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Norwegian Wood Bass Tab

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Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)
The Beatles
Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney; released on the album "Rubber
Soul".

"Norwegian Wood" was written mainly by John. It is mistakenly marked as the
first time a rock band played sitar in a song, although the Yardbirds did
that about half a year before, with a demo recording of "Heart Full Of Soul"
(which wasn't released then, they chose a fuzz-tone guitar instead for the
final recording). The sitar is played by George; it's not much more than repeating the 
vocal melody in the verses and strumming the same one chord in
the bridges. Two acoustic guitars, bass and percussion (limited to bass drum
and tambourine) make up the rest of the arrangement. The song's lyrics tell
of one of John's affairs.
"Norwegian Wood" was first recorded with a different arrangement (including a
sitar "lick" in the bridges that's absent from the final recording) and
different key.
The song is also notable for being one of the few Lennon-McCartney
compositions in 3/4 (waltz) time, and the key changes between E major and E
minor (just like in "I'll Be Back").

3/4 time

Intro:
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D|-----------------------|
A|-----------------------|
E|7----------------------|


Verse:
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  I                       once    had     a   girl,


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  or      should          say                     she     once    had
              I

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  me?                                             She


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  showed  me      her     room,                  "Isn't           it


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  good,                   Nor  -  we  -   gian    wood."


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                  She

Bridge:
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  asked   me      to      stay,   and     she     told    me      to


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  sit a   -   ny   -  where,


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                                          So      I       looked  a - round,


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              and I       no  -   ticed   there   wasn't          a   chair.


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Verse:
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  I                       sat     on      the     rug,


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  bi  -   ding    my      time,                   drin -  king    her


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  wine.                                           We


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  talked  un  -   til     two,                    and     then    she


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  said:                  "It's    time    for bed."


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Verse (solo):
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                  She

Bridge:
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  told    me      she     worked  in      the mor   -     ning,   and


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  star -  ted     to  laugh.


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                                          I       told    her     I


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  didn't,         and     crawled off     to      sleep in        the bath.


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Verse:
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  And                     when    I       a - woke,


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  I       was     a - lone,                       this    bird    has flown.


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                                                  So


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  I       lit     a       fire,                   isn't           it


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  good,                   Nor  -  we  -   gian    wood.


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D|-----------------------|
A|--------6--------------|
E|7---------------7------|


Outro:
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Please e-mail me for any corrections, or write a comment.
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NotEnuFrets wrote on February 6 2011, 05:18 pm

Missing one measure in the Outro, but perfect tap!

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gbeatle wrote on February 6 2011, 06:36 pm

Oh, my bad... I corrected it. Thank you!

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