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Date: Sun, 25 Jun 1995 22:02:51 GMT

From: kenny@gil.net (Kenny Sahr)

Subject: The Relay - The Who

 

 

 

THE RELAY

 

 

 

INTRO:

E / / / | E / D A | E / / / | E / / / ||

["You can . . ."]

 

VERSE I:

[You can] hear it in the streets

E

 

See it in the dragging feet, The

 

 

Word is getting out about Control.

 

 

Spies, they've come and gone, The

 

 

Story travels on, The

 

 

Only private place is inside your soul.

 

 

CHORUS:

>From tree to tree

D A

 

>From you to me

D A

 

Travelling twice as fast as on an empty freeway

G D A

 

Every single dream

D A

 

Wrapped up in the scheme

D A

 

They all get carried on in the Relay.

G D A

 

(Relay) Things are brewing

B

 

(Relay) Something's doing

 

 

(Relay) There's a revolution

 

 

(Relay) Hand me down the solution,

C D

 

Yeah (Pass it on, etc)

E

 

GUITAR BREAK:

F# / / / | x 7 F# / G D ||

 

 

E / / / | / / / / | E / / / | / / / / |

 

 

VERSE II:

Someone disapproves

E

 

What you say I knew, I was

 

 

Asked to see if I could really learn you

 

 

Don't believe your eyes, They're

 

 

Telling only lies

 

 

What was done in the first place don't concern you.

 

 

CHORUS II:

>From tree to tree

D A

 

>From you to me

D A

 

Travelling twice as fast as on an empty freeway

G D A

 

Every single dream

D A

 

Wrapped up in the scheme

G D

 

They all get carried on in the Relay.

G D A

 

(Relay) Things are brewing

B

 

(Relay) Something's doing

 

 

(Relay) There's a revolution

 

 

(Relay) Hand me down the solution,

C D

 

Yeah (Pass it on, etc)

E

 

 

 

*** Note that the E 'chord' throughout the verses is only implied.

The

electric guitar is riffing and picking out notes 'around' an E7 chord

(eg, E, D, B, etc). In fact, the riffing is similar to Townshend's

later song

'Eminence Front'.

 

So, for rhythm guitarists, don't just play a straight E chord through

these

passages. Break it up by playing only part of the chord (trying not

to

emphasise

the major 3rd of the chord (G#)).

 

____________________________________________________________________________

______

 

Kerry, this song is so typical of Townshend's (and many rock

guitarists')

playing

in that the implied tonality is 'E major', but he's actually drawing

on his

'black'

influences to blur the song's tonality. He does this by using bent

minor

3rd notes

(G natural), diminished 5th notes (A#), and minor 7th notes (D

natural).

These notes

in particular give the song (and the E chord, especially) an ambiguous

'minor' feel.

(This ambiguity is further compounded by the strumming of the acoustic

guitar - which

IS playing a straight 'E chord'.)

 

So it gives it a 'black' feel that's very difficult to chart just by

saying 'E'!

 

 

Anyway, sorry to go on; I'm sure you know what I mean anyway!!

 

 

Jason.

 

P.S. You mentioned that the chart for 'PUT THE MONEY DOWN' is not very

accurate.

I used to have that book (but lost it accidentally when purging a

bookshelf).

Can you point to some obvious problems with the chart? I'd like to

compare it

with mine.

 

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