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On The Loose tab

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                             ON THE LOOSE - Saga
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------

Written by: M.Sadler/J.Crichton/I.Crichton/J.Gilmour/S.Negus
Album: "Worlds Apart"       (1981, Maze Records/Canada)

Tabbed by: Anne Drury   (zerofret)
Email: zerofret_ad@hotmail.com
Date: February 20, 2006

**Note from transcriber: Obviously, there are several issues with this tab
 (see comments for this tab). I'd remove it altogether so as not to waste
 peoples' time with it, but I know that UG doesn't allow people to remove
 tabs. However, I'd strongly suggest people NOT use the tab, as there's
 very little about it that's right. Instead, have a look at this live video
 of the song -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hGoyVPZieUs -- which gives
 you a good look at correct fretboard positioning.      - A.D.   (Nov./09)

INTRO:   (Play 2x)

         (Eb)
 E -----|-6-5-----------------|-6-5--------------------|
 B ---8-|-----8-6----6-8----8-|-----8-6----6-8------10-|
 G --8--|---------8=-------8--|---------8=--------10---|
 D -8---|-----------------8---|-----------------10-----|
 A -----|---------------------|------------------------|
 E -----|---------------------|------------------------|
   pm--|                 pm--|                  pm----|


   (F)
 E -8-------------------------|-8----------------------|
 B ---10-8-----------8------10|---10-8-----------8----8|
 G --------10-----10------10--|--------10-----10-----8-|
 D -----------10=-------10----|-----------10=-------8--|
 A ---------------------------|------------------------|
 E ---------------------------|------------------------|
                        pm---|           (2nd time) One

1ST VERSE:

   (Eb)                                (F)
 E -----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
 B -----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
 G -----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|4x
 D -----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
 A -----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
 E -1=-1-x-1-1-1--1-|-1=-1-x-1-1-1--1-|-1=-1-x-1-1-1--1-|-1=-1-x-1-1-1--1-|

1.  day you...        stable...         next you're...    wall,      But I
2.  think that...     warn me,If...     heading  for...   fall,  I see the
3.  problem start...  tension grow,I... keeping it to yourself,   And then
4.  instead of...  conclusions,I see... reaching for...   else


CHORUS:   (Play 2x)

   (Eb)                                (F)
 E -----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
 B -----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
 G -----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
 D -1---------------|-----1-3-1-0-----|---------3=------|-----------------|
 A -----------------|-------------3-1-|-----------------|-----------------|
 E -----------------|-----------------|-1---------------|-----/6=---5-3-1-|
       No one can stop you now     To - night you're on the loose    


   (Eb)                                (F)
 E -----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
 B -----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
 G -----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
 D -1---------------|-----1-3-1-0-----|---------3=------|-----------------|
 A -----------------|-------------3-1-|-----------------|------0-----0-1--|
 E -----------------|-----------------|-1---------------|--1-3-----3------|
        No one to tell you how     To - night you're on the loose


2ND VERSE:    (played same as 1st Verse)

I see no harm or danger in escaping
If the method suits the style
We put the mind on idle
And let the others take it for awhile
When the pace is too fast, and I think I won't last
You know where I'll be found
I'll be standing here beside myself
Getting ready for the final round


Play CHORUS 1x, then this variation:

CHORUS:

   (Eb)                                (F)
 E -----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
 B -----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
 G -----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
 D -1---------------|-----1-3-1-0-----|---------3=------|-----------------|
 A -----------------|-------------3-1-|-----------------|-----------------|
 E -----------------|-----------------|-1---------------|-----/6=---5-3-1-|
       No one can stop me now,     To - night I'm on the loose


   (Eb)                                (F)
 E -----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
 B -----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
 G -----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
 D -1---------------|-----1-3-1-0-----|-----------------|-----------------|
 A -----------------|-------------3-1-|-----------------|-----------------|
 E -----------------|-----------------|-1------------1--|-----------------|
        No one to tell me  how           Tonight I'm 
                                             on the loose


BREAK:

  (Eb) (1st time)
  (F)  (2nd time)
 E --------------------|---------------------------|
 B --------------------|---------------------15----|
 G -------15-----------|-15--15-15-14--15-17----17-|  Play
 D -17-15-----17-15-17-|---------------------------|   2x
 A --------------------|---------------------------|
 E --------------------|---------------------------|


  (Eb)
 E|--------------------|---------------------------|
 B|--------------------|---------------------15----|
 G|-------15-----------|-15--15-15-14--15-17----17-|
 D|-17-15-----17-15-17-|---------------------------|
 A|--------------------|---------------------------|
 E|--------------------|---------------------------|
Gt|1                                               |
  |                                                |
Gt|2                                               |
 E|--------------------|-15--15-15-----15-17-18-17-|
 B|--------------------|-----------18--------------|
 G|--------------------|---------------------------|
 D|--------------------|---------------------------|
 A|--------------------|---------------------------|
 E|--------------------|---------------------------|


  (F)
 E --------------------|-----------------------------------------13--|
 B --------------------|---------------------------------------------|
 G -------15-----------|-15-14-12----14-12-------12------------------|
 D -17-15-----17-15-17-|----------15-------15-13----15-13-12-15------|
 A --------------------|---------------------------------------------|
 E --------------------|---------------------------------------------|
                         pm------------------------------------|


                                                        ___    *******
  (Eb)                                                     |
 E --------------------------------|                       |
 B --------------------------------|                       |
 G -------------0------------------|  Play 2x              |
 D -1-1-1-1-1-3---1--1-1-1-1-0-----|                       |
 A ----------------------------3-3-|                       |  Play this
 E --------------------------------|                       |
   pm----------------------------|                         |  sequence
                                                           |
                                                           |     2x
   (F)                                                     |
 E --------------------------------|-----------------|     |
 B ----------------------------3---|-----------------|     |
 G -------------0------0---3-----3-|-^(5)------------|     |
 D -1-1-1-1-1-3---1--1---1---1-----|-----------------|     |
 A --------------------------------|-----------------|     |
 E --------------------------------|-----------------|     |
   pm--------------|                                    ___|


   (Eb)
 E -13---11-10-------------------------------10-11-|
 B ------------13-11-10-------------10-11-13-------|
 G ---------------------12----10-12----------------|  Play 
 D ------------------------13----------------------|   2x
 A ------------------------------------------------|
 E ------------------------------------------------|


   (F)
 E ---------------------------|-------------------------------|
 B -----0-1------0-1------0-1-|-------1-----------------------|
 G -2-3------2-3------2-3-----|---2-3---3-2-0-3-2-0---2-0-----|
 D ---------------------------|---------------------3-----3-1-|
 A ---------------------------|-------------------------------|
 E ---------------------------|-------------------------------|


Repeat all parts below the star (*) symbols


3RD VERSE:    
(played same as 1st Verse, but add these chords to 1st 4 lines)

     Eb
The time we feel most stable
        F
Is the time we're coming off the wall
Eb
And there's every indication
           F
We may be heading for a fall
So let the problems start, and let the tension grow
We'll be keeping it to ourselves
And while they're busy reaching their conclusions
We'll be reaching for something else


CHORUS:   (played same as 1st Chorus)

No one can stop us now
Tonight we're on the loose
No one to tell us how
Tonight we're on the loose

(fade)

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Notes:

-the Intro is a keyboard part transcribed for guitar
-chord changes are included, but bracketed chords aren't played by guitar
-chord forms for 3rd Verse:      E  A  D  G  B  E
                            Eb   x  x  1  3  4  x
                            F    1  3  3  2  1  1

^...bend                                /...slide up
=...hold note                           x...muted note

(This file is the transcriber's own work and represents
their interpretation of the song.)

            
            
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ThePinkFloydian 40 Jul 25, 2006 02:05 PM

You are a godsend for this tab. I have spent forever trying to figure out anything beyond the verse and chorus and finally someone has done it (And very accurately it seems to that). Thank you!

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dvrapant 10 Jul 15, 2009 10:53 PM

This is a great song!! The notes seem to be right, but I play the stacatto sequence d# note starting on the A string 6th fret. You can figure the rest out from there using the same notes from this tab. It seems more likely that it's played there as it's a lot easier to access coming off of the little chromatic lick, which is also easier to play starting on the D string 7th fret. It just flows better and is also closer to the little scale run starting on the high E 13th fret. I hope this helps you pull it off better as this is really a quick moving song. Peace, and thank-you zerofret :)

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zerofret 980 Jul 16, 2009 01:31 PM

Hey, dvrapant, thanks for your added suggestions. Usually when I have any question about fretboard positioning, I'll generally try to find a live version of the song on YouTube to see if I can get a look at where on the fretboard the guitarist is playing the part. This tab goes back a ways for me, though, so I probably hadn't started doing that yet when I did this one. I tried different fingerings for this part, I remember that. And I agree with you that for the staccato part, the most natural way to play it seems to be between the 3rd and 6th fret. But there was a problem I ran into doing it that way. At the end of that phrase, you have to bend a Bb (G string, 3rd fret) up to a C. In that fretboard position, it's your index finger that falls on that note. And (on my guitar, anyhow) that's a bit of a tough bend for the index finger. So I reworked it so that a stronger finger (middle or ring) would fall on that note and do that bend. I didn't really like that fingering as much, but I did it that way to facilitate that bend.

I just changed computers and actually don't have sound right now, but once I do, maybe I should check YouTube for live versions to see what fretboard postion Ian Crichton uses for that part. The tab gets plenty of views both here and on my own site, so it might be worth re-visiting to see if alterations are needed. :-)

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