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Tom Petty tabs for Cant stop the sun

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I have replaced all instances of lyrics with CD time.

"Can't Stop the Sun"
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
>From the album "The Last DJ"

Tabbed by David Hill

Explanation of picking pattern written by Howard Wright
and copied from his tab of the Beatles' "Julia"

To get the picking pattern in your head, I'll give a
brief explanation.

The key to it is the movement of the thumb. The thumb
picks out the notes on the A chord diagramE MajorE and A chord diagramD MajorD strings. For each
chord played, the order of strings. For each chord
played, the order of strings which the thumb picks is
the same - it goes like this:

A chord diagramA augmentedA  A chord diagramD MajorD  A chord diagramA augmentedA  A chord diagramD MajorD


While the thumb gets on with this, use your other fingers
to fill in the notes on the top strings

If you try it a few times, slowly, you should pick up
the natural rhythm which the picking pattern has.

Chords Used


  A chord diagramE minorEm              A chord diagramE minor 7Em7             A chord diagramEm6Em6            A chord diagramE minorEm b6
EADGBe      EADGBe      EADGBe      EADGBe
022000          022030          022020          0x2010

A chord diagramBdimBdim 11           AM             A chord diagramAdimAdim             A chord diagramG+G
EADGBe      EADGBe      EADGBe      EADGBe
x23230          x02210          x01013          320003

  A chord diagramC majorC              A chord diagramBm7Bm7              A chord diagramD MajorD               A chord diagramF#7F#7
EADGBe      EADGBe      EADGBe          EADGBe
x32010          224232          200232          044320

 A chord diagramFmaj7Fmaj7
EADGBe
033210


Intro  (in two)
Acoustic guitar (clean electric doubles top strings)


    A chord diagramE minor 7Em7                 A chord diagramEm6Em6
||--------------0-------------------0-----|
||--3-------------------2-----------------|
||0---------0-------------------0---------|
||0------2---------2---------2---------2--|
||----------------------------------------|
||--0---------0---------0---------0-------|

0:01

   A chord diagramE minorEm b6                   A chord diagramE minorEm
|--------------0-------------------0-----||
|--1-------------------0-----------------||
|----------0-------------------0--------0||
|-------2---------2---------2---------2-0||
|----------------------------------------||
|--0---------0---------0---------0-------||



Main Verse (1+2)


h=hammer on the note

    A chord diagramE minor 7Em7                 A chord diagramEm6Em6
||--------------0-------------------0-----|
||--3-------------------2-----------------|
||----------0-------------------0---------|
||-------2---------2---------2---------2--|
||----------------------------------------|
||--0---------0---------0---------0-------|

  0:14

   A chord diagramE minorEm b6                   A chord diagramE minorEm
|--------------0-------------------0------|
|--1-------------------0------------------|
|----------0-------------------0----------|
|-------2---------2---------2---------2---|
|-----------------------------------------|
|--0---------0---------0---------0--------|


    A chord diagramE minor 7Em7                 A chord diagramEm6Em6
|--------------0-------------------0-----|
|--3-------------------2-----------------|
|----------0-------------------0---------|
|-------2---------2---------2---------2--|
|----------------------------------------|
|--0---------0---------0---------0-------|


   A chord diagramE minorEm b6                   A chord diagramE minorEm
|--------------0-------------------0------|
|--1-------------------0------------------|
|----------0-------------------0----------|
|-------2---------2---------2---------0---|
|-----------------------------------------|
|--0---------0---------0---------0--------|


   A chord diagramBB dim 11
|--------------0-------------------0------|
|--3-------------------3------------------|
|----------2-------------------2----------|
|-------3---------3---------3---------3---|
|--2---------2---------2---------2--------|
|-----------------------------------------|


   A chord diagramA minorAm
|--------------0-------------------0------|
|--0h1-----------------1------------------|
|----------2-------------------2----------|
|-------2---------2---------2---------2---|
|--0---------0---------0---------0--------|
|-----------------------------------------|


   A chord diagramAdimAdim
|--------------3-------------------3------|
|--1-------------------1------------------|
|----------0-------------------0----------|
|-------1---------1---------1---------1---|
|--0---------0---------0---------0--------|
|-----------------------------------------|



Chorus (in three)
Electric guitar (but you could use an acoustic if you'd like)


A chord diagramG+G           A chord diagramC majorC             A chord diagramG+G           A chord diagramC majorC

0:40

A chord diagramA minorAm             A chord diagramA minorAm              A chord diagramBm7Bm7

(Repeat main verse and chorus in that order)


Bridge
12-string electric Guitar


      A chord diagramE minorEm                     A chord diagramA minorAm
|-----0-----------0----------0---------0---|
|-----0-----------0----------0h1-------1---|
|-----0-----------0----------2---------2---|
|-----2-----------2----------2---------2---|
|-----2-----------2------0-0-0-----0-0-0---|
|-0-0-0-------0-0-0----------0---------0---|

 1:30

A chord diagramD MajorD                        A chord diagramG+G
|------3-----------3----------------------------|
|------2-----------2----------------------------|
|------3-----------3-----------0-----------2----|
|------0-----------0--------0-----0-----1-----1-|
|------0-----------0-----------------0----------|
|--2-2-2-------2-2-2-----3----------------------|


      A chord diagramE minorEm                     A chord diagramA minorAm
|-----0-----------0----------0---------0---|
|-----0-----------0----------0h1-------1---|
|-----0-----------0----------2---------2---|
|-----2-----------2----------2---------2---|
|-----2-----------2------0-0-0-----0-0-0---|
|-0-0-0-------0-0-0----------0---------0---|


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

1:49

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


Main Verse (3)


    A chord diagramE minor 7Em7                 A chord diagramEm6Em6
||--------------0-------------------0-----|
||--3-------------------2-----------------|
||----------0-------------------0---------|
||-------2---------2---------2---------2--|
||----------------------------------------|
||--0---------0---------0---------0-------|

  2:04

   A chord diagramE minorEm b6                   A chord diagramE minorEm
|--------------0-------------------0------|
|--1-------------------0------------------|
|----------0-------------------0----------|
|-------2---------2---------2---------2---|
|-----------------------------------------|
|--0---------0---------0---------0--------|

    A chord diagramE minor 7Em7                 A chord diagramEm6Em6
|--------------0-------------------0-----|
|--3-------------------2-----------------|
|----------0-------------------0---------|
|-------2---------2---------2---------2--|
|----------------------------------------|
|--0---------0---------0---------0-------|

   A chord diagramE minorEm b6                   A chord diagramE minorEm
|--------------0-------------------0------|
|--1-------------------0------------------|
|----------0-------------------0----------|
|-------2---------2---------2---------0---|
|-----------------------------------------|
|--0---------0---------0---------0--------|

   A chord diagramBB dim 11
|--------------0-------------------0------|
|--3-------------------3------------------|
|----------2-------------------2----------|
|-------3---------3---------3---------3---|
|--2---------2---------2---------2--------|
|-----------------------------------------|

   A chord diagramA minorAm
|--------------0-------------------0------|
|--0h1-----------------1------------------|
|----------2-------------------2----------|
|-------2---------2---------2---------2---|
|--0---------0---------0---------0--------|
|-----------------------------------------|

   A chord diagramAdimAdim
|--------------3-------------------3------|
|--1-------------------1------------------|
|----------0-------------------0----------|
|-------1---------1---------1---------1---|
|--0---------0---------0---------0--------|
|-----------------------------------------|

        Can't stop a man            from


Repeat Chorus (in three)
Electric guitar (but you could use an acoustic if you'd like)


A chord diagramG+G           A chord diagramC majorC             A chord diagramG+G           A chord diagramC majorC
2:29

A chord diagramA minorAm             A chord diagramA minorAm              A chord diagramBm7Bm7



Coda
Jam section (in three)
Electric Guitar plays solo in A chord diagramE MajorE minor
Rhythm on Electric with fx (play around to find a good effect)


/=slide up

     A chord diagramE MajorE            A chord diagramG+G            A chord diagramA augmentedA            A chord diagramG+G
||---0--0-0-0--|--0--0-0-0--|--0--0-0-0--|--0--0-0-0--|
||---0--0-0-0--|-/3--3-3-3--|-/5--5-5-5--|-/3--3-3-3--|
||o--1--1-1-1--|-/4--4-4-4--|-/6--6-6-6--|-/4--4-4-4--|
||o--2--2-2-2--|-/5--5-5-5--|-/7--7-7-7--|-/5--5-5-5--|
||---2--2-2-2--|-/5--5-5-5--|-/7--7-7-7--|-/5--5-5-5--|
||---0--0-0-0--|--0--0-0-0--|--0--0-0-0--|--0--0-0-0--|
  2:42
   A chord diagramE MajorE            A chord diagramG+G        A chord diagramA augmentedA        A chord diagramG+G
|--0--0-0-0--|--0--0-0-0--|--0--0-0-0--|--0--0-0-0--|
|--0--0-0-0--|-/3--3-3-3--|-/5--5-5-5--|-/3--3-3-3--|
|--1--1-1-1--|-/4--4-4-4--|-/6--6-6-6--|-/4--4-4-4--|
|--2--2-2-2--|-/5--5-5-5--|-/7--7-7-7--|-/5--5-5-5--|
|--2--2-2-2--|-/5--5-5-5--|-/7--7-7-7--|-/5--5-5-5--|
|--0--0-0-0--|--0--0-0-0--|--0--0-0-0--|--0--0-0-0--|

   A chord diagramE MajorE            A chord diagramG+G        A chord diagramA augmentedA        A chord diagramG+G
|--0--0-0-0--|--0--0-0-0--|--0--0-0-0--|--0--0-0-0--|
|--0--0-0-0--|-/3--3-3-3--|-/5--5-5-5--|-/3--3-3-3--|
|--1--1-1-1--|-/4--4-4-4--|-/6--6-6-6--|-/4--4-4-4--|
|--2--2-2-2--|-/5--5-5-5--|-/7--7-7-7--|-/5--5-5-5--|
|--2--2-2-2--|-/5--5-5-5--|-/7--7-7-7--|-/5--5-5-5--|
|--0--0-0-0--|--0--0-0-0--|--0--0-0-0--|--0--0-0-0--|


   A chord diagramF#7F#7          A chord diagramFmaj7Fmaj7           A chord diagramE MajorE  (Final Chord)
|--0--0-0-0--|--0--0-0-0---||---0---||
|--2--2-2-2--|--1--1-1-1---||---0---||
|--3--3-3-3--|--2--2-2-2--o||---1---||
|--4--4-4-4--|--3--3-3-3--o||---2---||
|--4--4-4-4--|--3--3-3-3---||---2---||
|--0--0-0-0--|--0--0-0-0---||---0---||
                             4:31

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