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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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From: James Osgood

The Last Straw - Lyrics by Fish, music by Marillion.
Transcribed by James Osgood - [email protected]

Legend

10b12 means bend from the tenth fret to the twelfth.
(10)b12 means pre-bend
20r18 means release bend

~ indicates vibrato.
/ means slide
/ means dive with whammy bar.
P indicates pull off, and
B indicates hammer on
Q indicates quarter tone bend.

Intro and Verse - Clean guitar with Chorus and Delay

E-----------------------------------------------|
B-----1--3--1h3p1p0-----0-h-1--0----------------|
G-----2--------------2------------2--2-p-0--0---|
D-----2-----------------------------------------|
A--0--0-----------------------------------------|
E-----------------------------------------------|

E--------------------------------2--
B-----1--3--1h3p1p0-----1--------3--
G-----2--------------2-----0-----2--
D-----2-----------------------3--0--
A--0--0-----------------------------
E-----------------------------------

There are slight fills at the end of this, which are different
For the two verses. They are

1 2
E---0h2--|--3-2---|
B--------|--------|
G--------|--------|
D--------|--------|
A--------|--------|
E--------|--------|

The bits between verses are just D# and F chords played as
Follows

D# F

E---6---------|
B---8----10---|
G---8----10---|
D---8----10---|
A---6----8----|
E-------------|

It goes D# - F - D# - F - D# - F - D# - F - F - F.

SR arpeggiates the chords second time around.

After the second 'chorus' he whips on a capo at the third fret
And plays an arpeggiated Cm7 as follows.

E------------------6--|
B-----------4p3h4-----|
G--------5------------|
D-----5---------------|
A--3------------------|
E---------------------|

He plays this repeadedly until the solo (There are various odd
Bits of guitar under it but I haven't bothered to work them out)

Solo - a cracker. It's simple and very effective and I think I read
Somewhere that he improvised it!!

E--------------------------------------------------------|
B--(16)b18~---11--9--11--(11)b13~------------------------|
G--------------------------------------------------------|
D---------------------------------------3--6--3--8/108--|
A--------------------------------------------------------|
E--------------------------------------------------------|

dive with bar
E----------------------------------------------------13--|
B-----------------------16-p-13--16~--16p13--(16)b18-----|
G--------------------------------------------------------|
D--8p6p3--3--6q----/------------------------------------|
A-----------------/-------------------------------------|
E----------------/--------------------------------------|

|-------| rpt x 8
E--(15)b16~-16--(15)b16--16--18--(18)b20~------16p13-----|
B-------------------------------------------13-----------|
G--------------------------------------------------------|
D--------------------------------------------------------|
A--------------------------------------------------------|
E--------------------------------------------------------|

E----------------------------------------------------------|
B--(16)b18-------------------------------------------------|
G-----------13--13~--13h15p13--13~------------------------|
D------------------------------------6~-3--6h8-6-8/10--10~-|
A----------------------------------------------------------|
E----------------------------------------------------------|

E----------------------------------------------16-18-(18)b20~|
B-----------------------------------16-(16)b18---------------|
G--10-------------------------------------------------------|
D-------6~-8--6--8/10--8~--10-6p5p3--------------------------|
A------------------------------------------------------------|
E------------------------------------------------------------|

Then this bit which is great fun - still distorted.

E-----3---------------------3--3-----------------|
B-----4--3------------------4-----4-----6--------|
G-----5-----3-----5---------5--------3--5--------|
D-----5--------3--6---------5-----------3--------|
A--3--3-----------6------3--3--------------------|
E-----------------4------------------------------|

This chord sequence is used until the end. Steve solos over it
After a while, using the same melodic ideas as the solo, but
Now in Cm as opposed to Fm.

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