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NB ++ Updated August 2014 with improvements / corrections! ++

Never seen this transcribed before. And now I know why.
An epic chordfest, even for a Squeeze song!

I've followed several youtube clips of Glenn Tilbrook
playing this solo, the best clip being here

I've submitted it under 'Squeeze' as obviously it's a Squeeze song,
but in order to mimic the recording you'd need at least a string quartet
so this is the arrangement for guitar and vocal, which I've come to
love even more than the original Squeeze recording on East Side Story!

I've used a mix of tab and chords. Where there is tab, I've placed
the notes over the lyrics, to illustrate what to play over the
appropriate words as opposed to laying the tab out in strict time

The good news - it's in standard tuning
The bad news - it's a devil to learn
The best news - it's worth it to play such a wonderful piece

A         x02220
Asus2/F#  2x2200
Db(2)     x4x2xx
C(2)      x3x1xx
B(2)      x2x0xx
Eadd2/G#  4X4400
B7        7x7800
Dbm7      9x99xx
Eb(2)     11 x 11 12 x x
E(2)      12 x 14 13 x x
Ab(2)     4xx43x
Ab(3)     4XX44x
G(2)      3x233x
G(3)      3xxx2x
D/Gb      2xx32x
Fdim      1xxx0x
Gbm6      244242
Gbm       244222

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

E ---------------|
B -5--7--8--11---|
G ---------------|
D ---------------|
A -4--6--7--10---|
E ---------------|

Note - the Verses are played in this pattern
E --0---0---0---0-|--0---0---0---0--|
B ----------------|-----------------|
G ----------------|-----------------|
D ----------------|-----------------|
A 7---6---5---4---|5---4---3---2----|
E ----------------|-----------------|
  E   Eb  D   Db   D   Db  C   B


Ab(2)   Am     Gbm6   G       
Em      D5     


E ---------------|----------------|---------------|----------------|
B ------------0--|----------------|---------------|--2-------------|
G ---------2-----|----------------|-2-2-2-2--1-1--|0---------------|
D ---------------|2---------------|---------------|-----4----------|
A ---------------|----------------|-4-4-4-4--3-3--|2---------------|
E ---------------|----------------|---------------|----------------|

E ---------------|----------------|---------------|----------------|
B ---------------|----------------|---------------|3---------------|
G ---------------|4---------------|---------0--2--|---4------------|
D ------0--2--4--|----2-----------|----2>4--------|----------------|
A ---------------|----------------|---------------|----------------|
E ---------------|----------------|---------------|----------------|

Ab(3)   G(3)   D/Gb    Fdim

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

Verse 1

E              Eb             D     Db
  She left her school for the facto-ry 
D             Db         C      B
  From pocket money to a salary 
         E         Eb   D       Db
  From a pac-a-mac to a compact case
D           Db             C          B
  And every morning she in-spects her face
E         Eb             D        Db
  She dis-covers pulling pints in pubs 
D               Db               C        B
  That the good looks will never cover up for 
    E    Eb      D          Db
Her dumb-ness in taking the stock 
D             Db            C         B
  Sees her re-flection in a butcher’s shop

Refrain 1
    Gbm                B
She finds it all quite rare 
         A                 E  Riff1
That her mate’s all vanity fair 
    Gbm                B
She finds it all quite rare 
         A                 E  Riff1
That her mate’s all vanity fair 

Verse 2
E             Eb         D       Db
  She has her eyes on me-dallion men 
       D       Db          C      B
  That get her home on the dot at ten 
E               Eb            D       Db
  She combs her hair when she gets ex-cused
      D        Db           C       B 
  The deal she wants always ends up screwed
E            Eb           D        Db
  Paints her nails on the bathroom scales 
  D           Db            C      B
  Gargles her breath like a landed whale 
      E      Eb    D           Db
  Her beauty is as deep as her skin 
  D         Db            C       B
  Keeps her eyebrows in a tobacco tin

Refrain 2
    Gbm               B  
She poses foot on the chair 
        A              E  Riff1
Coconut shy but vanity fair 
    Gbm               B
She poses foot on the chair 
        Abm            Riff2
Coconut shy but vanity fair

Middle 8

       Ab(2)  Am       Gbm6    G       
In her vanity case her compact case 
       Em      D5
In her compact case

E ---------------|----------------|
B ------------0--|----------------|
G ---------2-----|----------------|
D ---------------|2---------------|
A ---------------|----------------|
E ---------------|----------------|
           her    eyes
E -----------------|--------------------------|
B -----------------|-----------------0--------|
G ----2---2---2-1--|1---1---1---0-------------|
D -----------------|----------------------4---|
A ----4---4---4-3--|3---3---3---2-------------|
E -----------------|--------------------------|
  Not bad for a sis-ter but her vani-ty’s fair 

E ---------------|----------------|
B ---------------|-------3--------|
G ---------------|-0--2---------4-|
D ---0---2---4---|----------------|
A ---------------|----------------|
E ---------------|----------------|
     And her sense of hu-mour’s dry

    Ab(3)      G(3)        D/Gb         Fdim
She comes home late with a-nother screw loose 

E ---------------|-----------------------|
B 0->-1>-----0---|-----------------------|
G --------------0|-2>4---2---------------|
D ---------------|------------4----------|
A ---------------|-----------------------|
E ---------------|-----------------------|
  She swears to have had just a 

E         Eb          D            Db           
pineapple juice falls asleep fully clothed in her
D         Db        C     B      A
bed with her makeup re-mover by her head

Refrain 3 / End

        Gbm              B
And she might not be all there 
        A                  E   Riff1
But her dream’s all vanity fair 
    Gbm              B
She might not be all there 
        A                  E    Asus2/F# 
But her dream’s all vanity fair

E   Asus2/F#   E   Asus2/F#  

Eadd2/G#   B7   Dbm7   Eb(2)   E(2)


I hope I've done it justice!

Kevin O'Brien
June 2013


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andycool4cats 10 Jun 26, 2013 01:02 AM

Stunning. Awesome.

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