Beside Myself
By Ian Anderson, from Jethro Tull’s Roots to Branches album.
Transcribed by Peter Dawson, thanks also to Håkan, suggestions for improvement are welcome.
Capo III

Intro
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Riff 1 x2                         |
|Em                       D  Cmaj7|
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|----------------|--------------0-|
|----------------|----------0-----|
|--2-0-2---0-----|--2-0-2-4---2---|
|02--0-2-02--2-0-|02--0-2-5---3---|
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Verse 1.
{Riff 1[Em]Small child messing down, messing down
In the streets of Bom[D]bay; [Cmaj7]}
{Riff 1[Em]Cities like this have no shame,
no shame: indeed why [D]should [Cmaj7]}they?
[Am] Out in the middle dis[Bm]tance,
[Cmaj7]several traged[Fmaj7]ies are playing
Mmm... {Riff 1[Em]  I'm be[D]side my[Cmaj7]}self.
       {Riff 1[Em]  I'm be[D]side my[Cmaj7]}self. [Cmaj7///]xx[Cmaj7///]
 

Verse 2 (1st 6 lines same as verse 1)
Big sister, can you hear him, can you hear him?
I'm beside myself.
Big sister, can you see him cry,
see him cry?  I'm beside myself.
I saw you taking money in the shadows –
in the shadows by the station there.
 
 

|C               |                |                |G       Fmaj7
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|--------1-------|--------1-------|--------1-------|----013-1-------|
|--0---0---0-----|--0---0---0-----|--0---0---0-----|--02----2-------|
|23--23------3-2-|23--23------3-2-|23--23------3-2-|-0------3-------|
|3---------------|3---------------|3---------------|----------------|
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.         I’ll wish you up a silver train
.                     to carry you to school, bring you home again.
.                                      Strip off that work paint
.                                                    put a cleaner face on.
{Riff 1[Em] I'm be[D]side my[Cmaj7]}self.
{Riff 1[Em] I'm be[Cmaj7]}side myself.
(notes: g g g g   b a g f#)
 

Verse 3 (1st 6 lines same as verse 1)
Hollow faced mother with her babe in arms,
babe in arms-looks through me.
Behind forgotten charms,
forgotten charms to soothe me.
Between the guilt and charity –
I feel the wimp inside of me.

Riff 2
|Bm         A     Bm      A       Bm        A      Bm      no chord
|--7---7---------|--7---7--0-----|--7---7---------|--7---7---------|
|-7--10---710-7--|-7--10—23-32320|-7--10---710-7--|-7--10--2320----|
|9-------9------9|9--------------|9-------9------9|9-----------020-|
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.                      I'm beside myself.
.                                                 I'm beside myself.
[Em]Out in the middle distance (notes on low E string: f#gf# e),
[D]still [C]more tragedies [G]are [A]playing.
 

Riff 3 (=Riff 2 down an octave)
|Bm              |        G   A
|----------------|--------3---0---|
|----------------|--------0---2---|
|--4-2-4---2-----|--4-2-4-0---2---|
|24------24--4-2-|24------0---2---|
|----------------|--------2---0---|
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.                    I'm  beside myself.
 

Instrumental (play twice)
||:Bm              |        A   G   |Bm              |        no chord|
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||:4------02-4---44|4--02-4-2---0---|4------02-4---4-|---02-4--------4|
||:2-----2-------22|2-2-------------|2-----2-------2-|--2-------------|
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3
|Em          G   |D   C     G A   |Bm              |        G    A  :||
|0---------------|----------------|2-------------22|2---------------:||
|0---------------|----------3-2---|3-------------33|3---------------:||
|0-----------0---|----------------|4-------------44|4-------0---2---:||
|2-------0-2-----|4---2-----------|4------02-4---44|4--02-4---------:||
|2-----22--------|----------------|2-----2-------22|2-2-------------:||
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|D               |                |                |A
|----------------|----------------|--------2-------|------0-5-------|
|--------3-------|--------3-------|--------3-3-----|---023--5-------|
|--2---2---2-----|--2---2---2-----|--2---2-----2---|--2-----6-------|
|-4--45------5-4-|-4--45------5-4-|-4--45--------4-|-2--------------|
|5---------------|5---------------|5---------------|0---------------|
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.      I’m so proud of you –
.                       Swimming up from the deep blue.
.                                         Which one of me do you run to?

I'm beside myself.
{Riff 1[Em]  I'm be[D]side my[Cmaj7]}self.
{Riff 1[Em]  I'm be[D]side my[Cmaj7]}self.
 

Verse 1 repeat (last lines different key)
Small child messing down, messing down.
in the streets of Bombay.
Cities like this have no shame, have no shame;
indeed, why should they?
Out in the middle distance,
several tragedies are playing.
[1½ bars Riff 2]  I'm be[A]side my[Bm]self.
[1½ bars Riff 2]  I'm be[A]side my[Bm]self.
[Riff 3 but with A chord before G] x2
Bm Bm (End with instrumental)
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