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King Diamond:  The Floating Head

transcribed by:  Rami Nuotio     :  midiamond@sci.fi
                 Russ Elton      :  webmaster@abysslord.com

FIND EVERY MERCYFUL FATE/KING DIAMOND SONG AND
THE MOST UPDATED VERSION OF THIS SONG AT:

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                  http://abysslord.com/thetabcrypt/

Date last modified:  August 20, 2007

PLEASE DO NOT COPY THIS TAB TO ANOTHER SITE
WITHOUT AUTHORS' PERMISSION.  THANK YOU.

Tuning: Standard


Riff 1
NOTE: The x refers to the string rest mute noise, sometimes
it rings out as another open E, but other times it doesn't.
For the sake of consistency, we've notated it as three open Es
with the fourth one always being a rest.
e|--------------------------------|
B|--------------------------------|
G|--------------------------------|
D|--------------------------------|
A|--------------------------------|
E|-000x--000x--000x--000x--0-0-3~-|
   ***   ***   ***   ***   * * a  <-- harmonic only on very first play
e|---------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------|
G|-------------------------------4-|
D|-------------------------2h4h5---|
A|---------------------------------|
E|-000x--000x--000x--000x----------|
   ***   ***   ***   ***
e|--------------------------------|
B|--------------------------------|
G|--------------------------------|
D|--------------------------------|
A|--------------------------------|
E|-000x--000x--000x--000x--0-0-3~-|
   ***   ***   ***   ***   * *
e|--------------------|
B|--------------------|
G|--------------------|
D|-2--4--5--7---------|
A|-0--2--3--5--10--9\-|
E|--------------8--7\-|


Repeat Riff 1


Riff 2
e|----------------------------|
B|----------------------------|
G|------9------------------12-|
D|----------8~----------11----| <-- Last three notes ring
A|----7---7----------10-------|     into each other
E|-0--------------0-----------|
                "I'm in the..."
e|-------------------------|
B|-------------------------|
G|------9------------------|
D|----------8~-------------|
A|----7---7-------------2--|
E|-0--------------0--1-(1)-|
   "...hallway..."
e|----------------------------|
B|----------------------------|
G|------9------------------12-|
D|----------8~----------11----| <-- Last three notes ring
A|----7---7----------10-------|     into each other
E|-0--------------0-----------|
                "I cannot..."
e|-------------------------|
B|-------------------------|
G|------9------------------|
D|----------8~-------------|
A|----7---7----------3/5-3-|
E|-0--------------0--1/3-1-|
   "...stand the dark..."
e|-----------------------------|
B|-----------------------------|
G|-----------------------------|
D|-----------------------------|
A|-0--0-12p0-7~--------------7-|
E|-----------------8--7h8h10---|
          "Whoa, I'm lighting..."
e|------------------------|
B|------------------------|
G|------------------------|
D|------------------------|
A|-0--0-12p0-7~-----------|
E|-----------------8--7-6-|
   "...candles everywhere..."
e|----------------------------|
B|----------------------------|
G|------9------------------12-|
D|----------8~----------11----| <-- Last three notes ring
A|----7---7----------10-------|     into each other
E|-0--------------0-----------|
         "I try to..."
e|-------------------------|
B|-------------------------|
G|------9------------------|
D|----------8~-------------|
A|----7---7----------3-3-3-|
E|-0--------------0--1-1-1-|
                     * * *
   "...darkness out..."


Riff 3
Guitar 1
e|------------------------------|
B|------------------------------|
G|------------------------------|
D|------------------------------|
A|-5/7-----7\5-----5/7-----7\5--|
E|-3/5-5-5-5\3-3-3-3/5-5-5-5\3--|
       * *     * *     * *
             "Inside my mind..."
e|------------------------------|
B|------------------------------|
G|------------------------------|
D|------------------------------|
A|-5/7-----7\5-----5/8---8-8\7--|
E|-3/5-5-5-5\3-3-3-3/6-6-6-6\5--|
       * *     * *     *
          "...nightmares are..."
e|------------------------------|
B|------------------------------|
G|------------------------------|
D|------------------------------|
A|-5/7-----7\5-----5/7-----7\5--|
E|-3/5-5-5-5\3-3-3-3/5-5-5-5\3--|
       * *     * *     * *
      "Oh inside my..."
e|----------------------|
B|----------------------|
G|----------------------|
D|----------------------|
A|-8--8--8--10--10--10--|
E|-6--6--6---8---8---8--|
   "I can't control..."

Guitar 2
e|------------------------------|
B|------------------------------|
G|-4/5-----5\4-----4/5-----5\4--|
D|-5/7-7-7-7\5-5-5-5/7-7-7-7\5--|
A|------------------------------|
E|------------------------------|
       * *     * *     * *
e|------------------------------|
B|------------------------------|
G|-4/5-----5\4-----4/7-----7\4--|
D|-5/7-7-7-7\5-5-5-5/8-7-7-8\5--|
A|------------------------------|
E|------------------------------|
       * *     * *     * *
e|------------------------------|
B|------------------------------|
G|-4/5-----5\4-----4/5-----5\4--|
D|-5/7-7-7-7\5-5-5-5/7-7-7-7\5--|
A|------------------------------|
E|------------------------------|
       * *     * *     * *
e|----------------------|
B|----------------------|
G|-7--7--7---9---9---9--|
D|-8--8--8--10--10--10--|
A|----------------------|
E|----------------------|


Play Riff 1   "...feel."
Play Riff 2   "Now I am on..."
Play Riff 3   "Inside my mind..."


Riff 4
Guitar 1
e|-------------------|
B|-8----7------------|
G|-9----7------------|
D|-9----7----7----2--|
A|-7----5----5----0--|
E|-------------------|
   "...feel, or what is real..."
e|-------------------------------------|
B|-------------------------------------|
G|-------------------------------------|
D|--------2--1-----5--4--2~-0--2-------|
A|-0-2-3--------2----------------------|
E|--------------------------------3/5~-|
   "...pictures in red..."
e|-------------------|
B|-8----7------------|
G|-9----7------------|
D|-9----7----7----2--|
A|-7----5----5----0--|
E|-------------------|
   "How can I believe..."
e|-------------------------------|
B|-------------------------------|
G|-------------------------------|
D|--------2--1-----5--4--9----7--|
A|-0-2-3--------2--------7----5--|
E|-------------------------------|
   "When there's a floating..."

Guitar 2
e|-0----0------------|
B|-0----0------------|
G|-9----7------------|
D|-9----7----7----2--|
A|-7----5----5----0--|
E|-------------------|

e|-------------------------------------|
B|-------------------------------------|
G|-----------------4--2----------------|
D|-----2--5--4-----------2~-0--2-------|
A|-0-2----------6----------------------|
E|--------------------------------3/5~-|

e|-0----0------------|
B|-0----0------------|
G|-9----7------------|
D|-9----7----7----2--|
A|-7----5----5----0--|
E|-------------------|

e|-------------------------------|
B|-------------------------------|
G|-----------------4--2----------|
D|-----2--5--4-----------5----4--|
A|-0-2----------6--------7----2--|
E|-------------------------------|



Riff 5 (Solo Rhythm)
e|-------------------------------------|
B|-------------------------------------|
G|-------------------------------------|
D|-9h10---5---7------9h10---5---7------|
A|------0---0---0000------0---0---0000-|
E|-------------------------------------|
        *   *   ****      *   *   ****
e|----------------------------|
B|----------------------------|
G|----------------------------|
D|-9h10---5---7------7--5--8--|
A|------0---0---0000-5--3--6--|
E|-------------------5--3--6--|
        *   *   ****
e|---------------------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------------------|
G|---------------------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------------------|
A|-5h7-----5h7-----5h7---5h7-----5h7-----5h7---|
E|-----0-0-----0-0-----0-----0-0-----0-0-----0-|
       * *     * *     *     * *     * *     *
1st ending
e|-----------------------------------------|
B|-----------------------------------------|
G|-----------------------------------------|
D|-------------------------10------9-------|
A|-5h7-----5h7-----5h7--------10-----9---5-|
E|-----0-0-----0-0-----0-8-------7-----3---|
       * *     * *     *
2nd ending
e|-------------------------------|
B|-------------------------------|
G|-------------------------------|
D|-------------------------------|
A|-5h7-----5h7-----5h7---8--7--5-|
E|-----0-0-----0-0-----0---------|
       * *     * *     *


Solo (Wead)
e|----------15~----20--19~-17--22--20--19-|
B|-------17-------------------------------|
G|----17----------------------------------|
D|-19-------------------------------------|
A|----------------------------------------|
E|----------------------------------------|

e|----------17-19-20--(20)b21r20-19-17--------------------|
B|-17-19-20----------------------------20-19-17-----------|
G|----------------------------------------------19-17-16~-|
D|--------------------------------------------------------|
A|--------------------------------------------------------|
E|--------------------------------------------------------|

e|-------------12-14-(14)b15--14-12--------------|
B|----------13----------------------13-----------|
G|-12-14-14----------------------------14-12-11~-|
D|-----------------------------------------------|
A|-----------------------------------------------|
E|-----------------------------------------------|

Harmony part:
Guitar 1
e|----------15~---------------|
B|-------17--------17--15--13-|
G|----17----------------------|
D|-19-------------------------|
A|----------------------------|
E|----------------------------|

e|-13-12-10---------------------------------------|
B|----------13-12-10-------13-12-10---------------|
G|-------------------12-10----------12-10-9-------|
D|------------------------------------------12-10-|
A|------------------------------------------------|
E|------------------------------------------------|

Guitar 2
e|----------15~----15--13-----|
B|-------17----------------17-|
G|----17----------------------|
D|-19-------------------------|
A|----------------------------|
E|----------------------------|

e|-17-15-13----------------------------------------|
B|----------17-15-13-------17-15-13----------------|
G|-------------------16-14----------16-14-12-------|
D|-------------------------------------------15-14-|
A|-------------------------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------------------------|

Back to one guitar:
e|--------------------------------------|
B|--------------------------------------|
G|--------------------------------------|
D|-9~--------(9)\-2h3-2~--------3--5--7-|
A|--------------------------------------|
E|--------------------------------------|

End Solo


Play Riff 1
Play Riff 2   "The floating head..."
Play Riff 3   "Inside my mind..."
Play Riff 4   "...feel, or what is..."


Riff 6
e|-------------------------------------|
B|-------------------------------------|
G|-------------------------------------|
D|-9--(9)b11---------9--(9)b11---------|
A|-7--(7)b-9---------7--(7)b-9---------|
E|-----------0-0-0-0-----------0-0-0-0-|
             * * * *           * * * *
    "Ah, ah..."
e|-----------------------------|
B|-----------------------------|
G|-----------------------------|
D|-9--(9)b11----------9--7--10-|
A|-7--(7)b-9----------7--5---8-|
E|-----------0-0-0-0--7--5---8-|
             * * * *
                   "I got to breathe..."
e|-------------------------------------|
B|-------------------------------------|
G|-------------------------------------|
D|-9--(9)b11---------9--(9)b11---------|
A|-7--(7)b-9---------7--(7)b-9---------|
E|-----------0-0-0-0-----------0-0-0-0-|
             * * * *           * * * *
e|----------------------------------|
B|----------------------------------|
G|----------------------------------|
D|-9--(9)b11------------------------|
A|-7--(7)b-9---------10-----9----5--|
E|-----------0-0-0-0-----0-----0----|
             * * * *     *     *
                  "Got to break free!"


Riff 7 (Solo Rhythm)
e|---------------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------------|
G|---------------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------------|
A|-11h12---9---11-----11h12---9---11-----|
E|-------9---9----9-9-------9---9----9-9-|
         *   *    * *       *   *    * *
e|----------------------------------------|
B|----------------------------------------|
G|----------------------------------------|
D|----------------------------------------|
A|-11h12---9---11-----12-11-9----------9\-|
E|-------9---9----9-9---------12-11-12----|
         *   *    * *
e|---------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------|
G|---------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------|
A|-4h5---2---4-----4h5---2---4-----|
E|-----2---2---2-2-----2---2---2-2-|
       *   *   * *     *   *   * *
e|--------------------0-----(0)--|
B|--------------------0-----(0)--|
G|-------------------------------|
D|-------------------------------|
A|-4h5---2---4---2-0-(0)----/9---|
E|-----2---2---2------------/7---|
       *   *   *


Solo (La Rocque)
e|------------------------------------------------------|
B|------------------------------------------------------|
G|-(13)d6r13~--(13)\--11----11--------------------------|
D|---------------------*-14--*-14-11--------------------|
A|------------------------*-----*--*-14-14/16-16-14-16~-|
E|------------------------------------*-----------------|
   * denotes floyd rose warbles, just quick dips with tremolo bar.

e|----------------------|
B|----------------------|
G|-------------13-14-16-|
D|-14-13-14-16----------|
A|----------------------|
E|----------------------|

e|-17-------16-------14-------12------12---11------------|
B|----16\14----14\12----12\10----10-9----9----9-9-10-10~-|
G|-------------------------------------------------------|
D|-------------------------------------------------------|
A|-------------------------------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------------------------------|

e|---------9-11-12-11-9-----------------|
B|-9-10-12--------------12-10-9---------|
G|------------------------------11-9-8~-|
D|--------------------------------------|
A|--------------------------------------|
E|--------------------------------------|

e|-16--14-12-----------------------------------------------------|
B|-----------16-14-13-16-14-13-----------------------------------|
G|-----------------------------16-14-16-14-13--------------------|
D|--------------------------------------------16-14-13-----------|
A|-----------------------------------------------------16-14-16~-|
E|---------------------------------------------------------------|

e|-------------------------14b16~~--(16)r14-|
B|------------------------------------------|
G|----------11----13-11-14------------------|
D|-11-14-13----14---------------------------|
A|------------------------------------------|
E|------------------------------------------|

e|-14--9--10------9---------------------------|
B|------------12-----10--12--9--10------9-----|
G|----------------------------------11-----10-|
D|--------------------------------------------|
A|--------------------------------------------|
E|--------------------------------------------|

e|------------------------------------------------------|
B|------------------------------------------------------|
G|-9----------------------------------------------------|
D|----11--12--9--11------9------------------------------|
A|-------------------12-----11-------------11~----(11)\-|
E|------------------------------9~----12-9--------------|

End Solo


Play Riff 3   "Inside my mind..."
Play Riff 4   "...feel, or what is..."
Play Riff 1 ending with:
e|------------------------|
B|------------------------|
G|------------------------|
D|-2--4--5--7---------9\--|
A|-0--2--3--5--10--9--7\--|
E|--------------8--7--7\--|



Notation:

10^        = bend a quarter step.
10b11      = bend a half step.
10b12      = bend a full step.
10b12r10   = bend and release.
[10]12     = pre-bend.
[10]12r10  = pre-bend and release.
{14}       = pick the 14th fret while holding the most 
             previous bend.
<17>       = touch the string above the 17th fret while 
             previous note(s) is(are) still ringing.

10b13*     = tremolo bar bend, from the 10th fret to the 13th fret.
7d4*       = tremolo bar dive, from the 7th fret to the 4th fret. 
12~*       = tremolo bar vibrato.

x   =  mute with fret-hand
*   =  palm mute
X\\ =  pick slide
h   =  hammer-on
p   =  pull-off
~   =  vibrato
t   =  finger tap
/   =  slide up
\   =  slide down
h.  =  natural harmonics
a   =  artificial harmonics
(9) =  ghost note
tm  =  trem picking
tr  =  trill

            
            
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