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From: marc@owlnet.rice.edu (Marc Bennett Hirsh)
Subject: TAB: "Brave New World" (Michael Penn)

Wow, is this a good song. This is actually a transcription of an
acoustic version only available on the promo single of "Seen The
Doctor," which I recommend you look for in used CD stores. Anyway,
as always, some notes:

1) Why am I transcribing a version that nobody has heard from a
    single that nobody has? Well, several reasons. First off, it's
    just a cool damn version. Second, I actually had this CD before I
    got _March_, which has the original (and I saw him on _Unplugged_
    in the early early days playing this and was blown away). Third,
    and maybe most importantly, this version has only one guitar. The
    album version has many, with changes in dynamics and all that
    stuff using electric and acoustic guitars. Here, we have just one
    simple acoustic. This makes it easy to figure out what's going on
    (you don't have to figure out how each guitar part contributes to
    the song) and easy to play, since many of us can only play one
    guitar at a time. This isn't *too* much different from the album
    version. If nothing else, this will give you a good stepping
    stone to The True Way.
2) Feel is much more important than accuracy. Don't concentrate on
    hitting exactly what I've got here. Missing a note or two or
    hitting a string accidentally makes the song sound much more
    authentic than a perfect rendition of what I've transcribed.
    Especially during the solo. Listen to the recording and try to
    replicate the attitude, not the notes.
3) TECHNICALLY, this song is in 12/8 (with a little 9/8 during the
    "solo"). That would be an absolute bastard to write out and
    nobody would understand it. Therefore, I'm making it 4/4 (and 3/4
    during the solo) with a swing feel. Folks seem to understand
    that. Trust me, it makes things a lot less confusing.
4) The main difference between this and the album version is the
    middle section. It's a pain in the ass because it keeps changing
    time signatures, which I've tried to point out. This version is
    much simpler, though still tough.
5) The falsetto bits in the chorus ("*This* ain't no Golden...,"
    "*Let's* drive into...") is really annoying for those of us with
    extremely bad falsettos. You may have to fake it somehow.
6) Yes, there are a *lot* of words. You will be very surprised at how
    fast you can memorize them. Don't sweat it too much.


"Brave New World" (Michael Penn)
Performed by Michael Penn
From the promotional "Seen The Doctor" CD single (original version on
    the album _March_)
Transcribed pointlessly and without permission by Marc Hirsh

Notation:
s - sixteenth note
e - eighth note
q - quarter note
h - half note
w - whole note
. - play note for one and a half times the value before it (just like a dot in 
     standard notation)
^ - ties two note lengths together
NOTE LENGTHS IN CAPITAL LETTERS MEAN REST FOR THAT VALUE OF TIME!
/ - slide up
\ - slide down
h - hammer-on
p - pull-off


4/4 with a swing feel (swing 8ths)

(acoustic guitar - heavily palm muted) A5E-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------B-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------G---2---2---2---2-|---2---2---2---2-|---2---2---2---2-|---2---2---2---2-D---2---2---2---2-|---2---2---2---2-|---2---2---2---2-|---2---2---2---2-A-0-------0-------|-0-------0-------|-0-------0-------|-0-------0-------E-----3-------3---|-----3-------3---|-----3-------3---|-----3-------3--- e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e
(just barely palm muted) A5E-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------B-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------G---2---2---2---2-|---2---2---2---2-|---2---2---2---2-|---2---2---2---2-D---2---2---2---2-|---2---2---2---2-|---2---2---2---2-|---2---2---2---2-A-0---------------|-0---3---0-------|-0---------------|-0---3---0-------E-----3---0---3---|-------------3---|-----3---0---3---|-------------3--- e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e
A5E-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------B-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------G---2---2---2---2-|---2---2---2---2-|---2---2---2---2-|---2---2---2---2-D---2---2---2---2-|---2---2---2---2-|---2---2---2---2-|---2---2---2---2-A-0---------------|-0---3---0-------|-0---------------|-0---3---0-------E-----3---0---3---|-------------3---|-----3---0---3---|-------------3--- e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e
[This is figure A - don't play it right now, play it over the verses where there's an A5 chord]E-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------B-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------G---2---2---2---2-|---2---2---2---2-|---2---2---2---2-|---2---2---2---2-D---2---2---2---2-|---2---2---2---2-|---2---2---2---2-|---2---2---2---2-A-0---------------|-0---------------|-0---------------|-0---------------E-----3---0---3---|-----3---0---3---|-----3---0---3---|-----3---0---3--- e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e
A5 Baby's busy hiding in the bassinet A5 Wondering if the Third World War's started yet A5 I told her I was pulling up and heading West A5 She said she would have come but she was overdressed A5 I sent a picture postcard of a Midwest bank A5 She wrote me that she showed it to her new friend Frank A5 Who noticed in a window on the nineteenth floor A5 A guy my age about to prove that Man can't soar D7 (start playing full chords, not muted) And he would also like to know C7 If I could just check around before I left this town Em For slow-mo footage of the tumbledown A Amaj7 This may not be my best day D E-2-2-|-2-x-0-2-0- (this fill isn't on the album, B-3-3-|-3-x-3-3-3- if I remember, but it's on G-2-2-|-2-x-2-2-2- this version and is very D-0-0-|-0-x-0-0-0- cool. It's as if everything
A-----|----------- stops while the acoustic E-----|----------- sets everything back up)
F#m h h e e q q q But this ain't no Golden Age A Amaj7 You looked pretty on the freeway F#m F Let's drive into that Brave New World
(just barely palm muted) A5E-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------B-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------G---2---2---2---2-|---2---2---2---2-|---2---2---2---2-|---2---2---2---2-D---2---2---2---2-|---2---2---2---2-|---2---2---2---2-|---2---2---2---2-A-0---------------|-0---3---0-------|-0---------------|-0---3---0-------E-----3---0---3---|-------------3---|-----3---0---3---|-------------3--- e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e
A5 A van pulls up and someone offers me a ride A5 The driver lost the map and he was terrified A5 Everybody whispering to save his pride A5 Say, "Son, would you be kind enough to be our guide?" A5 The driver yells, "The man in back already tried, A5 But his memory is rusty and his vision tied." A5 Glasses and a lubricant were by his side A5 The Tin Man was inanimate, the Lion lied D7 (full chords, not muted) They did not want to see me go C7 But I did not want to be another muskateer Em Plus the gas runs out before the van's in gear
A Amaj7Please don't hit me if I do say D E-2-2-|-2-x-0-2-0- B-3-3-|-3-x-3-3-3- G-2-2-|-2-x-2-2-2- D-0-0-|-0-x-0-0-0- A-----|----------- E-----|-----------
F#m h h e e q q q That this ain't no Golden Age A Amaj7 You looked so pretty on the freeway F#m F Let's drive into that Brave New World
SOLO (3/4 time) (back to 4/4)E-------|-3-3-3-|-------|-3-3-3-|---------|---0--0-0-|---0--0-0-B-------|-3-3-3-|-------|-3-3-3-|---------|---0--0-0-|---0--0-0-G-------|-3-3-3-|-------|-3-3-3-|---------|---0--0-0-|---0--0-0-D-------|-3-3-3-|-------|-3-3-3-|---------|-2----2-2-|-2----2-2-A-0-1-2-|-------|-0-1-2-|-------|-0-1-2---|-2----2-2-|-2----2-2-E-------|-------|-------|-------|-------3-|-0----0-0-|-0----0-0- q q q h e e q q q h e e q q q q q q. e q q q. e q
(back to 3/4)E---------|---------|-------|-3-3-3-|-------|-3-3-3-B---------|---------|-------|-3-3-3-|-------|-3-3-3-G---------|---------|-------|-3-3-3-|-------|-3-3-3-D---------|---------|-------|-3-3-3-|-------|-3-3-3-A-7-7-5-5-|-4-3-2-1-|-0-1-2-|-------|-0-1-2-|-------E---------|---------|-------|-------|-------|------- q q q q q q q q q q q h e e q q q h e e
(and back to 4/4)E---------|---7---7-|---7---7-B---------|---8---8-|---8---8-G---------|---9---9-|---9---9-D---------|---------|---------A-0-1-2---|---------|---------E-------3-|-0---0---|-0---0--- q q q q q q q q q q q q
(heavily palm muted) A5E-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------B-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------G---2---2---2---2-|---2---2---2---2-|---2---2---2---2-|---2---2---2---2-D---2---2---2---2-|---2---2---2---2-|---2---2---2---2-|---2---2---2---2-A-0-------0-------|-0-------0-------|-0-------0-------|-0-------0-------E-----3-------3---|-----3-------3---|-----3-------3---|-----3-------3--- e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e(there's a horse neighing here somewhere, though I have no idea why)
(just barely palm muted) A5E-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------B-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------G---2---2---2---2-|---2---2---2---2-|---2---2---2---2-|---2---2---2---2-D---2---2---2---2-|---2---2---2---2-|---2---2---2---2-|---2---2---2---2-A-0---------------|-0---3---0-------|-0---------------|-0---3---0-------E-----3---0---3---|-------------3---|-----3---0---3---|-------------3--- e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e
A5 Buster and his company look good in black A5 Trying to find a way out of the cul-de-sac A5 Tearing through the phone book and the almanac A5 They all have dusty noses 'cause they sniff shellac A5 They finally found the number of a matador A5 Who rode in a Beemer with a pricey whore A5 But Buster wasn't quick enough, he locked the door A5 And rode off saying he'd be back before the war D7 (full chords, no muting) By then the night was falling slow C7 And I did not want to stick around and just look old Em When I saw you pulling onto my soft shoulder (now, on the album, everything kinda stops while a single guitar takes over for the full band. On this version, the acoustic just keeps on chugging at full speed. Kinda changes the mood of the song)
A Amaj7This may not be my best day D E-2-2-|-2-x-0-2-0- B-3-3-|-3-x-3-3-3- G-2-2-|-2-x-2-2-2- D-0-0-|-0-x-0-0-0- A-----|----------- E-----|-----------
F#m h h e e q q q But this ain't no Golden Age A Amaj7 You looked pretty on the freeway F#m F Let's drive into that Brave New
(just barely palm muted) A5E-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------B-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------G---2---2---2---2-|---2---2---2---2-|---2---2---2---2-|---2---2---2---2-D---2---2---2---2-|---2---2---2---2-|---2---2---2---2-|---2---2---2---2-A-0---------------|-0---3---0-------|-0---------------|-0---3---0-------E-----3---0---3---|-------------3---|-----3---0---3---|-------------3--- e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e eWorld
A5E-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------B-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------G---2---2---2---2-|---2---2---2---2-|---2---2---2---2-|---2---2---2---2-D---2---2---2---2-|---2---2---2---2-|---2---2---2---2-|---2---2---2---2-A-0---------------|-0---3---0-------|-0---------------|-0---3---0-------E-----3---0---3---|-------------3---|-----3---0---3---|-------------3--- e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e
(repeat and fade - or end suddenly on an A5)
All of the chords you'll need to know: A5 D7 C7 Em A Amaj7 F#m D FE---|-2-|-0-|-0-|-0-|--0--|-2-|-2-|-1-B---|-1-|-1-|-0-|-2-|--2--|-2-|-3-|-1-G-2-|-2-|-3-|-0-|-2-|--1--|-2-|-2-|-2-D-2-|-0-|-2-|-2-|-2-|--2--|-4-|-0-|-3-A-0-|---|-3-|-2-|-0-|--0--|-4-|---|-3-E---|---|---|-0-|---|-----|-2-|---|-1--- Marc Hirsh (marc@owlnet.rice.edu)
\ / ^ --"I'm breathing but it's become a chore." V (Michael Penn)
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