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Surfs Up Chords

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                         BRIAN WILSON - Surf's Up
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Tabbed by: Dabarro
Email: dbguitar9@yahoo.es

Tuning: Standard

   Surprised by the fact that there's no tab for this beautiful song in the
site I put myself to work on it. I use a MIDI file I found around to figure
out the notes,  since I can't read sheet music. Bare in mind that this song
is played on piano and many of the chords are not "guitar-friendly" ones. 

Bb/G
A diamond necklace played the pawn
Hand in hand some drummed along, oh
Dm/F
To a handsome man and baton
Bb/G
A blind class aristocracy
Back through the opera glass you see
Dm/F
The pit and the pendulum drawn

Bb      Bb/G         F   C   D
   Columnated ruins  do  mi  no
 G                                A
   Canvass the town and brush the backdrop
         D/A
Are you sleeping?

Bb/G
Hung velvet overtaken me
Dim chandelier awaken me
Dm/F
To a song dissolved in the dawn
Bb/G
The music hall a costly bow
The music all is lost for now
Dm
To a muted trumperter swan

Bb      Bb/G         F   C   D
   Columnated ruins  do  mi  no
 G                                A
   Canvass the town and brush the backdrop
        D/A               D [* read note at end]
Are you sleeping, Brother John?

G#6
   Dove nested towers the hour was
Cm/Bb
Strike the street quicksilver moon
G#6
   Carriage across the fog
    Cm/Bb
Two-Step to lamp lights cellar tune

    Dm7                 Gm7  C    F
The laughs come hard in Auld Lang Syne
    Dm7
The glass was raised, the fired rose
    Gm7             C                  F9add  F
The fullness of the wine, the dim last toast- ing
Dm7           Gm7   C  F
While at port adieu or die
  Dm7
A choke of grief heart hardened I
Gm7             C              F
Beyond belief a broken man too tough to cry

G#6
   Surf's Up
Cm/Bb
   Aboard a tidal wave
G#6
   Come about hard and join
    Cm/Bb
The young and often spring you gave
  Fm/C
I heard the word
   Cm
Wonderful thing
  Fm7               Cm  Bb  Cm
A children's song  

Fm             Cm
  A children's song
         Bb               Cm
Have you listened as they played
      Fm      Cm
Their song is love
        Bb                Cm
And the children know the way
Fm             Cm
  A children's song
         Bb               Cm
Have you listened as they played
      Fm      Cm
Their song is love
        Bb                Cm
And the children know the way

  Fm
A Child.


  ***  NOTE: In that part, at the end of 'brother John' there's a descending
arrangement over the D chord that goes A G F# (those are notes, not chords).
It can be played with an inversion of D,  like this one: xx0235, a Dsus4 and
a regular D. That way you have the descending bit on your high e string.
So, that's it, enjoy!
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EEE_ELLL_OHH 10 wrote on May 3 2009, 05:55 pm

Awesome :D

One thing i do find though is that the Bb/G would be better as a Gm7 but it's all the same so 5 stars! Good job.

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ClassicManiac 133 wrote on September 15 2009, 08:10 pm

I think some of the "Cm"s in the final part (the ones after the "Fm"s, to be precise) should rather be "Eb"s.

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RockNFknRoll 10 wrote on June 15 2014, 04:11 pm

On the Do-Mi-No last chord it keeps the C over the D chord. Very important subtlety.

Same with Canvas The Town and Brush The Backdrop. You have to keep the G over the A chord on "backdrop". Pay attention to the inversions in this tune, they make all the difference.

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