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    Here At The Western World - Steely Dan
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    not released on any of their studio albums
    - crops up on Steely Dan compilations etc

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


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Updated (Feb 2010): I've tweaked a couple of the chords in the 
intro section (thanks to Michael Putt for his suggestions) and 
also made a few other minor corrections. 
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Intro:
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I've written the implied chords out for the first half of the 
intro section, although all you really need is the bass notes 
to be played with the intro theme that's in 3rds.


  (A)        (C#m7)             (A)             (A7/D) (D)

E--0-----2----4---2--0---2---4------5---5/7---4---3----2--2--
B--2-----4----5---4--2---4---5------7---7/9---5---5----3--3--
G------------------------------------------------------------
D------------------------------------------------------------
A------------------------------------------------------------
E------------------------------------------------------------


    F#m7 E/F#      A/D      E/A   Bm11

E-------------------9-------------------------------------
B----10---9------------10----9-----5----------------------
G----9----9---------9--------9-----7----------------------
D----11---9---------0--------9-----7----------------------
A----9----9------------------0----------------------------
E----------------------------------7----------------------

     
You could also play 2xx220 and 2xx100 for the F#m7 E/F# sequence
above (use thumb and fingers to make sure the A and D strings 
aren't played). On a single guitar, I think the higher-position
chords written in the tablature above work well as they link
to the next chords more smoothly. With two instruments playing
the combination of the low and high-position chords could work
nicely. 


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


C#m11       Bm11      Gmaj7     F#m11
Down at the Lido they welcome you

     G           Bm7
with sausage and beer.

C#m11            Bm11      Gmaj7        F#m11
Klaus and the Rooster have been there, too.

    Bm7        D/G             E/A
But lately he spends his time here.


Riff 1:
--------

E---9--------7------------10---------
B-----10-------9---------------------
G--------11------9---9/11------------
D------------------------------------
A------------------------------------
E------------------------------------

(the start of the slide at the end of the riff
coincides with the change to D below. Listen out
for where parts of this riff are re-used during
the rest of this section)


Pre-chorus 1:
--------------

D
Hangin' with the Mayor and all his friends,

           A      B/A   C#m/A   B/A    A
and nobody cares.

D
Where the sailor shuts out the sunrise

                    A   E/A*    A   E/A*    A
blacked out on the stairs.



Riff 2:
--------

E---12------12----------------
B------9h10-9-----------------
G-----------------------------
D-----------------------------
A-----------------------------
E-----------------------------

(last notes of the riff coincide with the change to C#m7 below)


Chorus:
--------


C#m7         F#m
Knock twice, rap with your cane.

C#m7               F#m
Feels nice, you're out of the rain.

E            D           E/D   Dmaj7  
We've got your skinny girl,

D/G         Bm7      A
here at the Western World.



(Repeat Intro)


Verse 2:
---------

Ruthie will give you the silver key
to open the red door.
Lay down your Jackson and you will see
the sweetness you've been cryin' for.


Pre-chorus 2:
--------------

In the night you hide from the madman
you're longing to be.
But it all comes out on the inside
eventually.


Chorus:
--------

Knock twice, rap with your cane.
Feels nice, you're out of the rain.
We've got your skinny girl,
here at the Western World.


Solo:
------

F#m7   B   F#m7   B   F#m7   B   F#m7   B

G   A/G   G   A/G   A   B/A   A

Then play the Riff 1 (with A in the bass) then the song continues
with repeats of previous sections (as bewlo):


Pre-chorus:
------------

In the night you hide from the madman
you're longing to be.
But it all comes out on the inside
eventually.


Chorus:
--------

Knock twice, rap with your cane.
Feels nice, you're out of the rain.
We've got your skinny girl,
here at the Western World.



The song ends with a repeat of part of the intro section:


  (A)        (C#m7)             (A)             (A7/D) (D)

E--0-----2----4---2--0---2---4------5---5/7---4---3----2--2--
B--2-----4----5---4--2---4---5------7---7/9---5---5----3--3--
G------------------------------------------------------------
D------------------------------------------------------------
A------------------------------------------------------------
E------------------------------------------------------------



    F#m7 E/F#      

E-------------------------------------
B----10---9---------------------------
G----9----9---------------------------
D----11---9---------------------------
A----9----9---------------------------
E-------------------------------------
	
(Again, use the lower-position shapes for the last two chords
if you prefer. Using two instruments to mix both options
should also work well here.)


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


EADGBE     EADGBE     EADGBE     EADGBE     EADGBE  
9x997x     7x775x     3x443x     244200     320003

 C#m11       Bm11      Gmaj7      F#m11       G



EADGBE     EADGBE     EADGBE     EADGBE     EADGBE  
x24232     3xx232     x0x454     xx0232     x02220

 Bm7        D/G         E/A        D          A



EADGBE     EADGBE     EADGBE     EADGBE     EADGBE  
x0444x     x0665x     x02100     x46454     244222

  B/A       C#m/A      E/A*       C#m7       F#m



EADGBE     EADGBE     EADGBE     EADGBE     EADGBE  
022100     xx0454     xx0675     242222     x24442

  E          E/D       Dmaj7      F#m7        B



EADGBE    
3x222x

 A/G



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