"The Show Must Go On" By: Queen Album: Innuendo Tabbed by: Peter Simmonds Notes: While this tune is definitely a piece for electric guitars, I usually prefer to play it an acoustic guitar. There's plenty of opportunity to add frills and I've tried to give names to the chords I use (which can be found at the bottom of the page. Some of the are trickier to hit than I usually try for but they do give a fuller sound. Feel free skip or add bits if you think it'll help. Intro (7 bars): |Bm Bsus2 |Bsus4 Bm |G G11# |Em/G |Em7 Em6 |F#sus4 F# |Em | Verse 1 (14 bars): (A#dim/E) Bm Bsus2 Bsus4 Bm Empty spaces, what are we living for? G G11# Em/G G Abandoned places. I guess we know the score. Em7 Em6 F#sus4 F# Em A#dim/E On and on. Does anybody know what we are looking for?
Another Bmhero.Bsus2 Another Bsus4mindless crime. Bm G G11# Em/G G Behind the curtain. In the pantomime. Em7 Em6 F#sus4 F# HoldG the line. Does anybody want to take it anymore?
Chorus (8 bars): (G) Bm Bsus2 Bsus4 Bm The show must go on... G G11# Em/G G The show must go on...
InEm7side, my heart is Em6breaking. F#sus4 F# Em Bm (N.C.) My makeup may be flaking but my smile still stays on.
Verse 2 (16 bars):
Whatever C#mhappens,C#sus2 I leave it allC#sus4 to chance. C#m A A11# F#m/A A Another heartache. Another failed romance. F#m7 F#m6 G#sus4 G# Cdim/F# On and on. Does anybody know what we are living for? I guess I'm C#mlearning.C#sus2 I must be C#sus4warmer now. C#m A A11# F#m/A A I'll soon be turning round the corner now. OutF#m7side the dawn is F#m6breaking, G#sus4 G# F#m buEmt inside in the dark I'm aching to be free.
Chorus (8 bars) Guitar break (6 bars): (Bm) (Bsus2) |Bsus4 Bm |G G11# G |Em7 Em6 |F#sus4 F# |Em | Ad lib "Yeah", "Ooh", etc. Verse 3 (6 bars):
F My soul is G/Fpainted like the Emwings of butterAmflies. Cmaj7/G FFairytales of yG/Festerday will Em7grow but never die. Am C#m7b5 A7/C# Dsus4 D I can fly, my friends.
Final Chorus (7 bars): (D) Bm Bsus2 Bsus4 Bm The show must go on. Yeah... G G11# Em/G G The show must go on.
I'll Em7face it with a grin.Em6 I'm F#sus4never giving in. F# Em A#dim/E On with the show.
Outro (16 bars): |Bm Bsus2 |Bsus4 Bm |G G11# |Em/G | (G) Em7 Em6 Ooh, I'll top the bill. I'll overkill. F#sus4 F# Em Em7 A#dim/E I have the find the will to carry on... (with the, on with the) Em7 Bm Bsus2... show. (fade out) N.B.: The original track fades out on a Bsus4 but when playing live, I usually resolve Bsus2 into a Bm. Suggested chord shapes: EADGBE Bm 224432 Bsus2 224422 Bsus4 224400 G 320003 G11# 320023 Em/G 322000 Em7 022030 Em6 022020 F#sus4 244422 F# 244322 Em 022000 A#dim/E 012020 C#m 446654 C#sus2 446644 C#sus4 446674 A X02220 A11# X01220 F#m/A X04222 F#m7 244252 F#m6 244242 G#sus4 466644 G# 466544 F#m 244222 Cdim/F# 234242 C#dim/F# 212020 Edim XX2323 F 133211 G/F 120003 Am X02210 Cmaj7/G 432000 C#m7b5 X42000 A7/C# X42020 Dsus4 XX0233
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