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Deacon Blues tab

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I haven't seen a decent tab of this song yet. I enjoy playing Steely Dan songs on 
acoustic, especially this one, so here's my go at it. Enjoy.


INTRO

|-----------------5---5--------------------------|
|-8---8---6---6---7---5---8---8---8---8~---------|
|-9---7---7---5---6---4---9---7---7---7~---------|
|-9---7---7---5---7-------9---7---8---6~---------|
|-----------------5---4-----------6---7~---------|
|-8---7---6---5-----------8---7------------------|


VERSE 1

     This is the day of the expanding man
|---------------------------------------------------------|
|-5--------------3------------3-------3-------------------|
|-4--------------2------------4-------2-------------------|
|-----------------------------5---------------------------|
|-5--------------3--------------------3-------------------|
|-3--------------1------------5-------1-------------------|

     That shape is my shade, there where I used to stand
|---------------------------------------------------------|
|-5-------------------3--------------------3-------5------|
|-4-------------------2--------------------4-------5------|
|------------------------------------------5-------4------|
|-5-------------------3----------------------------5------|
|-3-------------------1--------------------5--------------|

    It seems like only yesterday I gazed through the glass
|--------------------------------------------------------|
|-8----------6---------------5-----------------------8---|
|-5----------7---------------5-----------------------7---|
|-7----------6---------------5-----------------------6---|
|-8----------7-------------------------------------------|
|----------------------------5-----------------------6---|

At ramblers, wild gamblers
|--0----------------------|
|--5--------------4-------|
|--7--------------2-------|
|--6--------------4-------|
|--7--------------2-------|
|--0----------------------|

That’s all in the past
|-----------------0-----0-----3-------|
|------3----------0-----3-----3-------|
|------2----------1-----1-----1-------|
|------3----------0-------------------|
|------2----------2-----2-----2-------|
|-----------------0-----0-----0-------|


VERSE 2

     You call me a fool, you say it’s a crazy scheme
|-------------------------------------------------------------|
|-5----------------3--------------------3-----3---------------|
|-4----------------2--------------------4-----2---------------|
|---------------------------------------5---------------------|
|-5----------------3--------------------------3---------------|
|-3----------------1--------------------5-----1---------------|

     This one’s for real, I already bought the dream
|---------------------------------------------------|
|-5-----------------3---------------3----------2----|
|-4-----------------2---------------4----------4----|
|-----------------------------------5----------5----|
|-5-----------------3-------------------------------|
|-3-----------------1---------------5----------5----|

     So useless to ask me why,     blow a kiss and say goodbye
|--------------------------------------------------------------|
|-8-------------6---------------5------------------3-------3---|
|-5-------------7---------------5------------------3-------3---|
|-7-------------6---------------5------------------3-------2---|
|-8-------------7------------------------------------------3---|
|-------------------------------5------------------3-----------|

     I’ll make it this time,       I’m ready to cross that fine line
|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
|-1---------------8------------5----------------1-------------------|
|-2---------------7------------5----------------2-------------------|
|-2---------------10-----------4----------------3-------------------|
|-----------------7------------5------------------------------------|
|-1---------------------------------------------3-------------------|


CHORUS

    Learn to work the saxophone,     I play just what I feel
|-----------------------------------------------------------|
|-5-------------------8----------6----------5---------------|
|-5-------------------7----------5----------4---------------|
|-5-------------------9----------7----------5---------------|
|---------------------7----------5----------3---------------|
|-5---------------------------------------------------------|

    Drink scotch whisky all night long,       and die behind the wheel
|-----------------------------------------------------------|
|---3-------------------5---------5-----1--1------8-----8---|
|---2-------------------5---------4-----3--2------7-----5---|
|---3-------------------5---------------2--2------10----7---|
|---1-----------------------------5---------------7-----8---|
|-----------------------5---------3-----2--1----------------|

    They got a name for the winners in the world
|------------------------------------------------|
|-5-------------------------8--------------------|
|-5-------------------------7--------------------|
|-5-------------------------9--------------------|
|---------------------------7--------------------|
|-5----------------------------------------------|

    I want a name when I lose
|----------------------------|
|-6----------5---------------|
|-5----------4---------------|
|-7----------5---------------|
|-5----------3---------------|
|----------------------------|

 They call Alabama the Crimson Tide,         call me Deacon Blues
|----------------------------------------------------------------|
|-----3----------------5-------5-----1--1----8-------8-----------|
|-----2----------------5-------4-----3--2----7-------5-----------|
|-----3----------------5-------------2--2----10------7-----------|
|-----1------------------------5-------------7-------8-----------|
|----------------------5-------3-----2--1------------------------|

|---------5---5-------------------|
|-5---8---7---5---8---8---8---8---|
|-5---7---6---4---9---7---7---7---|
|-5---9---7-------9---7---8---6---|
|-----7---5---4-----------6---7---|
|-5---------------8---7-----------|


VERSE 3

Play Verse 1 chords


VERSE 4

Play Verse 2 chords


CHORUS


CHORDS FOR SAXOPHONE SOLO

|---------------------------------5---5---7---8---|
|-5---3---7---6---5---3---3---2---5---5---7---8---|
|-4---0---6---5---4---2---0---4---5---3---7---8---|
|-5-------5---4---3---1-------5---3---4---5---7---|
|-3---2-------5-------2---2-----------------------|
|-----0---5-------3-------0---5---------------7---|

|---------------------------------5---5---7---8---|
|-5---3---7---6---5---3---3---2---5---5---7---8---|
|-4---0---6---5---4---2---0---4---5---3---7---8---|
|-5-------5---4---3---1-------5---3---4---5---7---|
|-3---2-------5-------2---2-----------------------|
|-----0---5-------3-------0---5---------------7---|


INTRO


VERSE 5

Play Verse 2 chords


CHORUS


CHORDS FOR OUTRO

|---------------------------------|
|-5---3---3---3---5---3---3---5---|
|-4---2---4---2---4---2---4---5---|
|---------5---------------5---4---|
|-5---3-------3---5---3-------5---|
|-3---1---5---1---3---1---5-------|

|-----------------0-----------0---|
|-8---6---5---8---5---4---3---5---|
|-5---7---5---7---7---2---2---7---|
|-7---6---5---6---6---4---3---6---|
|-8---7-----------7---2---2---7---|
|---------5---6---0-----------0---|

The song eventually fades out. Any questions, my email is steveman1236@gmail.com

            
            
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TheGroundZero 160 Aug 14, 2013 12:37 PM

This is definitely the most accurate version so far.

Thank you!

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MattSomerstein 10 May 16, 2017 04:16 PM

very accurate although idk about that chord on "die behind the wheel" in the chorus.
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