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If You Must
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IF YOU MUST
                             As recorded by Nirvana

Words by Kurt Cobain

Music by Nirvana

Gtr I (E A D G B E) - 'Kurt Cobain (dist.)'
Gtr II (E A D G B E) - 'Kurt Cobain (w/ effect)'

Intro
  Moderately Slow Rock Q.=71
  N.C.       (Bb5) (D5/E(Bb5)D5/E     Bb5   D5/E
 6/8
  Gtr I
                             PM-----------------|
  Wx4        Wx3        Q.   E E E    E E E E E E
|----------|----------|------------||-------------|
|----------|----------|------3-3-3-||-----------3-|
|----------|----------|------2-2-2-||---3-----2---|
|----------|----------|------2-2-2-||-3-3-3-2-----|
|----------|----------|------------||-1---1-------|
|----------|----------|------------||-------------|

1st Verse       Interlude
                    $
    Bb5   D5/E          Bb5   D5/E      Bb5  (D5/E)  (Bb5) (D5/E)
                                        Gtrs I, II
                                        >
    PM----------------------------|
    E E E E E E  3x     E E E E E E  8x Q.   +Q.     +Q.   +Q.
||---------------||-||---------------||------------|-------------|
||o-----------3-o||-||o-----------3-o||------------|-------------|
||----3-----2----||-||----3-----2----||-3----(3)---|-(3)---(3)---|
||------3-2------||-||------3-2------||-3----(3)---|-(3)---(3)---|
||o-1-----------o||-||o-1-----------o||-1----(1)---|-(1)---(1)---|
||---------------||-||---------------||------------|-------------|

2nd Verse
  (Bb5) (D5/E)  (Bb5) (D5/E)    Bb5   D5/E
                                Gtr I
                                PM--------|
  +Q.   +Q.     +Q.   +Q.       E E E E E E  8x
|-------------|-------------||---------------||
|-------------|-------------||o-----------3-o||
|-(3)---(3)---|-(3)---(3)---||----3-----2----||
|-(3)---(3)---|-(3)---(3)---||------3-2------||
|-(1)---(1)---|-(1)---(1)---||o-1-----------o||
|-------------|-------------||---------------||

Interlude
  Bb5  (D5/E)  (Bb5) (D5/E)  (Bb5) (D5/E)  (Bb5) (D5/E)
  Gtrs I, II
  >
  Q.   +Q.     +Q.   +Q.     +Q.   +Q.     +Q.   +Q.
|------------|-------------|-------------|-------------||
|------------|-------------|-------------|-------------||
|-3----(3)---|-(3)---(3)---|-(3)---(3)---|-(3)---(3)---||
|-3----(3)---|-(3)---(3)---|-(3)---(3)---|-(3)---(3)---||
|-1----(1)---|-(1)---(1)---|-(1)---(1)---|-(1)---(1)---||
|------------|-------------|-------------|-------------||

Bb5
  Gtr I
  PM--------------------------------------------------|
  E E E E E E   E E E E E E   E E E E E E   E E E E E E
|-------------|-------------|-------------|-------------||
|-------------|-------------|-------------|-------------||
|-------------|-------------|-------------|-------------||
|-3-3-3-3-3-3-|-3-3-3-3-3-3-|-3-3-3-3-3-3-|-3-3-3-3-3-3-||
|-1-1-1-1-1-1-|-1-1-1-1-1-1-|-1-1-1-1-1-1-|-1-1-1-1-1-1-||
|-------------|-------------|-------------|-------------||

Chorus            1st Bridge
                       To Coda
    Bb5F5E5 G5/A      Bb5F5E5 G5/A      G5                    E5
                                        PM----------------------|
    Q  E Q  E  4x     Q  E Q  E 16x     E E E E E E   E E E E E E  3x
||-------------||-||-------------||-||--------------|--------------||
||o-----------o||-||o-----------o||-||o-------------|-------------o||
||--3-------0--||-||--3-------0--||-||--------------|--------------||
||--3----2--0--||-||--3----2--0--||-||--------------|--------------||
||o-1--3-2--0-o||-||o-1--3-2--0-o||-||o-5-5-5-5-5-5-|-5-5-5-5-2-2-o||
||-----1-0-----||-||-----1-0-----||-||--3-3-3-3-3-3-|-3-3-3-3-0-0--||

Interlude
  G5            Ab5       Bb5   Bb5F5E5 G5/A  Bb5F5E5
  PM--------------------|
  E E E E E E   E E E E E E     Q  E Q  E  3x Q  E Q.
|-------------|-------------||-------------||-----------||
|-------------|-------------||o-----------o||-----------||
|-------------|-------------||--3-------0--||-3---------||
|-------------|-----------3-||--3----2--0--||-3----2----||
|-5-5-5-5-5-5-|-6-6-6-6-6-1-||o-1--3-2--0-o||-1--3-2----||
|-3-3-3-3-3-3-|-4-4-4-4-4---||-----1-0-----||----1-0----||

2nd Bridge
    E5           B5  Bb5          E5  E5           B5  Bb5
                                                         PM------|
    Q.   +E  +E  E   Q.   +E  +E  E   Q.   +E  +E  E   E E E E E E
||-----------------|----------------|----------------|---------------||
||o----------------|----------------|----------------|--------------o||
||--9----(9)-(9)-4-|-3----(3)-(3)-9-|-9----(9)-(9)-4-|-3-------------||
||--9----(9)-(9)-4-|-3----(3)-(3)-9-|-9----(9)-(9)-4-|-3-3-3-3-3-3---||
||o-7----(7)-(7)-2-|-1----(1)-(1)-7-|-7----(7)-(7)-2-|-1-1-1-1-1-1--o||
||-----------------|----------------|----------------|---------------||

Interlude
                                          D.S. al Coda
  Bb5   D5/E    Bb5   D5/E    Bb5   D5/E    Bb5   D5/E
  PM--------------------------------------------------|
  E E E E E E   E E E E E E   E E E E E E   E E E E E E
|-------------|-------------|-------------|-------------||
|-----------3-|-----------3-|-----------3-|---------3---||
|---3-----2---|---3---2-2-2-|---3---2-2-2-|---3---2-2-2-||
|-3-3-3-2-----|-----3-2-2---|-----3-2-2---|-----3-------||
|-1---1-------|-1-----------|-1-----------|-1-----------||
|-------------|-------------|-------------|-------------||

&
  Bb5
  H.        +H.
|---------|--------*|
|---------|--------*|
|-3-------|-(3)----*|
|-3-------|-(3)----*|
|-1-------|-(1)----*|
|---------|--------*|

Duration Legend
---------------
W - whole; H - half; Q - quarter; E - 8th; S - 16th; T - 32nd; X - 64th; a - acciaccatura
+ - note tied to previous; . - note dotted; .. - note double dotted
Uncapitalized letters represent notes that are staccato (1/2 duration)
Irregular groupings are notated above the duration line
Duration letters will always appear directly above the note/fret number it represents the
duration for.  Duration letters with no fret number below them represent rests.  Multi-
bar rests are notated in the form Wxn, where n is the number of bars to rest for.  Low
melody durations appear below the staff

Tablature Legend
----------------
 h   - hammer-on
 p   - pull-off
 b   - bend
 pb  - pre-bend
 r   - bend release (if no number after the r, then release immediately)
 /\  - slide into or out of (from/to "nowhere")
 s   - legato slide
 S   - shift slide
  - natural harmonic
[n]  - artificial harmonic
n(n) - tapped harmonic
 ~   - vibrato
 tr  - trill
 T   - tap
 TP  - trem. picking
 PM  - palm muting
\n/  - tremolo bar dip; n = amount to dip
 \n  - tremolo bar down
 n/  - tremolo bar up
/n\  - tremolo bar inverted dip
 =   - hold bend; also acts as connecting device for hammers/pulls
   - volume swell (louder/softer)
 x   - on rhythm slash represents muted slash
 o   - on rhythm slash represents single note slash

Misc Legend
-----------
 |  - bar
||  - double bar
||o - repeat start
o|| - repeat end
*|  - double bar (ending)
 :  - bar (freetime)
 $  - Segno
 &  - Coda
Tempo markers -  = BPM(8/16=s8/s16), where s8 = swing 8ths, s16 = swing 16ths



If You Must
(Kurt Cobain)

(intro)
  (1st.verse)
I can read, I can write
I can breathe, proven fact
Bless my greed, crease unfold
Is it me or my ego?
                  (interlude)
  (2nd.verse)
Write some words, make them rhyme
Pieces for story line
Set the mood, something new
Is it me or my attitude?
                 (interlude)
  (chorus)
If you want to belong
And you miss the extremes
The extremes acted out
Practicing, perfecting
Pressuring, On to me
On to me (2x)
  (1st.bridge)
I will wade in the fire
To explain your asylum
Idle times analyzing
We'll compare all our sightings,
come on
                 (interlude)
  (2nd.bridge)
I speak to hear my voice
                (interlude)
(repeat all, except the intro, and the two bridges)
 
 
Nirvana - If You Must :: indexed at Ultimate Guitar.
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About the artist behind If You Must:

Nirvana was an American rock band that was formed by singer/guitarist Kurt Cobain and bassist Krist Novoselic in Aberdeen, Washington. Nirvana went through a succession of drummers, the longest-lasting being Dave Grohl, who joined the band in 1990.

With the lead single "Smells Like Teen Spirit" from the group's second album Nevermind (1991), Nirvana entered into the mainstream, bringing along with it a subgenre of alternative rock called grunge. Other Seattle grunge bands such as Alice in Chains, Pearl Jam, and Soundgarden also gained popularity, and, as a result, alternative rock became a dominant genre on radio and music television in the United States during the early-to-middle 1990s. As Nirvana's frontman, Kurt Cobain found himself referred to in the media as the "spokesman of a generation", with Nirvana the "flagship band" of "Generation X".[3] Cobain was uncomfortable with the attention and placed his focus on the band's music, challenging the band's audience with its third studio album In Utero (1993).

Nirvana's brief run ended with Cobain's death in April 1994, but the band's popularity continued in the years that followed. More than eight years later, "You Know You're Right", an unfinished demo from the band's final recording session, topped radio playlists around the world. Since their debut, the band has sold over fifty million albums worldwide.[4] Nirvana are often credited with being one of the most popular and important rock bands of recent years.[5]

Indexed at Wikipedia.

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