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Tab: Guitar
Tuning: Standard
Artist: Badfinger
Title: Baby Blue
Album: Straight Up/Greatest Hits
Words and music by: Pete Ham
Tabbed by: Chris Clark

There's no need for a capo to play this breakup song (also covered by
Aimee Mann), but it's definitely a barre-chord monster. The fills and
solos are tabbed for (cutaway) acoustic guitar, so stretch and hammer
and fool around with different fingerings if the notes feel awkward on
electric.

[Recommended chord positions]
    F#     E     A    C#m   C#m7  D#m   G#m   G#m/G bass  C#m/C bass   D   E/D# bass
e|--x---|--x--|--5--|--4--|--4--|--6--|--4--|-----x-----|-----x-----|--x--|--x--|
B|--11--|--9--|--5--|--5--|--5--|--7--|--4--|-----x-----|-----x-----|--7--|--x--|
G|--11--|--9--|--6--|--6--|--4--|--8--|--4--|-----x-----|-----6-----|--7--|--9--|
D|--11--|--9--|--7--|--6--|--6--|--8--|--6--|-----6-----|-----6-----|--7--|--9--|
A|--9---|--7--|--7--|--4--|--4--|--6--|--6--|-----6-----|-----3-----|--5--|--6--|
E|--x---|--x--|--5--|--x--|--x--|--x--|--4--|-----3-----|-----x-----|--x--|--x--|

[Opening riff]
e|---------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|--------4-------4--5--4--5--4-----------4----------------------------|
G|--------4-------4--4--4--4--4-----------4----------------------------|
D|-----4--4-------4--4--4--4--4--------4--4----------1--4--2--1--------|
A|--2--2-------2--------------------2--2-------2--4--------------4--2--|
E|---------------------------------------------------------------------|

[fill 1]
e|-------------------------------|
B|-------------------------------|
G|-------------------------------|
D|----------9--------------9-----|
A|------11-----11-------9-----9--|
E|--12-------------11------------|

[fill 2]
e|--------------------------|
B|--------------------------|
G|--------------------------|
D|--------------------------|
A|--------6--9--7--6--------|
E|--7--9--------------9--7--|

[fill 3]
e|-----------------------------|
B|-----------------------------|
G|-----------------------------|
D|---------8--11--9--8---------|
A|--9--11---------------11--9--|
E|-----------------------------|

[fill 4]
e|---------------------------------------|
B|--------------------------9--------12--|
G|--------------9--------------9---------|
D|----------9-------9-------------9------|
A|------11--------------11---------------|
E|--12-----------------------------------|

[Solo 1] (chords on top)
     D             A           E              E/D#bass
e|--------------------5--------------------------|
B|---7--7--7--5----------7-5---9--9--9--7--------|
G|--------------7--6------------------------9-8--|
D|-----------------------------------------------|
A|-----------------------------------------------|
E|-----------------------------------------------|

     D                A              E                   B
e|---------------------------9--12---16--16--16--14--12--19--|
B|---10--10--10--9-7-----10----------------------------------|
G|--------------------9--------------------------------------|
D|-----------------------------------------------------------|
A|-----------------------------------------------------------|
E|-----------------------------------------------------------|

[Solo 2] (chords on top)
    A           E             B
e|-------------------------7--11--|
B|-----------2------7--5----------|
G|--------------4-----------------|
D|-----4--2-----------------------|
A|--0-----------------------------|
E|--------------------------------|

[Intro] B (opening riff)

[Verse 1]
F#            E        E B [Fill 1]
Guess I got...deserved
A        E         B [Fill 2]
Kept you waiting...long
F#              E    E B [Fill 1]
All that time...word
A      E            B [Fill 2] 
Didn't know you'd...I'd forget
F#        [Fill 3]
I'd regret

[Chorus]
C#m         C#m7   E [Fill 4]
The special love...you
        B (opening riff)
My baby blue

[Verse 2]
F#             E        E B [Fill 1]
All the days...long
A       E        B [Fill 2]
Did you really...wrong
F#              E    E B [Fill 1]
Dixie, when I...go
A             E         B [Fill 2] 
Thought you'd realize...I would know
F#           [Fill 3]
I would show

[Chorus]
C#m         C#m7   E [Fill 4]
The special love...you
        B (opening riff)
My baby blue

[Bridge]

D#m        G#m  G#m/G bass  
What can I do
           C#m   C#m/C bass   
What can I say
A        E              B [Fill 2]
Except I want you by my side
D#m        G#m      G#m/G bass  
How can I show you
            C#m   C#m/C bass   
Show me the way
A         E                   D 
Don't you know the times I've tried

[Solo 1] chords
D  A  E  E/D#bass
D  A  E  B

[Outro]
F#                 E        E B [Fill 1]
Guess that's all...say
A          E         B [Fill 2]
Except the feeling...day
F#               E    E B [Fill 1]
Just one thing...go
A         E           B           [Fill 2] 
Take good care, baby, let it show
F#           [Fill 3]
Let it grow
C#m         C#m7   E [Fill 4]
The special love...me
         B 
My Dixie dear

[Ending]
B (opening riff position)  C#m  B

[Solo 2] chords
A  E  B

************************************

| x  Dead note

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Bigevil0214 61 Jun 12, 2010 06:27 AM

great tab, i've always liked this song.

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lincolnl2006 10 Apr 28, 2013 03:25 PM

Hey Chris: this tab is the best! Thanks for showing the barre chords and not the chords for a capo.

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steelbuddha 10 Oct 01, 2013 10:46 AM

Best tab I've seen on this site. Many thanks for your careful work!

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