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(@rodders)
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Well its been quite a while since I posted anything here and as I always seem to be playing this one for my own enjoyment I thought I would check out any other versions that might be on the web, only to find that this fantastic song is not on this site.An oversite that can be so easily rectified.

I tend to barre chord everything these days as on a song like this there is only one change in finger shape from the E shaped barre chord to an A shape as I am playing the following
E A D G B E
C#m 9 11 11 9 9 9
A 5 7 7 6 5 5
B 7 9 9 8 7 7
E X 7 9 9 9 7

I won't include the solo as its very involved and hardly a begginers piece

So here goes.

Intro tab as follows

should be slightly palm muted. if you take a listen to any of the youtube versions for the timing
E--------------------------------------------|
B-----------------9--------------------------|
G----------9--11-----11--9-------------8-----|
D-------9-------------------11--9--11--------|
A---11------------------------------------9--|
E--------------------------------------------|

E-----------------------------------------|
B-----------------------------------------|
G---------8--9--9--8--8------8--9--11-----|
D---9h11-----------------11------------9--|
A-----------------------------------------|
E-----------------------------------------|


C#m A
The last that ever she saw him

B E B
Carried away by a moonlight shadow

C#m A
He passed on worried and warning

B E B
Carried away by a moonlight shadow.

E B
Lost in a river last Saturday night

C#m A B
Far away on the other side.

E B
He was caught in the middle of a desperate fight

C#m A B
And she couldn't find how to push through

C#m A
The trees that whisper in the evening

B E B
Carried away by a moonlight shadow

C#m A
Sing a song of sorrow and grieving

B E B
Carried away by a moonlight shadow

E B
All she saw was a silhouette of a gun

C#m A B
Far away on the other side.

E B
He was shot six times by a man on the run

C#m A B
And she couldn't find how to push through

B
I stay I pray

E A B
I see you in heaven far away

B
I stay I pray

E A B
I see you in heaven far away

C#m A
Four am in the morning

B E B
Carried away by a moonlight shadow

C#m A
I watched your vision forming

B E B
Carried away by a moonlight shadow

E B
Star was light in a silvery night

C#m A B
Far away on the other side

E B
Will you come to talk to me this night

C#m A B
But she couldn't find how to push through

B
I stay I pray

E A B
I see you in heaven far away

B
I stay I pray

E A B
I see you in heaven far away

Solo
(Use same chords for one verse TWICE for solo)

Far away on the other side.

E B C#m A B
Caught in the middle of a hundred and five

E B
The night was heavy but the air was alive

C#m A B
She couldn't find how to push through

C#m A B E B
Carried away by a moonlight shadow

C#m A B E B
Carried away by a moonlight shadow

E B C#m A B
Far away on the other side.

I hope you have a go at this, as its got such a lovely feel to the song. It always pleases me to hear it when on the radio as Maggie Reilly has such a lovely voice. That coupled with the incomparable guitar work of Mike Oldfield. Well just a great song.

Enjoy.

Be excellent to each other & party on dudes!
http://www.soundclick.com/bands/pagemusic.cfm?bandID=686668


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(@vic-lewis-vl)
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Nice one Rodders, I always did like this song. Funnily enough, it's been played quite a few times on the radio just lately - I alternate between Gold - which used to be Capital Gold, it's available on-line or through the Virgin digi-box - and Absolute Classic Rock. It's what I think of as a great pop song - catchy, beautifully crafted and makes you want to pick up a guitar and strum/sing along.

I wouldn't call Mike Oldfield's guitar playing incomparable though - the first (clean) solo always sounds a little Gilmourish to me, while the second (more distorted solo) sounds a little Claptonesque.

An easier way to play this, for someone who's not quite managed the transition to barre chords but can manage open chords and an F chord, would be to capo at the fourth fret, and use the following chords:

For the C#m, play an Am chord;
For the E, play a C chord;
For the A, play an F chord;
And for the B, play a G chord.

: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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(@rodders)
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Nice use of the capo there Vic. A really good transposed chord chart, thanks

Be excellent to each other & party on dudes!
http://www.soundclick.com/bands/pagemusic.cfm?bandID=686668


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(@vic-lewis-vl)
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Joined: 18 years ago
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Nice use of the capo there Vic. A really good transposed chord chart, thanks

Looking at the chords, I noticed you were using E A B and C#m - that's the I IV and V of the Emajor scale, along with the VIm - the relative minor. The two easiest ways to play any I IV V VIm chords are to play C F G and Am, or G C D and Em - and capo. For this song, it's not really practicable to capo at the 9th fret and play G Em C and D chords, so C F G and Am at the fourth fret is a better choice.

Of course, you could just play C F G and Am, or G C D and Em chords anyway - you'd only need a capo to play in the original key. Or you could use either set of chords and capo wherever you felt like it to suit your particular voice!

: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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(@danthemen)
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That's a great song. I'm start learning this song ages ago and If I remember this was the second song I learnt right after desperados. Brilliant time.


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(@valycarrolito)
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Joined: 2 years ago
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Well its been quite a while since I posted anything here and as I always seem to be playing this one for my own enjoyment I thought I would check out any other versions that might be on the web, only to find that this fantastic song is not on this site.An oversite that can be so easily rectified.

I tend to barre chord everything these days as on a song like this there is only one change in finger shape from the E shaped barre chord to an A shape as I am playing the following
E A D G B E
C#m 9 11 11 9 9 9
A 5 7 7 6 5 5
B 7 9 9 8 7 7
E X 7 9 9 9 7

I won't include the solo as its very involved and hardly a begginers piece

So here goes.

Intro tab as follows

should be slightly palm muted. if you take a listen to any of the youtube versions for the timing
E--------------------------------------------|
B-----------------9--------------------------|
G----------9--11-----11--9-------------8-----|
D-------9-------------------11--9--11--------|
A---11------------------------------------9--|
E--------------------------------------------|

E-----------------------------------------|
B-----------------------------------------|
G---------8--9--9--8--8------8--9--11-----|
D---9h11-----------------11------------9--|
A-----------------------------------------|
E-----------------------------------------|


C#m A
The last that ever she saw him

B E B
Carried away by a moonlight shadow

C#m A
He passed on worried and warning

B E B
Carried away by a moonlight shadow.

E B
Lost in a river last Saturday night

C#m A B
Far away on the other side.

E B
He was caught in the middle of a desperate fight

C#m A B
And she couldn't find how to push through

C#m A
The trees that whisper in the evening

B E B
Carried away by a moonlight shadow

C#m A
Sing a song of sorrow and grieving

B E B
Carried away by a moonlight shadow

E B
All she saw was a silhouette of a gun

C#m A B
Far away on the other side.

E B
He was shot six times by a man on the run

C#m A B
And she couldn't find how to push through

B
I stay I pray

E A B
I see you in heaven far away

B
I stay I pray

E A B
I see you in heaven far away

C#m A
Four am in the morning

B E B
Carried away by a moonlight shadow

C#m A
I watched your vision forming

B E B
Carried away by a moonlight shadow

E B
Star was light in a silvery night

C#m A B
Far away on the other side

E B
Will you come to talk to me this night

C#m A B
But she couldn't find how to push through

B
I stay I pray

E A B
I see you in heaven far away

B
I stay I pray

E A B
I see you in heaven far away

Solo
(Use same chords for one verse TWICE for solo)

Far away on the other side.

E B C#m A B
Caught in the middle of a hundred and five

E B
The night was heavy but the air was alive

C#m A B
She couldn't find how to push through

C#m A B E B
Carried away by a moonlight shadow

C#m A B E B
Carried away by a moonlight shadow

E B C#m A B
Far away on the other side.

I hope you have a go at this, as its got such a lovely feel to the song. It always pleases me to hear it when on the radio as Maggie Reilly has such a lovely voice. That coupled with the incomparable guitar work of Mike Oldfield. Well just a great song.

Enjoy.

An easier way to play this, for someone who's not quite managed the transition to barre chords but can manage open chords and an F chord, would be to capo at the fourth fret, and use the following chords:


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