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Only A Northern Song chords

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Subject: b/beatles/only_a_northern_song.crd
Date: Thu, 23 Nov 1995 09:31:56 -0800
From: Jacek Dziedzic 


  ONLY A NORTHERN SONG - The Beatles, Yellow Submarine 1969.
 ----------------------

  Transcribed by Jacek Dziedzic (a_loser@hotmail.com)

  This is a great song by George IMHO and I couldn't find it anywhere on the
  net, so here goes. This only an attempt, and it indeed is one of my very
  first songs to do, so don't blame me... :) If you can do better, I'd love
  to see it.

  I didn't bother to do the organ or whatever part in the beginning. Also if
  you can tab the bass, send it to me...

  Any comments, death threats, corrections, thanks -> a_loser@hotmail.com

  Words taken from some site on the net, but I can't recall now.

  This is the version from the LP. Differences for the Anthology II version
  are discussed later.

  Chords used:
       EADGBE
  A    x02220
  A(v) 577655
  Bm   x24432
  E    022100
  F#m  244222
  F#   244322
  D    x00232

  [Intro on some keyboard stuff, you can just play A(v)]

   A(v)
1. If you're listening to this song
                                      Bm
   You may think the chords are going wrong
                                         A(v)
   But they're not he just wrote it like that.
   A(v)
2. When you're listening late at night
                                        Bm
   You may think the band are not quite right
                                        A(v)
   But they are, they just play it like that

   [Chorus]

      E
   It doesn't really matter what chords I play
        F#m     F#     Bm             F#
   What words I say or time of day it is
           D      A        E
   As it's only a Northern song

   [Play verse chords without lyrics: A(v) Bm A(v)]

      E
   It doesn't really matter what clothes I wear
      F#m   F#      Bm            F#
   Or how I fare or if my hair is brown
             D      A        E
   When it's only a Northern song.

   A(v)
   If you think the harmony
                               Bm
   Is a little dark and out of key
                           A(v)
   You're correct, there's nobody there.

   [Play chorus chords without lyrics: E F#m F# Bm F#]
         D                A      E
   And I told you there's no one there.

   [Fade out on verse chords: A(v) Bm A(v) Bm...]

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

   Now for the Anthology II version:

   The Anthology version has different words, here's my attempt at picking
   these:

   If you're listening to this song
   You may think the chords are going wrong
   But they're not, I just wrote it like that
   When you listen late at night
   You may feel the words are not quite right
   But they are, I just wrote them myself
   And it doesn't really matter what chords I play
   What words I say or time of day it is
   As it's only a Northern song.
   It doesn't really matter what clothes I wear
   Or how I fare or if my hair is brown
   When it's only a Northern song.
   If you think the harmony
   Is a little off and out of key
   Then you're right 'cos I sing it myself.


   That's it. If you've got the keyboard part or the bass, I'd be grateful
   to see it. Any comments, corrections etc, mail me.

                                        - Nowhere Man

                                          a_loser@hotmail.com
                                                or
                                          Jacek Dziedzic
                                          Pomorska 9/36
                                          84-232 Rumia
                                          POLAND

            
            
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giu_ri 10 Aug 11, 2007 12:03 PM

great song, underrated like Harrison himself was at that time. I think this is correct, the whole super-psychedelic production it had just makes it hard to get it to sound like it should with my acoustic, but that's not your fault :)

cheers

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Stolen Identity 46 Sep 08, 2009 10:16 AM

this isn't what the keyboard plays, is it? I'd love to have the keyboard part to play, if you wouldn't mind :)

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sickman411 30 Nov 18, 2011 07:21 AM

The E - F#m bit in the chorus sounds better as E - Bm - G - E - F#m ...

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