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Author
Midnight Sun
-Strawbs
Hero and Heroine (1973)
tabbed by Ian (ickis@new.rr.com)

this song is in standard tuning. there are three guitars (or two guitars and
one indian type instrument.)  riffs and solos are at the bottom of the page.

Guitar 1: EADGBE (the 12 string or indian sounding one)
Guitar 2: EADGBE (chords)
Guitar 3: EADGBE (licks/solos)


Guitar 1: Starts off the song. *

Dm (x4)            Em (x4)           Bm (x4)**           C (x4)***

e-----5-----------|------7------7---|------2-0--------|-----0---0-----
B--------5--6-----|-----------8---8-|----------3------|-------5---5-5-
G-------------7---|---------9-------|-------------4---|---5-----------
D---7-----------7-|---9-------------|---4-----------4-|---------------
A-5---------------|-7---------------|-2---------------|-3-------------
E-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|---------------


Guitar 3: Starts during Guitar 1 part (listen to the recording.)

e----12--------15--14--12----------7----------------7-------5-
B-------------------------------------------------------------
G-12-----------16--14--12--------9---------------9------9-----
D-------------------------------------------------------------
A----------------------------------------7--------------------
E-------------------------------------------------------------

Em........A.........Em (riff 1)



Verse (Guitar 2)

Em                   D    C     Bm (riff 1)
I have seen the midnight sun shining
Em          D   C     Bm  
I saw you fly away smiling
     C                    D
The dark night sheds no light
    Em          D     C
It merely serves a warning
                D             Em      D       C
I pray for one single ray of hope
Bm          Em    (riff 2)
Oh midnight sun


Em                   D    C         Bm  (riff 1)****
I have seen the midnight sun shining
Em                 D   C        Bm  (riff 1)****
Watched her rays steadily dying
      C            D 
The candles are alight
   Em        D    C
I sit alone in mourning
    C              D           Em     D   C
I wonder is there death after life
Bm          Em
Oh midnight sun


(solo, see below)

Bm           C
While in my life
         D
I have loved
        Em
I have lost
Bm         C                D
I feel no warmth from your days


  Em                    D     C         Bm (riff 1)
Yet I have seen the midnight sun shining
Em              D    C         Bm (riff 1)
Welcomed her full golden lining
     C              D
For when I have to fight
    Em          D    C
To wake up in the morning
    C              D         Em    D    C
I look to her for her open arms
Bm           C
Oh midnight sun
Bm           Em*****
Oh midnight sun
------------------------------------------
Riffs, Licks, & Notes

Riff 1

e------------------------------------
B----------------------------1--3--0-
G-------------------0----0-2---------
D----------0---0-2----2--------------
A------0-2---2-----------------------
E-3--0-------------------------------

Riff 2

e-------
B-------
G-------
D-------
A-------
E-3-2-0-

Solo (all chords in first position)
 Bm                               C
e-------------------------10-----12--10--------5--7--8----8--7----------
B-7-8--7-8---8p7p5----5------------------7--8------------------5--7--8--
G------------------7----------------------------------------------------
D-----------------------------------------------------------------------
A-----------------------------------------------------------------------
E-----------------------------------------------------------------------
        D                C9    G             C
e---------------------------------8--7--10---8~~~~~---
B-10b^--10b^&d---8--7--5---------------------8~~~~~---
G-------------------------7--5/9-(9)---------9~~~~~---
D-----------------------------------------------------
A-----------------------------------------------------
E-----------------------------------------------------

Notes

p=pull off
b^=bend up
b^&d=bend up then down
/=slide up
( )= ghost note, don't have to play, but could sound good

Chords Used:

Em X-7-9-9-8-7
A  X-X-7-9-10-X
D  10-12-12-11-10-10
C  8-10-10-9-8-8
Bm 7-9-9-7-7-7
C9 X-3-2-0-3-3
G  3-2-0-0-3-3
Dm X-5-7-7-6-5

*variations of this played throughout
**fretted as X24432
***fretted as X3555X
****variation of riff
*****fretted as 022000 with

e-------
B-------
G-------
D-----2-
A---2---
E-0-----


Enjoy :)
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frankowillo 60,873 Jun 05, 2014 10:28 AM

The "Indian type instrument" is possibly a Dulcimer, played by Dave Cousins.

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