Title:  I Can’t Read
Artist: David Bowie
Written by: David Bowie and Reeves Gabrels
Transcribed by Scott Fuller


The original version of this song can be found on the first Tin 
Machine abulm.  The song was given an acoustic revamp in 1997, where 
it was released as a single and appeared on the soundtrack to the 
film ‘The Ice Storm’.

It is this acoustic version which I have transcribed below.  Note 
that on the I Can't Read single, the 'short version' merely omits the 
intro.


INTRO

E-------------0----------------------------0-------------
B-----------------3----------------------------3---------
G---------0-----------0----------------0-----------------
D-------2----------------------------2-------------------
A-----2----------------------------2---------------------
E---0----------------------------0-----------------------


E-------------------------------------0------------------
B------2p0-2------2-2p0-2--3------------32p0------------
G------0---0------0-0---0--0-----------------------------
D--------------------------------------------------------
A---2----2-----2------2---------2------------------------
E-------------------------------0------------------------


E----------------------------------------------------0---
B------2p0-2------2-2p0-2--3---------2/32p0---------3---
G------0---0------0-0---0--0----0------------2h4-2---2---
D-------------------------------2--------------------2---
A---2----2-----2------2---------2------------------------
E-------------------------------0------------------------


E---5--7--0------0-----------------0-----0---------------
B----------------1-----1--3--0-----0-------0-------------
G----------------0-----------------2----------2----------
D----------------2-----------------2---------------------
A--------------------------------------------------------
E--------------------------------------------------------


E-------------0-----------0-------¦                      
B-------0-------0---------0-------¦                      
G-----4-----------4-------4-------¦                      
D---4------4--------4-----4-------¦                      
A---------------------------------¦                      
E---------------------------------¦                      


VERSE 1

E----------------------------------------------------0---
B---------------------------2p0-2------2-2p0-2--3----0---
G---------------------------0---0------0-0---0--0----0---
D---2------------------------------------------------2---
A---2--------------------2----2-----2------2---------2---
E---0------------------------------------------------0---
                     “I can’t read...                            (up)

E-------------------------------0-----0---------0--------
B------2p0-2------2-2p0-2--3----3-------3-------1--------
G------0---0------0-0---0--0----2---------2-----0--------
D-------------------------------2---------------2--------
A---2----2-----2------2----------------------------------
E--------------------------------------------------------


E---0---------0-------------------0--0------------0------
B-----1-------0-------------------0----0------------0----
G-------0-----2-----2-4-2---------4-------4-----4-----4—
D-------------2-----------2-------4-----------4----------
A---------------------------3----------------------------
E--------------------------------------------------------


VERSE 2

E--------------------------------------------------------
B---------------------------2p0-2------2-2p0-2--3--------
G---------------------------0---0------0-0---0--0----0---
D---2------------------------------------------------2---
A---2--------------------2----2-----2------2---------2---
E---0------------------------------------------------0---
                     “Can I see...                            

E-------------------------------0-----0---------0--------
B------2p0-2------2-2p0-2--3----3-------3-------1--------
G------0---0------0-0---0--0----2---------2-----0--------
D-------------------------------2---------------2--------
A---2----2-----2------2----------------------------------
E--------------------------------------------------------


E---0---------0-----0-------------0----0---------0----¦  
B-----1-------0-------0-----------0------0-------0----¦  
G-------0-----2-----------2-------4--------4-----4----¦  
D-------------2-------------------4----------4---4----¦  
A-----------------------------------------------------¦  
E-----------------------------------------------------¦  
                                                (soft)




CHORUS 1

The following melody repeats four times in the chorus.  The first 
three times use link (a) before returning to the start.  The fourth 
and final time you just sweep chord (b)

E---------5--------------5--------¦-5-----5------5-¦-----
B-------5----5---------5----5---5-¦---6------6-----¦-----
G-----5--------5-----5--------5---¦-----5------5---¦-----
D---7------------7-7--------------¦----------------¦-----
A---------------------------------¦----------------¦-----
E---------------------------------¦----------------¦-----
                             (chd.change)    (chd.change)

(a)                             (b)

E---7-----7------7-¦            E---7-------------¦           
B-----8------8-----¦            B---8-------------¦           
G-------7------7---¦            G---7-------------¦           
D------------------¦            D---9-------------¦           
A------------------¦            A-----------------¦           
E------------------¦            E-----------------¦           
             to start (x 3)                4th time


SOLO

E---0-----0-----------------------------------------0----
B---3--------3-----7--8-8/10b7--7--8---7--5---3----2----
G---0-----------------------------------------------0----
D---2-----------------------------------------------2----
A---2----------------------------------------------------
E---0----------------------------------------------------


E--------------------------------------------------------
B---17-----17------------8----------15------------15-----
G---16-----15-----12-----9b---------14------------14-----
D-----------------12-------------------------------------
A--------------------------------------------------------
E--------------------------------------------------------
     Pinch the above notes with thumb and forefinger

E---6/8b7------------6/8b7--------------0--------------
B----------8-5-6-------------5-6---5------0--------------
G----------------5---------------7---5----4--------------
D-----------------------------------------4--------------
A--------------------------------------------------------
E--------------------------------------------------------


E----------------------0---0-------0-------0--------¦   
B----------------------5-----4-------4-------4------¦    
G---6h7p6---------7----4-------4-------4-------4----¦    
D---------7---7-9------4----------------------------¦    
A-----------7---------------------------------------¦    
E---------------------------------------------------¦    
                                           (softer)

VERSE 3

E--------------------------------------------------------
B---------------------------2p0-2------2-2p0-2--3--------
G---------------------------0---0------0-0---0--0--------
D----------------------------------------------------2---
A------------------------2----2-----2------2---------2---
E---0------------------------------------------------0---
                     “Money goes...                           

E-------------------------------0---------------0--------
B------2p0-2------2-2p0-2--3----3---------------1--------
G------0---0------0-0---0--0----2---------------0--------
D-------------------------------2---------------2--------
A---2----2-----2------2----------------------------------
E--------------------------------------------------------


E------------------------------------------0-------------
B------------------------------------------0-------------
G---5h7-7/9b--8/9b5--4-2--2/4b2-2/4b2---2-------------
D------------------------------------------2-------------
A--------------------------------------------------------
E--------------------------------------------------------


E---0--------0--------0--------0--------0----------0---¦ 
B-----0--------0--------0--------0--------0--------0---¦ 
G-------2--------2--------4--------4--------4------4---¦ 
D---------2--------2--------4--------4--------4----4---¦ 
A------------------------------------------------------¦ 
E------------------------------------------------------¦  

CHORUS 2

Same as for chorus 1, although watch out, the tempo is faster this 
time...


...  And thats it (Phew!).  Enjoy!

Any comments, email FullerSA@cf.ac.uk







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