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INCUBUS - THE ORIGINAL
From the album 'If not now, when?'

Fantastic alternative-pop song from an incredibly innovative rock band, really wanted to 
pick this piece apart, so I'm sharing the tab with you.

Opening electric guitar theme (repeated) This is way I think Mike will have played it, 
he seems to love these hand-spanning chords.

A1

E|-------------------------------------------|
B|--------5---------5--------------------5---|
G|-----2---------2-------2-----2------2----X5|
D|--5--------5--------5-----5-----5----------|
A|-------------------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------------------|

(After playing that 5 times, play this part below, for the final, sixth time of the introduction)

A2
E|-------------------------------------------|
B|--------5---------5--------------------0---|
G|-----2---------2-------2-----2------2------|
D|--5--------5--------5-----5-----5----------|
A|-------------------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------------------|

Continue to play the above before Brandon's vocals kick in, that is:

A1 X3
A2 X1

This theme reoccurs over the chord progression many times throughout the verse, there 
are variations on the theme in terms of entry, I won't patronise you by noting that here.

Piano Chord progression - I did the whole thing with lyrics, because people are kind of 
romantic like that..

[C]I only go [G] where I'm wanted
[F] you go only [Dm] where you want
[C]I aim to be [G] more like you   [F]   [DM]
[C]there is a [G] ghost in my house
[F]rattling handles [DM] on every door
[C]show us an [G] open window or two   [F]   [DM]
[DM]would you, [C]ho-[F]oh-old?

Doors are [C] starting to close
[G] and you drew a rose my, my [F]
[DM]your mind it is [C] original,[G] ah-ah-ah-[F]ah-ah-ahh[DM]
you're a [C] skeleton key, [G] opening me,
[F]my, my; [DM]your mind it is [C] original,
[G]girl you're the [F] original
[AM]always [F] were
[G]and always will [C] be

[Guitar solo using natural harmonics, as usual, Einzeiger is still incredibly hard to 
tab, due to heavy use of delay and sh7tcool technique - It sounds like he's improvising 
but I may be wrong]

*If you wish to improvise, then the changes are the same as the verse progression.

[C]The flowers [G] of adaptation
[F]unfold and [DM] lovingly alarm
[C]you effortlessly [G] ring that bell  [F]  [DM]
[C]your stripes are [G] yours and yours only
[F]the bow ideal [DM] of rare birds
[C]and now I am [G] under your [F]spell  [DM]
[DM]oh, [C] [F] under your spell

Doors are [C] starting to close
[G] and you drew a rose my, my [F]
[DM]your mind it is [C] original,[G] ah-ah-ah-[F]ah-ah-ahh[DM]
you're a [C] skeleton key, [G] opening me,
[F]my, my; [DM]your mind it is [C] original,
[G]girl you're the [F] original

[AM]always [F] were
[G] always weer-[DM]eerr
[AM]always [F] were
[G] always weer-[DM]eerr
[AM]always [F] were
[G] always weer-[DM]and will beeee

BRIDGE electric guitar:

This lovely little guitar part is filled with distortion and fuzz (that migrates to the 
right pan on the recording], and sound beautiful, play it after the previous section and 
into the final choruses.

B1

E|-----------8--7--------------------|
B|-----------------------------------|
G|--5--------5--4--------------------|
D|--5--------------3-----------------|
A|--3[v]-----------3-----------------|
E|-----------------1[v]--------0--3--|

B2

E|-----------8--7--------------------|
B|-----------------------------------|
G|--5--------5--4--------------------|
D|--5--------------3-----------------|
A|--3[v]-----------3-----------------|
E|-----------------1-----------0-----|

B3

E|-----------8--7--------------------|
B|-----------------------------------|
G|--5--------5--4-------*77777777[b]-|
D|--5--------------------------------|
A|--3[v]-----------------------------|
E|-----------------------------------|

*slowly and gradually bending a full bend, into the chorus

Play these chronologically at first, and then play B1 and B2 in that order through the chorus.

Doors are [C] starting to close
[G] and you drew a rose my, my [F]
[DM]your mind it is [C] original,[G] ah-ah-ah-[F]ah-ah-ahh[DM]
you're a [C] skeleton key, [G] opening me,
[F]my, my; [DM]your mind it is [C] original,
[G]girl you're the [F] original
[AM]always [F] were
[G]and always will [C] be

Any feedback are appreciated, this isn't the most thorough tab, but I've laid down the 
main themes of the song, and I hope you enjoy this tab and chord chart. xo

            
            
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redgend 244 Jul 05, 2011 11:51 AM

I've waited all my life for this!

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TheOldSpirit 10 Aug 25, 2011 01:09 PM

Accurate tab and genuinely a pleasure to read. Cheers =)D

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jahandn 197 Mar 11, 2015 08:14 AM

well done bro

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