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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: jdrich@vuse.vanderbilt.edu (Joseph D. Richardson)

"Day of the Eagle" from the 1974 Chrysalis release "Bridge of Sighs" by
Robin Trower -- tabbed by Joe Richardson (jdrich@vuse.vanderbilt.edu)

Notes:

 I'm not sure whether or not this is in standard tune. Listen for the
open E string in Figs A & B.  Also, I have included approximate times from
my CD player readout to make some of the lead work easier to follow.

^     - bend
r     - release bend
=     - hold note
/     - slide up
\     - slide down
...   - carry over to next staff
u     - undetermined fret from which to slide up or down
(x^y) - xth fret bent to yth fret as one continuous sound

(Begin Fig. A. Play this staff 3X in the intro and once after each verse.)
E--x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x---------------------------------------------------|
B--5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5---------------------------------------------------|
G--4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4---------------------------------------------------|
D--2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2---------------------------------------------------|
A--x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-------------2-4-----------------------------------|
E--x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x---0-2-4-2-4---------------------------------------|


                                                                 (End Fig. A)
E--x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-----------------------------------------------------|
B--5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5---------12=============12-----12=12-----------------|
G--4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4---------(11^13r11^13r11^13)---11^13-----------------|
D--2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2----------------*------------------------------------|
A--x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-----------------------------------------------------|
E--x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-----------------------------------------------------|
  * This last phrase is for the intro and after the second verse. After the
    first verse, bend the F# to G#, release to F#, bend to G#, and follow
    with a slight tremolo bend, if you have one. Play only the E5 portion
    after the third verse.


 (Begin Fig. B)
E----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B----------9-----------------------------------------------------------------|
G----------9-------------------11--9-----------------------------------------|
D----------9------------11-11--11--9-----------------------------------------|
A--11-------------------11-11------------------------------------------------|
E---9---------------0----9--9------------------------------------------------|


    (Play this staff 6 times within Fig. B)
E----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G-----------------------------11--9------------------------------------------|
D----------------------11-11--11--9------------------------------------------|
A--11--11--11--11------11-11-------------------------------------------------|
E---9---9---9---9---0---9--9-------------------------------------------------|


E----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B---------------------------------------7------7-----------------------------|
G------------------------------11-------7------7-----------------------------|
D----------------------11-11---11-------7------7-----------------------------|
A--11--11--11--11------11-11---------------9------11---------------2-4-------|
E---9---9---9---9---0---9--9--------7------7-------9----0-2-4-2-4------------|


                                                                 (End Fig. B)
E--/8-8-8-8----------/8-8-8-8--------/9-9-9-9-9-9/11-11-11-11-11-11----------|
B---x-x-x-x-----------x-x-x-x---------x-x-x-x-x-x--x--x--x--x--x--x----------|
G--/8-8-8-8----------/8-8-8-8--------/9-9-9-9-9-9/11-11-11-11-11-11----------|
D----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E----------------------------------------------------------------------------|

First solo (1:56). It sounds like he has a wah rocked all the way back and
is using the tremolo (which I don't have) for much of the vibrato and bends.
This sounds very close if you are also tremolo deficient.

                                          2:02
E---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G-----------------------9p8-----------------------9*(11)^13r11^13----9h11p9-|
D---11-----------------------h11p9\7/9^11-----------------------------------|
A---(bend 1/4 & shake)--------------------h11-------------------------------|
E-----------------------------------------(w/ hvy. vib.)--------------------|
  * - slide to (11) and bend simultaneously to 13

                 2:05                                              2:09
E----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B----------------------------------------12-----------------------12^14------|(vib)
G--h11^13r11^13==13r11^13p9(h11^12)p9h11==11^13-9**(13)r11-9h11p9------------|
D----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
   ** - bend before playing
                                           2:12                        2:14
E---9------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B------12p9-------9---------9-----------------12/14\12---9-------------------|
G-----------h11------11--9-----h11p9h11^13p9----------------11p9-11p9-11p9\--|u
D----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E----------------------------------------------------------------------------|


                                   2:17
E-----------9-9-9--14b16---12-------------------9--------------------------|
B--12^14-----------------------14p12---------------h12p9-------------------|
G------------------------------------11--11^13------------11^13p9--9-----9-|
D---------------------------------------------------------------------11---|
A--------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E--------------------------------------------------------------------------|

Following Fig. A after the third verse @ 2:54 this kicks in:


    (Fig. C.)  Play this staff 5 times.
E-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D-------------------5^6---------------------------------------------------|
A-----------2--4----3^4---------------------------------------------------|
E--0--2--4------0---------------------------------------------------------|

Then the guitar rests while the bass continues playing a similar pattern.
Near the end of the fifth time through with only the bass playing, the
"outro" solo kicks in:


       3:26
E------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B-----12==12\u-***-------------------------------12=12\u-----------------|
G-----11^13\u---------------u/9^10r9/u-----------11^13\u-----------------|
D------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E------------------------------------------------------------------------|
*** slide up from or down to an (u)ndetermined fret.

     3:36                                3:42
E-----------------------------------------9===9===9====== ... ----------|
B-----12=12\u-----------9===9\u-----------12^14==(14)====== ...---------|
G-----14^16\u-----------11^13\u---------------(shake and hold)----------|
D-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
A-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
E-----------------------------------------------------------------------|

                 (one
      3:45        downpick)                      3:47
E--===9----9------------9-----------------------------------------------|
B--==(14)----12--9----9--------12-------------7\9-----------------------|
G-------------------11-------------11^13p9---------9========9 .... .----|
D-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
A-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
E-----------------------------------------------------------------------|

         3:49                          3:52
E----------------9-----------9----------9h12p9-----------------9--------|
B--------------9---9---12^14---(14*)------------h12p9--------9---h12p9--|
G--==9----9h11----------------------------------------11^12-------------|
D-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
A-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
E-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    * hold previous bend and (re)pick note


                       3:54               3:55      3:58
E-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
B-----------------------------------------------------12----------------|
G---11^13r11p9-------11\9----------------4h6p4----------*(13)r11p9------|
D---------------h11----------11\9\6-4------------------------------h11--|
A-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
E-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
                                      *11 bent to 13 before picking

             4:01              4:02                         4:05
E------------------------------------------9----------------9\u---12--9-|
B----------------------------------------9---9---12--*(14)--------------|
G----9^11r9------------------------u/11---------------------------------|
D------------------u/11p9\u---------------------------------------------|
A-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
E-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
                                     *12 bent to 14 before picking

                                   (Begin fade.)
                       4:08                        4:10
E--(12^14)--12--9----9----9----------------9----------------------------|
B---*-------------12--------h12p9--------9--12--------------------------|
G---------------------------------(11^12)-------**(13)r11p9h11/13\11^13-|
D-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
A-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
E-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    *12 is a grace note on this bend   ** pick 11 prebent to 13

           4:12                                                 4:14
E-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
B---12--12p(9 mute)------12========12--9h12p9---------------------------|
G---------------------(11^13)p9h11^13---------h11p9-----u/11p9\u--------|
D---------------------------------------------------h11-----------------|
A-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
E-----------------------------------------------------------------------|

   4:16          4:19   4:20                                    4:23
E----------------------------------------------------------------------|
B-------------5--------------------------------------------------------|
G---4/6\4/6-----6-------------------------9----------------------------|
D-------------------------9/11\9-----9/11---11\9-----------------------|
A---------------------------------h11------------11/9--7--9/11--7------|
E----------------------------------------------------------------------|

    4:26                                      4:28
E----------------------------------------------------------------------|
B----9--(11^12r11^12r11^12)--(12^14)p9---------------------------------|
G--------------------------------------h(11^13)------------------------|
D----------------------------------------------------------------------|
A----------------------------------------------------------------------|
E----------------------------------------------------------------------|

 This seems to be a good stopping point, although there is a cool lick
around 4:37, or so.  The recording has faded 3 or 4 dB and a second
guitar track, which was back in the mix previously, has been gaining in
volume and I think tabbing two lead guitars is rather tedious.

 Lyrics:

   I've not figured out whether this song is about religion, sexual
conquest, or law enforcement, so I may have some mistakes with the
lyrics.  Help would be appreciated.


Fig. A (intro)

Fig. B (2X)


1st verse: (beginning on 5th staff of Fig. B, second time through)

I saw a light just up ahead,
But I couldn't seem to rise up from my bed.
I'm not alone and then I am.
Some people seem to think I'm Superman,
* But I watch for the love.
I'm livin' in the Day of the Eagle--
* Eagle not the ..... dove.

Fig. A (etc.)

2nd verse:

* It's like a weight that brings me down.
* If I don't move, I'm on the ground.
It's in my mind. It's in my soul.
It's telling me things that can't (be told?).
* It says "Watch for love."
I'm livin' in the Day of the Eagle--
* Eagle not the ..... dove.

First solo.

3rd verse:

Another day, another night.
* I wanna love--they wanna fight.
I need the time.
I've got to be alone.
* I've got to think it over on my own.
* But I watch for the love.
I'm livin' in the Day of the Eagle--
Eagle not the ..... dove.

Fig. A

"Ride out" solo over Fig. C.

* Lines updated from 1974 Bridge of Sighs songbook courtesy of Scott Robinson
  (NavalHist@aol.com)

  Please feel free to email any improvements to me. Hope you enjoy.

                           Joe Richardson (jdrich@vuse.vanderbilt.edu)
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