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Journey tabs for Escape

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I was a high school freshman when Journey released ESCAPE
in 1981. The title song blew me away; it was about youthful rebellion.
I've always considered this song severely underrated. It's a Journey
song that kicks butt.
Anyway, this is a long song, and has a lot of changes, but its
a good cover tune to know.  

Notation: p.m. = palm mute ^ = 1 1/2 step bend
        > = accent     * = half step bend
       ~~~  = vibrato bar + = whole step bend
       <5> = natural harmonic {4} = pinch harmonic
        v = whole step bend before picking, then release

  Intro.
A chord diagramE MajorE||----------------------|------------------------|
A chord diagramBB||----------------------|------------------------|
A chord diagramG+G||-4-4---------4-4---4--|-4-4-----------4-4---4--|
A chord diagramD MajorD||-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-2---4--|-2-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-2---4--|
A chord diagramA augmentedA||-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2--|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2--|
A chord diagramE MajorE||----------------------|------------------------|
       p.m....        p.m......

A chord diagramE MajorE|-----------------------|---------------0--||
A chord diagramBB|-----------------------|---------------0--||
A chord diagramG+G|-4-4-----------4-4---4-|-4-4-----------4--||
A chord diagramD MajorD|-2-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-2---4-|-2-2-4-4-4-4-4-4--||
A chord diagramA augmentedA|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2--||
A chord diagramE MajorE|-----------------------|------------------||
    p.m......        p.m.....


 Rhy Fig. 1
A chord diagramE MajorE||-----------------|-----------------||
A chord diagramBB||-----5-5-5-4-----|-2-----4---------||
A chord diagramG+G||-----4-4-4-4-----|-2-----4---4---4-||
A chord diagramD MajorD||-4-4-------4-4-4-|-2-2-2-4---4-4-4-||
A chord diagramA augmentedA||-2-2---------2-2-|---2-2-----2-0-2-||
A chord diagramE MajorE||-----------------|-----------------||
         p.m.    p.m.

            ^           *
A chord diagramE MajorE|-----------------|-----------------------|
A chord diagramBB|-----5-5-5-4-----|-----------------------|
A chord diagramG+G|-----4-4-4-4---4-|-2h4p2-4p2-------------|
A chord diagramD MajorD|-4-4-4-4-4-4-0---|-----------4-2---------|
A chord diagramA augmentedA|-2-2-------------|---------------5----\--|
A chord diagramE MajorE|-----------------|-----------------------|
  p.m.
 
[Play Rhy Fig. 1] 4x
He's just a young boy out of school...

 Rhy Fig. 2
 They won't take me....
A chord diagramE MajorE||------|-----|-----|------||
A chord diagramBB||---0--|--0--|--0--|------||
A chord diagramG+G||@--2--|--2--|--2--|--2--@||
A chord diagramD MajorD||@--2--|--2--|--2--|--2--@||
A chord diagramA augmentedA||------|-----|-----|--0---||
A chord diagramE MajorE||------|-----|-----|------||


 Rhy Fig. 3
A chord diagramE MajorE||----------------------|-----------------------|
A chord diagramBB||----------------------|-----------------------|
A chord diagramG+G||@-4-----------4-4---4-|-4-4-----------4-4---4-|
A chord diagramD MajorD||@-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-2---4-|-2-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-2---4-|
A chord diagramA augmentedA||--2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-|
A chord diagramE MajorE||----------------------|-----------------------|
     p.m......     p.m......

             1_______________________
A chord diagramE MajorE|-----------------------|------------------------||
A chord diagramBB|-----------------------|--------------2----4----||
A chord diagramG+G|-4-4-----------4-4---4-|-4-4----------2----4--@-||
A chord diagramD MajorD|-2-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-2---4-|-2-4-4-4-4-/4---/6----@-||
A chord diagramA augmentedA|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-|-2-2-2-2-2--------------||
A chord diagramE MajorE|-----------------------|------------------------||
    p.m......        p.m..
 2__________________
A chord diagramE MajorE|-------------------||
A chord diagramBB|-------------------||
A chord diagramG+G|-4-4-----4-4-4-----||
A chord diagramD MajorD|-2-4-4-4-4-4-4-x\--||
A chord diagramA augmentedA|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-x-\-||
A chord diagramE MajorE|-------------------||
   p.m.

 Rhy Fig. 4
A chord diagramE MajorE||--3--|--2--|---------------|--3--|--2--|------------5--5----|
A chord diagramBB||--3--|--3--|--2----x/8~~\--|--3--|--3--|-2----------5--5----|
A chord diagramG+G||--0--|--2--|--2----x/9~~\--|--0--|--2--|-2-------0--------0-|
A chord diagramD MajorD||--0--|-----|--2------------|--0--|-----|-2-------0--------0-|
A chord diagramA augmentedA||--0--|-----|--0------------|--0--|-----|-0----0-------------|
A chord diagramE MajorE||--3--|-----|---------------|--3--|-----|--------------------|

  w/acoustic
A chord diagramE MajorE|--3--|--2--|------------------||
A chord diagramBB|--3--|--3--|--2------------3--||
A chord diagramG+G|--0--|--2--|--2----0-4p2p0-0--||  
A chord diagramD MajorD|--0--|-----|--2------------0--||
A chord diagramA augmentedA|--0--|-----|--0------------3--||
A chord diagramE MajorE|--3--|-----|------------------||


 Rhy Fig. 5
     w/acoustic      1,2,3___________   
A chord diagramE MajorE||------------5-------|----------------||
A chord diagramBB||---3--3--3--3-------|------------3---||
A chord diagramG+G||@--0--2--0--2-------|----0-4p2p0-0--@||
A chord diagramD MajorD||@--0--0--0--0-------|------------0--@||
A chord diagramA augmentedA||---3----------------|------------3---||
A chord diagramE MajorE||------------3-------|----------------||

 4__________   >          >    >       >
A chord diagramE MajorE|----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
A chord diagramBB|--------------2-|---------------2-|---3-----------4-|
A chord diagramG+G|--------------2-|---------------2-|-x-2-x---------4-|
A chord diagramD MajorD|--------------2-|---------------2-|-x-2-x---------4-|
A chord diagramA augmentedA|----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
A chord diagramE MajorE|--3-3-3-3-3-3---|-3-3-3-3-3-3-3---|-------3-3-3-3---|
   p.m.        p.m..........

          >     >        >              >
A chord diagramE MajorE|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
A chord diagramBB|---------------4-|---5-----------7-|---------------7-|
A chord diagramG+G|---------------4-|-x-4-x---------7-|---------------7-|
A chord diagramD MajorD|---------------4-|-x-4-x---------7-|---------------7-|
A chord diagramA augmentedA|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
A chord diagramE MajorE|-5-5-5-5-5-5-5---|-------5-5-5-5---|-8-8-8-8-8-8-8---|
  p.m..........      p.m....   p.m....

    >   >    >   >   >         >     >        >
A chord diagramE MajorE|------------------|-----------------|------------------|
A chord diagramBB|---8---10---8---7-|-8-------------7-|---8------------9-|
A chord diagramG+G|-x-7-x-7--x-7-x-7-|-7-------------7-|-x-7-x----------9-|
A chord diagramD MajorD|-x-7-x-7--x-7-x-7-|-7-------------7-|-x-7-x----------9-|
A chord diagramA augmentedA|------------------|-----------------|------------------|
A chord diagramE MajorE|------------------|---8-8-8-8-8-8---|-------8-8-8-8----|
p.m........    p.m....

             >    >  >     >
A chord diagramE MajorE|------------------------|----------------------|---|---|---|---|
A chord diagramBB|----------------------9-|---10---12---10-------|-3-|-5-|-3-|-5-|
A chord diagramG+G|----------------------9-|-x-9--x-9--x-9--x-----|-3-|-5-|-3-|-5-|
A chord diagramD MajorD|----------------------9-|-x-9--x-9--x-9--x-----|-3-|-5-|-3-|-5-|
A chord diagramA augmentedA|------------------------|------------------7-6-|-5-|-5-|-5-|-5-|
A chord diagramE MajorE|-10-10-10-10-10-10-10---|----------------------|---|---|---|---|
  p.m.................            p.m.

A chord diagramE MajorE|------|-------------------------------------------------|
A chord diagramBB|-3--5-|-2-----------------------------------------------|
A chord diagramG+G|-3--5-|-2--------------------------------------------x--|
A chord diagramD MajorD|-3--5-|-2--------------------------------------------x--|
A chord diagramA augmentedA|-5--5-|-0--------------------------------------------x--|
A chord diagramE MajorE|------|-------------------------------------------------|


 Rhy Fig. 6
          ~~~                      ~~~
A chord diagramE MajorE||----------------------|----------------------|-----------------|
A chord diagramBB||--2-----4-----5-----4-|----5--4--2---------2-|----4----5-----4-|
A chord diagramG+G||@-2-----4-----4-----4-|----4--4--2---------2-|----4----4-----4-|
A chord diagramD MajorD||@-2-----4-----6-----4-|----6--4--2---2-----2-|----4----6-----4-|
A chord diagramA augmentedA||-----0-----0-----0----|-0--------0------0--0-|-0-----0----0----|
A chord diagramE MajorE||----------------------|----------------------|-----------------|
   p.m. p.m. p.m.  p.m.        p.m. p.m.  p.m. p.m.

                   ~~~
A chord diagramE MajorE|-----------------------|--------------------|-------------------|
A chord diagramBB|----2------------------|------4-----5-------|----5--4--2------2-|
A chord diagramG+G|----2------------------|-x----4-----4-----4-|----4--4--2------2-|
A chord diagramD MajorD|----2--0------<5>------|-x----4-----6-----4-|----6--4--2------2-|
A chord diagramA augmentedA|-0--0-----<5>-----<4>--|---0-----0-----0--4-|-0--------0---0--0-|
A chord diagramE MajorE|-----------------------|----------------------------------------|
 p.m.                p.m.  p.m.  p.m.   p.m.    p.m.

            1________________________    2____________
A chord diagramE MajorE|------------------|---------------------------|| |-------------||
A chord diagramBB|----4-----5-----4-|----2----------------------|| |----2--------||
A chord diagramG+G|----4-----4-----4-|----2---------------------@|| |----2--------||
A chord diagramD MajorD|----4-----6-----4-|----2--0------<5>---------@|| |----2--------||
A chord diagramA augmentedA|-0-----0-----0----|-0--0-----<5>-----<4>-<5>--|| |-0--0------2-||
A chord diagramE MajorE|------------------|---------------------------|| |---------0---||

(on Rhy Fig. 6 repeat)
I'm fin'lly out in the clear and I'm free...


 Rhy Fig. 7                      1________
A chord diagramE MajorE||-----|-------|---|---|-------------|---|---|---|-----------||
A chord diagramBB||-----|-------|---|---|-2--------5--|---|---|---|--2--------||
A chord diagramG+G||@--5-|-4--5--|-4-|-5-|-2--2-----4--|-4-|-5-|-4-|--2-------@||
A chord diagramD MajorD||@--4-|-4--4--|-4-|-4-|-2--------2--|-4-|-4-|-4-|--2-------@||
A chord diagramA augmentedA||---2-|-2--2--|-2-|-2-|-0------2----|-2-|-2-|-2-|--0-----2--||
A chord diagramE MajorE||-----|-------|---|---|------0------|---|---|---|------0----||

 2__________
A chord diagramE MajorE|-------------||
A chord diagramBB|-2-----------||
A chord diagramG+G|-2-----------||
A chord diagramD MajorD|-2-----------||
A chord diagramA augmentedA|-0---9\------||
A chord diagramE MajorE|-------------||


[Play Rhy Fig. 6] (w/Fill 1 at end of verse)
Just when you think you had...

 Fill 1
A chord diagramE MajorE|-------------------------|
A chord diagramBB|----2--------------------|
A chord diagramG+G|----2--------------------|
A chord diagramD MajorD|----2--0-----<5>---------|
A chord diagramA augmentedA|-0--0----<5>-----<4>-<5>-|
A chord diagramE MajorE|-------------------------|
 p.m.


[Play Rhy Fig. 6] (w/Fill 2 at end of verse)
I never knew I had so much to give...

 Fill 2
A chord diagramE MajorE|-----------------------------|
A chord diagramBB|----2--------------------<3>-|
A chord diagramG+G|----2------------------------|
A chord diagramD MajorD|----2--0-----<5>-<4>-<3>-----|
A chord diagramA augmentedA|-0--0----<5>-----------------|
A chord diagramE MajorE|-----------------------------|
 p.m.


[Play Rhy Fig. 6] (w/Fill 3 at end of verse)
Oh, I'm OK, I'm alright....

 Fill 3
   +      +, then grad release
A chord diagramE MajorE|----------------|
A chord diagramBB|-----2----------|
A chord diagramG+G|-----2----------|
A chord diagramD MajorD|-----2--4--{4}--|
A chord diagramA augmentedA|--0--0----------|
A chord diagramE MajorE|----------------|


[Play Rhy Fig. 6] (w/Fill 4 at end of verse)
Yeah, I'll break away.....

 Fill 4
A chord diagramE MajorE|--------|-----|
A chord diagramBB|--2-----|-----|
A chord diagramG+G|--2-----|-----|
A chord diagramD MajorD|--2-----|-----|
A chord diagramA augmentedA|--0-----|--0--|
A chord diagramE MajorE|--------|--0--|


[Play Rhy Fig. 7]
I'll break away....


 Rhy Fig. 8
 This is my escape...
A chord diagramE MajorE||----|---|-----|---|---|-----|-----|-----|-------|----|---|---|-----|
A chord diagramBB||--8-|-7-|--9--|-7-|-8-|--5--|-x-x-|--8--|-8--7--|-8--|-x-|-7-|--5--|
A chord diagramG+G||--7-|-7-|--7--|-7-|-7-|--5--|-x-x-|--7--|-7--7--|-7--|-x-|-7-|--5--|
A chord diagramD MajorD||--5-|-5-|--5--|-5-|-5-|--5--|-x-x-|--5--|-5--5--|-5--|-x-|-5-|--5--|
A chord diagramA augmentedA||----|---|-----|---|---|--3--|-x-x-|-----|-------|----|---|---|--3--|
A chord diagramE MajorE||----|---|-----|---|---|-----|-----|-----|-------|----|---|---|-----|


A chord diagramE MajorE|----|---|-----|-----|-----|---|---|-----|---|---|---|-----|---|-----||
A chord diagramBB|--8-|-7-|--8--|-x-x-|-x-7-|-8-|-5-|--8--|-8-|-7-|-8-|-x-x-|-7-|--5--||
A chord diagramG+G|--7-|-7-|--7--|-x-x-|-x-7-|-7-|-5-|--7--|-7-|-7-|-7-|-x-x-|-7-|--5--||
A chord diagramD MajorD|--5-|-5-|--5--|-x-x-|-x-5-|-5-|-5-|--5--|-5-|-5-|-5-|-x-x-|-5-|--5--||
A chord diagramA augmentedA|----|---|-----|-----|-----|---|---|-----|---|---|---|-----|---|--3--||
A chord diagramE MajorE|----|---|-----|-----|-----|---|---|-----|---|---|---|-----|---|-----||


 Neil Schon Solo                +  +, then grad release
A chord diagramE MajorE||-------------|--------------|-------------|-----------|
A chord diagramBB||-------------|-/5--4--------|-------------|-----------|
A chord diagramG+G||----/6--4~~~-|--------4--2--|-4p2p1-------|---4--4~~~-|
A chord diagramD MajorD||-2-----------|--------------|-------/4~~~-|-2---------|
A chord diagramA augmentedA||-------------|--------------|-------------|-----------|
A chord diagramE MajorE||-------------|--------------|-------------|-----------|

*
A chord diagramE MajorE|-----------------|----------------------7-9-11-12-|-11------------|
A chord diagramBB|-/5--4-----/7~~~-|-5/9--7h9h10--7h9h10------------|-----12--14~~~-|
A chord diagramG+G|--------4--------|--------------------------------|---------------|
A chord diagramD MajorD|-----------------|--------------------------------|---------------|
A chord diagramA augmentedA|-----------------|--------------------------------|---------------|
A chord diagramE MajorE|-----------------|--------------------------------|---------------|

A chord diagramE MajorE|-12-11~~~-|-------14-11~~-|----------|-12-11~~~-|--------|
A chord diagramBB|----------|-12-14---------|-12-14~~~-|----------|-12-14--|
A chord diagramG+G|----------|---------------|----------|----------|--------|
A chord diagramD MajorD|----------|---------------|----------|----------|--------|
A chord diagramA augmentedA|----------|---------------|----------|----------|--------|
A chord diagramE MajorE|----------|---------------|----------|----------|--------|

          + + v      +  
A chord diagramE MajorE|-12-11-9----9---------------|----------|
A chord diagramBB|---------12---12--14--14~~~-|-12-------|
A chord diagramG+G|----------------------------|----14~~~-|
A chord diagramD MajorD|----------------------------|----------|
A chord diagramA augmentedA|----------------------------|----------|
A chord diagramE MajorE|----------------------------|----------|

A chord diagramE MajorE|-----------------------------------------------------|
A chord diagramBB|----12-14-12----12-----------------------------------|
A chord diagramG+G|-14----------14----14-11-14-11-14-11-----------------|
A chord diagramD MajorD|------------------------------------14-11~~-11/13~~~-|
A chord diagramA augmentedA|-----------------------------------------------------|
A chord diagramE MajorE|-----------------------------------------------------|
         *       +    +  +  +       *
A chord diagramE MajorE|--------------|---------14----12-|-21-21-21--19--------|
A chord diagramBB|----12-14/16--|-16---14----------|---------------21~~~-|
A chord diagramG+G|-14-----------|------------------|---------------------|
A chord diagramD MajorD|--------------|------------------|---------------------|
A chord diagramA augmentedA|--------------|------------------|---------------------|
A chord diagramE MajorE|--------------|------------------|---------------------|

   +   +, release
A chord diagramE MajorE|--------------||
A chord diagramBB|-19-----------||
A chord diagramG+G|----21--21~~~-||
A chord diagramD MajorD|--------------||
A chord diagramA augmentedA|--------------||
A chord diagramE MajorE|--------------||


[Play Rhy Fig. 7] (listen for variation)
I broke away.....


[Play Rhy Fig. 8] (listen for variation)
This is my escape.....


Outro:
[Play Rhy Fig. 5] 3x

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