Colonel Forbinís Ascent

 

†††††††† C#m7††††††††††††††††††† F#m9

Colonel Forbin stared up at the mountain

†††† Ebdim7††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††Em(maj7)

And wiped away the beads of sweat that glistened on his brow

†††† F#7†††††††††† ††††††††††††††††C#7b9--F#7(not sure)

His tired feet were buried in the Quag---myre

†† ††††††Am7†††††††††† †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††Intro

And his bloodshot eyes saw all the lay between him and fulfillment of his vow

 

†††††† C#m7††††††††† †††††††††††††††††F#m9

And he felt his fingers wrap around a knotted root

†††† Ebdim7††††††††††††† †††††††††Em(maj7)

And pulled his body upwards to a seagreen mossy boulder

††††††† F#7†††††††††††††††††††††††††† C#7b9--F#7

And he dragged weary shi-tass up the mountain

††††††† F#m7††† Gmaj7†††††††† F#m7††† Gmaj7

And he climbed so slowly.. he climbed so slowly

A†††††††† F††††† F#m7††††† Gmaj7

Ahead††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (2x)

 

††††† Noise---Em(maj7)Form 2††††† (4x)

††† A††††††††††††††††††† †††††††††††C#

Suddenly he heard the crack of thunder

†††††††† D††††††††††††††††††††††††† G

And the rocks began to crumble overhead

†††† A††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† C#†††

And tumbled down the mountain to the dismal swamp that lay beneath

†††† D†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††††††G

The jagged cliffs through which his path had led

†††††††† A†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† C#

And the earth began to quake beneath his feet

†††††††† D†††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††††††G

And the mighty mountain changed before his eyes

††† ††††A††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† C#††††††††††††††††††††††

And he stood amidst a sea of dust and rocks and stones

†††††††††† D†††††††††††††††† ††††††G†† †††††††††††††††(Ab)††††††††††† A

Cascading down the mountain and a thousand birds were headed for the sky

 

A††††† C#m7†† Bm7†††† G ††††††††††††A††††††††††††††† C#m7†† Bm7†††† G

Ohhh...... the sacred creed will be yours....

††††††††††† A††††††††††††††† C#m7†† ††††††Bm7G

And if you wait until tomorrow ... the sacred creed

†††††††† F#m7†††††† Gmaj7 F#m7††† Gmaj7†††††††† A†††††† F†††† F#m7††† Gmaj7

Will be yours to devour, yours to seize, and to obey.....

 

Then---C#m7

 

 

BRIDGE:DA/C#Bm7††† F#mE†† DEbm7††††† ††E†† B/D#C#m7†† G#m††† F#††††† E

 

 

††††††††† C#m7††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† F#m9†††††

When the dust had cleared the colonel lifted up his head

††††††† Ebdim7†††††††††††††††††† Em(maj7)

And was driven to his knees by a blazing beam of light

††††††† F#7†††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††C#7b9--F#7

And he saw the silhouette that stood before him

††† ††††Am7†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††Intro††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

And he bowed in reverence, trembling, in the shadow of the mighty legend's form.

 

 

 

 

C#m7†††††††† †††††††††††††††††F#m9

Icculus, the prophet, stood before his eyes

†††††††† Ebdim7†††††††††††††††††††††† Em(maj7)†††††††††††††††††††††††† F#7

Looking down on Colonel Forbin as he shuddered in the puddles and the muck

††††††††††††††††† C#7b9---F#7

And he quietly addressed him

††††††† F#m7Gmaj7††††††††† ††F#m7Gmaj7

And he spoke so slowly ... he spoke so slowly..

††

A††† F†† F#m7†† Gmaj7 (x2)

He said.........................

 

Em(maj7) (4x)

 

A††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††C#††††††††† ††††††††††††††

Colonel Forbin I know why you've come here,

†††††††† D††††††††††††† †††††††††††††††††††G†††††††††††††††††

And I'll help you in your quest to gain the knowledge that you lack.

†† A†††††††††††††††††††††† †††††††††C#†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

I call upon my faithful friend the Mockingbird,

††† D†††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††††††G†††††††††††††††††

To fly and seize the Helping Book and bring it to your shack.

†††††† A†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† C#††††††††††††††††††††††††††

And a tree of knowledge in your soul will grow,

†††††††† D††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† G

And the Helping Friendly Book will plant a seed

†††††† A†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† C#†††††††††††††††††††††††††

But I warn you that all knowledge seeming innocent and pure

†† D†††††††††† †††††††††††††††††G†††† ††(Ab)†††††††† A

Becomes a deadly weapon in the hands of avarice and greed..

 

A††††† C#m7†† Bm7†††† G ††††††††††††A†††††††††††††††† C#m7†† Bm7†††† G

Ohhh...... the sacred creed will be yours....

††††††††††† A††††††† ††††††††C#m7†† ††††††Bm7G

And if you wait until tomorrow ... the sacred creed

†††††††† F#m7†††††† Gmaj7 F#m7††† Gmaj7†††††††† A†††††† F†††† F#m7††† Gmaj7

Will be yours to devour, yours to seize, and to obey.....

 

†††† Then C#m7††††††††† NARRATION JAM:DA/C#Bm7E†††† AC#m7†††††

 

 

AbIntro Riff†† Adim7††† Ab††††††††††††††† Cdim7

e--4-------|-------5---------------------------11---------------------------------------------

B--4-------|-------4----------------4----------10---------------------------------------------

G--5-------|-------5----------------5----------11---------------------------------------------

D--6-------|-------4----------------6----------10---------------------------------------------

A--6-------|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------

E--4-------|----------------4-----------------------------------------------------------------

 

BRIDGE (Trey bends the E to F# and the G# to A.I just didn't know how to write in bends)

††† D†††† A/C#†††† Bm7†††††††††† F#m††† E†††† D†††††† Ebm7†††††††††

e---------------------------------------------------------------------------

B---7-------5-------3-------------9------10-----9-------7--------HOLD-------

G---------------------------------------------------------------------------

D---------------------------------------------------------------------------

A---------------------------------------------------------------------------

E---------------------------------------------------------------------------

†† E†† B/D#C#m7†† G#m††† F#††††††††††††† E

e--------------------------------------------------------------------------

B--5---7-----9------7------5-----------11-----12-----11------9-----HOLD,

G-------------------------------------------------------------------then----

D---------------------------------------------------------------BACK INTO THE INTRO

A---------------------------------------------------------------------------

E---------------------------------------------------------------------------

 

Colonel Forbinís Ascent, pg.3

 

CHORD FORMS

 

C#m7††††† F#m9†† Ebdim7Emin(maj7) F#7††††††††††† Emin(maj7)Form 2

 

e----9------9--------------------------------------0-----------------

B----9------9--------------------------------------0-----------------

G----9------9------11------12--------15------------0-----------------

D----9------7------10------13--------14------------1-----------------

A----x------9------x-------x---------x-------------2-----------------

E----9-------------11------12--------14------------0-----------------

 

 

 

This transcription is pretty close.The two chords at the end of the verse are tough to hear.I feel like the melodynotes are D and C#, that's why I called it C#7b9--F#7. I don't think Trey plays Gmaj7 during the choruses, but I like the way they sound.(Page might play the major 7ths there)The verses are very unique in that Trey sings a straight-forward melody, but with very non-traditional chords behind it.The instrumental bridge is another example of Trey taking a line and modulating it around almost seamlessly.(Golgi, Bowie, Horn, et al)