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Tell Me Why
The Beatles
Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney; released on the album
"A Hard Day's Night". Also released as the B-side to "If I Fell"
and "I Should Have Known Better" in several European countries.

"Tell Me Why" was mainly a Lennon composition, with lyrics probably
based on his real life experiences with his wife Cynthia.
Musically, the song is not the most forward-looking one on the "A
Hard Day's Night" album; instead, it sounds like a song by a girl
group, up to the typical (D-Bm-Em-A) chord progression that is
present throughout (except for the intro, bridge and outro). The
chord progression is also broken by a "half-reprise" of the intro
in the end of every line of the refrains (except the one that's
followed by the bridge), creating two six-bar phrases instead of four
(in contrast to the verses, which are straight eight-bar sections).
The bridge entirely breaks away from the main four chords, starting
with a G Major chord (which was, in turn, also common for pop and rock
songs at that time). The outro grows out of the final refrain with a
downward chromatic movement in the chords and the bass (B-A#-A),
(slightly resembling the ending of "It Won't Be Long"), then ending on
D Major.
The arrangement consists of two electric rhythm guitars, bass, drums
(Paul plays a walking bassline in the refrains and in the bridge, and
there are some nice drum fills and rolls done by Ringo) and a
piano played by George Martin. There is no lead guitar part.
The vocals are sung in duet with the exception of the bridge. John
sings the upper part in the refrains, which is unusual, with Paul
(or it may even be George) taking the lower part. The verses are sung
half-solo, half-duet, and there is a line (the third) sung in
falsetto by Paul and George in the bridge.

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



G|------ ------ ------ ------|------ ------ ------ ------|
D|-----------7---------------|-----------7---------------|
A|7--------------------------|7--------------------------|
E|---------------------------|---------------------------|
                                         Tell      me

Refrain:
G|------ ------ ------ ------|------ ------ ------ ------|
D|---------------------------|---------------------------|
A|5------4------2------0-----|2------0-------------------|
E|---------------------------|--------------3------2-----|
  why                             you cried,


G|------ ------ ------ ------|------ ------ ------ ------|
D|2------0-------------------|--------------2------------|
A|--------------4------2-----|0------4-------------4-----|
E|---------------------------|---------------------------|
         and    why    you    lied                 to


G|------ ------ ------ ------|------ ------ ------ ------|
D|---------------------------|-----------7---------7-----|
A|5------5-------------------|7--------------------------|
E|--------------7------7-----|---------------------------|
  me,                                    Tell      me


G|------ ------ ------ ------|------ ------ ------ ------|
D|---------------------------|---------------------------|
A|5------4------2------0-----|2------0-------------------|
E|---------------------------|--------------3------2-----|
  why                             you cried,


G|------ ------ ------ ------|------ ------ ------ ------|
D|2------0-------------------|--------------2------------|
A|--------------4------2-----|0------4-------------4-----|
E|---------------------------|---------------------------|
         and    why    you    lied                 to


G|------ ------ ------ ------|------ ------ ------ ------|
D|---------------------------|-----------7---------------|
A|5------5-------------------|7--------------------4-----|
E|--------------7------7-----|------------------5--------|
  me.                                           Well, I gave

Verse:
G|------ ------ ------ ------|------ ------ ------ ------|
D|---------------------------|---------------------------|
A|5------5-----/5------5-----|---------------------------|
E|---------------------------|7------7------7------7-----|
      you everything I     had,                    but you


G|------ ------ ------ ------|------ ------ ------ ------|
D|---------------------------|---------------------------|
A|7------7------7------7-----|---------------------------|
E|---------------------------|5------5------5------5-----|
  left me sitting on my    own,                 Did you have


G|------ ------ ------ ------|------ ------ ------ ------|
D|---------------------------|---------------------------|
A|4-/-5--5------5------5-----|---------------------------|
E|---------------------------|7------7------7------7-----|
      to treat  oh, so     bad?                    All I
             me

G|------ ------ ------ ------|------ ------ ------ ------|
D|---------------------------|---------------------------|
A|7------7------7---7--7-----|---------------------------|
E|---------------------------|5------5------5------5-----|
  do  is hang my head and  moan.            Tell   me

Refrain:
G|------ ------ ------ ------|------ ------ ------ ------|
D|---------------------------|---------------------------|
A|5------4------2------0-----|2------0-------------------|
E|---------------------------|--------------3------2-----|
  why                             you cried,


G|------ ------ ------ ------|------ ------ ------ ------|
D|2------0-------------------|--------------2------------|
A|--------------4------2-----|0------4-------------4-----|
E|---------------------------|---------------------------|
         and    why    you    lied                 to


G|------ ------ ------ ------|------ ------ ------ ------|
D|---------------------------|-----------7---------7-----|
A|5------5-------------------|7--------------------------|
E|--------------7------7-----|---------------------------|
  me,                                    Tell      me


G|------ ------ ------ ------|------ ------ ------ ------|
D|---------------------------|---------------------------|
A|5------4------2------0-----|2------0-------------------|
E|---------------------------|--------------3------2-----|
  why                             you cried,


G|------ ------ ------ ------|------ ------ ------ ------|
D|2------0-------------------|--------------2------------|
A|--------------4------2-----|0------4-------------4-----|
E|---------------------------|---------------------------|
         and    why    you    lied                 to


G|------ ------ ------ ------|------ ------ ------ ------|
D|---------------------------|-----------7------7--------|
A|5------5------2------2/----|7--------------------4-----|
E|---------------------------|---------------------------|
  me.                                           If it's some-

Verse:
G|------ ------ ------ ------|------ ------ ------ ------|
D|---------------------------|---------------------------|
A|5------5------5------5-----|---------------------------|
E|---------------------------|7------7------7------7-----|
      thing  have   or     done,                   tell me
         I      said

G|------ ------ ------ ------|------ ------ ------ ------|
D|---------------------------|---------------------------|
A|7------7------7------7-----|---------------------4-----|
E|---------------------------|5------5------5------------|
  what and   a- po- lo     gize,                And if you
         I'll

G|------ ------ ------ ------|------ ------ ------ ------|
D|---------------------------|---------------------------|
A|5------5-----/5------5-----|---------------------------|
E|---------------------------|7------7------7------7-----|
  don't, really can't go   on                      holding
      I

G|------ ------ ------ ------|------ ------ ------ ------|
D|---------------------------|7------7------7------------|
A|7------7------7------7-----|---------------------4-----|
E|---------------------------|---------------------------|
  back   these  tears in my eyes.           Tell   me

Refrain:
G|------ ------ ------ ------|------ ------ ------ ------|
D|---------------------------|---------------------------|
A|5------4------2------0-----|2------0-------------------|
E|---------------------------|--------------3------2-----|
  why                             you cried,


G|------ ------ ------ ------|------ ------ ------ ------|
D|2------0-------------------|--------------2------------|
A|--------------4------2-----|0------4-------------0-----|
E|---------------------------|---------------------------|
         and    why    you    lied                 to


G|------ ------ ------ ------|------ ------ ------ ------|
D|---------------------------|-----------7------7--7-----|
A|5------5-------------------|7------7-------------------|
E|--------------7------7-----|---------------------------|
  me,                                    Tell      me


G|------ ------ ------ ------|------ ------ ------ ------|
D|---------------------------|---------------------------|
A|5------4------2------0-----|2------0-------------------|
E|---------------------------|--------------3------2-----|
  why                             you cried,


G|------ ------ ------ ------|------ ------ ------ ------|
D|2------0-------------------|--------------2------------|
A|--------------4------2-----|0------4-------------4-----|
E|---------------------------|---------------------------|
         and    why    you    lied                 to


G|------ ------ ------ ------|------ ------ ------ ------|
D|---------------------------|---------------------------|
A|5------5------4-/-5--5-----|5----------5------5--------|
E|---------------------------|---------------------7---5-|
  me.                                              Well, I'm

Bridge:
G|------ ------ ------ ------|------ ------ ------ ------|
D|---------------------------|---------------------------|
A|-------2------5------2-----|-------2------5------2-----|
E|3--------------------------|3----------------------3-3-|
  begging on my bended     knees,                  if you'll


G|------ ------ ------ ------|------ ------ ------ ------|
D|---------------------------|---------------------------|
A|-------4------7------4---7-|-------4------7------4-----|
E|5--------------------------|5------------------------5-|
  on- ly listen to  my     please,
                                                   Is there

G|------ ------ ------ ------|------ ------ ------ ------|
D|---------------------------|---------------------------|
A|---------------------------|-------9-------------9-----|
E|7------7------7---5--7-----|7-------------7----------7-|
                                                   Cause I
  a - ny thing  I      can    do?

G|------ ------ ------ ------|------ ------ ------ ------|
D|---------------------------|---------------------------|
A|7------5------4------2-----|0--------------------------|
E|---------------------------|-------3------2------0-----|
  really can't  stand  I'm so        in     love   with you.
                    that

G|------ ------ ------ ------|------ ------ ------ ------|
D|---------------------------|---------------------------|
A|5--------------------------|---------------------------|
E|-----------7------7--------|0--------------------------|
                                            Tell   me

Refrain:
G|------ ------ ------ ------|------ ------ ------ ------|
D|---------------------------|---------------------------|
A|5------4------2------0-----|2------0-------------------|
E|---------------------------|--------------3------2-----|
  why                             you cried,


G|------ ------ ------ ------|------ ------ ------ ------|
D|2------0-------------------|--------------2------------|
A|--------------4------2-----|0------4-------------4-----|
E|---------------------------|---------------------------|
         and    why    you    lied                 to


G|------ ------ ------ ------|------ ------ ------ ------|
D|---------------------------|-----------7---------------|
A|5------5-------------------|7--------------------------|
E|--------------7------7-----|---------------------------|
  me,                                    Tell      me


G|------ ------ ------ ------|------ ------ ------ ------|
D|---------------------------|---------------------------|
A|5------4------2------0-----|2------0-------------------|
E|---------------------------|--------------3------2-----|
  why                             you cried,


G|------ ------ ------ ------|------ ------ ------ ------|
D|2------0-------------------|--------------2------------|
A|--------------4------2-----|0------4-------------4\----|
E|---------------------------|---------------------------|
         and    why    you    lied                 to


G|------ ------ ------ ------|------ ------ ------ ------|
D|---------------------------|---------------------------|
A/2------2--/2------2--2-----|1------1---1------1--1-----|
E|---------------------------|---------------------------|
  me.

Outro:
G|------ ------ ------ ------|------ ------ ------ ------|
D|---------------------------|---------------------------|
A|0----------0---------0-----|5--------------------------|
E|---------------------------|---------------------------|

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mikecappa 53 Jun 10, 2013 01:18 PM

perfect tab and easy to play even at first glance. very well done, thanks. 5 stars.

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