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Date: Wed, 3 Jan 1996 23:19:13 -0500

Subject: (Crd) The Who--Baba O'Reilly

From: (Andrew Paul Cherry)


The Who--Baba O'Reilly


Starts out on a synth, but using two guitars:


Guitar 1:



e x

B x

G 10

D 10

A 8

E x


Pick quickly A-A-D-D-G-G-D-D-A-A-D-D-G-G-D-D (all sixteenth notes) over and


(Technically, this is until the end of the song, when the violin comes in.)



Guitar 2:



e 13

B 13

G 10

D x

A x

E x


Pick quickly G-G-B-B-e (The G and B strings are played as sixteenth, the e

is picked as an eighth)


After 5 repetitions, the piano enters, after four piano and synth parts,

the drums and bass enter. The piano and bass play a simple

F-C-Bb progression


For guitar in place of piano, it is played


F C Bb

e 5 3 1

B 6 5 3

G 5 5 3

D x x x

A x x x

E x x x


The first verse is played the same way:


F C Bb

Out here in the fields

I fight for my meals

I get my back into my living

I don't need to fight

To prove I'm right

I don't need to be forgiven

(yeah yeah yeah yeah ye-ah!)

NOW Townshend throws in the power chords along the same rhythm (F-C-Bb)

Play that pattern 5 times, then it softens for the bridge:

Play C5 three times, then softly strum a first-position C chord

(With the opening F5 synth pattern only:)

Don't cry

Don't raise your eyes

It's only a teenage wasteland


The chords ring in again, with bass and drums, the synth still rolling

Sally take my hand

We'll travel south cross land

Put out the fire but don't look past my shoulder

The exodus is here

The happy won't come near

Let's get together before we get much older


A soft guitar solo, in the same key, but one I can't figure out yet.


Hitting a few F5 chords, the drums and bass ring back in and the bar chords

return in the F-C-Bb pattern:

Teenage wasteland!

Teenage wasteland!

Teenage wasteland, oh yeah!

Teenage wasteland!

They're all wasted!





F chord:

e: -12-13-15--12-13-15-1213-15

Repeat, over a C then Bb chord, then, over C

e: -15-13-15-13-15-12--15-13-15-12-13-15-12-----15


The violin comes in over the synth part, which fades out as the violin

plays until the end, when the synth returns for a crescendo up onto yet

again the F5 chord.


A classic, a masterpiece--only Pete Townshend (although any group doing

this without Keith Moon on drums loses something!)


Kevin Cherry


"Fletch, this time you goofed big. . .in the story of yours we ran

Wednesday, you have recent quotes from a man who's been dead two

years. . . ."

"At least give me a chance to check my sources."

"Like who? Saint Peter? You get him on the line, I want to know."


__Gregory Mcdonald, "Fletch and the Widow Bradley"


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