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                                   IF YOU MUST
                             As recorded by Nirvana

Words by Kurt Cobain

Music by Nirvana

Gtr I (E A D G B E) - 'Kurt Cobain (dist.)'
Gtr II (E A D G B E) - 'Kurt Cobain (w/ effect)'

  Moderately Slow Rock Q.=71
  N.C.       (Bb5) (D5/E(Bb5)D5/E     Bb5   D5/E
  Gtr I
Wx4 Wx3 Q. E E E E E E E E E|----------|----------|------------||-------------||----------|----------|------3-3-3-||-----------3-||----------|----------|------2-2-2-||---3-----2---||----------|----------|------2-2-2-||-3-3-3-2-----||----------|----------|------------||-1---1-------||----------|----------|------------||-------------|
1st Verse Interlude $ Bb5 D5/E Bb5 D5/E Bb5 (D5/E) (Bb5) (D5/E) Gtrs I, II > PM----------------------------|
E E E E E E 3x E E E E E E 8x Q. +Q. +Q. +Q.||---------------||-||---------------||------------|-------------|||o-----------3-o||-||o-----------3-o||------------|-------------|||----3-----2----||-||----3-----2----||-3----(3)---|-(3)---(3)---|||------3-2------||-||------3-2------||-3----(3)---|-(3)---(3)---|||o-1-----------o||-||o-1-----------o||-1----(1)---|-(1)---(1)---|||---------------||-||---------------||------------|-------------|
2nd Verse (Bb5) (D5/E) (Bb5) (D5/E) Bb5 D5/E Gtr I PM--------|
+Q. +Q. +Q. +Q. E E E E E E 8x|-------------|-------------||---------------|||-------------|-------------||o-----------3-o|||-(3)---(3)---|-(3)---(3)---||----3-----2----|||-(3)---(3)---|-(3)---(3)---||------3-2------|||-(1)---(1)---|-(1)---(1)---||o-1-----------o|||-------------|-------------||---------------||
Interlude Bb5 (D5/E) (Bb5) (D5/E) (Bb5) (D5/E) (Bb5) (D5/E) Gtrs I, II > Q. +Q. +Q. +Q. +Q. +Q. +Q. +Q.|------------|-------------|-------------|-------------|||------------|-------------|-------------|-------------|||-3----(3)---|-(3)---(3)---|-(3)---(3)---|-(3)---(3)---|||-3----(3)---|-(3)---(3)---|-(3)---(3)---|-(3)---(3)---|||-1----(1)---|-(1)---(1)---|-(1)---(1)---|-(1)---(1)---|||------------|-------------|-------------|-------------||
Bb5 Gtr I PM--------------------------------------------------|
E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E|-------------|-------------|-------------|-------------|||-------------|-------------|-------------|-------------|||-------------|-------------|-------------|-------------|||-3-3-3-3-3-3-|-3-3-3-3-3-3-|-3-3-3-3-3-3-|-3-3-3-3-3-3-|||-1-1-1-1-1-1-|-1-1-1-1-1-1-|-1-1-1-1-1-1-|-1-1-1-1-1-1-|||-------------|-------------|-------------|-------------||
Chorus 1st Bridge To Coda Bb5F5E5 G5/A Bb5F5E5 G5/A G5 E5 PM----------------------|
Q E Q E 4x Q E Q E 16x E E E E E E E E E E E E 3x||-------------||-||-------------||-||--------------|--------------||||o-----------o||-||o-----------o||-||o-------------|-------------o||||--3-------0--||-||--3-------0--||-||--------------|--------------||||--3----2--0--||-||--3----2--0--||-||--------------|--------------||||o-1--3-2--0-o||-||o-1--3-2--0-o||-||o-5-5-5-5-5-5-|-5-5-5-5-2-2-o||||-----1-0-----||-||-----1-0-----||-||--3-3-3-3-3-3-|-3-3-3-3-0-0--||
Interlude G5 Ab5 Bb5 Bb5F5E5 G5/A Bb5F5E5 PM--------------------|
E E E E E E E E E E E E Q E Q E 3x Q E Q.|-------------|-------------||-------------||-----------|||-------------|-------------||o-----------o||-----------|||-------------|-------------||--3-------0--||-3---------|||-------------|-----------3-||--3----2--0--||-3----2----|||-5-5-5-5-5-5-|-6-6-6-6-6-1-||o-1--3-2--0-o||-1--3-2----|||-3-3-3-3-3-3-|-4-4-4-4-4---||-----1-0-----||----1-0----||
2nd Bridge E5 B5 Bb5 E5 E5 B5 Bb5 PM------|
Q. +E +E E Q. +E +E E Q. +E +E E E E E E E E||-----------------|----------------|----------------|---------------||||o----------------|----------------|----------------|--------------o||||--9----(9)-(9)-4-|-3----(3)-(3)-9-|-9----(9)-(9)-4-|-3-------------||||--9----(9)-(9)-4-|-3----(3)-(3)-9-|-9----(9)-(9)-4-|-3-3-3-3-3-3---||||o-7----(7)-(7)-2-|-1----(1)-(1)-7-|-7----(7)-(7)-2-|-1-1-1-1-1-1--o||||-----------------|----------------|----------------|---------------||
Interlude D.S. al Coda Bb5 D5/E Bb5 D5/E Bb5 D5/E Bb5 D5/E PM--------------------------------------------------|
E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E|-------------|-------------|-------------|-------------|||-----------3-|-----------3-|-----------3-|---------3---|||---3-----2---|---3---2-2-2-|---3---2-2-2-|---3---2-2-2-|||-3-3-3-2-----|-----3-2-2---|-----3-2-2---|-----3-------|||-1---1-------|-1-----------|-1-----------|-1-----------|||-------------|-------------|-------------|-------------||
& Bb5 H. +H.|---------|--------*||---------|--------*||-3-------|-(3)----*||-3-------|-(3)----*||-1-------|-(1)----*||---------|--------*|
Duration Legend --------------- W - whole; H - half; Q - quarter; E - 8th; S - 16th; T - 32nd; X - 64th; a - acciaccatura + - note tied to previous; . - note dotted; .. - note double dotted Uncapitalized letters represent notes that are staccato (1/2 duration) Irregular groupings are notated above the duration line Duration letters will always appear directly above the note/fret number it represents the duration for. Duration letters with no fret number below them represent rests. Multi- bar rests are notated in the form Wxn, where n is the number of bars to rest for. Low melody durations appear below the staff Tablature Legend ---------------- h - hammer-on p - pull-off b - bend pb - pre-bend r - bend release (if no number after the r, then release immediately) /\ - slide into or out of (from/to "nowhere") s - legato slide S - shift slide - natural harmonic [n] - artificial harmonic n(n) - tapped harmonic ~ - vibrato tr - trill T - tap TP - trem. picking PM - palm muting \n/ - tremolo bar dip; n = amount to dip \n - tremolo bar down n/ - tremolo bar up /n\ - tremolo bar inverted dip = - hold bend; also acts as connecting device for hammers/pulls <> - volume swell (louder/softer) x - on rhythm slash represents muted slash o - on rhythm slash represents single note slash Misc Legend ----------- | - bar || - double bar ||o - repeat start o|| - repeat end *| - double bar (ending) : - bar (freetime) $ - Segno & - Coda Tempo markers - = BPM(8/16=s8/s16), where s8 = swing 8ths, s16 = swing 16ths If You Must (Kurt Cobain) (intro) (1st.verse) I can read, I can write I can breathe, proven fact Bless my greed, crease unfold Is it me or my ego? (interlude) (2nd.verse) Write some words, make them rhyme Pieces for story line Set the mood, something new Is it me or my attitude? (interlude) (chorus) If you want to belong And you miss the extremes The extremes acted out Practicing, perfecting Pressuring, On to me On to me (2x) (1st.bridge) I will wade in the fire To explain your asylum Idle times analyzing We'll compare all our sightings, come on (interlude) (2nd.bridge) I speak to hear my voice (interlude) (repeat all, except the intro, and the two bridges)
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