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/ The Beatles / Magical Mystery Tour (1967) / Strawberry Fields Forever guitar tab

Strawberry Fields Forever   -    The Beatles

From the album 'Magical Mystery Tour'
Tabbed by Howard Wright



There are two other versions of this in the archives, but none are in the 
right key. I thought a great song such as this deserved a proper tab in the 
archives.


Because the recording of this song involved a lot of playing around with 
tape speeds, you need to tune down your guitar by a whole step.

So instead of tuning your bottom string to E, tune to D, then tune the other 
strings to this by playing at the 5th/4th fret (you know the routine ...)

You should end up tuned to DGCFAD.

This means that the song is based on the C chord for the guitar, but it
ends up being in the key of Bb.



I've tried to give a guitar part that does justice to all the things that are 
going on in the song. For the first bit it's fairly straight forward since the 
song has a guitar playing here - but later on I've tried to tab out a guitar 
version of what the cellos and trumpets are doing.

Of course you can't play all of the song on just one guitar - but you can do 
a pretty good job. I've written the chords above each line of tab if you just 
want to strum along, and the words are underneath the line of tab.  



Intro :
---------

This is played on the mellotron, but you can do it fairly easily on guitar.


    G    Gmaj7  G7           Am        G       F     C

D-----------------------------------------------------------
A---3--3--3--3--3--3--1--0--------1--------0------------------
F---4--4--4--4--4--4--2--1------2--------0------2----0--------
C---5-----4-----3--3----------2--------0--------3----2--------
G--------------------------------------------------3----------
D-----------------------------------------------------------



Chorus :
----------


    C                                   Gm7

D-----------------------------------------------------------------------
A----------------------------------------3------------------------3--3--
F---0------------------------------------3-------------------3--3--------
C---2------------------------------------3----------------3-------------
G---3------------------------------------5------------3h5----------------
D----------------------------------------3---------------------------

    Let me take you down cos' I'm going to  Strawberry fields


    A7

D----------------0----------0--0--------------------------------
A------2--2----2------------------2--2---------------------
F---0--------0-----------0--------------------------------
C--------------------0h2---------------------------------------
G--------------------0---------------------------------------
D-----------------------------------------------------------

    Nothing is real



 
     F               A7

D-------1---------------------0-------------------------------
A----1--1-----------------------2----2---------------------------
F----2--------------------0-------0---------------------------
C----3---------------0h2----------------------------------------
G----3---------------0----------------------------------------
D----1-------------------------------------------------------

  And nothing to get hung about




    F                 C

D------------------------------------------------------------
A---1-----------1------1---------------------------------------
F---2-----------2------0---------------------------------------
C---3-----------3------2---------------------------------------
G---3-----------3------3---------------------------------------
D---1-----------1---------------------------------------------

    Strawberry fields forever





Verse 1:
---------

    G         Gmaj7     G7

D-----------------------------------------------------------
A---3--3------3--3-----3--3---1---0---------------------------------
F---4--4------4--4-----4--4---2---1---------------------------------
C---5---------4--------3------------------------------------------
G-----------------------------------------------------------
D-----------------------------------------------------------

   Living is easy with eyes closed




    Am      Am/G             F

D-------0---------0---------------1------1---------------------------
A-------1---------1---------------1---1------1------------------------
F-------2---------2-------------2------------2----------------------
C-----2---------2---------------3---------------------------------
G---0------0--------------------3--------------------------------
D-------------3-------------0h1--------------------------------

     Misunderstanding all you see



    F            G               C         G/B      Am    Am/G

D---------1----------3----------------------------------0--------
A---------1----------3----------------------------------1-----------
F---------2-------4----------------0---------0----------2----------
C------3----------5----------------2---------0----------2----------
G------3-------------------------3---------2---------0-----------
D--0h1--------1/3-------------------------------------------3------

    It's getting hard to be someone but it all works out




    F          G               F           C

D--------1-----------3---------------1--------------------------
A------1-------------3---3-----------1--1--0h1-----------------------
F------2-------------4---4-----------2--2--0------------------------
C------3-----------------5--------------3---------------------------
G--------------------------------------------------------------
D--0h1----------1/3-------------0h1----------------------------------

      It doesn't matter much to me




Chorus :
---------

   C                                   Gm               (no chord )

D--------------------------------------3-------------------------
A--------------------------------------3-------------------------
F--------------------------------------3-------------------------
C--2-----------------------------------5------0------------------
G--3-----------------------------------5---1-----1-----1------1--
D--------------------------------------3------------3------1-----
                                   
   Let me take you down cos' I'm going to  Strawberry fields



  (no chord)

D-----------------------------------------------------------
A-----------------------------------------------------------
F-----------------------------------------------------------
C-----------------------------------------------------------
G---7--------------7------------------------------------------
D---0--------------0------------------------------------------

       Nothing is real




      F          G     A7

D-----1----------3-----0---------------------------------------
A-----1----------3-----2---------------------------------------
F-----2----------4-----0---------------------------------------
C-----3----------5-----2---------------------------------------
G-----3----------5-----0---------------------------------------
D-----1----------3--------------------------------------------

  And nothing to get hung about



    F                 C

D-----------------------------------------------------------
A---1---------1-------1----------------------------------------
F---2---------2-------0----------------------------------------
C---3---------3-------2----------------------------------------
G---3---------3-------3----------------------------------------
D---1---------1-----------------------------------------------

   Strawberry fields forever




Linking phrase :
-----------------

This is the little downwards scale played on a harp-like instrument.
Leave all strings to sustain as much as possible.


D----1p0---------------------------------------------------------
A---------1----------------------------------------------------
F-----------3p0--------------------------------------------------
C---------------3p2----------------------------------------------
G--------------------3-----------------------------------------
D-----------------------------------------------------------


Verse 2:
---------

    G       Gmaj7     G7

D-----------------------------------------------------------
A---3--------3---------3-----1---0---------------------------------
F---4--------4---------4-----2---1---------------------------------
C---5--------4---------3-----3---3---------------------------------
G-----------------------------------------------------------
D-----------------------------------------------------------

   Noone I think is in my tree




    Am         Am7             F

D------------------------------------------------------------
A---1-----------1--------------1---------------------------------
F---2-----------0--------------2---------------------------------
C---2-----------2--------------3---------------------------------
G-------------------------------------0----------------------
D-----------------------------------------3------------------

    I mean it must be high or low



    F              G                  C                 Am  Am/G

D-------------------------------------------------------------------
A---1--------------3------------------1----------------1----------
F---2--------------4------------------0----------------2----------
C---3--------------5------------------2----------------2----------
G---3--------------5------------------3----------------0-----------
D---1--------------3---------------------------------------3------

      That is you can't you know tune in but it's alright




    F               G                 F                C

D------------------------------------------------------0------0----------------
A---1---1---1---1---3---3---3---3------1-------1-------1------1----------------
F---2---2---2---2---4---4---4---4------2-------2-------0------0------------------
C---3---3---3---3---5---5---5---5------3-------3-------2---2-----2--------------
G---3---3---3---3---5---5---5---5------3---0---3---0---3----------------------
D---1---1---1---1---3---3---3---3------1--------------------------------

       That is I  think it's not too bad



Chorus :
---------

   C                                   Gm

D---------------------------------------------6-6-------------
A---------------------------------------------3-3-------------
F---------------------------------------3-----3-3-------------
C--2------------------------------------5----------------------
G--3------------------------------------5---------------------
D---------------------------------------3--------------------

     Let me take you down cos I'm going to



                                   Gm/E

D-------------------------------6-6-----------3--3--3--3--3---
A-------------------------------8-8--------------------------
F--------------3------------------------------0--0--0--0--0---
C--------------5-----------------------------------------------
G--------------5-------1-----------------------------------------
D--------------3-------1-----0-------------0------------------

  Strawberry fields             Nothing is real



         F         G        A

D--------1---------3--------5---------------------------------
A--------1---------3--------5----------------------------------
F--------2---------4--------6----------------------------------
C--------3---------5--------7----------------------------------
G--------3---------5--------7----------------------------------
D--------1---------3--------5----------------------------------

   And nothing to get hung about



   F                   C

D-----------------------------------------------------------
A--1-----------1-------1---------------------------------------
F--2-----------2-------0---------------------------------------
C--3-----------3-------2---------------------------------------
G--3-----------3-------3---------------------------------------
D--1-----------1----------------------------------------------

   Strawberry fields forever



Linking phrase :
-----------------


D----1p0---------------------------------------------------------
A---------1----------------------------------------------------
F-----------3p0--------------------------------------------------
C---------------3p2----------------------------------------------
G--------------------3-----------------------------------------
D-----------------------------------------------------------



Verse 3:
---------

    G       Gmaj7     G7

D-----------------------------------------------------------
A---3--3----3---3-----3---3--------1--0---------------------------
F---4--4----4---4-----4---4--------2--1-----------------------------
C---5--5----4---4-----3---3--------3--3-----------------------------
G-----------------------------------------------------------
D-----------------------------------------------------------

   Always, no, sometimes think it's me



    Am                Am7             F

D-----------------------------------------------------------
A---1--------1--------1-------1-------1----------------------
F---2--------2--------0-------0-------2----------------------
C---2--------2--------2-------2-------3----------------------
G-----------------------------------------------0------------
D----------------------------------------------------3-------

     But you know I know when it's a dream



   F           G           C              Am    Am/G

D-----------------------------------------------------------
A-----------------------------------------------------------
F-----------------------------------------------------------
C-----------------------------------------------------------
G----------0-------0---2---3---------------0-----------------
D--1---3-------3----------------3----0----------3----------

    I think a no I mean a yes but it's all wrong



   F            G7          F            C

D-----------------------------------------------------------
A--1--1--1--1---3--3--3--3------------------------------------------
F--2--2--2--2---4--4--4--4-------------------0-----------------------
C--3--3--3--3---3--3--3--3---3-------------2----3p2p0---------------------
G--3--3--3--3---5--5--5--5---3--0--3--0--3--------------3--------------
D--1--1--1--1---3--3--3--3---1------------------------------------------

    That is I think I disagree



Chorus :
---------

   C                                   Gm                   Gm7

D--------------------------------------3-------------------------------
A--1-----------------------------------3------------------3------3-----
F--0-----------------------------------3----------------3------3------3
C--2-----------------------------------5--------------5------3------3--
G--3-----------------------------------5-------------------------------
D--------------------------------------3-------------------------------
                                   
   Let me take you down cos' I'm going to  Strawberry fields



   A7/E

D---0--------------0--0--0--0--0----------------------------------
A---2--------------2--2--2--2--2----------------------------------
F---0--------------0--0--0--0--0----------------------------------
C---2--------------------------------------------------------
G---0------------------------------------------------------
D---0--------------------------------------------------------

       Nothing is real




      F          G     A7

D-----1----------3-----0---------------------------------------
A-----1----------3-----2---------------------------------------
F-----2----------4-----0---------------------------------------
C-----3----------5-----2---------------------------------------
G-----3----------5-----0---------------------------------------
D-----1----------3--------------------------------------------

  And nothing to get hung about



    F                 C       Am7      F                 C

D---------------------------------------------------------------
A---1---------1-------1--------1-------1---------1-------1--------
F---2---------2-------0--------0-------2---------2-------0--------
C---3---------3-------2--------2-------3---------3-------2--------
G---3---------3-------3--------0-------3---------3-------3-------
D---1---------1------------------------1---------1--------------

   Strawberry fields forever         Strawberry fields forever



    F           G      F

D---1-----------3------1-----------5r3---1--0h1p0h1p0--------
A---1-----------3------1--------------------------------3-3--
F---2-----------4------2-------------------------------------
C---3-----------5------3-------------------------------------
G---3-----------5------3-------------------------------------
D---1-----------3------1-------------------------------------

    Strawberry fields forever   



Fade out over a chord of C
----------------------------

 (cellos)                     (elec. gtr)

D-----------------------------------------1--0h1p0h1p0h1p0h1p0---
A-------------------------------------------------------------
F-----------5------2----------------------------------------------
C--------------3-5---3----2-3-5------------------------------------
G--3/1---3--------------5-------3-------3--------------------------
D----------------------------------------------------------------



(harp-thing)

D-------------------------------12--------------13--12--12---------15--13--
A-----------13--11-----11-----------13--11------------------11------------
F---10--12-----------------12---------------12------------------12---
C---------------------------------------------------------------------
G-----------------------------------------------------------------------
D----------------------------------------------------------------------


etc etc  fade back in, a few weird noises etc etc ......





The Beatles albums
2000 One
1970 Hey Jude
1970 Let It Be
1969 Abbey Road
1969 Yellow Submarine
1968 White Album
1967 Magical Mystery Tour
1967 Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
1966 Revolver
1965 Rubber Soul
1965 Help!
1964 The Beatles' Second Album
1964 Meet the Beatles!
1964 Beatles For Sale
1964 A Hard Day's Night
1963 With the Beatles
1963 Please Please Me
Magical Mystery Tour tabs
01Magical Mystery Tour tabbass tab
02The Fool On The Hill tabbass tab
03Flying tabbass tab
04Blue Jay Way tabbass tab
05Your Mother Should Know tabbass tab
06I Am The Walrus tabbass tab
07Hello Goodbye tabbass tab
08Strawberry Fields Forever tabbass tab
09Penny Lane tabbass tab
10Baby You're A Rich Man tabbass tab
11All You Need Is Love tabbass tab

 

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