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My Body Is A Cage by Peter Gabriel

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    MY BODY IS A CAGE -- PETER GABRIEL, "Scratch My Back"(2010)
    Exact chords and tabs by ClassicalfreaK, 2015
    ** Yes, yes, I know that there are other high quality versions
    of this song from Arcade Fire, but everyone knows that PG's
    version has a lot harder chords, and is generally more
    awesome (opinion). Nobody else has attempted THIS version,
    yet, so enjoy it and hold on tight!
    **I chose the recording used in the iconic House, M.D. scene,
    not the Oxford recording.
    <<-LEGEND->>
    pno. piano
    hn. horn
    B&G-only tabs I put instances where only the B and G string (2nd
    and 3rd) to save on space.
    orch. orchestra
    ch. choir
    tpt trumpet; in the case of the orch. tab, "+tpt" means
    that the trumpet line is added to the top tab staff
    str. strings
    cl. clarinet
    (G.P.) "Grand Pause". A section that has a long break.
    "2x" second time; in the case of the first tab section,
    the hn. line is played in the repeat
    ||o -- o|| my notation of repeats; when you run into the backwards
    ||o -- o|| repeat ( o|| ) play everything going back to the first
    repeat one time, unless otherwise specified
    ADVANCED CHORD DIAGRAM:
    Dmadd4 xx4344
    OR x68786
    OR 688666
    ============================================================
    (pno.)
    G5Ebm7G5Ebm7Eb6
    || | | | || 
    || x.x.x.x.|x.x.x.x.|x.x.x.x.|x.x.x.x. ||
    ||(hn, 2x) | | | ||
    G5
    My body is a cage 
    Ebm7G5
    That keeps me from dancing with the one I love 
    Ebm7
    My mind holds the key 
    (horn)
    G5
    My body is a cage 
    Ebm7G
    That keeps me from dancing with the one I love 
    Ebm7
    But my mind holds the key 
    G5Bbm
    I'm standing on a stage 
    G
    Of fear and self doubt 
    Ebm7
    It's a hollow play 
    GEbm7CGCEbm7
    But they'll clap anyway 
    G5
    My body is a cage 
    Ebm7G5
    That keeps me from dancing with the one I love 
    Ebm7
    My mind holds the key 
    (horn)
    GEbm7BbmEb
    "My mind holds the key" 
    (orch. enters)
    GmBbm
    My mind holds the key 
    G5
    I'm living in an age 
    Ebm7
    That calls darkness light 
    G5
    Though my language is dead 
    Bbm
    Still the shapes fill my head 
    G/BBbm
    I'm living in an age 
    G
    Whose name I don't know 
    Dmadd4
    Though the fear keeps me moving
    Still my heart beats so slow
    (bass drum)
    (G.P.)
    INSTRUMENTAL
    My body is a --
    (high str.) (+brass)
    GmGm/BbGEbm7/Bb
    || | "is a" | | 
    ||x.x.x.x.|x.x.x.x.|x.x.x.x.|x.x.x.x.|
    ||(low str.) | | |
    (+tpt)
    GGm/BbG7EbCm7
    || | is a| | is a|| 
    ||x.x.x.x.|x.x.x.x.|x.x.x.x.|x.x.x.x.||
    || | | | ||
    (is a)- oooo
    (cl.)
    n/c
    B||3-313431|3-313431|3-3-3431|3-313431|
    "My.."
    My body is a cage
    C7sus4/FG7Ebm7Cm7
    My body is a cage, ya - yeah, 
    GEbm7Cm9
    Yea, ba - - by oooh-- 
    n/c
    My mind holds the key
    (bass drum)
    (G.P.)
    G5
    My body is a cage 
    Bb
    We take what we're given 
    Ebm7
    Just because you've forgotten 
    Bb/FFsus4
    Doesn't mean you're forgiven 
    GmEbG5
    I'm living in an age 
    Bb
    That screams my name at night 
    Ebm7
    But when I get to the doorway 
    Bb/FF7
    There's no one in sight 
    EbGm
    I'm living in an age 
    BbDmD7
    I realize I am dancing with the one I love 
    Ebm7
    But my mind holds the key 
    (ch. enters)
    GmEb
    You're standing next to me 
    Bb/FEbFBb
    My mind holds the key 
    AbBbCm
    Set my spirit free 
    Fm7BbEb
    Set my spirit free 
    Fm7Bb7Gm/CCm7
    Set my body free 
    AbBbEb
    Set my body free 
    Fm7
    Set my body free 
    (str. and ch.)
    Bb/DEbCBbsus4BbCGm/CCmCBb/DEb
    "free" 
    =========================================
    Enjoy! I spent a lot of time on this one, adding
    in all the fun background parts so that anyone
    can play any part if they wish, and not just
    be confined to strumming chords. Please tell me
    what you think in the comments!
    -ClassicalfreaK