Rod Stewart - Only A Boy tab

#This one is my all time favourite! It's a pretty simple song
and easy to play. It's my first attempt tabbing a song. Sorry
for remaining mistakes.#


Only a boy
Words & music by Rod Stewart, Jim Cregan & Kevin Savigar
From the album "Tonight I'm yours" (1981)
Tabs by rarerod (at) gmx.net (2010)

In the key of E, standard tuning.

h   - hammer on
b   - bend
rb  - release bend
p   - pluck off
~   - vibrato
\   - slide down to


Intro (use a lot of reverb!):

|---------------------------------------------------------------------------||-----------------12-12-----------------------------------------------------||--8h9-11-11b(13)-------b(13)rb(11)-8-8-9p8---------------------------------||-------------------------------------------11p9-11-11-13-13p11\9-----------||-----------------------------------------------------------------11~~~~~~~-||---------------------------------------------------------------------------| Single file in the girls corridor.
|--------------------------------------------------------------------------||----------------12-12-12--------------------------------------------------||-8h9-11-11b(13)----------b(13)rb(11)-8-8-9p8------------------------------||---------------------------------------------11p9-11-11-13-13p11\9--------||-------------------------------------------------------------------11~~\0-||--------------------------------------------------------------------------| Come along, Stewart laddie!
1st verse: E B C#m G#m "Stewart boy, you'll never be much cause you're too busy acting the fool." E B F# Thank you, Sir, for them few kind words on my last day of school. E B C#m G#m Oh, but my mama said I could be a success if I'd only get myself out of bed. E B F# Words of wisdom but I wasn't listening, I had plans in my head. Refrain: E B C#m G#m Only a boy, trying it on, coming so strong, restless to roam. E B C#m G#m Only a boy, silly and proud, reckless and loud, impressing the crowd. B Only a boy 2nd verse: E B C#m G#m Rock and roll was in my brains, Eddie Cochrane running through my veins. E B F# Skintight trousers in council houses, the unemployment exchange. E B C#m G#m The blues I played were Mississippi made and every friday night I'd fall in love. E B F# Football fields and teenage pills, nothing's enough. Refrain: E B C#m G#m Only a boy, dressing to kill, passion to spill, hand in the till. E B C#m G#m Only a boy, slipping it in, thin as a pin, chasing a dream. B Only a boy B Only a boy B Ooh! Solo (use a lot of reverb!):
|--------------------------------------------------------------------||----------12-12-----------------------------------------------------||--11b(13)-------b(13)rb(11)-8-8-9p8---------------------------------||------------------------------------11p9-11-11-13-13p11\9-----------||----------------------------------------------------------11~~~~~~~-||--------------------------------------------------------------------| Climb....
|--------------------------------------------------------||----------------12-12-----------------------------------||-8h9-11-11b(13)-------b(13)rb(11)-8-8-9p8---------------||------------------------------------------11p9-11-11-13-||--------------------------------------------------------||--------------------------------------------------------| ...down off the school roof, laddie!
|----------------------||----------------------||----------------------||-13p11\9-13p11\9------||-----------------11\0-||----------------------|
3rd verse: E B C#m G#m Oh, them Dukes of freedom I used to believe them and all their rebellious vows. E B F# The critics, the cynics who never understood it, where are they now? E B C#m G#m And all the wondering and the stumbling that goes hand in hand with change. E B F# The yearning, the earning was it all part of learning or am I still the same? Refrain: E B C#m G#m Only a boy, laughing aloud, quick as a shot, nobody can stop E B C#m G#m Only a boy, plans of his own, leaving his home, knows where he's going. B Only a boy B Only a boy
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