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Sonic Youth - The Empty Page
Tabbed By: matt burgess
EMail: gth233@home.com
Album: murray street
Thurston: CGDGCD

Listen to the record for the rhythm. I've only accentuated
the primary notes in the riff, you should play them along
with the remaining strings open.

D--0-0-0-0-2-0-0--------------
C--2-2-2-0-2-0-2-0-0-0-0-0-0--  PLAY TWICE FOR INTRO + HOLD LAST NOTE
G--0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-4-0-0-4-4--
D--0--------------------------
G--0--------------------------
C-----------------------------

same riff for verse, go to this for "that's alright on an empty stage...":

D---0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0--
C---0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0--      
G---4\5-5-5-0-4-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-- TWICE 
D-----------------3-3-3-3-3-3-- 
G------------------------------
C------------------------------

after "sing out when there's no other way":

D--0-------
C--7----5-- (this is the G and F progression)
G--0----5--
D--0----3--
G--0-------
C-------5--

"i always thought i'd see your name in flashing light":

D---8-8--8-8-8\10-10-10--3\5-5--5-5-\12-12-12-12--
C-------------------------------------------------
G-------------------------------------------------
D---8-8--8-8-8\10-10-10--3\5-5--5-5-\12-12-12-12--
G-------------------------------------------------
C-------------------------------------------------

then to same G / F progression as "sing out when..."

after the next verse, rock out the G / F change and the "flashing light"
riff above (w/ whammy bar extrapolation etc).

then play this variation of the intro riff:

D----0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--
C---14-14-14-11-16-14-14-11-14-11-- PLAY TWICE
G----0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--
D----0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--
G----------------------------------
C----------------------------------

D----0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0-12-12--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--
C---11-11-11-11-11--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0-11-11--0--0--0--0--0--0--
G----0--0--0--0--0-12-10-10-10-10-10-10--0--0--0--0-12-10-10-10-10-10--
D----0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0-12-12-12-12--
G----------------------------------------------------------------------
C----------------------------------------------------------------------

D---0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0-12--0--0----0--0--0--0--0--0--
C--11--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0-11--0----0--0--0--0--0--0--
G---0-12-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10--0--0-12---12-12-12-12-12-12--
D---0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0----0--0--0--0--0--0--
G-----------------------------------------------0--0--0--0--0--0--
C-----------------------------------------------------------------

D---------------------------
C---------------------------
G--10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10--
D--10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10--
G--10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10--
C---------------------------

then repeat that whole section up until the chords at the end, instead play:

D-------12-------------0-------
C----------12------------0-----
G---12--------12---10------10--
D---12-------------10----------
G---12-------------10----------
C------------------------------

keep playing a pattern like that during the next vocal part.

end:

D--------------0---
C--------------7---
G--------------0---
D--------------0---
G--10----12----0---
C--10----12--------


---------------------

KIM: DADABB

verse:

B---------------------          -------------------              -----
B---------------------          -------------------              -----
A---------------------          -------------------              -----
D---------------------          -------------------              -----
A---------------------          -------------------              -----
D--5-5-5-----5-5-5---- then to: --3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-- and back to: --5--

play full chords if you want to.

"i always thought i'd see your name in flashing light":

B-----------------------------------------------------------------
B-----------------------------------------------------------------
A-----------------------------------------------------------------
D-----------------------------------------------------------------
A-----------------------------------------------------------------
D--8-8-8-8-8-8-8-10-10-10-10-10-10-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-3\5-5-5-5-5-5-5--

last time, play the G steadily then down to F and back to verse.

then there's thurston's gtr break, when the drums come in for a moment
play G to F again, then pause, then come back in on G and F for the
final verse (maybe play it an octave higher @ 17th => 15th frets).

end:

B------------------
B------------------
A------------------
D------------------
A------------------
D---8----10----5---

            
            
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Goon 40 Dec 13, 2005 06:37 PM

Nice tab!! I tuned down my guitar just so I could play this song. Good thing it sounds alright.

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