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Song: Timetable

Album: Foxtrot (Atlantic Records)


Copyright Yellow Dog Music Ltd.
Music and Lyrics by Genesis

Transcribed by John McGrath slippermen@hotmail.com


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Hackett's part beautifully complements Tony Banks' elegant piano line.


What sounds as though it were a cross between a piano and 12-string
is actually a hammer dulcimer (This instrument's last appearance on
a Genesis record) It is not transcribed here but can be derived
from the piano line.

Equipment:
Hackett introduced the Colorsound Tone Bender on this album, and in
fact had his own built for him by the company later, called the Supa
Tone Bender (It is available in signature reissue form.) Though the
sound on the guitar seems phased, it is most likely a leslie speaker
as Hackett didn't acquire a phaser for at least another year and
a half.
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(Piano Intro)

Verse 1 (Lyric locations are approximate)

A Carved oak table Tells a tale


e|--------------------------------0-------------------------------|
B|-----------------------------------4-2-----2--------------------|
G|---------------------------------------3-3---3~-----------------|
D|----------------------------------------------------------------|
A|----------------------------------------------------------------|
E|----------------------------------------------------------------|

Of times when kings and queens sipped wine from goblets gold
e|---------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-------------------------------------------------------------4-|
G|-----------------------------------------0----0----0----0----5-|
D|---------------------------------------6----6----6----6------6-|
A|---------------------------------------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------------------|

And the Brave would lead their ladies from out the room
e|----------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-------------------------------------4~-------------------------|
G|------------------------------------3~------3-----------3----4--|
D|-----------------------------------4~--------------6------------|
A|----------------------------------------------------------------|
E|----------------------------------------------------------------|

to arbours cool A time of valor And legends


e|-7-6-4--------14---15-------------------------------4-4---------|
B|-------------16---16------16~----4~-------------------2---2---2-|
G|-----------------15----15--------5~---------------------3---3---|
D|---------------------------------6~-----------------------------|
A|----------------------------------------------------------------|
E|----------------------------------------------------------------|
born A time when honour meant more to a man than
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B|---2------2-----2-----2-----2-----------------------------------|
G|-3---3-------3-----3-----3-----3----------0-----0-----0-----0---|
D|---------------------------------------6-----6-----6-----6------|
A|----------------------------------------------------------------|
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life And the days knew only strife to tell right from
e|----------------------------------------------------------------|
B|---4~-----------------------------------4~----------------------|
G|---5~----------------------------------3~-------------------3---|
D|---6~---------------------------------4~--------------6---------|
A|----------------------------------------------------------------|
E|----------------------------------------------------------------|

wrong through lance or sword (Overdrive On)


e|---------7-6--4--------14----------15----------------------|
B|----------------------16-----------16----------------------|
G|--4--------------------------------15----------------------|
D|-----------------------------------------------------------|
A|-------------------------------------------4h6-4h6---6-5---|
E|-----------------------------------------------------------|

Chorus

Why Why------ can we never be sure til we die


e|------------------------11--------11--------------------|
B|-------------------------8---------8--------------------|
G|---------0------------------0-0-0-----0-0-0-0--0-0------|
D|--------1-----------------------------------------------|
A|-3p1h3-3------------------------------------------------|
E|--------------------------------------------------------|

Or have killed for an answer


e|----10-----------10------------------------------|
B|----------11-----------11h13--10-----------------|
G|-10----10----10-----10---------------------------|
D|--------------------------------------8--7-------|
A|-------------------------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------------------------|

Why Why-------- do we suffer each race to believe


e|------------------------11--------11--------------------|
B|-------------------------8---------8--------------------|
G|---------0------------------0-0-0-----0-0-0-0--0-0------|
D|--------1-----------------------------------------------|
A|-3p1h3-3------------------------------------------------|
E|--------------------------------------------------------|

that no race has been grander


e|----10-----------10------------------------------|
B|----------11-----------11h13--10-----------------|
G|-10----10----10-----10---------------------------|
D|--------------------------------------8--7-------|
A|-------------------------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------------------------|
It seems because through time--------and space Though names
e|---------------3-------------------------------5~-----5------4--|
B|------3----6------------6\3~~---1--1-3~-------------------------|
G|----------------------------------3-------2---------------------|
D|----------------------------------------------------------------|
A|----------------------------------------------------------------|
E|----------------------------------------------------------------|

may change each face retains the mask it wore (TO INTERLUDE)
e|--5----7-----5-----4---------------7---5---7~-------------------|
B|-----------------------7---5---7--------------------------------|
G|----------------------------------------------------------------|
D|----------------------------------------------------------------|
A|----------------------------------------------------------------|
E|----------------------------------------------------------------|

Interlude
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B|-------------------------------------4-----4-----4-----4--------|
G|-------------4-----4-----4-----4--------4-----4-----4-----4-----|
D|----------------6-----6-----6-----6-----------------------------|
A|----------------------------------------------------------------|
E|----------------------------------------------------------------|

e|----------------------------------------------------------------|
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G|-4-----4-----4-----4------6-----6-----6-----6------4-----4------|
D|----6-----6-----6-----6------7-----7-----7-----7------4-----4---|
A|----------------------------------------------------------------|
E|----------------------------------------------------------------|

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D|----4-----4------4-----4-----3-----3----------------------------|
A|-----------------------------------------4-----4-----4-----4----|
E|----------------------------------------------------------------|

e|----------------------------------------------------------------|
B|----------------------------------------------------------------|
G|-3-----3-----3-----3-----3-----3-----3-----3-----1-----1-----1--|
D|----4-----4-----4-----4-----------------------------2-----2-----|
A|----------------------------4-----4-----4-----4-----------------|
E|----------------------------------------------------------------|

e|------------------------------------|
B|------------------------------------|
G|----1-----3-----3-----3-----3-------|
D|-2-----2-----2-----2-----2-----2----|
A|------------------------------------|
E|------------------------------------|

Verse 2

A dusty table Musty smells


e|-----------------------4-4-------------------------|
B|--4~---------------------2-----2-----2-----2-------|
G|--5~------------------------3-----3-----3-----3----|
D|--6~-----------------------------------------------|
A|---------------------------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------|

Tarnished silver lies discarded upon the floor


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B|-2-----2-----2-----2----------------------------------4~---4----|
G|----3-----3-----3-----3---------0-----0-----0-----0---5~-----5--|
D|-----------------------------6-----6-----6-----6------6~--------|
A|----------------------------------------------------------------|
E|----------------------------------------------------------------|

Only feeble light descends through a film of grey


e|----------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-------------------------------4~-------------------------------|
G|-----------------------------3~--------------3--------3-----4---|
D|---------------------------4~--------------------6--------------|
A|----------------------------------------------------------------|
E|----------------------------------------------------------------|

That scars the panes


e|-7-6--4--------14-----15~----------|
B|--------------16-----16~------16---|
G|--------------------15~----15------|
D|-----------------------------------|
A|-----------------------------------|
E|-----------------------------------|

Gone the carving and those who left their work


e|--------------------------------0-------------------------------|
B|-4---------------------------------4-2-----2--------------------|
G|-5-------------------------------------3-3---3~-----------------|
D|-6--------------------------------------------------------------|
A|----------------------------------------------------------------|
E|----------------------------------------------------------------|

Gone the kings and queens now only the rats hold sway
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B|-------------------------------------------------------------4-|
G|-----------------------------------------0----0----0----0----5-|
D|---------------------------------------6----6----6----6------6-|
A|---------------------------------------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------------------|

And the weak must die according to nature's


e|----------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-------------------------------------4~-------------------------|
G|------------------------------------3~------3-----------3-------|
D|-----------------------------------4~--------------6------------|
A|----------------------------------------------------------------|
E|----------------------------------------------------------------|

law, as old as they. (Overdrive On)


e|---------7-6--4--------14----------15----------------------|
B|----------------------16-----------16----------------------|
G|--4--------------------------------15----------------------|
D|-----------------------------------------------------------|
A|-------------------------------------------4h6-4h6---6-5---|
E|-----------------------------------------------------------|
Chorus

Why Why------ can we never be sure til we die


e|------------------------11--------11--------------------|
B|-------------------------8---------8--------------------|
G|---------0------------------0-0-0-----0-0-0-0--0-0------|
D|--------1-----------------------------------------------|
A|-3p1h3-3------------------------------------------------|
E|--------------------------------------------------------|

Or have killed for an answer


e|----10-----------10------------------------------|
B|----------11-----------11h13--10-----------------|
G|-10----10----10-----10---------------------------|
D|--------------------------------------8--7-------|
A|-------------------------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------------------------|

Why Why-------- do we suffer each race to believe


e|------------------------11--------11--------------------|
B|-------------------------8---------8--------------------|
G|---------0------------------0-0-0-----0-0-0-0--0-0------|
D|--------1-----------------------------------------------|
A|-3p1h3-3------------------------------------------------|
E|--------------------------------------------------------|

that no race has been grander


e|----10-----------10------------------------------|
B|----------11-----------11h13--10-----------------|
G|-10----10----10-----10---------------------------|
D|--------------------------------------8--7-------|
A|-------------------------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------------------------|

It seems because through time--------and space Though names


e|---------------3-------------------------------5~-----5------4--|
B|------3----6------------6\3~~---1--1-3~-------------------------|
G|----------------------------------3-------2---------------------|
D|----------------------------------------------------------------|
A|----------------------------------------------------------------|
E|----------------------------------------------------------------|

may change each face retains the mask it wore (TO CODA)
e|--5----7-----5-----4---------------7---5---7~-------------------|
B|-----------------------7---5---7--------------------------------|
G|----------------------------------------------------------------|
D|----------------------------------------------------------------|
A|----------------------------------------------------------------|
E|----------------------------------------------------------------|

Coda

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B|-------------------------------------4-----4-----4-----4--------|
G|-------------4-----4-----4-----4--------4-----4-----4-----4-----|
D|----------------6-----6-----6-----6-----------------------------|
A|----------------------------------------------------------------|
E|----------------------------------------------------------------|

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B|----------------------------------------------------------------|
G|-4-----4-----4-----4------6-----6-----6-----6------4-----4------|
D|----6-----6-----6-----6------7-----7-----7-----7------4-----4---|
A|----------------------------------------------------------------|
E|----------------------------------------------------------------|

e|----------------------------------------------------------------|
B|----------------------------------------------------------------|
G|-4-----4------3-----3-----3-----3-----3-----3-----3-----3-------|
D|----4-----4------4-----4-----3-----3----------------------------|
A|-----------------------------------------4-----4-----4-----4----|
E|----------------------------------------------------------------|

e|----------------------------------------------------------------|
B|----------------------------------------------------------------|
G|-3-----3-----3-----3-----3-----3-----3-----3-----1-----1-----1--|
D|----4-----4-----4-----4-----------------------------2-----2-----|
A|----------------------------4-----4-----4-----4-----------------|
E|----------------------------------------------------------------|

e|----------------------------------------------------------------|
B|----------------------------------------------------------------|
G|-----1-----3-----3-----3-----3-----5-----5-----5-----5----------|
D|--2-----2-----2-----2-----2-----2-----6-----6-----5-----5-------|
A|----------------------------------------------------------------|
E|----------------------------------------------------------------|

e|----------------------------------------------------------------|
B|----------------------------------------------------------------|
G|-5-----5-----5-----5-----5-----5-----5----5----5----5----5----5-|
D|----3-----3-----3-----3-----5-----5-----5----5----3---3----3----|
A|----------------------------------------------------------------|
E|----------------------------------------------------------------|

e|----------------------------------------------------------------|
B|----------------------------------------------------------------|
G|----3-----3-----3-----3-----5-----5-----5-----5-----7-----7-----|
D|-3-----4-----4-----4-----4-----4-----4-----4-----4-----8-----8--|
A|----------------------------------------------------------------|
E|----------------------------------------------------------------|
(Fade Out)
e|----------------------------------------------------------------|
B|----------------------------------------------------------------|
G|-7-----7-----7-----7-----7-----7-----7-----7-----7-----7--------|
D|----7-----7-----5-----5-----5-----5-----7-----7-----7-----7-----|
A|----------------------------------------------------------------|
E|----------------------------------------------------------------|

3p1 Pull off


1h3 Hammer on
3\6 Slide down
3/6 Slide up
12~ Vibrato/sustain