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Is It In My Head? – guitar tab

Is It In My Head? | guitar tab
By The Who
>From Quadrophenia, 1973 
Written by Pete Townshend (c)1972 Fabulous Music Ltd. 

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#This file is the author's own work and represents their interpretation of the #
#song. You may only use this file for private study, scholarship, or research. #
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transcribed by                             Whotabs                    
litgo@aol.com          1999-04-03          www.thewho.net/whotabs     
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Note: acoustic tacit in chorus; I have supplied 'optional' voicings for 
one-guitar arrangements.
Note 2: All leads are approximate.

Chord   Gtr 1 (electric)      Gtr 2 (acoustic; capo on 5)
G       3x0003 (optional)     xx5787
C/G     3x2013 (optional)    (8)x5588
F       (1)3321x              x87565
C       x3201x                8x5588
D       xx0232                x577 10 10  (optional)
A       x022xx and x02255     577955 and 577655 (optional)
Bb/C    x3333x and x33366     6x8768 (optional)
D(x)    xxx 11 10 10          -
D(xiv)  xxx 14 15 14          -
A(ix)   xxx 9 10 9            -
A(xii)  xxx 14 14 12          -

< = volume swell    () = harmonic  ~ = vibrato 


[intro]
|G   C/G    |G    C/G       |G   
|-----------|---------------|----
|-----------|----------<12>-|<15-
|-----------|-------<12>----|----
|-----------|----<12>-------|----
|-----------|---------------|----
|-----------|---------------|----
                 harm.       vol. swell

|G         C/G          |G          C/G   |
   I see a man without a problem
|G         C/G           |F         C     |
   I see a country always starved
|------------------------|----------------|
|------------------------|1---------1-----|
|------------------------|2---------0-----|
|------------------------|3---------2-----|
|------------------------|3---------3-----|
|------------------------|---------------3|

|G            C/G       |G          C/G   |
   I hear the music of a heartbeat
|3----------------------|-----------------|
|3----------------------|-----------------|
|0----------------------|-------------<12>|
|0----------------------|-----------<12>--|
|-----------------------|-----------------|
|3----------------------|-----------------|

|G                C/G            |F     C |
   I walk and the people turn and laugh
|--------------------------------|--------|
|--------------------------------|1-----1-|
|--------------------------------|2-----0-|
|<12>----------------------------|3-----2-|
|--------------------------------|3-----3-|
|--------------------------------|--------|

[chorus; acoustic tacit]
|D                   D(x) |D                 D(xiv)
   Is it in my head?         Is it in my head?     
|--------------------10~--|2-----------------14~--|
|3-------------------10~--|3-----------------15~--|
|2-------------------11~--|2-----------------14~--|
|0------------------------|0----------------------|
|-------------------------|-----------------------|
|-------------------------|-----------------------|

|D                             |A                          G   D |
   Is it in my head here at the start?
|--------2---------------------|-------5-------------------------|
|--------3---------------------|-------5-------------------------|
|2-------2---------------------|2------2--4^(6)\2-0------2-------|
|0-------0---------------------|2------2-------------------------|
|---------------------------3/-|0-------------------0h3h4--0h3h4-|
|------------------------------|---------------------------------|

|A                   A(xii) |A                    A(ix) |
   Is it in my head?           Is it in my head?
|5-------------------12~----|--------5------------9-----|
|5-------------------14~----|--------5------------10----|
|2-------2-----------14~----|--------2------------9-----|
|2-------2------------------|2--------------------------|
|--------0------------------|0--------------------------|
|---------------------------|---------------------------|

|A                          |C     Bb/C |C  Bb/C|C    Bb/C   |Bb/C   |
   Is it in my head or in my heart?
|---------------------------|-----------|-------|-----6------|-6-----|
|---------------------------|------6----|---6---|-5---6------|-6-----|
|2-------2------------------|5-----3----|5--3---|--5--3--3-3-|3------|
|2-----2-2------------------|5-----3----|5--3---|---5-3---3-3|3------|
|0-----0-0------------------|3-----3----|3--3---|3-----------|-------|
|---------------------------|-----------|-------|------------|-------|

[repeat verse; acoustic in]
|G           C/G               |G          C/G     |
   I pick up phones and hear my history
|------------------------------|---------------<13-|
|------------------------------|--------<13-<15----|
|------------------------------|-------------------|
|------------------------------|-------------------|
|------------------------------|-------------------|
|------------------------------|-------------------|

|G             C/G            |F      C     |
    I dream of all the calls I miss
|<15--------------------------|-------------|
|-----------------------------|1------1-----|
|-----------------------------|2------0----0|
|-----------------------------|3------2----0|
|-----------------------------|3------3-----|
|-----------------------------|------------3|

|G           C/G             |G             C/G    |
    I try to number those who love me
|----------------------------|---------------------|
|----------------------------|---------------------|
|0---------------------------|---------<<12>----(7)|
|0---------------------------|---------------(7)---|
|----------------------------|---------------------|
|3---------------------------|---------------------|

|G           C/G                    |F      C     |
   And find exactly what the trouble is
|-----------------------------------|-------------|
|-----------------------------------|1------1-----|
|-----------------------------------|2------0-----|
|-----------------------------------|3------2-----|
|-----------------------------------|3------3-----|
|-----------------------------------|-------------|

[repeat chorus; acoustic out]
Is it in my head?
Is it in my head?
Is it in my head here at the start?
                            |-----5----9~-9\-----|---
                            |--------------------|---
                            |2--/6--/9----9\-6\4p|2--
                            |--------------------|---
                            |--------------------|---
                            |--------------------|---
Is it in my head?
Is it in my head?
Is it in my head or in my heart?

|C   Bb/C     |C  Bb/C    |C         Bb/C           | Bb/C           |
(heart?)
|-------------|-----------|-----------------------8-|-8h10-10h12-----|
|-------------|---5---6-6-|6h8p6-8-8-8h10p8--8-10---|------------8~--|
|-------------|5----------|-------------------------|----------------|
|----5----5/5-|-----------|-------------------------|----------------|
|3------------|-----------|-------------------------|----------------|
|-------------|-----------|-------------------------|----------------|

[acoustic in]
|G       C/G               |G           C/G  |
|--------------------------|------------15~--|
|-------<12>---10-12-12h13p|12----12--15-----|
|-----<12>-----------------|----12-----------|
|---<12>-------------------|-----------------|
|--------------------------|-----------------|
|--------------------------|-----------------|
    harm.

[bridge; acoustic out]
|Bb           (Eb)  F               |Bb       (Eb)F           
   I feel I'm being followed           My head is empty      
|-----------------------------------|-------------------------------|
|-----------------------------10\8-6|--6--6----6----------10--10-10-|
|---------8---7---------------------|--7--7----7----------10--10-10-|
|8---8----------------------10------|8-8--8----8-------10-10--10-10-|
|-------------------8--8------------|--------------8----------------|
|-----------------------------------|-------------------------------|

   |C            F              |C
Yet every word I say turns out a sentence
---|8---8--8---8------8----8----|---8---8-------------|
---|8---8--8---8------8----8----|---8---8-------------|
---|9---9--9---9---9--9----9----|---9---9--10-9-------|
---|-------------10-10----------|---------------10---\|
---|----------------------------|---------------------|
---|----------------------------|---------------------|

|Bb          (Eb)  F               |Bb    (Eb)   F       
   Statements to a stranger    just asking for directions
|----------------------------------|-----------------------------|
|----------------------------------|-----------------------6-8-6-|
|----------------------------------|--------------------/7-------|
|8---------------------------------|-----------------------------|
|------------------8---------6-----|---5-6-5---6h8---------------|
|-------6-8-8-6--5---------8--8\---|6--------6-------------------|

                                                   [acoustic in]
|C                 F            |C            |     C C C|
   Turn from being help to being questions
|-------8----8-----8\------8----|8-------8----|----------|
|-------8----8-----8\------8----|8--------8-6-|-5--------|
|-------9----9-----9\------9----|9------------|--5-------|
|-------------------------------|-------------|----------|
|-------------------------------|-------------|----------|
|-------------------------------|-------------|----------|

[solo; verse pattern]
|G      C/G    |G     C/G     |G     C/G |F  C   |
|--------------|--------------|----------|-------|
|<12-----------|----0h1-3-0h1p|0---------|<1-<1--|
|<12---\5-<5--<|5-------------|----------|<2-<0--|
|--------------|--------------|----------|<3-<2--|
|--------------|--------------|----------|<3-<3--|
|--------------|--------------|----------|-------|

|G    C/G              |G    C/G           G      C/G   |F  C   |
|----------------------|---3--------------|-------------|-------|
|0---------------------|---3--------------|-------------|<1-<1--|
|0---------------------|---0--------------|-------------|<2-<0--|
|0----------0-2p0------|---0------0-2p0h2-|0------------|<3-<2--|
|x------0h2-------2p0--|-------0h2--------|-------------|<3-<3--|
|3----3----------------|3----3------------|-------------|-------|

|G         C/G          |G
   I see a man without a problem
|-----------------------|-------------
|-----------------------|3------------
|0----------------------|0------------
|0----------------------|0------------
|-----------------------|-------------
|3----------------------|3------------

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litgo@aol.com


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#song. You may only use this file for private study, scholarship, or research. #
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