Blackbird by the Beatles

by Taura Eruera

Here's another Classic Guitar Song, "Blackbird by The Beatles".

This is a classic sixties fingerpicking song.  Young players in the sixties learned this as a rites de passage.  Every generation this gets handed down.

And now it's your turn, if you never had a chance before to learn this.

 

Here is Blackbird with Galeazzo Frudua



Here is Blackbird with Justin Sandercoe


 

 


Blackbird
John Lennon and Paul McCartney
The Beatles
TAB by: Robb Anagnostis
The existing TABs are close but some miss the timing, others leave out notes.
The TAB by Douglas French from 1995 (which this tab is greatly based on) is very good
misses the very important chromatic bass line through the verses (only 3 notes...but
Others that have the bass line show a really wierd fingering for it. Try this one out. 
really pretty easy. Check out measure #5 where the chromatic bass notes all stay on the A string.
  #1                          #2
  3/4 G       Am7     G/B     4/4 G
E{|---------------------------|-----------------------------------|
B{|---0-------1-------3-------|---12----12--12----12----12--12----|
G{|-------0-------0-------0---|-------0-------0-------0-------0---|
D{|---------------------------|-----------------------------------|
A{|-----------0-------2-------|---10------10------10------10------|
E{|---3-----------------------|-----------------------------------|
      +   .   +   .   +   .       +   .   +   .   +   .   +   .
  3/4 G       Am7     G/B     4/4 G
E||---------------------------|-----------------------------------|
B||---0-------1-------3-------|---12----12--12----12----12--12----|
G||.------0-------0-------0---|-------0-------0-------0-------0---|
D||.--------------------------|-----------------------------------|
A||-----------0-------2-------|---10------10------10------10------|
E||---3-----------------------|-----------------------------------|
      +   .   +   .   +   .       +   .   +   .   +   .   +   .
   1. Blackbird singing in the dead of night
   2. Blackbird singing in the dead of night
  #5
      C       A7/C#   D       B7/D#       Em              Cm/Eb
E |-----------3---------------5-------|-----------------------------------|
B |---5--(5)----------7--(7)----------|---8-----8---8-----8-----8---8-----|
G |-------0-------0-------0-------0---|-------0-------0-------0-------0---|
D |-----------------------------------|-----------------------------------|
A |---3-------4-------5-------6-------|---7-------7-------6-------6-------|
E |-----------------------------------|-----------------------------------|
      +   .   +   .   +   .   +   .       +   .   +   .   +   .   +   .
      Take these broken wings and learn to fly
      Take these sunken eyes and learn to see  (notes in () not played 2nd verse)
  #7
  3/2 D       A7/C#   C                Cm
E |-----------3----------------------------------------|
B |---7---------------5-----5---5------4-----4---4-----|
G |-------0-------0-------0-------0--------0-------0---|
D |----------------------------------------------------|
A |---5-------4-------3-------3--------3-------3-------|
E |----------------------------------------------------|
      +       .       +       .        +       .
      All     your    life
      All     your    life
  #8
      G/B             A7               C/D
E |----------------------------------------------------|
B |---3-----3---3-----2-----2---2------1-----1---1-----|
G |-------0-------0-------0-------0--------0-------0---|
D |------------------------------------0-------0-------|
A |---2-------2-------0-------0------------------------|
E |----------------------------------------------------|
      +       .       +       .        +       .
     You were only  waiting  for this  moment  to a-
     You were only  waiting  for this  moment  to be
   -----------------------------------------------------------------------...
  |  1.
  #9
  4/4 G               C       G           A7              C/D
E |-----------------------------------|-----------------------------------|
B |---0-----0---0-----5-------3-------|---2-----2---2-----1-----1---1-----|
G |-------0-------0-------0-------0---|-------0-------0-------0-------0---|
D |-----------------------------------|-------------------0-------0-------|
A |-------------------3-------2-------|---0-------0-----------------------|
E |---3-------3-----------------------|-----------------------------------|
      +   .   +   .   +   .   +   .       +   .   +   .   +   .   +   .
      rise.
  ... -----------------  -------------------
                       ||  2.               |
  #11                  ||                   |
  2/2 G
E |--------------------||-------------------|
B |---0-----0---0------||---0-----0---0-----|
G |-------0-------0---.||-------0-------0---|
D |-------------------.||-------------------|
A |--------------------||-------------------|
E |---3-------3--------||---3-------3-------|
      +   .   +   .         +   .   +   .
                             free.
  #13
  4/4 F       Em      Dm      C           Bb              C
E |-----------------------------------|-------------------0-----0---0-----|
B |---10------8-------6-------5-------|---3-----3---3---------------------|
G |-------0-------0-------0-------0---|-------0-------0-------0-------0---|
D |-----------------------------------|-----------------------------------|
A |---8-------7-------5-------3-------|---1-------1-------3-------3-------|
E |-----------------------------------|-----------------------------------|
      +   .   +   .   +   .   +   .       +   .   +   .   +   .   +   .
      Black     -     bird,              fly,
  #15
  4/4 F       Em      Dm      C           Bb              A7
E |-----------------------------------|-----------------------------------|
B |---10------8-------6-------5-------|---3-----3---3-----2-----2---2-----|
G |-------0-------0-------0-------0---|-------0-------0-------0-------0---|
D |-----------------------------------|-----------------------------------|
A |---8-------7-------5-------3-------|---1-------1-------0-------0-------|
E |-----------------------------------|-----------------------------------|
      +   .   +   .   +   .   +   .       +   .   +   .   +   .   +   .
      Black     -     bird,              fly,                    into the
  #17
  2/4 C/D
E |----------------------|
B |---1-----1---1----1---|
G |-------0-------0------|
D |---0-------0----------|
A |----------------------|
E |----------------------|
      +   .   +   .
      light of a dark blackc
  #18
  3/4 G       Am7     G       4/4 G
E |---------------------------|-----------------------------------|
B |---0-------1-------3-------|---12----12--12----12--12--12------|
G |-------0-------0-------0---|-------0-------0-------0-----------|
D |---------------------------|-----------------------------------|
A |-----------0-------2-------|---10------10------10------10------|
E |---3-----------------------|-----------------------------------|
      +   .   +   .   +   .       +   .   +   .   +   .   +   .
      night.
  #20
      C       A7/C#   D7      B7/D#       Em        *     Cm/Eb
E |-----------3---------------5-------|-----------------------------------|
B |---5---5-----------7---7-----------|---8-----8-----8---8-----8---8-----|*note small
G |-------0-------0-------0-------0---|-------0-----0---------0-------0---| change in
D |-----------------------------------|-----------------------------------| picking pattern
A |---3-------4-------5-------6-------|---7-------7-------6-------6-------| here
E |-----------------------------------|-----------------------------------|
      +   .   +   .   +   .   +   .       +   .   +   .   +   .   +   .
  #22
  3/2 D       A7/C#   C                Cm
E |-----------3----------------------------------------|
B |---7---------------5-----5---5------4-----4---4-----|
G |-------0-------0-------0-------0--------0-------0---|
D |----------------------------------------------------|
A |---5-------4-------3-------3--------3-------3-------|
E |----------------------------------------------------|
      +       .       +       .        +       .
  #23                                                  #24
      G               A7               C/D             2/4 G
E |----------------------------------------------------|---------------|
B |---3-----3---3-----2-----2---2------1-----1---1-----|---0-----------|
G |-------0-------0-------0-------0--------0-------0---|---0-----------|
D |------------------------------------0-------0-------|---------------|
A |---2-------2-------0-------0------------------------|---------------|
E |----------------------------------------------------|---3-----------|
      +       .       +       .        +       .           +       .
  #25
  4/4 F       Em      Dm      C           Bb              C
E |-----------------------------------|-------------------0-----0---0-----|
B |---10------8-------6-------5-------|---3-----3---3---------------------|
G |-------0-------0-------0-------0---|-------0-------0-------0-------0---|
D |-----------------------------------|-----------------------------------|
A |---8-------7-------5-------3-------|---1-------1-------3-------3-------|
E |-----------------------------------|-----------------------------------|
      +   .   +   .   +   .   +   .       +   .   +   .   +   .   +   .
      Black     -     bird,               fly,
  #27
  4/4 F       Em      Dm      C           Bb              A7
E |-----------------------------------|-----------------------------------|
B |---10------8-------6-------5-------|---3---3-------3---2-----2---2-----|
G |-------0-------0-------0-------0---|-------------0---------0-------0---|
D |-----------------------------------|-----------------------------------|
A |---8-------7-------5-------3-------|---1-------1-------0-------0-------|
E |-----------------------------------|-----------------------------------|
      +   .   +   .   +   .   +   .       +   .   +   .   +   .   +   .
      Black     -     bird,               fly,                    into the
  #29
  2/4 C/D
E |----------------------|
B |---1-----1---1----1---|
G |-------0-------0------|
D |---0-------0----------|
A |----------------------|
E |----------------------|
      +   .   +   .
    light of a dark, black
  #30
  3/4 G       Am7     G/B     4/4 G
E |---------------------------|-----------------------------------|
B |---0-------1-------3-------|---12----12--12----12----12--12----|
G |---------------------------|-------0-------0-------0-------0---|
D |---------------------------|-----------------------------------|
A |-----------0-------2-------|-----------------------------------|
E |---3-----------------------|---10------10------10------10------|
      +   .   +   .   +   .       +   .   +   .   +   .   +   .
      night.
 #31
      G
E |-----------------------------------|-----------------------------------|
B |---12----12--12----12----12--12----|---12----12--12----12---------12/--|
G |-------0-------0-------0-------0---|-------0-------0---0---------------|
D |-----------------------------------|-----------------------------------|
A |---10------10------10------10------|---10------10------10---------10/--|
E |-----------------------------------|-----------------------------------|
      +   .   +   .   +   .       +   .   +   .   +   .   +   .   +   .
                                molto rit.
  #34
  3/4    G       Am7     G/B     3/4 C       G/B     A7
E||------------------------------|---0-----------------------|
B||------0-------1-------3-------|-----------3-------2-------|
G||----------0-------0-------0---|-------0-------0-------0---|
D||------------------------------|---------------------------|
A||--------------0-------2-------|---3-------2-------0-------|
E||---10\3-----------------------|---------------------------|
          +   .   +   .   +   .      +   .   +   .   +   .
 slide down
        a tempo
  #36
  2/4 C/D
E |------------------|
B |--1-----1---1-----|
G |------0-------0---|
D |--0-------0-------|
A |------------------|
E |------------------|
     +   .   +   .
  #37
  3/4 G       Am7     G/B     4/4 G
E||---------------------------|-----------------------------------|
B||---0-------1-------3-------|---12----12--12----12----12--12----|
G||.------0-------0-------0---|-------0-------0-------0-------0---|
D||.--------------------------|-----------------------------------|
A||-----------0-------2-------|---10------10------10------10------|
E||---3-----------------------|-----------------------------------|
      +   .   +   .   +   .       +   .   +   .   +   .   +   .
    Blackbird singing in the dead of night
  #39
      C       A7/C#   D       B7/D#       Em              Cm/Eb
E |-----------3---------------5-------|-----------------------------------|
B |---5---------------7---7-----------|---8-----8---8-----8-----8---8-----|
G |-------0-------0-------0-------0---|-------0-------0-------0-------0---|
D |-----------------------------------|-----------------------------------|
A |---3-------4-------5-------6-------|---7-------7-------6-------6-------|
E |-----------------------------------|-----------------------------------|
      +   .   +   .   +   .   +   .       +   .   +   .   +   .   +   .
      Take these broken wings and learn to fly;
  #41
  3/2 D       A7/C#   C   *            Cm  *
E |-----------3----------------------------------------|
B |---7---------------5---5-------5----4---4-------4---| * note change in
G |-------0-------0---------0---0------------0---0-----|   picking pattern here
D |----------------------------------------------------|
A |---5-------4-------3-------3--------3-------3-------|
E |----------------------------------------------------|
      +       .       +       .        +       .
      All     your    life
  #42
  4/4 G/B             A7                  C/D             G
E||-----------------------------------|-----------------------------------||
B||---3-----3---3-----2-----2---2-----|---1-----1---1-----0---------------||
G||.------0-------0-------0-------0---|-------0-------0---0--------------.||
D||.----------------------------------|---0-------0----------------------.||
A||---2-------2-------0-------0-------|-----------------------------------||
E||-----------------------------------|-------------------3---------------||
      +   .   +   .   +   .   +   .       +   .   +   .   +   .   +   .
     You were only   waiting  for this    moment  to    a-rise.
  #44
      C       G/B     A7                  C/D             G
E |-----------------------------------|-----------------------------------||}
B |---5-------3-------2-----2---2-----|---1-----1---1-----3---------------||}
G |-------0-------0-------0-------0---|-------0-------0---0---------------||}
D |-----------------------------------|---0-------0-------0---------------||}
A |---3-------2-------0-------0-------|-----------------------------------||}
E |-----------------------------------|-------------------3---------------||}
      +   .   +   .   +   .   +   .       +   .   +   .   +   .   +   .
     You were only   waiting  for this    moment  to    a-rise.
  
CREDIT:http://www.911tabs.com/tabs/t/the_beatles/blackbird_tab.htm#6346760