Peter Hammill - This is Showbi (chords)


Chord transcription by Mikayel Abazyan mikayelabazyan@yahoo.com


Playing tips

Although to many chords are shown in my transcript, it is far from being complete 
(and, probably, accurate). For example, Dm shown for each line in the verses is actually 
being accompanied by wonderfully added single notes, either overdubbed or played live. 
Also, there are two chords I couldn't identlfy, however I found something that satisfies 
my needs, and named them X? and Y?, respectively. Another "innovation" of mine is (on 5) 
and (on 3) kind of chords, which simply means that the chord is played on 5th or on 3rd fret, 
nothing more than that.

In order not to overweight this transcript I decided not to show them. Rely to your ears 
and on your skills while playing.

Oh, have I mentioned before that listening to the original recording is a MUST? Most probably y
ou will find a better way to play this wonderful song.

Cm(+d)          3 3 5 5 3 3
Dm(+g#)         x x 0 1 3 1
Dm(+g)          x x 0 0 3 1
Dm(+g)sus4      x x 0 0 3 3
Dm7(on 5)       5 5 7 5 6 5
D*              x 5 5 8 8 x
Dmaj7(on 5)     5 5 7 6 7 5
Cmaj7(on 3)     3 3 5 4 5 3
X?              x 2 0 2 0 2
Y?              3 0 0 2 1 x


Intro: { Dm       G  F  Dm } x2

Dm                                       G  F  Dm
  For sure it came as a surprise,

Dm                                       G  F  Dm
  out of the corner of my eye,

 Gm          Cm(+d)
totally unexpected,

Gm                       Cm(+d)
  I saw your face in the    crowd.


Dm                                         G      F  Dm
  I felt as tired as tired could be,      (It's showbiz)

Dm                                         G      F  Dm
  used up my every drop of energy         (It's showbiz)

Dm                                         G      F  Dm
  just getting through the livelong day,  (It's showbiz)

Dm                                          G      Dm
  somehow I'll find a way to make it pay.  (It's show)


 Gm          Cm(+d)
Totally unexpected,

Gm                         Cm(+d)
  I see your face in the crowd.

Dm          Dm(+g#)  Dm(+g)                     Dm
  If I'm allowed            I'll celebrate the song.

    Dm            Dm(+g#)
The only time is now,

Dm(+g)                      Dm
  the show must carry on.


 Dm  F     G  F    Dm    F           G      F      Dm F    G  F      G      F  Dm 
You don't get ill,     though your friends will, this is showbiz.   (It's showbiz)

 Dm  F     G  F    Dm          F   G   F      Dm F    G  F           G      F  Dm 
You don't get ill,     you're not roadkill, this is showbiz.        (It's showbiz)

 Dm  F     G  F    Dm    F         G     F      Dm F    G  F         G      F  Dm 
You don't get ill,      hold your head still, this is showbiz.      (It's showbiz)

 Dm  F     G  F    Dm  F       G    F      Dm F    G  F              G      F  Dm 
You don't get ill,    pop the will pill, this is showbiz.           (It's showbiz)


Dm7(on 5th)              D*
  This is showbiz, you don't get ill,

Dm7(on 5)                       D*
  somehow you've got to see it    through;

             Dmaj7(on 5)           Cmaj7(on 3)
now you've clawed your way to the top of the bill

     Dmaj7(on 5)        Cmaj7(on 3)                X?
everbody's waiting for you.


Dm                                               G      F  Dm
  For sure it comes as a surprise,              (It's showbiz)

Dm                                               G      F  Dm
  I've found a strength my weedy frame belies.  (It's showbiz)

Dm                                               G      F  Dm
  If I'd not made it here tonight               (It's showbiz)

Dm                                               G      Dm
  I'd not have seen you in this shining light.  (It's show)


Gm             Cm(+d)
  Totally unexpected,

Gm                         Cm(+d)
  I saw your face in the crowd.

Gm             Cm(+d)
  Totally unexpected,

Gm                         Cm(+d)      Gm    Cm(+d)
  I saw your face in the crowd.


Gm               Cm(+d)             Gm    Cm(+d)   Gm               Y?
  I saw your fa    -   ace in the crowd.




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