Rush - Tom Sawyer Text Guitar Tab

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  All synth arrangements for guitar are located at the end of the tab file.

  The song opens with an Oberhiem "Sweep" sound concurrent with a Moog
  Taurus Pedal bass sound.

          E                                   Dsus2
  e q   e hw                          e q   e hw
|-----------------|-----------------|---------0-------|-----------------|
|---------9-------|-----------------|---------5-------|-----------------|
|o--------9-------|-----------------|---------7-------|-----------------|
|o--------9-------|-----------------|---------7-------|-----------------|
|---------7-------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
|-0-0---0---------|-----------------|-0-0---0---------|-----------------|

          A7sus4                              Cadd9
  e q   e hw                          e q   e hw
|---------3-------|-----------------|---------0-------|-----------------|
|---------3-------|-----------------|---------3-------|-----------------|
|---------2-------|-----------------|---------5-------|----------------o|
|---------2-------|-----------------|---------5-------|----------------o|
|---------0-------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
|-0-0---0---------|-----------------|-0-0---0---------|-----------------|

                      The   riv-er...
  Csus2 G/B   Asus4   Csus2 G/B Asus4         E
  Q     Q     Q       Q     q   q     e q   e he          Q     q   q
|-----------------|-----------------|---------4-------|---4-----4---4---|
|-3-----3-----3---|---3-----3---3---|---------5-------|---5-----5---5---|
|-0-----0-----2---|---0-----0---2---|---------4-------|---4-----4---4---|
|-x-----x-----x---|---x-----x---2---|-----------------|-----------------|
|-3-----2-----0---|---3-----2---0---|-----------------|-----------------|
|-----------------|-----------------|-0-0---0---------|-----------------|

          Dsus2                               A7sus4      D/E   A7sus4
  e q   e he          Q     q   q     e q   e he          Q     h
|---------0-------|---0-----0---0---|---------3-------|---2-----3-------|
|---------5-------|---5-----5---5---|---------3-------|---3-----3-------|
|---------7-------|---7-----7---7---|---------2-------|---2-----2-------|
|---------7-------|---7-----7---7---|---------2-------|---2-----2-------|
|-----------------|-----------------|---------0-------|-----------------|
|-0-0---0---------|-----------------|-0-0---0---------|-----------------|

                                      And what you say about his company...
  Csus2 G/B   A7sus4  G     G/F#E     Repeat 4 times
  Q     Q     Q       Q     q   q     Q   h he  w h     Q   h he  w h
|-3-----3-----3---|---3-----3-------|-----------------|-----------------|
|-3-----3-----3---|---3-----3-------|-----0-------0---|-----0-------0---|
|-0-----0-----2---|---0-----0-------|o----------4-----|-----------4-----|
|-x-----x-----2---|---0-----0---2---|o----------------|-----------------|
|-3-----2-----0---|---x-----x---2---|-----------------|-------0---------|
|-----------------|---3-----2---0---|-0-----2---------|-3---------------|

                   _________________ _________________
                  | 1st-3rd ending  | 4th ending      | Bsus2
  Q   Q h   hew   | Q   H Q     q   | Q   H Q     q   | wH
|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
|-----0-------0---|-----0-----------|-----0-----------|-2---------------|
|-----------4-----|----------------o|-------------4--o|-4---------------|
|-2---------------|----------------o|-------------2--o|-4---------------|
|-------3---------|-2-----0---------|-2-----0-----0---|-2---------------|
|-----------------|-------------3---|-----------------|-----------------|

                                                        A5
              q     H           q     wH          q     q   q   q   q
|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
|-------------2---|-2-----------2---|-2-----------2\--|-----------------|
|-------------4---|-4-----------4---|-4-----------4\--|-2---2---2---2---|
|-------------4---|-4-----------4---|-4-----------4\--|-2---2---2---2---|
|-------------2---|-2-----------2---|-2-----------2\--|-0---0---0---0---|
|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|

  Gsus2   A5  B5                      A5                Gsus2
  q   q   q   q         q   q   q     q   q   q   q     q   h   h   q
|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
|-2---2---2---4---|-----4---4---4---|-2---2---2---2---|-2-------2-------|
|-0---0---2---4---|-----4---4---4---|-2---2---2---2---|-0---0-------0---|
|-x---x---0---2---|-----2---2---2---|-0---0---0---0---|-x---------------|
|-3---3-----------|-----------------|-----------------|-3---------------|

  A5                Eno3rd
  w                 +       +
|-----------------|---------0-------|-----------------|-----------------|
|-----------------|---------0-------|-----------------|-----------------|
|-2---------------|---------4-------|-----------------|-----------------|
|-2---------------|-2-------2-------|-----------------|-----------------|
|-0---------------|-2---------------|-----------------|-----------------|
|-----------------|-0---------------|-----------------|-----------------|

  Repeat 4 times
  w               Q     q   q     e e e e e q     q   e e e e e
|---------------|---------------|---------------|---------------|
|---------------|---------------|---------------|---------------|
7o--------------|--------------o|---------------|---------------|
8o2-------------|-4---------4--o|-7---6---4-----|-7-----6-------|
|-2-------------|-4-----4-------|---9---7---5---|-----9---7-5---|
|-0-------------|-2-------------|---------------|-------------7-|

  e e e e e q     q   e e e e e
|---------------|---------------|---------------|---------------|
|---------------|---------------|---------------|---------------|
|---------------|---------------|---------------|---------------|
|-7---6---4-----|-7-----6-------|---------------|---------------|
|---9---7---5---|-----9---7-5---|---------------|---------------|
|---------------|-------------7-|---------------|---------------|

Guitar solo
tab expanded for clarity 7/8 except where noted) -
  Heavily overdriven with short delay to get a "doubling" effect.

  h               Q             eHw
|-----------------------------|-----------------------------|
|-----------------------------|-----------------------------|
|-1-----------/---4-------/---|-7-----~---------------------|
|-----------------------------|-----------------------------|
|-----------------------------|-----------------------------|
|-----------------------------|-----------------------------|

                  s s e   e     q       s s e   e   e
|------------------p----------|----------h-p----------------|
|-----------------9-7-9---10--|-9-------7-9-7---------------|
|-----------------------------|-----------------7-/-9-------|
|-----------------------------|-----------------------------|
|-----------------------------|-----------------------------|
|-----------------------------|-----------------------------|

          S  S S  e             q       q       q
|-----------p-----------------|-------------------------|
|---------10-9-10-12\---------|-------------------------|
|-----------------------------3-------------------------|
|-----------------------------4-------------------------|
|-----------------------------|-----------------5-------|
|-----------------------------|-5-------7---------------|

  h               s s q         eH
|--1---------------p----------|---2-------------------------|
|-5^--------------3-0-2-------|[3]^-------------------------|
|-----------------------------|-----------------------------|
|-----------------------------|-----------------------------|
|-----------------------------|-----------------------------|
|-----------------------------|-----------------------------|

          e   e   e       e     e   e   s s s   e   e   eq
|-----------------------------|-----------------------------|
|--------[5]-[7]-[5]-----[5]--|-------------------------5---|
|-----------------------------|-6--[7]--6---4---6---7-------|
|-----------------------------|-----------------------------|
|-----------------------------|-----------------------------|
|-----------------------------|-----------------------------|

                      e   s s   e   e   e         s e   e
|---------------------------p-|-----12--------------h-------|
|---------------------15--1512|-14------14--------1215--12--|
|-----------------------------|-----------------------------|
|-----------------------------|-----------------------------|
|-----------------------------|-----------------------------|
|-----------------------------|-----------------------------|

  e   e   e   q                 q       q       q
|---------12------------------|-------------------------|
|-12--14------14--------------|-----------------15------|
|-----------------------------3-14------16--------------|
|-----------------------------4-------------------------|
|-----------------------------|-------------------------|
|-----------------------------|-------------------------|

  Q           q       e   qw
                            1
|---2-----------r---------16^-|-----------------------------|
|-15^-------(15)^-----17------|-----------------------------|
|-----------------------------|-----------------------------|
|-----------------------------|-----------------------------|
|-----------------------------|-----------------------------|
|-----------------------------|-----------------------------|

            S  S  S  S  S  S    S  S  S  S  S  S  S  e   E
         r                                                 2
|----(16)---16-17-19-17-16-17-|-19-17-16-17-16-19-17-16--19^|
|-----------------------------|-----------------------------|
|-----------------------------|-----------------------------|
|-----------------------------|-----------------------------|
|-----------------------------|-----------------------------|
|-----------------------------|-----------------------------|

      e   e   e   Q             q       e   e   e   e
        2   2   2   2             2       2   2   2   2
|-----19^-19^-19^-19^---------|-19^-----19^-19^-19^-19^-----|
|-----------------------------|-----------------------------|
|-----------------------------|-----------------------------|
|-----------------------------|-----------------------------|
|-----------------------------|-----------------------------|
|-----------------------------|-----------------------------|

  q       q       Q             q       e   e   e   e
    2       2       2              2      2   2   2   2
|-19^-----19^-----19^---------|(19)^----19^-19^-19^-19^\----|
|-----------------------------|-----------------------------|
|-----------------------------|-----------------------------|
|-----------------------------|-----------------------------|
|-----------------------------|-----------------------------|
|-----------------------------|-----------------------------|

  e e e e e q     q   e e e e e   e e e e e q     q   q   q   q
|---------------|---------------|---------------|-----------------|
|---------------|---------------|---------------|-----------------|
7---------------|---------------|---------------4-----------------|
8-7---6---4-----|-7-----6-------|-7---6---4-----4-----------------|
|---9---7---5---|-----9---7-5---|---9---7---5---|---------5---7---|
|---------------|-------------7-|---------------|-5---7-----------|

          E                                   Dsus2
  e q     hw                          e q     hw
|-----------------|-----------------|---------0-------|-----------------|
|---------9-------|-----------------|---------5-------|-----------------|
|o--------9-------|-----------------|---------7-------|-----------------|
|o--------9-------|-----------------|---------7-------|-----------------|
|---------7-------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
|-0-0---0---------|-----------------|-0-0---0---------|-----------------|

          A7sus4                              Cadd9
  e q     hw                          e q     hw
|---------3-------|-----------------|---------0-------|-----------------|
|---------3-------|-----------------|---------3-------|-----------------|
|---------2-------|-----------------|---------5-------|----------------o|
|---------2-------|-----------------|---------5-------|----------------o|
|---------0-------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
|-0-0---0---------|-----------------|-0-0---0---------|-----------------|

                      But   change...
  Csus2 G/B   Asus    Csus2 G/B Asus4         E
  Q     Q     Q       Q     q   q     e q   e he          Q     e e q
|-----------------|-----------------|---------4-------|---4-----4-5-4---|
|-3-----3-----3---|---3-----3---3---|---------5-------|---5-----5-5-5---|
|-0-----0-----2---|---0-----0---2---|---------4-------|---4-----4-4-4---|
|-x-----x-----2---|---x-----x---2---|-----------------|-----------------|
|-3-----2-----0---|---3-----2---0---|-----------------|-----------------|
|-----------------|-----------------|-0-0---0---------|-----------------|

          Dsus2                               A7sus4      D/E   A7s4D/E
  e q   e he          Q     q   q     e q   e he          Q     q   q
|-----------------|-----------------|---------3-------|---2-----3---2---|
|---------5-------|---5-----5---5---|---------3-------|---3-----3---3---|
|---------7-------|---7-----7---7---|---------2-------|---2-----2---2---|
|---------7-------|---7-----7---7---|---------2-------|---2-----2---2---|
|---------5-------|---5-----5---5---|---------0-------|-----------------|
|-0-0---0---------|-----------------|-0-0---0---------|-----------------|

                                      What you say about his company...
  Cs2   G/B   A7sus4  G     G/F#E     Repeat 4 times
  Q     Q     Q       Q     q   q     Q   h he  w h     Q   h he  w h
|-3-----3-----3---|---3-------------|-----------------|-----------------|
|-3-----3-----3---|---3-------------|-----0-------0---|-----0-------0---|
|-0-----0-----2---|---0-----0-------|o----------4-----|-----------4-----|
|-x-----x-----2---|---0-----0---2---|o----------------|-----------------|
|-3-----2-----0---|---x-----x---2---|-----------------|-------0---------|
|-----------------|---3-----2---0---|-0-----2---------|-3---------------|

                   _________________ _________________
                  | 1st-3rd ending  | 4th ending      | Bsus2
  Q   Q h   hew   | Q   H Q     q   | Q   H Q   e q   | wH
|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
|-----0-------0---|-----0-----------|-----0-----------|-2---------------|
|-----------4-----|----------------o|-----------4-4---|-4---------------|
|-2---------------|----------------o|-----------2-2---|-4---------------|
|-------3---------|-2-----0---------|-2-----0---0-0---|-2---------------|
|-----------------|-------------3---|-----------------|-----------------|

              The   world is...                         A5
              q     H           q     wH          q     q   q   q   q
|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
|-------------2---|-2-----------2---|-2-----------2\--|-----------------|
|-------------4---|-4-----------4---|-4-----------4\--|-2---2---2---2---|
|-------------4---|-4-----------4---|-4-----------4\--|-2---2---2---2---|
|-------------2---|-2-----------2---|-2-----------2\--|-0---0---0---0---|
|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|

  Gs2     A5  B5                      A5                Gsus2
  q   q   q   q         q   q   q     q   q   q   q     q   h   h   q
|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
|-2---2---2---4---|-----4---4---4---|-2---2---2---2---|-2-------2-------|
|-0---0---2---4---|-----4---4---4---|-2---2---2---2---|-0---0-------0---|
|-x---x---0---2---|-----2---2---2---|-0---0---0---0---|-x---------------|
|-3---3-----------|-----------------|-----------------|-3---------------|

  A5                Eno3rd
  w                 +       +
|-----------------|---------0-------|-----------------|-----------------|
|-----------------|---------0-------|-----------------|-----------------|
|-2---------------|---------4-------|-----------------|-----------------|
|-2---------------|-2-------2-------|-----------------|-----------------|
|-0---------------|-2---------------|-----------------|-----------------|
|-----------------|-0---------------|-----------------|-----------------|

  Eno 3rd         F#no3rd         Eno 3rd         F#no3rd
  q   q   q   e   Q     q   q     q   q   q   e   q   Q     q
|---------------|---------------|---------------|---------------|
|---------------|---------------|---------------|---------------|
7---------------|---------------|---------------|---------------|
8-2-------2---2-|-4---------4---|-2-------2---2-|-4---------4---|
|-2---2-------2-|-4-----4-------|-2---2-------2-|-4---4---------|
|-0-----------0-|-2-------------|-0-----------0-|-2-------------|

  Eno 3rd         F#no3rd         Eno 3rd         F#no3rd
  q   q   q   e   Q     q   q     q   q   q   e   q   q   q
|---------------|---------------|---------------|-------------|
|---------------|---------------|---------------|-------------|
|---------------|---------------|---------------3-------------|
|-2-------2---2-|-4---------4---|-2-------2---2-4-4-------4---|
|-2---2-------2-|-4-----4-------|-2---2-------2-|-4---4-------|
|-0-----------0-|-2-------------|-0-----------0-|-2-----------|

  Eno 3rd         F#no3rd         Eno 3rd         F#no3rd
  q   q   q   e   Q     q   q     q   q   q   e   Q     q     q
|---------------|---------------|---------------|---------------|
|---------------|---------------|---------------|---------------|
7---------------|---------------|---------------|---------------|
8-2-------2---2-|-4---------4---|-2-------2---2-|-4---------4---|
|-2---2-------2-|-4-----4-------|-2---2-------2-|-4-----4-------|
|-0-----------0-|-2-------------|-0-----------0-|-2-------------|

  Eno 3rd         F#no3rd         Eno 3rd         F#no3rd
  q   q   q   e   Q     q   q     q   q   q   e   Q     q     q
|---------------|---------------|---------------|---------------|
|---------------|---------------|---------------|---------------|
|---------------|---------------|---------------|---------------|
|-2-------2---2-|-4---------4---|-2-------2---2-|-4---------4---|
|-2---2-------2-|-4-----4-------|-2---2-------2-|-4-----4-------|
|-0-----------0-|-2-------------|-0-----------0-|-2-------------|

                                Start fade -------------------
  Eno 3rd         F#no3rd         Eno 3rd         F#no3rd
  q   q   q   e   q   q   q     q   q   q   e   Q     q     q
|---------------|-------------|---------------|---------------|
|---------------|-------------|---------------|---------------|
|---------------3-------------7---------------|---------------|
|-2-------2---2-4-4-------4---8-2-------2---2-|-4---------4---|
|-2---2-------2-|-4---4-------|-2---2-------2-|-4-----4-------|
|-0-----------0-|-2-----------|-0-----------0-|-2-------------|

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -
  Eno 3rd         F#no3rd         Eno 3rd         F#no3rd
  q   q   q   e   Q     q   q     q   q   q   e   Q     q     q
|---------------|---------------|---------------|---------------|
|---------------|---------------|---------------|---------------|
|---------------|---------------|---------------|---------------|
|-2-------2---2-|-4---------4---|-2-------2---2-|-4---------4---|
|-2---2-------2-|-4-----4-------|-2---2-------2-|-4-----4-------|
|-0-----------0-|-2-------------|-0-----------0-|-2-------------|

  -   -    -    -     -     -      -      -       -         -
  Eno 3rd         F#no3rd         Eno 3rd         F#no3rd
  q   q   q   e   Q     q   q     q   q   q   e   q   q   q
|---------------|---------------|---------------|-------------|
|---------------|---------------|---------------|-------------|
|---------------|---------------|---------------3-------------|
|-2-------2---2-|-4---------4---|-2-------2---2-4-4-------4---|
|-2---2-------2-|-4-----4-------|-2---2-------2-|-4---4-------|
|-0-----------0-|-2-------------|-0-----------0-|-2-----------|

- Pre-guitar solo synth arranged for guitar -
  Repeat 8 times
  e e e e e q     q   e e e e e   e e e e e q     q   e e e e e
|---------------|---------------|---------------|---------------|
|---------------|---------------|---------------|---------------|
7o14--13--11----|-14----13--11-o7-14--13--11----|-14----13------|
8o--16--14--12--|-----16--14---o4---16--14--12--|-----16--141214|
|---------------|-------------14|---------------|---------------|
|---------------|---------------|---------------|---------------|

  e e e e e +
|---------------|---------------|---------------|---------------|
|---------------|---------------|---------------|---------------|
|-14--13--11----|---------------|---------------|---------------|
|---16--14--12--|---------------|---------------|---------------|
|---------------|---------------|---------------|---------------|
|---------------|---------------|---------------|---------------|

  e e e e QH                      +
|---------------|---------------|---------------|---------------|
|---------------|---------------|---------------|---------------|
|-14--13--11----|---------------|---------------|---------------|
|---16--14------|---------------|-14------------|---------------|
|---------------|---------------|---------------|---------------|
|---------------|---------------|---------------|---------------|

                  q   q   q     e e e e e w              S S
|---------------|-------------|---------------|---------------|
|---------------|-------------|---------------|---------------|
|---------------3---------11--7-14---13--11---|------------1411
|---------------4-----11------8----16--14-----|---------------|
|---------------|-9-----------|---------------|---------------|
|---------------|-------------|---------------|---------------|

  +
|---------------|---------------|---------------|---------------|
|---------------|---------------|---------------|---------------|
|---------------|---------------|---------------|---------------|
|-14------------|---------------|---------------|---------------|
|---------------|---------------|---------------|---------------|
|---------------|---------------|---------------|---------------|

  e e e e e q     +
|-17--16--14----|---------------|---------------|---------------|
|---19--17--15--|-17------------|---------------|---------------|
7---------------|---------------|---------------|---------------|
4---------------|---------------|---------------|---------------|
|---------------|---------------|---------------|---------------|
|---------------|---------------|---------------|---------------|

A note about the "Taurus Pedal 'Sweep' sound" - this is actually an analog
synth (probably an Oberheim) playing octaves.  The resonance of the synth is
set high and filter is set to sweep from top to bottom.  Play the lowest E
on
the synth plus an octave above simultaneously and you'll get this sound.
Live, Alex triggers this sound with his pedals.  While it's probably just a
sampled sound now, in the good old days before MIDI, Alex had Moog Taurus
pedals interfaced with an Oberheim synth off-stage.  The Taurus pedals
didn't
actually make this sound but rather doubled it with a thick bass pedal tone
(or else the Taurus pedal settings would have had to be changed throughout
the
set and I don't believe that the pedals were programmable).

Lyrics

A modern-day warrior
Mean mean stride,
Today's Tom Sawyer
Mean mean pride.

Though his mind is not for rent,
Don't put him down as arrogant.
His reserve, a quiet defense,
Riding out the day's events.
The river.

And what you say about his company
Is what you say about society.
Catch the mist, catch the myth
Catch the mystery, catch the drift.

The world is, the world is,
Love and life are deep,
Maybe as his eyes are wide.

Today's Tom Sawyer,
He gets high on you,
And the space he invades
He gets by on you.

Guitar Solo

No, his mind is not for rent
To any god or government.
Always hopeful, yet discontent,
He knows changes aren't permanent,
But change is.

And what you say about his company
Is what you say about society.
Catch the witness, catch the wit,
Catch the spirit, catch the spit.

The world is, the world is,
Love and life are deep,
Maybe as his skies are wide.

Exit the warrior,
Today's Tom Sawyer,
He gets high on you,
And the energy you trade,
He gets right on to the friction of the day.