I Better Be Quiet Now

transcribed from Austin Steamboat show - May 2003

live - tuned down a full step
album - standard tuning

chords used 
(by order of first use):
E*      xx2454     
E/C#    x4x354     Am      x02210
E/C     x3x254     C/G     332010
E/B     x2x454     D7/F#   2x0212
E/Bb    x1x354     F7      131211
Amaj7   x02224     Em      022000
A6      x02222     B/F#    221xxx
A       x02220     D7      xx0212
B7      x24242     B7/Eb   xx1202
E       022100     F#7     242352
Esus4   022200     C#m     x46654
G       320003     D       xx0232

riff 1      riff 2(over B7) riff 3   riff 4 (over C#m)
e-------    ------2--       -------  -------
B--5-4-2    --5-4----       -------  -5-4-7-
G-------    ---------       -------  -------
D-------    ---------       --4s6--  -------
A-------    ---------       -------  -------
E-------    ---------       -------  -------

E*              (/Eb) E/C#    E/C                     E/B                E/Bb
wish you gave me your number, wish i could call you today just to hear a voice 
riff1      Amaj7 A6     A               B7(riff2) E  Esus4  E  riff3  E
i've got a long  way to go, i'm getting further  away

E*             (/Eb) E/C#       E/C                         E/B                 E/Bb
if i didn't know the difference living alone'd probably be okay, it wouldn't be lonely
riff1      Amaj7 A6     A               B7(riff2) E  Esus4  E  riff3  E     /F#
i've got a long  way to go, i'm getting further  away

G                A              C/G         D7/F#           G
alot of hours to occupy, it was easy when i didn't know you yet
F7         Em   B/F#  C/G  D7  D7/F#
things i'd have to forget
G               A              C/G      D7/F#      G      
but i better be quiet now, i'm tired of wasting my breath
F7       Em     B/F#      C/G  D7  B7/Eb
carrying on and getting upset

E*         /Eb E/C#         E/C                         E/B                    E/Bb
maybe i have a problem, but that's not what i wanted to say, i'd prefer to say nothing.
riff1      Amaj7 A6     A               B7(riff2) E  Esus4  E  riff3  E
i've got a long  way to go, i'm getting further  away

solo: (note the slight chord differences between these and the verse chords
	although it still sounds okay if you play it just like the verse)

-----------------
-----------------
-----------------
-2-2-2-0---------
---------2-2-0---
---------------4-   

(on the followng 5 chords strum and hit the open E bass note hard)
E*  E/C#  E/C  E/B  E/Bb 

riff1  Amaj7  A6  F#7  C#m(riff4)  E  Esus4  E  riff3  E     /F#

G                    A                C/G           D7/F#       G
had a dream i was an army man with an order just to march in my place
        F7      Em B/F#          C/G  D7  D7/F#
while a dead enemy screams in my face
G               A              C/G      D7/F#      G      
but i better be quiet now, i'm tired of wasting my breath
F7       Em     B/F#    C/G  D  B7/Eb
carrying on not over it yet

E*               /Eb      E/C#      E/C                        E/B                    E/Bb
wish i knew what you were doing and why you want to do it this way, so i can't go the distance
riff1      Amaj7 A6     A               B7(riff2) C#m  F#
i've got a long  way to go, i'm getting further  away
           Amaj7 A6     D               B7/Eb    E  Esus4  E  riff3  E
i've got a long  way to go, i'm getting further away
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7 thoughts on “I Better Be Quiet Now”

  1. I couldn’t find video for the Austin Steamboat show, but going by the Henry Fonda show, it seems like the chords for the solo (after riff 1) are Amaj7 (x02224) to A6/B (x22222) to A/C# (x4225x) to B/D# (x6444x) with the riff 4 being played over the B/D#. Elliott’s trusty ascending bass notes at play there.

  2. I think you’re right at least on the Figure 8 version, but on the live versions I’ve seen he plays it the way it’s tabbed. Either way, it sounds good.

  3. First of all, I hesitate to add anything to this tab. Your work is brilliant and has allowed me to learn how to play so many songs that I love and cherish. That being said, I do believe he is not playing a standard G in the chorus. It seems to me he’s playing that e-string on the 7th fret for the G chord as well as the A chord. Here’s my guess:

    G
    3X0007 …and then

    A
    5X7607

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