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I'm Only Sleeping
The Beatles
Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney; released on "Revolver" album.

Strange song, with the backwards-recorded lead guitar in it

Verse:
G|------ ------ ------ ------|------ ------ ------ ------|
D|---------------------------|6------6-----------------6-|
A|6------6-----------------6-|--------------6------6-----|
E|--------------6------6-----|---------------------------|
  When I wake up early in the mor -  ning,


G|------ ------ ------ ------|------ ------ ------ ------|
D|4------4-------------------|4------4-------------------|
A|---------------------------|---------------------5---5-|
E|-----------6--7---7--7---7-|--------------6---6--------|
  lift my    head,            I'm    still  yaw -  ning


G|------ ------ ------ ------|------ ------ ------ ------|
D|------------------4--------|---------------------------|
A|6-------------6------------|--------------6------------|
E|-------6-------------6-----|4------7-------------7-----|
  When I'm in the middle of a dream,


G|------ ------ ------ ------|------ ------ ------ ------|
D|4------4-------------------|4------4-------------------|
A|---------------------------|---------------------------|
E|-----------6--7------7-----|-----------6--7------7-----|
  stay in    bed,             float up - stream


G|------ ------ ------ ------|
D|---------------------------|
A|---------------------------|
E|7------6------4------------|

  float up - stream
Refrain:
G|------ ------ ------ ------|------ ------ ------ ------|
D|4------4-------------4-----|6------6----------4--6-----|
A|--------------4---6--------|--------------6------------|
E|---------------------------|---------------------------|
  Please     wake   me,    no,    don't  shake  me,    leave
      don't
                    ooooooooooooooooo
G|------ ------ ------ ------|------ ------ ------ ------|
D|8------8----------6--8-----|6------6-------------------|
A|--------------8------------|--------------6---6--4-----|
E|---------------------------|---------------------------|
      me     where  I      am,           I'm on  - ly
  ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

G|------ ------ ------ ------|------ ------ ------ ------|
D|---------------------------|-----------8---------------|
A|---------------------------|----6--9----------9--------|
E|7------7------6------6-----|4--------------------------|
  slee   -   ping

Verse:
G|------ ------ ------ ------|------ ------ ------ ------|
D|---------------------------|6------6---------------4-6-|
A|6------6-------------6---6-|--------------6------6-----|
E|--------------6------------|---------------------------|
  Everybody seems to think I'm la -  zy,


G|------ ------ ------ ------|------ ------ ------ ------|
D|4------4-------------------|4------4-------------------|
A|---------------------------|-----------4---------5-----|
E|-----------6--7------7---7-|--------------6------------|
  I   don't  mind,         I  think      cra -  zy
                                  they're

G|------ ------ ------ ------|------ ------ ------ ------|
D|---------------------------|---------------------------|
A|6-------------6------------|--------------6------------|
E|-------6-------------6-----|4------7-------------7---7-|
  Running everywhere at such a speed,


G|------ ------ ------ ------|------ ------ ------ ------|
D|4------4-------------------|4------4-------------------|
A|---------------------------|---------------------------|
E|-----------6--7------7---7-|-----------6--7------7-----|
  till they  find             there's no need


G|------ ------ ------ ------|
D|---------------------------|
A|---------------------------|
E|7------6------4------------|

  there's no need
Refrain:
G|------ ------ ------ ------|------ ------ ------ ------|
D|4------4-------------4-----|6------6-------------4/6---|
A|--------------4---6--------|--------------6---6--------|
E|---------------------------|---------------------------|
  Please don't spoil my    day,      I'm miles  a  -   way,
                    ooooooooooooooooo

G|------ ------ ------ ------|------ ------ ------ ------|
D|8------8-------------6/8---|6------6-------------4/6---|
A|--------------8---8--------|--------------6---6--------|
E|---------------------------|---------------------------|
             and after     all           I'm on -  ly
  ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

G|------ ------ ------ ------|------ ------ ------ ------|
D|--------------4------4-----|-----------8---------------|
A|---------------------------|----6--9----------9--------|
E|7------7-----------------7-|---------------------------|
  slee   -   ping


G|------ ------ ------ ------|------ ------ ----8- ------|
D|---------------------------|-----------8------8--------|
A|6--------------------------|----6--9-------------------|
E|6--------------------------|---------------------------|


Bridge:
G|------ ------ ------ ------|------ ------ ------ ------|
D|---------------------------|---------------------------|
A|4------4-------------4-----|6------6----------4--6-----|
E|--------------4---7------4-|--------------6----------6-|
  Keeping an eye    on the world  going  by     my     win-


G|------ ------ ------ ------|----4- ------ 4----- ------|
D|6------6------4---4--4-----|---------------------------|
A|-------------------------6-|7------------------------6-|
E|---------------------------|---------------------------|
      dow,                    taking my  time

Verse (half-solo):
G|------ ------ ------ ------|------ ------ ------ ------|
D|---------------------------|6------6-------------6-----|
A|-------6-------------6-----|--------------6------------|
E|--------------6---6--------|-------------------------7-|
  Lying there   staring at the cei - ling,
             and

G|------ ------ ------ ------|------ ------ ------ ------|
D|4------4-------------------|4------4-------------------|
A|---------------------------|-----------4---------5-----|
E|-----------6--7------7---7-|--------------6------------|
  waiting    for           the sleepy    fee -  ling


G|------ ------ ------ ------|------ ------ ------ ------|
D|------------------4--------|---------------------------|
A|6-------------6------------|--------------6----------6-|
E|-------6-------------6-----|4------7-------------7-----|



G|------ ------ ------ ------|------ ------ ------ ------|
D|4------4-------------------|4------4-------------------|
A|-------------------------4-|---------------------------|
E|-----------6--7------7-----|-----------6--7------7-----|



G|------ ------ ------ ------|
D|---------------------------|
A|---------------------2/4---|
E|7------6------4------------|


Refrain:
G|------ ------ ------ ------|------ ------ ------ ------|
D|4------4-------------4---4-|6------6-------------6-4-6-|
A|--------------4---6----4---|--------------6---6--------|
E|---------------------------|---------------------------|
  Please don't spoil my    day,      I'm miles  a  -   way,
                    ooooooooooooooooo

G|------ ------ ------ ------|------ ------ ------ ------|
D|8------8-------------8-----|6------6----------6--------|
A|--------------8---8--------|--------------6------4-----|
E|---------------------------|---------------------------|
             and after     all           I'm on -  ly
  ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

G|------ ------ ------ ------|------ ------ ------ ------|
D|---------------------------|-----------8---------------|
A|---------------------------|----6--9----------9--------|
E|7------7------6------6-----|4--------------------------|
  slee   -   ping


G|------ ------ ------ ------|------ ------ ----8- ------|
D|---------------------------|-----------8------8--------|
A|6--------------------------|----6--9-------------------|
E|6--------------------------|---------------------------|


Bridge:
G|------ ------ ------ ------|------ ------ ------ ------|
D|---------------------------|---------------------------|
A|4------4-------------4-----|6------6-------------6-----|
E|--------------4---4--------|--------------6------------|
  Keeping an eye    on the world  going  by     my     win-


G|------ ------ ------ ------|----4- ------ 4----- ------|
D|6------6---6--4------4-----|---------------------------|
A|-------------------------6-|7------------------------6-|
E|---------------------------|---------------------------|
      dow,                    taking my  time          When

Verse:
G|------ ------ ------ ------|------ ------ ------ ------|
D|---------------------------|6------6-------------6-----|
A|-------6-------------6-----|--------------6------------|
E|--------------6------------|---------------------------|
      I  wake up early in the mor -  ning,


G|------ ------ ------ ------|------ ------ ------ ------|
D|4------4-------------------|4------4-------------------|
A|---------------------------|-----------4---------5-----|
E|-----------6--7------7---7-|--------------6------------|
  lift my    head,            I'm    still  yaw -  ning


G|------ ------ ------ ------|------ ------ ------ ------|
D|------------------4--------|---------------------------|
A|6-------------6------------|--------------6------------|
E|-------6-------------6-----|4------7-------------7-----|
  When I'm in the middle of a dream,


G|------ ------ ------ ------|------ ------ ------ ------|
D|4------4-------------------|4------4-------------------|
A|-------------------------4-|-----------4---------------|
E|-----------6--7------7-----|--------------7------7-----|
  stay in    bed,             float up - stream


G|------ ------ ------ ------|
D|---------------------------|
A|---------------------------|
E|7------6------4------9\----|

  float up - stream
Refrain:
G|------ ------ ------ ------|------ ------ ------ ------|
D|4------4-------------4---4-|6------6----------4--6---6-|
A|--------------4---6----4---|--------------6------------|
E|---------------------------|---------------------------|
  Please     wake   me,    no,    don't  shake  me,    leave
      don't
                    ooooooooooooooooo
G|------ ------ ------ ------|------ ------ ------ ------|
D|8------8----------8----8---|6------6----------6--6-----|
A|--------------8------8---8-|--------------6----------6-|
E|---------------------------|---------------------------|
      me     where  I      am,           I'm on  - ly
  ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

G|------ ------ ------ ------|------ ------ ------ ------|
D|---------------------------|--------------8------------|
A|---------------------------|----6----9-----------9-----|
E|7------7------6------6-----|---------------------------|
  slee   -   ping


G|------ ------ ------ ------|------ ------ ------ ------|
D|---------------------------|---------------------------|
A|6--------------------------|---------------------------|
E|6--------------------------|---------------------------|
  fade...

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Weenum 10 Jul 28, 2009 11:45 AM

Half a step down.

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gbeatle 6,186 Jul 28, 2009 11:50 AM

The song can be heard in the key of e-flat minor on the record. So you don't need to tune your bass in any direction to play this tab along with the song; just try it ;-)

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