Whotabs – The Definitive Online Tablature and Gear Resource for The Who since 1997

Return to Whotabs

Pictures of Lily – guitar tab

Pictures of Lily | guitar tab
By The Who, 1967
>Appears on Meaty Beaty Big and Bouncy, 1971
Written by Pete Townshend (c)1967 TRO-Essex Music, Inc.

#----------------------------------PLEASE NOTE---------------------------------#
#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. #
#------------------------------------------------------------------------------#

==============                                                        
transcribed by                                     Whotabs                    
litgo@aol.com           rev 1999-07-12             www.thewho.net/whotabs     
==============                                                        

verse chords
C        x32010
Em/B     x22030
Am       x02210
F        13321x (use thumb)
F#       24432x (use thumb)
G        355433 and 320003 and 3x0033
G7       3x0001 or 3x3001

chorus chords (use thumb for root note on all chords)
C       8T x10 988
Em/B    7Tx9987
Am      5Tx7555
G       3T55433
F       1T33211
A       5Tx7655
C#m/Ab  4Tx6654
F#m     2Tx4222
C#m     xTx2120

Note: timing is approximate

[intro]
|G               |                |
|----------------|3---------------|
|----------------|0---------------|
|----------------|0---------------|
|0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|
|2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-|2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-|
|3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-|3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-|

|C           Em/B         |Am       F F F#|
   I used to wake up every morning         
|----0---------------0----|-----0---------|
|----1---------------3----|-----1---------|
|----0---------------0----|-----2---------|
|----2---------------2----|-----2---3-3-4-|
|3-----------2------------|0--------3-3-4-|
|-------------------------|---------1-1-2-|

|G                   |G                 |
    I used to feel so bad
|3-------------------|3-----------------|
|0-------------------|0-----------------|
|0-------------------|0-----------------|
|0-------------------|0-----------------|
|--------------------|------------------|
|3-------------------|--3-2-3-2-3-2--0-2|

|C          Em/B          |Am             F F F#|G                   |G  
   I got so sick of having sleepless nights        I went and told my dad

         |Am             G          |F           Em    |
He said, "Son now here's some little somethings,"
         |----0---------------3-----|----1---------0---|
         |----1---------------3-----|----1---------0---|
         |----2---------------0-----|----2---------0---|
         |----2---------------0-----|----3---------2---|
         |0-------0-----------------|--------------2---|
         |---------------3--------3-|1T--------1-0----0|

|Am                     |G          |
   And stuck them on my wall
|0----------------------|3--3--3--3-|
|1----------------------|3--3--3--3-|
|2----------------------|0--0--0--0-|
|2----------------------|0--0--0--0-|
|0----------------------|-----------|
|-----------------------|3--3--3--3-|

|C        Em/B                 |Am      F  F    F#|
   Now my nights ain't quite so lonely, in fact I 
|G5                   |    |G7                   |G7       |
   I don't feel bad at all    I don't feel bad at all

[chorus]
|C           Em/B |Am      G      |F       Em |D    G     |
 Pictures of Lily  made my life so wonderful
|8--------8--7--7-|5-----5-3----3-|1-----1-0--|--2--3-----|
|8--------8--8--8-|5-----5-3----3-|1-----1-0--|---3-3-----|
|9--------9--9--9-|5-----5-4----4-|2-----2-0--|-2---0-----|
|10-------10-9--9-|7-----7-5----5-|3-----3-2--|0----0-----|
|-----------------|---------------|--------2--|-----------|
|8T-------8T-7T-7T|5T----5T3T---3T|1T----1T0--|-----------|

                                                         [2/4][4/4]
|C           Em/B |Am        G       |F       Em         |D   |E   |E  |
 Pictures of Lily  helped me sleep at night
|8------8----7--7-|5------5--3-----3-|-------------------|
|8------8----8--8-|5------5--3-----3-|-------------------|
|9------9----9--9-|5------5--4-----4-|2--2--2--2--0-0-0-0|
|10-----10---9--9-|7------7--5-----5-|3--3--3--3--2-2-2-2|
|-----------------|------------------|3--3--3--3--2-2-2-2|
|8T-----8T---7T-7T|5T-----5T-3T----3T|1T-1T-1T-1T-0-0-0-0|

|A           C#m/Ab|F#m       E        |D   C#m |B    E   |
 Pictures of Lily   solved my childhood problem
|5------5----4---4-|2------2-----------|2---0---|---------|
|5------5----5---5-|2------2--0----0---|3---2---|--4--0---|
|6------6----6---6-|2------2--1----1---|2---1---|---4-1---|
|7------7----6---6-|4------4--2----2---|0---2---|-4---2---|
|------------------|----------2----2---|--------|2----2---|
|5T-----5T---4T--4T|2T-----2T-0----0---|--------|---------|

|A           C#m/Ab|F#m       A     |D       |E      |       |
 Pictures of Lily   helped me feel alright
|5------5----4---4-|2------2--------|2-2-2-2-|-------|-------|
|5------5----5---5-|2------2--0----0|3-3-3-3-|-------|-------|
|6------6----6---6-|2------2--1----1|2-2-2-2-|-------|-------|
|7------7----6---6-|4------4--2----2|0-0-0-0-|2------|-------|
|------------------|----------2----2|--------|2------|-------|
|5T-----5T---4T--4T|2T-----2T-0----0|--------|0---3^-|0------|

[bridge]
|E E E D E |                 |E E E D E |              |
            Pictures of Lily             Lily, oh, Lily
|----------|-----------------|----------|--------------|
|9-9-9-7-9-|-----------------|9-9-9-7-9-|--------------|
|9-9-9-7-9-|-----------------|9-9-9-7-9-|--------------|
|9-9-9-7-9-|-----------------|9-9-9-7-9-|--------------|
|7-7-7-5-7-|-----------------|7-7-7-5-7-|--------------|
|----------|-----------------|----------|--------------|

|A A A G A |                 |A A A G A |                 |
            Lily, oh, Lily               Pictures of Lily!
|----------|-----------------|----------|-----------------|
|5-5-5-3-5-|-----------------|5-5-5-3-5-|-----------------|
|6-6-6-4-6-|-----------------|6-6-6-4-6-|-----------------|
|7-7-7-5-7-|-----------------|7-7-7-5-7-|-----------------|
|7-7-7-5-7-|-----------------|7-7-7-5-7-|-----------------|
|5-5-5-3-5-|-----------------|5-5-5-3-5-|-----------------|


|D D D C D |D D D C D |G G G F G |G      |
|----------|----------|----------|3------|
|7-7-7-5-7-|7-7-7-5-7-|----------|0------|
|7-7-7-5-7-|7-7-7-5-7-|4-4-4-2-4-|0------|
|7-7-7-5-7-|7-7-7-5-7-|5-5-5-3-5-|0------|
|5-5-5-3-5-|5-5-5-3-5-|5-5-5-3-5-|-------|
|----------|----------|3-3-3-1-3-|3------|

And then one day things weren't quite so fine
I fell in love with Lily
I asked my dad where Lily I could find
He said, "Son, now don't be silly.
She's been dead since 1929."
Oh, how I cried that night
If only I'd been born in Lily's time
                     G
It would have been alright
                    |15----15-----------|-15-------|
                    |--15----15---------|----15----|
                    |-------------0-----|----------|
                    |-------------------|----------|
                    |-------------------|----------|
                    |-------------------|----------|

[repeat chorus]
Pictures of Lily made my life so wonderful
Pictures of Lily helped me sleep at night

|A            C#m/Ab    |F#m    E    |D  C#m  |B  E   |
   For me and Lily are together in my dreams

|A      C#m/Ab       |F#m              E   |D      |
  And I ask you, hey, mister, have you ever seen 

|E  E     E  D E  
 Pictures of Lily?

=============
litgo@aol.com

#----------------------------------PLEASE NOTE---------------------------------#
#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. #
#------------------------------------------------------------------------------#

Disclaimer

A note on the content here:

The files archived on this site are the respective transcriber’s own work and represent their interpretations of the songs. You may only use these files for private study, scholarship or research. more on use of files >>

Section navigation

Tablature Section

Site info Navigation

Whotabs is not affiliated with The Who, its record company or management.