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ADRIAN BELEW - THE RAIL SONG
As played on the amazing record "acoustic".


Intro: *Play riff*


     A
I recall as a boy we would hop the freights
        D2
wasn't nothin' but a kick back then
          E
there was no better thrill for my anxious heart
       F#-
than a long flatcar
        E
headin' out of the yard
      A
and I knew even then she was in my blood
         D2
like the time when I first hired on
        E
and the fireman laughed at my bony nose
       F#-
but he tossed me a cap
     E
said GM&O
   *riff........
and I was a man...
........................
I gave her my best years
.............................
well, what can you do but laugh
.........................................*
I don't expect she'll ever be coming back
         A
When we climbed up the great Appalachians
    D2
her engines would be raging like hell
          E
then we'd come back down to the rising towns
          F#-
where the cattle stare
        E
in the frozen air
   A
For me there nothing more sacred
         D2
than the beautiful sound she'd make
    E
her long blue signal blowin' deep in the night,
         F#-
it would get to me there,
         E
it would get to me there
   *bridge riff.........
Now I'm afraid...
............................
Afraid of these silent hours
..........................
awake underneath my old cap
.........................................*
I don't expect she'll ever be coming back


*(instrumental with chords A  D2  E  F#-  E)*

         A
Well, I watched the beginning of the end for her
       D2
when I saw my first jet airplane
       E
flying high overhead like a bird of prey
         F#-
while the mighty fell
       E
in the land of the brave
   *final riff*
Now I'm alone.

Riff:
E|--12-------|--12------|--11-------|--11-------|--11------|--9------|--9------|
B|--10-------|---9------|---9-------|---8-------|---7------|--7------|--7------|
G|-------x16-|-------x8-|-------x16-|-------x16-|------x8--|------x8-|--7--x16-|
D|-----------|----------|-----------|-----------|----------|---------|--7------|
A|-----------|----------|-----------|-----------|----------|---------|---------|
E|-----------|----------|-----------|-----------|----------|---------|---------|


Bridge riff:
E|-12------|-12-----|-11------|-11-------|-11------|-9------|-/------|-9------|
B|-10------|--9-----|--9------|--8-------|--7------|-7------|-6------|-7------|
G|-----x16-|-----x8-|-----x16-|------x16-|-----x8--|----x24-|----x32-|-7--x16-|
D|---------|--------|---------|----------|---------|--------|--------|-7------|
A|---------|--------|---------|----------|---------|--------|--------|--------|
E|---------|--------|---------|----------|---------|--------|--------|--------|


Final riff:
E|--12-------|
B|--10-------|
G|-------x25-|
D|-----------|
A|-----------|
E|-----------|


Of course, fell free to make this tab better.
I did my best, but Adrian is a monster guitarist and he does some strange chord; he's a 
he's the story, and I'm only a nut.
But this is my tribute to him.
Thank you Ade.

_Ozzy
geomscortichini@interfree.it

            
            
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jverkuilen 152 Feb 23, 2014 08:43 AM, edited at 01:56 pm

Nice job. This sounds pretty good to me. I learned the song back when Acoustic came out but haven't played it in years. I decided to relearn it recently, though, because I really love the vocal. The only thing you might consider is playing an Asus4 instead of the Dsus2, but those chords are inversions of each other so it depends on what you want the bass note to be. They both sound fine. I like to really hit the A note so I usually play Asus4, but I think I tend to muscle my way through everything so I'll try the other way. I also think that during the riff he doesn't go down to the F on the B string (6th fret) every time he plays it, just on the time through before he plays the chords with no vocal before "jet airplane".

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jverkuilen 152 Feb 23, 2014 08:58 AM

Whoops, you indicate the bridge is different, I just didn't see it!

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