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Blue Valentines Tab

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#----------------------------------PLEASE NOTE---------------------------------#
#This file is the author's own work and represents their interpretation of the #
#song. You may only use this file for private study, scholarship, or research. #
From: taillet@lapphp8.in2p3.fr ()

This is my transcription of 'Blue Valentines' by Tom Waits, on
the album 'Blue Valentine' ( actually one of the songs that hooked me
to Tom Waits !).

It is  note-for-note for the intro and the first verse ( first
80 seconds of the song on the album). Then there are some slight
variations I didn't want to tab.

As the rhythm of this song is not very regular, I didn't try to
match the words on the notes(I think it wouldn't make sense with
such a song). Though, the first note of each 'measure' should be
played together with the word that is just below it.

The complete lyrics are included in the album so I didn't write them all.

Title : Blue Valentines
Author : Tom Waits
Album : Blue Valentine (1978)

                        /------------  twice  ----------------\
                        |                                     |

                     (long slide)

1st Verse

She sends me...

/-----------  three times -------------\
|                                      |

   blue            valen-tines
 a-way        from phila-delphia
to mark         the anni-versary

/---------------------------  three times  ---------------------------\
|                                                                     |

of someone  that I used to be and it  feels like there's a warrant out
of my arrest,                    got me checkin' in my     rear view-
   mirror                       and i'm always     on the run


that's why I      changed my name                  and I

   didn't think you'd ever find me here               -> goto beginning

Tabbed by  :

   Richard Taillet
   LAPP(Laboratoire d'Annecy-le-Vieux de Physique des Particules)
   Chemin de Bellevue, BP 110
   74941 Annecy-le-Vieux

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ramo65 wrote on August 21 2012, 03:57 pm

in my opinion there's a mistake in measure 2 and 4 of Intro: the first note of the measure is an E bass, so the zero should be on the sizth string, not on the fifth one.
The correct line is


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brucja wrote on July 5 2013, 11:25 am

What does bis mean?

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rcguy wrote on July 16 2015, 01:31 am

Awesome. Above correction = more awesome

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