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PAPER SUN (Bassline)

As recorded by Traffic
(From the 1967 Album MR. FANTASY)

Words and Music by Jim Capaldi & Steve Winwood

Transcribed by Slowhand


Gtr I (E A D G) - 'Steve Winwood - Bass'


 Intro
  Q=128
 4/4
  Gtr I
  W            Q  Q  E Q  E   Q  E E +E  E Q    4x
|----------||-----7----5----|-4-----------------||
|----------||o--------------|------7-(7)-------o||
|----------||o-5-----5----5-|----5-------5-5---o||
|----------||---------------|-------------------||


 1st Verse
  Q  E E Q  E E   Q  E E Q  Q    Q  E E Q  E E
|---------------|--------------|---------------|
|-5----5--------|-5----5-4--3--|-2----2--------|
|--------5----5-|--------------|--------2----2-|
|---------------|--------------|---------------|


  Q  E E Q  E E   Q  E E E E +Q     Q  E E Q  Q    Q  E E Q  E E
|---------------|-----------------|--------------|---------------|
|-2----2-2--3-4-|-5----5----------|------5-------|---------------|
|---------------|--------5--------|--------5-----|-5----5--------|
|---------------|----------6-(6)--|-3---------6--|--------5----5-|


  Q  E E Q  Q    Q  E E Q  E E   Q  E E Q  Q    E E E E Q  E E
|--------------|---------------|--------------|----------------|
|--------------|---------------|-5----5-4--3--|-2-2---2--------|
|-5----5-------|--------5----5-|--------------|---------2----2-|
|--------5--2--|-3----3--------|--------------|----------------|


  E E E E E E E E   Q  E E E E E E   Q  E E Q  Q    Q  E E Q  E E
|-----------------|----------------|--------3-----|---------------|
|-2-----------2---|--------5-5-----|-5----5----5--|---------------|
|---2---2---2---2-|-5----5-------5-|--------------|-5----5--------|
|-----4---0-------|----------------|--------------|--------5----5-|


                 Chorus
  Q  E E Q  Q     Q  E E E E E E   Q  Q  Q  Q
|--------------||----------------|-------------|
|--------------||----------------|-------------|
|-5------5--5--||-3----3-3---3---|-1--1--------|
|------5-------||----------3---3-|-------3--3--|


  E Q  E E E E E   E Q  E E E E E   Q.   E E E E E   Q.   E Q  E E
|----------------|----------------|----------------|---------------|
|----------------|------------7---|----------------|---------------|
|-7-7--7-7-7-7-7-|-7-7--7-7-7---7-|-3------3---3---|-1----1--------|
|-5-5--5-5-5-5-5-|-5-5--5-5-5-----|------3---3---3-|--------3--3---|


                                     Interlude
  E E E E E E E E   E E E E E E Q     Q  Q  +E  Q  +E    Q.   E +E  E Q
|-----------------|----------------||----7--(7)-5--(5)-|-4---------------|
|-----7-------7---|-----7-------7--||------------------|------7-(7)------|
|-7-7---7-7-7---7-|-7-7---7-7-7----||-5----------------|------------5-5--|
|-5-5---5-5-5---5-|-5-5---5-5-5----||------------------|-----------------|


  Q  Q  E Q  E   Q  E E +E  E Q    Q  Q  E Q  E   Q  E E +Q   E E
|----7----5----|-4---------------|----7----5----|-4---------------|
|--------------|------7-(7)------|--------------|------7-(7)------|
|-5-----5----5-|----5-------5-5--|-5-----5----5-|----5--------5-5-|
|--------------|-----------------|--------------|-----------------|


                                  2nd Verse
  Q  Q  E Q  E   Q  E E +Q.   E    Q  E E Q  E E
|----7----5----|-4--------------||---------------|
|--------------|------7-(7)-----||-5----5--------|
|-5-----5----5-|----5---------5-||--------5----5-|
|--------------|----------------||---------------|


  Q  E E Q  Q    E E +Q   Q.   E   Q  E E Q  E E   E E Q  Q.   E
|--------------|---4-(4)---------|---------------|---------------|
|-5----5-4--3--|-2-------------0-|-2----2----2---|-5-------------|
|--------------|----------2------|--------2----2-|---5-1-------5-|
|--------------|-----------------|---------------|--------3------|


  Q  E E E E Q    Q  E E Q  E E   Q  a Q  Q  Q    Q  E E Q  E E
|----------2-3--|---------------|---------------|---------------|
|-5------5------|---------------|----5h7--------|-5----5--------|
|------5--------|-5----5--------|-5----------5--|--------5----5-|
|---------------|--------5----5-|---------5-----|---------------|


  E E Q  E E E E   Q  E E Q  E E   Q  Q  Q  E E   E E Q  Q.   E
|----------------|---------------|----4---------|---------------|
|-5--------5-4-3-|-2----2--------|-2--------2---|-5-------------|
|---5------------|--------2----2-|-------2----2-|---5---------5-|
|-----6--3-------|---------------|--------------|-----6--3------|


                                                 Chorus
  Q  E E Q  Q    Q  E E Q  E E   Q  E E E E Q     Q  Q  E E Q
|--------------|---------------|---------------||--------------|
|-5----5-------|---------------|---------------||--------------|
|--------5-----|-5----5--------|-5------5---5--||-3--3--3---3--|
|-----------6--|--------5----5-|------5---5----||---------3----|


  Q  Q  Q  Q    E E E E Q  E E   Q  E E E E Q    Q.   E Q  Q
|-------------|----------------|---------------|--------------|
|-------------|-----7------7---|----7-------7--|--------------|
|-1--1--------|---7---7------7-|------7---7----|-3------3--3--|
|-------3--3--|-5-------5------|-5------5------|------3-------|


  Q  Q  Q  Q    E E E E E E E E   E E E E E E q
|-------------|-----------------|----------------||
|-------------|-----------------|----------------||
|-1--1--------|-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-|-7-7-7-7-7-7-7--||
|-------3--3--|-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-|-5-5-5-5-5-5-5--||


 Bridge
  Q  Q  E Q  E   Q  E E +Q.   E   Q  Q  E Q  E   Q  E E +E  E Q
|----7----5----|-4--------------|----7----5----|-4---------------|
|--------------|------7-(7)-----|--------------|------7-(7)------|
|-5-----5----5-|----5---------5-|-5-----5----5-|----5-------5-5--|
|--------------|----------------|--------------|-----------------|


  Q  Q  E Q  E   Q  E E +E  E E E   Q  Q  E Q  E   Q  E E +E  E E E
|----7----5----|-4----------------|----7----5----|-4----------------|
|--------------|------7-(7)-------|--------------|------7-(7)-------|
|-5-----5----5-|----5-------5-5-5-|-5-----5----5-|----5-------5-5-5-|
|--------------|------------------|--------------|------------------|


  Q  Q  E Q  E   Q  E E +E  E E E   Q  Q  E Q  E   Q  E E +E  E E E
|----7----5----|-4----------------|----7----5----|-4----------------|
|--------------|------7-(7)-------|--------------|------7-(7)-------|
|-5-----5----5-|----5-------5-5-5-|-5-----5----5-|----5-------5-5-5-|
|--------------|------------------|--------------|------------------|


  Q  Q  E Q  E   Q  E E +E  Q  E   Q  Q  E Q  E   Q.   E +H
|----7----5----|-4---------------|----7----5----|-4-------------|
|--------------|------7-(7)------|--------------|------7-(7)----|
|-5-----5----5-|----5-------5--5-|-5-----5----5-|---------------|
|--------------|-----------------|--------------|---------------|


  Q.   E +Q   Q    W          Q.   E +Q   Q    W
|----------------|----------|----------------|------||
|------3-(3)--5--|----------|------3-(3)--5--|------||
|-5--------------|-5--------|-5--------------|-5----||
|----------------|----------|----------------|------||


 3rd Verse
  Q  E E Q  E E   Q  E E Q  Q    E E Q  Q.   E   Q  E E E E Q
|---------------|--------------|---------------|---------------|
|-5----5--------|-5----5-4--3--|-2-------------|-2------2------|
|--------5----5-|--------------|---2---------2-|------2---2----|
|---------------|--------------|-----4--0------|------------4--|


  E E Q  Q.   E   E E E E E E Q    Q  E E Q  E E   Q  E E Q  Q
|---------------|----------------|---------------|--------------|
|-5-------------|-5-5-----5------|---------------|-----------4--|
|---5---------5-|-------5---5----|-5----5--------|-5----5-7-----|
|-----6--3------|-------------6--|--------5----5-|--------------|


  E E Q  Q.   E   Q  E E Q  Q    Q  E E a Q.   a E   Q  E E Q  E E
|---------------|--------------|--------2h4----2h4-|-----------------|
|-5-------------|-5----5-4--3--|-2----2------------|-2----2----2-----|
|---5---------5-|--------------|-------------------|--------2----2---|
|-----7--3------|--------------|-------------------|-----------------|


  Q  E E Q  Q    Q.   E E E E E   Q  E E Q  E E   Q  E E E E Q
|--------------|------------3---|---------------|---------------||
|-5----5-------|--------5-------|---------------|---------------||
|--------5-----|------5---5---5-|-5----5--------|-5------5------||
|-----------6--|-3--------------|--------5----5-|------5---5-2--||


 Chorus
  Q  Q  E E Q    Q  Q  Q  Q    E E E E E E E E   E E E E E E Q
|--------------|-------------|-----------------|----------------|
|--------------|-------------|-----------------|-------------7--|
|-3--3--3---3--|-1--1--------|-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-|-7-7-7-7---7----|
|---------3----|-------3--3--|-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-|-5-5-5---5------|


  Q  E E E E E E   Q  Q  Q  Q    E E E E E E E E   E E E E E E Q
|----------------|-------------|-----------------|----------------||
|----------------|-------------|-----------------|-------------7--||
|-3----3-3---3---|-1--1--------|-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-|-7-7-7-7-7-7----||
|----------3---3-|-------3--3--|-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-|-5-5-5-5-5-5----||


 Outro
  E E E E E E E E   E E E E E E E E   E E E E E E E E   E E E E E E E E
|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
|-----7-------7---|-----7-------7---|-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-|-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-|
|---7---7---7---7-|---7---7---7---7-|-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-|-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-|
|-5-------5-------|-5-------5-------|-----------------|-----------------|


    E E E E E E E E   E E E E E E E E   E E E E E E E E   E E E E E E E E   6x
||------------------|-----------------|-----------------|-------------------||
||o-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-|-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-|-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-|-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7--o||
||o-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-|-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-|-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-|-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7--o||
||------------------|-----------------|-----------------|-------------------||


Duration Legend
---------------
W - whole; H - half; Q - quarter; E - 8th; S - 16th; T - 32nd; X - 64th; a - acciaccatura
+ - note tied to previous; . - note dotted; .. - note double dotted
Uncapitalized letters represent notes that are staccato (1/2 duration)
Irregular groupings are notated above the duration line
Duration letters will always appear directly above the note/fret number it represents the
duration for.  Duration letters with no fret number below them represent rests.  Multi-
bar rests are notated in the form Wxn, where n is the number of bars to rest for.  Low
melody durations appear below the staff

Tablature Legend
----------------
 h   - hammer-on
 p   - pull-off
 b   - bend
 pb  - pre-bend
 r   - bend release (if no number after the r, then release immediately)
 /\  - slide into or out of (from/to "nowhere")
 s   - legato slide
 S   - shift slide
  - natural harmonic
[n]  - artificial harmonic
n(n) - tapped harmonic
 ~   - vibrato
 tr  - trill
 T   - tap
 TP  - trem. picking
 PM  - palm muting
\n/  - tremolo bar dip; n = amount to dip
 \n  - tremolo bar down
 n/  - tremolo bar up
/n\  - tremolo bar inverted dip
 =   - hold bend; also acts as connecting device for hammers/pulls
 <>  - volume swell (louder/softer)
 x   - on rhythm slash represents muted slash
 o   - on rhythm slash represents single note slash

Misc Legend
-----------
 |  - bar
||  - double bar
||o - repeat start
o|| - repeat end
*|  - double bar (ending)
 :  - bar (freetime)
 $  - Segno
 &  - Coda
Tempo markers -  = BPM(8/16=s8/s16), where s8 = swing 8ths, s16 = swing 16ths

So you think your having good times
With the boy that you just met
Kicking sand from beach to beach
Your clothes all soaking wet
But if you look around and see
Your shadow on the run
Don't be too upset because it's just a paper sun

Ahh Paper Sun, Ahh Paper Sun

In the room where you've been sleeping
All your clothes all thrown about
Cigarettes burn window sills
Your meter's all run out
But there again it's nothing
You just split when day is done
Pitching lips to nowhere, hung up on the paper sun

Standing in the cool of my room
Fresh cut flowers give me sweet perfume
Too much sun will burn!

When you're feeling tired and lonely
You see people going home
You can't make the train fare
Or the six pence for the phone
And icicles you're crying
From your cheek have just begun
Don't be sad, good times are had
Beneath the paper sun

Daylight breaks while you sleep on the sand
A seagull is stealing the ring from your hand
The boy who had given you so much fun
Has left you so cold in the paper sun

            
            
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