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Band/Artist: The Lines
Song: "On the Air"
Album: Memory Span (CD, 2008), "On the Air" 7" EP (1979)
www.myspace.com/nervepylon

standard tuning

Guitar I
INTRO
  P.M.
e-----------------------------------------------------------------|
B-----------------------------------------------------------------|
G-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-|
D-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-1010101010101010|
A-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-|
E-----------------------------------------------------------------|
cont.
e-----------------------------------------------------------------|
B-----------------------------------------------------------------|
G-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-|
D-10101010101010107-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-|
A-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-|
E-----------------------------------------------------------------|

Guitar II
INTRO
 * = harmonic
e---------------------12*-----------------------------12*---------|
B-----------------7*----------12*-----------------7*----------12*-|
G-------------------------7*------------------------------7*------|
D---------------------------------7*------------------------------|
A-----------------------------------------------------------------|
E-----------------------------------------------------------------|
cont.
e----------------------12*--------0-------------------------------|
B-----------------7*----------12*---------------------------------|
G--------------------------7*-------------------------------------|
D-7*--------------------------------------------------------------|
A-----------------------------------------------------------------|
E-----------------------------------------------------------------|

Guitar I
VERSE
  P.M.
e-----------------------------------------------------------------|
B-----------------------------------------------------------------|
G-----------------1010101010101010----------------9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-|
D-101010101010101010101010101010109-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-|
A-10101010101010108-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-|
E-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-----------------7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-----------------|
cont.
e-----------------------------------------------------------------|
B-----------------------------------------------------------------|
G-----------------------------------------------------------------|
D-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7---------------------------------|
A-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-4-2-4-2-2-2-4-2-4-2-4-2-2-2-4-2-|
E-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|

Guitar II (piano arranged for guitar)
VERSE
e-----------------------------------------------------------------|
B-----------------------------------------------------------------|
G-----------------------------------------------------------------|
D-----------------10------------------------------9---------------|
A-10--------------8---------------9---------------7---------------|
E-8-------------------------------7-------------------------------|
cont.
e-----------------------------------------------------------------|
B---------------------------------1010109---9-9-9-1010109---9-9-9-|
G---------------------------------9-9-9-9---9-9-9-9-9-9-9---9-9-9-|
D---------------------------------9-9-9-9---9-9-9-9-9-9-9---9-9-9-|
A-4---------------7---------------7-7-7-7---7-7-7-7-7-7-7---7-7-7-|
E-2---------------5-----------------------------------------------|

Guitar I
PRECHORUS
  P.M.
e-----------------------------------------------------------------|
B-----------------------------------------------------------------|
G-----------------------------------------------------------------|
D-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7---------------------------------|
A-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-4-2-4-2-2-2-4-2-4-2-4-2-2-2-4-2-|
E-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|
cont.
e-----------------------------------------------------------------|
B-----------------------------------------------------------------|
G-----------------------------------------------------------------|
D-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7---------------------------------|
A-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-4-2-4-2-2-2-4-2-4-2-4-2-2-2-4-2-|
E-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|

Guitar II
PRECHORUS
e-----------------------------------------------------------------|
B---------------------------------1010109---9-9-9-1010109---9-9-9-|
G---------------------------------9-9-9-9---9-9-9-9-9-9-9---9-9-9-|
D---------------------------------9-9-9-9---9-9-9-9-9-9-9---9-9-9-|
A-4---------------7---------------7-7-7-7---7-7-7-7-7-7-7---7-7-7-|
E-2---------------5-----------------------------------------------|
cont.
e-----------------------------------------------------------------|
B---------------------------------1010109---9-9-9-1010109---9-9---|
G---------------------------------9-9-9-9---9-9-9-9-9-9-9---9-9---|
D---------------------------------9-9-9-9---9-9-9-9-9-9-9---9-9---|
A-9---------------7---------------7-7-7-7---7-7-7-7-7-7-7---7-7---|
E-7---------------5-----------------------------------------------|

Guitar I
CHORUS
  P.M. (slightly)
e-----------------------------------------------------------------|
B-----------------------------------------------------------------|
G-----------------------------------------------------------------|
D-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-|
A-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-2-2-4-2-2-2-4-2-|
E-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|

Guitar II
CHORUS
e-----------------------------------------------------------------|
B-----------------------------------------------------------------|
G---------4-4-4-4---------4-4-4-4---------4-4-4-4---------4-4-4-4-|
D-----------------------------------------------------------------|
A-----------------------------------------------------------------|
E-----------------------------------------------------------------|

Guitar I
FINAL VERSE (Alt)
  P.M.
e-----------------------------------------------------------------|
B-----------------------------------------------------------------|
G-----------------1010101010101010----------------9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-|
D-101010101010101010101010101010109-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-|
A-10101010101010108-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-|
E-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-----------------7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-----------------|
cont.
e---------------------------------|
B---------------------------------|
G---------------------------------|
D-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-|
A-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-|
E-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-|

Guitar II
FINAL VERSE (Alt)
e-----------------------------------------------------------------|
B-----------------------------------------------------------------|
G-----------------------------------------------------------------|
D-----------------10------------------------------9---------------|
A-10--------------8---------------9---------------7---------------|
E-8-------------------------------7-------------------------------|
cont.
e---------------------------------|
B---------------------------------|
G---------------------------------|
D---------------------------------|
A-4---------------7---------------|
E-2---------------5---------------|

Guitar I
OUTRO
  P.M.
e-----------------------------------------------------------------|
B-----------------------------------------------------------------|
G-----------------------------------------------------------------|
D-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|
A-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-|
E-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-|
cont.                                       gradually release P.M.
e-----------------------------------------------------------------|
B---------------------------------------------------------0-0-0-0-|
G-------------------------------------------------0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|
D-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-|
A-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-|
E-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|
cont.
e-----------------------------------------------------------------|
B-----------------------------------------------------------------|
G-----------------------------------------------------------------|
D-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|
A-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-|
E-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-|
cont.                                    
e---------------------------------0-------------------------------|
B---------------------------------0-------------------------------|
G-------------------------2-2-2-2-0-------------------------------|
D-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-------------------------------|
A-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-2-------------------------------|
E-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-0-------------------------------|

SONG STRUCTURE:
INTRO x 2
VERSE x 2
PRECHORUS x 1
CHORUS x 2
VERSE x 2
PRECHORUS x 1
CHORUS x 2
VERSE x 2
PRECHORUS x 1
CHORUS x 2
FINAL VERSE x 1
OUTRO x 1

LYRICS:

I wrote out for a catalog
When it came I was surprised
Right there before my eyes
The whole world

It was never in any doubt
But always out of bounds
Next time they make the rounds
The soldiers

Everything came true that wasn't fantasy
Everything was legal that was robbery

I can assume it's a normal room
If it's got four walls and a ceiling
In through the floor your standing on the door
In the corner squats a feeling

That your stuck in the wishing well
We've run to kiss and tell
Pull a rope it rings a bell
A church bell

And they're waiting on your sermon
You can see their tiny heads
Pull the rope and lose a thread
Lose a thread

I was only wandering on a landscape
Took my camera I was told to get it taped

I opened it here and I opened it there
I opened that shutter most everywhere
But the shutter got stuck and the light rushed in
And the landscape lay in ruin

And I said that I didn't know
I said I didn't know
I said I don't know
Anything

Let's try opening their taxi car
We can enter through the roof
Through the nose into the mouth
Threw them out

Help me when the movement gets beyond control
When you get too high the air is thin and cold

Now I'm on the sand and I'm in the sea
And there's a crowd all around me
I'm in the air I'm on a plane
Can't grab myself

Except to say if we go down in smoke
You'll still be laughing
Because you think that it's a joke
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That's it. Feel free to leave comments, corrections, suggestions, or requests. Cheers!

-Bennyshambles78-
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bennyshambles78 wrote on October 1 2012, 03:27 pm

Here's a lyric correction which I heard more clearly on the "Alaska Demo" version:

That your stuck in the wishing well
With a bride to kiss and tell
Pull a rope it rings a bell
A church bell

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bennyshambles78 wrote on October 28 2013, 06:41 pm

I was off a bit with the second half of the intro; here's the correct way to play it:

e-----------------------------------------------------------------|
B-----------------------------------------------------------------|
G-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-|
D-101010101010101010101010101010109-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-|
A-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-|
E-----------------------------------------------------------------|

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