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The Song Remains The Same Tab

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The Song Remains the Same
Led Zeppelin


This song has 3 12-string electrics and 2 6-strings(telecaster thru supro)
Ill try to keep them all straight for you.

The intro is 1 12string banging out an open D repeatedly.  One 12-string
plays this set of chords over it:

e--2-----5-----7-----9\----14------14\-----------------------------------
b--3-----6-----8----10\----15------15\-----------------------------------
g--2-----5-----7-----9\----14------14\-----------------------------------
d------------------------------------------------------------------------
a------------------------------------------------------------------------
E------------------------------------------------------------------------

and the third 12 plays these chords:

e--------------12----12---------14-----14\-------------------------------
b--7-----8-----12----14---------15-----15\-------------------------------
g--7-----7-----12----14---------14-----14\-------------------------------
d--7----10---------------------------------------------------------------
a------------------------------------------------------------------------
E------------------------------------------------------------------------

Now one 12 stops playing and one 12 plays these chords
while the second 12 plays the same chords but with an open D-string
instead of a second fret D.
e--0----0-0--2------2-2--0---0-0--2--2-2--3--3-3-0--0-0--3--3-3--2------
b--3----3-3--3------3-3--3---3-3--3--3-3--3--3-3-3--3-3--3--3-3--3------
g--2----2-2--2------2-2--2---2-2--2--2-2--2--2-2-2--2-2--2--2-2--2------
d--2----2-2--2------2-2--2---2-2--2--2-2--2--2-2-2--2-2--2--2-2--2------
a-----------------------------------------------------------------------
E-----------------------------------------------------------------------

Now this chord sequence is played by 2 12's the same way
and repeat it.                  /-again the 2nd 12 plays the open D on this chd
e-2--2-2-----2--2--3--3-3----2--0---------------------------------------
b-3--3-3-----3--3--3--3-3----3--3---------------------------------------
g-2--2-2-----2--2--2--2-2----2--2---------------------------------------
d-0--0-0-----0--0--0--0-0----0--0---------------------------------------
a------------------------------------------------------------------------
E-----------------------------------------------------------------------

Next is both 12's playing this:

e---0----0---0-0----0---0---0-------0--------0----0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0----
b---1-1----1---0-0--0-----0----1--3---3-1-3-------0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0----
g------------------------------------------------------------------------
d-3-----------------3----------3-----------------------------------------
a------------------------------------------------------------------------
E------------------------------------------------------------------------

Next one of the 6 strings come in with the 2 12's to play this:

e--0----0-0--2------2-2--0---0-0--2--2-2--3--3-3-0--0-0--3--3-3--2------
b--3----3-3--3------3-3--3---3-3--3--3-3--3--3-3-3--3-3--3--3-3--3------
g--2----2-2--2------2-2--2---2-2--2--2-2--2--2-2-2--2-2--2--2-2--2------
d--2----2-2--2------2-2--2---2-2--2--2-2--2--2-2-2--2-2--2--2-2--2------
a-----------------------------------------------------------------------
E-----------------------------------------------------------------------

One this next distorted part, 
the six string plays this:           and 12's play this
e-------------------------------------------------2-----------------------
b-------------------------------------------------3-----------------------
g-------------------------------------------------2-----------------------
d-------------------------------------------------2-----------------------
a---------------0------------------------------0--------------------------
E---3^4--0-3^4--0-----------------3^4--0--3^4-----------------------------

Here is the 2 12's backing part to the first solo:

e---2------2---3--3-------5--3-------------------------------------------
b-----3------3------3-----3--5-------------------------------------------
g-------2-------------2--------------------------------------------------
d-0----------------------------------------------------------------------
a------------------------------------------------------------------------
E------------------------------------------------------------------------

And the first 6 string solo:

e------------------------------------------------------------------------
b------------------------------------------------------------------------
g-----------------------------------------------------7-9-7---7----------
d------------------------7-9-7---9-7---7--7-7-----7-9-------9------------
a-3^4--0--3^4--5-7p5-7/9-------9-----9-----------------------------------
E------------------------------------------------------------------------

e-------------7----------------------------------------10----------------
b---------------10-7-----------------------------------------------------
g----7--9^11---------9-7---9-7---7-9-7---7-7----7-9^11----(11)^9--7------
d--9---------------------9-----9-------9-----9---------------------------
a------------------------------------------------------------------------
E------------------------------------------------------------------------

e------------------------------------7------------------------------------
b--7^8-7-------------------------------10-7-------------------------------
g--------7------7-9-7---7----7-9^11---------9-7---9-7---7-----------------
d-----------7-9-------9----9--------------------9-----9-------------------
a-------------------------------------------------------------------------
E-------------------------------------------------------------------------

Now the 6 string plays this figure a few times:

e------------------------------0------------------------------------------
b------------------------------0------------------------------------------
g--/5-4-2---2----/5-4--2-----2--------------------------------------------
d---------3--------------3-3----------------------------------------------
a-------------------------------------------------------------------------
E-------------------------------------------------------------------------

And ends it with this:
e------------------------------------------------------------------------
b------------------------------------------------------------------------
g--/5-4-2-0-------------------------------------------------------------------
d------------3-2-0----------------------------------------------------------
a------------------3-2-0----------------------------------------------------
E------------------------------------------------------------------------

The 2 12's play this after the solo: and end that section with a bunch of
                                             /-these 
e--3-5---8--8--8------3--5---8--8--8--7-7---8---------------------------
b--5-7--10-10-10------5--7--10-10-10--9-9--10---------------------------
g-----------------------------------------------------------------------
d----------------------------0------------------------------------------
a-----------------------------------------------------------------------
E-----------------------------------------------------------------------

During the vocals, the 2 12's play on this basic pattern with a few
subtle changes on the first couple of measures.

e--0---0---------------3-----0------0-----------------------------------
b--1---1-----3-----3h5----3--3--3-3---3p1-----0-------------------------
g--0---0-----0-----------------------------0----------------------------
d--2---2----------------------------------------------------------------
a--3---3----------------------------------------------------------------
E-----------------------------------------------------------------------

While the 6 plays this on the first two measures.

e-----------------------3----------------------------3------------------------
b----------------1---------------------------------3-------3---0--------------
g-2^4^2----------------------0--0--------------5^6-----3/4---4--------0-------
d---------0-0-2----2---------2--2------0----5---------------------0h2---------
a----------------------------3--3---------5-----------------------------1h2---
E---------------------------------------------------------------------------3-

And on the third measure the 12's play this:

e-0--0----0--0---0-----------0--0----------0--0----0--0---0---0---0--0-------
b-1--1----2--2---2-----2-----0-------0-2--------0--1----0-1-----0-1---1-0--0-
g-0--0--------------3-----3--------3---3---3-------------------------------0-
d-2--2----4----4----4--4--4------------------------------------------------0-
a-3--3-----------------------------------------------------------------------
E----------------------------------------------------------------------------

And the 6 plays this:

e-----------------------------------7--------6-------5--5--/10-8-/13-13/12
b--2-----2---------------------------------5-------5-----------------------
g----------3-------------------4/7-----4/6-----4h5------5-----------------
d----4-----4-----------------4--------------------------------------------
a--------------------------4----------------------------------------------
E-------------------------------------------------------------------------

              Heres that mid section thing:
   
e--------15-|-(5)^7^5-5-3------3------------3-------------------------------
b-----------|-------------------------3-----------4-------------------------
g--14/16----|--------------3h4----3-4---3h4---3-4---3^4---------------------
d-----------|-------------------------------------------5-------------------
a-----------|---------------------------------------------------------------
E-----------|---------------------------------------------------------------

On the last measure of the vocal part, the 6 plays this:

e---------------------------------1--------5-------10--8-----8-------10--
b-------------------------0-----1---1--------------------------10/12-----
g---------------------------1-2-------3/5-----5/10----10-10-10-----------
d-6^8-6^8-6-5-4 --6^8-6-4------------------------------------------------
a------------------------------------------------------------------------
E------------------------------------------------------------------------
Then just bend the g-string 5th fret up and pick it as you release the bend.


The second solo is this:

e----------------------------------------7-------------------------------
b--7-----7-----------------------------7---10-10-7-----------------------
g--9^11--9^11--9p7h9----7-7-7-----9^11-------------9p7-9p7----7-7--------
d---------------------9-------9----------------------------9------9------
a------------------------------------------------------------------------
E------------------------------------------------------------------------

e-------7-----------------------------------------------------------------
b---------10-7------------------------------------------------------------
g--9^11--------9-7-9-7---7-9-7--------------------------------------------
d----------------------9-------9-7-9-7---7-9-7---7-9-7/9-7-9-7---7--------
a--------------------------------------9-------9---------------9----------
E-------------------------------------------------------------------------

e---------------------------------------10--------------------------------
b-------------------------------------------13-10----10-------------------
g------------------------9p7-7---7-9/11-----------12----10^11-------------
d----------------------7-------9------------------------------12----------
a-9\7-5-5--5-5--5h7/9-----------------------------------------------------
E-------------------------------------------------------------------------

e--------------------------------------------------15--------------------
b--------13-15^17-15-------------13-15-(15)^16^17-----15^17-15-----------
g--9/14---------------12----9/14-----------------------------------------
d------------------------------------------------------------------------
a------------------------------------------------------------------------
E------------------------------------------------------------------------

e--------------------------------------------------------------15----------
b--15^17--15---------------------------------------------15^17-----15^17-15
g-------------12-14^16^14---------16^18---14----14-16----------------------
d--------------------------------------------------------------------------
a--------------------------------------------------------------------------
E--------------------------------------------------------------------------

e-------------------------------7----------------------------------------
b--12^13---12^13^12---------------10-7-10-7\-----------------------------
g--------------------14------0-------------------------------7-----------
d-------------------------------------------------7-10-7---7-7-----------
a---------------------------------------------7/9--------9---------------
E------------------------------------------------------------------------

e------------------------------------------------------------------------
b------------------------------------------------------------------------
g-----------------7-------------------7-7-7\-----------------------------
d------7-10-7---7-7-------10p7----7---7-7-7\-----------------------------
a--7/9--------9-------7/9------10---9------------------------------------
E------------------------------------------------------------------------

After the next vocals bit, The 12's play this chord sequence
hitting each one 3 or 4 times:
                          /--now just arpeggiate this chord
e--8--7--10---8--12---10/14---------------------------------------------
b-10--8--12--10--13---12/15---------------------------------------------
g------------------------16---------------------------------------------
d-----------------------------------------------------------------------
a-----------------------------------------------------------------------
E-----------------------------------------------------------------------

After that, the 12's play this:

e-0-----------------------------2---3---2---0------------0------0--------
b-------3-------------------3----3---3---3---3---1-3---1-----------------
g-0-0-0-0--0-0-0--0-0-0-0---0-----2---2---2---2------2-------------------
d-------------------------0-2-----------------------------------2---2---2
a-------------------------------------------------------------3-----3-3--
E------------------------------------------------------------------------

e------------------------------------------------------------------------
b--------------------------------3---------------------------------------
g--------------------------------2---------------------------------------
d--5-5-5-4-4-4-2-----------------0---------------------------------------
a--3-3-3-2-2-2-0--7-7-7-5-5-5-5--2---------------------------------------
E-----------------5-5-5-3-3-2-0--0---------------------------------------

The 6 string part over that is:

e--15--------------------------------------------------------------------
b------(15)^17^15-------------------------8^10---(8)^10^8----------------
g------------------(14)^16^14--9--7-8-9-7------7-------------------------
d------------------------------------------------------------------------
a------------------------------------------------------------------------
E------------------------------------------------------------------------

e-15---------------------------------------------------------------------
b----15^17^15------------------------------------------------------------
g-------------14^16^14-14--14\12-----------------------------------------
d--------------------------------12-12/14--------------------------------
a------------------------------------------------------------------------
E------------------------------------------------------------------------

e--------------------------------7^9-7-5-----------(7)^9^7-7-5-----------
b------------------6---5-----5------------7^9-7-5------------------------
g------------5-5-7---7---7-7---------------------------------------------
d------5-5-7-------------------------------------------------------------
a--5-7-------------------------------------------------------------------
E------------------------------------------------------------------------
And then the power chords with the 12's and the 6

Next is as little soloing over the rythym laid down by the 2 12's and
1 6

e------------------------------------------------------------------------
b------------------------------------------------------------------------
g---7^9^7p5-------------2h4p2---2----------2h4p2---2------2h4p2---2------
d-----------7-------2-4-------4--------2-4-------4--------------4--------
a------------------------------------------------------------------------
E------------------------------------------------------------------------

e-------2----------------------------------------------------------------
b---------5-2---------2----10h13p10--12-15-15^16--15-12-12---------------
g--4^6--------4-2-4-2----------------------------------------------------
d------------------------------------------------------------------------
a------------------------------------------------------------------------
E------------------------------------------------------------------------

e------------------------------------------------------------------------
b-------10-12-10----10----10--------10-12-10----10----12------10-12-10---
g--9/11----------11----11------9/11----------11----11-----9/11-----------
d------------------------------------------------------------------------
a------------------------------------------------------------------------
E------------------------------------------------------------------------

e---------------------5---------------------------------------------------
b-----10-10-------------5^7-5-3-3-----------------------------------------
g--11-------12----------------------2p0---0-2p0---0-----------------------
d---------------------------------------4-------4----2p0---0-2p0---0------
a--------------------------------------------------------4-------4--------
E-------------------------------------------------------------------------

e------------------------------------------------------------------------
b------------------------------------------------------------------------
g--2p0--0---------2p0--0---------2p0---0---------------------------------
d------4---2p0--0-----4--2p0---0-----4---2p0---0-2p0-0-------------------
a--------------4-------------4---------------4---------------------------
E------------------------------------------------------------------------

e---------------------15------------------------13-14-15--------------------
b------13-15-15^17-15----15^17-15------13-15^17----------15^17-15-13-15-13\-
g--/14------------------------------14--------------------------------------
d---------------------------------------------------------------------------
a---------------------------------------------------------------------------
E---------------------------------------------------------------------------

Now w/heavy distortion repeat this figure a few times and end it w/
that last little chord.
e------------------------------------------------------------------------
b------------------------------------------------------------------------
g--------------2----------------------4p2-----------------2--------------
d--2-2-----2-4---4-2--2-2------2-4-2------4p2-------------0--------------
a--0-0-2/4------------0-0--2/4-------------------------------------------
E------------------------------------------------------------------------

Well that's about all of it.  Sorry for any mistakes.
CHUCK

From: bobz@crl.com (Robert Zawalski)
Subject: TAB: The Song Remains the Same (Led Zeppelin)


Of course you all realize that I expect a complete tab of Jethro Tull's
'The Minstrel in the Gallery' for this. ;)

guit. 1 (12 string)
E:--------------2---7---9---12\---14---14\--
B:--------------3---8---10--13\---15---15\--
G:--------------2---7---9---12\---14---14\--
D:--0R--------------------------------------
A:------------------------------------------
E:------------------------------------------
ride on the open d throughout (listen to tape for rythem)

guit. 2 (6 string)
E:------------------5---7---9----
B:------------------6---8---10---
G:------------------5---7---9----
D:
A:
E:
========
**1**
(12 string)
E:--0-0-0---2-2-2--
B:--3-3-3---3-3-3--
G:--0-0-0---0-0-0--
D:--2-2-2---2-2-2-- x3
A:--0-0-0---0-0-0--
E:

**2**
E:--2-2-2--2-2--3-3-3--2-0--
B:--3-3-3--3-3--3-3-3--3-3--
G:--2-2-2--2-2--2-2-2--2-2--
D:--0-0-0--0-0--0-0-0--0-0--  x4
A:--------------------------
E:--------------------------


E:--0----0-----0----0------------0-----------0------
B:----1----1-----0----0----1--3-----3--1--3----0----
G:------2----2-----0----0--2---------------------0--
D:
A:
E:
(let all notes ring) [end of **2**]

Guitar 1 goes to **1**

then

**3**
(guitar 1 (12 string))
E:---------------2
B:---------------3
G:---------------0  <\
D:---------------2    \
A:---------------0     \
E:                      |
(guitar 2)              x4   
E:                      |
B:                     /
G:-----------2--      /
D:-----------2--  <--/
A:-----------0--
E:--2b3-2b3--0--
[end of **3**]
then guitar 1 does **2** (finger pick notes of chords separately)
while guitar 2 solos (the solo isn't too difficult to figure out if 
ya listen to the tape..)

==
**4**
(guit. 1)
E:--5-7--8--8--8------|--5-7---8--7--8-
B:--6-8--10-10-10-    |--6-8--10--9-10-
G:--7-9--10-10-10- x4 |--7-9--10--9-10- x4 (keep strumming final chord) 
D:       
A:       
E:       
         
(guit. 2)
E:-------------------------0---
B:-----------------------2-----
G:--5-4-2---2--5-4-2---2-------x3
D:--------3----------3---------

E:--------------------------------------
B:--------------------------------------
G:--5-4-2---2--5-4-2--0-----------------
D:--------3--------------3--2--0--------
A:--------------------------------3-2-0-
[end of **4**]
==
(verse) (guit. 1)
chords: C C G(6) x2 (on G chord play the high 'E' open rather than 3rd fret) 
(guit. 2) (the little figure he plays between the G and the C of part b))
E:------3--------------------------
B:--2^3--------3-------------------
G:---------3^4-------4-------------
D:---------------4^5--------5------  <--- Riff:#1
A:----------------------4^5--------
E:-----------------------------3---

part b (guit. 1)
chords: C C F# F
(guit. 2)
E:--6---    --8-----8-----8-----10--8/13
B:---7-- x4 ---10----10-----10------
G:----6-    -----10----10-------10--9/14
D:
(guit. 1)
chord: G
(while the 'G' is ringing guit. 2 plays:
             (guit.1 2nd verse)--> C        C         G            
B:--10b12r10-8-10-8------8-------------8----------------
G:------------------------------7-------------7---------
D:-------------------8-9----8-9----8-9----8-9----8-9----
A:----------------------------------------------------8-
Guitar 1 begins 2nd verse (same as first) in the middle (the chords
are indicated above guit.2's tab.)

2nd verse (guitar 1)
chords: (the C C G written in above figure) and repeat (without guitar
2 until riff #1 is replayed)

then replay 'part b' 
after you play that (adjust the ending appropriately)
the song gets fast again.

(guit.1) chord: G
(guit.2)
E:
B:
G:
D:--12-11-10-9-7
as guit.2 plays the '7' guit.1 begins **1** again.
then both guitars do **3**
then guit.1 does **2** (as written) while guit.2 solos.
then guit.1 does **1**
then guitars 1 and 2 do **3** and guit.3 solos
then vocals come back in and guit.1 plays **2** (play notes of chord
separately again)



(guit. 1)
E:--5-7--8--8--8------|--5-7---8--7--8-
B:--6-8--10-10-10-    |--6-8--10--9-10-
G:--7-9--10-10-10- x4 |--7-9--10--9-10- x3
D:
A:
E:

(guit. 2)
E:-------------------------0---
B:-----------------------1-----
G:--5-4-2---2--5-4-2---2-------x3
D:--------3----------3---------

(guit.1)
E:--5-7---8--7--10--8---12--10--14--14-----14-----14-----
B:--6-8--10--8--12--10--13--12--15----15-----15-----15---
G:--7-9--10--9--12--10--14--12--16------16-----16-----16-
D:
    | |   |  |   |  |   |   |   |
g.2 | |   |  |   |  |   |   |   |
E:--------------------------------
B:--------------------------------
G:--5-4---2--0--------------------      
D:---------------3--2---0---------
A:--------------------------3-2-0-

$$$
(guit.1)
chords: G   

(guit.2)
E:--14b15----------------------------------
B:--------15b17r15-------------------------
G:-----------------14b16r14--12--------12--
D:-------------------------------12^14-----

(guit.1)
E:------0-----2-----3-----2-----0-----
B:--------3-----3-----3-----3-----3---
G:----------2-----2-----2-----2-----2-
D:------------------------------------
A:--0---------------------------------

(guit.2)
E:-----------------------
B:-----------------------
G:---------12------------
D:--12b14------14r12-10--
repeat from $$$
then (guit.1)
chords: C

(guit.2)
E:
B:-------------------6---5-----------------------------------------
G:------------5-5^7----7---5-7-----12b13-12-10------------13^12^10-
D:------5-5^7------------------7----------------12-10-9------------
A:--5^7------------------------------------------------------------
E:
                                E:--0-0-0-
(guit.1)                        B:--0-0-0-
G:----------------------------------0-0-0-
D:--5-5-5--4-4-4--2--2-2-2----------0-0-0-
A:--3-3-3--2-2-2--0--0-0-0---5-5-4--2-2-2-
E:---------------------------3-3-2--0-0-0-

then guit.1 does **1** while guit.3 solos
then guitars 1 and 2 do **3** while guit.3 solos
then guit.1 does **2** while guit.3 solos
then guit.1 plays **1** while guit.3 plays this:
E:-----------------------
B:-----------------------
G:----------------2------
D:-----------2-4-----4-2-  
A:--0-0--3-4-------------
E:-----------------------
guit.3 continues to play that lick and guitars 1 and 2 play **3**

then vocals return and guit.1 plays **2** (notes of chord broken)
then **4** is played

THE END 

LEGEND:
================
--4^6- = play 4 hammer on 6
--4b5- = play 4 bend up to 5
--5r4- = play 5 release down to 4
--4R- = ride on that note
====================================












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ledzeprzj51388 wrote on January 27 2004, 12:00 am

finally! a GREAT tab for a GREAT song. GREAT job. the other one sucks quite frankly, and this one is just about perfectly accurate. thank you so much for submittin the tab to one of the greatest songs of all time

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GuitaPlaya wrote on August 19 2005, 12:00 am

robert plant sounds like a girl in this song but ne way great tab

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