Cowboy Song


Transposer


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                Cowboy Song – Thin Lizzy
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Written by: Brian Downey/Phil Lynott
From: "Jailbreak" (1976)

Tabbed by: maguri
Tuning: One half step down (Eb-Ab-Db-Gb-Bb-eb)

This is not easy to transcribe because there are no clear chords in the 
chorus: the guitars play melody/harmony-lines that together only suggest a 
certain chord but do not define it explicitly. The second "chord" in the 
chorus is a good example: the bass plays the note c# and the guitars put c# 
and e on top of that. This may be an A/C# on the one hand or (adding an 
imaginary g#) a C#m. The nature of the chords in the closing riff of the 
chorus (bass plays B – A- F# - E – A) is similarly undefined.

Anyway, for this chord version I imagined someone who wants to provide a 
basic accompaniment on an acoustic guitar for a singer (maybe in a starry 
night by the campfire light ...). For the sake of playability I made some 
decisions that may of course be interpreted differently – to me they sound 
fine. I went for a C#m (which might as well be an A/C#, of course) and hints 
of "acoustic power chords" for the closing riff in the chorus. Enjoy!

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comment so I can improve it. Suggestions and comments are highly welcome!
Thank you very much!

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[Chorus]
   D                C#m              Bm    A5 F#5 E5  A
   1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +  1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +  1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +  1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +
eb|----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
Bb|3---------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
Gb|2---------------|1---------------|4---------------|2---------------|
Db|0---------------|2---------------|4-----2---------|2---------------|
Ab|----------------|4---------------|2-----0---4---2-|0---------------|
Eb|----------------|----------------|----------2---0-|----------------|

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CHORDS
          E-a-D-G-B-e
C#m7/G#   4-4-6-4-5-4
C#m/G#    4-4-6-6-5-4

A/C#      x-4-2-2-2(0)
D/F#      2-x-0-2-3(2)
E/G#      4-x-2-1-0-0

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[Intro]
A             E     F#m7      E      D
  I am just a cowboy lonesome on the trail
A                C#m7/G#            F#m7  E  D 
  A starry night, a campfire light
A                 E  F#m7     E          D
  The coyote call,     the howling winds wail
A             C#m7/G#      F#m7     E  D 
  So I ride out to the old sundown


[Chorus]
[Instrumental]
| D | C#m | Bm   A5 F#5 E5 | A |
| D | C#m | Bm   A5 F#5 E5 | A |


[Verse]
A             E     F#m       E      D
  I am just a cowboy lonesome on the trail
A                C#m/G#                   F#m   E  D 
  Lord, I'm just thinking about a certain female
A                       E     F#m E          D
  The nights we spent together riding on the range
A          C#m/G#  F#m               E  D 
   Looking back it seems so strange


[Chorus]
D                 C#m              
 Roll me over and turn me around
Bm      A5      F#5        E5 A 
 Let me keep spinning till I  hit the ground
D                 C#m              
 Roll me over and let me go
Bm  A5  F#5 E5 A 
 Riding in the rodeo


[Verse]
A               E    F#m             E   D
  I was took in Texas I did not know her name
A                 C#m/G#         F#m           E  D 
  Lord, all these southern girls seem the same
A                E           F#m       E D
  Down below the border in a town in Mexico
A          C#m/G#                     F#m   E  D 
  I got my job busting broncs for the rodeo


[Chorus]
D                 C#m              
 Roll me over and turn me around
Bm      A5      F#5        E5 A 
 Let me keep spinning till I  hit the ground
D                 C#m              
 Roll me over and let me go
Bm       A5   F#5  E5  A 
 Running free with the buffalo


[Solo]
(= verse + chorus)
| A | E | F#m  E | D | 
| A | C#m/G# | F#m  E | D |
| A | E | F#m  E | D | 
| A | C#m/G# | F#m  E | D |

| D | C#m | Bm   A5 F#5 E5 | A |
| D | C#m | Bm   A5 F#5 E5 | A |


[Chorus]
(variation)
D        C#m   Bm   A5 F#5 E5 | A |              [ D ]
 Roll me over ...                 and I’ll turn around
D        C#m   Bm   A5 F#5 E5 | A |

D               C#m       Bm   A5 F#5 E5 | A |
  And I move my fingers ...                 up and down 
D        C#m       Bm   A5 F#5 E5 | A |
            up and down


[Interlude]
(Chorus variation)
| D | C#m | Bm | A [break]|
| D | C#m | Bm | A [break]|


D             C#m      Bm  A5   F#5   E5 | A | 
   It’s okay amigo ...     just let me go
D             C#m       Bm   A5   F#5 E5  A 
                           Riding in  the rodeo


[Interlude]
(Chorus variation)
| D | C#m | Bm | A [break]|
| D | C#m | Bm | A [break]|


[Solo]
(= verse)
| A | E | F#m  E | D | 
| A | C#m/G# | F#m  E | D |
| A | E | F#m  E | D | 
| A | C#m/G# | F#m  E | D |


[Chorus]
D                 C#m              
 Roll me over and turn me around
Bm      A5      F#5        E5 A 
 Let me keep spinning till I  hit the ground
D                 C#m              
 Roll me over and let me go
Bm  A5  F#5 E5 A 
 Riding in the rodeo


[Outro]
D                 C#m
 Roll me over and set me free
Bm            A/C#  D/F#  E/G# [break]                    A
 The cowboy's life               is the life for me
            

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