Rush: Tai Shan
From the album Hold Your Fire (Mercury Records)
Copyright 1987 Core Music Publishing
Music by Lee and Lifeson
Lyrics by Peart

Transcription by C.D. Bruce 

Previous transcription credit:
     Richard J. Soto 

 4/4 throughout
  "Flute" synth intro arranged for guitar
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                       * Vocal start
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                                    Guitar w/delay single repeat       |
  (play on 2nd repeat only)                  {play below 1st time only}|
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Repeat "Flute" Synth intro during second verse
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Coda (+)
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   Bsus4
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 R.F. "Flute" synth intro with the guitar figures below
 (2nd guitar in parenthesis () - bass notes matched by bass synth 8va
  below that notated)
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  {Bass Synth 8va below that notated}
   delay set at 1/4 note repeats
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B|-5.--7.--------------------------|-5.--7.--------------------------|T
G|---------------------------------|(1)------------------------------|R
D|(2)-------------(4)--------------|----------------(2)--------------|
A|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
E|{0}------------------------------|---------------------------------|


e|---------4.------7-------6-------|---------4.------7-------6-------|G
B|-5.--7.--------------------------|-5.--7.--------------------------|T
G|(3)-------------(4)--------------|(6)-------------(8)--------------|R
D|---------------------------------|--------------------------------o|
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Lyrics

1st Verse:
High on the sacred mountain
Up the seven thousand stairs
In the golden light of autumn
There was magic in the air
Clouds surrounded the summit
The wind blew strong and cold
Among the silent temples
And the writing carved in gold

Somewhere in my instincts
The primitive took hold

Chorus:
I stood at the top of the mountain
And China sang to me
In the peaceful haze of harvest time
A song of eternity

2nd Verse:
If you raise your hands to heaven
You will live a hundred years
I stood there like a mystic
Lost in the atmosphere
The clouds were suddenly parted
For a moment I could see
The patterns of the landscape
Reaching to the eastern sea

I looked upon a presence
Spanning forty centuries

Repeat Chorus

Outro Verse:
I thought of time and distance
The hardships of history
I heard the hope and the hunger
When China sang to me
When China sang to me


Tabulature Explanation:
| = bar line
~ = vibrato or held note
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 to indicated string/fret
t = fret board tap (not many of these with Rush)
/ = slide up
\ = slide down
<5> = natural harmonic (lightly touch the string at fret indicated)
[5] = artificial harmonic (use thumb to follow through the pick attack)
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:
  Tempo:  1/4 note = ???
  Tuning:  Standard [EADGBe].
  Key signature:  Starts in A goes to C
  Effects:  Overdrive, Reverb, Chorus or Dimension
  Chord Chart Below for major chords used:  See tab