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GRATEFUL  DEAD  TAB
The Music of the Grateful Dead

china Cat Sunflower
THE  GRATEFUL  DEAD
europe '72
Disc 1/ track 6


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Chords Used
 
 

Words / Chord Progressions / Licks / Solos
 


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Welcome to my tab for
China Cat Sunflower
This is an extremely cool song to play.
The solo is pretty straight forward and is not to difficult to play.
So enjoy it and have fun!

If you don't already have this CD, Europe '72,
I would suggest you get it.
You can click here to order it from the DEAD.NET,
or click on the picture above to check out the play list.
 

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chords used

Below is the chords that are used throughout this song.
I've also included their various positions on the neck as well.
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D 10th
E-|-o-|---|---|
B-|-o-|---|---|
G-|---|-o-|---|
D-|---|---|-o-|
A-|---|---|---|
E-|---|---|---|
C  8th
E-|-o-|---|---|
B-|-o-|---|---|
G-|---|-o-|---|
D-|---|---|-o-|
A-|---|---|---|
E-|---|---|---|
G  10th
E-|---|---|---|
B-|---|---|-o-|
G-|---|---|-o-|
D-|---|---|-o-|
A-|-o-|---|---|
E-|---|---|---|
B  7th
E-|-o-|---|---|
B-|-o-|---|---|
G-|---|-o-|---|
D-|---|---|-o-|
A-|---|---|---|
E-|---|---|---|
A  5th
E-|-o-|---|---|
B-|-o-|---|---|
G-|---|-o-|---|
D-|---|---|-o-|
A-|---|---|---|
E-|---|---|---|
E  9th
E-|---|---|---|
B-|---|---|-o-|
G-|---|---|-o-|
D-|---|---|-o-|
A-|-o-|---|---|
E-|---|---|---|
F  1st
E-|-o-|---|---|
B-|-o-|---|---|
G-|---|-o-|---|
D-|---|---|-o-|
A-|---|---|---|
E-|---|---|---|
G  3rd
E-|-o-|---|---|
B-|-o-|---|---|
G-|---|-o-|---|
D-|---|---|-o-|
A-|---|---|---|
E-|---|---|---|
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Words /Chord Progressions /Licks /Solos

Verse rhythem ~ Jerry
 

Veerse rhythem ~ Bob
 

verse 1 ~ words & chords
 

Verse 1 ending ~ rhythm
 

Verse 1 ending ~ Solo 1
 

Verse 2 ~ Words & chords
 

verse 2 ending ~ solo 2
 

Verse 3 ~ words & chords
 

verse 3 ending solo ~ solo 3
 

transition to ~ I know you rider
 

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Verse Rhythem ~ Jerry

     (0:00)----------------------------------->(0:05)--Repeat this part until--1:00->
E-|------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
B-|------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
G-|------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
D-|-----5-----3-----5--------5-----3---3----------5-----3---5--------5-----3-----3-----
A-|-------3h5---3h5------------3h5---5---5----------3h5---5------------3h5---3h5---5---
E-|--3--------------------3--------------------3------------------3--------------------
 


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Verse Rhythem ~ Bob
This is a pretty cool riff that Bob plays over Jerry's rhthym, but it is hard to get use to it at first.
The easiest way to play it is to bar the strings with your first finger at several points during  the riff.
That is, if you look at the tab below you'll see several notes that are in red.
These denote that your first finger should bar these.
For example, at time (0:20) you should lay your first finger across the B,G and D strings at the 12th fret, and keep it there until you move it to bar the bottom 2 strings at the 13th fret and then at the 15th fret. After a few tries you should pick it up.
Good Luck!

     (0:05)--------------------------------------------------------------------------->(0:20)
E-|------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
B-|--12------------------12--12p10------12-----12--12p10-------12-------------------12--12p13
G-|--12-----------12-----12-------------12-----12--------------12-----------12------12-------
D-|--12-----12h14----12--12---------12--12-----12----------12--12-----12h14-----12--12-------
A-|------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
E-|------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

     (0:20)---------------------------------------------------------------------->
E-|--------------------------------------------------------------13-------15h17-19---
B-|-----12-13p12--------------12h13-15--15-12-13p12-----------13-------15------------
G-|--------------14-12-----12-----------------------14-12--14-------16---------------
D-|--12-----------------12-----------------------------------------------------------
A-|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
E-|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------

     (0:26)---------------------------------------------------------------------->
E-|--------------------------------------------------------------13-------15h17-15---
B-|-----12-13p12--------------12h13-15--15-12-13p12-----------13-------15------------
G-|--------------14-12-----12-----------------------14-12--14-------16---------------
D-|---------------------12-----------------------------------------------------------
A-|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
E-|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Repeat the above 2 measures until (1:00)
 

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Verse 1 ~ Words & Chords

                             G                                                                     F

Look for a while at the china cat sunflower,

                             G                                                        F

Proud walking jingle in the midnight sun.

                               G                                                                       F

Copperdome bodhi drip a silver kimono,

               G                                                                              F                     G

Like a lazy quilt stargown through a dream like wind.
 

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Verse 1 Ending Rhythm ~ Bob
      G
       (1:02)-------------------------------------------------------------------------->(1:12)
E-|-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
B-|----x-x--12-----10p8-----x-x-12-----12-12-12s11s12-----x-x-12--12-12-13p12-----12--x-12-12s
G-|----x-x--12--------------x-x-12-----12-12-12s11s12-----x-x-12--12-12-12-12-----12--x-12-12s
D-|----x-x--12--------------x-x-12-----12-12-12s11s12-----x-x-12--12-12-14p12-----12--x-12-12s
A-|-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
E-|-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

       D                                                             C   D
      (1:13)--------------------------------------->(1:19)---------------------------->(1:24)
E-|-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
B-|-------------------------------------------------10-------11--10-10-10-----10-10--8---10s--
G-|-------------------------------------------------10h11----11--10h11p10-----10h11--9---11s--
D-|-------------------------------------------------------12--------------12---------10--12s--
A-|-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
E-|-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
 

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Verse 1 Ending Solo #1
        G
    (1:03)
E-|--17b19(hold)19(hold)19b17b15------------15-15--15---------
B-|------------------------------17---15h17-----------17-15---
G-|-----------------------------------------------------------
D-|-----------------------------------------------------------
A-|-----------------------------------------------------------
E-|-----------------------------------------------------------

        G
    (1:07)
E-|--------15----17b19(hold)19(hold)19b17b15-----17-17p15-----
B-|--15h17----17-----------------------------17-----------17--
G-|-----------------------------------------------------------
D-|-----------------------------------------------------------
A-|-----------------------------------------------------------
E-|-----------------------------------------------------------

         G
    (1:09)
E-|--------15------------------------------------------------
B-|--15h17----17--15-17--15----------------------------------
G-|-------------------------16--16p14----14------------------
D-|-----------------------------------17----17-16-16---------
A-|----------------------------------------------------------
E-|----------------------------------------------------------

     D                                                                   C D
    (1:09)
E-|-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
B-|-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
G-|------------------14--14---------------------------------14------------------------------
15|--16-17-16--16-17--------17-17-16------------------16-17---------------------------------
A-|-----------------------------------15h17-15-17-17------------14h15p14--------------------
E-|----------------------------------------------------------------------17-15-14--13-14-15-
 

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Verse 2 ~ Words & Chords

                              G                                                                              F

crazy cat peekin' through a lace bandanna,

                         G                                                                                   F

like a one-eyed chesire, like a diamond-eye jack.

                      G                                                                        F

a leaf of all colors plays a golden-string fiddle,

                                 G                                                                           F          G

to a double-E waterfall over my back.
 

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Verse 2 Ending Solo #2
     G
    (1:45)
E-|---------------------------------------12-14b15(hold)15b14b12-----
B-|--------------------------------12---15-----------------------15--
G-|--------------12----------12-14-----------------------------------
D-|--------12h14----14-12-14-----------------------------------------
A-|--13h14-----------------------------------------------------------
E-|------------------------------------------------------------------

    G                                                                  D
    (1:50)
E-|-------14b15(hold)15b14b12----17b19(hold)19b17-15----------------------------------------
B-|--15-15-------------------15----------------------17---15-17-15--------------------------
G-|----------------------------------------------------------------16-14s12----12-14-12-11--
D-|-------------------------------------------------------------------------12--------------
A-|-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
E-|-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

     D
    (1:57)
E-|---------------------------------------------------------14-12----12-12-14-14-14--
B-|-------------13-13--12-13-12------12-13-15p13p12-13---13-------13-----------------
G-|--11-12s14-------------------14---------------------------------------------------
D-|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
A-|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
E-|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    D            C   D
    (2:05)
E-|----------------------------
B-|--12-13-15p13p12--13--15----
G-|----------------------------
D-|----------------------------
A-|----------------------------
E-|----------------------------

    E
    (2:08)
E-|---------------------------9--10p9------------------------------------------
B-|----------9----9-11-12--12---------12-10-12-10-9--------------10-9----------
G-|--s9-9-11---11-----------------------------------11-9--9-11-11-----11-9-----
D-|-------------------------------------------------------------------------12-
A-|----------------------------------------------------------------------------
E-|----------------------------------------------------------------------------

         E
   (2:17)
E-|----------------------------------------------7-9-10p9p7-9--7-----------------------------
B-|--------------------------------9----9-10-12------------------10-9-7--------7-7-10-9-7----
G-|--9-11--6-7p6--6-7p6-7s9---9-11---11---------------------------------9-9--9------------9-7
D-|------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
A-|------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
E-|------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

          E
    (2:28)
E-|------------------------9-10s12-12-(hit until l2:34)--12-12-12-10----12-10-12--14-14s16----
B-|---------------9--10-11-------------------------------------------12-----------------------
G-|--9-11-9--9-11-----------------------------------------------------------------------------
D-|-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
A-|-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
E-|-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

          E              B
    (2:39)
E-|--12-14-14b16b14p12--------11-14-11---------------------------------
B-|--------------------12--12------------------------------------------
G-|------------------------------------11-9-8--------------------------
D-|-------------------------------------------------9-11-11s13-11s9----
A-|--------------------------------------------9h11--------------------
E-|--------------------------------------------------------------------

      B                                           A  B
    (2:46)
E-|------------------------------------------------------------------
B-|------------------------------------------------------------------
G-|---------------11-13-11-------------------------------------------
D-|-------9-11s13----------13-11s9--11b13p11-9-----9-11-9----7---9---
A-|--9h11--------------------------------------11---------11---------
E-|------------------------------------------------------------------
 

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Verse 3 ~ Words & Chords
         
                    G                                                               F                       G
comic book colors on a violin river cryin' leonardo,

                                       G                                              F

words from out a silk trombone.

                         G                                                                               F

i rang a silent bell, beneath a shower of pearls,

                                 G                                                                           F          G

In the eagle-winged palace of the queen chinee.
 

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Verse 3 Ending Solo #3

 


    G
    (3:14)
E-|--17b19-19-19-19b17-15-17b19-15-15--19b17-15--------------------------------15---------15--
B-|---------------------------------------------17-15--15-17-15-17-17b18-15-------17-15-17----
G-|-------------------------------------------------------------------------16--------------16
D-|-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
A-|-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
E-|-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

      G      D
    (3:24)
E-|-------------------------------------12-15--14p12---12-------------------------------------
B-|-------------------------------------------------15----15-13-12--13p12p10-12----10---------
G-|--14p12p11-12p11---12p11---11-12s14------------------------------------------12------------
D-|-------------------------12----------------------------------------------------------------
A-|-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
E-|-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

      D                                      D
    (3:31)
E-|------------------------------------------------------------------
B-|------------------------------------------------------------------
G-|--14-12--12-11-11b12----------------------------------------------
D-|---------------------12--10-12-10-----12-10-----------------------
A-|----------------------------------12--------12-10s8-9-------------
E-|------------------------------------------------------------------
 
 

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Transition to ~ I Know you Rider

Note: The red measures denote Bob's part, while the blue measures denote Jerry's part.
Bob's measures start at the same times as Jerry's measures

      D
    (3:36)
E-|-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
B-|------------------------------------------------------------------10-----------------------
G-|-----------------------------9-9--9-7--7--7---------9b10b9b7------9b11-9h11p9--------------
D-|--10p9---10p9---10p9h10-12------------------10--7-9----------7h9--------------10-10-9-9-7--
A-|------12-----12----------------------------------------------------------------------------
E-|-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

E-|-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
B-|-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
G-|-------------7----7------------------------------------------------------------------------
D-|--10-10---10---10--------------------------------------------------------------------------
A-|-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
E-|--8--8-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

      D
    (3:47)
E-|-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
B-|--------------------------10---------------------------------------------------------------
G-|--------------------------9b11b9--9h11p9-----9---------------------------------------------
D-|-----------------------------------------10----10-9-10-9-----------------------------------
A-|-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
E-|-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

E-|--------------------------10---------------------------------------------------------------
B-|--10----10----10----10----10-------------------------------10----10----10----10----10------
G-|--10h11-10h11-10h11-10h11-11-------------------------------10h11-10h11-10h11-10h11-11------
D-|-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
A-|-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
E-|-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

      D
    (3:55)
E-|-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
B-|--10-----------------------10-13b15--13b15--10-10------------------------------------------
G-|--9b11b9--9-10-9-9---12b14------------------------12-10----10h12-10------------------------
D-|--------------------------------------------------------12----------12---------------------
A-|-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
E-|-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

      D
    (4:02)
E-|-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
B-|--10----10------------------------------------------10-------------------------------------
G-|--12b14-12b14--10-------------10h12--------------10-11-----7------9b11b9p7-7---------------
D-|------------------12p10----10--------10----10-12-------------10-7------------10-7----------
A-|------------------------12--------------12-------------------------------------------------
E-|-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

      D
    (4:08)
E-|-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
B-|-----------------------------8-8-----------------------------------------------------------
G-|--9b11b9p7-7--------9b11b9p7-----9b11b9p7-7-------9b11b9p7-7------------7------------------
D-|-------------10-7---------------------------10-7-------------10-7--7-10--------------------
A-|-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
E-|-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

      D
    (4:14)
E-|------------------------------------------------------------10-----------------------------
B-|--13----13----13-----------------------------------------10-10--13b15--b15b1310------------
G-|--12b14-12b14-12b14--10-------------------10-------12b14-----------------------------------
D-|------------------------12-10-------10-12----12--------------------------------------------
A-|------------------------------12-12--------------------------------------------------------
E-|-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

      D
    (4:20)
E-|-------------------------------------------------10----10----------------------10-10-------
B-|--10------------------------------------------10----10----13b15--15b13p10-10---------13b15-
G-|-----12-10b11-------------------10------12b14--------------------------------12------------
D-|--------------12-10-------10-12----12------------------------------------------------------
A-|--------------------12-12------------------------------------------------------------------
E-|-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

      D
    (4:27)
E-|--12--12--12--12--12----------10---12--12--12--12--10--------------12--12--12--12--10------
B-|--13--13--13--13--13----------10---13--13--13--13--10--10-----10---13--13--13--13--10-10---
G-|---------------------14s11----11-----------------------10h11--11----------------------10h11
D-|---------------------------12---------------------------------12---------------------------
A-|-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
E-|-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

      D
    (4:34)
E-|--12--12--12--12--14--14--12-12--12--12--10-----------10--------12--12--12--12--10--11-----
B-|--13--13--13--13--15--15--13-13--13--13--10--10-------10--------13--13--13--13--10--10-----
G-|---------------------------------------------10h11-11----11-11----------------------11-----
D-|---------------------------------------------------12----12-12-----------------------------
A-|-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
E-|-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

      D
    (4:41)
E-|-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
B-|--10----10-------12--12--12--12---12--14--14--10------12--12--12--12--14--14--14--14-------
G-|--10h11-10h11----13--13--13--13---13--15--15--10h11---13--13--13--13--15--15--15--15-------
D-|-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
A-|-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
E-|-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
 


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