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                          ONE BROWN MOUSE - Jethro Tull

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Tabbed by: MrMelody

E-mail: riderwherethetreesarelow@myspace.com

 

Tuning: DADGAD, capo 1st fret

 

Note: This it the new version that Ian Anderson recorded for Jethro Tull's

"The Best Of Acoustic" album in 2007. Compared to the original version from

"Heavy Horses" (1978), it's half a step lower (probably for vocal reasons).

Although the song is allegedly played in Open E tuning (song announcement on

"Bursting Out", 1978) I chose the DADGAD tuning since I think it's easier to

play.

 

Use a pick and listen to the song to get the strumming pattern. The single notes

in the tab merge with the surrounding chords most of the time, just practice to

figure it out.

 

I'm still not sure about the G based chord in the Verse section, if anyone knows

the correct chord, please leave a comment or email me!

 

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1. Spoken introduction

 

(Excerpt from "To a mouse" by Robert Burns (1759-1796))

"Wee, sleekit, cowrin, tim'rous beastie,

O, what a panic's in thy breastie!

Thou need na start awa sae hasty

Wi bickering brattle!"

 

... but a mouse is a mouse, for all that.

 

 

 

2. Instrumental introduction

 

   ^ ^ v ^       ^ ^ ^      

e|-0-0-0---------------------------|

B|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-------------|

G|-7-7-7-6h7p6p0-4-2-0-------------|

D|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-------------|

A|-0-------------------------------|

E|---------------------------------|

 

   ^ v ^ v ^ v ^ v ^ v ^ v ^ v ^ v   ^ v ^ v ^ v ^ v ^ v ^ v ^ v ^ v 

e|-2---2-0---0---2-2-----2---2-2-0-|-0-2---0---0---------------------|

B|-0---0-0-4-0---0-0-----0---0-0-0-|-0-0---0-4-0-0-0---0-0---0-0-0-0-|

G|-2---2-2-2-2---2-2-----2---2-2-2-|-2-2---2-2-2-2-4---2-2---2-2-2-2-|

D|-2---2-2-2-2---2-2-----2---2-2-2-|-2-2---2-2-2-2-2---2-2---2-2-2-2-|

A|-0---------------0---------------|-0-------------------------------!

E|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|

 

 

 

   ^ v ^ v ^ v ^ v ^ v ^ v ^ v ^     ^ ^ v ^       ^   ^ ^ v ^ v ^ v

e|-0---------------0-----0-0-------|---------------------------------|

B|-0-----------0-0-0-----0-0-0-----|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0---0-0-----|

G|-2---2-0---0-0-2-2-----2-2-0-2/6-|-7-7-7-6h7p6p0-4\2-0-2---2-2-0---|

D|-0-------4---0-0-0---------0-----|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0---0-0---4-|

A|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|

E|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|

 

   ^ v ^ v ^ v ^ v ^ v ^ v ^ v ^ v   ^ v ^ v ^ v ^ v ^ v ^ v ^ v ^ v 

e|-2---2-0---0---2-2-----2---2-2-0-|-0-2---0---0---------------------|

B|-0---0-0-4-0---0-0-----0---0-0-0-|-0-0---0-4-0-0-0---0-0---0-0-0-0-|

G|-2---2-2-2-2---2-2-----2---2-2-2-|-2-2---2-2-2-2-4---2-2---2-2-2-2-|

D|-2---2-2-2-2---2-2-----2---2-2-2-|-2-2---2-2-2-2-2---2-2---2-2-2-2-|

A|-0---------------0---------------|-0-------------------------------|

E|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|

 

 

 

3. Verse

 

     ^ v ^ v ^ v ^ v ^ v ^ v ^  v  ^ v   ^ v ^ v ^ v ^ v ^ v ^ v ^ v ^ v  

e||--2---2-0---0---2-2-----2-2---------|-0---0-0---------2---2-0---2-2-0-|

B||--0---0-0-4-0---0-0-----0-0---------|-0---0-0---------0---0-0---0-0-0-|

G||*-2---2-2-2-2---2-2-----2-2-------0-|-2---2-2-0-------2---2-2---2-2-2-|

D||*-2---2-2-2-2---2-2-----2-2-(0)-4---|-0---0-0---4-2-0-2---2-2---2-2-2-|

A||--0---------------0-----------------|-----------------0---------------|

E||------------------------------------|---------------------------------|

 

   ^ v ^ v ^ v ^ v ^ v ^ v ^ v ^ v   ^ v ^ v ^ v ^ v ^ v ^ v ^ v ^ v  4x

e|-0-----0---------0---------------|-2-----0---2-2-2-2-----2---0-0-2--||

B|-2---2---0-2-----0---0-----------|-0-----0---0-0-0-0-----0---0-0-0--||

G|-0-----------0-2-2---2-2-0-------|-2-----2---2-2-2-2-----2---2-2-2-*||

D|-0---------------0---0-----4-2-0-|-2-----2---2-2-2-2-----2---2-2-2-*||

A|-2---------------0---------------|-0---------------0----------------||

E|---------------------------------|----------------------------------||

 

Smile your little smile take some tea with me awhile.

Brush away that black cloud from your shoulder.

Twitch your whiskers. Feel that you're really real.

Another tea-time another day older.

 

Puff warm breath on your tiny hands.

You wish you were a man

who every day can turn another page.

Behind your glass you sit and look

at my ever-open book:

One brown mouse sitting in a cage.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Interlude

 

    D5   E5  F5  G5  G/B A5  Asus4 A/C# B5 Bsus4

e|--0----2---3---5---0---2---0-----2-----4---2---|

B|--0----2---3---5---2---0---0-----4-----2---2---|

G|--2----4---5---7---0---2---2-----2-----4---4---|

D|--0----2---3---5---0---2---2-----2-----4---4---|

A|-(0)---2---3---5---2---0---0-----4-----2---2---|

E|-(0)---2---3---5-------------------------------|

 

 

E5               D5          A5             Asus4 A5

   Do you wonder if I really care for you,

E5               D5          A5             Asus4 A5

   Am I just the company you keep?

F5              G5                  D5       A5

   Which one of us exercises on the old treadmill,

E5               G/B

   Who hides his head, pretending to

 

   sleep?

 

   ^ v ^ v ^ v ^ v ^ v ^ v ^ v ^ v   ^ v ^ v ^ v ^ v ^ v ^ v

e|-0---0-0-0-0-0-------------------|-2---2-0---0---2---2-2-0-|

B|-0---0-0-0-0-0-------------------|-0---0-0-4-0---0---0-0-0-|

G|-2---0-2-2-0-2---------0---------|-2---2-2-2-2---2---2-2-2-|

D|-0---0-0-0-0-0---0-2-4-----4-2-0-|-2---2-2-2-2---2---2-2-2-|

A|-0-------------------------------|-0-----------------------|

E|---------------------------------|-------------------------|

 

   ^ v ^ v ^ v ^ v ^ v ^ v ^ v ^     ^ ^ v ^       ^   ^ ^ v ^ v ^ v

e|-0---------------0-----0-0-------|---------------------------------|

B|-0-----------0-0-0-----0-0-0-----|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0---0-------|

G|-2---2-0---0-0-2-2-----2-2-0-2/6-|-7-7-7-6h7p6p0-4\2-0-2---2-0-2-6-|

D|-0-------4---0-0-0---------0-----|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0---0-------|

A|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|

E|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|

 

   ^ ^ v ^       ^   ^ ^ v ^ v ^ v

e|---------------------2-----------|

B|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-----------|

G|-7-7-7-6h7p6p0-4\2-0-2-----------|

D|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-2-----------|

A|---------------------0-----------|

E|---------------------------------|

 

 

 

5. One step up (this is nasty! tip: leave your index finger barre

over all strings on the 2nd fret)

 

B5 Bsus4 B5 E5 B5 A/C# E5 B5 Bsus4 2x

 

 

 

6. Verse

 

(play the verse riff 4 times and repeat last line another 2 times)

 

Smile your little smile take some tea with me awhile.

Brush away that black cloud from your shoulder.

Twitch your whiskers. Feel that you're really real.

Another tea-time another day older.

 

Smile your little smile take some tea with me awhile.

And every day we'll turn another page.

Behind our glass we'll sit and look

at our ever-open book:

One brown mouse sitting in a cage.

One brown mouse sitting in a cage.

One brown mouse sitting in a cage.

 

7. Outro

 

   ^ ^ v ^       ^ ^ ^     ^          ^   ^ v ^ v ^ v ^ v ^ v ^ v ^ v   ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^      ^

e|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-----2--------|-0---4-2-0-----------------------|-----------0-----<12>-||

B|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-----0--------|-0---------4-2-0-----------------|---------0-------<12>-||

G|-7-7-7-6h7p6p0-4-2-0-----2--------|-0---------------2-0-------------|-------2--------------||

D|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-----2--------|-0-------------------4-2-0-------|-----0----------------||

A|-0-----------------------0--------|---------------------------4-2-0-|---0------------------||

E|----------------------------------|---------------------------------|-0--------------------||

 

 

 

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| ^   pickstroke down

| v   pickstroke up

| /   slide up

| \   slide down

| h   hammer-on

| p   pull-off

| <>  natural harmonic

| ()  ghost note

| x   Mute note

 

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