Marillion - Grendel tab

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From: "Dan Newcombe"  
Date:         6 Oct 93 08:22:39 EDT
Subject:      TAB for Grendel by Marillion
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[I told someone I'd post this last week, so here it is...share and enjoy]

Okay, this is gonna be a PAIN as the song is 18+ minutes long!!!

I love the story of Beowulf and Marillion, and this is one of my favourite
songs, so I have tried to do my best on it.

Sure, there may be some parts that aren't correct, but it's better than
what was out there, which was nothing.  If I receive any flames I will
forward them to the postmaster at your site along with a complaint. :)
Nice advice/thanks/critisism is welcome though!

                    -Dan Newcombe
                     dnewcomb@cybernet.cse.fau.edu
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A little guide to some of my own notations:

6 lines of ----   are guitar tab (From top to bottom E B G D A E)
5 lines of ----   are keyboards (yeah, it's a guitar group, but there
                   are more flames and discussions so at least this is
                   music :)
For Key music - & is treble cleff, ) is bass clef and o is a note,
    listen to the music for the length/beat/other.

And Now...
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Grendel  by   Marillion      (from B-Sides Themselves)
as heard by Dan Newcombe (newcombe@aa.csc.peachnet.edu for now)

Guitar Riff A: Intro (Played Twice)----------0------------2-3-2h3p2p0---2-0-2-----0-2-0------0-2-0------------0---2h3---3-0---0----------------3-------2---------3-2--------3-2----------------------2-------------------------------------------------------------------------------0------------------------------------------------------------------------------------4--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
--------0-2-3-2---------------0-2-3---------3-2h3p2-0-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Guitar Riff B (Mainly just chords, one note at a time.)(This is how I play it.)Bm A--------------------0------------------------------0----------------------------------3-----------3----3---------------2--------2-----2-----------------------4----4-----------4----4-----------2---2--------2-----2------------------4----------4---------------4-------2-------2--------------2-------------2-----------------------------------0---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
G F#-------------3------------------------------2---------------------------------------------0------0-----------------------4-----4-----------------------------0---------0------0-------------3---------3-----5-------------------------0---0----------------0---------4---4---------------4---------------------2-------0----------------------4-------4---------------------------------3------------------------------2------------------------------------------
Keyboard: Main Rythym A (lightly, in the background) B | A | G | F# <-Played one full measure each Midnight sun bids moors farewell, retreats from charging dusk Mountains echo curfew's bell, signal ending tasks They place their faith in oaken doors, cower in candlelight The panic seeps through bloodstained floors as Grendel stalks the night Guitar and Keys: Main Riff A - LOUD Earth-rim walker seeks his meals, prepare the funeral pyres The shaper's songs no longer heal the fear within their eyes, Their eyes, their eyes, their eyes, their eyes Guitar: Riff B Keyboard: Main Rythym A - softly, a little more presence than above. Wooden figures, pagan gods stare blindly cross the sea Appeal for help from ocean fogs, for saviors born of dreams They know their lives are forfeit now, priestly heads they bow in shame They cannot face the trembling crowd that flinch in Grendel's name Guitar and Keys: Main Rythym A - LOUD Earth-rim walker seeks his meals, prepare the funeral pyres The shaper's songs no longer heal the fear within their eyes, Their eyes, their eyes, their eyes, their eyes Guitar plays Main Rythym A until solo. Keyboard Run Number One Repeat each run for one whole measure| Bm A G F# | -#---O-----|-------|-------|---------|-----------------------------------
| O | | |-------O---|-------|-O-----|---------|-----------------------------------
# | O | | O |---------O-|-------|---O---|---------|-----------------------------------
| O | | #O |-----------|-------|-----O-|---------|-----------------------------------
| | | O |-----------|-------|-------|---------|-----------------------------------
As Grendel leaves his mossy home beneath the stagnant air Along the forest path he roams to Hrothgar's hall so fair He knows that victory is secured, his charm will testify His claws will drip with mortal blood as moonbeams haunt the sky (Solo) - Pretty much that's it, except the fast part - no clue
--19--19--19-19--19p17--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Guitar Riff C:Background plays Main Rythym AThe *'s are the main notes that stand out, the other are just littletrasnsitional fills. * * * *--------7--9b10b9------5-5-------2h3p2p0------------------------------------------7--------------5---5-5---3-------------2----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
As Grendel leaves his mossy home beneath the stagnant air Along the forest path he roams to Hrothgar's house so fair He knows that victory is secured, his charm will testify His claws will drip with mortal blood as moonbeams haunt the sky Guitar and Keys: Main Rythym A - LOUD Earth-rim walker seeks his meals, prepare the funeral pyres The shaper's songs no longer heal the fear within their eyes, Within their eyes, within their eyes, within their eyes
Bass: Octaves (On a E or B?)Guitar Riff D: (Done on electric using volume swells. I alsouse delay during this part, to make it sound a little more errie)--------------------------------------12-----10------13-----17----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
(Assorted growls) Silken membranes, span his path, fingerprints in dew Denizens of twilight lands, humbly beg him through Mother Nature's bastard child, shunned by leaf and stream An alien in an alien land seeks solace within dreams The shaper's lies, his poison tongue maligned with mocking harp Beguiling queen, her innocence offends his icy heart (BIG Sounding Keyboard Riff) Big Soudning Organ Riff. E D D? D Em D Bb Em E ------------------------------------------------------------------------- --------------O--------------------------O------------------------------- --O------------------------O-------------O-----O------O------------------ O O O O -#O------------------------O-------------------O-----#O------------------ #O #O #O #O #O --O------------------------O-------------------O------O------------------ O O O
(guitar Rythym) Play once before keyboard comes in.Em C-3------3-------3-----3--------3------3--------3------3------------------5------5-------5-----5--------5------5--------5------5------------------4------4-------4-----4--------5-------5-------5------5-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
D F#-2-------2-------2-------2--------2------2------2------2-------------------3-------3-------3-------3--------3------3------3------3-------------------2--------2-------2------2--------4------4------4------4------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
(Keyboard Riff) Hounds freeze in silence, bewitched by the reptile's spell Sulphurous essence pervades round the grassy dell Hero awaits him like lamb to the butcher's knife Stellular heavens ignore even children's cries Screams are his music, lightning his guide Raping the darkness, d- d- d- d- death by his side Chants rise in terror, pray round the oaken beam Flickering firelight portraying the grisly scene Warriors advance, prepare for the nightmare foe Futile the sacrifices even the hearts must know Heroes' delusions with feet in the grave Lurker at the threshold, he cares not for the brave, he cares not for the brave Keyboard Riff (This is a little to fast for me to really hear and catch) (Guitar riff E) C B C E Keyboard Riff (This is the same as above) (Guitar riff E) C B C E
(Guitar acoustic) - Play xx timesEm G/Em F#/Em---------0----------------0----------------0----------------0--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------0---0------------0---0------------0---0------------0---0------------------2-------2--------2-------2--------2-------2--------2-------2--------------2-----------2----2-----------2----2-----------2----2----------------------0---------------0-----------------3----------------2--------------2-3------
(Octave guitar riff for a while) E e EE e E ee (The guitar is pretty much just playing The low E string and and E or E "power" chord on the 5th string)
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------(9)--(9)(9)----(9)----------------------------------------------------------7----7--7------7-------------------------------------------------------------0--------0------0--0---------------------------------------------------
So you thought that your bolts and your locks would keep me out You should have known better after all this time You're gonna pay in blood for all your viscious slander With your ugly pale skins and your putrid blue eyes Why should I feel pity when you kill your own and feel no shame? God's on my side, sure as hell I'm gonna take no blame, I'm gonna take no blame, I'm going to take no blame (Keyboard riff/fill) (More emphasis on the E chord - Here, the guitar starts playing more full E chords instead of just the power chords.) So you say you believe in all of Mother Nature's laws You lust for gold with your sharpened knives Ooh, when your hordes are gathered and your enemies left to rot You pray with your bloodstained hands at the feet of your pagan gods And you try to place the killer's blade in my hands You call for justice, distort the truth Well I've had enough of all your pretty, pretty speeches Recieve your punishment expose your throats to my righteous claws and let the blood flow, (Keyboard riffs) let the blood flow, let the blood flow, let the blood flow, flow, flow, flow, flow, flow, flow, flow, flow, let the blood flow, let the blood flow, let the blood flow, let the blood flow, let the blood flow, flow, let the blood flow, let the blood flow, let the blood flow, let the blood flow, flow, flow, let the blood flow, let the blood, let the blood, let the blood, let the blood, let the blood, let the blood, let the blood, let the blood, blood flow, flow, flow, flow, flow, flow, flow, flow, flow
(Guitar Riff E) twice:-----7---5h7p5--------------5----------------------------------------5------------8--7------5-----7---------------------------------------------------------7-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
(Guitar Riff F) twice (same as E, one octave higher)-----19--17h19p17----------------17----------------------------------17--------------20--19-----17------19-----------------------------------------------------19-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
(Guitar Riff G ) twice (not real sure about it.)-----7--5h7p5----5h7p5h7p5h7p5----5h7p5h7p5h7p5----------------------5-----------------------------7----------------8--5------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
(Guitar Riff ) twice---12---12----14--14b(15)r14--12---10--7--5--5h7p5--3--2--0-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
(Outro) - I don't do solos. I mess them up too bad and I prefer not to copy others solo. I usually meddle around this part on an E Minor Penatonic scale(12th fret) on the middle four strings.Starts off with:--15b--15b-15b-15b------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
(Keyboard Voice Sound comes in the background)
Solo/Song ends with:---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------(18)r17---15---14---10........---12----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Well that's it. It may not look like something publsihed in Guitar Magazine and some of the leads are iffy, but if you listen to the song and follow along you should be able to figure it out. If I hear Grendel again, it'll be too soon.
--Daniel A. Newcombe Clayton State CollegeComputing Services Morrow, GA 30260E-Mail Address: newcombe@aa.csc.peachnet.edu (404)-961-3421-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- Set the controls for the heart of the sun. Pink Floyd
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