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SIGN O' THE TIMES

As recorded by Prince
(From the 1987 Album SIGN O' THE TIMES)

Words and Music by Prince

Transcribed by Slowhand


Gtr I (E A D G B E) - 'Prince - Electric Guitar'


 Intro
  Q=97
  N.C.
 4/4
  Gtr I (El. Gtr. w/ light dist.)
  Wx12
|---------||
|---------||
|---------||
|---------||
|---------||
|---------||


 1st Verse
  N.C.
  Wx8
|--------||
|--------||
|--------||
|--------||
|--------||
|--------||


 Interlude
  N.C.
  Wx8
|--------||
|--------||
|--------||
|--------||
|--------||
|--------||


 2nd Verse
  N.C.
                                           ~~
  Wx3          H    S   +S   S  S S S E    W
|------------|--------------------------|-------|
|------------|--------------10-10-------|-------|
|------------|------8b9-(8)-------------|-------|
|------------|----------------------6s8-|-10----|
|------------|--------------------------|-------|
|------------|--------------------------|-------|


    ~~~~~~~~~~~
   +H      +E  E  S S S S   +E  S S +Q   H      W
|-------------------------|-------------------|------||
|-------------------------|-------------------|------||
|-------------------------|-------------------|------||
|-(10)----(10)-8----------|-------------------|------||
|----------------10s8-6-6-|-(6)---------------|------||
|-------------------------|-----8-8-(8)-------|------||


 Interlude
  N.C.
  H    S   +S   S S E S S   Q  E S S +S    +S   S S e S S
|-------------------------|-------------------------------|
|--------------10---------|--------------------10---------|
|------8b9-(8)--------x-x-|----x-x-8-(8)b9-(8)--------x-x-|
|-------------------8-x-x-|----x-x------------------8-x-x-|
|-------------------------|-------------------------------|
|-------------------------|-------------------------------|


  Q  E. S +S    +S   S S E E   Q  E. S +S    +S   S S e  E
|----------------------------|-----------------------------|
|-------------------10-------|-------------------10--------|
|-------8-(8)b9-(8)----------|-------8-(8)b9-(8)-----------|
|------------------------8---|------------------------8-10-|
|----------------------------|--------------------------10-|
|----------------------------|-----------------------------|


   +Q    +E. S +S    +S   S S E E   Q  E. S +S    +S   S S e  e
|---------------------------------|-----------------------------|
|------------------------10-------|-------------------10--------|
|------------8-(8)b9-(8)----------|-------8-(8)b9-(8)-----------|
|-(10)--(10)------------------8---|------------------------8-10-|
|-(10)--(10)----------------------|-----------------------------|
|---------------------------------|-----------------------------|


   ~~                                                                 ~~
   E E  E. S +S    +S   S S S  S E   Q  E S S +S    +S   S S S  S  S  S
|----------------------------------|---------------------------------------||
|----------------------10----------|------x-------------10-----------------||
|----------8-(8)b9-(8)-------------|--------8-(8)b9-(8)--------------------||
|-10-8\---------------------8------|-------------------------8----10-10----||
|-----------------------------10---|---------------------------10----------||
|----------------------------------|---------------------------------------||


 Chorus
  N.C.                  Eb        N.C.
    ~~~~
   +H.      E E   Q  E.  S S  S E  E e   W
|---------------|------------11---11S8-|------|
|-----------8---|------------11---11S8-|------|
|-----------8---|-------12---12--------|------|
|-(10)----------|-------13---13--------|------|
|---------------|-------13-------------|------|
|---------------|----------------------|------|


                                                Bb
                              ~~~~~~~~
  S  S  E  e  e S  S E S  S S S   +H     H      H.      T T S E
|---13s11-11-10-8---------------|-------------|------------------|
|---15s13-13-11-8------8--------|-------------|-6-------6h8p6----|
|-----------------10---8-10---8-|-(8)---------|-7-------7--------|
|-------------------------------|-------------|-8----------------|
|-------------------------------|-------------|-8----------------|
|-------------------------------|-------------|------------------|


                        Interlude
  Ab         Bb          N.C.
  W          W           Wx3
|----------|----------||--------|
|-4--------|-6--------||--------|
|-5--------|-7--------||--------|
|-6--------|-8--------||--------|
|-6--------|-8--------||--------|
|----------|----------||--------|


                                      3rd Verse
                                       N.C.
                            ~~~~~~~
  S  E    +S  E e E      S  S  +Q      W          H    Q  E a S S
|-----------------------------------||----------|-----------------|
|---11------------------------------||----------|-----------4s3---|
|----8pb9r(8)-----------------------||----------|---------------5-|
|---------------8-8b8.5-10-10-(10)--||----------|-----------------|
|-----------------------------------||----------|-----------------|
|-----------------------------------||----------|-----------------|


                             Interlude
                              N.C.
  ~~~~~~~                     ~~                       ~
  H    H      H    E E E E    Q.   S S     +S  +S  S S E e
|-----------|--------------||--------5pb6==(5)r(5)-3--------|
|-----------|--------------||--------4pb5==(4)r(4)-3--------|
|-3----2----|--------2-3-3-||------------------------5-3----|
|-----------|------5-------||-5--------------------------5--|
|-----------|--------------||-------------------------------|
|-----------|--------------||-------------------------------|


                          ~~
  Q  E. S     +S  +S  S S E e   Q  E. S S S S S e E   Q  E S S S S S S E E
|-------5pb6==(5)r(5)---------|---------------------|----------------------||
|-------4pb5==(4)r(4)-3h5-----|---------------------|------6---5-6---------||
|---------------------3h5-3h5-|-----------3-----5---|------5-5-5-6---3-----||
|-----------------------------|-------3s5---5s7-----|--------------5---5---||
|-----------------------------|---------------------|----------------------||
|-----------------------------|---------------------|----------------------||


 Chorus
        Bbsus4  Eb6         Bbsus4  Eb6        Bbsus4
  Q  E.  S Q  S S E   Q  E.  S Q  S S E   H     S E  S Q
|-------11------8---|-------11------8---|------11---11-----|
|-------11------8---|-------11------8---|------11---11-----|
|-------10------8---|-------10------8---|------10---10-----|
|-------------------|-------------------|------------------|
|-------------------|-------------------|------------------|
|-------------------|-------------------|------------------|


             Fsus4                      BbsuN.C.
  W           W           S  S  S  S E. S S S S  S S  S  E
|----------|-----------|-------11-11-----------------------|
|----------|-11--------|-11-13-11-11----6-----8h11---------|
|----------|-10--------|-10-12----------8-----8h10---------|
|----------|-10--------|-10-------------8---8------8h10----|
|----------|-----------|--------------------------------10-|
|----------|-----------|-----------------------------------|


   +Q   E E  S  E.  T  T  E.    S  S E Q  H
|----------------------------|-----------------||
|----------------------------|-----------------||
|--------------10--10h12p10--|-10--------------||
|--------------12--12--------|-12--------------||
|-(10)----3s10---------------|----10-----------||
|----------------------------|-----------------||


 Interlude
  N.C.
                         ~~~~~~~~~
  Q  E. S    +S  +S  S S Q    +W
|-------6-------------------|--------|
|-------4b5==(4)r(4)--------|--------|
|--------------------3p0-3--|-(3)----|
|---------------------------|--------|
|---------------------------|--------|
|---------------------------|--------|


                                             |-3-|
  H    Q  E. S   S S S S S S S S S S S   +S  S S S E
|--------------|-------------------------------------|
|--------------|---------------------4b5-(4)---------|
|------------3h|=5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5---------5p3-----|
|--------------|---------------------------------5s3-|
|--------------|-------------------------------------|
|--------------|-------------------------------------|


            PM-------------------------------------
  H    Q  E S S   S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S
|---------------|---------------------------------|
|---------------|---------------------------------|
|---------------|---------3-----5-----------------|
|---------------|-------3-----3-----2-3-3-5-3-1-3-|
|-----------3-3-|-3-3-6---------------------------|
|---------------|---------------------------------|


 ----------------------------|
  S S S S E. S S S S S S S S S
|------------------------------|
|------------------------------|
|------------------------------|
|----------------2-3-2-5-3-1---|
|---3-3-3----3-3-------------3-|
|------------------------------|


                                   4th Verse
                                    N.C.
  PM---------------------|            PM--|
  S S S S E. S S S S S S S E        S S S S S E S S S S S S S E
|--------------------------------||-----------------------------|
|--------------------------------||-----------------------------|
|--------------------------------||-----------------------------|
|----------------1-3-1-5-3-1b1.5-||-------------1---1-3-1-4-3-1-|
|---3-1-3----3-------------------||---3-3-3-3-------------------|
|--------------------------------||-----------------------------|


  Q  E. S S S S S S S E   S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S   W
|-----------------------|---------------------------------|------||
|-----------------------|---------------------------------|------||
|-----------------------|---------------------------------|------||
|-------1---1-3-3-4-3-1-|---------------1---1-3-1-4-3-1---|------||
|-----------------------|---3-1-----3-------------------3-|------||
|-----------------------|---------------------------------|------||


 Outro
  N.C.
                         ~
  Q  E. S    +S  +S  S S E E
|-------6--------------------|
|-------4b5==(4)r(4)---------|
|--------------------3---3---|
|----------------------------|
|----------------------------|
|----------------------------|


                         ~
  Q  E. S    +S  +S  S S E E   Q  E. S S S S S E   +E
|-------6--------------------|--------------------------|
|-------4b5==(4)r(4)---------|--------------------------|
|--------------------3---3---|--------------------------|
|----------------------------|-----------------1b2-(1)--|
|----------------------------|-------1h3-3-3-3----------|
|----------------------------|--------------------------|


  Q  E. S S S S S Q    W          W          W          W
|--------------------|----------|----------|----------|------*|
|--------------------|----------|----------|----------|------*|
|--------------------|----------|----------|----------|------*|
|--------------------|----------|----------|----------|------*|
|-------3---3-3-3----|----------|----------|----------|------*|
|--------------------|----------|----------|----------|------*|


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

            
            
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MkIV 10 May 04, 2016 12:58 PM

I will admit the funky hook had me hooked the day it debuted on Casy Kasem's American Top Forty but what makes this a classic is the lyric as well.

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