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GOODBYE YELLOW BRICK ROAD

As recorded by Elton John
(From the 1973 Album GOODBYE YELLOW BRICK ROAD)

Words and Music by Elton John & Bernie Taupin

Transcribed by Slowhand


Gtr I (E A D G B E) - 'Elton John - Piano'
Gtr II (E A D G B E) - 'Davey Johnstone - Electric Guitar (clean)'
Gtr III (E A D G B E) - 'Davey Johnstone - Electric Guitar (overdriven)'


 Intro
  Q=60(16=s16)
  F  C/EDm Dm/C Bb   CsC/EF
 4/4
  Gtr I (Piano arr. for Gtr.)
  Q  Q  Q  Q    E. S S E. E. S S S E
|-5--3--1--1--|-----------1----1-----||
|-6--1--3--3--|-3----6-5--1------1---||
|-5--0--2--2--|-3----5-5--2--------2-||
|-7--2--0-----|-3--3-5-5--3--3-------||
|----------3--|-1----3-7--3----------||
|-------------|-----------1----------||


   1st & 2nd Verses
    N.C.
    Gtr II (Clean El. Gtr. w/ Leslie effect)
    Q  S S E E. S Q     Q  Q   S S S S +Q     Q  Q   S  S E  Q
||--6-----------8----|---------------6-(6)--|-------------------|
||o------6-----------|-----------6----------|-------------------|
||-----7-----9----9--|-10--9\--7---7--------|-8--8/--9----------|
||---------8---------|----------------------|----------10---10--|
||o------------------|----------------------|-------------------|
||-------------------|----------------------|-------------8--8--|


  Q  Q  E E S S E   Q  S S E E. S Q     Q  Q   S S S S +Q
|----5------------|-6-----------8----|---------------6-(6)--|
|-6---------6-6-6-|------6-----------|-----------6----------|
|-5-----5-5-------|----7-----9----9--|-10--9\--7---7--------|
|-----------------|--------8---------|----------------------|
|-----------------|------------------|----------------------|
|-----------------|------------------|----------------------|


                                        Pre-Chorus
                                         Bbm           Eb
  Q  Q   S  S E  Q    Q  Q  E E S S E    S S E S S E S S S S S S S S
|-------------------|----5------------||-6---------6------------------|
|-------------------|-6---------6-6-6-||---6-----6-----8-----8--------|
|-8--8/--9----------|-5-----5-5-------||-----6-----------8-----8------|
|----------10---10--|-----------------||-------8-----------8-----8s5--|
|-------------------|-----------------||------------------------------|
|-------------8--8--|-----------------||------------------------------|


                                                         Chorus
  Ab          Db              Bbm         C7              F             A7
  S S E E S S S S S S +E  E   S S S S E E S S S S +Q      S S E S E. Q  S E.
|-------4-------------------|-------1------------------||-------1---------5--|
|---------------6---6-(6)---|---2-----------5---5-(5)--||-----1--------------|
|-----5---3-------6-------6-|---------1----------------||---2-----2-----6----|
|---6-------5-----6-------6-|-----3---3-3-----5--------||-3------------------|
|-6-----------4-------------|-1---------1-3------------||--------------------|
|---------------------------|--------------------------||--------------------|


  Bb           F            D7      Gm                C           F
  S S E S E. S S S S +Q     E E E E S S S S +S  S E   S S S S E E E S S E S S
|---------6--------5-(5)--|---------------3-(3)-----|-----------------1-------|
|----------------6--------|-----3---------------3---|---5-----5-5---1-------6-|
|-------7------5----------|---5---3---------------3-|---------------------5---|
|-----8-------------------|---4---------5-----------|-----5-------3-----------|
|---8---------------------|-5---------5-------------|-3-----3-----------7-----|
|-6-----------------------|---------3---------------|-------------------------|


  Dm              A               Bb             Db               N.C.
                                 2/4            4/4
                                                                  Gtr III (El. Gtr. w/ dist.)
  E S S +S  S S S E S S +S  S E   S S S S S E.   E  E E S S +E  E S E.
|-----5-(5)-----------5-(5)-----|-------6-6----|---^1-------------------|
|-----------6-------------------|--------------|---^2-2-----------------|
|-------------7-----6-----------|-----------7--|---^1---1-1-(1)---------|
|-7-------------7-----------7---|-----8--------|---^3-------------------|
|---5---------------------------|---8----------|-4----------------4-6---|
|-----------------5-----------5-|-6------------|------------------------|


                     C       Bb            Eb
               2/4          4/4
                     Gtr II
  Q  Q  Q  Q    S E. S S E   S S E S S E S S S S S S S S
|-------------|------------|-6---------6-----------------|
|-------------|--------5---|---6-----6-----8-----8-------|
|-------------|--------5---|-----6-----------8-----8-----|
|-3--2--------|----------5-|-------8-----------8-----8s5-|
|-------5--3--|-1-1--3-----|-----------------------------|
|-------------|------------|-----------------------------|


                             1.
  Ab          Eb              Bbm         C7
  S S E E S S S S S S +E  E   S S S S E E S S S S +Q
|-------4-------------------|-------1------------------|
|---------------6---6-(6)---|---2-----------5---5-(5)--|
|-----5---3-------6-------6-|---------1----------------|
|---6-------5-----6-------6-|-----3---3-3-----5--------|
|-6-----------4-------------|-1---------1-3------------|
|---------------------------|--------------------------|
|
| Gtr I
| W                           W
|---------------------------|--------------------------|
|---------------------------|--------------------------|
|---------------------------|--------------------------|
|---------------------------|--------------------------|
|---------------------------|--------------------------|
|---------------------------|--------------------------|


  F
  H           H
|-5---------------------------||
|-6--------------------------o||
|-5---------------------------||
|-----------------------------||
|----------------------------o||
|-----------------------------||
|
| E S S S S E E. S S  S  E
|-------3---3-5----8----------||
|-----6------------8h10------o||
|---5---5-5-5-5--5------------||
|-3---------------------10----||
|----------------------------o||
|-----------------------------||


  2.
  Bbm         C7             F
  S S S S E E S S S S +Q     W
|-------1------------------|-5----*|
|---2-----------5---5-(5)--|-6----*|
|---------1----------------|-5----*|
|-----3---3-3-----5--------|------*|
|-1---------1-3------------|------*|
|--------------------------|------*|


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


When are you gonna come down?
When are you going to land?
I should have stayed on the farm
I should have listened to my old man
You know you can't hold me forever
I didn't sign up with you
I'm not a present for your friends to open
This boy's too young to be singing the blues

So goodbye yellow brick road where the dogs of society howl
You can't plant me in your penthouse
I'm going back to my plough
Back to the howling old owl in the woods
Hunting the horny back toad
Oh, I've finally decided my future lies
Beyond the yellow brick road

What do you think you'll do then?
I bet that'll shoot down your plane
It'll take you a couple of vodka and tonics to set you on your feet again
Maybe you'll get a replacement
There's plenty like me to be found
Mongrels who ain't got a penny
Sniffing for tidbits like you on the ground

So goodbye yellow brick road where the dogs of society howl
You can't plant me in your penthouse
I'm going back to my plough
Back to the howling old owl in the woods
Hunting the horny back toad
Oh, I've finally decided my future lies
Beyond the yellow brick road

            
            
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