Blackbird
John Lennon and Paul McCartney
The Beatles

TAB by: Robb Anagnostis

The existing TABs are close but some miss the timing, others leave out notes.
The TAB by Douglas French from 1995 (which this tab is greatly based on) is very good but misses the very important chromatic bass line through the verses (only 3 notes…but important). Others that have the bass line show a really wierd fingering for it. Try this one out. It's really pretty easy. Check out measure #5 where the chromatic bass notes all stay on the A string.

 
  #1                          #2 
  3/4 G       Am7     G/B     4/4 G 
E{|---------------------------|-----------------------------------| 
B{|---0-------1-------3-------|---12----12--12----12----12--12----| 
G{|-------0-------0-------0---|-------0-------0-------0-------0---| 
D{|---------------------------|-----------------------------------| 
A{|-----------0-------2-------|---10------10------10------10------| 
E{|---3-----------------------|-----------------------------------| 
      +   .   +   .   +   .       +   .   +   .   +   .   +   . 


  3/4 G       Am7     G/B     4/4 G 
E||---------------------------|-----------------------------------| 
B||---0-------1-------3-------|---12----12--12----12----12--12----| 
G||.------0-------0-------0---|-------0-------0-------0-------0---| 
D||.--------------------------|-----------------------------------| 
A||-----------0-------2-------|---10------10------10------10------| 
E||---3-----------------------|-----------------------------------| 
      +   .   +   .   +   .       +   .   +   .   +   .   +   . 
   1. Blackbird singing in the dead of night 
   2. Blackbird singing in the dead of night 


  #5 
      C       A7/C#   D       B7/D#       Em              Cm/Eb 
E |-----------3---------------5-------|-----------------------------------| 
B |---5--(5)----------7--(7)----------|---8-----8---8-----8-----8---8-----| 
G |-------0-------0-------0-------0---|-------0-------0-------0-------0---| 
D |-----------------------------------|-----------------------------------| 
A |---3-------4-------5-------6-------|---7-------7-------6-------6-------| 
E |-----------------------------------|-----------------------------------| 
      +   .   +   .   +   .   +   .       +   .   +   .   +   .   +   . 
      Take these broken wings and learn to fly 
      Take these sunken eyes and learn to see  (notes in () not played 2nd verse) 


  #7 
  3/2 D       A7/C#   C                Cm 
E |-----------3----------------------------------------| 
B |---7---------------5-----5---5------4-----4---4-----| 
G |-------0-------0-------0-------0--------0-------0---| 
D |----------------------------------------------------| 
A |---5-------4-------3-------3--------3-------3-------| 
E |----------------------------------------------------| 
      +       .       +       .        +       . 
      All     your    life 
      All     your    life 


  #8 
      G/B             A7               C/D 
E |----------------------------------------------------| 
B |---3-----3---3-----2-----2---2------1-----1---1-----| 
G |-------0-------0-------0-------0--------0-------0---| 
D |------------------------------------0-------0-------| 
A |---2-------2-------0-------0------------------------| 
E |----------------------------------------------------| 
      +       .       +       .        +       . 
     You were only  waiting  for this  moment  to a- 
     You were only  waiting  for this  moment  to be 

   -----------------------------------------------------------------------... 
  |  1. 
  #9 
  4/4 G               C       G           A7              C/D 
E |-----------------------------------|-----------------------------------| 
B |---0-----0---0-----5-------3-------|---2-----2---2-----1-----1---1-----| 
G |-------0-------0-------0-------0---|-------0-------0-------0-------0---| 
D |-----------------------------------|-------------------0-------0-------| 
A |-------------------3-------2-------|---0-------0-----------------------| 
E |---3-------3-----------------------|-----------------------------------| 
      +   .   +   .   +   .   +   .       +   .   +   .   +   .   +   . 
      rise. 

  ... -----------------  ------------------- 
                       ||  2.               | 
  #11                  ||                   | 
  2/2 G 
E |--------------------||-------------------| 
B |---0-----0---0------||---0-----0---0-----| 
G |-------0-------0---.||-------0-------0---| 
D |-------------------.||-------------------| 
A |--------------------||-------------------| 
E |---3-------3--------||---3-------3-------| 
      +   .   +   .         +   .   +   . 
                             free. 

  #13 
  4/4 F       Em      Dm      C           Bb              C 
E |-----------------------------------|-------------------0-----0---0-----| 
B |---10------8-------6-------5-------|---3-----3---3---------------------| 
G |-------0-------0-------0-------0---|-------0-------0-------0-------0---| 
D |-----------------------------------|-----------------------------------| 
A |---8-------7-------5-------3-------|---1-------1-------3-------3-------| 
E |-----------------------------------|-----------------------------------| 
      +   .   +   .   +   .   +   .       +   .   +   .   +   .   +   . 
      Black     -     bird,              fly, 


  #15 
  4/4 F       Em      Dm      C           Bb              A7 
E |-----------------------------------|-----------------------------------| 
B |---10------8-------6-------5-------|---3-----3---3-----2-----2---2-----| 
G |-------0-------0-------0-------0---|-------0-------0-------0-------0---| 
D |-----------------------------------|-----------------------------------| 
A |---8-------7-------5-------3-------|---1-------1-------0-------0-------| 
E |-----------------------------------|-----------------------------------| 
      +   .   +   .   +   .   +   .       +   .   +   .   +   .   +   . 
      Black     -     bird,              fly,                    into the 

  #17 
  2/4 C/D 
E |----------------------| 
B |---1-----1---1----1---| 
G |-------0-------0------| 
D |---0-------0----------| 
A |----------------------| 
E |----------------------| 
      +   .   +   . 
      light of a dark blackc 


  #18 
  3/4 G       Am7     G       4/4 G 
E |---------------------------|-----------------------------------| 
B |---0-------1-------3-------|---12----12--12----12--12--12------| 
G |-------0-------0-------0---|-------0-------0-------0-----------| 
D |---------------------------|-----------------------------------| 
A |-----------0-------2-------|---10------10------10------10------| 
E |---3-----------------------|-----------------------------------| 
      +   .   +   .   +   .       +   .   +   .   +   .   +   . 
      night. 


  #20 
      C       A7/C#   D7      B7/D#       Em        *     Cm/Eb 
E |-----------3---------------5-------|-----------------------------------| 
B |---5---5-----------7---7-----------|---8-----8-----8---8-----8---8-----|*note small 
G |-------0-------0-------0-------0---|-------0-----0---------0-------0---| change in 
D |-----------------------------------|-----------------------------------| picking pattern 
A |---3-------4-------5-------6-------|---7-------7-------6-------6-------| here 
E |-----------------------------------|-----------------------------------| 
      +   .   +   .   +   .   +   .       +   .   +   .   +   .   +   . 


  #22 
  3/2 D       A7/C#   C                Cm 
E |-----------3----------------------------------------| 
B |---7---------------5-----5---5------4-----4---4-----| 
G |-------0-------0-------0-------0--------0-------0---| 
D |----------------------------------------------------| 
A |---5-------4-------3-------3--------3-------3-------| 
E |----------------------------------------------------| 
      +       .       +       .        +       . 


  #23                                                  #24 
      G               A7               C/D             2/4 G 
E |----------------------------------------------------|---------------| 
B |---3-----3---3-----2-----2---2------1-----1---1-----|---0-----------| 
G |-------0-------0-------0-------0--------0-------0---|---0-----------| 
D |------------------------------------0-------0-------|---------------| 
A |---2-------2-------0-------0------------------------|---------------| 
E |----------------------------------------------------|---3-----------| 
      +       .       +       .        +       .           +       . 


  #25 
  4/4 F       Em      Dm      C           Bb              C 
E |-----------------------------------|-------------------0-----0---0-----| 
B |---10------8-------6-------5-------|---3-----3---3---------------------| 
G |-------0-------0-------0-------0---|-------0-------0-------0-------0---| 
D |-----------------------------------|-----------------------------------| 
A |---8-------7-------5-------3-------|---1-------1-------3-------3-------| 
E |-----------------------------------|-----------------------------------| 
      +   .   +   .   +   .   +   .       +   .   +   .   +   .   +   . 
      Black     -     bird,               fly, 


  #27 
  4/4 F       Em      Dm      C           Bb              A7 
E |-----------------------------------|-----------------------------------| 
B |---10------8-------6-------5-------|---3---3-------3---2-----2---2-----| 
G |-------0-------0-------0-------0---|-------------0---------0-------0---| 
D |-----------------------------------|-----------------------------------| 
A |---8-------7-------5-------3-------|---1-------1-------0-------0-------| 
E |-----------------------------------|-----------------------------------| 
      +   .   +   .   +   .   +   .       +   .   +   .   +   .   +   . 
      Black     -     bird,               fly,                    into the 

  #29 
  2/4 C/D 
E |----------------------| 
B |---1-----1---1----1---| 
G |-------0-------0------| 
D |---0-------0----------| 
A |----------------------| 
E |----------------------| 
      +   .   +   . 
    light of a dark, black 


  #30 
  3/4 G       Am7     G/B     4/4 G 
E |---------------------------|-----------------------------------| 
B |---0-------1-------3-------|---12----12--12----12----12--12----| 
G |---------------------------|-------0-------0-------0-------0---| 
D |---------------------------|-----------------------------------| 
A |-----------0-------2-------|-----------------------------------| 
E |---3-----------------------|---10------10------10------10------| 
      +   .   +   .   +   .       +   .   +   .   +   .   +   . 
      night. 


 #31 
      G 
E |-----------------------------------|-----------------------------------| 
B |---12----12--12----12----12--12----|---12----12--12----12---------12/--| 
G |-------0-------0-------0-------0---|-------0-------0---0---------------| 
D |-----------------------------------|-----------------------------------| 
A |---10------10------10------10------|---10------10------10---------10/--| 
E |-----------------------------------|-----------------------------------| 
      +   .   +   .   +   .       +   .   +   .   +   .   +   .   +   . 
                                molto rit. 


  #34 
  3/4    G       Am7     G/B     3/4 C       G/B     A7 
E||------------------------------|---0-----------------------| 
B||------0-------1-------3-------|-----------3-------2-------| 
G||----------0-------0-------0---|-------0-------0-------0---| 
D||------------------------------|---------------------------| 
A||--------------0-------2-------|---3-------2-------0-------| 
E||---10\3-----------------------|---------------------------| 
          +   .   +   .   +   .      +   .   +   .   +   . 
 slide down 
        a tempo 


  #36 
  2/4 C/D 
E |------------------| 
B |--1-----1---1-----| 
G |------0-------0---| 
D |--0-------0-------| 
A |------------------| 
E |------------------| 
     +   .   +   . 

  #37 
  3/4 G       Am7     G/B     4/4 G 
E||---------------------------|-----------------------------------| 
B||---0-------1-------3-------|---12----12--12----12----12--12----| 
G||.------0-------0-------0---|-------0-------0-------0-------0---| 
D||.--------------------------|-----------------------------------| 
A||-----------0-------2-------|---10------10------10------10------| 
E||---3-----------------------|-----------------------------------| 
      +   .   +   .   +   .       +   .   +   .   +   .   +   . 
    Blackbird singing in the dead of night 


  #39 
      C       A7/C#   D       B7/D#       Em              Cm/Eb 
E |-----------3---------------5-------|-----------------------------------| 
B |---5---------------7---7-----------|---8-----8---8-----8-----8---8-----| 
G |-------0-------0-------0-------0---|-------0-------0-------0-------0---| 
D |-----------------------------------|-----------------------------------| 
A |---3-------4-------5-------6-------|---7-------7-------6-------6-------| 
E |-----------------------------------|-----------------------------------| 
      +   .   +   .   +   .   +   .       +   .   +   .   +   .   +   . 
      Take these broken wings and learn to fly; 


  #41 
  3/2 D       A7/C#   C   *            Cm  * 
E |-----------3----------------------------------------| 
B |---7---------------5---5-------5----4---4-------4---| * note change in 
G |-------0-------0---------0---0------------0---0-----|   picking pattern here 
D |----------------------------------------------------| 
A |---5-------4-------3-------3--------3-------3-------| 
E |----------------------------------------------------| 
      +       .       +       .        +       . 
      All     your    life 


  #42 
  4/4 G/B             A7                  C/D             G 
E||-----------------------------------|-----------------------------------|| 
B||---3-----3---3-----2-----2---2-----|---1-----1---1-----0---------------|| 
G||.------0-------0-------0-------0---|-------0-------0---0--------------.|| 
D||.----------------------------------|---0-------0----------------------.|| 
A||---2-------2-------0-------0-------|-----------------------------------|| 
E||-----------------------------------|-------------------3---------------|| 
      +   .   +   .   +   .   +   .       +   .   +   .   +   .   +   . 
     You were only   waiting  for this    moment  to    a-rise. 


  #44 
      C       G/B     A7                  C/D             G 
E |-----------------------------------|-----------------------------------||} 
B |---5-------3-------2-----2---2-----|---1-----1---1-----3---------------||} 
G |-------0-------0-------0-------0---|-------0-------0---0---------------||} 
D |-----------------------------------|---0-------0-------0---------------||} 
A |---3-------2-------0-------0-------|-----------------------------------||} 
E |-----------------------------------|-------------------3---------------||} 
      +   .   +   .   +   .   +   .       +   .   +   .   +   .   +   . 
     You were only   waiting  for this    moment  to    a-rise.