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Strawberry Fields Forever Tab

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                     Strawberry Fields Forever   -    The Beatles
                                 From the album 'Magical Mystery Tour'


There are two other versions of this in the archives, but none are in the 
right key. I thought a great song such as this deserved a proper tab in the 
archives.

Because the recording of this song involved a lot of playing around with 
tape speeds, you need to tune down your guitar by a whole step.

So instead of tuning your bottom string to E, tune to D, then tune the other 
strings to this by playing at the 5th/4th fret (you know the routine ...)

You should end up tuned to DGCFAD.

This means that the song is based on the C chord for the guitar, but it
ends up being in the key of Bb.



I've tried to give a guitar part that does justice to all the things that are 
going on in the song. For the first bit it's fairly straight forward since the 
song has a guitar playing here - but later on I've tried to tab out a guitar 
version of what the cellos and trumpets are doing.

Of course you can't play all of the song on just one guitar - but you can do 
a pretty good job. I've written the chords above each line of tab if you just 
want to strum along, and the words are underneath the line of tab.  


Intro :
---------

This is played on the mellotron, but you can do it fairly easily on guitar.


    G    Gmaj7  G7           Am        G       F     C

D-----------------------------------------------------------
A---3--3--3--3--3--3--1--0--------1--------0------------------
F---4--4--4--4--4--4--2--1------2--------0------2----0--------
C---5-----4-----3--3----------2--------0--------3----2--------
G--------------------------------------------------3----------
D-----------------------------------------------------------



Chorus :
----------


    C                                   Gm7

D-----------------------------------------------------------------------
A----------------------------------------3------------------------3--3--
F---0------------------------------------3-------------------3--3--------
C---2------------------------------------3----------------3-------------
G---3------------------------------------5------------3h5----------------
D----------------------------------------3---------------------------

    Let me take you down cos' I'm going to  Strawberry fields


    A7

D----------------0----------0--0--------------------------------
A------2--2----2------------------2--2---------------------
F---0--------0-----------0--------------------------------
C--------------------0h2---------------------------------------
G--------------------0---------------------------------------
D-----------------------------------------------------------

    Nothing is real



 
     F               A7

D-------1---------------------0-------------------------------
A----1--1-----------------------2----2---------------------------
F----2--------------------0-------0---------------------------
C----3---------------0h2----------------------------------------
G----3---------------0----------------------------------------
D----1-------------------------------------------------------

  And nothing to get hung about




    F                 C

D------------------------------------------------------------
A---1-----------1------1---------------------------------------
F---2-----------2------0---------------------------------------
C---3-----------3------2---------------------------------------
G---3-----------3------3---------------------------------------
D---1-----------1---------------------------------------------

    Strawberry fields forever





Verse 1:
---------

    G         Gmaj7     G7

D-----------------------------------------------------------
A---3--3------3--3-----3--3---1---0---------------------------------
F---4--4------4--4-----4--4---2---1---------------------------------
C---5---------4--------3------------------------------------------
G-----------------------------------------------------------
D-----------------------------------------------------------

   Living is easy with eyes closed




    Am      Am/G             F

D-------0---------0---------------1------1---------------------------
A-------1---------1---------------1---1------1------------------------
F-------2---------2-------------2------------2----------------------
C-----2---------2---------------3---------------------------------
G---0------0--------------------3--------------------------------
D-------------3-------------0h1--------------------------------

     Misunderstanding all you see



    F            G               C         G/B      Am    Am/G

D---------1----------3----------------------------------0--------
A---------1----------3----------------------------------1-----------
F---------2-------4----------------0---------0----------2----------
C------3----------5----------------2---------0----------2----------
G------3-------------------------3---------2---------0-----------
D--0h1--------1/3-------------------------------------------3------

    It's getting hard to be someone but it all works out




    F          G               F           C

D--------1-----------3---------------1--------------------------
A------1-------------3---3-----------1--1--0h1-----------------------
F------2-------------4---4-----------2--2--0------------------------
C------3-----------------5--------------3---------------------------
G--------------------------------------------------------------
D--0h1----------1/3-------------0h1----------------------------------

      It doesn't matter much to me




Chorus :
---------

   C                                   Gm               (no chord )

D--------------------------------------3-------------------------
A--------------------------------------3-------------------------
F--------------------------------------3-------------------------
C--2-----------------------------------5------0------------------
G--3-----------------------------------5---1-----1-----1------1--
D--------------------------------------3------------3------1-----
                                   
   Let me take you down cos' I'm going to  Strawberry fields



  (no chord)

D-----------------------------------------------------------
A-----------------------------------------------------------
F-----------------------------------------------------------
C-----------------------------------------------------------
G---7--------------7------------------------------------------
D---0--------------0------------------------------------------

       Nothing is real




      F          G     A7

D-----1----------3-----0---------------------------------------
A-----1----------3-----2---------------------------------------
F-----2----------4-----0---------------------------------------
C-----3----------5-----2---------------------------------------
G-----3----------5-----0---------------------------------------
D-----1----------3--------------------------------------------

  And nothing to get hung about



    F                 C

D-----------------------------------------------------------
A---1---------1-------1----------------------------------------
F---2---------2-------0----------------------------------------
C---3---------3-------2----------------------------------------
G---3---------3-------3----------------------------------------
D---1---------1-----------------------------------------------

   Strawberry fields forever




Linking phrase :
-----------------

This is the little downwards scale played on a harp-like instrument.
Leave all strings to sustain as much as possible.


D----1p0---------------------------------------------------------
A---------1----------------------------------------------------
F-----------3p0--------------------------------------------------
C---------------3p2----------------------------------------------
G--------------------3-----------------------------------------
D-----------------------------------------------------------


Verse 2:
---------

    G       Gmaj7     G7

D-----------------------------------------------------------
A---3--------3---------3-----1---0---------------------------------
F---4--------4---------4-----2---1---------------------------------
C---5--------4---------3-----3---3---------------------------------
G-----------------------------------------------------------
D-----------------------------------------------------------

   Noone I think is in my tree




    Am         Am7             F

D------------------------------------------------------------
A---1-----------1--------------1---------------------------------
F---2-----------0--------------2---------------------------------
C---2-----------2--------------3---------------------------------
G-------------------------------------0----------------------
D-----------------------------------------3------------------

    I mean it must be high or low



    F              G                  C                 Am  Am/G

D-------------------------------------------------------------------
A---1--------------3------------------1----------------1----------
F---2--------------4------------------0----------------2----------
C---3--------------5------------------2----------------2----------
G---3--------------5------------------3----------------0-----------
D---1--------------3---------------------------------------3------

      That is you can't you know tune in but it's alright




    F               G                 F                C

D------------------------------------------------------0------0----------------
A---1---1---1---1---3---3---3---3------1-------1-------1------1----------------
F---2---2---2---2---4---4---4---4------2-------2-------0------0------------------
C---3---3---3---3---5---5---5---5------3-------3-------2---2-----2--------------
G---3---3---3---3---5---5---5---5------3---0---3---0---3----------------------
D---1---1---1---1---3---3---3---3------1--------------------------------

       That is I  think it's not too bad



Chorus :
---------

   C                                   Gm

D---------------------------------------------6-6-------------
A---------------------------------------------3-3-------------
F---------------------------------------3-----3-3-------------
C--2------------------------------------5----------------------
G--3------------------------------------5---------------------
D---------------------------------------3--------------------

     Let me take you down cos I'm going to



                                   Gm/E

D-------------------------------6-6-----------3--3--3--3--3---
A-------------------------------8-8--------------------------
F--------------3------------------------------0--0--0--0--0---
C--------------5-----------------------------------------------
G--------------5-------1-----------------------------------------
D--------------3-------1-----0-------------0------------------

  Strawberry fields             Nothing is real



         F         G        A

D--------1---------3--------5---------------------------------
A--------1---------3--------5----------------------------------
F--------2---------4--------6----------------------------------
C--------3---------5--------7----------------------------------
G--------3---------5--------7----------------------------------
D--------1---------3--------5----------------------------------

   And nothing to get hung about



   F                   C

D-----------------------------------------------------------
A--1-----------1-------1---------------------------------------
F--2-----------2-------0---------------------------------------
C--3-----------3-------2---------------------------------------
G--3-----------3-------3---------------------------------------
D--1-----------1----------------------------------------------

   Strawberry fields forever



Linking phrase :
-----------------


D----1p0---------------------------------------------------------
A---------1----------------------------------------------------
F-----------3p0--------------------------------------------------
C---------------3p2----------------------------------------------
G--------------------3-----------------------------------------
D-----------------------------------------------------------



Verse 3:
---------

    G       Gmaj7     G7

D-----------------------------------------------------------
A---3--3----3---3-----3---3--------1--0---------------------------
F---4--4----4---4-----4---4--------2--1-----------------------------
C---5--5----4---4-----3---3--------3--3-----------------------------
G-----------------------------------------------------------
D-----------------------------------------------------------

   Always, no, sometimes think it's me



    Am                Am7             F

D-----------------------------------------------------------
A---1--------1--------1-------1-------1----------------------
F---2--------2--------0-------0-------2----------------------
C---2--------2--------2-------2-------3----------------------
G-----------------------------------------------0------------
D----------------------------------------------------3-------

     But you know I know when it's a dream



   F           G           C              Am    Am/G

D-----------------------------------------------------------
A-----------------------------------------------------------
F-----------------------------------------------------------
C-----------------------------------------------------------
G----------0-------0---2---3---------------0-----------------
D--1---3-------3----------------3----0----------3----------

    I think a no I mean a yes but it's all wrong



   F            G7          F            C

D-----------------------------------------------------------
A--1--1--1--1---3--3--3--3------------------------------------------
F--2--2--2--2---4--4--4--4-------------------0-----------------------
C--3--3--3--3---3--3--3--3---3-------------2----3p2p0---------------------
G--3--3--3--3---5--5--5--5---3--0--3--0--3--------------3--------------
D--1--1--1--1---3--3--3--3---1------------------------------------------

    That is I think I disagree



Chorus :
---------

   C                                   Gm                   Gm7

D--------------------------------------3-------------------------------
A--1-----------------------------------3------------------3------3-----
F--0-----------------------------------3----------------3------3------3
C--2-----------------------------------5--------------5------3------3--
G--3-----------------------------------5-------------------------------
D--------------------------------------3-------------------------------
                                   
   Let me take you down cos' I'm going to  Strawberry fields



   A7/E

D---0--------------0--0--0--0--0----------------------------------
A---2--------------2--2--2--2--2----------------------------------
F---0--------------0--0--0--0--0----------------------------------
C---2--------------------------------------------------------
G---0------------------------------------------------------
D---0--------------------------------------------------------

       Nothing is real




      F          G     A7

D-----1----------3-----0---------------------------------------
A-----1----------3-----2---------------------------------------
F-----2----------4-----0---------------------------------------
C-----3----------5-----2---------------------------------------
G-----3----------5-----0---------------------------------------
D-----1----------3--------------------------------------------

  And nothing to get hung about



    F                 C       Am7      F                 C

D---------------------------------------------------------------
A---1---------1-------1--------1-------1---------1-------1--------
F---2---------2-------0--------0-------2---------2-------0--------
C---3---------3-------2--------2-------3---------3-------2--------
G---3---------3-------3--------0-------3---------3-------3-------
D---1---------1------------------------1---------1--------------

   Strawberry fields forever         Strawberry fields forever



    F           G      F

D---1-----------3------1-----------5r3---1--0h1p0h1p0--------
A---1-----------3------1--------------------------------3-3--
F---2-----------4------2-------------------------------------
C---3-----------5------3-------------------------------------
G---3-----------5------3-------------------------------------
D---1-----------3------1-------------------------------------

    Strawberry fields forever   



Fade out over a chord of C
----------------------------

 (cellos)                     (elec. gtr)

D-----------------------------------------1--0h1p0h1p0h1p0h1p0---
A-------------------------------------------------------------
F-----------5------2----------------------------------------------
C--------------3-5---3----2-3-5------------------------------------
G--3/1---3--------------5-------3-------3--------------------------
D----------------------------------------------------------------



(harp-thing)

D-------------------------------12--------------13--12--12---------15--13--
A-----------13--11-----11-----------13--11------------------11------------
F---10--12-----------------12---------------12------------------12---
C---------------------------------------------------------------------
G-----------------------------------------------------------------------
D----------------------------------------------------------------------






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furry monkey wrote on July 27 2003, 12:00 am


This is an awesome tab and i'm suprised no-one has given it a good rating so i have.

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deinem wrote on October 12 2004, 12:00 am

man, this song creeps me out... every time I listen too it. Good tab by the way.

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aron444 wrote on May 30 2005, 12:00 am

I was wondering if your sure this is in the right key and if so, how did you figure that out. My reason for the question is that they purposely slowed the tape down to give it a more freaky sound. Thats why Johns voice sounds so deep, among other things. Well, thats why I was never sure exactly which key they really play this song in. I like playing it in G the way I tabbed it. You way works but is alot more confusing. Yes, this is one of the best songs of all times. I like the backwords high hat that sounds like two knives being rubbed together. LOL

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