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#----------------------------------PLEASE NOTE---------------------------------#
#This file is the author's own work and represents their interpretation of the #
#song. You may only use this file for private study, scholarship, or research. #
#------------------------------------------------------------------------------##
From: whitej@kahu.lincoln.ac.nz (White, Jared Conway)
Subject: TAB: Laughter by Bruce Cockburn

Hi there!  Here's a tab of Laughter, by Bruce Cockburn (from "Further
Adventures of..." 1978).

Since tabbing this piece i have come to think that it may _possibly_ be in
open C.  However, it works perfectly well in dropped-D, too.  The only
difficulty is in the chorus section: for the first chord shape, you need to
barre the E,A & D strings at the 2nd fret with your first finger, while
keeping the G string open AND fretting the B and e strings at 3 and 5
respectively.  If that's just ridiculous, then ignore the open G string
and play a straight barre chord.

I haven't included timing marks: I figure you'd have to know the song to
want to try and play it anyway.  Note that Bruce modifies the verse section
a couple of times to get a more arpeggiated, sustained feel (eg the verse
about nuclear good-time boys).  For this you can use the same fingerings,
just change the style.

That reminds me... i have one question about the lyrics of the song that
you may be able to help with:
Here's to the sun _______________????
Through a thermal inversion haze
Here's to the nuclear good time boys
Numbering all our days...

Comments, corrections welcome (nay, encouraged!).  Thanks to Andrew
Rate for typing this up.

         - jared


----------------------------------------------------------------------
                                 Laughter
                              Bruce Cockburn

Transcribed by Jared White
(whitej@lincoln.ac.nz)


Drop D tuning; capo 3rd fret; h = hammer-on

  Intro:
e|-----2----------------|-----2--2-------------|-----2----------------|
B|-----3----------3-----|-----3--3-------3-----|-----3----------3-----|
G|-----2----------0-----|-----2--2-------0-----|-----2----------0-----|
D|----------------0-----|----------------0--0--|----------------0-----|
A|-----------0h2-----2--|-----------0h2--------|-----------0h2-----2--|
D|--0-----0-------------|--0-------------------|--0-----0-------------|

                       Verse:
|-------2-------------|---------2--------------|----------------------|
|----3--3-------3-----|---------3--------3-----|-------3-----3--3-----|
|----2----------0-----|-*-------2--------2-----|-------0-----0--0-----|
|-0-------------0-----|-*----------------------|----------------------|
|-------0--0h2-----2--|---------------0-----0--|----2-----2--------2--|
|-0-------------------|---0--------0-----------|----------------------|

|----------------------|----------------------|-----------------------|
|----3--------3--------|-----3--3-------0-----|-----3--------3--------|
|----0--------0--------|----------------0-----|-----------------------|
|----------------------|-----4--4-------------|-----4--------4--------|
|----------2-----2-----|-----------0h2-----2--|-----------0-----0-----|
|-2-----2--------------|--0-------------------|--0-----0--------------|

|----------------------|-----------------------|-----------------------|
|-----3-----3----3-----|--------2---3---5---7--|-----7-----7--5--3-----|
|-----0-----0----0-----|--------2---4---6---7--|-----7-----7-----------|
|----------------------|-----2-----------------|-----------------4-----|
|--2-----2----------2--|--0-------------0------|--------0--------------|
|----------------------|-----------------------|--0-----------------0--|

Chorus:
|-----5-----5--5-----5--|--------5--------5-----|-----------------------|
|-----3-----3--3-----3--|--------3--------3-----|-----3--3-----0--------|
|-----0-----0--0-----0--|--------0--------0-----|-----2--2-----0--------|
|-----------------0--2--|--------2-----------0--|-----4--4-----0--0-----|
|-----------2-----------|-----2-----------------|--------------2-----2--|
|--2-----2--------------|--2--------------------|--0--------------------|

|----------2--0-----0--|-----5-----5--5-----5--|--------5-----------5-----|
|----3-----3--0--3--0--|-----3-----3--3-----3--|--------3-----------3-----|
|----2-----------2-----|-----0-----0--0-----0--|--------0-----------0-----|
|----4-----------------|-----------------0--2--|--------2--------------0--|
|-------0--------------|-----------2-----------|-----2--------------------|
|-0-----------------0--|--2-----2--------------|--2-----------------------|

|----------------------|-----------------------|
|----3--3-----0--------|-----3--3-------0------|
|----2--2-----0--------|-----2--2-------0----*-|
|----4--4-----0--0-----|-----4--0-------0----*-|
|-------------2-----2--|-----------0h2-----2---|
|-0--------------------|--0--------------------|

Thats all!
Hope you enjoy it.
jared

            
            
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robbie713 10 Jun 21, 2015 06:04 PM

Hey Jared, thanks for posting this. To answer your question about the lyrics:

"Here's to the sun RED-BALLING
Through the thermal inversion haze"

Hope that helps

Cheers :)

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