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PINK MOON- Nick Drake

TUNING: D A D G D F# (capo 2nd fret) or C G C F C E (capo 4th fret)


D ||-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0---||
G ||-2-2-2-0-0-0-0-0/2--.||
D ||-4-4-4-2-0-2-0-2/4--.||
A ||-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0---||
D ||-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0---||


D ||-7-9-7-9-7---5-7-5-7-5---||
G ||-7-7-7-7-7---5-5-5-5-5--.||
D ||-7-7-7-7-7---5-5-5-5-5--.||
A ||-7-7-7-7-7---5-5-5-5-5---||
D ||-7-7-7-7-7---5-5-5-5-5---||


Introduction followed by:
D ||-0-----0-----0-0-0-0-0-0------||
G ||-0-----2-----0-0-0-0-0-2-----.||
D ||-0-----4-----2-0-0-0-0/4-----.||
A ||-2-----0-----0-0-2-0-2-0------||
D ||-2-----0-----0-0-0-0-0-0------||


D ||---2-0---------|-----2-0-----0----||
G ||-------6-4-0---|---------2h4---2-.||
D ||-------------2-|---------------4-.||
A ||-------------2-|------------------||
D ||---------------|------------------||

I saw it written and I saw it say
Pink moon is on its way
And none of you stand so tall
Pink moon gotta get ye all
It a pink moon
Yeah a pink moon

Pink pink pink pink pink pink moon
Pink pink pink pink pink moon

I saw it written and I saw it say
Pink moon is on its way
None of you stand so tall
Pink moon gotta get ye all
And its a pink moon
Yeah there's a pink moon

NOTE: In addition to fixing the lyrics a bit, I changed the piano "solo"
a bit- I moved it an octave up to make it come out more clearly.
(from Pink Moon, 1972)


 PINK MOON - Nick Drake

 Tabbed by Howard Wright

 Thanks to Jared White for
  the tuningThe tuning for this song is (from low to high) :

 D A D G D F#If you prefer not to stress the top two strings too much, you
can tune to C G C F C E instead, and use a capo on the 2nd fret.

I'll just TAB out the main shapes - it should be easy to see
which bits go where as there are only two or three different bits.

[Verse bit]

D |----7---7---7---7-----5---7---5---7--------|
G |----9---7---9---7-----7---5---7---5--------| (repeats once)
D |----7---7---7---7-----5---5---5---5--------|
A |----7---7---7---7-----5---5---5---5--------|
D |----7---7---7---7-----5---5---5---5--------|


D |------0--0--0----0--0--0------0--0---0--0-------------|
G |------2--2--2----0--0--0--0---2--2---2--2-------------|
D |------0--0--0----2--0--0--0---0--0---0--0-------------|
A |------0--0--0----0--0--2--0---0--0---0--0-------------|
D |------0--0--0-------------0---0--0---0--0-------------|

It's a pink moon... yeah...it's a pink moon

Pink pink pink pink .......

These bits repeat a few times - the only other section is
the instrumental bit where the piano comes in.

The chord sequence for this is :


That's about all ....

Hope you like it !


From: michael.healey@balliol.ox.ac.uk (Mike)
Subject: TAB: Pink Moon (Nick Drake)

Here's my transcription of Pink Moon, please tell me if you think
it's wrong!

Pink Moon - Nick Drake

He uses DADGDF# tuning. If you want to avoid breaking too many
strings try tuning to CGCFCE and using a capo at the 2nd fret.


D ||-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0---||
G ||-2-2-2-0-0-0-0-0/2--.||
D ||-4-4-4-2-0-2-0-2/4--.||
A ||-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0---||
D ||-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0---||


D ||-7-9-7-9-7---5-7-5-7-5---||
G ||-7-7-7-7-7---5-5-5-5-5--.||
D ||-7-7-7-7-7---5-5-5-5-5--.||
A ||-7-7-7-7-7---5-5-5-5-5---||
D ||-7-7-7-7-7---5-5-5-5-5---||


Introduction followed by:-




(let all the open strings ring during the solo)

I hope that makes sense... You'll have to work out the rhythm by
playing along to the tape.

To help learn it, here are the chords used during the song. The
numbers on the fretboards represent where you should put your fingers
and the numbers correspond to which finger I use to play it
comfortably (1=thumb, ... , 5=little finger).


O O     O O      O O   O O O      O O O O O O
===========      ===========      ===========
| | | | | |      | | | | | |      | | | | | |
|=|=|=|=|=|      |=|=|=|=|=|      |=|=|=|=|=|
| | | 2 | |      | | 4 | | |      | | | | | |
|=|=|=|=|=|      |=|=|=|=|=|      |=|=|=|=|=|
| | | | | |      | | | | | |      | | | | | |
|=|=|=|=|=|      |=|=|=|=|=|      |=|=|=|=|=|
| | 4 | | |      | | | | | |      | | | | | |
|=|=|=|=|=|      |=|=|=|=|=|      |=|=|=|=|=|


          |=|=|=|=|=|      |=|=|=|=|=|
7th fret  2 2 2 2 2 2      2 2 2 2 | 2
          |=|=|=|=|=|      |=|=|=|=|=|
          | | | | | |      | | | | 4 |
          |=|=|=|=|=|      |=|=|=|=|=|

And the same patterns at the 5th fret.


    O O O O
| | | | | |
4 5 | | | |

Together with the intro chords.


Tabbed out by Mike Healey

Also, here's a copy of some info I got sent about his odd tunings...

I think I can help you out by relaying some information which helped me
out quite a bit with figuring out Nick Drake's guitar arrangements.
(I've never posted any of the tabs because it's too much of a pain to key in)
Nick Drake used six different altered tunings. They are as follows:
He often capoed, so this can make it a bit harder to figure out which tuning
he is using. I also believe that tuning number 6 was a full tone lower on
some songs [sorry, I mean tuning #5! (CGCFCE).
The tuning he used most often was tuning #5. This is the one he used on
"Which Will", "Parasite", "Hazey Jane"(I & II), "From the Morning",
"Pink Moon", and "Northern Sky". Tuning #1 was used on "Place to Be".
Tuning #2 was used on "Fly". CGCFCE was used to play "Hanging on a Star".
Tuning #4 was used on "Road", and I believe it is used on "Things Behind
the Sun", though I am not sure of the latter fact. I THINK he uses tuning
#6 on "Day is Done", and he definitely uses it on "Clothes of Sand".
I also believe the lowered version of tuning #5 was used on "From the Morning"
and "Which Will".

As far as capo positions go, the ones I know are as follows:
Place to Be [2nd fret], Parasite [2nd fret], Pink Moon [1st fret],
Northern Sky [1st fret], Fly [1st fret], Road [3rd fret], Clothes of Sand
[3rd fret], Day is Done [7th fret (I think)], Things Behind the Sun [6th fret
(I think)].

And that's about all I know. I picked up most of this stuff from a 1988
article in Frets magazine, which helped me immensely. The rest I figured
out myself by transcribing Nick Drake's songs, or attempting to. I really
wish someone would publish a tab book of his stuff. But as I understand,
he never took the trouble to do this himself during his all too brief life,
and no one has bothered to do it since, probably because it wouldn't sell
millions of copies. I hope this info helps you. Let me know if you have
any questions.
                  Ethan H.


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fingerpkngood 107 wrote on October 11 2004, 12:00 am

Good tab, man. Alot of fun. It's been a couple of years since I have heard this song.
About the solo >>> I know it's a piano in the song but is a
guitar also played for the solo as well?

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fingerpkngood 107 wrote on April 13 2005, 12:00 am

I discovered that the piano isn't even in the original version of this song. It was added after his death, I think. Anyway, once again, good job. Sounds great!

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jolson27 928 wrote on November 24 2005, 09:44 am

the first tuning- DAD.... is used without a capo on the song.

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