TO CRY YOU A SONG
Words and music by Ian Anderson
Tablature intrepretation by Bruce Bubier

Key signature is g minor
Time signature is 4/4

Rhythm is NOT indicated in the tablature.
SL means slide from first to second chord
 


 correction for the main riff 'to cry you a song' tab by Michael N. Virgilio <mvirgili@iwu.edu>

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-5-4-5-------------------
---------5-4-5-------------5--5-5-7-8--7-5-------
-----------------6-5-6--3----------------------3-2-3


play this intro twice
__________________________________________________________________
__________________________________________________________________
__3__2__3_________________________________________________________
___________5__4__5________________________________________________
____________________5__4__5_____5__5_5__7__8__8__7__5_____5_______
_____________________________6_________________________9__________

              g   g
______________3___3_______________________________________________
______________3___3____________________4__3__4____________________
______________3___3_____________________________5__4__5___________
______________5___5_______________________________________________
______________5___5_______________________________________________
______________3___3_______________________________________________
Flying so high,             trying to remember

                      F      C
______________________1______3____________________________________
______________________1______5____3__2__3_________________________
______________________2______5_____________5__4__5________________
______________________3______5______________________5__4__5_____5_
______________________3______3_______________________________6____
______________________1______3____________________________________
how many cigarettes did I bring   along?

                g   g
________________3___3_____________________________________________
________________3___3____________________4__3__4__________________
________________3___3_____________________________5__4__5_________
________________5___5_____________________________________________
________________5___5_____________________________________________
________________3___3_____________________________________________
When I get down             I'll jump in a taxicab
 

                             F      C
_____________________________1______3_____________________________
_____________________________1______5_____________________________
_____________________________2______5_____________________________
_____________________________3______5_____________________________
_____________________________3______3_____________________________
_____________________________1______3_____________________________
driving through London town to cry you a song.
 

__________________________________________________________________
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__3__2__3_________________________________________________________
___________5__4__5________________________________________________
____________________5__4__5_____5__5_5__7__8__8__7__5_____5_______
_____________________________6_________________________9__________

 

                    F   F   C  g  (hold on this chord for a bit)
____________________1___1___3__3__________________________________
____________________1___1___5__3__________________________________
_3__2__3____________2___2___5__3__________________________________
__________5__4__5___3___3___5__5__________________________________
____________________3___3___3__5__________________________________
____________________1___1___3__3__________________________________

           C       C  C SL Bd    F  SL g
___________3_______3__3____1_____1_____3__________________________
___________5_______5__5____3_____1_____3__________________________
___________5_______5__5____3_____2_____g__________________________
___________5_______5__5____3_____3_____5_____5__4__5______________
___________3_______3__3____1_____3_____5______________5__4__5_____
__________ 3_______3__3____1_____1_____3__________________________
It's been a long time                                still shaking my wings
relationship of chords and words here is only approximate
 

           C       C  C SL Bd    F  SL g
___________3_______3__3____1_____1_____3__________________________
___________5_______5__5____3_____1_____3__________________________
___________5_______5__5____3_____2_____3__________________________
___________5_______5__5____3_____3_____5_____5__4__5______________
___________3_______3__3____1_____3_____5______________5__4__5_____
__________ 3_______3__3____1_____1_____3__________________________
Well I'm a glad bird                             I got changes to ring.
relationship of chords and words here is only approximate

          Play this 4 times               then...
_5_________________________________________________________________
___8__7____7__5_5_5_5_5_5_______5_3____5_3____5_3___3_1____________
________7__________________________________________________0_0_2_2_
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Improvisation section

Music just repeats with following stanzas
 

Closing my dream inside its paper bag.
Thought I saw angels but I could have been wrong
Search in my case,
can't find what they're looking for.
Waving me through
to cry you a song.

It's been a long time
still shaking my sings
Well I'm a glad bird
I got changes to ring.

Lights in the street
peeping throught curtains drawn.
Rattling of safety chain taking too long.
The smile in you eyes
was never so sweet before
I came down from the skies
to cry you a song.