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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: marc@owlnet.rice.edu (Marc Bennett Hirsh)
Subject: TAB: "Supernova" (Liz Phair)

Since a bunch o` folks asked, I thought I'd deliver. This is kinda just
the rhythm guitar, but it'll do just fine. I don't know the wah-wah lead
part (my band's other guitar player does that), but this sounds great.
Notes:

1) I'm not convinced that I'm playing these chords in the right place.
    Part of me thinks that the riff is played on the bottom 3 strings,
    using E-shape power chords (rather than using the A-shaped chords
    I've got below). That would look like this:

    C#5  D5     E5 C#5  D5     E5 C#5  D5     E5 C#5  D5     E5 C#5  D5
E-------------|--------------|--------------|--------------|--------------|
B-------------|--------------|--------------|--------------|--------------|
G-------------|--------------|--------------|--------------|--------------|
D---11---12---|-14-11---12---|-14-11---12---|-14-11---12---|-14-11---12---|
A---11---12---|-14-11---12---|-14-11---12---|-14-11---12---|-14-11---12---|
E---9--0-10-0-|-12-9--0-10-0-|-12-9--0-10-0-|-12-9--0-10-0-|-12-9--0-10-0-|
  H q  q q  q   h  q  q q  q   h  q  q q  q   h  q  q q  q   h  q  q q  q

I do it the way I do it because, with the sound I use on my guitar, I
can do a fair approximation of a wah-wah using the chords that result
when you drop all fingers but the barre from the A-shape power chord.
Make sense? Don't worry about it. Below is how I play it. Do what you
want.
2) Play power chords at 8th-note intervals straight throughout the
verses and chorus. I'm not tabbing this out. Cool distortion, though.
3) Despite my rhythm guitar status, I take the solo in this one. It's
short but sweet. I love it.
4) This is one of my favorite vocal performances in a long time. I
think Ms. Phair is vastly underrated as a singer.


"Supernova" (Liz Phair)
Recorded by Liz Phair
From the album _Whip-Smart_
Transcribed without permission because so many people requested it by Marc Hirsh

Notation:
s - sixteenth note
e - eighth note
q - quarter note
h - half note
w - whole note
. - play note for one and a half times the value before it (just like a dot in
     standard notation)
^ - ties two note lengths together
NOTE LENGTHS IN CAPITAL LETTERS MEAN REST FOR THAT VALUE OF TIME!
/ - slide up
\ - slide down
h - hammer-on
p - pull-off


INTRO
    C#5   D5
E---------------|
B---------------|
G---6-(4)-7-(5)-|
D---6-(4)-7-(5)-|
A---4-(4)-5-(5)-|
E-----(0)---(0)-|
  H q (q) q (q)

RIFF
  E5 C#5   D5      E5 C#5   D5       E5 C#5   D5     E5 C#5   D5
E----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
B----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
G-9--6-(4)-7-(5)-|-9--6-(4)-7-(5)-|-9--6-(4)-7-(5)-|-9--6-(4)-7-(5)-|
D-9--6-(4)-7-(5)-|-9--6-(4)-7-(5)-|-9--6-(4)-7-(5)-|-9--6-(4)-7-(5)-|
A-7--4-(4)-5-(5)-|-7--4-(4)-5-(5)-|-7--4-(4)-5-(5)-|-7--4-(4)-5-(5)-|
E------(0)---(0)-|------(0)---(0)-|------(0)---(0)-|------(0)---(0)-|
  h  q (q) q (q)   h  q (q) q (q)   h  q (q) q (q)   h  q (q) q (q)

A      G
I have looked
    D        E
All over the place
    A        G
But you have got
   D        E
My favorite face
     A         E
Your eyelashes sparkle
     D       A
Like you did grass
         A                  F#m
And your lips are sweet and slippery like a
D                 G A
Cherub's bare wet ass

                E
'Cause you're a real man
D    A
Supernova
  E
A solar
D    A
Superman
          E
You're an angel
D        A
Wings of fire
  E
A flying giant
C        D
Friction blast
                 C#5   D5
             E---------------|
             B---------------|
             G---6-(4)-7-(5)-|
             D---6-(4)-7-(5)-|
             A---4-(4)-5-(5)-|
             E-----(0)---(0)-|
               H q (q) q (q)

  E5 C#5   D5      E5 C#5   D5       E5 C#5   D5     E5 C#5   D5
E----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
B----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
G-9--6-(4)-7-(5)-|-9--6-(4)-7-(5)-|-9--6-(4)-7-(5)-|-9--6-(4)-7-(5)-|
D-9--6-(4)-7-(5)-|-9--6-(4)-7-(5)-|-9--6-(4)-7-(5)-|-9--6-(4)-7-(5)-|
A-7--4-(4)-5-(5)-|-7--4-(4)-5-(5)-|-7--4-(4)-5-(5)-|-7--4-(4)-5-(5)-|
E------(0)---(0)-|------(0)---(0)-|------(0)---(0)-|------(0)---(0)-|
  h  q (q) q (q)   h  q (q) q (q)   h  q (q) q (q)   h  q (q) q (q)

    A                 G
You walk in clouds of glitter
        D                 E
And the sun reflects your eyes
    A              G
And every time the wind blows
      D                D
I can smell you in the sky
     A             E
Your kisses are as wicked
      D  A
As an F-16
        A           F#m
And you fuck like a volcano
           D             G A
And you're everything to me

                E
'Cause you're a real man
D    A
Supernova
  E
A solar
D    A
Superman
          E
You're an angel
D        A
Wings of fire
  E
A flying giant
C        D
Friction blast
  E
A giant flying
C        D
Friction blast
              (lead guitar)
              E-----14p12p10-|
              B--------------|
              G--------------|
              D--------------|
              A--------------|
              E--------------|
              | H.    q3q3q
              |
              |(rhythm guitar)
              |   C#5   D5
              E---------------|
              B---------------|
              G---6-(4)-7-(5)-|
              D---6-(4)-7-(5)-|
              A---4-(4)-5-(5)-|
              E-----(0)---(0)-|
                H q (q) q (q)

(lead guitar)
E----------------|-------3-------3-------|-3-------3-------3-|-------------------|
B-12---12\-------|-------3-------3-------|-3-------3-------3-|-------------------|
G------------14\-|-2b(4)---2b(4)---2b(4)-|---2b(4)---2b(4)---|-2-2p0-------------|
D----------------|-----------------------|-------------------|-------2p0---------|
A----------------|-----------------------|-------------------|-----------2p0-----|
E----------------|-----------------------|-------------------|---------------2p0-|
| e  E h     q     q     e q     e q       e q     e q     q   h s s s s s s s s
|
|(rhythm guitar)
| E5 C#5   D5      E5    C#5     D5        E5   C#5   D5       E5 C#5   D5
E----------------|-----------------------|-------------------|----------------|
B----------------|-----------------------|-------------------|----------------|
G-9--6-(4)-7-(5)-|-9-----6--(4)--7--(5)--|-9----6-(4)-7-(5)--|-9--6-(4)-7-(5)-|
D-9--6-(4)-7-(5)-|-9-----6--(4)--7--(5)--|-9----6-(4)-7-(5)--|-9--6-(4)-7-(5)-|
A-7--4-(4)-5-(5)-|-7-----4--(4)--5--(5)--|-7----4-(4)-5-(5)--|-7--4-(4)-5-(5)-|
E------(0)---(0)-|----------(0)-----(0)--|--------(0)---(0)--|------(0)---(0)-|
  h  q (q) q (q)   h     q  (q)  q  (q)    h    q (q) q (q)    h  q (q) q (q)

                E
'Cause you're a real man
D    A
Supernova
  E
A solar
D    A
Superman
          E
You're an angel
D        A
Wings of fire
  E
A flying giant
C        D
Friction blast
                 C#5   D5
             E---------------|
             B---------------|
             G---6-(4)-7-(5)-|
             D---6-(4)-7-(5)-|
             A---4-(4)-5-(5)-|
             E-----(0)---(0)-|
               H q (q) q (q)

  E5 C#5   D5      E5 C#5   D5       E5 C#5   D5     E5 C#5   D5
E----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
B----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
G-9--6-(4)-7-(5)-|-9--6-(4)-7-(5)-|-9--6-(4)-7-(5)-|-9--6-(4)-7-(5)-|
D-9--6-(4)-7-(5)-|-9--6-(4)-7-(5)-|-9--6-(4)-7-(5)-|-9--6-(4)-7-(5)-|
A-7--4-(4)-5-(5)-|-7--4-(4)-5-(5)-|-7--4-(4)-5-(5)-|-7--4-(4)-5-(5)-|
E------(0)---(0)-|------(0)---(0)-|------(0)---(0)-|------(0)---(0)-|
  h  q (q) q (q)   h  q (q) q (q)   h  q (q) q (q)   h  q (q) q (q)

  E5 C#5   D5      E5 C#5  D5       E5 C#5   D5      E5 C#5   D5
E----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
B----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
G-9--6-(4)-7-(5)-|-9--6-(4)-7-(5)-|-9--6-(4)-7-(5)-|-9--6-(4)-7-(5)-|
D-9--6-(4)-7-(5)-|-9--6-(4)-7-(5)-|-9--6-(4)-7-(5)-|-9--6-(4)-7-(5)-|
A-7--4-(4)-5-(5)-|-7--4-(4)-5-(5)-|-7--4-(4)-5-(5)-|-7--4-(4)-5-(5)-|
E------(0)---(0)-|------(0)---(0)-|------(0)---(0)-|------(0)---(0)-|
  h  q (q) q (q)   h  q (q) q (q)   h  q (q) q (q)   h  q (q) q (q)

  E5 C#5   D5      E5 C#5  D5       E5 C#5   D5      E5 C#5   D5
E----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
B----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
G-9--6-(4)-7-(5)-|-9--6-(4)-7-(5)-|-9--6-(4)-7-(5)-|-9--6-(4)-7-(5)-|
D-9--6-(4)-7-(5)-|-9--6-(4)-7-(5)-|-9--6-(4)-7-(5)-|-9--6-(4)-7-(5)-|
A-7--4-(4)-5-(5)-|-7--4-(4)-5-(5)-|-7--4-(4)-5-(5)-|-7--4-(4)-5-(5)-|
E------(0)---(0)-|------(0)---(0)-|------(0)---(0)-|------(0)---(0)-|
  h  q (q) q (q)   h  q (q) q (q)   h  q (q) q (q)   h  q (q) q (q)

  E5 C#5   D5      E5 C#5  D5       E5 C#5   D5      E5
E----------------|----------------|----------------|-----|
B----------------|----------------|----------------|-----|
G-9--6-(4)-7-(5)-|-9--6-(4)-7-(5)-|-9--6-(4)-7-(5)-|-9-9-|
D-9--6-(4)-7-(5)-|-9--6-(4)-7-(5)-|-9--6-(4)-7-(5)-|-9-9-|
A-7--4-(4)-5-(5)-|-7--4-(4)-5-(5)-|-7--4-(4)-5-(5)-|-7-7-|
E------(0)---(0)-|------(0)---(0)-|------(0)---(0)-|-----|
  h  q (q) q (q)   h  q (q) q (q)   h  q (q) q (q)   e e H.
--
Marc "As wicked as an F-16" Hirsh (marc@owlnet.rice.edu)

    \ /
     ^ --"It's easy to be nuts. Try being me."
     V     (_The_Fisher_King_)
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natlcal 41 May 13, 2017 04:18 PM

This is a really great Liz Phair song. Nice job for bringing it to the world. A couple of minor things.... in the first verse, it's "Your eyelashes sparkle like guilded glass."
Also the chord progression in the chorus is:
E
Cause you're a human
D A
supernova
E
A solar
D A
super man
E
You're an angel
D A
with wings of fire
E A
A flying giant
C D
friction blast

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