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This tab is for the Peel Sessions version of Cello Song, released on the Peel Session EP in 2014. It has a couple of extra passages that aren't in the album version. Was this info helpful? Yes No
Tuning: EADF#Be, Capo 6th (but slightly flat of this)
Chords: A7: x02120   Esus2: 022000   A: x02320   D/F#: 2003xx
4/4 time,  118 bpm (but only 110 bpm for prelude, then speeding up during intro)

- This tab is for the version of Cello Song from the Peel Sessions EP that was released in 2014.
- The main differences between this version and that on the Five Leaves Left album are that this has a nice
  mysterious-sounding extra bit at the beginning (which I’ve called the "Prelude"), and also a unique
  instrumental link between the first two verses.
- The “Intro” following the Prelude is identical to the album version.
- The “Main Part” of the song is virtually identical with just the occasional difference.
- All chords are named relative to the capo.
- Each "-" below represents one semi-quaver (ie a 1/4 beat, or 1/16th of a bar)
- The Tuning EADF#Be (ie Standard except G string tuned down one semitone to F#) is known as "Lute tuning" for
  the obvious reason. Nick also used it (with Capo on 6th) on Fives Leaves Left for Thoughts of Mary Jane.

Prelude: (variations on Em melodic scale)
e |--------------0-|----------------|--------------0-|------------0---| 
B |--------0-------|------0---------|--------0-------|------0---------|
D |--0-----0-------|----------------|--0-----0-----0-|----------------|
A |----------------|--4-----4---4---|----------------|--2-----2-------|
E |0---------------|0-------------0-|0---------------|0---------------|
e |--------------0-|--------------0-|--------------0-|---
B |--------0-------|--------0-------|--------0-------|---
F#|----1p0---0h1---|----1p0---0h1---|----1p0---0h1---|1-- (Slowing at end)
D |--0-----0-----0-|----------------|----------------|---
A |----------------|--4-----4-----4-|--3-----3-----3-|---
E |0---------------|0---------------|0---------------|---

Intro: (A7 chord)

e |----------------|      |----------------|      |----------------|      |0---------------|
B |----------------|      |----------------|      |--h2------------|      |---h2-----------|
F#|----------------|  x2  |--h1----h1---1--|  x2  |-----1--h1---1--|  x2  |-----1-h1----1--|  x2 
D |--h2-22-h2-22-2*|      |-----2-----h2--2|      |-----------h2--2*|     |---------2-h2--2^|
A |0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|      |0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|      |0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|      |0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|
E |----------------|      |----------------|      |----------------|      |----------------|

 *1st time only   ^2nd time only

Main Part: (all Esus2 chord except where noted below)

This consists of a handful of different bars repeated in various orders. I've shown all the different bars
(named Bars A-F) below and then how each of the lead-in, verses, links and ending are made up of those bars:

    Bar A or A*             Bar B                   Bar C or C* 
e |0*--------------|      |0---------------|      |0*-----------0--| 
B |--------0-------|      |-------0--------|      |-------0--------|
F#|-----0-------0--|      |-----0---0---0--|      |-----0---0------|
D |---2-------2---2^|     |---2-------2---2^|     |---2-------2----|
A |--2---2---2---2-|      |--2---2---2---2-|      |--2---2---2---2-|
E |0---0---0---0---|      |0---0---0---0---|      |0---0---0---0---|

* These initial open top e’s are only played where bar is A* or C*
^ These last “2”s on the D string are omitted whenever next bar starts with an open top e string
  (ie before bars A*, B, C* or the link after verse 1)

    Bar D                    
e |----------------|                                    ----|
B |----------------|                                    ----|
F#|-----0---0---0--|  first time bar D is played in     -0--|
D |---2---2---2---2|  lead-in it is held for a further: ---2| 
A |--2---2---2---2-|    to make a 5/4 bar               --2-|
E |0---0---0---0---|                                    0---|

    Bar E (A chord)         Bars F (D/F# chord)
e |--------0-------|      |----------------|----------------|
B |-----2-------2--|      |----------------|----------------|
F#|---3-------3----|      |-----2--3----3--|-3---3---2---0--|
D |--2---2---2---2-|      |---0-------0---0|---0---0---0---0|
A |0---0---0---0---|      |--0---0---0---0-|--0---0---0---0-|
E |----------------|      |2---2---2---2---|2---2---2---2---|

Lead-in to verse 1 is:  AB AB ADAB ADAB ADAA*

Each verse 1-3:  ACEAB ACE AC*E AE AC*E AFAB

Link between verses 1 and 2:

e |0-------0-------|----------------|---------0------|----------------| 
B |----------------|0------0--------|3-----3-----0---|0-------0-------|
F#|-----0-------0--|-----0---0---0--|---0----------3-|-----0-------0--| then a Bar B
D |---2-------2----|---2-------2----|----------------|---2-------2----|
A |--2---2---2---2-|--2---2---2---2-|--2---2---2---2-|--2---2---2---2-|
E |0---0---0---0---|0---0---0---0---|0---0---0---0---|0---0---0---0---|

Link between verses 2 and 3:  ADAB ADAA*

After verse 3 ending is:  ADAAAB AAAB AB AB


| x   Dead note
| g   Grace note
| (n) Ghost note
| h   Hammer-on
| p   Pull-off
| r   Release
| >   Accented note
| t   Tapping
| b   Bend
| br  Bend release
| pb  Pre-bend
| pbr Pre-bend release
| /   Slide up
| \   Slide down
| ~   Vibrato
| s   Slap
| P   Pop
| PM  Palm mute
| TR  Trill
| N   Tremolo


Lyrics: (same as album version)

Strange face with your eyes
So pale and sincere
Underneath you know well
You have nothing to fear
For the dreams that came 
To you when so young
Told of a life 
Where spring is sprung 
You would seem so frail 
In the cold of the night
When the armies of emotion
Go out to fight
But while the earth 
Sinks to its grave
You sail to the sky 
On the crest of a wave
So forget this cruel world
Where I belong
I’ll just sit and wait
And sing my song
And if one day
You should see me in the crowd
Lend a hand and lift me
To your place in the cloud

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