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I Can't Explain - The Who


(@dan-t)
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As promised, some more Who! 8)

I Can't Explain is very easy to play. The song does use a lot of barre chords, so in keeping with the ESD theme, I tried to simplify it a bit more by doing a version using mostly open chords as well, (scroll to the bottom).

Dan

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1uFcPjILC7k
The Who - I Can't Explain

Main Riff A:
E D A E
E---------------------------0--0-------|
B----9--x--7--7--x-x--2--x--0--0-x-x---|
G----9--x--7--7--x-x--2--x--1--1-x-x---|
D----9--x--7--7--x-x--2--x--2--2-x-x---|
A----7--x--5--5--x-x--0--x--2--2-x-x---|
E---------------------------0--0-------|

Main Riff B:
E D B E
E---------------------------0--0--------|
B----9--x--7--7--x-x--4--x--0--0--x-x---|
G----9--x--7--7--x-x--4--x--1--1--x-x---|
D----9--x--7--7--x-x--4--x--2--2--x-x---|
A----7--x--5--5--x-x--2--x--2--2--x-x---|
E---------------------------0--0--------|

Pre-Chorus:
E D A E D A E
E----------------------------------------------------------|
B--9-9-9-9-7--7-7--5-5-5-9--9-9-9--9-9-7-7-5-5-5-9--9-9-9--|
G--9-9-9-9-7--7-7--6-6-6-9--9-9-9--9-9-7-7-6-6-6-9--9-9-9--|
D--9-9-9-9-7--7-7--7-7-7-9--9-9-9--9-9-7-7-7-7-7-9--9-9-9--|
A--7-7-7-7-5--5-5--7-7-7-7--7-7-7--7-7-5-5-7-7-7-7--7-7-7--|
E------------------5-5-5-------------------5-5-5-----------|

E D A E D B
E------------------------------------------|
B--9-9-7-7-5-5-5-9--9-9-9--9-9-9-7-4--(4)--|
G--9-9-7-7-6-6-6-9--9-9-9--9-9-9-7-4--(4)--|
D--9-9-7-7-7-7-7-9--9-9-9--9-9-9-7-4--(4)--|
A--7-7-5-5-7-7-7-7--7-7-7--7-7-7-5-2--(2)--|
E----------5-5-5---------------------------|

Chorus:
E C#m A B
E--------4--4--4------------------|
B--9--9--5--5--5--2--2--4--4--4---|
G--9--9--6--6--6--2--2--4--4--4---|
D--9--9--6--6--6--2--2--4--4--4---|
A--7--7--4--4--4--0--0--2--2--2---|
E---------------------------------|

Intro = Main riff A 3xs

Main riff A
Got a feeling inside (Can't explain)
Main riff A
It's a certain kind (Can't explain)
Main riff A
I feel hot and cold (Can't explain)
Main riff B
Yeah, down in my soul, yeah (Can't explain)

Main riff A
I said ... (Can't explain)
Main riff A
I'm feeling good now, yeah, but (Can't explain)

Pre-Chorus
Dizzy in the head and I'm feeling blue
The things you've said, well, maybe they're true
I'm gettin' funny dreams again and again
I know what it means, but

Chorus
Can't explain
I think it's love
Try to say it to you
When I feel blue

Main riff A
But I can't explain (Can't explain)
Main riff A
Yeah, hear what I'm saying, girl (Can't explain)

Solo 1 = Main riff A 2xs

Pre-chorus
Dizzy in the head and I'm feeling bad
The things you've said have got me real mad
I'm gettin' funny dreams again and again
I know what it means but

Chorus
Can't explain
I think it's love
Try to say it to you
When I feel blue

Main riff A
But I can't explain (Can't explain)
Main riff A
Forgive me one more time, now (Can't explain)

Solo 2 = Main riff a 3xs + Main riff B 1x

Main riff A
I said I can't explain, yeah
Main riff A
You drive me out of my mind
Main riff A
Yeah, I'm the worrying kind, babe
Main riff A except end on the E chord & hold
I said I can't explain

Easy Version (less barre chords):

Main Riff A:
E D A E
E----0-----2--2-------------0--0--------|
B----0--x--3--3--x-x--2--x--0--0--x-x---|
G----1--x--2--2--x-x--2--x--1--1--x-x---|
D----2--x--0--0--x-x--2--x--2--2--x-x---|
A----2--x--------x-x--0--x--2--2--x-x---|
E----0----------------------0--0--------|

Main Riff B:
E D B E
E----0-----2--2-------------0--0--------|
B----0--x--3--3--x-x--4--x--0--0--x-x---|
G----1--x--2--2--x-x--4--x--1--1--x-x---|
D----2--x--0--0--x-x--4--x--2--2--x-x---|
A----2--x--------x-x--2--x--2--2--x-x---|
E----0----------------------0--0--------|

Pre-Chorus:
E D A E D A E
E--0-0-0-0-2--2-2--------0--0-0-0--0-0-2-2-------0--0-0-0--|
B--0-0-0-0-3--3-3--2-2-2-0--0-0-0--0-0-3-3-2-2-2-0--0-0-0--|
G--1-1-1-1-2--2-2--2-2-2-1--1-1-1--1-1-2-2-2-2-2-1--1-1-1--|
D--2-2-2-2-0--0-0--2-2-2-2--2-2-2--2-2-0-0-2-2-2-2--2-2-2--|
A--2-2-2-2---------0-0-0-2--2-2-2--2-2-----0-0-0-2--2-2-2--|
E--0-0-0-0---------------0--0-0-0--0-0-----------0--0-0-0--|

E D A E D B
E--0-0-2-2-------0--0-0-0--0-0-0-2---------|
B--0-0-3-3-2-2-2-0--0-0-0--0-0-0-3-4--(4)--|
G--1-1-2-2-2-2-2-1--1-1-1--1-1-1-2-4--(4)--|
D--2-2-0-0-2-2-2-2--2-2-2--2-2-2-0-4--(4)--|
A--2-2-----0-0-0-2--2-2-2--2-2-2---2--(2)--|
E--0-0-----------0--0-0-0--0-0-0-----------|

Chorus:
E C#m A B
E--0--0--4--4--4------------------|
B--0--0--5--5--5--2--2--4--4--4---|
G--1--1--6--6--6--2--2--4--4--4---|
D--2--2--6--6--6--2--2--4--4--4---|
A--2--2--4--4--4--0--0--2--2--2---|
E--0--0---------------------------|

"The only way I know that guarantees no mistakes is not to play and that's simply not an option". David Hodge


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(@vic-lewis-vl)
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Nice job, Dan! Always been one of my faves - not that I actually need this tab, but it's nice for others to have it too.

I failed miserably to complete the song I was working on....long story, I'll PM you! I'll finish it in the AM - got it all worked out, just needs typing out and tidying up.

:D :D :D

Vic

"Sometimes the beauty of music can help us all find strength to deal with all the curves life can throw us." (D. Hodge.)


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(@dan-t)
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Thanks Vic. :D

Dan

"The only way I know that guarantees no mistakes is not to play and that's simply not an option". David Hodge


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