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THE BEATLES - IT'S ONLY A NORTHERN SONG (Harrison) From YELLOW

SUBMARINE album. Released in the USA on January,

13th and in the UK on January, 17th, 1969.



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Bass tab by:PJVillanueva











Recorded between FIXING A HOLE and BEING FOR THE BENEFIT OF MR

KITE, during SGT PEPPER'S sessions on February 1967, this song

was put in a can until YELLOW SUBMARINE was signed with UA. So

it had been rejected for the ALBUM and George was feeling he

played a minor rol and was disappointed with his situation as

a Beatle and the royalties he got from Northern Songs, on which

he was actually complaining in the song. Its structure is odd

and he uses some odd harmonies too in his organ chords. Paul's

bass is great on the whole track and he also plays trumpet).

John plays piano and tambourine and Ringo drums and percussion,

including glockenspiel. There are lots of tape loops, speeded

up bits and some foolish singing too in the coda.











If you're listening to this song,

You may think the chords are going wrong.

But they're not

We just wrote it like that



When you're listening late at night,

You may think the band are not quite right,

But they are,

They just play it like that



It doesn't really matter what chords I play,

What words I say,

Or time of day it is

As it's only a Northern song



It doesn't really matter what clothes I wear,

Or how I pur

Or if my hair is brown

When it's only a Northern song



If you think the harmony

Is a little dark and out of key,

You're correct,

There's nobody there



And it told you there's no one there







4/4

INTRO



e|------- ------- ------- -------|------- ------- ------- -------|

B|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|

G|-------------------------------|4-------4-------4-------------0H

D|------------------------3---5--|2-------0-------2--------------|

A|-------------------------------|3---------------2--------------|

E|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|



e|------- ------- ------- -------|7------ ------- ------- -------|

B|-------------------------------|5------------------------------|

G|-------------------------------|4------------------------------|

D|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|

A|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|

E|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|







x x . . X x x X x X



e|----2-- 2------ --0-0-- 0---4--|------- ------- ------- -------|

B|----3---3---------2-2---2---5--|-------------------------------|

G|2-------------0H2-----------4--|-------------------------------|

D|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|

A|0---------------0--------------|-------------------------------|

E|----------------------------0--|-------------------------------|



e|------- ------- ------- -------|------- ------- ------- -------|

B|3---------------2-----------0--|-------------------------------|

G|2---------------2-----------1--|-------------------------------|

D|0---------------2-----------2--|-------------------------------|

A|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|

E|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|





VERSE

00:08



G|------- ------- ------- -------|------- ------- ------- -------|

D|7-------7-------5-------5------|7---x---7---x---5-------5------|

A|------------7-------7-------7--|--------------------7-------7--|

E|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|

If you're to this song,

listening





G|------- ------- ------- -------|------- ------- ------- -------|

D|7-------7---x---5-------5------|7-------7-------5-------5------|

A|--------------------7-------7--|--------------------7-------7--|

E|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|

You may think the chords are going wrong.







G|------- ------- ------- -------|------- ------- ------- -------|

D|9-------9-------5-------5------|9-------9-------5-------5------|

A|----7-------7-------7-------7--|----7-------7-------7-------7--|

E|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|

But they're

not





G|------- ------- ------- -------|------- ------- ------- -------|

D|----------------5-------4------|-------------------12-\-9---9--|

A|--------------------7-------7--|----7---7---5------------------|

E|0---0---0---0------------------|0------------------------------|

We just wrote it like that



2/2



G|------- ------- 7------ -------|4------ -------|

D|7---7-------7-----------4---7--|----7---4------|

A|--------9-----------5----------|------------5--|

E|-------------------------------|---------------|



4/4

VERSE

00:32



G|------- ------- ------- -------|------- ------- ------- -------|

D|7---7-----------5-------5------|7---7-----------5-------5------|

A|--------------------7-------7--|--------------------7-------7--|

E|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|

When listening late at night,

you're





G|------- ------- ------- -------|------- x------ ------- -------|

D|7---7-----------5-------5------|7---7---x-------5-------5------|

A|--------------------7-------7--|--------x-----------7-------7--|

E|-------------------------------|--------x----------------------|

You may think the band are not quite







G|------- ------- ------- -------|------- ------- ------- -------|

D|9---9-----------5-------5------|9---9-----------5-------5------|

A|--------------------7-------7--|--------------------7----------|

E|-------------------------------|----------------------------0--|

right, But they

are,





G|------- ------- ------- -------|------- ----7-- ----7-- -------|

D|-------------------------------|----6---9---------------9---9--|

A|------------7------------------/7------------------------------|

E|0---0---0-------0---0---0---0--|-------------------------------|

They play it like

just that



2/2



G|------- ------- ------- -------|4------ -------|

D|7---7-------7---0---0---4---7--|----7---4------|

A|--------9----------------------|------------5-/|

E|-------------------------------|---------------|

It

4/4

CHORUS

00:54



G|------- ------- ------- -------|------- ----4-- 6---6-- 6------|

D|--------6---9---9-------9-\----|5---5---5-------------------6--|

A|7---7---------------9----------|-------------------------------|

E|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|

doesn't really matter what chords I play, what







G|------- ------- ------- -------|4---4-- ------- 4------ ----4--|

D|4-------4-------4-------4------|------------4-----------4------|

A|----4-------4-------4-------4--|--------5-----------5----------|

E|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|

words I say, or time of day it



REFRAIN

3/4



G|------- ------- ------- -------|------- ------- ----6--|

D|4---4---4---4---4---4---4---7--|----4---7---7-------7--|

A|-------------------------------|5----------------------|

E|-------------------------------|-----------------------|

is As it's a Northern

only



x x X x x X x x x x x



G|9------ ------- ------- -------|------- ------- ------- -------|

D|9------------------------------|-------------------------------|

A|7------------------------------|-------------------------------|

E|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|

song



VERSE (INSTRUMENTAL)

01:12



G|------- ------- ------- -------|------- ------- ------- -------|

D|7---7---7-------5-------5------|7-------7-------5-------5------|

A|--------------7-----7-------7--|------------7-------7-------7--|

E|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|









G|------- ------- ------- -------|------- ------- ------- -------|

D|7-------7-------5-------5------|7-------7-------5-------5------|

A|----7-------7-------7-------7--|----7-------7-------7-------7--|

E|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|









G|------- ------- ------- -------|------- ------- ------- -------|

D|9-------9-------5-------5------|9-------9-------5-------5------|

A|----7-------7-------7-------7--|----7-------7-------7-------7--|

E|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|









G|------- ------- ------- -------|------- ----7--|

D|-------------------------------|----6---9------|

A|------------7-------7---7------|7--------------|

E|0---0---0-------0-----------0--|---------------|









G|----7-- ------- ------- -------|------- ------- ------- -------|

D|--------9---9---7---7-------7--|----7---9---7---------------7--|

A|------------------------9------|9---------------9-------9------|

E|-------------------------------|-------------------10----------|

It



CHORUS

01:33



G|------- ------- ------- -------|------- ----4-- 6---6-- 6------|

D|--------6---9---9-------9-\----|5---5---5-------------------6--|

A|7---7---------------9----------|-------------------------------|

E|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|

doesn't really matter what clothes I wear, or







G|------- ------- ------- -------|------- ------- ------- -------|

D|4-------4-------4-------4------|9\--9\--9\--9\--9\--9\--9---7--|

A|----4-------4-4-----4-------4--|-------------------------------|

E|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|

how I pur or If my hair is





REFRAIN





G|------- ------- ------- -------|------- ----6-- -------|

D|----------------------------7--|----4---7---7-------7--|

A|9---9---9-----9-9-------9------|5-----------7----------|

E|-------------------------------|-----------------------|

brown When only a Northern

it's





xxx X x x X X X X x x



G|9------ ------- ------- -------|------- ------- ------- -------|

D|9------------------------------|-------------------------------|

A|7------------------------------|-------------------------------|

E|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|

song



VERSE

01:50



G|------- ------- ------- -------|------- ------- ------- -------|

D|7---7-----------5-------5------|7---7-------7---5-------5------|

A|--------------7-----7-------7--|--------------------7-------7--|

E|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|

If you think the harmony







G|------- ------- ------- -------|------- ------- ------- -------|

D|7---7---7-----7-5-------5------|7---7---7-----7-5---5-5-----5-5|

A|--------------------7-------7--|-------------------------------|

E|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|

Is a little dark and out of key,







G|------- ------- ------- -------|------- ------- ------- -------|

D|7---7---7-----7-5-------5------|7---7---7-----7-5-------5------|

A|--------------------7-------7--|--------------------7----------|

E|-------------------------------|----------------------------0--|

You're

correct,





G|------- ------- ------- -------|------- -------|

D|----------------5-------5------|--------6---7--|

A|--/-7---7---7-------7-------7--|----7----------|

E|0------------------------------|0--------------|

There's there

nobody





G|------- 7---7-- 7---7-- 7------|------- 4------ ------- -------|

D|----7--------------------------|4---7-------7---4-------4------|

A|----------------------------5--|--------------------5-------5--|

E|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|



CHORUS (INSTRUMENTAL)

02:12



G|------- ------- ------- -------|------- ----4-- 6---6-- 6------|

D|--------6---9---9-------9-\---4|5---5---5---------------------2|

A|7---7---------------9----------|-------------------------------|

E|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|









G|------- ------- ------- -------|------- ------- ------- -------|

D|4-----2-4-------4---4---4-2----|------------4---------------4--|

A|----------------------------4--|2---2---5-------5---2---5------|

E|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|





REFRAIN





G|------- ------- ------- -------|------- ----6-- -------|

D|4---4---4---4-4-4---4---4------|----4---7---7-------7--|

A|-------------------------------|5-----------7----------|

E|-------------------------------|-----------------------|

And told you there's one

it no





X xxxx x X x x X x X x x



G|9------ ------- ------- -------|------- ------- ------- -------|

D|9------------------------------|-------------------------------|

A|7------------------------------|-------------------------------|

E|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|

there.







INSTRUMENTAL CODA (VERSE, CHORUS, VERSE)

02:29 ....















B Bend

R Release

/ slide up

\ slide down

H hammer-on

P pull-off

~ vibrato

+ harmonic

x Mute note

. - play note like a dot in standard notation

^ - ties two notes together

(. Pause







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