Back to Beatles guitar tabs

Beatles: guitar tab and chords for I'm Only Sleeping, Revolver


    I'm Only Sleeping - The Beatles
    -------------------------------

    From the album: Revolver

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


You need to tune down a semi-tone (half-step) for this, so you play standard 
chord shapes for Em, Am etc but they will actually be a semi-tone lower 
(i.e. Ebm, Abm).


All chord shapes are given at the end.

They're all pretty straight-forward chords, but remember that after both of the
middle eights the first chord of the verse is E7 not Em.


Verse 1:
---------

Em                          Am
When I wake up early in the morning

G       C    G         B7
Lift my head I'm still yawning

Em                          Am
When I'm in the middle of a dream

G       C    G         C      
Stay in bed, float upstream



Chorus :
---------

G                    Am      
Please don't wake me no don't shake me

Bm               Am           Cmaj7
Leave me where I am I'm only sleeping


Bass riff :   A---------2------
              E--0---3-----3---


Verse 2:
--------

Em                           Am
Everybody seems to think I'm lazy

G        C       G             B7
I don't mind, I think they're crazy

Em                           Am
Running everywhere at such a speed

G         C      G         C
Till they find, there's no need



Chorus :
---------

G                     Am            Bm
Please don't spoil my day I'm miles away

          Am           Cmaj7
And after all I'm only sleeping

(bass riff)

Em



Middle 8 :
------------

Dm7
Keeping an eye

       E7                Am     Am/G 
on the world going by my window

F 
Taking my time



Verse 3:
---------

E7                             Am
Lying there and staring at the ceiling

G       C      G     B7
Waiting for a sleepy feeling


(Solo over second half of verse - same chords as earlier verses)


Then:

Another chorus
Another middle 8
Another verse - repeat first verse but swap first Em chord for E7 
Another chorus

End on Em fade out.



Chord Shapes:
-------------

 EADGBE   EADGBE   EADGBE   EADGBE
 022000   x02210   320003   x32013

   Em       Am       G        C



 EADGBE   EADGBE   EADGBE   EADGBE
 x21202   x24432   x32000   xx0211

   B7       Bm      Cmaj7    Dm7



 EADGBE   EADGBE   EADGBE   
 020100   3x2210   133211

   E7      Am/G      F

Back to guitar tabs

Last updated: February 2013