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It's Been a While
(Lewis/Mushok/April/Wysocki)
By Staind
From the album "Break the Cycle"
Tabbed by Halfdan Baadsvik
halfdan@eskobar.nu

Since "It's Been a While" was released as
a single, truckloads of useless transcriptions
has been floating around the internet. So I 
decided to hunt down the very few good tabs of
the song and, along with my own tabbing, 
submit the whole thing. Though it's possible 
that Mike uses a guitar with some sort of 
crazy tuning, this is very accurate. And I 
doubt you can get a better version from anyone
but Staind themselves.

This is mainly based on Freonite's intro 
tab, so give him credit for the electric 
fingerpicking parts. 

Also, the whole song is played with standard
Eb-tuning except the electric guitar in the 
chorus playing Eb-tuning with dropped Db. 
Some parts of this tab might not sound so 
good the first time you play it, so try to 
play while listening to the record and please 
don't judge things before you've done that. 
And remember, you can't always hold an excact 
chord while fingerpicking. 

But enough of that, here we go...


p     - pull-off
X     - mute
~     - vibrato
/     - slide up
\     - slide down     
.     - repeat line once
:     - repeat line twice

C     - X32010 
Dadd9 - X00230 
G5    - 3X0033 
Am    - 002210 
Am/C  - X32210


[intro]
-----
   clean
eb|--------0-------------------|
Bb|----3-----3----------1-0----|
Gb|------------2----0-------0--|
Db|--2-------------------------|
Ab|--0---0--------3---3--------|
Eb|----------------------------|
  
--------------------------------|::
-----------------------3p1------|::
----0---0----------0-------0----|::
------4---4-0----2---2-------2--|::
---------------0----------------|::
--5-----------------------------|::
 
   acoustic          
eb|--------0--------------0--------
Bb|--------3--------------1--------
Gb|----2-------2------0-----0---0--
Db|----2-------2-------------------
Ab|--0---0---0---0--3---3-----3----
Eb|--------------------------------
               
--------3--------------0--------|:
--------3--------------3-1------|:
--0---0---0---0----2-------2----|:
----0-------0----0---0-------0--|:
--------------------------------|:
--------------------------------|:


[verse #1]
--------
   clean
     Am         C
eb|--------3-2--------2-3--|
Bb|----3----------1--------|
Gb|------------------------|
Db|------------------------|
Ab|--0---0------3---3------|
Eb|------------------------|
  G5           Dadd9
--------------------------------|::
-----------------------3p1------|::
----0---0----------0-------0----|::
------4---4-0----2---2-------2--|::
---------------0----------------|::
--5-----------------------------|::

   acoustic
     Am         C
eb|--------3-2--------2-3--|
Bb|----3----------1--------|
Gb|----2----------0--------|
Db|------------------------|
Ab|--0---0------3---3------|
Eb|------------------------|
  G5             Dadd9
--------3--------------0--------|::
--------3--------------3-1------|::
--0---0---0---0----2-------2----|::
----0-------0----0---0-------0--|::
--------------------------------|::
--------------------------------|::

Am                 C
 It's been a while
               G5 Dadd9           Am    
 Since I could    hold my head up high
                   C
 It's been a while
               G5      Dadd9 Am
 Since I first saw you
                   C
 It's been a while
               G5          Dadd9         Am    
 Since I could stand on my own two feet again
                   C
 It's been a while
               G5       Dadd9
 Since I could call you


[chorus #1]
---------
   disortion
     Am       C
eb|-----------------------|
Bb|-----------------------|
Gb|-----------------------|
Db|--7-7-7-X--10-10-10-X--|
Ab|--7-7-7-X--10-10-10-X--|
Db|--7-7-7-X--10-10-10-X--|
  G5       Dadd9
--------------------------|:.
--------------------------|:.
--------------------------|:.
--5-5-5-X--7-7\5-5\4-4/6--|:.
--5-5-5-X--5-5\3-3\2-2/4--|:.
--5-5-5-X-----------------|:.

     Am       C
eb|-----------------------
Bb|-----------------------
Gb|-----------------------
Db|--7-7-7-X--10-10-10-X--
Ab|--7-7-7-X--10-10-10-X--
Db|--7-7-7-X--10-10-10-X--

  G5       Dadd9
----------------------------|
----------------------------|
----------------------------|
--5-5-5-X--5-5-7-7\3-6\4-4--|
--5-5-5-X--5-5-5-5\3-4\2-2--|
--5-5-5-X--5-5--------------|

Acoustic guitar plays rythm guitar.

Am        C               G5     Dadd9
 And everything I can't remember
Am            C             G5   Dadd9
 As fucked up as it all may seem
Am        C                 G5       Dadd9
 The consequences that I've rendered
Am                C              G5    Dadd9
 I've stretched myself beyond my means


[verse #2]
--------
It's been a while
Since I could say that I wasn't addicted
It's been a while 
Since I could say I love myself as well and
It's been a while
Since I've gone and fucked things up just like I always do
It's been a while
But all that shit seems to disappear when I'm with you


[chorus #2]
---------
And everything I can't remember
As fucked up as it all may seem
The consequences that I've rendered
I've gone and fucked things up again


[bridge]
------
   disortion
     G5       Dadd9
eb|--------------------|
Bb|--------------------|
Gb|--------------------|
Db|--5-5-5-5--0-0-0-0--|
Ab|--5-5-5-5--0-0-0-0--|
Db|--5-5-5-5--0-0-0-0--|
  Am
-------------|::
-------------|::
-------------|::
--7-7-7-7-7--|::
--7-7-7-7-7--|::
--7-7-7-7-7--|::

   clean
    G5           Dadd9
eb|-------------------------|
Bb|-------------------------|
Gb|-12~-9/10\9\7-7-7/9\7\5--|
Db|--X--X--------X-X--------|
Ab|-10~-7/10\7\5-5-5/7\5\3--|
Db|-------------------------|
  Am/C Am
---------0-----0--------|:.
-----------3-----3------|:.
--5----------0-----0----|:.
--X------------------2--|:.
--3----0----------------|:.
------------------------|:.
    G5           Dadd9      Am
eb|------------------------------|
Bb|------------------------------|
Gb|-12~-9/10\9\7-7-7/9\7\5--5----|
Db|--X--X--------X-X--------X----|
Ab|-10~-7/10\7\5-5-5/7\5\3--3-0--|
Db|------------------------------|

Acoustic Guitar plays rythm guitar.

G5 Dadd9 Am/C Am
 
                     G5  Dadd9 Am/C Am
Why must I feel this way
                   G5  Dadd9 Am/C
Just make this go away
                       G5  Dadd9 Am/C
Just one more peaceful day


[verse #3]
--------
It's been a while
Since I could look in myself straight
It's been a while
Since I said I'm sorry
It's been a while
Since I've seen the way the candles light your face
It's been a while
But I can still remember just the way you taste


[chorus #3]
---------
And everything I can't remember
As fucked as it all may seem to be I know it's me
I can not blame this on my father
He did the best he could for me


[ending]
------
   clean
     Am         C
eb|--------3-2--------2-3--|
Bb|----3----------1--------|
Gb|------------------------|
Db|------------------------|
Ab|--0---0------3---3------|
Eb|------------------------|
  G5           Dadd9
--------------------------------|
-----------------------3p1------|
----0---0----------0-------0----|
------4---4-0----2---2-------2--|
---------------0----------------|
--5-----------------------------|
     Am         C          G5
eb|--------3-2--------2-3---------|
Bb|----3----------1---------------|
Gb|--------------------------0----|
Db|----------------------------4--|
Ab|--0---0------3---3-------------|
Eb|------------------------5------|

   acoustic
     Am         C
eb|--------3-2--------2-3--|
Bb|----3----------1--------|
Gb|----2----------0--------|
Db|------------------------|
Ab|--0---0------3---3------|
Eb|------------------------|
  G5             Dadd9
--------3--------------0--------|
--------3--------------3-1------|
--0---0---0---0----2-------2----|
----0-------0----0---0-------0--|
--------------------------------|
--------------------------------|
     Am         C
eb|--------3-2--------2-3--|
Bb|----3----------1--------|
Gb|----2----------0--------|
Db|------------------------|
Ab|--0---0------3---3------|
Eb|------------------------|

Am                 C
 It's been a while
               G5 Dadd9           Am
 Since I could    hold my head up high
                   C
 It's been a while
                  G5
 Since I said I'm sorry
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halfdan 330 Mar 04, 2002 07:00 PM

Disortion? I meant disTortion. Sorry 'bout that.

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guitarfreak15 0 Mar 11, 2002 07:00 PM

wrong i have the book

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emiliograveran 191 Mar 11, 2002 07:00 PM

just because you have "the book" doesn't mean this tab is wrong...those "books" can also be wrong...

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