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My Iron Lung guitar tab

"My Iron Lung" by Radiohead
From "The Bends"
Transcribed by Steven McGovern 
                               or 

/(\)=bend up(release) one tone(unless indicated)
~(')= slide down  ~(')/ = slide up   p= pull off  h= hammer on  
~ above = without hitting the string and ' is with hitting the string

Intro (jon with pitch shifter up one octave)

  Riff 1a-------------------------] Riff 1b------------------------------]
e------------------------------------------------------------------------------
B------3p0------0-------1-----------------3p0-----0--------1--------4----------
G----0--------0---0---0-----2/\-0-------0-------0---0----2---2----5---5--------
D-----------3-------1-----1-------------------3--------1--------4--------------
A------------------------------------------------------------------------------
E--3---------------------------------3-----------------------------------------

 Riff 1c------------------------------]
e------------------------------------------------------------------------------
B------3p0------0-------1--3--/3\--1---------3p0-----0--------1----------------
G----0--------0---0---0--------------------0-------0---0----0------2/\--0------
D-----------3-------1----------------------------3--------1-----1--------------
A------------------------------------------------------------------------------
E--3-------------------------------------3-------------------------------------

   Riff 2----------------------------------------------------------]
e------------------------------------------------------------------------------
B--------0---------------1-------------3----------4---4---4---4---------------
G------0----0---0------0----0--------0----0---0-----7---7---7---7--------------
D----0--------0------1--------1----0--------0----------------------------------
A------------------------------------------------------------------------------
E--3---------------3-------------3---------------------------------------------

  Riff 3------------------]
    G     G7    Am?   G?
e------------------------------------------------------------------------------
B---3-----3-----1-----4--------------------------------------------------------
G---4-----4-----0-----5-------- Riff 3 ----- Riff 2 ----Riff 1a-----Riff 1c----
D---5-----3-----1-----4--------------------------------------------------------
A---5-----5-----0-----3--------------------------------------------------------
E---------------------3--------------------------------------------------------

  Riff 4----------------------------------------------------------------------]

e---------3--------------3-------------2---------------------------------------
B--0---------4--3----------4--3----------4--3--1--3-3--3-3---4-----4---4-------
G-----------------0-------------0-------------------------------7----7---7-0-7-
D------------------------------------------------------------------------------
A------------------------------------------------------------------------------
E------------------------------------------------------------------------------

e------------------------------------------------------------------------------
B------------------------------------------------------------3p0--------0------
G---Riff 3 x2--------- Riff 2 ----------- Riff 1a --------0----------0----0----
D-----------------------------------------------------------------3------------
A------------------------------------------------------------------------------
E------------------------------------------------------3-----------------------


C#m6:  x423xx   Cm6:  x312xx   Gm7:  3533xx  C7: x323xx   E?: 0123xx


Chorus (jon plays riff and thom and ed play the chords)
   Riff 5---------------------------------------------------------------------
  C#m6      Cm6         Gm7                           C7
e------------------------------------------------------------------------------
B--8--7--6--5---4----3----------3------------3---------------------------------
G-------------------------------3------------3-----------3-----3--3--3--3------
D-----------------------------------------------x-x----------------------------
A-----------------------------------x-----------x-x--x-3-----------------------
E-----------------------3--x--x-----x-x-x-3------------------------------------

---------------------------------------------] (the riff can be trashed adlib)
  E?                   C#m6          Cm6
e------------------------------------------------------------------------------
B----------------------8--7--6--5----4----3------------------------------------
G--------3---3-x----3----------------------------------- Riff 5 ---------------
D-----x--------x---------------------------------------------------------------
A-----x------------------------------------------------------------------------
E--0-------------0-------------------------------------------------------------


e------------------------------------------------------------------------------
B-----------------------------3--1--0------3--1--0----------1-------3----------
G-Riff 1a---Riff 1b---------0------------0----------0---------0-------0--------
D---------------------0---0------------0---------------0--------0-------0------
A------------------------------------------------------------------------------
E--------------------------------------------------------3--------3-------3----

e------------------------------------------------------------------------------
B---4---4----4-----------------------------------------------------------------
G-----7---7----7--- Riff3 x2-------- Riff 2 x.75----- Riff 5 x2----------------
D------------------------------------------------------------------------------
A------------------------------------------------------------------------------
E------------------------------------------------------------------------------

e------------------------------------------------------------------------------
B------------------------------------------------------------------------------
G--x-x--5p3--x-x-x--5p3--x-x-x--5p3--5--5/-\--x-------5p3---x-x-x--3-----------
D--x-x-------x-x-x-------x-x-x----------------x-----x-------x-x-x--3-----------
A--x-x-------x-x-x-------x-x-x------------------------------x---x--------------
E-----------------------------------------------0------------------------------

                                                               .5 .5 .5
e------------------------------------------------------------------------------
B--8--7--6--5---4-4-4--3-3-3----------6/---------6/--------6/--6--6--6---------
G------------------------------x-x-x--6/--x-x-x--6/--x-x-x-6/--6/-6/-6/--------
D------------------------------x-x-x------x-x-x------x-x-x---------------------
A-----------------------------------------x-x-x--------------------------------
E------------------------------------------------------------------------0-----

e------------------------------------------------------------------------------
B-----6/--------6/----8--7--6--5---4-4---3-3-3---------~/5--------~/6-----~/8--
G-----6/-x-x-x--6/-------------------------------------------------------------
D--------x-x-x-----------------------------------------------------------------
A------------------------------------------------------------------------------
E---0--------------------------------------------------------------------------

                               grad. bend up .5
e------------------------------------------------------------------------------
B--'/10---------~\8-------~\6------///-----------8--7--6--5----4----3----------
G------------------------------------------------------------------------------
D------------------------------------------------------------------------------
A------------------------------------------------------------------------------
E------------------------------------------------------------------------------

e-----------------------------------------------------11-----------------------
B-------------11----------------------------11-13-11--13/-\--11h13-11----------
G--10--11-12------10--11-12------10--11-12-----------------------------12--12--
D------------------------------------------------------------------------------
A----------------------------13------------------------------------------------
E------------------------------------------------------------------------------

                                                                         2
e----------------------------------------------------------------------11------
B----------------------------11-------------11-------------------------13/-----
G--12--12--12--12---12-12-12------10--11-12----10--11-12----10--11-12----------
D------------------------------------------------------------------------------
A--------------------------------------------------------13--------------------
E------------------------------------------------------------------------------

             Riff 6-------------------------]         
e------------------------------------------------------------------------------
B--11h13--11-------------------------------------------------------------------
G------------12--12--12--12--12--12--12--12----- Riff 6 x2---------------------
D------------------------------------------------------------------------------
A------------------------------------------------------------------------------
E------------------------------------------------------------------------------
 (Sorry I couldnt work out the last four bars but jon does some stuff around
   the same area with some effect)

e------------------------------------------------------------------------------
B------------------------------------------------------------------------------
G------------------------------------------------------------------------------
D--12\-------------------------------------------------------------------------
A--10\-------------------------------------------------------------------------
E------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Steven McGovern 


======================================== version 2=============================================
"My Iron Lung" by Radiohead

tabbed by: eric bergen 

---i haven't seen a good tab of this (my personal favorite) song yet.
and i hate inaccurate tabs.  so this is as good as it gets.

this is jonny's lead tab. the others just follow.

Key:
 ^= bend
 /= slide down
 
Intro:

with a octave pitch shifter
 ----------------------------------
 ------3-0-----0-------1-----------
 ----0-------0---0---0---0-2^-2-0--
 ----------3-------1---------------
 ----------------------------------
 --3-------------------------------
 
 ---------------------------------
 ------3-0-----0-------1---/----4-
 ----0-------0---0---2-----/--5---
 ----------3-------1------1/4-----
 ---------------------------------
 --3------------------------------
 
 ----------------------------------
 ------3-0-----0-------1-3^4-3-1---
 ----0-------0---0---0-----------1-
 ----------3-------1---------------
 ----------------------------------
 --3-------------------------------
 
 ----------------------------------
 ------3-0-----0-------1-----------
 ----0-------0---0---0---0-2^3-2-0-
 ----------3-------1---------------
 ----------------------------------
 --3-------------------------------

Basic bass riff:
----------------------------------------------------------------
----------------------------------------------------------------
----------------3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-----------------3-3/5/5/6/6/8>0-
3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-----------------3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-----------------


Faith, your driving me away
You do it everyday

-------------------------------------------------------------
-------0---------------1--------------3-------4-3-4-3-4-3-4-3
-----0---0-----------0---0----------0------------------------
---0-------0-------1-------1------0--------------------------
-------------------------------------------------------------
-3---------------3--------------3----------------------------
       You don't mean it but it hurts__  like hell

------------------------------------
---------3----3-----1-------4-------
---------4----4-----2------5--------
---------0----3-----1-----4---------
------------------------------------
------------------------------------

My brain       says i'm receiving pain
               A lack of   oxygen


-------------------------------------------------------------
-------0---------------1--------------3-------4-3-4-3-4-3-4-3
-----0---0-----------0---0----------0------------------------
---0-------0-------1-------1------0--------------------------
-------------------------------------------------------------
-3---------------3--------------3----------------------------
        From my life support my  i_____ron     lung____


*Play main riff*

-----------------------3-------
----------------------------4-3
-------------------------------
-------------------------------
-------------------------------
-------------------------------
  We're   too young to fall a sleep

----------3------------
--------------4--3-----
-----------------------
-----------------------
-----------------------
-----------------------
  Too cynical to speak

--------------2----------------------------------
-----------------4--3------------4-3-4-3-4-3-4-3-
-------------------------------------------------
-------------------------------------------------
-------------------------------------------------
-------------------------------------------------
We are losing it       Can't you tell?

         G(only 1st time)     G
---------------------------------
---------3---3---1-------4-------
---------4---4---2------5--------
---------0---3---1-----4---------
---------------------------------
---------------------------------
We scratch      our  eternal itch
             A  20th century bitch
          
-------------------------------------------------------------
-------0---------------1--------------3-------4-3-4-3-4-3-4-3
-----0---0-----------0---0----------0------------------------
---0-------0-------1-------1------0--------------------------
-------------------------------------------------------------
-3---------------3--------------3----------------------------
       We are   grateful for our i____ ron     lung

*Play Main riff*


---------------
-8-7-6-5---4-3-
---------------
---------------
---------------
---------------

Chorus:
 
   G G    G G        C C       C C          E
-----------------------------------------------
-----------------------------------------------
--------3--------3-----------3----3--3-3-------
-----------------------------------------------
----------------------3-3----------------------
--3-3-------3-3------------------------------0-
    THE HEADSHRINKERS,  THEY WANT EVERYTHING

        E    E
---------------------------
---------------------------
--------3--------3---------
---------------------------
---------------------------
-0--------0--0-------------
    MY  UN___CLE BILL


---------------------------
----8--7-6-5---4--3--------
---------------------------
---------------------------
---------------------------
---------------------------
    MY BELISHA BEACON

*Repeat chorus*

*Play main riff*

-------------------------------------
----------------------3---1---0------
----------------0--------------------
---------1---------------------------
-------------------------------------
-------------------------------------
 Suck,   Suck   your  teenage thumb
         

-------------------------------------
----------------3--------1---0-------
------------0------------------------
---------1---------------------------
-------------------------------------
-------------------------------------
         Toilet trained  and dumb

----------------------------------
-----------------1----------------
-0------------------0-------------
---0-------------------1----------
----------------------------------
-----3----------------------3-----
        When the power runs out

-----------------------------
-3-----------4-3-4-3---4-3---
---0-----------------0-------
-----0-----------------------
-----------------------------
-------3---------------------
 We'll just hum


        G(only 1st time)        
----------------------------------
--------3---3---1---------4-------
--------4---4---2--------5--------
--------0---3---1-------4---------
----------------------------------
----------------------------------
     This       This is our new song
           Just like the last one


---------------------------------------------
-------0----------------1-------------3------
-----0---0-----------0-----0--------0--------
---0-------0------1----------1----0----------
---------------------------------------------
-3-------------3----------------3------------

       A total waste of time my i_____iron

--------------
-8-7-6-5-4-3--
--------------
--------------
--------------
--------------
 lu______ng


*Play Chorus twice*

*Solo 1*

 G G     G G     C C         C C   E
-------------------------------------
-------------------------------------
-----5-3-----5-3-----5-3-5-3-5^5-3---
-------------------------------------
-------------------------------------
-----------------------------------0-

-------------------------------------
-------------------8-7-6-5--4--3-----
-----5-3-----5-3---------------------
-------------------------------------
-------------------------------------
--0----------------------------------

G G     G    C               E
-------------------------------
------6^--6^---6^-6^-6^-6^-----
------5^--5^---5^-5^-5^-5^-----
-------------------------------
-------------------------------
-----------------------------0-

 
--------------------------------
------6^--6^---8-7-6-5--4--3----
------5^--5^--------------------
--------------------------------
--------------------------------
--0-----------------------------

*Outro*
  
  Bb            C                      Db
-------------------------------------------------
-3--------------5----------------------6---------
-------------------------------------------------
-------------------------------------------------
-------------------------------------------------
-------------------------------------------------
  And if you're frightened, you can be frightened

             C
-----------------------
-------------8---------
-----------------------
-----------------------
-----------------------
-----------------------
 You can be, it's okay


  Bb            C                      Db
-------------------------------------------------
-10-------------8----------------------6---------
-------------------------------------------------
-------------------------------------------------
-------------------------------------------------
-------------------------------------------------
  And if you're frightened, you can be frightened

-------------------------
-------------8-7-6-5-4-3-
-------------------------
-------------------------
-------------------------
-------------------------
 You can be, it's okay___


*End solo*

-------------------------------------------------------------
----------11-----------11-----------11-13-11-13^-11-11^13^11-
-10-11-12-----10-11-12-----10-11-12--------------------------
-------------------------------------------------------------
-------------------------------------------------------------
-------------------------------------------------------------

----------------------------------
------------------------------11--
-12-12-12-12-12-12---10-11-12-----
----------------------------------
-10-10-10-10-10-10----------------
----------------------------------
(afterbeats)

------------------------------------12^----------------------
----------11---------------------------11-11^13^11-----------
-10-11-12-----10-11-12-----10-11-12--------------------------
-------------------------------------------------------------
-----------------------13------------------------------------
-------------------------------------------------------------

----------------------------------
--------------8-7-6-5--4--3-------
-12-12-12-12----------------------
----------------------------------
-10-10-10-10----------------------
----------------------------------

*end on chorus*

---- Version 2 ----

                                             (bend and
                                              release)
--------10-------------7-------------8------------------------
-----8------8-------8-----8-------8-----8----10-/-\----8------
--------------------------------------------------------------
--------------------------------------------------------------
-10-------------8-------------6-------------------------------
--------------------------------------------------------------

--------10-------------7-------------8-----11-----11----------
-----8------8-------8-----8-------8-----8------8------8-------
--------------------------------------------------------------
--------------------------------------------------------------
-10-------------8-------------6-------------------------------
--------------------------------------------------------------

--------10-------------7-------------8---10---11---10---8-----
-----8------8-------8-----8-------8---------------------------
--------------------------------------------------------------
--------------------------------------------------------------
-10-------------8-------------6-------------------------------
--------------------------------------------------------------

--------10-------------7-------------8-----11-----11----------
-----8------8-------8-----8-------8-----8------8------8-------
--------------------------------------------------------------
--------------------------------------------------------------
-10-------------8-------------6-------------------------------
--------------------------------------------------------------


NEW IMPROVED intro:

	Note: / = slide up

play w/ dual pitch shifter
                                    (bend, hold & release)
-------------------------------------------------
--------2--0--------0-----------1----------------
-----0-----------0-----0-----0-----0--2^^^^\--0--
--------------3-----------1----------------------
-------------------------------------------------
--3----------------------------------------------


-------------------------------------------------
--------2--0--------0-----------1-------5---5----
-----0-----------0-----0-----3-----3//6---6---6--
--------------3-----------1----------------------
-------------------------------------------------
--3----------------------------------------------

                                    (bend, hold & release)
-------------------------------------------------
--------2--0--------0-----------1-/3--3^^^\------
-----0-----------0-----0-----0-------------------
--------------3-----------1----------------------
-------------------------------------------------
--3----------------------------------------------

                                    (bend, hold & release)
-------------------------------------------------
--------2--0--------0-----------1----------------
-----0-----------0-----0-----0-----0--2^^^^\--0--
--------------3-----------1----------------------
-------------------------------------------------
--3----------------------------------------------






Both of the previously posted intros work pretty good, depending on what 
type of equipment you have.  The rest goes something like:

--intro--

then verse one: (the verses have continual feedback. you'll have to 
figure out the tones)

bass plays G              C
---------------------------------------------
---------------------------------------------
---------------------------------------------
---------------------------------------------
---------------------------------------------
---------------------------------------------
          "faith.  you're driving me"
         "away,       you do it every day,"

-----------------------------------------------------------------
--------0------------------1-------------3-------4-3-4-3-4-3-4-3-
------0---0--------------0---0---------0---0---------------------
----0-------0----------2-------2-----0-------0-------------------
--------------0------3-----------3-------------0-----------------
--3--------------------------------3-----------------------------
        "you don't mean it but it hurts like hell."

verse one riff:
neck mute    v   v    v  v  v     
----------------------------------------
-----------3----3-3--3----4------4------
-----------4----4-4--4----5------5------
-----------5----3-3--3--0---------------
----------------------------------------
----------------------------------------
  "my brain...       says I'm receiving"
       pain...       a  lack  of oxygen"

---------------------------------------------------------------
--------0-----------------1------------3-------4-3-4-3-4-3-4-3-
------0---0-------------0---0--------0---0---------------------
----0-------0---------2------2-----0-------0-------------------
--------------0-----3----------1-------------0-----------------
--3------------------------------3-----------------------------
        "from my life support, my iron lung..."

--intro riff again--

the second verse is exactly like the first except there's a second 
guitar now that plays these parts:

verse two:
------------------------/15--11--10--
-------------------------------------
-------------------------------------
-------------------------------------
-------------------------------------
-------------------------------------
 "we're    too young to fall asleep"
           too      cynical  to speak"

(don't play the riff that should go here)
----------------/14-11-10----------11-10-11-10-11-
--------------------------------------------------
--------------------------------------------------
--------------------------------------------------
--------------------------------------------------
--------------------------------------------------
 "we are losing it        can't you tell?"


----------3-------------/15--11--10--3--
----------3--------------------------3--
----------0--------------------------0--
----------0--------------------------0--
----------------------------------------
----------3--------------------------3--
"a scratch        our e ter nal itch"
               our 20th century bitch"

--------------------------------------------------------------------
--------0-----------------1-------------3---------------------------
------0---0-------------0---0---------0---0-------------------------
----0-------0---------2-------2-----0-------0-----------------------
--------------0-----3-----------3-------------0---------------------
--3-------------------------------3---------------------------------
        "we are grateful for, our iron__   lung."

--intro again, then (the fun part)--

----------------------
----------------------
----------------------
--9-8-7-6-5-5-5-4-4-4-
-10-9-8-7-6-6-6-5-5-5-
----------------------

bridge/chorus:  
(this is what I play, it's not perfect, but it's a start.  listen to the 
album for the rythm. there's a lot of sliding and noise in here. it's 
pretty easy to reproduce...play this twice for a chorus)

  (^=1/4 bend)
----------------------0-0----0----0--------------------------------
--------------------------------------------------------------------
--0-0-3^-0-x-x-0-3^---0-0-3^-x-3^-x-3^-3^-------------3^---------3^-
--0-0----0-x-x-0------2-2----x----x-------x-x-x-0-2-2----2-2-2-2----
--2-2----2-x-x-2----2-3-3----3----3-------x-x-x---2-2----2-2-2-2----
--3-3----3-x-x-3--------------------------x-x-x---0-0----0-0-0-0----

--------------------------
--------------------------
--------------------------
-x-x--9-8-7-6-5-5-5-4-4-4- repeat, then two bars of intro.
-x-x-10-9-8-7-6-6-6-5-5-5-
-x-x---------------------- 

--verse three-- 
---------------------------------------------------
--0-------------3--1-0------------------3----1--0--
--0----------0---------------0-------0-------------
--0-------2----------------0------2----------------
-------3-----------------2-----3-------------------
--3--------------------3---------------------------
suck. suck your teenage thumb, toilet-trained and dumb.

-------------------------------------------------------------------
--------0-----------------1------------3-------4-3-4--3--4-3-4--3--
------0---0-------------0---0--------0---0-------------------------
----0-------0---------2------2-----0-------0-----------------------
--------------0-----3----------1-------------0---------------------
--3------------------------------3---------------------------------
       when the   powr runs out we'll   just  hum.

(play the second part of the verse like the second part of the vs.2)
    this. this is our new song,
    just like the last one,
    a total waste of time,
    my iron lung.  

(bridge/chorus again 4x. on third and fourth time, there's a little 
solo-type thing. listen to the album to see how it's placed:)

solo 1:
  G G     G G     C C                 E E     E E
----------------------------------------------------------------------
----------------------------3-------------------------8-7-6-5-4-4-4-3-
------5p3-----5p3-----5p3h5---5p3h5p3-----5p3-----5p3-----------------
----------------------------------------------------------------------
----------------------------------------------------------------------
----------------------------------------------------------------------

  G G     G G    C C          E E    E E    E
------------------------------------------------------------------
------5^------5^-----5^-5^-5^-----5^-----5^---8-7-6-5-4-4-4-3-3-3-
------5^------5^-----5^-5^-5^-----5^-----5^-----------------------
------------------------------------------------------------------
------------------------------------------------------------------
------------------------------------------------------------------

real bridge (not to be confused with that other thing I'm calling a 
bridge...)

I'm getting tired, so I'm not going to draw a bunch of the same chord.  
You can figure out the rythm:
---------------0----------------------------------------------------
---3-----------1----------------------2--------------------3--------
---0-----------0----------------------------------------------------
---------------2----------------------3--------------------5--------
---2-----------3----------------------4--------------------6--------
--------------------------------------------------------------------
     if you're frightened you can be frightened you can be that's ok

then the chorus 4 more times and you're done.  The sencond time on the 
chorus there is yet another solo, but, in typical Radiohead fashion, 
it's not that tough:
('b'=1/2 bend)

  G G          G G         C C                           E E
--------------------------------------------------------------------
--------------------------------------------------------------------
--------------------------------------------------------------------
---------8__----------8__---------8---10-8-10b-10-8-10-8--------8__-
--8h9h10-------8h9h10------8-9-10------------------------8h9h10-----
--------------------------------------------------------------------

                                          (scratch and make noise
          E E                              for one more bar.)
--------------------------------------------------------------------
---------------------8-7-6-5-4-4-4-3-3-3----------------------------
--------------------------------------------------------------------
----------8__ 10-8--------------------------------------------------
---8-9-10-----------------------------------------------------------
--------------------------------------------------------------------
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