTRO 2:

REPEAT OUTRO 1 and OUTRO 2, then:

+-------|-------|-----+
|-------|-------|-----|
|-------|-------|-----|
+-5-5-5-|-3-3-3-|--1--+
                  FINIS
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Robnfguitarplay wrote on July 23 2006, 04:08 pm

Looks like you should have grabbed your bass and not relied on memory. The intro is good but the verses and chorus are not accurate.

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migs720 wrote on November 19 2006, 05:37 am

dud u never write a tab like this

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geddyleesimmons wrote on June 2 2007, 08:37 pm

i agree with the first comment u did good with the intro but the verses arent accurate

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