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Subject: TAB: What is and What Should Never Be - Led Zeppelin

 

What is And What Should Never Be

Words and Music Jimmy Page and Robert Plant

from Led Zeppelin II (The Brown Bomber)

 

Transcribed by Ted DaCosta

 

Here's the words, tab and solo to this great Zep tune. Here's the breakdown.

 

Verses: Jimmy basically plays and A13 and E9 during the slower verses.

Here's how I form these chords :

 

A13 E9 and these varied forms

 

e----------|----0---------7--------------------------------------

B---7------|----7---------0--------------------------------------

G---6------|----7---------7-----7--------------------------------

D---5------|----6---------6-----6--------------------------------

A----------|--------------------7--------------------------------

E----------|-----------------------------------------------------

 

I suggest to do a little ad-lib with the E9 chord variations until you find

something that works and sounds good to you.

 

 

Chorus : (heavy guitar sound with distortion)

notation : h - hammer

p - pulloff

b - bend

 

e---------------------------------|----------------2-------------------------

B---------------------------------|----------------3--2----------------------

G---------------------------------|-------------2--2--2----------------------

D----5h7---7-7-7p5---5--5--5------|-4--4---4----2--4--2----------------------

A----0-----0---------0--0----0--0-|-0--0-0----0-0-----0--0-------------------

E---------------------------------|------------------------------------------

 

e---------------------------------|----------------2-------------------------

B---------------------------------|----------------3--2--2-------------------

G---------------------------------|-------------2--2--2--2-------------------

D----7---7---7p5-----5-------5----|-4-4-4-4---2-2-----2--2-------------------

A----0---0-0---------0--0-0----0--|-0-0-0-0---0-0-----0--0-------------------

E-----------------3---------------|----------------------0-------------------

 

 

e-----------------------------|

B-4-4-4-4---------------------|

G-4-4-4-4----4---4---4---4----|

D-4-4-4-4----4---4---4---4----|

A-2-2-2-2--0---0---0---0------|

E-----------------------------|

 

let ring

e-----------------------0-------------|--------|-----------------

B-----------------------0---4--2------|--2-----|-----------------

G-----4---4---4----4----1---4--3------|--2-----|-----------------

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

A-----------------------2---2--4------|--0-----|--2--------------

E---4---4---4----4------0------2------|------3b|--0--------------

1/2 step

Jimmy plays slide on the solo (I don't, I'm not the best slide player, so if

you can't, just slide to the notes rather than picking each note, it sounds ok

especially if you add a little delay.)

 

notation : s = slide (e.g. xsy means pick note x and slide from note x to

note y)

 

e-------------------------|--------|-------------------|---------------------

B-------------------------|--------|------5--7s9--7s9--|--7s2----------------

G----------9--9s13--11s13-|--11s6--|--4-6----7s9--7s9--|--7s2----------------

D---9--11-----------------|--------|-------------------|---------------------

A-------------------------|--------|-------------------|---------------------

E-------------------------|--------|-------------------|---------------------

 

e---------12---10-12-10---------------|--------------------------------------

B---7s12----------------10s12---10s12-|-10s12s14-------12--------------------

G-------------------------------------|--------------------------------------

D-------------------------------------|--------------------------------------

A-------------------------------------|--------------------------------------

E-------------------------------------|--------------------------------------

 

e--14s16--10s12-----------------------|--------------------------------------

B----------------10s12---10-8-10------|--10s14-------------------------------

G-------------------------------------|--------------------------------------

D-------------------------------------|--------------------------------------

A-------------------------------------|--------------------------------------

E-------------------------------------|--------------------------------------

 

e----------------------------------------|-----------------------------------

B-------14-------14------------14--14----|------14-14-14----14---------------

G--------------------------14------------|----------------------------14-----

D--7s14----14-14------5s14--------------7s14-14----------14------12---14-----

A----------------------------------------|-----------------------12----------

E----------------------------------------|-----------------------------------

 

e----------------------------------------|-----------------------------------

B-------14-------14------------14--14----|------14-14-14----14---------------

G--------------------------14------------|----------------------------14-----

D--7s14----14-14------5s14--------------7s14-14----------14------12---14-----

A----------------------------------------|-----------------------12----------

E----------------------------------------|-----------------------------------

 

e----------------------------------------|-------------------7---------------

B----------16----16-------------16--16---|------16-16-16--9--7---------------

G-------16----16----16-------16----------|---16-----------9------------------

D--9s16-----------------9s16-----------7s|16---------------------------------

A----------------------------------------|-----------------------------------

E----------------------------------------|-----------------------------------

 

e----------------------|-----------------------------------|-------|---|----

B--14s17-16-14---------|--14s12s14--14s12s14--12s14--12s14-|12s9s7s|sss|s2--

G------------------14--|-----------------------------------|-----7s|sss|s2--

D---------------14-----|-----------------------------------|-----7s|sss|s2--

A----------------------|-----------------------------------|-------|---|----

E----------------------|-----------------------------------|-------|---|----

 

Note that on the solo if you aren't playing slide just bar the A

on the 14th fret and the B on the 16th fret with your ring finger. It allows

you to let the notes ring and makes the fingering very easy.

 

Sometimes I substitute the following A chord and B chords for the

A on the 14th and the B on the 16th respectivley, but still play the same

notes. Obviously you don't do this if you play the solo with a slide.

 

A B

 

e-----9-----------11-----------

B-----10----------12-----------

G-----9-----------11-----------

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

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

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

 

 

Outro : Distorted, play to the end of the song. After playing the following

part twice, from the third time on mute the strings in between the notes

that are played to get that "chuka" effect.

 

 

e-----------------|-----------------------------------------------------------

B------------9-9--|---------------9-9-9-9-------------------------------------

G------------9-9--|----7---7-7----9-9-9-9-------------------------------------

D---9-9------9-11-|--7-7---7-9----9-9-9-9-------------------------------------

A---9-11-----0----|--7-9---0------7-7-7-7-------------------------------------

E-----------------|---------------0-0-0-0-------------------------------------

 

Now putting it altogether :

 

 

And if I say to you tomorrow, take my hand child come with me.

 

It's to a castle I will take you, Well what's to be they say will be.

 

 

Chorus :

 

Catch the wind, see us spin, sail-away leave the day, way up high in the sky

hey whoa, But the wind won't blow, you really shouldn't go, it only

goes to show, that you will be mine by taking our time. Oooh Ho whoa.

 

And if you say to me tomorrow, oh what fun it all would be. Then what's to

stop us pretty baby, but what is and what should never be.

 

Chorus :

 

Guitar Solo (with verse rhythym guitar and then into the chorus guitar part)

 

So if you wake up with the sunrise, and all your dreams are still as new,

and happiness is what you need so bad, well girl the answer lies with you yeah

 

Chorus :

 

Outro guitar with ad-lib vocals :

 

Uh, but a the wind wont blow and we really shouldn't go, and it only goes

to show, whoa, whoa whoa. Got the wind gonna see us spin we're gonna

say leave the day. A do be do ba da 'n' do oh. My my my my my yeah.

Everybody I know seems to know me well, but they say I'm gonna move like

hell. Uh baby, baby, baby, baby, baby, baby ....

 

 

As always with my tab versions you better listen to the record to get

the timing straight and the changes. Feel free to make any corrections

because if it don't sound right it probably ain't.

 

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