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IF A TREE FALLS

As recorded by Bruce Cockburn
(From the 1988 Album BIG CIRCUMSTANCE)

Words and Music by Bruce Cockburn

Transcribed by Slowhand


Gtr I (D A D G B E) - 'Bruce Cockburn - Electric Guitar w/ Dropped D-Tuning'

   Intro
    Q=160
    G5                                     Em
   4/4
    Gtr I (Clean El. Gtr.: Dropped D-Tuning DADGBE w/ echo delay)
                    \0.5/                                   \0.5/
                    ~~~~~                                   ~~~~~
    Q  E E E Q  E   Q.       E   Q   E E   E E E E E Q  E   Q.       E   H
||----------------|----------------------|----------------|--------------------|
||o--------3----3-|-3-------(3)-(3)------|---------0----0-|-0-------(0)-(0)----|
||---------0----0-|-0-------(0)-(0)------|---------0----0-|-0-------(0)-(0)----|
||-------0---0----|-0-------(0)-(0)------|-----------2----|-2-------(2)-(2)----|
||o---------------|----------------------|----------------|--------------------|
||--5--5----------|------------------5-5-|-2-2-2-2--------|--------------------|


  D
  E E E E E E E E   E E E E E E E E   E E E E E E E E   E E E E E E E E
|-----------2---2-|---2-2-2-2-2---2-|-2-2-2---2-2-----|-2-2-2---2-2-------||
|-----------3---3-|---3-3-3-3-3---3-|-3-3-3---3-3---3-|-3-3-3---3-3------o||
|-----------2---2-|---2-2-2-2-2---2-|-2-2-2---2-2---2-|-2-2-2---2-2-------||
|-----------------|-----------------|---------------0-|---------------0---||
|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|------------------o||
|-0-0-0-0-0---0---|-0---0-0-0-0-0---|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0---|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-----||


   1st - 5th Verses
    $
    G5                                     Em
                    \0.5/                                   \0.5/
                    ~~~~~                                   ~~~~~
    Q  E E E Q  E   Q.       E   Q   E E   E E E E E Q  E   Q.       E   H
||----------------|----------------------|----------------|--------------------|
||o--------3----3-|-3-------(3)-(3)------|---------0----0-|-0-------(0)-(0)----|
||---------0----0-|-0-------(0)-(0)------|---------0----0-|-0-------(0)-(0)----|
||-------0---0----|-0-------(0)-(0)------|-----------2----|-2-------(2)-(2)----|
||o---------------|----------------------|----------------|--------------------|
||--5--5----------|------------------5-5-|-2-2-2-2--------|--------------------|


  D
  E E E E E E E E   E E E E E E E E   E E E E E E E E   E E E E E E E E
|-----------2---2-|---2-2-2-2-2---2-|-2-2-2---2-2-----|-2-2-2---2-2------|
|-----------3---3-|---3-3-3-3-3---3-|-3-3-3---3-3---3-|-3-3-3---3-3------|
|-----------2---2-|---2-2-2-2-2---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---|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0---|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0----|


  G5                                     Em
                  \0.5/                                   \0.5/
                  ~~~~~                                   ~~~~~
  Q  E E E Q  E   Q.       E   Q   E E   E E E E E Q  E   Q.       E   H
|---------------|----------------------|----------------|--------------------|
|--------3----3-|-3-------(3)-(3)------|---------0----0-|-0-------(0)-(0)----|
|--------0----0-|-0-------(0)-(0)------|---------0----0-|-0-------(0)-(0)----|
|------0---0----|-0-------(0)-(0)------|-----------2----|-2-------(2)-(2)----|
|---------------|----------------------|----------------|--------------------|
|-5--5----------|------------------5-5-|-2-2-2-2--------|--------------------|


                                                       1.
  D
  E E E E E E E E   E E E E E E E E   E E E E E E E E   E E E E E E E E
|-----------2---2-|---2-2-2-2-2---2-|-2-2-2---2-2-----|-2-2-2---2-2-------||
|-----------3---3-|---3-3-3-3-3---3-|-3-3-3---3-3---3-|-3-3-3---3-3------o||
|-----------2---2-|---2-2-2-2-2---2-|-2-2-2---2-2---2-|-2-2-2---2-2-------||
|-----------------|-----------------|---------------0-|---------------0---||
|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|------------------o||
|-0-0-0-0-0---0---|-0---0-0-0-0-0---|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0---|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-----||


                    Chorus
  2.,D.S.
                     G5
                                     \0.5/
                                     ~~~~~
  E E E E E E E E    Q  E E E Q  E   Q.       E   Q   E E
|-2-2-2---2-2-----||---------------|----------------------|
|-3-3-3---3-3-----||--------3----3-|-3-------(3)-(3)------|
|-2-2-2---2-2-----||--------0----0-|-0-------(0)-(0)------|
|---------------0-||------0---0----|-0-------(0)-(0)------|
|-----------------||---------------|----------------------|
|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0---||-5--5----------|------------------5-5-|


  Em
                   \0.5/
                   ~~~~~
  E E E E E Q  E   Q.       E   H
|----------------|--------------------|
|---------0----0-|-0-------(0)-(0)----|
|---------0----0-|-0-------(0)-(0)----|
|-----------2----|-2-------(2)-(2)----|
|----------------|--------------------|
|-2-2-2-2--------|--------------------|


  D
  E E E E E E E a  E    E  E  E  E  E  E  E  E
|--------------------|-------------10-10-10-10-|
|---------7-7--------|-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-|
|---------7-7---9s11-|-11-11-11-11-11-11-11-11-|
|---------7-7--------|-12-12-12----------------|
|--------------------|-------------------------|
|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0----0-|--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0-|


   E  E  E  E  E  E  E  E    E  E  E  E  E  E  E  E
|-------10----10-10----14-|-14-14-14-14-14-14-14-14-|
|-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-15-|-15-15-15-15-15-15-15-15-|
|-11-11-11-11-11----11-14-|-14-14-14-14-14-14-14-14-|
|-------------------------|-------------------------|
|-------------------------|-------------------------|
|--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0-|--0-----0-----0-----0----|


  G5                                     Em
                  \0.5/                                   \0.5/
                  ~~~~~                                   ~~~~~
  Q  E E E Q  E   Q.       E   Q   E E   E E E E E Q  E   Q.       E   H
|---------------|----------------------|----------------|--------------------|
|--------3----3-|-3-------(3)-(3)------|---------0----0-|-0-------(0)-(0)----|
|--------0----0-|-0-------(0)-(0)------|---------0----0-|-0-------(0)-(0)----|
|------0---0----|-0-------(0)-(0)------|-----------2----|-2-------(2)-(2)----|
|---------------|----------------------|----------------|--------------------|
|-5--5----------|------------------5-5-|-2-2-2-2--------|--------------------|


  D
  E E E E E E E a  E    E  E  E  E  E  E  E  E
|--------------------|-------------10-10-10-10-|
|---------7-7--------|-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-|
|---------7-7---9s11-|-11-11-11-11-11-11-11-11-|
|---------7-7--------|-12-12-12----------------|
|--------------------|-------------------------|
|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0----0-|--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0-|


   E  E  E  E  E  E  E  E    E  E  E  E  E  E  E  E
|-------10----10-10----14-|-14-14-14-14-14-14-14-14-|
|-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-15-|-15-15-15-15-15-15-15-15-|
|-11-11-11-11-11----11-14-|-14-14-14-14-14-14-14-14-|
|-------------------------|-------------------------|
|-------------------------|-------------------------|
|--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0-|--0-----0-----0-----0----|


  G5                                     Em
                  \0.5/                                   \0.5/
                  ~~~~~                                   ~~~~~
  Q  E E E Q  E   Q.       E   Q   E E   E E E E E Q  E   Q.       E   H
|---------------|----------------------|----------------|--------------------|
|--------3----3-|-3-------(3)-(3)------|---------0----0-|-0-------(0)-(0)----|
|--------0----0-|-0-------(0)-(0)------|---------0----0-|-0-------(0)-(0)----|
|------0---0----|-0-------(0)-(0)------|-----------2----|-2-------(2)-(2)----|
|---------------|----------------------|----------------|--------------------|
|-5--5----------|------------------5-5-|-2-2-2-2--------|--------------------|


                                                                  To Coda
  D
  E E E E E E E a  E    E  E  E  E  E  E  E  E    E  E  E  E  E  E  E  E
|--------------------|-------------10-10-10-10-|-------10----10-10----14--|
|---------7-7--------|-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-|-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-15--|
|---------7-7---9s11-|-11-11-11-11-11-11-11-11-|-11-11-11-11-11----11-14--|
|---------7-7--------|-12-12-12----------------|--------------------------|
|--------------------|-------------------------|--------------------------|
|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0----0-|--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0-|--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--|


              D.S. al Coda &
   E  E  E  E  E  E  E  E      E  E  E  E  E  E  E  E
|-14-14-14-14-14-14-14-14--||-14-14-14-14-14-14-14-14----||
|-15-15-15-15-15-15-15-15--||-15-15-15-15-15-15-15-15----||
|-14-14-14-14-14-14-14-14--||-14-14-14-14-14-14-14-14----||
|--------------------------||----------------------------||
|--------------------------||----------------------------||
|--0-----0-----0-----0-----||--0-----0-----0-----0-------||


   Out-Chorus
    G5                                     Em
                    \0.5/                                   \0.5/
                    ~~~~~                                   ~~~~~
    Q  E E E Q  E   Q.       E   Q   E E   E E E E E Q  E   Q.       E   H
||----------------|----------------------|----------------|--------------------|
||o--------3----3-|-3-------(3)-(3)------|---------0----0-|-0-------(0)-(0)----|
||---------0----0-|-0-------(0)-(0)------|---------0----0-|-0-------(0)-(0)----|
||-------0---0----|-0-------(0)-(0)------|-----------2----|-2-------(2)-(2)----|
||o---------------|----------------------|----------------|--------------------|
||--5--5----------|------------------5-5-|-2-2-2-2--------|--------------------|


  D
  E E E E E E E a  E    E  E  E  E  E  E  E  E
|--------------------|-------------10-10-10-10-|
|---------7-7--------|-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-|
|---------7-7---9s11-|-11-11-11-11-11-11-11-11-|
|---------7-7--------|-12-12-12----------------|
|--------------------|-------------------------|
|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0----0-|--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0-|


   E  E  E  E  E  E  E  E    E  E  E  E  E  E  E  E
|-------10----10-10----14-|-14-14-14-14-14-14-14-14-|
|-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-15-|-15-15-15-15-15-15-15-15-|
|-11-11-11-11-11----11-14-|-14-14-14-14-14-14-14-14-|
|-------------------------|-------------------------|
|-------------------------|-------------------------|
|--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0-|--0-----0-----0-----0----|


  G5                                     Em
                  \0.5/                                   \0.5/
                  ~~~~~                                   ~~~~~
  Q  E E E Q  E   Q.       E   Q   E E   E E E E E Q  E   Q.       E   H
|---------------|----------------------|----------------|--------------------|
|--------3----3-|-3-------(3)-(3)------|---------0----0-|-0-------(0)-(0)----|
|--------0----0-|-0-------(0)-(0)------|---------0----0-|-0-------(0)-(0)----|
|------0---0----|-0-------(0)-(0)------|-----------2----|-2-------(2)-(2)----|
|---------------|----------------------|----------------|--------------------|
|-5--5----------|------------------5-5-|-2-2-2-2--------|--------------------|


  D
  E E E E E E E a  E    E  E  E  E  E  E  E  E
|--------------------|-------------10-10-10-10-|
|---------7-7--------|-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-|
|---------7-7---9s11-|-11-11-11-11-11-11-11-11-|
|---------7-7--------|-12-12-12----------------|
|--------------------|-------------------------|
|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0----0-|--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0-|


   E  E  E  E  E  E  E  E    E  E  E  E  E  E  E  E
|-------10----10-10----14-|-14-14-14-14-14-14-14-14-|
|-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-15-|-15-15-15-15-15-15-15-15-|
|-11-11-11-11-11----11-14-|-14-14-14-14-14-14-14-14-|
|-------------------------|-------------------------|
|-------------------------|-------------------------|
|--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0-|--0-----0-----0-----0----|


  G5                                     Em
                  \0.5/                                   \0.5/
                  ~~~~~                                   ~~~~~
  Q  E E E Q  E   Q.       E   Q   E E   E E E E E Q  E   Q.       E   H
|---------------|----------------------|----------------|--------------------|
|--------3----3-|-3-------(3)-(3)------|---------0----0-|-0-------(0)-(0)----|
|--------0----0-|-0-------(0)-(0)------|---------0----0-|-0-------(0)-(0)----|
|------0---0----|-0-------(0)-(0)------|-----------2----|-2-------(2)-(2)----|
|---------------|----------------------|----------------|--------------------|
|-5--5----------|------------------5-5-|-2-2-2-2--------|--------------------|


  D
  E E E E E E E a  E    E  E  E  E  E  E  E  E
|--------------------|-------------10-10-10-10-|
|---------7-7--------|-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-|
|---------7-7---9s11-|-11-11-11-11-11-11-11-11-|
|---------7-7--------|-12-12-12----------------|
|--------------------|-------------------------|
|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0----0-|--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0-|


   E  E  E  E  E  E  E  E    E  E  E  E  E  E  E  E  3x
|-------10----10-10----14-|-14-14-14-14-14-14-14-14--||
|-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-15-|-15-15-15-15-15-15-15-15-o||
|-11-11-11-11-11----11-14-|-14-14-14-14-14-14-14-14--||
|-------------------------|--------------------------||
|-------------------------|-------------------------o||
|--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0-|--0-----0-----0-----0-----||


Duration Legend
---------------
W - whole; H - half; Q - quarter; E - 8th; S - 16th; T - 32nd; X - 64th; a - acciaccatura
+ - note tied to previous; . - note dotted; .. - note double dotted
Uncapitalized letters represent notes that are staccato (1/2 duration)
Irregular groupings are notated above the duration line
Duration letters will always appear directly above the note/fret number it represents the
duration for.  Duration letters with no fret number below them represent rests.  Multi-
bar rests are notated in the form Wxn, where n is the number of bars to rest for.  Low
melody durations appear below the staff

Tablature Legend
----------------
 h   - hammer-on
 p   - pull-off
 b   - bend
 pb  - pre-bend
 r   - bend release (if no number after the r, then release immediately)
 /\  - slide into or out of (from/to "nowhere")
 s   - legato slide
 S   - shift slide
  - natural harmonic
[n]  - artificial harmonic
n(n) - tapped harmonic
 ~   - vibrato
 tr  - trill
 T   - tap
 TP  - trem. picking
 PM  - palm muting
\n/  - tremolo bar dip; n = amount to dip
 \n  - tremolo bar down
 n/  - tremolo bar up
/n\  - tremolo bar inverted dip
 =   - hold bend; also acts as connecting device for hammers/pulls
 <>  - volume swell (louder/softer)
 x   - on rhythm slash represents muted slash
 o   - on rhythm slash represents single note slash

Misc Legend
-----------
 |  - bar
||  - double bar
||o - repeat start
o|| - repeat end
*|  - double bar (ending)
 :  - bar (freetime)
 $  - Segno
 &  - Coda
Tempo markers -  = BPM(8/16=s8/s16), where s8 = swing 8ths, s16 = swing 16ths



Rain forest
Mist and mystery
Teeming green
Green brain facing lobotomy
Climate control centre for the world
Ancient cord of coexistence hacked by parasitic greedhead scam -
From Sarawak to Amazonas
Costra Rica to Mangy BC hills -
Cortege rhythm of falling timber
What kind of currency grows in these new deserts
These brand new flood plains?

If a tree falls in the desert does anybody hear?
If a tree falls in the desert does anybody hear?
Does anybody hear the forest fall?
Cut and move on
Cut and move on

Take out trees
Take out wildlife at a rate of a species every single day
Take out people who've lived like this for a hundred thousand years
Inject a billion burgers worth of beef -
Grain eaters - methane dispensers -
Through thinning ozone
Wave fall on wrinkled earth
Gravity, light, ancient refuse of stars
Speak of a drowning
But this, this is something other
Busy monster eats dark holes in the spirit world
Where wild things have to go
To disappear
Forever

If a tree falls in the desert does anybody hear?
If a tree falls in the desert does anybody hear?
Does anybody hear the forest fall?

            
            
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