Stevie Ray Vaughan


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Life Without You



by Stevie Ray Vaughan
recording of 1985

from Soul To Soul (Epic EK-40036), copyright notice

#----------------------------------PLEASE NOTE---------------------------------#

#This file is the author's own work and represents their interpretation of the #

#song. You may only use this file for private study, scholarship, or research. #


From: jck7u@poe.acc.Virginia.EDU (J. Charles T. Kelly)


"Life Without You" by Stevie Ray Vaughan

from his album "Soul to Soul"


by J.C.T. Kelly



SRV tuned down one half-step, so his E, A, D, G, B and E

strings were at Eb, Ab, Gb, Gb, Db, and Eb, respectively.

The chords listed here take this into account... that is,

you must lower them all by one half-step or tune your guitar

down by a half-step in order to duplicate the pitches on his



STYLISTIC NOTES: This song, more than any other (I think),

shows the influence that Jimi Hendrix had on SRV. So,

before you play this song, I recommend that you do a little

outside listening, specifically a lot of Hendrix, preferably

"Little Wing" and "Bold as Love" in order to get the feel of

this tune. You might also try listening to SRV's cut of

"Little Wing." It would be possible for me to tab out all

of the little intricacies of the tune, but there's nothing

*special* in it... that is, these little licks are all over

Stevie Ray's and Jimi's tunes. [Note: For a more

contemporary example of these licks in action, listen to

Pearl Jam's "Yellow Leadbetter" (sp?)].


Anyway, here's my transcription of the tune (Please forgive

any lyric mistakes I have made). Enjoy! (April '95)



Since there are three distinctive voicings of the E chord

used in this song, I've listed all three of them and

identified them separately as E1, E2 and E3. These names

have no meaning outside of this transcription: these chords

are all E major chords, but for this, they should be played

in the voicings I indicate.


(Chords are listed in order of appearance):




Chord\ 6 5 4 3 2 1


E1: x x x 4 5 4

A: 5 7 7 6 5 5

G#m: 4 6 6 4 4 4

F#m: 2 4 4 2 2 2

B: 7 9 9 8 7 7

C: 8 10 10 9 8 8

C#: 9 11 11 10 9 9

D: 10 12 12 11 10 10

E2: x 7 9 9 9 7

F: 1 3 3 2 1 1

E3: 0 2 2 1 0 0

D#: 11 13 13 12 11 11

A#: 6 8 8 7 6 6

G# 4 6 6 5 4 4

G: 3 5 5 4 3 3

E7+9: 0 7 6 7 8 (0)



INTRO (long and drawn out, with only two chords):


A F#m





E1 E1 A A G#m F#m

Oh, hello baby, tell me, how high have you been


E1 A G#m F#m

We all have missed you, and the... way you grin


E1 E1 A A B C C#

Day is necessary, every no-ow and then.


D D C# C B

The sun could move on, givin' life back again... aaah


B B B B A A B C C#

Fly on, fly on, fly on, my friend.


D E2 [organ: E, then E7]

Go on... live again, love again.


E1 E1 A A G#m F#m

Day after day, ni-ight after night


E1 E1 A

Suddenly singin', every minute


A G#m F#m

As the years go passin' by.... by, by, by...


F#m F E3 D# D D C# C B

Long look in the mirror, we've come face to face.


B A# A G# G

Wishin' all the love... we took for granted


G F# F E7+9

Lord, we'd have today.... aaahhh aaahhh


E1 E1 A A G#m F#m

Life without you, all the love... we passed our way


E1 E1 A

The angels have waited for so long...


G#m F#m

Now they have their way... take your place



CODA (Repeat and fade out while soloing long and slow):


A F#m



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