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 BEFORE THE DAWN
  Judas Priest
 (From the 1978 Album KILLING MACHINE (HELL BENT FOR LEATHER IN THE USA))


Gtr I (E A D G B E) - 'Acoustic'
Gtr II (E A D G B E) - 'Lead guitar(overdriven guitar)'

Slow number of Judas Priest,very weird indeed for them, but I like it

 
 b   - bend
 r   - bend release (if no number after the r, then release immediately)
 /   - slide into (from)
 \   - slide out of (/to "nowhere")
 S   - shift slide
  - natural harmonic
[n]  - artificial harmonic
 ~   - vibrato
 =   - hold bend; also acts as connecting device for hammers/pulls
 ()  - still ringing the previous note.
 Intro
  
  Em                Am                D                   B7
 
  Gtr I
|-----------------|-----------------|---------2---------|------------------|
|---0---0---0---0-|---1---1-0-1-----|---3---3---3----0--|---0---0-4-0---0--|
|-----0-------0---|-----2-------2-0-|-----2-------2-----|-----2-------2----|
|---------2-------|-----------------|-0-----------------|------------------|
|-----------------|-0---------------|-------------------|-2----------------|
|-0---------------|-----------------|-------------------|------------------|

Gtr I
  Em                Am                B7                Em
|-----------------|-----------------|---------2-0-----|-0---------------|
|---0---0---0---0-|---1---1-0-1-----|---0---0-----4-0-|---0---0---0---0-|
|-----0-------0---|-----2-------2-0-|-----2-----------|-----0-------0---|
|---------2-------|-----------------|-----------------|---------2-------|
|-----------------|-0---------------|-2---------------|-----------------|
|-0---------------|-----------------|-----------------|-0---------------|


   Verse

Gtr I
    Em                Am                D                   B7
||------------------|-----------------|---------2---------|------------------|
||----0---0---0---0-|---1---1-0-1-----|---3---3---3----0--|---0---0-4-0---0--|
||------0-------0---|-----2-------2-0-|-----2-------2-----|-----2-------2----|
||----------2-------|-----------------|-0-----------------|------------------|
||------------------|-0---------------|-------------------|-2----------------|
||--0---------------|-----------------|-------------------|------------------|

Gtr I
  Em                Am                B7                Em
|-----------------|-----------------|---------2-0-----|-0----------------||
|---0---0---0---0-|---1---1-0-1-----|---0---0-----4-0-|---0---0---0---0--||
|-----0-------0---|-----2-------2-0-|-----2-----------|-----0-------0----||
|---------2-------|-----------------|-----------------|---------2--------||
|-----------------|-0---------------|-2---------------|------------------||
|-0---------------|-----------------|-----------------|-0----------------||

Gtr I
    Em                Am                D                   B7
||------------------|-----------------|---------2---------|------------------|
||----0---0---0---0-|---1---1-0-1-----|---3---3---3----0--|---0---0-4-0---0--|
||------0-------0---|-----2-------2-0-|-----2-------2-----|-----2-------2----|
||----------2-------|-----------------|-0-----------------|------------------|
||------------------|-0---------------|-------------------|-2----------------|
||--0---------------|-----------------|-------------------|------------------|

Gtr I
  Em                Am                B7                Em
|-----------------|-----------------|---------2-0-----|-0----------------||
|---0---0---0---0-|---1---1-0-1-----|---0---0-----4-0-|---0---0---0---0--||
|-----0-------0---|-----2-------2-0-|-----2-----------|-----0-------0----||
|---------2-------|-----------------|-----------------|---------2--------||
|-----------------|-0---------------|-2---------------|------------------||
|-0---------------|-----------------|-----------------|-0----------------||



 Gtr I              Chorus
  Em                 C
|-0---------------||----------8-----8-|
|---0---0---0---0-||------8-----8-----|
|-----0-------0---||----9---9-----9---|
|---------2-------||-10---------------|
|-----------------||------------------|
|-0---------------||------------------|

Gtr I
  G                         E7
|-------------10-------10-|-----7---10-7---10-|
|-------12-------12-------|---9---9------9----|
|----12----12-------12----|-------------------|
|-------------------------|-------------------|
|-10----------------------|-7-----------------|
|-------------------------|-------------------|

Gtr I
  Am                        C
|-------------12-------12-|----------8-----8-|
|-------13-------13-------|------8-----8-----|
|----14----14-------14----|----9---9-----9---|
|-------------------------|-10---------------|
|-12----------------------|------------------|
|-------------------------|------------------|

Gtr I
  G                 D7
|-----------------|---------2-------|
|-3---0---3-0-----|-----3-1---3-1---|
|---0---0-----0---|---2-----------2-|
|---------------0-|-0---------------|
|-----------------|-----------------|
|-3---------------|-----------------|

Gtr I
  D7                C                 G                 Emaj7
|---------2-------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
|---3---1---3---1-|---------1-----1-|-----0---3-0---3-|-----0---3-0---3-|
|-----2-------2---|-----0-----0-----|---0---0-----0---|---1---1-----1---|
|-0---------------|---2---2-----2---|-----------------|-----------------|
|-----------------|-3---------------|-----------------|-----------------|
|-----------------|-----------------|-3---------------|-0---------------|
Gtr I
  Am                Am                C                 B7
|---------0-----0-|---------0-----0-|-----0---0-----0-|---------2-------|
|-----1-----1-----|-----1-----1-----|-----------1-----|---0-3-0---3-0---|
|---2---2-----2---|---2---2-----2---|---0---0-----0---|-----------------|
|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|---------------4-|
|-0---------------|-0---------------|-3---------------|-2---------------|
|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
Gtr I
  B7                Em                Em
|---------2-------|---------0-------|---------0-------||
|---0-3-0---3-0---|-----0-----0---0-|-----0-----0---0-||
|-----------------|-------0-----0---|---0---0-----0---||
|---------------4-|---2-------------|-----------------||
|-2---------------|-----------------|-----------------||
|-----------------|-0---------------|-0---------------||



 Guitar solo ( Double guitar starts from here)
  C                                   D
  Gtr II
|-----------------------------------|--------------------------------------------|
|-----------------------------------|-10b12r(10)b12r(10)b12r(10)b12==(10)r-----8-|
|-2b4r(2)b4r(2)b4r(2)b4==(2)r-----0-|--------------------------------------------|
|-----------------------------------|--------------------------------------------|
|-----------------------------------|--------------------------------------------|
|-----------------------------------|--------------------------------------------|
|
| Gtr I
|-----------------------------------|----------------------------------2---------|
|-------------------------1-------1-|-----------------3--------------------3---3-|
|------------0----------------0-----|---------2---------------2--------------2---|
|------2-----------2------------2---|--------------------------------------------|
|-3---------------------------------|--2-----------------------------------------|
|-----------------------------------|--------------------------------------------|

Gtr II
  Am                         Am
   ~~                         ~~~
|--------------------------|-----------------------|
|-10-------(10)-[8]---10-8-|-----------------------|
|--------------------------|--9------------(9)\----|
|--------------------------|-----------------------|
|--------------------------|-----------------------|
|--------------------------|-----------------------|
|Gtr I
|------------0---------0---|-----------0--------0--|
|------1---------1---------|-------1-----1---------|
|----2---2----------2------|-----2---2------2------|
|--------------------------|-----------------------|
|--0-----------------------|--0--------------------|
|--------------------------|-----------------------|

  C                                   D
  Gtr II
|-----------------------------------|--------------------------------------------|
|-----------------------------------|-10b12r(10)b12r(10)b12r(10)b12==(10)r-----8-|
|-2b4r(2)b4r(2)b4r(2)b4==(2)r-----0-|--------------------------------------------|
|-----------------------------------|--------------------------------------------|
|-----------------------------------|--------------------------------------------|
|-----------------------------------|--------------------------------------------|
|
| Gtr I
|-----------------------------------|----------------------------------2---------|
|-------------------------1-------1-|-----------------3--------------------3---3-|
|------------0----------------0-----|---------2---------------2--------------2---|
|------2-----------2------------2---|--------------------------------------------|
|-3---------------------------------|--2-----------------------------------------|
|-----------------------------------|--------------------------------------------|

Gtr II
  Am                       Am
   ~~
|------------------------|-12-----------12-(12)--|
|-10-------(10)-8---10-8-|------------------12---|
|------------------------|-----------------------|
|------------------------|-----------------------|
|------------------------|-----------------------|
|------------------------|-----------------------|
|Gtr I
|------------0-------0---|----------0--------0---|
|------1--------1--------|------1-----1----------|
|----2---2--------2------|----2---2------2-------|
|------------------------|-----------------------|
|--0---------------------|--0--------------------|
|------------------------|-----------------------|

Gtr II
  C                       D
   ~~~~~
|-----------------------|---------------------------|
|-15b17-----------15-12-|---------------------------|
|-----------------------|-14b15r==12-14-------12-14-|
|-----------------------|---------------------------|
|-----------------------|---------------------------|
|-----------------------|---------------------------|
|Gtr I
|-----------------------|-----------------2---------|
|-------------1-------1-|-------------3-----3-----3-|
|---------0-----0-------|-------2-------2------2----|
|-------2---2------2----|---------------------------|
|--3--------------------|--2------------------------|
|-----------------------|---------------------------|

Gtr II
  Am                        Am
                             ~~
|-------------------------|---------------------------------------10-|
|-------------------------|--------------------------10---12-13------|
|-16----------------------|----------------9---11-12-----------------|
|----12-10-9-9/-10-10/-12-|------9-10---12---------------------------|
|-------------------------|-12---------------------------------------|
|-------------------------|------------------------------------------|
|Gtr I
|------------0----------0-|------------------0------------------0----|
|--------1-------1--------|------1-----------------1-----------------|
|-----2----2--------2-----|----2------2-----------------2------------|
|-------------------------|------------------------------------------|
|--0----------------------|--0---------------------------------------|
|-------------------------|------------------------------------------|

Gtr II
  C                         B7
   ~~                                ~~~~~~
|-12-------(12)-14---15---|-17b19---17b19========(17)r-15-|
|-------------------------|-------------------------------|
|-------------------------|-------------------------------|
|-------------------------|-------------------------------|
|-------------------------|-------------------------------|
|-------------------------|-------------------------------|
|Gtr I
|------0-----0----------0-|------------------2------------|
|----------------1--------|-------0--3-----0---3---0------|
|----0---0---------0------|-------------------------------|
|-------------------------|-----------------------------4-|
|--3----------------------|--2----------------------------|
|-------------------------|-------------------------------|


                            Chorus
Gtr II
  Em                         C
                   ~          ~~
|-------------------------||------------------|
|-------------------------||------------------|
|-------------------------||------------------|
|-14-12-10-9--------------||------------------|
|------------12-10-7------||------------------|
|----------------------10-||--8---------------|
|Gtr I
|-------------0------0----||----------8-----8-|
|--------0-------0--------||------8-----8-----|
|-----0----0-------0------||----9---9-----9---|
|-------------------------||-10---------------|
|-------------------------||------------------|
|--0----------------------||------------------|

  G                         E7
  Gtr I
|-------------10-------10-|-----7---10-7---10-|
|-------12-------12-------|---9---9------9----|
|----12----12-------12----|-------------------|
|-------------------------|-------------------|
|-10----------------------|-7-----------------|
|-------------------------|-------------------|

Gtr I

  Am                        C
|-------------12-------12-|----------8-----8-|
|-------13-------13-------|------8-----8-----|
|----14----14-------14----|----9---9-----9---|
|-------------------------|-10---------------|
|-12----------------------|------------------|
|-------------------------|------------------|


Gtr I
  G                 D7                 D7                 C
|-----------------|----------2-------|----------2-------|-----------------|
|-3---0---3-0-----|------3-1---3-1---|----3---1---3---1-|---------1-----1-|
|---0---0-----0---|----2-----------2-|------2-------2---|-----0-----0-----|
|---------------0-|--0---------------|--0---------------|---2---2-----2---|
|-----------------|------------------|------------------|-3---------------|
|-3---------------|------------------|------------------|-----------------|

Gtr I

  G                 Emaj7             Am                Am
|-----------------|-----------------|---------0-----0-|---------0-----0-|
|-----0---3-0---3-|-----0---3-0---3-|-----1-----1-----|-----1-----1-----|
|---0---0-----0---|---1---1-----1---|---2---2-----2---|---2---2-----2---|
|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
|-----------------|-----------------|-0---------------|-0---------------|
|-3---------------|-0---------------|-----------------|-----------------|


Gtr I
                                                        Final verse
  C                 B7                B7                 Em
|-----0---0-----0-|---------2-------|---------2-------||-----------------|
|-----------1-----|---0-3-0---3-0---|---0-3-0---3-0---||-----0-----0---0-|
|---0---0-----0---|-----------------|-----------------||---0---0-----0---|
|-----------------|---------------4-|---------------4-||---------2-------|
|-3---------------|-2---------------|-2---------------||-----------------|
|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------||-0---------------|

Gtr I
  Am                D                   B7                Em
|-----------------|---------2---------|-----------------|-----------------|
|---1---1-0-1-----|---3---3---3----3--|---0---0-4-0---0-|---0---0---0---0-|
|-----2-------2-0-|-----2-------2-----|-----2-------2---|-----0-------0---|
|-----------------|-0-----------------|-----------------|---------2-------|
|-0---------------|-------------------|-2---------------|-----------------|
|-----------------|-------------------|-----------------|-0---------------|

Gtr I

  Am                B7                Em
|-----------------|-----------------|-^0----------|-(0)-----------T|
|---1---1-0-1-----|---0---0---0-----|-^0----------|-(0)-----------h|
|-----2-------2-0-|-----2---2---0---|-^0----------|-(0)-----------e|
|-----------------|---------------4-|-^2----------|-(2)-----------E|
|-0---------------|-2---------------|-^2----------|-(2)-----------N|
|-----------------|-----------------|-^0----------|-(0)-----------D|


Lyrics:

Before the dawn, I hear you whisper
In your sleep "don’t let the morning take him"
Outside the birds begin to call
As if to summon up my leaving

It’s been a lifetime since I found someone
Since I found someone who would stay
I’ve waited too long, and now you’re leaving
Oh please don’t take it all away

It’s been a lifetime since I found someone
Since I found someone who would stay
I’ve waited too long, and now you’re leaving
Oh please don’t take it all away

Before the dawn, I hear you whisper
In your sleep "don’t let the morning take him"

            
            
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threadders 10 May 06, 2007 11:45 PM

Nice tab. Great atmospheric song. Very under-rated band at the height of their powers on this album.

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