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Title: I Can’t Read

Artist: David Bowie

Written by: David Bowie and Reeves Gabrels

Transcribed by Scott Fuller

 

 

The original version of this song can be found on the first Tin

Machine abulm. The song was given an acoustic revamp in 1997, where

it was released as a single and appeared on the soundtrack to the

film ‘The Ice Storm’.

 

It is this acoustic version which I have transcribed below. Note

that on the I Can't Read single, the 'short version' merely omits the

intro.

 

 

INTRO

 

E-------------0----------------------------0-------------

B-----------------3----------------------------3---------

G---------0-----------0----------------0-----------------

D-------2----------------------------2-------------------

A-----2----------------------------2---------------------

E---0----------------------------0-----------------------

 

 

E-------------------------------------0------------------

B------2p0-2------2-2p0-2--3------------3\2p0------------

G------0---0------0-0---0--0-----------------------------

D--------------------------------------------------------

A---2----2-----2------2---------2------------------------

E-------------------------------0------------------------

 

 

E----------------------------------------------------0---

B------2p0-2------2-2p0-2--3---------2/3\2p0---------3---

G------0---0------0-0---0--0----0------------2h4-2---2---

D-------------------------------2--------------------2---

A---2----2-----2------2---------2------------------------

E-------------------------------0------------------------

 

 

E---5--7--0------0-----------------0-----0---------------

B----------------1-----1--3--0-----0-------0-------------

G----------------0-----------------2----------2----------

D----------------2-----------------2---------------------

A--------------------------------------------------------

E--------------------------------------------------------

 

 

E-------------0-----------0-------¦

B-------0-------0---------0-------¦

G-----4-----------4-------4-------¦

D---4------4--------4-----4-------¦

A---------------------------------¦

E---------------------------------¦

 

 

VERSE 1

 

E----------------------------------------------------0---

B---------------------------2p0-2------2-2p0-2--3----0---

G---------------------------0---0------0-0---0--0----0---

D---2------------------------------------------------2---

A---2--------------------2----2-----2------2---------2---

E---0------------------------------------------------0---

“I can’t read... (up)

 

E-------------------------------0-----0---------0--------

B------2p0-2------2-2p0-2--3----3-------3-------1--------

G------0---0------0-0---0--0----2---------2-----0--------

D-------------------------------2---------------2--------

A---2----2-----2------2----------------------------------

E--------------------------------------------------------

 

 

E---0---------0-------------------0--0------------0------

B-----1-------0-------------------0----0------------0----

G-------0-----2-----2-4-2---------4-------4-----4-----4—

D-------------2-----------2-------4-----------4----------

A---------------------------3----------------------------

E--------------------------------------------------------

 

 

VERSE 2

 

E--------------------------------------------------------

B---------------------------2p0-2------2-2p0-2--3--------

G---------------------------0---0------0-0---0--0----0---

D---2------------------------------------------------2---

A---2--------------------2----2-----2------2---------2---

E---0------------------------------------------------0---

“Can I see...

 

E-------------------------------0-----0---------0--------

B------2p0-2------2-2p0-2--3----3-------3-------1--------

G------0---0------0-0---0--0----2---------2-----0--------

D-------------------------------2---------------2--------

A---2----2-----2------2----------------------------------

E--------------------------------------------------------

 

 

E---0---------0-----0-------------0----0---------0----¦

B-----1-------0-------0-----------0------0-------0----¦

G-------0-----2-----------2-------4--------4-----4----¦

D-------------2-------------------4----------4---4----¦

A-----------------------------------------------------¦

E-----------------------------------------------------¦

(soft)

 

 

 

 

CHORUS 1

 

The following melody repeats four times in the chorus. The first

three times use link (a) before returning to the start. The fourth

and final time you just sweep chord (b)

 

E---------5--------------5--------¦-5-----5------5-¦-----

B-------5----5---------5----5---5-¦---6------6-----¦-----

G-----5--------5-----5--------5---¦-----5------5---¦-----

D---7------------7-7--------------¦----------------¦-----

A---------------------------------¦----------------¦-----

E---------------------------------¦----------------¦-----

(chd.change) (chd.change)

 

(a) (b)

 

E---7-----7------7-¦ E---7-------------¦

B-----8------8-----¦ B---8-------------¦

G-------7------7---¦ G---7-------------¦

D------------------¦ D---9-------------¦

A------------------¦ A-----------------¦

E------------------¦ E-----------------¦

to start (x 3) 4th time

 

 

SOLO

 

E---0-----0-----------------------------------------0----

B---3--------3-----7--8-8/10b\7--7--8---7--5---3----2----

G---0-----------------------------------------------0----

D---2-----------------------------------------------2----

A---2----------------------------------------------------

E---0----------------------------------------------------

 

 

E--------------------------------------------------------

B---17-----17------------8----------15------------15-----

G---16-----15-----12-----9b---------14------------14-----

D-----------------12-------------------------------------

A--------------------------------------------------------

E--------------------------------------------------------

Pinch the above notes with thumb and forefinger

 

E---6/8b\7------------6/8b\7--------------0--------------

B----------8-5-6-------------5-6---5------0--------------

G----------------5---------------7---5----4--------------

D-----------------------------------------4--------------

A--------------------------------------------------------

E--------------------------------------------------------

 

 

E----------------------0---0-------0-------0--------¦

B----------------------5-----4-------4-------4------¦

G---6h7p6---------7----4-------4-------4-------4----¦

D---------7---7-9------4----------------------------¦

A-----------7---------------------------------------¦

E---------------------------------------------------¦

(softer)

 

VERSE 3

 

E--------------------------------------------------------

B---------------------------2p0-2------2-2p0-2--3--------

G---------------------------0---0------0-0---0--0--------

D----------------------------------------------------2---

A------------------------2----2-----2------2---------2---

E---0------------------------------------------------0---

“Money goes...

 

E-------------------------------0---------------0--------

B------2p0-2------2-2p0-2--3----3---------------1--------

G------0---0------0-0---0--0----2---------------0--------

D-------------------------------2---------------2--------

A---2----2-----2------2----------------------------------

E--------------------------------------------------------

 

 

E------------------------------------------0-------------

B------------------------------------------0-------------

G---5h7-7/9b--8/9b\5--4-2--2/4b\2-2/4b\2---2-------------

D------------------------------------------2-------------

A--------------------------------------------------------

E--------------------------------------------------------

 

 

E---0--------0--------0--------0--------0----------0---¦

B-----0--------0--------0--------0--------0--------0---¦

G-------2--------2--------4--------4--------4------4---¦

D---------2--------2--------4--------4--------4----4---¦

A------------------------------------------------------¦

E------------------------------------------------------¦

 

CHORUS 2

 

Same as for chorus 1, although watch out, the tempo is faster this

time...

 

 

... And thats it (Phew!). Enjoy!

 

Any comments, email FullerSA@cf.ac.uk

 

 

 

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