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Evolution – guitar tab

Evolution | guitar tab
words/music by  Ronnie Lane & Pete Townshend
recording by  Ronnie Lane & Pete Townshend
originally released on "Who Came First",  1972
Written by Ronnie Lane (c)1972 WB Music Corp.

#----------------------------------PLEASE NOTE---------------------------------#
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transcription by D. Speredelozzi                  2005-03-17  Whotabs
previous version (below) by bgsd@dimensional.com  2005-02-26  www.thewho.net/whotabs/


Tuning:  Open E    E  B  E  G# B  E

above 9th fret:
A=10, B=11, C=12, D=13, E=14
lowercase letter means single note or root chord only
note in () means note is optional
chord in () means chord is implied
rt  means root note
 !  means omit note
 *  means bend note 1/4 step
 ~  means bend note half step
 ^  means bend note whole step
 `  means strike bent note again
 r  means return bent note to original tone
<N> means harmonic on fret N
 x  means strike muffled string
 P  means palm-mute string
 hN means hammer-on to fret N
 Xp means pull-off from fret X
XhN means hammer-on to fret N from fret X
XpN means pull-off from fret X to fret N
 .N means hammer-on to fret N with right hand
 v  means use vibrato
 /  means slide up
 \  means slide down
   means diminished
 +  means augmented (raise 5th 1/2 step)
 -  means lower note 1/2 step
 |  is timing bar
   means let note ring until : 
In tablature, chords begin directly under the first letter in the chord
 name.  Consequently, it is sometimes necessary to use more than one line
 of text when identifying chord names and placement, due to the fact that
 chord names will often overlap one another.  Chords appearing on adjacent
 lines in the text should be treated as if they were all on the same line
 with their names superimposed over one another; with each chord's occurence
 in the tab indicated by the first letter of the chord name. 
(Nx) above and to the left of block of chords means repeat block N times
(Nx) at end of line means repeat line N times




  Esus2    B/Eb    D6sus2    C#m7    Cmaj7    B6sus4    E!5    E    B    E(ii)    A

----7-------7--------7--------7--------7--------4--------x-----0----x------x------9----
----7-------7--------5--------5--------5--------5--------5-----0----4------9------A----
----8-------7--------6--------5--------4--------3--------0-----0----3------8------8----
----x-------x--------x--------x--------x--------x--------0-----0----2------7------x----
----x-------x--------x--------x--------x--------x--------x-----0----0------x------A----
----x-------x--------x--------x--------x--------x--------x-----0----x-----(0)-----x----



  B(ii)    Bsus4    A(ii)    Asus4    E5    E5/B    C#m/B    E5/B(ii)    C#m/G#    E/B

----x--------x--------x--------x------0------0--------0---------0----------0--------4--
----7--------7--------5--------5------0------5--------2---------0----------2--------5--
----7--------8--------5--------6------8------3--------3---------3----------0--------3--
----7--------7--------5--------5------0------x--------x---------x----------x--------x--
----x--------x--------x--------x------0------x--------x---------x----------x--------x--
----7--------7--------5--------5------0------x--------x---------x----------x--------x--







Intro tab (0:00):


   Guitar 1)



 Esus2                   B/Eb    Esus2                   B/Eb

 |               |               |               |   
 |       |       |       |       |       |       |       |
-----7-------7-------7-------7-------7-------7-------7-------7---
---7---7---7---7---7---7---7---7---7---7---7---7---7---7---7---7-
-8-------8-------8-------7-------8-------8-------8-------7-------
-----------------------------------------------------------------
-----------------------------------------------------------------
-----------------------------------------------------------------



 Esus2                   B/Eb    Esus2                   B/Eb

 |               |               |               |   
 |       |       |       |       |       |       |       |
-----7-------7-------7-------7-------7-------7-------7-------7---
---7---7---7---7---7---7---7---7---7---7---7---7---7---7---7---7-
-8-------8-------8-------7-------8-------8-------8-------7-------
-----------------------------------------------------------------
-----------------------------------------------------------------
-----------------------------------------------------------------



 Esus2                   B/Eb    Esus2                   B/Eb

 |               |               |               |   
 |       |       |       |       |       |       |       |
-----7-------7-------7-------7-------7-------7-------7-------7---
---7---7---7---7---7---7---7---7---7---7---7---7---7---7---7---7-
-8-------8-------8-------7-------8-------8-------8-------7-------
-----------------------------------------------------------------
-----------------------------------------------------------------
-----------------------------------------------------------------



 Esus2                           C#m7                   (Cmaj7)
                         D6sus2

 |               |               |               |    
 |       |       |       |       |       |       |       |
-----7-------7-------7-------7-------7-------7-------7-----------
---7---7---7---7---7---7---5---5-----5-------5-------5-----------
-8-------8-------8-------6-------5-------5-------5-------4-------
-----------------------------------------------------------------
-----------------------------------------------------------------
-----------------------------------------------------------------



 B6sus4                          E!5                             E

 |               |               |               |               |
 |       |       |       |       |       |       |       |       |
-----4-------4-------4---------------------------------------------
-----5-------5-------5-----------5---------------0-----------------
-3-------3-------3---------------0-------3---0---3-------0---------
---------------------------------0-------0---0---2p0-----0---------
-----------------------------------------0h2---------2-------------
-----------------------------------------------------------------0-



--------------------------


   Guitar 2)



   Esus2                   B/Eb    Esus2                   B/Eb

   |               |               |               |   
   |       |       |       |       |       |       |       |
-------------------------------------------------------------------
-A/C-----------------------AhC-A---9-------9-------9---------------
-----------------------------------------------------------AhC\A---
-------------------------------------------------------------------
-------------------------------------------------------------------
-------------------------------------------------------------------



 Esus2                   B/Eb    Esus2                   B/Eb

 |               |               |               |   
 |       |       |       |       |       |       |       |
-----------------------------------------------------------------
-------------------------------------------------------------A---
-8-------8-------8-------8hA-8hA/C-------C-------C-------C-------
-----------------------------------------------------------------
-----------------------------------------------------------------
-----------------------------------------------------------------



   Esus2                   B/Eb    Esus2                   B/Eb

   |               |               |               |   
   |       |       |       |       |       |       |       |
-------------------------------------------------------------------
---C-----------------------AhC-A---9-------9-------9---------------
-----------------------------------------------------------AhC\A---
-------------------------------------------------------------------
-------------------------------------------------------------------
-------------------------------------------------------------------



 Esus2                           C#m7                   (Cmaj7)
                         D6sus2

 |               |               |               |   
 |       |       |       |       |       |       |       |
-----------------------------------------------------------------
-----------------------------------------------------------------
-8-------8-------8-------6h8-6---5-------5-------5-------5h8-5---
-----------------------------------------------------------------
-----------------------------------------------------------------
-----------------------------------------------------------------



 B6sus4                          E!5                             E

 |               |               |               |               |
 |       |       |       |       |       |       |       |       |
-------------------------------------------------------------------
-------------------------------------------------------------------
-3-------3-------3-------1h3-1---0-----------------------1p0-------
---------------------------------------------------------2p0-0-----
-------------------------------------------------------------0h2---
-----------------------------------------------------------------0-






Solo tab (1:41): (Guitar 2 repeats the E5 chord throughout section)


   Guitar 1)



     E5      E5      E5      E5      E5      E5      E5      E5

 |               |               |               |   
 |       |       |       |       |       |       |       |
-----0-------0-------0-------0----------0----------------0-------
---2---2---2---2---2---2---2-----0------3/5--0---3-v-v-----------
-4-------4-------4-------4-------1--/3---------------------------
-----------------------------------------------------3p0-----3p0-
-----------------------------------------------------------------
-----------------------------------------------------------------



     E5      E5      E5      E5      E5      E5      E5      E5

 |               |               |               |   
 |       |       |       |       |       |       |       |
-----0-----------------------------------------------------------
---2-----2p0-----------------------------------------------------
-4-----4---------------------------------------------------------
-----------3p0h3h5p3---------------------------------0-----------
--------------------5p30----------3-5p30-3-5-3-5---5---------3---
-------------------------3*r-0-------------------3*------0-------



     E5      E5      E5      E5      E5      E5      E5      E5

 |               |               |               |   
 |       |       |       |       |       |       |       |
-----------------------------------------------------------------
-----------------------------------------------------------------
-----------------------------------------------------------------
---------3----------0----3*-p0-------0---3*----------------------
-3h5-----3--5p30-----3-------h35-0h53-------h323-/5--/5-----h323-
-----------------0------------------------------4/5-4/5--0-------



     E5      E5      E5      E5      E5      E5      E5      E5

 |               |               |               |   
 |       |       |       |       |       |       |       |
-----------------------------------------------------------------
-----------------------------------------------------------------
-----------------------------------------------------------------
-----------------------------------------------------------------
------------------------------------------------------------3-h5-
-3*--3~---4-~p0--5-~p0-6-~p0-2-~p0-3-~p0-4-~p0-5-~p0-6-~p0-------



     E5      E5      E5      E5      E5      E5      E5      E5

 |               |               |               |   
 |       |       |       |       |       |       |       |
-----------------------------------------------------------------
-----------------------------------------------------------------
-------------------1/2-------------------------------------------
-----0---3-*-----------0-35-3------------------------------------
3h5----------353535----------35--3h5-----h3------h2-----2h3--3---
-----------------------------------------------------------------



     E5      E5      E5      E5      E5      E5      E5      E5

 |               |               |               |   
 |       |       |       |       |       |       |       |
-----------------------------------------------------------------
-----------------------------------------------------------------
-----------------------------------------------------------------
-----------------------------------------------------------------
-3h5-----3-------2-------1-------0---------------0---------------
-----------------------------3-----------6---------------6---3---



     E5      E5      E5      E5      E5      E5      E5      E5

 |               |               |               |   
 |       |       |       |       |       |       |       |
---------------------------------------------------------0-------
-------------------------------------------------0---3---5-------
---------------------------------------------0-0-1-/3------------
---------------3-5-----0-----0-3-------0-----3-3-----------------
-530--------------53p0-----------530-0---------------------------
-----0---3-~-0-----------3-~-0-----------3-~-0-------------------






Intro Reprise tab (2:12):


   Guitar 1)



   E5/B                            C#m/B

   |               |               |               |    
   |       |       |       |       |       |       |       |
---0-------0-------0---------------0-------0-------0---------------
---5-------5-------5-------3-5-3---2-------2-------2-------1-2-1---
---3-------------------------------3-------------------------------
-------------------------------------------------------------------
-------------------------------------------------------------------
-------------------------------------------------------------------



 E5/B(ii)                        C#m/G#

 |               |               |               |    
 |       |       |       |       |       |       |       |
-0-------0-------0---------------0-------0-------0---------------
-0-------0-------0---------------2-------2-------2---------------
-3-----------------------1-3-1---0-----------------------0h1-0h1-
-----------------------------------------------------------------
-----------------------------------------------------------------
-----------------------------------------------------------------



 E/B                             E!5                             E

 |               |               |               |               |
 |       |       |       |       |       |       |       |       |
-----4-------4-------4---------------------------------------------
-----5-------5-------5-----------5---------------0-----------------
-1/3-----3-------3-------1h3p1---0-------3---0---3-------0---------
---------------------------------0-------0---0---2p0-----0---------
-----------------------------------------0h2---------2-------------
-----------------------------------------------------------------0-



--------------------------


   Guitar 2)



   E5/B                            C#m/B

   |               |               |               |    
   |       |       |       |       |       |       |       |
-------------------------------------------------------------------
-A/C-----------------------AhC-A---9-------------------------------
-----------------------------------------------------------AhC-A---
-------------------------------------------------------------------
-------------------------------------------------------------------
-------------------------------------------------------------------



 E5/B(ii)                        C#m/G#

 |               |               |               |    
 |       |       |       |       |       |       |       |
-----------------------------------------------------------------
-----------------------------------------------------------------
-8-----------------------6h8-6---5-----------------------5h8-5-\-
-----------------------------------------------------------------
-----------------------------------------------------------------
-----------------------------------------------------------------



 E/B                             E!5                             E

 |               |               |               |               |
 |       |       |       |       |       |       |       |       |
-------------------------------------------------------------------
-------------------------------------------------------------------
-3-----------------------1h3-1---0-----------------------1p0-------
---------------------------------------------------------2p0-0-----
-------------------------------------------------------------0h2---
-----------------------------------------------------------------0-







Intro (0:00): (with tab above)

    Esus2,   B/Eb    (6x)

    Esus2,   D6sus2

    C#m7,   (Cmaj7)

    B6sus4,    E!5

    E    (4x)





Verse 1 (0:31):

            E
    Well, once I was a stone, many years ago

           E                     B           E(ii)
    Into a pool was thrown, many years ago

         A          E(ii)   A        E(ii)
    Time passed by, the pool ran dry

            A          E(ii)   A              E(ii)      A      E(ii)
    Excavated was I,  and  tempered and beat in the fiery heat

                A          B(ii)   Bsus4   B(ii)    A(ii)   Asus4
    By the hand of a man,        whose name was Dan-

        A(ii)     E
    Dan the Blacksmith





Verse 2 (0:55): (same as V1)

    Well once I was a daisy, many years ago
    In pastures green and lazy, many years ago
    But I was et by a goat, who fell in a moat
    And forgetting to float, he sunk like a lead, and stayed until dead
    And was relieved to find, just how kind, it all was





Chorus 1 (1:18):

               A(ii)                             E
    Well, once I was a bullfrog- had to struggle for survival

             A(ii)                            E
    And once I was a carp and lived in waters on the meadow

             A(ii)                             E
    And once I was a mynah bird- quoting verses from the Bible

                        B(ii)   Bsus4   B(ii)     A(ii)   Asus4   A(ii)   E
    I said "Pretty boy,               pretty boy-              Saint Luke"





Solo (1:41): (see tab above)

    E5    (28x)





Intro Reprise (2:12): (with tab above)

    E5/B,   C#m/B

    E5/B(ii),   C#m/G#

    E/B,    E!5

    E    (4x)





Verse 3 (2:30): (same as V1)

    Then I was born a human baby, many years ago
    I remember I was born unto a lady, many years ago
    All our hopes were piled on the back of a child
    Who turned out to be wild- sent the devil a prayer, caused the parson to swear
    So I took my leave, to lie and thieve, on my way to jail





Chorus 2 (2:53): (same as C1)

    Well, I've been a tinker, tailor, soldier, sailor- known good times and disaster
    But now I have a teacher, and the teacher has a master
    And the master is perfection, so he'll help us get there faster
    Don't need no proof, 'cause that's the truth, and I'll drink to that!





Outtro (3:16): (same as Intro- except last line)

    Esus2,   B/Eb    (6x)

    Esus2,   D6sus2

    C#m7,   (Cmaj7)

    B6sus4,    E!5

    A(ii),   E





-----------------------------




    Well, once I was a stone, many years ago
    Into a pool was thrown, many years ago
    Time passed by, the pool ran dry
    Excavated was I, and tempered and beat in the fiery heat
    By the hand of a man, whose name was Dan- 
    Dan the Blacksmith

    Well once I was a daisy, many years ago
    In pastures green and lazy, many years ago
    But I was et by a goat, who fell in a moat
    And forgetting to float, he sunk like a lead, and stayed until dead
    And was relieved to find, just how kind, it all was

    Well, once I was a bullfrog- had to struggle for survival
    And once I was a carp and lived in waters on the meadow
    And once I was a mynah bird- quoting verses from the Bible
    I said "Pretty boy, pretty boy- Saint Luke"

    Then I was born a human baby, many years ago
    I remember I was born unto a lady, many years ago
    All our hopes were piled on the back of a child
    Who turned out to be wild- sent the devil a prayer, caused the parson to swear
    So I took my leave, to lie and thieve, on my way to jail

    Well, I've been a tinker, tailor, soldier, sailor- known good times and disaster
    But now I have a teacher, and the teacher has a master
    And the master is perfection, so he'll help us get there faster
    Don't need no proof, 'cause that's the truth, and I'll drink to that!



-----------------------------


 transcription by  D. Speredelozzi     3/17/05  

 requests/corrections?   email:  tune_cracker@yahoo.com


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Previous version:


Evolution
By Pete Townshend & Ronnie Lane
>From Who Came First, 1972 
and Happy Birthday (extra verses are in italics)
Written by Ronnie Lane (c)1972 WB Music Corp.


Transcribed by Drjasonsmith@aol.com   2000-04-06    Whotabs
Revised by bgsd@dimensional.com       2005-02-26    www.thewho.net/whotabs
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E                                                   (B)E
Well, once I was a stone, many years ago
E                                                      (B)E
Into a pool was thrown, many years ago
A             E        A        E
Time went by and the pool ran dry
A            E       A           E           A     E   
Excavated was I, and tempered and beat in the fiery heat
                 B     B(sus4)                  
By the hand of a man, 
                 A      A(sus4)
whose name was Dan, 
               E
Dan the blacksmith


Well once I was a sword, many years ago
And my blade was broad, many years ago
Wore it with pride, and into battle I'd ride, on a warrior side
And cut my tail, their was loss of my tail
and soon did rust ,corrode to dust, oh my

Well once I was a daisy, many years ago
In pastures green and lazy, many years ago
But I was et by a goat who fell in a moat
And forgetting to float he sunk like a lead and stayed until dead
And was relieved to find just how kind it all was

Well once I was a grub, many years ago
And I lived among that mud , many years ago
But I'm a reckless mood, and I gave it a Coo
That was it with a prune, and when the good Lord was done
I walked with the sun, I shed my skins
And tried my wings and flew away

        A                          E
Well, once I was a bullfrog, had to struggle for survival
        A                            E
And once I was a carp and lived in waters on the meadow
        A                            E
And once I was a mynah bird, quoting verses from the Bible
B     B(sus4)      
I said pretty boy,
 A      A(sus4)
pretty boy, 
E
Saint Luke

(Guitar solo)

Well once I was a mule, many years ago
and my master treat me cruel, many years ago
By by was sick, so I moved to a kick,
So I took out a stick , laid it back across my back
To an almighty crack to my dismay
I cast away into the blue

Then I was born a human baby, many years ago
I remember I was born unto a lady, many years ago
All our hopes were piled on the back of a child
Who turned out to be wild, sent the devil a prayer
Caused the parson to swear so I took my leave
To lie and thieve, on my way to jail


       A                          
Well, I've been a tinker, tailor, soldier, sailor
E
Known good times and disaster
        A                            E
But now I have a teacher and my teacher has a master
        A                            E
And the master is perfection, so he'll help us get there faster
     
 B     B(sus4)          A      A(sus4)            E  
Don't need no proof, 'cause that's the truth, and I'll drink to that!



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