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/ The Beatles / White Album (1968) / Martha My Dear guitar tab


Written by: John Lennon - Paul McCartney
orginially appeared on the album, "The Beatles" (the White Album), 1968

This is mostly a piano & orchestra performance on the White album.
I've always liked the song, so came up with this arrangement for guitar

Any ideas for fleshing this out, improving or arranging an intro for it,
let me know.  Also, this is my first full attempt at writing guitar
tab notation, so hope its close enough for government work .

I use capo at 3rd fret (chords listed are transposed to 1st position)
The song is really in key of E flat on the record (not C)

 Martha      my   dear  though I   spend my days in conver-sa-tion

   C   C5      C6  C       C5  C6  Em  Em9  Dsus4       D   D5 Dsus4

   +   .   +   .   +   .   +   .    +   .   +   .   +   .   +   .

  please...           be  good to   me             Martha, my love     

   D                                G5              F

   +   .   +   .   +   .   +   .    +   .   +   .   +   .   +   .

   don't  forget me                                    Martha, my

   G7              F       F(add 9)   G7              F       F(add 9)

   +   .   +   .   +   .   +   .      +   .   +   .   +   .   +   .

   dear ...                          Hold your head up ....
   G5                              | Bm
E|-3---3---1--0------------0--1----|---this part I just strum the---|
B|-3---3---------3---0--3----------|---chords as shown below--------|
   +   .   +    .    +   .   +   .    +   .   +   .   +   .   +   .

Bm                     Em          D                 D/F# D/G D/G#
Hold your head up, you silly girl, look what you've done

A                             Em
When you find yourself in the thick of it, 

A                  Em             F#m        Bm
Help yourself to a bit of what is all around you,

Bm        Em  Em7  Em   C   Csus4  C
You silly girl

(middle eight - staccato eighth feel for the chording)

Bm                Em
Take a good look around you 

Bm                Em                 A
Take a good look around to see, that you and me 

G                          Bm               Em  Em7 Em   C Csus4 C
Were meant to be with each other, you silly girl

Hold your head up, you silly girl, see what you've done
When you find yourself in the thick of it, 
Help yourself to a bit of what is all around you,
You silly girl

Martha, my dear, you have always been my inspiration
Please, be good to me, 
Martha, my dear, don't forget me, 
Martha, my love

~   transcribed by Brad Mahugh     ~
~                                                         ~
Brad Mahugh

The Beatles albums
2000 One
1970 Hey Jude
1970 Let It Be
1969 Abbey Road
1969 Yellow Submarine
1968 White Album
1967 Magical Mystery Tour
1967 Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
1966 Revolver
1965 Rubber Soul
1965 Help!
1964 The Beatles' Second Album
1964 Meet the Beatles!
1964 Beatles For Sale
1964 A Hard Day's Night
1963 With the Beatles
1963 Please Please Me
White Album tabs
01Back In The U.S.S.R. tabbass tab
02Dear Prudence tabbass tab
03Glass Onion tabbass tab
04OB-La-Di, OB-La-Da tabbass tab
05Wild Honey Pie tabbass tab
06The Continuing Story Of Bungalow Bill tabbass tab
07While My Guitar Gently Weeps tabbass tab
08Happiness Is A Warm Gun tabbass tab
09Martha My Dear tabbass tab
10I'm So Tired tabbass tab
11Blackbird tabbass tab
12Piggies tabbass tab
13Rocky Raccoon tabbass tab
14Don't Pass Me By tabbass tab
15Why Don't We Do It In The Road? tabbass tab
16I Will tabbass tab
17Julia tabbass tab
18Birthday tabbass tab
19Yer Blues tabbass tab
20Mother Nature's Son tabbass tab
21Everybody's Got Something To Hide Except For Me And My Monkey tabbass tab
22Sexy Sadie tabbass tab
23Helter Skelter tabbass tab
24Long, Long, Long tabbass tab
25Revolution 1 tabbass tab
26Honey Pie tabbass tab
27Savoy Truffle tabbass tab
28Cry Baby Cry tabbass tab
30Good Night tabbass tab