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Pretending Chords
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From [email protected] Sun Mar  9 21:32:55 1997
Date: Sun, 9 Mar 97 20:54:26 EST
From: "Andy Citron (919-254-7410)" 
To: [email protected]
Subject: TAB:  Pretending (performed by Eric Clapton)

  PRETENDING  by Jerry Lynn Williams (performed by Eric Clapton)
              Tab(chords and words actually) submitted by Andy Citron

Piano intro, a few drum hits, then guitar solo around verse chords (lick 1*)

How many times must we tell the tale?
How many times must we fall?
Living in lost memory
You just recalled  (lick 1, guitar only)

Working on the sound of the band (2 part harmony)
Trying to get the music right
Two go out working
Three stay home at night  (lick 2)
  A               E               D
  That's when she said she was pretending
  A          E        D
    Like she knew the plan
  A               E               D
    That's when I knew she was pretending
     A          E         D
  Pretending to understand
     E5          Em7
  Pretending, pretending
     A           E
  Pretending, pretending    (2nd time, repeat 'pretending' part before solo)

  (second time guitar solo here)

Satisfied but lost in love  (2 part harmony)
Situations change           (2 part harmony)
You're never who you used to think you are
How strange    (lick 2)


I get lost in alibis
Sadness can't prevail
Everybody knows strong love
Can't fail  (lick 2)

Don't be pretending about how you feel        (3 part harmony when singing)
Don't be pretending that your love is real    (the word 'pretending')
Don't be pretending about how you feel
Don't be pretending that your love is real
E5          Em7
Pretending, pretending
A           E5
Pretending, pretending

* lick 1 = E  D  B A  G E  E (octave lower)
* lick 2 = A  B  D B  G D E

Notes:  E5 may be E maj or E min, it isn't clear.  The rythm plays E5 and
the solo sometimes plays major 3rd sometimes minor 3rd.

Also, the its not clear if the Em7 is an Em7 or a G with an E in the bass.

I find that these ambiguities are part of the appeal of the song.

Eric Clapton - Pretending Chords :: indexed at Ultimate Guitar.
Pretending tabs @ 911Tabs

About the artist behind Pretending Chords:

Eric Patrick Clapton, CBE (born 30 March 1945), is a English blues-rock guitarist, singer, songwriter and composer. He is one of the most successful musicians of the 20th and 21st centuries,[1] garnering an unprecedented three inductions into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (The Yardbirds, Cream, and solo). Often viewed by critics and fans alike as one of the greatest guitarists of all time[2], Clapton was ranked fourth in Rolling Stone Magazine's list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time"[3] and #53 on their list of the Immortals: 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.[4]

Although Clapton's musical style has varied throughout his career, it has always remained rooted in the blues. Clapton is credited as an innovator in several phases of his career, which have included blues-rock (with John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers and The Yardbirds) and psychedelic rock (with Cream). Clapton has also achieved great chart success in genres ranging from Delta blues (Me and Mr. Johnson) to pop ("Change the World") and reggae (Bob Marley's "I Shot the Sheriff"). Clapton also achieved fame with Derek and the Dominos through the hit song "Layla".

Indexed at Wikipedia.

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