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Steely Dan: guitar tab and chords for Kid Charlemagne, The Royal Scam


    KID CHARLEMAGNE - Steely Dan
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    From the Album 'Royal Scam'

    transcribed by Howard Wright
    hakwright (at) gmail (dot) com


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May 2002: Corrected a few chord shapes (thanks to Michael Putt for 
his feedback and suggestions), added some tab for the intro and 
instrumental/solo sections.
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INTRO:
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The basic sound of the intro is like a C7#9, with the contrast 
of the major 3rd and minor 3rd (#9) highlighted. Strumming a
C7#9 shape works pretty well for this. Or, if you have another 
player to hold the long C bass notes, you can get something a 
little closer to the original keyboard part with the tab below:


(with C bass)

E---6----6----6----6----6----6-------
B---8----8----8----8----8----8-------
G---8h9--8h9--8h9--8h9--8h9--8h9-----
D------------------------------------
A------------------------------------
E------------------------------------



VERSE 1:
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Am                          G6                     
 While the music played you worked by candle light

      F6/9                                Bb13
Those San Fransisco nights, they were the best in town

Am                            G6     
 Just by chance you crossed a diamond with a pearl

    F6/9                                    Bb13
You turned it on the world, that's when you turned the world around

F6          G        Am      G6            Dm7    G6  F6
  Did you feel like Jesus      Did you realise

                 Em7               Fmaj7   Em7  Dm7
That you were a champion in their eyes ?

C7#9

(alternative for final C7#9 - see intro)


VERSE 2:
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On the hill the stuff was laced with kerosene
But yours was kitchen clean 
Everyone stopped to stare at your technicolour motorhome
Every A-frame had your number on the wall
You must have had it all
You'd go to LA on a dare and you'd go it alone
Could you live forever
Could you see the day
Could you feel your whole world fall apart and fade away



CHORUS :
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Dm7      Em7       Dm7      Em7
Get along            Get along Kid Charlemagne

Dm7     Em7                F7    G7     C7
 Get along Kid Charlemagne


(again, the tab from the intro section can be used with 
the final C7 chord)


VERSE 3:
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Now your patrons have all left you in the red
Your low rent friends are dead
This life can be very strange
All those day-glo freaks who used to paint their face
They've joined the human race, some things will never change
Son you were mistaken
You are obsolete, look at all the white men on the street


CHORUS
------

Get along, get along Kid Charlemagne
Get along Kid Charlemagne


GUITAR SOLO
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The solo is transcribed in a separate file - here, I've
just given the chords and the two short phrases that link
some of the chord changes near the start of the section.
(chords above the corresponding bit of tab)

Em7b5  A7        Dm7    F/C    

E----------------------
B--------2--3-5--6-----
G----------------------
D--------2--3-5--7-----
A----------------------
E----------------------



Bm7b5  E7        Am    G6

E--------4--5-7--8-----
B----------------------
G--------4--5-7--9-----
D----------------------
A----------------------
E----------------------



Fmaj7    Csus2/E       Dm7   B7  

E--12-10--10--8--8--8--7--8--8--7--
B----------------------------------
G----------------------------------
D----------------------------------
A----------------------------------
E----------------------------------


Em7    D6     Cmaj7    Em7  D6/E 

Am     G6     F6/9     Bb13     F   G   Am  G6

Dm7    G6 F6    Em7    Fmaj7 Em7 Dm7

C7#9



VERSE 4:
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Clean this mess up else we'll all end up in jail
Those test tubes and the scales, just get it all out of here
Is there gas in the car ?
Yes there's gas in the car
I think the people down the hall know who you are
Careful what you carry
Cause the man is wise
You are still an outlaw in their eyes


CHORUS
------

Get along, get along Kid Charlemagne
Get along Kid Charlemagne


OUTTRO:
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Fmaj7     Csus2/E     Dm7     Cmaj7    Em7 Fmaj7    Csus2/E    Dm7

Cmaj7     Em7 Fmaj7    Csus2/E     Dm7     Cmaj7    Em7 Fmaj7

...etc  - keep repeating


Chord Shapes:
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The rhythm guitar part in the song plays chord shapes that
mostly use just the top four strings. If you have someone else
to fill in the bass part this works well - just use the top 3
or 4 strings from the shapes below.

If you want to get the sound of full chord (including the bass 
notes) on the guitar, the shapes below should work well. In some 
cases, leaving out the note on the top E gives a more compact s
hape (e.g try 3x545x instead of 3x5453 for G6).


a=10, b=11


  EADGBE     EADGBE     EADGBE     EADGBE     EADGBE
  x3234x     x07555     3x5453     x87788     6x6788

   C7#9        Am         G6        F6/9       Bb13


  EADGBE     EADGBE     EADGBE     EADGBE     EADGBE
  1x3231     3x5433     x57565     x79787     x8a9a8

    F6         G         Dm7        Em7        Fmaj7


  EADGBE     EADGBE     EADGBE     EADGBE     EADGBE
  x8786x     xa9a8x     xxa9b8     0x533x     x0522x

    F7        G7          C7        Em7b5       A7


  EADGBE     EADGBE     EADGBE     EADGBE     EADGBE    
  8xaaax     8x756x     7x776x     x7675x     x7x788      

    F/C   or   F/C       Bm7b5       E7       Csus2/E       


  EADGBE     EADGBE     EADGBE     EADGBE     EADGBE     
  797877     x57777     x35453     x77777     133211

    B7         D6        Cmaj7      D6/E        F




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