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THAT'LL BE THE DAY 
                    As recorded by Buddy Holly & The Crickets
                         (Released as a Single in 1957)

Words and Music by Buddy Holly, Jerry Allison & Norman Petty
Transcribed by Slowhand (guitar-steve@gmx.de)

Gtr I (E A D G B E) - 'Gtr. 1'

[Intro]               
                   
  Moderate Shuffle Q=123(8=s8)
                          A (EE7(B7)         D (A)
 4/4
  Gtr I
      |-3-| |-3-| |-3-|

   E E E E E E E E E E E   E E E E +H         E E E E E E E E   E E E E E E E E
e|-------0-----0-----0---|-----2-2-(2)----||------------------|-----------------|
B|---------0-----0-----0-|-----0-0-(0)----||o-----------------|-----------------|
G|---3S4-----3-----2-----|-1-0-2-2-(2)----||------------------|-----------------|
D|-----------------------|-2-0-1-1-(1)----||--2-2-4-4-2-2-4-4-|-2-2-4-4-2-2-4-4-|
A|-----------------------|-----2-2-(2)----||o-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|
E|-----------------------|----------------||------------------|-----------------|


   A (E)                               D (A)
   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
e|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
B|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
G|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
D|-----------------|-----------------|-2-2-4-4-2-2-4-4-|-2-2-4-4-2-2-4-4-|
A|-2-2-4-4-2-2-4-4-|-2-2-4-4-2-2-4-4-|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|
E|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|-----------------|-----------------|


[Verse 1]

             1.
   A (E)        E7(BA)(E)       D (A)             A (E)
   W          E E E E +Q   Q    E E E E E E E E   E E E E E E E E
e|----------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
B|----------|---0-0-----------|-----------------|-----------------|
G|-1--------|---2-2-1-(1)-----|-----------------|-----------------|
D|-2--------|---1-1-2-(2)-----|-2-2-4-4-2-2-4-4-|-----------------|
A|-2--------|---2-2-2-(2)-----|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|-2-2-4-4-2-2-4-4-|
E|-0--------|-------0-(0)-----|-----------------|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|


   D (A)             A (E)             D (A)             A (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 E
e|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
B|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
G|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
D|-2-2-4-4-2-2-4-4-|-----------------|-2-2-4-4-2-2-4-4-|-----------------|
A|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|-2-2-4-4-2-2-4-4-|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|-2-2-4-4-2-2-4-4-|
E|-----------------|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|-----------------|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|


  B (F#)                    E7(B7)
  |-3-| |-3-| |-3-| |-3-|   |-3-| |-3-| |-3-| |-3-|
  E E E E E E E E E E E E   E E E E E E E E E E E E
-------------------------|-----------------------------||
-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0----o||
-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-----||
-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-|-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-----||
-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2----o||
-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-|-----------------------------||


[Guitar solo]

  2.
                      E7  A
                                            |-3-|  |-3-| |-3-|
        E             E E E +E  E E E   E E E E E  E E E E E E

e|-------------------------------0-0-0-|-0-3-0-------------------|
B|---------------------0-0-------0-0-0-|-0-----3-0---------------|
G|---------------------2-2-1-(1)-1-1-1-|-1---------/4-4-4-4S2-0--|
D|---------------------1-1-2-(2)-------|-------------------------|
A|---------------------2-2-2-(2)-------|-------------------------|
E|-------------------------0-(0)-------|-------------------------|


      |-3-|  |-3-| |-3-|       |-3-|  |-3-| |-3-|   |-3-| |-3-| |-3-| |-3-|
  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 E E

e|---3-0------------------|---3-0------------------|-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4----|
B|-------3-0--------------|-------3-0--------3-3-3-|-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3----|
G|-----------/4-4-4-4S2-0-|-----------/4-4-4-4-4-4-|-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4----|
D|------------------------|------------------------|-----------------------0--|
A|-2----------------------|-2----------------------|--------------------------|
E|-0----------------------|-0----------------------|--------------------------|


   D (A)                               A (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 E
e|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
B|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
G|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
D|-2-2-4-4-2-2-4-4-|-2-2-4-4-2-2-4-4-|-----------------|-----------------|
A|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|-2-2-4-4-2-2-4-4-|-2-2-4-4-2-2-4-4-|
E|-----------------|-----------------|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|


  E7(B7)            D7(A7)              A (E)                       E7(B7)
                                            |-3-| |-3-| |-3-|
  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 +H

e|---2---2---0-----|---3---0-(0)-----0-|-0-----0-----0-----0---|---0-2-2-(2)----|
B|-----------------|---2---2-(2)-0-2-0-|-0-------0-----0-----0-|---0-0-0-(0)----|
G|---------------0-|-------------------|---2S4-----3-----2-----|-1---2-2-(2)----|
D|---------1---1---|-2-----------------|-----------------------|-2---1-1-(1)----|
A|-2---2-----------|-----0-------------|-----------------------|-----2-2-(2)----|
E|-----------------|-------------------|-----------------------|----------------|


[Chorus]

   D (A)                               A (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 E
e|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
B|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
G|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
D|-2-2-4-4-2-2-4-4-|-2-2-4-4-2-2-4-4-|-----------------|-----------------|
A|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|-2-2-4-4-2-2-4-4-|-2-2-4-4-2-2-4-4-|
E|-----------------|-----------------|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|


   D (A)                               A (E)        E7(BA)(E)
   E E E E E E E E   E E E E E E E E   W          E E E E +Q   Q
e|-----------------|-----------------|----------|-----------------|
B|-----------------|-----------------|----------|---0-0-----------|
G|-----------------|-----------------|-1--------|---2-2-1-(1)-----|
D|-2-2-4-4-2-2-4-4-|-2-2-4-4-2-2-4-4-|-2--------|---1-1-2-(2)-----|
A|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|-2--------|---2-2-2-(2)-----|
E|-----------------|-----------------|-0--------|-------0-(0)-----|


[Verse 3]

   D (A)             A (E)             D (A)             A (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 E
e|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
B|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
G|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
D|-2-2-4-4-2-2-4-4-|-----------------|-2-2-4-4-2-2-4-4-|-----------------|
A|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|-2-2-4-4-2-2-4-4-|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|-2-2-4-4-2-2-4-4-|
E|-----------------|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|-----------------|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|


  D (A)             A (E)             B (F#)
                                      |-3-| |-3-| |-3-| |-3-|
  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|-----------------|-----------------|-------------------------|
B|-----------------|-----------------|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-|
G|-----------------|-----------------|-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-|
D|-2-2-4-4-2-2-4-4-|-----------------|-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-|
A|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|-2-2-4-4-2-2-4-4-|-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-|
E|-----------------|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-|


[Chorus]

  E7(B7)                    D (A)
  |-3-| |-3-| |-3-| |-3-|
  E E E E E E E E E E E E   E E E E E E E E

e|-------------------------|-----------------|
B|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|-----------------|
G|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-|-----------------|
D|-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-|-2-2-4-4-2-2-4-4-|
A|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|
E|-------------------------|-----------------|


                     A (E)
   E E E E E E E E   E E E E E E E E
e|-----------------|-----------------|
B|-----------------|-----------------|
G|-----------------|-----------------|
D|-2-2-4-4-2-2-4-4-|-----------------|
A|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|-2-2-4-4-2-2-4-4-|
E|-----------------|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|


  A (E)         D (A)                               A (E)
  |-3-| |-3-|
  Q Q Q Q Q Q   E E E E E E E E   E E E E E E E E   W

e|-------------|-----------------|-----------------|-------|
B|-------------|-----------------|-----------------|-------|
G|-------------|-----------------|-----------------|-1-----|
D|-------------|-2-2-4-4-2-2-4-4-|-2-2-4-4-2-2-4-4-|-2-----|
A|-2-2-2-2-2-2-|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|-2-----|
E|-0-0-0-0-0-0-|-----------------|-----------------|-0-----|


[Outro]

     E7(B7)            D7(A)                                A (E)
   E E E E +E  E E E   E E E E E E E E     E E E E E E Q    E E E E E E E E
e|-------------------|------------------|-----------------|-----------------|
B|---0-0-------0-0-0-|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-1/-|-/2-2-2-2-2-2-2--|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|
G|---2-2-1-(1)-1-1-1-|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-1/-|-/2-2-2-2-2-2-2--|-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-0-|
D|---1-1-2-(2)-------|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-1/-|-/2-2-2-2-2-2-2--|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-|
A|---2-2-2-(2)-------|------------------|-----------------|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2---|
E|-------------------|------------------|-----------------|-----------------|


                    D (A)                                  A (E)
   E E E E E Q  E   E E E E E E E E     E E E E +E  Q  E   E E E E Q.   E
e|---------0------|------------------|--------3-(3)-0--0-|--------------0-|
B|-0-0-0-0---3--0-|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-1/-|-/2-2-2------------|-0-0-0-0-0------|
G|-1-1-1----------|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-1/-|-/2-2-2------------|-1-1-1-1-1------|
D|-2-2-2----------|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-1/-|-/2-2-2------------|-2-2-2-2-2------|
A|----------------|------------------|-------------------|----------------|
E|----------------|------------------|-------------------|----------------|


                A (E)
   E E E E +Q   Q    +W
e|--------------0--|-(0)----*|
B|-3-2-1-0-(0)--0--|-(0)----*|
G|-4-3-2-1-(1)--1--|-(1)----*|
D|--------------2--|-(2)----*|
A|--------------2--|-(2)----*|
E|--------------0--|-(0)----*| 

            
            
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Y0UNGBL00D 132 Aug 12, 2007 11:30 AM

this is all pretty accurate accept it's all capo V. im still looking, but i didnt see that noted. good stuff though, buddy rocks!

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fatfish11 10 Feb 01, 2008 06:37 AM

well confusing pal sort it out if you want nomal people to read it!!!

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0Billie0Joe0 20 Aug 29, 2008 12:27 PM

yeah, capo 5 man

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