Kansas - Icarus tab

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ICARUS (Borne on Wings of Steel) - Kansas
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Tabbed by: J. Chitty
Email: 08jchidester@davis.k12.ut.us

There are not many parts that have 2 guitars at once in this song, so most of
the parts are "Guitar 1." The parts where both guitars play the same part, I
will say "Guitars 1 & 2." When they're playing different parts, they'll be
lined up to show exact timing.

Also, I'm not messing up when the chords in the chorus don't correspond with
the power chords beneath them. The chords are for what sounds best if you're
playing this song alone. The power chord in the actual tab is what the guitar
actually plays.

One last thing, sometimes the tab may seem too spaced out or spaced out in a
weird way, that's to show when the note being played is played the same time
that the word directly above it is sung.

Standard Tuning 
Low to High: E A D G B E

INTRO

Bellse|------------|B|19----------|G|---18----18-|Play it 28 timesD|------16----|A|------------|E|------------|
Synth (arranged for guitar, comes in after bells play above riff 4 times)e|-----------------------------------------2-----------------------|B|--------------------------------2-3~---5---4----2----------------|G|2-1---4~---2-1---1----------2-4--------------4----4-2-1----------| D|----4----------2---4~-----------------------------------4~-------|A|-----------------------------------------------------------------|E|-----------------------------------------------------------------|
e|---------------------------------|B|2~---2-4-5-4-2---4-2-------------|G|---------------4-----------------|D|----------------------4-4~-------|A|---------------------------------|E|---------------------------------|
Guitars 1 & 2 (Distortion)e|------------------------------|B|------------------------------|G|------------------------------|D|-----------2-4--6-4--4~-------|A|0~---0-2-4-----------4~-------|E|---------------------2~-------|
Guitar 1(Distortion)e|-------------------------------------------------------------|B|-------------------------------------------------------------|G|-------------------------------------------------------------|D|---------------------------------------1~-4-3----1~----------|A|-------1-2-1---4--2-1------------2~-4~--------4--------------|E|4~---4-------4--------2-4~----------------------------4-4~---|
e|----------------------------------------------------|B|----------------------------------------------------|G|----------------------------------------------------|D|----------------------------------------------------|A|----------------------------------------------------|E|2-2-2-2-4----2-2-2-2-0----2-2-2-2-4----2-2-2-2-0---4|Heavy PM ..............................................
Guitar 1 (Phaser or Flanger effect)e|-----------------------------------------|B|-----------------------------------------|G|------------2----------------2-----------|D|----4-----2-------4-4---2h4--2--4p2------|A|--4---4-0-----0-2-----2-------------2-4--|E|2----------------------------------------|
==================================================Guitar 2 (Distortion)e|-----------------------------------------|B|-----------------------------------------|G|-----------------------------------------|D|-----------------------------------------|A|----------------------------------------4|E|-----------------------------------------|
Guitar 1 (Phaser or Flanger effect)e|-----------------------------------------|B|-----------------------------------------|G|------------2----------------2-----------|D|----4-----2-------4-4---2h4--2--4p2------|A|--4---4-0-----0-2-----2-------------2-4--|E|2----------------------------------------|
==================================================Guitar 2 (Distortion)e|-----------------------------------------|B|-----------------------------------------|G|------------------------4b6-4-2----------|D|7p4~---------------------------4-2-------|A|----------------------------------4-2----|E|-------------------------------------5-2-|
VERSE 1 Here are the chords if you want to play them. (There is really no guitar playing when he's singing.) F#m A B Early in the morning sunlight F#m A B Soaring on the wings of dawn D E F#m A Here I'll live and die with my wings in the sky D E *Riff1* And I won't come down no more
*Riff1*e|----------------------------------|B|----------------------------------|G|----------------------------------|D|4-4-x-4-4-xx--7------4-4-x-4-4----|A|4-4-x-4-4-xx----9\---4-4-x-4-4----|E|2-2-x-2-2-xx----9\---2-2-x-2-2----|
{Fill#1}F#m A B {Fill#1}Higher than the birds I'm flying e|----2------------------------------| B|---------b7r5-2--------------------| G|4b6-------------b6r4--2h4-2v~------| D|-----------------------------------| A|-----------------------------------| E|-----------------------------------|
{Fill#2}F#m A B {Fill#2}Crimson skies of ice and fire e|-----------------------------------| B|----------5-7-7b9--7v~-------------| G|-----2-4/6-------------------------| D|2h4--------------------------------| A|-----------------------------------| E|-----------------------------------|
D E F#m A Borne on wings of steel there is so much to feel
Guitar 1-*Riff 1* Guitar 2-{Fill#3} D E F#m {Fill#3}And I won't come down no more e|----------------------------------| B|--2~------------------------------| G|4b6~---6r4-2-4-2------------------| D|-----------------2-2h4v~----------| A|----------------------------------| E|----------------------------------|
CHORUS (Guitar 1)
F#m E E F#m A E F#mSail on, sail on, I will rise each day to meet the dawne|-----------------------------------------------------------0--------2---|B|-----------------------------------------------------------0--------2---|G|------------------------------------------2----------------1--------2---|D|-----------------------------------4------2---------2---------------4---|A|------------0-2v~-------4-2-0------4------0---------2---------------4---|E|------0-2-4-------------------4-2--2----------------0---------------2---|
e|---------|B|---------|G|---------|D|---------|A|---------|E|5-4--2--2|
F#m E E F#m A B C#So high, so high, I've climbed the mountains of the skye|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|B|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|G|-----------------------------2------2---------4---------4-------6--6---6\|D|-----------------------------2------------2---4------------4----6--6---6\|A|----------0-2v~--------------0----------------2-----------------4--4---4\|E|----0-2-4-------------2-4-4h5--------------------------------------------|
A B A E F#m Without my wings you know I'd surely diee|---------------------------------------------|B|---------------------------------------------|G|2----------4---------4--------2------7---7\--|D|2----------4---------4-----4--2---2--7---7\--|A|0----------2---------2--------0---2--5---5\--|E|----------------------------------0----------|
A B C# I found my freedom flying highe|--------------------------------------------|B|--------------------------------------------|G|-------2--------4-------4------6-------6-6-6|D|----2-----------4----------4---6-------6-6-6|A|0------------0--2--------------4-------4-4-4|E|--------------------------------------------|
D E I've climbed the mountains of the skye|-------------------------------------|B|-------------------------------------|G|7---------------7/9------------------|D|7---------------7/9------------------|A|5---------------5/7------------------|E|-------------------------------------|
INSTRUMENTAL
Keyboard Solo (arranged for guitar) e|-------------------------------------------7----| |B|10-9---7---------------------------------9------| |G|-----9-----9-8---6-------------------6--(9)-----| |D|---------------9-----9-6-------6--7-------------| |A|-------------------------7--9-------------------| |E|------------------------------------------------| |
=================================================== |2 timesGuitars 1 & 2 (Distortion) | e|------------------------------------------------| |B|------------------------------------------------| |G|------------------------------------------------| |D|-------------------------------------4--2-------| |A|-----------------2~-------------------4--2------| |E|5-4--2-------4-5-----5-4-0--4--2----------------| Slight PM . .
Keyboard Solo continued (arranged for guitar) e|---------------------------------------------------9----| |B|12-11----9--------------------------------------11------| |G|------11-----11-10----8---------------------8--(11)-----| |D|-------------------11-----11-8--------8--9--------------| |A|-------------------------------9--11--------------------| |E|--------------------------------------------------------| |
=================================================== |2 timesGuitars 1 & 2 (Distortion) | e|--------------------------------------------------------| |B|--------------------------------------------------------| |G|--------------------------------------------------------| |D|------------------------------------------6--4----------| |A|--------------------4~---------------------6--4---------| |E|7--6--4-------6--7------7--6-2--6--4--------------------| | Slight PM . .
+Then there is a big violin/keyboard solo which I'm not going to tab out. Takes too much time. This next part comes in at about (3:27).+
e|------------------------------|B|------------------------------|G|2-2~-------------------------|D|2-2~---4-2-----------4-4~---|A|0-0~-------4-2-------4-4~---|E|----------------5-2-0-2-2~---|
*these 4 notes' length is the same length as the two after it* e|------------------------------------------------------------|B|---------------------------------------------5-6-7-8b10v~---|G|9b11v~---r10-b119v~--*11t9p7p6*-9-7-6-5-6-7----------------|D|------------------------------------------------------------|A|------------------------------------------------------------|E|------------------------------------------------------------|
e|------------------------------|B|------------------------------|G|2-2~-------------------------|D|2-2~---4-2-----------4-4~---|A|0-0~-------4-2-------4-4~---|E|----------------5-2-0-2-2~---|
e|5p4p2---------------------------------------------------|B|-----5p3p2----------------------------------------------|G|----------6p4p2-------------2-4-4b6-4-2---2-4-4b6vv~~---|D|---------------4p22~---2-4-------------4---------------|A|------------------4-------------------------------------|E|--------------------------------------------------------|
e|------------------------------------------------------|B|------------------------------------------------------|G|4b6vv~-4b6vv~-4b6vv~-4b6-4b6r4-4~-2h4p2-1-2-1--------|D|-----------------------------------------------2-4~---|A|------------------------------------------------------|E|------------------------------------------------------|
e|----------2--2-----------------------------------------|B|---------------2h5------2------------------------------|G|--2-4-4b6----------4b6----2-4------------------2-------|D|4-----------------------------2~---4-------2-4---4v~---|A|-------------------------------------0-2-4-------------|E|-------------------------------------------------------|
VERSE II F#m A B D E Floating on the clouds of amber F#m A B D E Searching for the rainbow's end D E F#m A Earth's so far below me, I'm here alone and
Guitar 1-*Riff 1* Guitar 2-{Fill#4} D E F#m I can't come down no more {Fill#4} e|----------------------------------| B|----------------------------------| G|2~----------x-x-4-2v~---2---------| D|2~-4-2-4~---x-x-4-2v~---2-4p22--4| A|----------------------------------| E|----------------------------------|
CHORUS II +The second chorus is the same, except the second guitar does some fills. The first guitar plays the same part. I will rewrite the lyrics, and show Where those second guitar fills are.+ *{Fill#5} Sail on, sail on, I will rise each day to meet the dawn
{Fill#5)e|19b21v~---19-17---------|B|----------------19-17-19|G|------------------------|D|------------------------|A|------------------------|E|------------------------| *{Fill#6}So high, so high, I've climbed the mountains of the sky
{Fill#6}e|---------------------|B|12b14v~---12-14r12-9~|G|---------------------|D|---------------------|A|---------------------|E|---------------------| *{Fill#7} Without my wings you know I'd surely die
{Fill#7}e|-------------------|B|-------------------|G|-------------------|D|/42-4-6~-4-6-7~~--|A|-------------------|E|-------------------|
*{Fill#8} I found my freedom flying high
{Fill#8}e|-------------------------------|B|17b19v~---17-14-17b19-17-14~---|G|-------------------------------|D|-------------------------------|A|-------------------------------|E|-------------------------------|
I've climbed the mountains of the sky... OUTRO +One electric guitar plays a simple part, while an acoustic guitar strums the same time that the electric guitar hits a note. The acoustic guitars' chords are above the tab. Also, on the electric guitar, I advise trying it as an octave if you want, I put those in parentheses.
(Guitar 1) F#m Ee|---------------------------------------------------------|B|(5h7-7-5-7--5-7--5-7--5-7-7--5-5-5-5-5--5-5--5-5--5-5-5)-|G|---------------------------------------------------------|2 timesD|-2h4-4-2-4--2-4--2-4--2-4-4--2-2-2-2-2--2-2--2-2--2-2-2--|A|---------------------------------------------------------|E|---------------------------------------------------------|
*This double pulloff is so fast, it's difficult to hear, but trust me, it's right. e|-------------------------------------------------------|B|10~-p9p7-7---------------------------------------------|G|----------9\7/9-7p6-7p6\4/6----------------------------|D|---------------------------9\7-9-7-6~-7--------9/11~-\9|A|----------------------------------------7/9--7---------|E|-------------------------------------------------------|
e|--------------------------------|B|----10-10-9-7-------------------|G|/7~-----------9-7-6-7~-7b9-6~~--|D|--------------------------------|A|--------------------------------|E|--------------------------------|
e|------------------------------------|B|17b19r-17v~-------17b19r-17v~-------|G|16b18r-16v~-------16b18r-16v~-------|D|------------------------------------|A|------------------------------------|E|------------------------------------|
e|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|B|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|G|9-7-6-<7>-<4>-6--<7>-<4>--6-7-6---6---------------------6---7---6-7-9~~--|D|--------------------------------9---7-6---6-7-6---6-9-7---9--------------|A|----------------------------------------9--------------------------------|E|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
Also, from about (5:16-5:34) while the lead guitar is soloing, the second guitar is doing something with a D octave. It's quiet enough that I can't distinguish the rhythm though. They may be playing the notes separate, or they may be at the same time. Like I said, I can't tell. Those two D notes are written below.
e|-----|B|-----|G|--7--|D|-----|A|--5--|E|-----|
This is the second tab I've ever done, and I don't do them often. I want to start doing a lot more, though, especially really good songs that for some reason, no one has tabbed out yet. That's why I chose to take the time to do this song, Icarus. One last thing, sometimes I find songs that everything is tabbed out except that the people don't tab the solo. I will soon be submitting some tabs that are just solos that haven't been tabbed yet. IF THERE IS A SONG THAT YOU WOULD LIKE ME TO TAB OUT, PLEASE REQUEST IT TO ME AT THE EMAIL ADDRESS AT THE BEGINNING OF THE TAB. NEXT SONG I'M GOING TO TAB: the guitar solo to BLUE COLLAR MAN, by STYX | / slide up | \ slide down | h hammer-on | p pull-off | b bend | r release bend | ~ let ring |<7> harmonic | x Mute note | v~ vibrato | PM .. Palm Mute (the numbers that have dots under them are palm muted) ============================================================================
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