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The Night The Pugilist Learned How To Dance Tab

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    From Sting's lovely 2012 musical about the town he... Show more
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From Sting's lovely 2012 musical about the town he grew up in. I did learn from the video of his solo acoustic performance which he plays with Capo on 2nd fret on a 3/4 scale guitar with several very long stretches which I omit here. The version with his band he transposes the last verse up a half tone (which is also not included here). I do add several "walk down" chord changes. A video of my live play of this tab is available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=njS3iCdR4io. Was this info helpful? Yes No
[Intro]

e|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|------------------------------------------------5----3-------------------|
G|------6------6-----6----2------------6-----6----4----4-------------------|
D|------6------4-----3----6------------6-----4----3----3-------------------|
A|-----0------0-----0----0------------0-----0----0----0--------------------|
E|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|

e|-------------------------------------------------0-----------------------|
B|-----0-----------0----------5----------3--------0------------------------|
G|-----6-----------6----------4----------2-------2-------------------------|
D|-----6-----------3----------3----------3------3--------------------------|
A|----0-----------0----------0----------0------0---------------------------|
E|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|


[Verse 1]

In the streets around here there was nobody tougher than     me


            AMaj9                                            E7sus4    E7
e|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|---------0--0-------0--0----------0--0-------0---0---------0--0------0--0-----0--0-----0--0---|
G|---------6--6-------6--6----------6--6-------6---6---------7--7------7--7-----7--7-----7--7---|
D|---------6--6-------4--4----------3--3-------4---4---------7--7------6--6-----7--7-----6--6---|
A|--------0----------0-------------0----------0--------------5--5------7--7-----5--5-----7--7---|
E|----------------------------------------------------------7---------0--------7--------0-------|

   I was quick with my fists and fast with my footwork as        you can plainly see

    
      E7sus4        E7          E7sus4         E7                  AM9
e|--------------------------------------------9----7---------------------------------------------|
B|------0-----------0-------------0-----------7----7----------------0------0------0------0-------|
G|------7-----------7-------------7-----------7----7----------------6------6------6------6-------|
D|------7-----------6-------------7-----------7----7----------------6------4------3------4-------|
A|------5-----------7-------------5-----------7----7---------------0------0------0------0--------|
E|-----7-----------0-------------7------------0--------------------------------------------------|


but while fighting was useful for getting my way 'mong the toughs of the     town where you could hold sway

             Em7                   A7sus4     A7                D              DMaj       Dm7        Bm11b5
e|-----------0----------------------0---------0-----------------2---------------2----------1-----------------|
B|-----------3----------------------3---------2-----------------3---------------2----------1-----------3-----|
G|-----------0----------------------0---------0-----------------2---------------2----------2-----------2-----|
D|-----------2----------------------2---------2-----------------0---------------0----------0-----------3-----|
A|-----------2----------------------0---------0-----------------0---------------0----------0-----------2-----|
E|----------0------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|

alternate voicing used on latter verses for this line:

             Em7                             A7                D/A              DMaj/A    Dm7/A   Asus4+b9
e|-----------0--------------------------------5----------------5----------------5----------5-----------3-----|
B|-----------0--------------------------------5----------------7----------------7----------6-----------5-----|
G|-----------7--------------------------------6----------------7----------------6----------5-----------5-----|
D|-----------5--------------------------------5----------------0----------------0----------0-----------0-----|
A|-----------7--------------------------------7----------------0----------------0----------0-----------0-----|
E|----------0---------------------------------5--------------------------------------------------------------|


    there had to be something better than this          I was 15 years old and I'd never been kissed


         D/F#           D/B       Bm11b5    E7sus4           E7      F#7        G7        G#7
e|-----------------------0---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|--------3--------------3---------3---------0--------------0----------0----------0----------0-------|
G|--------2--------------2---------2---------2--------------1----------2----------3----------4-------|
D|--------0--------------0---------3---------0--------------0----------0----------0----------0-------|
A|--------0-------------2----------2---------2--------------2----------x----------x----------x-------|
E|------2-----------------------------------0---------------0----------2----------3----------4-------|



Verse 2 and Verse 4  are the same chords shown above (as Verse 1)

[Verse 2]
well of course she'd ignore me her friends would all sneer   at my bloody nose dripping  my cauliflower ear
for it's hard to convince in a romantic pose       with a lovely black eye and a broken nose
where a girl is attracted to skills more refined than the puglilist's art and so I inclined
to take my self serious as a modern romancer        I secrectly learned all the moves of a dancer

[Verse 4]
well I'd waltz with a broomstick and if I was caught     I'd pretend I was sweeping or practising sport
but I really had eyes for your mother you see      wanting her to acknowledge this version of me
but now everyone's watching expecting I'll fail but there's fire in my belly there's wind in my sails
I knew it was risky I was takin' a chance      I couldn't retreat now I had to advance



* the first 6 lines of each subsequent verse are same as shown in tab lines 24 - 51 above:   

then:

[Verse 3]
*  so I swing to the left          I swing to the right       keep my eyes on my partner just like a fight
I just keep to the rythym       you keep to the beat       the important things never to look at your feet
but a miracles happened and your mind's in a trance        though the strategy's subtle retreat and advance

   It's all about attitude    all in your stance         attention to detail leave nothing to chance

       AM9                      E7sus4      E7              C#m7          F#m11             Bm11
e|------0------------------------------------------------------4------------------------------0-------|
B|------0--------------0------------0---------0----------------5-------------0----------------2-------|
G|------6--------------6------------7---------7----------------4-------------2----------------2-------|
D|------6--------------4------------7---------6----------------6-------------2----------------0-------|
A|------0--------------0------------5---------7----------------4-------------0----------------2-------|
E|----------------------------------7---------0----------------4-------------2------------------------|

     which explains how the pugilist    finally     learned how to        dance
    
             C#m7/E             Bm7/E        DM       E11               A4        AM9
e|------------4------------------2-----------2---------4-----------------0---------0--------|
B|------------5------------------3-----------2---------5-----------------0---------0--------|
G|------------4------------------2-----------2---------4-----------------7---------6--------|
D|------------6------------------4-----------0---------0-----------------7---------6--------|
A|------------4------------------2-----------0---------------------------0---------0--------|
E|------------0------------------0----------------------------------------------------------|


[Verse 5]
*  so I swing to the left        I swing to the right     keep my eyes on my partner more or less like a fight
I just keep to the rythym     and follow the beat       the important things never to look at your feet
but a miracles happened and your mind's in a trance     they're all laughing and cheering and looking askance

      on the night that the pugilist finally   learned how to         dance

             Bm7/E           C#m7     DM          E11               A4        AM9
e|------------2---------------4-------2------------4-----------------0---------0--------|
B|------------3---------------5-------2------------5-----------------0---------0--------|
G|------------2---------------4-------2------------4-----------------7---------6--------|
D|------------4---------------6-------0------------0-----------------7---------6--------|
A|------------2---------------4-------0------------------------------0---------0--------|
E|------------0---------------0---------------------------------------------------------|


[Verse 6]
*  It's a 3 minute round and your're back in yer corner   yer lickng yer wounds  just like little Jack Horner
Don't let your guard down   ry a jab with your right     or you lose her on points by the end of the night
then a miracle happpens and everyone's screaming  ou're pinching yourself just in case you're still dreaming

    You've taken the initiative    you've  taken your  chance  
      
         B7                               Dm/A          
e|-------2--------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-------0---------------------------------3----------------------------------------|
G|-------2---------------------------------2----------------------------------------|
D|-------1---------------------------------3----------------------------------------|
A|-------2---------------------------------0----------------------------------------|
E|-----------------------------------------x----------------------------------------|     

      on the night that the pugilist   finally    learned how to         dance

             Bm7/E           C#m7         DM          E9                C#m7    Cm7     Bm7
e|------------2---------------4------------2-----------0------------------4-------3-------2-------|
B|------------3---------------5------------2-----------0------------------5-------4-------3-------|
G|------------2---------------4------------2-----------1------------------4-------3-------2-------|
D|------------4---------------6------------0-----------4------------------6-------5-------4-------|
A|------------2---------------4------------0-----------2------------------4-------3-------2-------|
E|------------0---------------4------------0-----------0------------------4-------3-------2-------|


and the final lines of the song:

      In a bout where the strategist's bridges were burned
      Where it seems that his fortune has  suddenly turned
      Twas the night when this scrapper was suddenly dapper

        C#m7             F#m7           Em7           E7                                       
e|-------4------------------------------------------------------|
B|-------5----------------2--------------7------------0---------|
G|-------4----------------2--------------7------------7---------|
D|-------6----------------2--------------7------------6---------|
A|-------4----------------2--------------7------------7---------|
E|-------4----------------2--------------7------------0---------|   

     and this poor fellow's heart is still going like the clappers

             Ebmb5          Dm7           C3m7           Cm7
e|--------------------------5--------------4--------------3--------|
B|------------7-------------6--------------5--------------4--------|
G|------------6-------------5--------------4--------------3--------|
D|------------7-------------7--------------6--------------5--------|
A|------------6-------------5--------------4--------------3--------|
E|--------------------------5--------------4--------------3--------| 


        on the night that the pugilist finally learned how to         dance

             Bm7/E           C#m7     DM          E11               A4      M9   Bm11b5
e|------------2---------------4-------2------------4-----------------0------0-------------------|
B|------------3---------------5-------2------------5-----------------0------0-----3----3---0----|
G|------------2---------------4-------2------------4-----------------7------6-----2----0---0----|
D|------------4---------------6-------0------------0-----------------7------6-----3----3---3----|
A|------------2---------------4-------0------------------------------0------0-----2----0---0----|
E|------------0---------------4-------0---------------------------------------------------------|   


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| x  Dead note

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