White Rabbit Chords

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White Rabbit Chords

Postby Box Of Rain on Tue Feb 22, 2005 9:03 pm

Anybody sure of what they are? I've found some at guitar tab web pages, but they all have it in the key of F-sharp... anyone sure that's the key it's actually in?
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Postby MARK on Fri Mar 25, 2005 4:55 pm

Yes, the famous Jack intro is F# - G.
Though for some reason I've seen it published a half-step or so different ... don't know why.
I can send you the complete song (again, in the wrong key) if you give me your email address.
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Postby gTarFreak on Fri Mar 25, 2005 5:15 pm

My impression, from trying to play along to their songs, is that a lot of their songs are in F#. Perhaps something to do with Grace's voice?

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Postby Guest on Fri Mar 25, 2005 6:18 pm

Hey Dave!!!

Yes, I agree many JA songs appear to be in the Key of G (F#) or Key of D (F# and C#).
Or, more to the point, many of Pauls's songs might be in that key.
A Theory: Many of the JA's (Paul's) songs are folk based and those two keys are common in folk music.
Another thing ... Paul plays a lot of songs in open D tuning. (Open G tuning is also popular). Major Gs and Fs are easy in open D (think Volunteers and The Other Side of This Life).
Make sense?
I think White Rabitt's F#/G intro is more of a coincidence. After all it is was written before Grace was with JA and she was after a Flamenco/Bolero kind of feel

Will reply offline about Fur Peace.

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Postby Box Of Rain on Fri Mar 25, 2005 8:53 pm

Mark -

The e-mail is RaineArtemis@aol.com. I would appreciate it. And while we're on the subject of keys, I have sort of noticed the F#, C# thing. I think the first chord of Two Heads is C#. Again, this makes me wonder exactly what the hell instrument Grace was using to write these things, because those are some REALLY annoying chords to finger (at least for me).

I just thought I'd add, yes, a lot of Paul's songs are in these keys, and so are Grace's. So it may well have something to do with Grace's voice as well - Marty doesn't write in these keys at all as far as I've seen, and Paul's songs are generally written much more with Grace in mind than Marty's, I think.

Also, the keys of G and D (at least as far as Grace's self-penned tunes) may have to do with her writing on piano (if she did, in fact, write on piano). Those are the two easiest keys to play in, next to C, of course.
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Postby Fidel on Mon Mar 28, 2005 8:31 pm

Grace writing songs on piano would make sence. She's no virtuoso, but played a lot of piano on the Blows Against the Empire album.
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Postby Zog on Wed Mar 30, 2005 4:55 am

The chords to White Rabbit in F#m can be found at olga.net. I think they are correct. But the guitar and bass tabs there aren't.

Somebody to Love is also in F#m. I have a Jefferson Airplane book published in 68 with transcriptions from After Bathing at Baxter's. It has Two Heads in F#m also.

Great key, F#m.
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Postby Box Of Rain on Wed Mar 30, 2005 12:45 pm

Wow, an After Bathing at Baxter's songbook? I'd kill for an Airplane songbook.

Hey Zog, if it's not imposing, you don't suppose you could post some of the changes sometime, could you? I mean, I certainly wouldn't ask for a full transcription with words or anything, but knowing what the actually chords used in say, Rejoyce (that song has puzzled me about half a year now), or Two Heads, or Won't you Try would be really cool.
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rejoyce

Postby Zog on Thu Mar 31, 2005 12:46 am

Okay Box! You picked a doozy to start with.

It would be hard to follow all these changes without the words, so I found the lyrics on another site and typed the chords over the words where they occur. But when I previewed this post the forum html collapses all the spaces so that the chords don't line up properly with the words anymore. (For example the first Cm should be on the word amber.) But at least you get the chords for each line of lyrics, so you should be a able to follow it. I can email you a Word doc or something if you want.

I didn't play this through to check ityet, but this is what the book says. Hope it helps. (I'll do some others another day.)

Rejoyce

Intro (4 bars, Dm with added notes)

Dm
Chemical change like a laser beam
Cm
you've shattered the warning amber light

F Bb
Make me warm
Eb G7 Cm Gm
let me see you moving everything over
Ab(b5)
smiling in my room
Gm Ab(b5) Cm Bb Ab Gm
you know you'll be inside of my mind soon.

(Change to 6/8)
Gm///
Gm
There are so many of you.
Gm
White shirt and tie, white shirt and tie,
Gm F Cm F Cm C#dim
white shirt and tie, wedding ring, wedding ring.

(Change back to 4/4)
D
Mulligan stew for Bloom,
A
the only Jew in the room
A
Saxon's sick on the holy dregs
D C D A
and their constant getting throw up on his leg.

D
Molly's gone to blazes,
A
Boylan's crotch amazes
A D C
any woman whose husband sleeps with his head
D E
all buried down at the foot of his bed.


(Change to 7/4!)
E///
(Change to 4/4)
D/ E/ x 2

(oboe solo part)
E7/// ////

E7
I've got his arm
E7
I've got his arm
E7 D
I've had it for weeks
E7
I've got his arm
D
Steven won't give his arm
A D
to no gold star mother's farm;
A
War's good business so give your son
D C D A/ G
and I'd rather have my country die for me.

(break)
C G C G Bb C G G
Dm C Cm F Dm C F G
Bb Bb Eb Bb Eb Bb C

(Change to 6/8)
Gm///
Gm
There are so many of you.
F Cm
Sell your mother for a Hershey bar
F Cm
grow up looking like a car
Gm
there are;
F Cm
All you want to do is live,
F Cm
all you want to do is give but
Gm F Eb Eb6/9(+5)
some how it all falls apart!
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Postby Box Of Rain on Thu Mar 31, 2005 12:04 pm

Thanks a million, Zog. I can't tell you how much I appreciate this.
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Postby Zog on Sun Apr 03, 2005 8:54 pm

Box of Rain, here is another one you asked for. It's a lot simpler than Rejoyce.

Two Heads

Intro
F#m

Verse
F#m C#m E F#4 E
F#4 A C#m A G A C#m F#4

Chorus
A (8 bars) F#4

3 Verses with Chorus then…

Coda
F#4 C#m
C#m9 C#m7 C#m9 C#m7 C#m9 C#m7 C#m9 C#m7 C#m9 C#m7
C#m9 C#m7 C#m9 C#m7 C#m9 C#m7 C#m9 C#m6/9T
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Postby Box Of Rain on Mon Apr 04, 2005 7:37 pm

Thanks again, Zog. Gracie certainly loves those bizarre chords, doesn't she?
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Postby Guest on Sat Apr 09, 2005 3:51 am

MARK wrote:Yes, the famous Jack intro is F# - G.
Though for some reason I've seen it published a half-step or so different ... don't know why.
I can send you the complete song (again, in the wrong key) if you give me your email address.
Regards, - Mark


Could you please send it to me to my email address is britishgangsta45@yahoo.com
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Postby Zog on Tue Apr 26, 2005 12:08 am

Here's the other one you wanted, Box of Rain. It's tricky.

Won’t You Try/Saturday Afternoon

Intro
Em7 (16 bars)

Verse
Em7

Chorus
D E D C#m D
E D C#m D
E D C#m D E

Saturday Afternoon Part
E (24 bars)

D E D E
D C#m D E
D C#m D E
D E D E E

Lead
E (6 ½ bars)

E A E A E
E A E A E

D C#m D E
D C#m D E
D C#m D E
D C#m D E
D C#m D E
D C#m D E
D C#m D E

(Slow part)
D C#m Bm D E Em
A G Em
A G Em
A G Em
A G Em
A G Em
A G Em Dm
Dm Em F G Dm Em
Em A G Em
A G

End
Repeat Em
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