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Song: Boston
Artist: Augustana

Tabbed by Pat Sullivan- currentmaster@yahoo.com

I do this song as a soloist on an acoustic Guitar (need a cutaway guitar)
(An overdrive pedal and drum machine also helps!)

These are the chord paterns & changes for the intro and 1st verse piano part.
These chords can be flatpicked to get the same key and almost the same feel
as the piano bit. You'll need to listen to the song to pick up the patterns.

The picking should be fairly obvious once the chord pattern is established.
Use the open strings shown here to add some fullness to the chord.

(p = pull off  /   >> = slide   /   0 = open string   /   X = muted)

Intro: (X2)

       C   Csus2  Em7    G   C6add9    Em     C  C6add9 Csus2  Dm7  G6add9
e|----12----p15----12----p15----15--->>19--->>20----15----15----13----12----|
B|----13-----------12-----------13--->>17-----17----13----13----13----15----|
G|-----0------------0-----------14------0------0----14----12----14-----0----|
D|-----X------------0------------0------X------X-----0-----0-----0-----0----|
A|-----X------------X------------X------X------X-----X-----X-----X-----X----|
E|-----X------------X------------X------X------X-----X-----X-----X-----X----|

Verse 1:  (These are the same chords as the Intro except they're
           expanded to show the relationship with the lyrics.)

       C  Csus2  Em7  G   C6add9   Em     C
e|----12---p15---12---p15---15--->>19--->>20----|
B|----13---------12---------13--->>17-----17----|
G|-----0----------0---------14------0------0----|
D|-----X----------0----------0------X------X----|
A|-----X----------X----------X------X------X----|
E|-----X----------X----------X------X------X----|
       In the light of the sun,

     C6add9    Csus2    Dm7     G6add9
e|----15---------15-----13--------12----|
B|----13---------13-----13--------15----|
G|----14---------12-----14---------0----|
D|-----0----------0------0---------0----|
A|-----X----------X------X---------X----|
E|-----X----------X------X---------X----|
       Is there anyone? oh it has begun...

       C  Csus2  Em7   G  C6add9   Em     C
e|----12---p15---12---p15---15--->>19--->>20----|
B|----13---------12---------13--->>17-----17----|
G|-----0----------0---------14------0------0----|
D|-----X----------0----------0------X------X----|
A|-----X----------X----------X------X------X----|
E|-----X----------X----------X------X------X----|
       Oh dear you look so lost ...

     C6add9            Csus2                 Dm7           G6add9
e|----15-----------------15------------------13--------------12----|
B|----13-----------------13------------------13--------------15----|
G|----14-----------------12------------------14---------------0----|
D|-----0------------------0-------------------0---------------0----|
A|-----X------------------X-------------------X---------------X----|
E|-----X------------------X-------------------X---------------X----|
       Eyes are red and tears are shed This world you must've crossed

       - you said

Chorus 1:
      C                  G              Dm7       G
e|----12-----------------15-------------13--------15----|
B|----13-----------------12-------------13--------15----|
G|-----0------------------0-------------14--------16----|
D|-----X------------------X--------------0---------0----|
A|-----X------------------X--------------X---------X----|
E|-----X------------------X--------------X---------X----|
      You don't know me, you don't even care, oh yeah- you said

      C                  G                  Dm7        G
e|----12-----------------15-----------------13------->>3-----|
B|----13-----------------12-----------------13------->>3-----|
G|-----0------------------0-----------------14------->>4-----|
D|-----X------------------X------------------0---------0-----|
A|-----X------------------X------------------X---------0-----|
E|-----X------------------X------------------X---------0-----|
      You don't know me, you don't wear my chains... oh yeah

Note:
   Key Drops 2 Octaves- Drums Start (65-70 BPM's Standard Rock Beat)

   The chords for the rest has basically been tabbed out by others but
   there's several differences here I've not seen done by any other
   tabbers. For the same feel as the original tune check this out.
   If not, whatever...

Transition Phrase (1X)

      C   Cmaj9  Am7   G6add9 C6add9 C6add9   C   Fadd9   G6
e|----3-----3-----3----->>7--->>8------3------3-----3-----0----|
B|--~-1-----1-----1----->>5-----5------1------1-----1-----3----|
G|--~-0-----0-----2-------0-----0------2------0-----2-----0----|
D|--~-2-----0-----2-------0-----0------0------2-----3-----0----|
A|----3-----2-----0-------0-----0------0------3-----0-----2----|
E|--~-0-----0-----0-------0-----0------0------0-----x-----3----|


Verse 2:
      C  Cmaj9           Am7  G6add9 C6add9
e|----3----3-------------3----->>7--->>8----|
B|--~-1----1-------------1----->>5-----5----|
G|--~-0----0-------------2-------0-----0----|
D|--~-2----0-------------2-------0-----0----|
A|----3----2-------------0-------0-----0----|
E|--~-0----0-------------0-------0-----0----|
    	Essential yet appealed,

         C6add9          C       Fadd9           G6
e|---------3-------------3---------3--------------0----|
B|--~------1-------------1---------1--------------3----|
G|--~------2-------------0---------2--------------0----|
D|--~------0-------------2---------3--------------0----|
A|---------0-------------3---------0--------------2----|
E|--~------0-------------0---------x--------------3----|
	carry all your thoughts- across an open field

      C     Cmaj9            Am7   G6add9 C6add9
e|----3-------3---------------3----->>7--->>8----|
B|--~-1-------1---------------1----->>5-----5----|
G|--~-0-------0---------------2-------0-----0----|
D|--~-2-------0---------------2-------0-----0----|
A|----3-------2---------------0-------0-----0----|
E|--~-0-------0---------------0-------0-----0----|
	When flowers gaze at you

               C6add9         C       Fadd9           G6
e|---------------3------------3---------3-------------0----|
B|--~------------1------------1---------1-------------3----|
G|--~------------2------------0---------2-------------0----|
D|--~------------0------------2---------3-------------0----|
A|---------------0------------3---------0-------------2----|
E|--~------------0------------0---------x-------------3----|
	They're not the only ones- Who cry when they see you-

	you said...


Chorus 2:
         C                Cmaj9           Fmaj9        G
e|-------3------------------3---------------3----------3----|
B|--~----1------------------1---------------1----------0----|
G|--~----0------------------0---------------2----------0----|
D|--~----2------------------0---------------3----------0----|
A|-------3------------------2---------------0----------2----|
E|--~----0------------------0---------------x----------3----|
	You don't know me, you dont even care.... Ah, Yeah... She said

         C                    Cmaj9              Fmaj9      G
e|-------3----------------------3------------------3--------3----|
B|--~----1----------------------1------------------1--------0----|
G|--~----0----------------------0------------------2--------0----|
D|--~----2----------------------0------------------3--------0----|
A|-------3----------------------2------------------0--------2----|
E|--~----0----------------------0------------------x--------3----|
	You don't know me, and you don't wear my chains....Yeah


***Kick on the Distortion pedal***

                               (C)                        (Cmaj7)
e|------------------------------8----------------------------8-------|
B|--~---------------------------8----------------------------8-------|
G|--~---------------------------9----------------------------9-------|
D|--~--------------------------10---------------------------10-------|
A|-----------------------------10---------------------------10-------|
E|--~---------------------------8----------------------------7-------|
  She said- I think I'll go to Boston- I think I'll start a new life

                              (F)                         (G)
e|-----------------------------1---------------------------3------|
B|--~--------------------------1---------------------------3------|
G|--~--------------------------2---------------------------0------|
D|--~--------------------------3---------------------------0------|
A|-----------------------------3---------------------------2------|
E|--~--------------------------1---------------------------3------|
	I think I'll start it over, where no one knows my name

                             C                        Cmaj7
	I'll get out of California, I'm tired of the weather,

                            F                          G
	I think I'll get a lover, I'll fly 'em out to Spain...

                             C                         Cmaj7
	I think I'll go to Boston- I think that I'm just tired

                            F                         G
	I think I need a new town, to leave this all behind...

                          C                        Cmaj7
	I think I need a sunrise, I'm tired of the sunset,

                              F                          G
	Hear its nice in the summer, some snow would be nice...Oh yeah

Change to this Phrase: (X2)

      C  E/G  C  D     G         E/G C  D              F      G
e|----8->>0---3>>5-----10---------0--3>>5--------------8------10------|
B|----7->>0---5>>7-----12---------0--5>>7--------------10-----12------|
G|----9->>0---5>>7-----12---------0--5>>7--------------10-----12------|
D|---10->>0---5>>7-----12---------0--5>>7--------------10-----12------|
A|---10->>0---3>>5-----10---------0--3>>5--------------8------10------|
E|----8->>0~--x--x-----x----------0--x--x--------------x------X-------|

	              Boston.........No one knows my name.....Yeah...No one

    knows my name....................No one knows my name.....


Outro: (Same as Intro)

       C   Csus2  Em7    G   C6add9    Em     C  C6add9 Csus2  Dm7  G6add9
e|----12----p15----12----p15----15--->>19--->>20----15----15----13----12----|
B|----13-----------12-----------13--->>17-----17----13----13----13----15----|
G|-----0------------0-----------14------0------0----14----12----14-----0----|
D|-----X------------0------------0------X------X-----0-----0-----0-----0----|
A|-----X------------X------------X------X------X-----X-----X-----X-----X----|
E|-----X------------X------------X------X------X-----X-----X-----X-----X----|
	                                           Boston..............no one

   knows my.....

            
            
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JohnRzeznikFan 52 May 14, 2007 12:21 PM

Nice tab. It's nice to see some Augustana fans out there besides me. I play alot of Acoustic as well, so this should come in handy. Great tab.

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reidathon 10 Dec 18, 2008 07:57 PM

nice tab!!! spot on for the lead, and great places in this version for some improv

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