Two Short Planks
Word and Music by Ian Anderson
Tab by Robert Walker
 
Capo 3
4/4 time throughout, except for a 6/4 bar in the last line of each verse.
the "r" strum symbol below the tab staff is a light upstroke rake that Ian
Anderson is fond of using.  The asterisk lines divide the music into sections.
 
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INTRO - 8 bars
 
 
   Dadd9,11                           C    Cadd9   C      Cadd9         C
 
-----------0--------------------------0----0--0----0------0--0--0--0----0-----
-------------3------3--------3--------1----3--3----1------3--3--3--3----1-----
--------0-------------0--------0------0----0--0----0------0--0--0--0----0-----
---0-h4-----------4--------4-----4----2----2--2----2------2--2--2--2----2-----
--------------------------------------3----3--3----3------3--3--3--3----3-----
------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                      ^    ^  v    ^      ^  v  ^  v    ^
                                      * (^=downstroke; v=upstroke)
 
 
   Dadd9,11                           C    Cadd9   C      Cadd9         C
 
-----------0--------------------------0----0--0----0------0--0--0-------0-----
-------------3------3--------3--------1----3--3----1------3--3--3-------1-----
--------0-------------0--------0------0----0--0----0------0--0--0-------0-----
---0-h4-----------4--------4-----4----2----2--2----2------2--2--2-------2-----
--------------------------------------3----3--3----3------3--3--3-------3-----
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                                      ^    ^  v    ^      ^  v  ^       v
 
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PRE-VERSE - D Dsus2,4 strumming - 4 bars
 
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VERSE 1 - 15 bars, all 4/4 except 1 6/4 bar
 
 D                    Asus4      Bm    Csus2      D     Dsus2,4  D     Dsus2,4
 
-2----2-----2-2-----|---------------------------|-2--2--0-0-0--|-2--2--0-0-0--
-3----3-----3-3-----|---------------------------|-3--3--3-3-3--|-3--3--3-3-3--
-2----2-------------|-----2----------------0----|-2--2--0-0-0--|-2--2--0-0-0--
-0------------------|---0-----------0----0------|-0------------|-0------------
--------------------|-0----------2-----3--------|--------------|--------------
--------------------|---------------------------|--------------|--------------
 Find some  way to    square the cir-    cle      ^  r  ^ v ^    ^  r  ^ v ^
                                                     * (r=rake)
 
 
      C                                           D     Dsus2,4  D     Dsus2,4
 
------0----0----0----0----|---------------------|-2--2--0-0-0--|-2--2--0-0-0--
------1----1----1----1----|---------------------|-3--3--3-3-3--|-3--3--3-3-3--
------0----0----0----0----|------0---2-0--------|-2--2--0-0-0--|-2--2--0-0-0--
------2----2----2----2----|-3--2---------2-0----|-0------------|-0------------
------3----3----3----3----|---------------------|--------------|--------------
--------------------------|---------------------|--------------|--------------
      ^    ^    v    v                            ^  r  ^ v ^    ^  r  ^ v ^
Feet slip-ping slid-ding   on   the le- vel
 
 
      C                                           D     Dsus2,4  D     Dsus2,4
 
------0----0----0----0----|---------------------|-2--2--0-0-0--|-2--2--0-0-0---
------1----1----1----1----|----1----------------|-3--3--3-3-3--|-3--3--3-3-3---
------0----0----0----0----|-2-------------------|-3--2--0-0-0--|-2--2--0-0-0---
------2----2----2----2----|------------------0--|-0------------|-0-------------
------3----3----3----3----|----------0-2--3-----|--------------|---------------
--------------------------|---------------------|--------------|---------------
      ^    ^    v    v                            ^  r  ^ v ^    ^  r  ^ v ^
 Con- nect to   rea- son    is there a-ny bo-dy   there
 
 
6/4 bar
         G                         F     C
 
---------3--3--3--3--3--3-3-3-0--|-1-1-1-0-|------------
---------0--0--0--0--0--0-0-0-0--|-1-1-1-1-|------------
---------0-----0--------0--------|-2-----0-|------------
---------0-----0--------0--------|-3-----2-|-3-2-3-2-0--
---------2-----2--------2--------|-------3-|------------
---------3-----3--------3--------|---------|------------
         ^  ^  v  v  ^  v v ^ v    ^ ^ v ^
 Drum it in to me now  if you--ou da-----re...
 
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PRE-VERSE - D Dsus2,4 strumming - 4 bars
 
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VERSE 2 (see Verse 1 tab above)
 
Triangles by Isosceles.
Principles by Archimedes.
Amo, amas; even amat
Make for one less way to skin the cat.
 
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PRE-CHORUS - D Dsus2,4 strumming - 2 bars
 
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INITIAL CHORUS - 8 bars
 
G   D     A Asus2 A
Two short planks
 
C               G
Try my luck on another day
 
                 G   D     A      Asus2 A
Must be thick as two short planks
 
C                            Dsus2,4
Thatís about all that I have to say.
 
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PRE-VERSE - D Dsus2,4 strumming - 3 bars
 
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VERSE 3 (see Verse 1 tab above)
 
They say truth comes flooding if you let it.
But what happens if I just donít get it?
Iím blissful in my sweet ignorance
And delight in my incompetence.
 
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PRE-CHORUS - D Dsus2,4 strumming - 2 bars
 
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FULL CHORUS - 16 bars
 
G   D     A Asus2 A
Two short planks
 
C               G
Try my luck on another day
 
                 G   D     A      Asus2 A
Must be thick as two short planks
 
C                            Dsus2,4
Thatís about all that I have to say.
 
 
G   D     A Asus2 A
Two short planks
 
C                   G
Pop the question: I sit the test
 
                 G   D     A      Asus2 A
Must be thick as two short planks
 
C                         Dsus2,4
Spin me round till I come to rest.
 
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POST-CHORUS - D Dsus2,4 strumming - 2 bars
 
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Repeat INTRO - 8 bars
 
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INSTRUMENTAL - FLUTE SOLO - 17 bars
 
A Asus2 A Asus4 A Asus2 A     G
 
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REPEAT FULL CHORUS
 
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OUTRO - 25 bars
 
This section consist of 3 parts - 2 guitar and 1 mandolin.  I have rewritten
the mando part for the guitar.  Each part consists of four repeating bars.
Parts 1 and 2 overlap, while part three is offset by one bar.  I have placed
beat numbers under the bars so you can get the timing correct.  You can play
all three parts if you have a looping device such as the Line 6 DL-4 or the
Boss Loop Station.  The total length of the outro is 25 bars.  The four bars
of part 1 are played first, then part 2 is added at bar 5, and part 3 at bar
6.  These three parts continue to repeat until bar 25, which consists of an
A chord to end the piece.
 
Part 1
 
-------0------------|------------------|-----0------------|-------------------
-*-----------2------|-3----------------|-----------2------|-3---------------*-
---2----------------|-------0---2------|-2----------------|-------0---2-------
---2---2---2---2----|-2---2---2---2----|-2---2---2---2----|-2---2---2---2-----
-*------------------|------------------|------------------|-----------------*-
--------------------|------------------|------------------|-------------------
   1   2   3   4      1   2   3   4      1   2   3   4      1   2   3   4
 
 
Part 2 (mando)
 
--------------------|---2---3---5-3-5--|------------------|-------------------
-*-------0---2---3--|------------------|------------------|-----------------*-
-------2-----2------|------------------|------------------|-------------------
-------2------------|------------------|------------------|-------------------
-*---0--------------|------------------|------------------|-----------------*-
--------------------|------------------|------------------|-------------------
   1   2   3   4      1   2   3   4      1   2   3   4      1   2   3   4
 
 
 
Part 3 (offset by one bar; beat one of part 3, bar 4 is simultaneous with beat
      one of parts 1 and 2.)
 
                    |------------------|------------------|-------------------
                    |*-----------------|------------------|-------------------
                    |------------------|------------------|-------------------
                    |------------------|------------------|-----420---0-2-4---
                    |*-----------------|------------------|---------4---------
                    |------------------|------------------|-------------------
                      1   2   3   4      1   2   3   4      1   2   3
4
 
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---2----------------|
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   1   2   3   4
 
On the last time
(bar 25) subtitute
an A chord in this
bar to end the piece.
 
 
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