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Till There Was You
The Beatles
Written by Meredith Willson; released on the album "With The Beatles".

This was the first entirely acoustic ballad recorded by the Beatles. The 
original song was written for Willson's musical play "The Music Man" in 
1957. The Beatles' version was inspired by Peggy Lee's cover of the song in 
1961, and the song (together with "The Honeymoon Song", which they also 
covered in some of their live performances) became an inspiration for Paul 
McCartney's self-written song "And I Love Her".
Paul sang the lead and played the bass, John played the rhythm guitar part on an 
acoustic guitar, George played the lead guitar parts and his memorable 
solo on a classical guitar, and Ringo played bongos instead of the regular 
drum kit. The song was performed live, but with the "common" arrangement (two 
electric guitars, bass and drums).

Intro:
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A|-------------------------------|----------------3--------------|
E|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
                                                          There were

Verse:
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A|----------------3--------------|----------------0--------------|
E|1-----------1-----------1------|2-----------2-----------2------|
  bells                   on a hill,                          but


G|------- ------- ------- -------|3------ ----3-- ------- ----3--|
D|5-----------5-----------5------|----------------3--------------|
A|----------------5--------------|-------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
  I     never         heard  them ringing,                No, I


G|------- ------- ------- -------|------- ------- ------- -------|
D|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
A|-------------------------------|----------------3-------3------|
E|1-----------1---5-------4------|3-----------3------------------|
        never     heard them at all                           till


G|------- ------- ------- -------|------- ------- ------- -------|
D|-------------------------------|5-----------5------------------|
A|----------------3--------------|----------------3-------3------|
E|1-----------1-----------1------|-------------------------------|
  there was  you.                                         There were

Verse:
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D|3-----------3-----------3------|4-----------4-----------4------|
A|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
  birds               in  the sky,                            but


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D|5-----------5-----------5------|----------------3--------------|
A|----------------5--------------|1-----------1-----------1------|
E|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
  I     never         saw    them winging,                No, I


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D|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
A|-------------------------------|----------------3-------3------|
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        never     saw   them at all                           till


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D|----------------------------2--|3-------1-------0--------------|
A|----------------3--------------|------------------------3------|
E|1-----------1------------------|-------------------------------|
  there was  you.                                 Then there was

Bridge:
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A|1-----------1------------------|1-----------1-----------1------|
E|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
  mu  -   sic                                 and won- der - ful


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D|-------------------------------|----7-----------7-------5------|
A|----------------3-------4------|5-----------5------------------|
E|1-----------1------------------|-------------------------------|
  ro  -   ses,            They            tell me             in


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D|5-----------5-----------5---4--|----------------5--------------|
A|----------------5--------------|-------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------|3-----------3-----------3------|
  sweet                fra- grant meadows                     of


G|------- ------- ------- -------|------- 5------ ------- 5------|
D|----------------5-------5------|-------------------------------|
A|3-----------3------------------|3---------------3--------------|
E|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
  dawn                        and     dew             There   was

Verse:
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D|3-----------3-----------3------|4-----------4-----------4------|
A|----------------3--------------|----------------3--------------|
E|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
  love                all     a - round,                      but


G|------- ------- ------- -------|------- ------- ------- -------|
D|5-----------5-----------5------|----------------3--------------|
A|----------------5--------------|1-----------1-----------1------|
E|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
  I     never         heard   it  singing,                No, I


G|------- ------- ------- -------|------- ------- ------- -------|
D|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
A|-------------------------------|----------------3--------------|
E|1-----------1---5-------4------|3-----------3------------------|
        never     heard   it at all                           till


G|------- ------- ------- -------|------- ------- ------- -------|
D|-------------------------------|5-----------5------------------|
A|----------------3--------------|----------------3-------3------|
E|1-----------1-----------1------|-------------------------------|
  there was  you.

Verse (solo):
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D|3-----------------------2---3--|4-----------------------3---4--|
A|------------3-------3----------|------------3-------3----------|
E|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|



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D|5-----------------------5---3--|------------3-------3-------2--|
A|------------5-------5----------|1------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|



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D|3-----------3---7-------6------|5-----------4------------------|
A|-------------------------------|------------------------3------|
E|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|



G|------- ------- ------- -------|------- ------- ------- -------|
D|3-----------3---------------2--|3-------1-------0--------------|
A|----------------3-------3------|------------------------3------|
E|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
                                                  Then there was

Bridge:
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D|----------------3-------3------|----------------3--------------|
A|1-----------1------------------|1-----------1-----------1------|
E|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
  mu  -   sic                         and         won- der - ful


G|------- ------- ------- -------|------- ------- ------- -------|
D|-------------------------------|7---------------7--------------|
A|----------------3-------4------|5-----------5-----------5------|
E|1-----------1------------------|-------------------------------|
  ro  -   ses,            They            tell me             in


G|------- ------- ------- -------|------- ------- ------- -------|
D|5-----------5--------------4---|5-----------5-----------5------|
A|----------------5----5---------|----------------5--------------|
E|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
  sweet                fra- grant meadows                     of


G|------- ------- ------- -------|------- 5------ ------- 5------|
D|----------------5-------5------|-------------------------------|
A|3-----------3------------------|3---------------3--------------|
E|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
  dawn                        and     dew.            There   was

Verse:
G|------- ------- ------- -------|------- ------- ------- -------|
D|3-----------3-----------3------|4-----------4-----------4------|
A|----------------3--------------|----------------3--------------|
E|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
  love                all     a - round,                      but


G|------- ------- ------- -------|------- ------- ------- -------|
D|5-----------5-----------5------|----------------3--------------|
A|----------------5--------------|1-----------1-----------1------|
E|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
  I     never         heard   it  singing,                No, I


G|------- ------- ------- -------|------- ------- ------- -------|
D|3-----------3---7-------6------|5-----------5------------------|
A|-------------------------------|----------------3-------3------|
E|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
        never     heard   it at all                           till


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D|3-----------3---------------2--|3-----------3-----------3------|
A|----------------3-------3------|----------------3--------------|
E|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
  there was  you,

Outro:
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E|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
  Till                                                there   was


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A|----------------3--------------|4-----------4-----------5------|
E|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
  you.


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D|3-----------3------------------|3------------------------------|
A|----------------3-------3------|-------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------|----------------1--------------|

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nirvana_14 52 Jun 19, 2007 03:57 AM

nice tab man... 5 stars

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nmtovar 10 Aug 26, 2017 06:58 PM

sweet riff is spot on

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