Lunch With Gina - Steely Dan ---------------------------- from the album "Everything Must Go" transcribed by Howard Wright hakwright (at) gmail (dot) com This is a classic funky Steely Dan song, featuring some great understated guitar work. The harmony is defined mostly by the fairly sparse keyboard parts, but the guitar lines and horns also have an influence. The interaction of the guitars, sparse keyboard parts and the lively bass creates a lot of interesting detail in the music, yet the arrangement is still light and has a lot of space. There's an interesting mix of the "neutral" 7sus4 sound with both minor and major tonalities throughout the song. In the verse, the keyboards use a 7sus4 chord (using stacked 4ths), but the guitar and bass hint at a G minor sound, while the Fender Rhodes part throws in occasional G major triads! In the chorus there's a similar mix of 7sus4 and minor chords. There are some places where I've written the chords in brackets - this is where a chord is suggested, but the harmony is ambiguous. For example, in the intro and chorus, the guitar plays repeated G notes - the harmony is sometimes left unclear at this point (no chords), at other times the keyboard defines a Gm7 or G7sus4 sound. All chord shapes given at the end. Intro: ------- F7(vii) Ebmaj7 (G) F7(vii) Ebmaj7 Cm9 F/Bb Eb/Ab C/F G/C Notes: After the Cm9 we really need Bbmaj9 and Abmaj9 chords (voiced as a stack of 3rds), but on the guitar you just can't get this voicing, so the F/Bb and Eb/Ab are the next best thing. You could try Bbmaj7 and Abmaj7 if you prefer. The final C/F G/C change is also awkward on guitar as it's difficult to get the change cleanly at the proper speed. It's probably better to get a clean change by playing just the C-triad to G-triad part and omitting the bass notes: x x 14 13 12 x -> x x 12 12 12 x. (If you're playing with another guitar/bass/keyboard, they can fill in the right bass notes) This simple C-triad to G-triad change occurs throughout the song, and I've referred to it as the "C-G riff". Verse 1: --------- The verse has a nice contrast of guitar sounds, mostly playing single-note lines on top of the keyboard parts. One guitar has an aggressive, scratchy sound, playing a simple funky part. The second guitar has a very clean sound, and plays very soft, simple blues licks, with some strummed chords at the end of the verse. G7sus4 (C-G riff) That must be her again she's been and rung my bell C7sus4 That cool psychotic brain the one I know so well G7sus4 (C-G riff) (G7sus4) Dm11 G7 Cm11 F7(i) So I'm nailed to the floor in the no-watching zone Bbmaj7 E9 Ebmaj7 D7b5 There's about zero chance she'll give up and go home Chorus: -------- F9 Bb/Eb This endless afternoon Gm6add4 (Gm7) It started on the day I met her F9 Bb/Eb Gm6add4 Lunch with Gina is forever. Notes: The Bb/Eb chords here are actually Emaj9, but asd in the intro you can't get the full voicing to work on the guitar. I prefer the Bb/Eb sound as a substitute, but Emaj7 will also work. I like the unresolved sound of the Gm6add4 chord, which comes directly from the Fender Rhodes part, but if you prefer a simpler shape you could use G7sus4 or Gm7. Verse 1: --------- (Chords as verse 1) She's coming round the corner her body's just a blur I peel out like the flash It don't mean boo to her So I duck into Nino's she's barred from the place the minute I walk out she's right in my face Chorus: -------- F9 Bb/Eb She's got nothing but time Gm6add4 C/G Gm7 No use in trying to be clever F9 Bb/Eb Ebmaj7 Bb/Eb* Ab/A Lunch with Gina is forever Middle 8: ---------- Db/C C Now I'm in my apartment B/C Bb/C The blinds down the lights out A/C Ab/C The phone rings God help me D7b5 Dbmaj7 There's nobody home Ab/G G I crouch on the carpet Gb/G F/G Not breathing just being Bb7 Ebmaj7(iii) Like meat on the bone Eb7 Abmaj7 Keyboard Solo -------------- The solo section uses the verse chords, then uses the first changes from the chorus (F9 Bb/Eb), then leads to: Dm6add4 (Dm7) I'm in a cozy booth, maybe my watch is fast Bb/C C Another Tanqueray I'll wait till twenty past G7sus4 (C-G riff) (G7sus4) (then back to the end of the verse section:) Dm11 G7 Cm11 F7 I'm about to go postal when she waltzes in Bbmaj7 E9 Ebmaj7 D7b5 I guess she's a knockout, hey where have I been? Chorus: -------- F9 Bb/Eb The waiter never comes Gm6add4 Gm7(i) God knows the service could be better F9 Bb/Eb Gm6add4 Gm7(i) Lunch with Gina is forever F9 Bb/Eb Coffee and a kiss Gm6add4 Gm7(i) maybe later maybe never F9 Bb/Eb Lunch with Gina Gm6add4 Gm7(i) F9 Bb/Eb (repeat and fade) Chord shapes: -------------- E A D G B E EADGBE E A D G B E x 8 7 8 10 x x6578x 8 10 8 8 8 10 F7(vii) Ebmaj7 Cm9 E A D G B E EADGBE E A D G B E x x 8 10 10 8 xx6886 x 8 10 9 8 8 F/Bb Eb/Ab C/F E A D G B E EADGBE EADGBE x x 10 7 8 7 333xxx x333xx G/C G7sus4 C7sus4 EADGBE EADGBE EADGBE EADGBE xx0563 xx5463 x3x341 xx3241 Dm11 G7 Cm11 F7(i) EADGBE EADGBE EADGBE E A D G B E 6x776x x7677x xx0574 10 x 10 11 9 x Bbmaj7 E9 D7b5 or D7b5 EADGBE EADGBE EADGBE EADGBE x87888 x68766 3xx310 3x333x F9 Bb/Eb Gm6add4 Gm7 EADGBE EADGBE EADGBE EADGBE 3x555x x6878x x6876x x0x544 C/G Ebmaj7(vi) Bb/Eb* Ab/A EADGBE EADGBE EADGBE EADGBE 8x666x x3555x x3444x x3333x Db/C C B/C Bb/C EADGBE EADGBE EADGBE EADGBE x3222x x3111x x5411x x4311x A/C Ab/C D7b5(i) Dbmaj7 ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ less of a stretch: x545xx x435xx EADGBE EADGBE EADGBE EADGBE 3x654x 3x543x 3x432x 3x321x Ab/G G Gb/G F/G EADGBE EADGBE EADGBE EADGBE 6x633x x6533x x6564x 4x554x Bb7 Ebmaj7(iii) Eb7 Abmaj7 E A D G B E EADGBE x x 0 10 8 7 3xx331 Dm6add4 Gm7(i)Back to Steely Dan and Donald Fagen guitar tabs
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