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#----------------------------------PLEASE NOTE---------------------------------#
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MARATHON
    from 'Power Windows'

transcribed by dlinklater@ewu.edu [Derek Linklater]

Note:  I did not transcribe the solo for Marathon, I'll leave that
       to you die-hard rush fans.  Please feel free to mail any comments
       to me regarding this transcription... especially if one of you
       enterprising Lifeson fans wants to transcribe the solo correctly. :)

The 'Alex Lifeson' Sound:  I have managed to re-create (sort of) the sound
                           that Alex uses on Marathon.  Use a ballsey heavy
                           distortion, chorus (using a triangle wave-form if
                           you can), and either a bit of delay or reverb to
                           get that 'studio' sound.

Lyrics not reprinted with permission... sorry guys. :(


Intro Riff:
                                                          B  A  B  A
------------------------5vvv-|---------------------5vvv---2-----2----|
---------------5vvv---4------|------------5vvv----4-------4--2--4--2-|
------4vvv-------------------|---4vvv---------------------4--2--4--2-|
---4---------2------2--------|--4--------2-------2--------4--2--4--2-|
-2---------0-----------------|-2--------0-----------------2--0--2--0-|
-----------------------------|----------------------------2-----2----|


Verse:

      B                            A
------2----------------------------------------------------|
------4----------------------------2-----------------------|
------4----------------------------2-----------------------|
------4----------------------------2-----------------------|
------2----------------------------0-----------------------|
------2----------------------------------------------------|
 It's not how fast you can go, the force goes into the flow.

    B                                A
----2---------------------------------------------------------|
----4--------------------------------2------------------------|
----4--------------------------------2------------------------|
----4--------------------------------2------------------------|
----2--------------------------------0------------------------|
----2---------------------------------------------------------|
 If you pick up the beat, you can forget about the heat.


[play 1st half of intro riff]
  More than just survival
  More than just a flash
  More than just a dotted line

                  B         A
------------------2-------------------|
------------------4---------2---------|
------------------4---------2---------|
------------------4---------2---------|
------------------2---------0---------|
------------------2-------------------|
 More than just a dash...

[play verse]
  It's a test of ultimate will
  A heartbreak climb uphill
  Got to pick up the pace
  If you want to stay in the race...


[play 1st half of intro riff]
  More than blind ambition
  More than simple greed
  More than a finish line


----------------------------------------------------5-2vvv--|
------------------------------------------------------------|
--------------------4vvv--------------------------4---------|
------------------4-----------------------------2-----------|
----------------2-------------------------------------------|
------------------------------------------------------------|
 Must feed this burning need.  In the long run...


Chorus #1 & #3:

 B              E     F#                           E
-7--------------7-----2----------------------------0-----------|
-7--------------9-----2----------------------------0-----------|
-8--------------9-----3----------------------------1-----------|
-9--------------9-----4----------------------------2-----------|
-9--------------7-----4----------------------------2-----------|
-7--------------7-----2----------------------------0-----------|
  From first to last,  the peak is never passed.    Something

                 Abm                       F#
------------------4------------------------2-------------------|
------------------4------------------------2-------------------|
------------------4------------------------3-------------------|
------------------6------------------------4-------------------|
------------------6------------------------4-------------------|
------------------4------------------------2-------------------|
 always fires the light that gets in your eyes.

 B           E    F#                         E
-7-----------7----2--------------------------0------------------|
-7-----------9----2--------------------------0------------------|
-8-----------9----3--------------------------1------------------|
-9-----------9----4--------------------------2------------------|
-9-----------7----4--------------------------2------------------|
-7-----------7----2--------------------------0------------------|
  One moment time,  and glory rolls on by.   Like a streak of

                 E  E     E  E            F#  F#  F#
-----------------0--0-----0--0------------2---2---2-------------|
-----------------0--0-----0--0------------2---3---3-------------|
-----------------1--1-----1--1------------3---3---4-------------|
-----------------2--2-----1--1------------4---4---4-------------|
-----------------2--2-----2--2------------4---4---4-------------|
-----------------0--0-----0--0------------2---2---2-------------|
 Lightning, that flashes and fades in the summer sky.


[play 1st half of intro riff]
  then:
        A
  --------------|
  ------2-------|
  ------2-------|
  ------2-------|
  ------0-------|
  --------------|

[play verse chords]
  Your meters may overload
  You can rest at the side of the road
  You can miss a stride
  But nobody gets a free ride.

[play 1st half of intro rif]
  More than high performance
  More than just a spark
  More than just the bottom line

            A    A  A   A  A
--------------------------------------------------5-2vvv-----|
------------2----2--2---2--2---------------------------------|
------------2----2--2---2--2---------------------4-----------|
------------2----2--2---2--2--------------------2------------|
------------0----0--0---0--0---------------------------------|
-------------------------------------------------------------|
 or a lucky shot in the dark... in the long run


[play chorus]


Bridge:

-------------12--17vvv-|---------------------------------|
----------15-----------|---------------------------------|
-------14--------------|---------------------------------|
----12-----------------|-----------4---------4-----------|
-----------------------|---5-5-5-7---5-5-5-7-------------|
-----------------------|-----------------------5---------|
                       <------- Repeat 10 times ---------|

Solo:  Not Transcribed

Guitar tacet, then:
  [play 1st half of bridge riff]

Chorus #2
  C#            F#  Ab
  From first to last
  The peak is never passed
  F#                         Bbm
  Something always fires the light
                    Ab
  That gets in your eyes
  C#         F#  Ab
  One moment time
  And glory rolls on by
  F#
  Like a streak of lightning
       F# F#   F# F#            Ab  Ab
  That flashes and fades in the summer sky


Chorus #3:
 [play Chorus #1 chords until finish]

Transcription Notes:

'v' indicates shallow tremelo action... basically vibrato.
'|' indicates a certain section of music... not a traditional musical
     measure
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