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Bert Jansch - The Black Swan Tabs

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The Black Swan Tabs

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Bert Jansch
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                Listen to the song to get the idea

standard tuning

Riff 1
|---------------------------------------0---------|
|--3h2------------------------------0-----0---0---|
|--------4------------------------2---2-----2-----|
|-----------4-------------------2-----------------|
|--2---------------2----2----0--------------------|
|----------------2----2---------------------------|
riff 2
|----------------------------|
|--------------------------0-|
|--1-------1-----------------|
|--2-------2-----------------|
|--2-------2-------------4/5-|
|--0-------0-----------------|

riff 3
|--0---|     |--12---|    listen to the recording to get the strumming
|--8---|     |--10---|    down...
|--0---|     |--0----|
|--9---|     |--11---|
|--10--|     |--12---|
|--8---|     |--10---|
   (Thumb on 6th str. for both chords)


riff 4
|---------------------2--------|---------------------2------------|
|-----------2-----2h3----3p2---|----------2-----2h3-----3h2-------|
|--------4-----4-------------4-|-------4-----4---------------4----|
|------4-----------------------|-----4----------------------------|
|--2---------------------------|--0-------------------------------|
|------------------------------|----------------------------------|

|--------------------------------|-------------------------------|
|---------2-------2b3--3r2-------|-------------------------------|
|-------4---4--------------------|----------3--------------------|
|-----4-------4------------------|--------4---4-----0h2p0--------|
|--------------------------------|------4-------4----------4-----|
|--3-----------------------------|--2----------------------------|

riff 5 (free time)
|----------------------------------|-------------------------------|
|----------------------------------|----------------2p0------------|
|-------3--------------------------|-------------3------3----------|
|---2h4---4p2h4-2h4p2-0h2--4p2p0h2-|-0--2-4---4------------4-------|
|----------------------------------|-------------------------------|
|----------------------------------|-------------------------------|

|----2p0----------------------------------------|
|-----------------------------------------------|
|---------3-------------------------------------|
|-----------4--2h4p2p0--2---0----------0--------|
|----------------------------------4------------|
|-----------------------------------------------|


Structure:

Intro: Riff 1 x 3
       Riff 2 x 1

Verse 1:Riff 1 x 3
        Riff 2 x 1

Break 1:Riff 1x 2

Verse 2:Riff 1 x 3
        Riff 2 x 1

Break 2:Riff 3 x 6
        Riff 4 x 1

Verse 3:Riff 1 x 3
        Riff 2 x 1

Break 3:Riff 1x 2

Verse 4:Riff 1 x 3
        Riff 2 x 1

Break 4:Riff 3 x 5  then first bar of riff 3...
        Riff 5 x 1

Verse 5:Riff 1 x 3
        Riff 2 x 1

Break 5:Riff 1x 2

Verse 6:Riff 1 x 3
        Riff 2 x 1

Outro: Riff 1 till fade...


Lyrics:

(since there are no actually offical lyrics for this song i had to get them by ear, and 
this song Bert mumbles a couple of times, so, fo a couple of lines i have no idea what 
says)

Verse 1:
Traveling on space highway,
Three long years to this day.
A billion million trillion miles.
Home is a long, long way away.

[break 1]

Verse 2:
Ten miles high and wide.
A beautiful swan in a silent sea,
No water to slow her down.

[break 2]

Verse 3:
Sometimes it seems we’re motionless,
Caught between time and space.
Other tiny star systems rush headlong by.
(?) Signs are bursting in the rain (?)

[Break 3]

Verse 4:
No earthly sound can penetrate,
This black and endless void.
Only thoughts and dreams,
Of the unborn babes,
Where your body and fill your mind.

[Break 4]

Verse 5:
Every day down those quiet canyons,
Like a love that’s for the stars.
And people that shop at the market place,
And the ship loads ever, ever on.

[Break 5]

Verse 6:
If ever we come to our promised land,
Gotta take the shuttle (?)
For the black swan never ever wants to rest
Never stops to say goodbye.


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