The Beatles - Only a northern song

-------------------------------------------------------------- THE BEATLES - IT'S ONLY A NORTHERN SONG (Harrison) From YELLOW SUBMARINE album. Released in the USA on January, 13th and in the UK on January, 17th, 1969. -------------------------------------------------------------- Bass tab by:PJVillanueva Recorded between FIXING A HOLE and BEING FOR THE BENEFIT OF MR KITE, during SGT PEPPER'S sessions on February 1967, this song was put in a can until YELLOW SUBMARINE was signed with UA. So it had been rejected for the ALBUM and George was feeling he played a minor rol and was disappointed with his situation as a Beatle and the royalties he got from Northern Songs, on which he was actually complaining in the song. Its structure is odd and he uses some odd harmonies too in his organ chords. Paul's bass is great on the whole track and he also plays trumpet). John plays piano and tambourine and Ringo drums and percussion, including glockenspiel. There are lots of tape loops, speeded up bits and some foolish singing too in the coda. If you're listening to this song, You may think the chords are going wrong. But they're not We just wrote it like that When you're listening late at night, You may think the band are not quite right, But they are, They just play it like that It doesn't really matter what chords I play, What words I say, Or time of day it is As it's only a Northern song It doesn't really matter what clothes I wear, Or how I pur Or if my hair is brown When it's only a Northern song If you think the harmony Is a little dark and out of key, You're correct, There's nobody there And it told you there's no one there 4/4 INTRO e|------- ------- ------- -------|------- ------- ------- -------| B|-------------------------------|-------------------------------| G|-------------------------------|4-------4-------4-------------0H D|------------------------3---5--|2-------0-------2--------------| A|-------------------------------|3---------------2--------------| E|-------------------------------|-------------------------------| e|------- ------- ------- -------|7------ ------- ------- -------| B|-------------------------------|5------------------------------| G|-------------------------------|4------------------------------| D|-------------------------------|-------------------------------| A|-------------------------------|-------------------------------| E|-------------------------------|-------------------------------| x x . . X x x X x X e|----2-- 2------ --0-0-- 0---4--|------- ------- ------- -------| B|----3---3---------2-2---2---5--|-------------------------------| G|2-------------0H2-----------4--|-------------------------------| D|-------------------------------|-------------------------------| A|0---------------0--------------|-------------------------------| E|----------------------------0--|-------------------------------| e|------- ------- ------- -------|------- ------- ------- -------| B|3---------------2-----------0--|-------------------------------| G|2---------------2-----------1--|-------------------------------| D|0---------------2-----------2--|-------------------------------| A|-------------------------------|-------------------------------| E|-------------------------------|-------------------------------| VERSE 00:08 G|------- ------- ------- -------|------- ------- ------- -------| D|7-------7-------5-------5------|7---x---7---x---5-------5------| A|------------7-------7-------7--|--------------------7-------7--| E|-------------------------------|-------------------------------| If you're to this song, listening G|------- ------- ------- -------|------- ------- ------- -------| D|7-------7---x---5-------5------|7-------7-------5-------5------| A|--------------------7-------7--|--------------------7-------7--| E|-------------------------------|-------------------------------| You may think the chords are going wrong. G|------- ------- ------- -------|------- ------- ------- -------| D|9-------9-------5-------5------|9-------9-------5-------5------| A|----7-------7-------7-------7--|----7-------7-------7-------7--| E|-------------------------------|-------------------------------| But they're not G|------- ------- ------- -------|------- ------- ------- -------| D|----------------5-------4------|-------------------12-\-9---9--| A|--------------------7-------7--|----7---7---5------------------| E|0---0---0---0------------------|0------------------------------| We just wrote it like that 2/2 G|------- ------- 7------ -------|4------ -------| D|7---7-------7-----------4---7--|----7---4------| A|--------9-----------5----------|------------5--| E|-------------------------------|---------------| 4/4 VERSE 00:32 G|------- ------- ------- -------|------- ------- ------- -------| D|7---7-----------5-------5------|7---7-----------5-------5------| A|--------------------7-------7--|--------------------7-------7--| E|-------------------------------|-------------------------------| When listening late at night, you're G|------- ------- ------- -------|------- x------ ------- -------| D|7---7-----------5-------5------|7---7---x-------5-------5------| A|--------------------7-------7--|--------x-----------7-------7--| E|-------------------------------|--------x----------------------| You may think the band are not quite G|------- ------- ------- -------|------- ------- ------- -------| D|9---9-----------5-------5------|9---9-----------5-------5------| A|--------------------7-------7--|--------------------7----------| E|-------------------------------|----------------------------0--| right, But they are, G|------- ------- ------- -------|------- ----7-- ----7-- -------| D|-------------------------------|----6---9---------------9---9--| A|------------7------------------/7------------------------------| E|0---0---0-------0---0---0---0--|-------------------------------| They play it like just that 2/2 G|------- ------- ------- -------|4------ -------| D|7---7-------7---0---0---4---7--|----7---4------| A|--------9----------------------|------------5-/| E|-------------------------------|---------------| It 4/4 CHORUS 00:54 G|------- ------- ------- -------|------- ----4-- 6---6-- 6------| D|--------6---9---9-------9-\----|5---5---5-------------------6--| A|7---7---------------9----------|-------------------------------| E|-------------------------------|-------------------------------| doesn't really matter what chords I play, what G|------- ------- ------- -------|4---4-- ------- 4------ ----4--| D|4-------4-------4-------4------|------------4-----------4------| A|----4-------4-------4-------4--|--------5-----------5----------| E|-------------------------------|-------------------------------| words I say, or time of day it REFRAIN 3/4 G|------- ------- ------- -------|------- ------- ----6--| D|4---4---4---4---4---4---4---7--|----4---7---7-------7--| A|-------------------------------|5----------------------| E|-------------------------------|-----------------------| is As it's a Northern only x x X x x X x x x x x G|9------ ------- ------- -------|------- ------- ------- -------| D|9------------------------------|-------------------------------| A|7------------------------------|-------------------------------| E|-------------------------------|-------------------------------| song VERSE (INSTRUMENTAL) 01:12 G|------- ------- ------- -------|------- ------- ------- -------| D|7---7---7-------5-------5------|7-------7-------5-------5------| A|--------------7-----7-------7--|------------7-------7-------7--| E|-------------------------------|-------------------------------| G|------- ------- ------- -------|------- ------- ------- -------| D|7-------7-------5-------5------|7-------7-------5-------5------| A|----7-------7-------7-------7--|----7-------7-------7-------7--| E|-------------------------------|-------------------------------| G|------- ------- ------- -------|------- ------- ------- -------| D|9-------9-------5-------5------|9-------9-------5-------5------| A|----7-------7-------7-------7--|----7-------7-------7-------7--| E|-------------------------------|-------------------------------| G|------- ------- ------- -------|------- ----7--| D|-------------------------------|----6---9------| A|------------7-------7---7------|7--------------| E|0---0---0-------0-----------0--|---------------| G|----7-- ------- ------- -------|------- ------- ------- -------| D|--------9---9---7---7-------7--|----7---9---7---------------7--| A|------------------------9------|9---------------9-------9------| E|-------------------------------|-------------------10----------| It CHORUS 01:33 G|------- ------- ------- -------|------- ----4-- 6---6-- 6------| D|--------6---9---9-------9-\----|5---5---5-------------------6--| A|7---7---------------9----------|-------------------------------| E|-------------------------------|-------------------------------| doesn't really matter what clothes I wear, or G|------- ------- ------- -------|------- ------- ------- -------| D|4-------4-------4-------4------|9\--9\--9\--9\--9\--9\--9---7--| A|----4-------4-4-----4-------4--|-------------------------------| E|-------------------------------|-------------------------------| how I pur or If my hair is REFRAIN G|------- ------- ------- -------|------- ----6-- -------| D|----------------------------7--|----4---7---7-------7--| A|9---9---9-----9-9-------9------|5-----------7----------| E|-------------------------------|-----------------------| brown When only a Northern it's xxx X x x X X X X x x G|9------ ------- ------- -------|------- ------- ------- -------| D|9------------------------------|-------------------------------| A|7------------------------------|-------------------------------| E|-------------------------------|-------------------------------| song VERSE 01:50 G|------- ------- ------- -------|------- ------- ------- -------| D|7---7-----------5-------5------|7---7-------7---5-------5------| A|--------------7-----7-------7--|--------------------7-------7--| E|-------------------------------|-------------------------------| If you think the harmony G|------- ------- ------- -------|------- ------- ------- -------| D|7---7---7-----7-5-------5------|7---7---7-----7-5---5-5-----5-5| A|--------------------7-------7--|-------------------------------| E|-------------------------------|-------------------------------| Is a little dark and out of key, G|------- ------- ------- -------|------- ------- ------- -------| D|7---7---7-----7-5-------5------|7---7---7-----7-5-------5------| A|--------------------7-------7--|--------------------7----------| E|-------------------------------|----------------------------0--| You're correct, G|------- ------- ------- -------|------- -------| D|----------------5-------5------|--------6---7--| A|--/-7---7---7-------7-------7--|----7----------| E|0------------------------------|0--------------| There's there nobody G|------- 7---7-- 7---7-- 7------|------- 4------ ------- -------| D|----7--------------------------|4---7-------7---4-------4------| A|----------------------------5--|--------------------5-------5--| E|-------------------------------|-------------------------------| CHORUS (INSTRUMENTAL) 02:12 G|------- ------- ------- -------|------- ----4-- 6---6-- 6------| D|--------6---9---9-------9-\---4|5---5---5---------------------2| A|7---7---------------9----------|-------------------------------| E|-------------------------------|-------------------------------| G|------- ------- ------- -------|------- ------- ------- -------| D|4-----2-4-------4---4---4-2----|------------4---------------4--| A|----------------------------4--|2---2---5-------5---2---5------| E|-------------------------------|-------------------------------| REFRAIN G|------- ------- ------- -------|------- ----6-- -------| D|4---4---4---4-4-4---4---4------|----4---7---7-------7--| A|-------------------------------|5-----------7----------| E|-------------------------------|-----------------------| And told you there's one it no X xxxx x X x x X x X x x G|9------ ------- ------- -------|------- ------- ------- -------| D|9------------------------------|-------------------------------| A|7------------------------------|-------------------------------| E|-------------------------------|-------------------------------| there. INSTRUMENTAL CODA (VERSE, CHORUS, VERSE) 02:29 .... B Bend R Release / slide up \ slide down H hammer-on P pull-off ~ vibrato + harmonic x Mute note . - play note like a dot in standard notation ^ - ties two notes together (. Pause
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