Rush: Circumstances
From the album Hemispheres (Mercury Records)
Copyright 1978 Core Music Publishing
Music by Lee and Lifeson
Lyrics by Peart

Comments/corrections to C. D. Bruce 

Transcription by:
     C. D. Bruce (cbruce@erols.com)

Previously Transcribed by:
     Richard Soto (lerxst@zeus.jersey.net)
     Jimmy Pena (no email available)
     Doug White (bbwscin@iquest.net)

* See end of file for keyboard part arranged for guitar.


  Intro
                    Am                Bm  Am            G     D
            e e e   q e e e e e e e   q   q e e e e e   e e e Q
|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-3-3-3-2-----|
|-----------------|-1---------------|-3---1-----------|-3-3-3-3-----|
4-----------------|-2---------------|-4---2-----------3-0-0-0-2-----|
4-----------------|-2---------------|-4---2-----------4-0-0-0-0-----|
|-----------3-2---|-0-0-0-0-0-3-2---|-2---0-0-0-0-0-0-|-2-2-2-------|
|---------------3-|---------------3-|-----------------|-3-3-3-------|

  G     D                   Am                Bm  Am
  e e e he          e e e   q e e Q   e e e   q   q e e Q   e e e
|-3-3-3-2-|---------------|-----------------|---------------------|
|-3-3-3-3-|---------------|-1-----1---------|-3---1-----1---------|
2-0-0-0-2-7---------------|-2-----2---------5-4---2-----2---------|
4-0-0-0-0-8---------------|-2-----2---------4-4---2-----2---------|
|-2-2-2---|---------3-2---|-0-0-0-0---3-2---|-2---0-0-0-0---3-2---|
|-3-3-3---|-------------3-|---------------3-|-------------------3-|

  Am                G     D       G     D         A...
  q e e Q   e e e   e e e q       e e e he        *
|-----------------|-3-3-3-2-----|-3-3-3-2-------------|
|-1-----1---------|-3-3-3-3-----|-3-3-3-3-------------|
4-2-----2---------3-0-0-0-2-----5-0-0-0-2-------------|
4-2-----2---------4-0-0-0-0-----4-0-0-0-0-------------|
|-0-0-0-0---3-2---|-2-2-2-------|-2-2-2---------------|
|---------------3-|-3-3-3-------|-3-2-3---------------|

  boy alone...
  B                 G                 D     A/C#D A     F#
  Q     Q     q     Q     Q     q     Q     q   e q     h       q   q
|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-2-------2---2---|
|-4-----4-----4/--|-12----12----12\-|-7-----5---7-----|-2-------2---2---|
4o4-----4-----4/--|-12----12----12\-|-7-----6---7-6\--|-3-------3---3---|
4o4-----4-----4/--|-12----12----12\-|-7-----7---7-7\--|-4-------4---4---|
|-2-----2-----2/--|-10----10----10\-|-5-----4---5-7\--|-4-------4---4---|
|-----------------|-----------------|-------------5\--|-2-------2---2---|

  B                 G                 D     A/C#D A     F#
  Q     Q     q     Q     Q     q     Q     q   e q     h       h
|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-2-------2-------|
|-4-----4-----4/--|-12----12----12\-|-7-----5---7-----|-2-------2-------|
4-4-----4-----4/--|-12----12----12\-|-7-----6---7-6\--|-3-------3-------|
4-4-----4-----4/--|-12----12----12\-|-7-----7---7-7\--|-4-------4-------|
|-2-----2-----2/--|-10----10----10\-|-5-----4---5-7\--|-4-------4-------|
|-----------------|-----------------|-------------5\--|-2-------2-------|
                   _________________
                  | 1st time through|
  G               | B               | C                 A
  Q     Q     q   | q               | Q     Q     q     Q     Q     q
|-3-----3---------|-7---------------|-8-----8-----8---|-5-----5-----5---|
|-3-----3---------|-7---------------|-8-----8-----8---|-5-----5-----5---|
|-4-----4---------|-8-----8---------|-9-----9-----9---|-6-----6-----6---|
|-5-----5-----5-/-|-9---9-----9-----|-10----10----10\-|-7-----7-----7---|
|-5-----5-----5-/-|-9---------------|-10----10----10\-|-7-----7-----7---|
|-3-----3-----3-/-|-7---------------|-8-----8-----8-\-|-5-----5-----5---|
                  | 2nd time through|
                  | Q     Q     q   |
                  |-7-----7-----7---|
                  |-7-----7-----7---|
                  |-8-----8-----8---|
                  |-9-----9-----9---|
                  |-9-----9-----9---|
                  |-7-----7-----7---|

  D                 D#0               E                         C   G
  Q     Q     q     Q     Q     q     Q     Q     q     h       q   q
|-----------------|-----------------|-0---------------|-----------------|
|-7-----7-----7---|-7-----7-----7---|-0---------------|-12--------------|
|-7-----7-----7---|-8-----8-----8---|-9-----9--/--13--|-13------5-------|
|-7-----7-----7---|-7-----7-----7---|-9-----9--/--14--|-14------5---5---|
|-5-----5-----5---|-6-----6-----6---|-7-----7--/--14--|-14------3---5---|
|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-------------3---|

                                              All the same...
                                          Am  *             Bm  Am
  e e e e e e e   e e e e e e e   e e e e e     Q     e e e q   q
|---------------|---------------|-----------------|-----------------|
|---------------|---------------|---------1-----1-|---------3---1---|
7---------------|---------------4---------2-----2-|---------4---2---|
8---7-----5-4---|---5-2---------4---------2-----2-|---------4---2---|
|-0---5-7-----5-|-3-----3-5-2---|---3-2---0-----0-|---3-2---2---0---|
|---------------|-------------3-|-1-----3---------|-------3---------|

  G     D       C               G               Am
  e e e h       q     q   e q   q       e e e   q     Q   e e e
|-3-3-3-2---------|-------------3---|---------|-----------------|
|-3-3-3-3---------|-------------3---|---------|-1-----1---------|
|-0-0-0-2-------5-|---5---5-5---0---2---------4-2-----2---------|
|-0-0-0-0-------5-|---5---5-5---0---4---0-----4-2-----2---------|
|-2-2-2---------3-|---3---3-3---2---|-----2---|-0-----0---3-2---|
|-3-3-3-----------|-------------3---|-------3-|---------------3-|

  Bm  Am    G     D       C                   Am                Bm  Am
  q   q     e e e h       H           e e e   q     Q   e e e   q   q
|---------|-3-3-3-2---------|---------------|-----------------|---------|
|-3---1---|-3-3-3-3---------|---------------|-1-----1---------|-3---1---|
2-4---2---4-0-0-0-2-------5-7---------------4-2-----2---------2-4---2---|
4-4---2---4-0-0-0-0-------5-8---------------4-2-----2---------4-4---2---|
|-2---0---|-2-2-2---------3-|---------2-0---|-0-----0---3-2---|-2---0---|
|---------|-3-3-3-----------|-------------3-|---------------3-|---------|

               _____________________ _________________________________
              | 1st repeat          | 2nd repeat                      |
  G     D     | G     D             | G     D                         |
  e e e Q     | e e e he            | e e e he                        |
|-3-3-3-2-----|-3-3-3-2-------------|-3-3-3-2-----------|-------------|
|-3-3-3-3-----|-3-3-3-3-------------|-3-3-3-3-----------|-------------|
3-0-0-0-2-----5-0-0-0-2------------o5-0-0-0-2-----------3------------o|
4-0-0-0-0-----4-0-0-0-0------------o4-0-0-0-0-----------4------------o|
|-2-2-2-------|-2-2-2---------------|-2-2-2-------------|-------------|
|-3-3-3-------|-3-2-3---------------|-3-3-3-------------|-------------|

  Bridge, repeat 5 times, w/slight reverb.
  Left Channel:  Clean tone w/heavy chorus effect.
  Right Channel:  Clean tone no chorus effect.
  C           Dsus4         C       Dsus4 Em
  e e e e e   e e e e e e   e e e e e e   H
|-----------|-------------|-------------|-------------|
|-----------|-------------|-------------|-------------|
5o------0---6-------0---0-|-------0-----|------------o|
8o----10--108-----12--12--|-----10----12|-14------\--o|
|---10------|---12--------|---10--------|-14------\---|
|-8---------|-10----------|-8-------10--|-12------\---|

  * Distortion on
  AaddB       B             AaddB       B
  e e e e e   e e e e e e   e e e e e   e e e e e e
|-----------|-------------|-----------|-------------|
|-------0---|-----0---0---|-------0---|-----0---0---|
5o--------6-6-------8---8-5---------6-6-------8---8-|
8o----7-----8-------------8-----7-----8-------------|
|---7-------|---9---------|---7-------|---9---------|
|-5---------|-7-----------|-5---------|-7-----------|

  C           Dsus4         C           Dsus4
  e e e e e   e e e e e e   e e e e e   e e e e e e
|-----------|-------------|-----------|-------------|
|-----------|-------------|-----------|-------------|
5-------0---6-------0---0-|-------0---|-------0---0o|
8-----10--108-----12--12--|-----10--10|-----12--12-o|
|---10------|---12--------|---10------|---12--------|
|-8---------|-10----------|-8---------|-10----------|

  C       Dsus4 Em            C           Dsus4
  e e e e e e   H             e e e e e   e e e e e e
|-------------|-------------|-----------|-------------|
|-------------|-------------|-----------|-------------|
6-------0-----|-------------5-------0---6-------0---0-|
8-----10----12|-14------\---8-----10--108-----12--12--|
|---10--------|-14------\---|---10------|---12--------|
|-8-------10--|-12------\---|-8---------|-10----------|

  C       Dsus4 Em
  e e e e e e   H
|-------------|-------------|
|-------------|-------------|
|-------0-----|-------------|
|-----10----12|-14------\---|
|---10--------|-14------\---|
|-8-------10--|-12------\---|
                                               All the same...
                                          Am  *             Bm  Am
  e e e e e e e   e e e e e e e   e e e e e     Q     e e e q   q
|---------------|---------------|-----------------|-----------------|
|---------------|---------------|---------1-----1-|---------3---1---|
7---------------|---------------4---------2-----2-|---------4---2---|
8---7-----5-4---|---5-2---------4---------2-----2-|---------4---2---|
|-0---5-7-----5-|-3-----3-5-2---|---3-2---0-----0-|---3-2---2---0---|
|---------------|-------------3-|-1-----3---------|-------3---------|

  G     D       C               G               Am
  e e e h       q     q   e q   q       e e e   q     Q   e e e
|-3-3-3-2---------|-------------3---|---------|-----------------|
|-3-3-3-3---------|-------------3---|---------|-1-----1---------|
|-0-0-0-2-------5-|---5---5-5---0---2---------4-2-----2---------|
|-0-0-0-0-------5-|---5---5-5---0---4---0-----4-2-----2---------|
|-2-2-2---------3-|---3---3-3---2---|-----2---|-0-----0---3-2---|
|-3-3-3-----------|-------------3---|-------3-|---------------3-|

  Bm  Am    G     D       C                   Am                Bm  Am
  q   q     e e e h       H           e e e   q     Q   e e e   q   q
|---------|-3-3-3-2---------|---------------|-----------------|---------|
|-3---1---|-3-3-3-3---------|---------------|-1-----1---------|-3---1---|
2-4---2---4-0-0-0-2-------5-7---------------4-2-----2---------2-4---2---|
4-4---2---4-0-0-0-0-------5-8---------------4-2-----2---------4-4---2---|
|-2---0---|-2-2-2---------3-|---------2-0---|-0-----0---3-2---|-2---0---|
|---------|-3-3-3-----------|-------------3-|---------------3-|---------|

  G     D       G     D
  e e e Q       e e e he (w/delay)
|-3-3-3-2-----|-3-3-3-2-------------|
|-3-3-3-3-----|-3-3-3-3-------------|
3-0-0-0-2-----5-0-0-0-2------------o|
4-0-0-0-0-----4-0-0-0-0------------o|
|-2-2-2-------|-2-2-2---------------|
|-3-3-3-------|-3-2-3---------------|


* Keyboard arranged for guitar:
  Notes on A string are 8va bassa
  he          H             h       q     H
|-----------|-------------|-------------|-------------|
|-----------|-------------|-------------|-------------|
5-----------6-------------|-------------|-------------|
8-----------8-------------|-------------|-------------|
|-3---------|-5-----------|-3-------5---|-7-----------|
|-----------|-------------|-------------|-------------|

  e e e e e   e e e e e e   e e e e e e   e e e e e e
|-----------|---------5---|-8-7-5-------|-------------|
|-----5-----|-6-5-8-6---8-|-------8-6-8-|-5-6-8-6-5---|
5-5-7---7-5-6-------------|-------------|-----------7-|
8-----------8-------------|-------------|-------------|
|-3---------|-5-----------|-3-------5---|-7-----------|
|-----------|-------------|-------------|-------------|
                                                ___
  e e e e e   e e e e e e   e e e e e e   e e e sss e e
|-----------|---------5---|-8-7-5-------|--------hpp----|
|-----5-----|-6-5-8-6---8-|-------8-6-8-|-5-6-8-686-5---|
5-5-7---7-5-6-------------|-------------|-------------7-|
8-----------8-------------|-------------|---------------|
|-3---------|-5-----------|-3-------5---|-7-------------|
|-----------|-------------|-------------|---------------|

  e e e e e   e e e e e e   e e e e e e   H
|-----------|---------5---|-8-7-5-------|-------------|
|-----5-----|-6-5-8-6---8-|-------8-6-8-|-5-----------|
5-5-7---7-5-6-------------|-------------|-------------|
8-----------8-------------|-------------|-------------|
|-3---------|-5-----------|-3-------5---|-7-----------|
|-----------|-------------|-------------|-------------|


Lyrics:

A boy alone so far from home
Endless rooftops from my window
I felt the gloom of empty rooms
On rainy afternoons
Sometimes in confusion
I feel so lost and disillusioned
Innocence gave me confidence
To go up against reality

Chorus:
All the same, we take our chances
Laughed at by time
Tricked by circumstances
Plus ca change
Plus c'est la meme chose
The more that things change
The more they stay the same

Now I've gained some understanding
Of the only world that we see
Things that I onced dreamed of
Have become reality
These walls that still suround me
Still contain the same old me
Just one more who's searching for
The world that ought to be

Repeat Chorus

Bridge

Repeat Chorus


Tablature Contributors:
This transcription was created by C. D. Bruce (cbruce@erols.com)
in the format described below.  It was previously transcribed by
Richard Soto (lerxst@zeus.jersey.net) and Jimmy Pena
(no email available).  Tony Kennedy (TKennedy@buckeye.com) provided
some corrections to chord names in the bridge section.  Doug White
(bbwscin@iquest.net) provided the keyboard transcription (less
the bass notes).  Special thanks to Rich Soto for the video footage.


Disclaimer:
This tablature represents how the song is played as closely as
reasonably achievable to the studio recording.  Alex Lifeson may
have played it slightly differently.  Video footage from the
promotional video for Circumstances was used in making this
transcription.


Revision History:
Revision 00:  No data
Revision 01:  No data
Revision 02:  Submitted 05-27-1998, reformatted to condense tab.
Revision 03:  Submitted 10-14-1998, Corrected chord name in bridge
              section.  Added bass notes to keyboard transcripion
              Made changes to main verse chords and a minor change
              to the arpeggiated figure in the bridge.  Added various
              slides on chords.  Added 1st and 2nd repeat
              designations at the end of each section (including an
              addition 3 beats which were missing previously).
              Changed Overdrive to Distortion.
Revision 04:  Submitted 10-15-1998, Changed open G chord to an A at
              5th fret in verse section.


Tablature Explanation:
NT= Nashville Tuning is when the low E, A, D and G strings are replaced
    with lighter gauge strings and tuned one octave higher than normal.
| = bar separating measures (occasionally replaced by time signatures)
~ = vibrato
x = percussive note with no pitch; muted note
. = staccato; mute the note immediately after striking it
h = hammer
p = pull
s = slide (used when \ or / don't fit)
^ = bend string up to indicated pitch/fret shown in parenthesis ()
r = release bend (string/fret may be indicated)
t = fret board tap (not many of these with Rush)
/ = slide up
\ = slide down
x/= pick slide up
x\= pick slide down
< = volume swell
<5> = natural harmonic (lightly touch the string at fret indicated)
[5] = artificial harmonic (use thumb to follow through the pick attack)
(5) = note sustained from previous measure
o =\ repeat sign
o =/
D.C. = "Da capo" - means "from the head", when you see these initials
       you go back to the beginning of the piece of music.
D.S. = "Dal segno" - means "from the sign", go back in the tabulature
       only as far as the (%) sign.
Coda = A passage at the end of a movement or composition that brings
       it to a formal close.
Al Coda = means "to the tail", tells you that you must go to the end
          section which starts with the Coda sign (+).
R.F. = repeat and fade
rit. = "ritardando" - Gradually slowing in tempo; retarding.

Other pertinent information:
  Tuning:  Standard [EADGBe].
  Key signature:
  Effects:  Chorus, distortion, reverb, some delay (at ending only)
  Chord Chart:

    0       Am              0       Bm              0       G
  e |---|---|---|---|     e |---|---|---|---|     e |---|---|-O-|---|
  B |-O-|---|---|---|     B |---|---|-O-|---|     B |---|---|-O-|---|
  G |---|-O-|---|---|     G |---|---|---|-O-|     G 0---|---|---|---|
  D |---|-O-|---|---|     D |---|---|---|-O-|     D 0---|---|---|---|
  A 0---|---|---|---|     A |---|-O-|---|---|     A |---|-O-|---|---|
  E |---|---|---|---|     E |---|---|---|---|     E |---|---|-O-|---|

    0       D                 2     B                10     G
  e |---|-O-|---|---|     e |---|---|---|---|     e |---|---|---|---|
  B |---|---|-O-|---|     B |---|---|(O-|---|     B |---|---|(O-|---|
  G |---|-O-|---|---|     G |---|---|(O-|---|     G |---|---|(O-|---|
  D 0---|---|---|---|     D |---|---|(O-|---|     D |---|---|(O-|---|
  A |---|---|---|---|     A |-O-|---|---|---|     A |-O-|---|---|---|
  E |---|---|---|---|     E |---|---|---|---|     E |---|---|---|---|

      5     D                 4    A/C#             0       F#
  e |---|---|---|---|     e |---|---|---|---|     e |---|-O-|---|---|
  B |---|---|(O-|---|     B |---|-O-|---|---|     B |---|-O-|---|---|
  G |---|---|(O-|---|     G |---|---|-O-|---|     G |---|---|-O-|---|
  D |---|---|(O-|---|     D |---|---|---|-O-|     D |---|---|---|-O-|
  A |-O-|---|---|---|     A |-O-|---|---|---|     A |---|---|---|-O-|
  E |---|---|---|---|     E |---|---|---|---|     E |---|-O-|---|---|

      7     B                 8     C                 5     A
  e |(O-|---|---|---|     e |(O-|---|---|---|     e |(O-|---|---|---|
  B |(O-|---|---|---|     B |(O-|---|---|---|     B |(O-|---|---|---|
  G |(--|-O-|---|---|     G |(--|-O-|---|---|     G |(--|-O-|---|---|
  D |(--|---|-O-|---|     D |(--|---|-O-|---|     D |(--|---|-O-|---|
  A |(--|---|-O-|---|     A |(--|---|-O-|---|     A |(--|---|-O-|---|
  E |(O-|---|---|---|     E |(O-|---|---|---|     E |(O-|---|---|---|

      6    D#0                12    E                 12    E
  e |---|---|---|---|     e |---|---|---|---|     e 0---|---|---|---|
  B |---|-O-|---|---|     B |---|---|---|---|     B |-O-|---|---|---|
  G |---|---|-O-|---|     G |---|-O-|---|---|     G |---|-O-|---|---|
  D |---|-O-|---|---|     D |---|---|-O-|---|     D |---|---|-O-|---|
  A |-O-|---|---|---|     A |---|---|-O-|---|     A |---|---|-O-|---|
  E |---|---|---|---|     E 0---|---|---|---|     E 0---|---|---|---|

      3   Cno3                3    Gno3               8     C
  e |---|---|---|---|     e |---|---|---|---|     e |---|---|---|---|
  B |---|---|---|---|     B |---|---|---|---|     B |---|---|---|---|
  G |---|---|-O-|---|     G |---|---|---|---|     G 0---|---|---|---|
  D |---|---|-O-|---|     D |---|---|-O-|---|     D |---|---|-O-|---|
  A |-O-|---|---|---|     A |---|---|-O-|---|     A |---|---|-O-|---|
  E |---|---|---|---|     E |-O-|---|---|---|     E |-O-|---|---|---|

      10  DaddG               12   Em                 5     D
  e |---|---|---|---|     e |---|---|---|---|     e |---|---|---|---|
  B |---|---|---|---|     B |---|---|---|---|     B |---|---|(O-|---|
  G 0---|---|---|---|     G 0---|---|---|---|     G |---|---|(O-|---|
  D |---|---|-O-|---|     D |---|---|-O-|---|     D |---|---|(O-|---|
  A |---|---|-O-|---|     A |---|---|-O-|---|     A |-O-|---|---|---|
  E |-O-|---|---|---|     E |-O-|---|---|---|     E |---|---|---|---|


Tablature Format:

This Tablature is based on the format indicated below.

  1   2   3   4     1   2   3   4     <--Quarter note beat locations
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8   1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8   <--Eighth note beat locations
                                      <--Effects/Misc Line
  D                 C     G/B         <--Chord Line
  e e e q   q   e   e e e q   e e e   <--Note Duration Line (table below)
|-----2-----------|-----------------| <--High E string
|-------3---------|-----------------| <--B string
|---2-------2---0-|-----0-------0---| <--G string
|-0---------------|---2-------0---0-| <--D string
|-----------------|-3-----2---------| <--A string
|-----------------|-----------------| <--E string

Effects/Misc Line:  Provides effects information, number of repeats, etc.

Chord Line:  Provides the chord name for the chords used in the
             tab below.

Note Duration Line:  Provides the "value" of each note, e.g., whole,
                     half, quarter, etc.

Note Duration Designator Table:
  w = Whole note                   h = Half note
  q = Quarter note                 H = Dotted half note
  Q = Dotted Quarter note          s = Sixteenth note
  e = Eighth note                  S = Dotted sixteenth note
  E = Dotted eighth note           + = Duration exceeds 2 measures
  t = Thirty-second note
  T = Dotted thirty-second note

  Notes with two designations immediately adjacent to each other
  have durations added (e.g., he = half note + eigth note, etc.)

String lines:  Represent the strings of a guitar.  The tab is laid
               out as if you placed a right handed guitar on your
               lap, string side up.  A vertical line character "|"
               represents a bar between measures.  A dash "-" represents
               each string.  The numbers indicate which fret should
               be fingered to sound the note.  The first space after
               every bar is a blank space that is almost never used.
               Quarter notes are separated by 3 dashes, eighth notes
               are separated by 1 dash.  In an effort to make the
               ASCII tab look as much like tab in a music book, the
               notes are spaced out as accurately as possible.  In the
               event the notes will not fit into the format shown above,
               the tab will be expanded (usually only required for
               solos).