Teo Torriate (let us cling together)

Words and music by Brian May

Teo Torriate Chords Transcribed by Shane McDonald

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Note : within the Teo Torriate Chords I use this notation to indicate a quick change between the 2 chords 
A7sus4 -> A

 

Introduction : Played on piano (seems to be mixed with toy-piano sound) slow-medium tempo.
(Gm6 is made up of the notes G , Bb and E )

D	Gm   (each chord played 4 times)
D	Gm   (each chord played 4 times)  Gm6
A  	(play bass notes C# D E F G F E D C# Bb A G F E D C# )

Song

  Dm       Gm/D    Dm
  When I'm gone no need to wonder
            Gm/D
  if I ever think of you
       Dm       Asus4/D  A/D
  the same moon shines
       Dm       Asus4/D  A/D   Dm  
  the same wind blows   for    both of us
                    Asus4/D  A
  and time is but a paper moon
         Gm6/D   A7 (play notes from intro)
  be not gone  
    Dm       Gm/D   Dm
  Though I'm gone   it's as though
                          Gm/D
  I hold the flower that touches you
    Dm       Asus4/D  A/D
  a new life grows
      Dm      Asus4/D  A/D   Dm  
  the blossom knows  there's no one else
                          Gm/D
  could warm my heart as much as you
         Gm6/D   A7 (play notes from intro - there are one or two notes less however)
  be not gone
   D       G/D    D/F#  D      G/D    D
  Let us cling together as the years go by
  G      A7      D    A7sus4
  oh my love my love
  A7      D
  In the quiet of the night
   A/C#    G/B       G/A  G
  let our candle always   burn
          D/A         A7sus4    A7      D       A7sus4  A7
  let us never lose the lessons we have learned.
   D   G/D D/F#  D   G/D D
  Teo tori_atte konomama iko
  G      A7   D   A7sus4
  aisuruhito yo
    A7  D
  Shizukana yoi ni
   A/C# G/B  G/A G
  hikar_io tomoshi
       D/A    A7sus4  A7  D
  itoshiki oshieo     idaki
  Dm      Gm/D       Dm
  Hear my song still think of me
                         Gm/D
  the way you've come to think of me
      Dm          Asus4/D  A/D
  the nights grow long
      Dm        Asus4/D  A/D   Dm  
  but dreams live on           just close your pretty eyes
             Gm/D
  and you can be with me
        Gm6/D   A7 (play notes from intro - there are one or two notes less however)
  dream on
   D   G/D D/F#  D   G/D D
  Teo tori_atte konomama iko
  G      A7   D   A7sus4
  aisuruhito yo
    A7  D
  Shizukana yoi ni
   A/C# G/B  G/A G
  hikar_io tomoshi
       D/A    A7sus4  A7  D
  itoshiki oshieo     idaki
    Em D   A7           Bm              G
  When I'm gone they'll say we were all fools
               A7         G    Asus4->A7
  but we don't understand
  Em  D    A7            E7/G#    A7/G
  Oh be strong don't turn your heart
   F#7  Bm                   Bm/A    G       A7
  We're all you're all we're all for all for always
   D       G/D    D/F#  D      G/D    D
  Let us cling together as the years go by
  G      A7     D    A7sus4 -> A
  oh my love my love
  A7      D
  In the quiet of the night
   A/C#    G/B     G/A  G
  let our candle always burn
          D/A            A7sus4  A7      D
  let us never lose the lessons we have learned.
Outro
To the tune of the last 3 lines of the chorus - Playes on 60's style organ.
D   A/C#   G/B   G/A   G    D/A    A7sus4   A7   D

About Teo Torriate

Teo Torriate is from Queen’s 5th studio album, A Day at the Races. The album was released on 10th December 1976 and this was the band’s first completely self-produced album. The album continues the theme of the previous and almost acts in parallel with A Night at the Opera. Both albums took their names from Marx Brothers films, as well as sharing similar album artwork and having a similar musical style. A Day at the Races went to Number 1 in the UK, Japan and the Netherlands album charts and it reached No. 5 in the USA.

This first time I heard Teo Torriate I was mesmerised. Firstly by the beautiful opening (on plastic piano apparently) and words and then by the fact that the song was written with Japanese in parts. The Japanese is not 100% grammatically correct but has links to older poetic Japanese. Because of the inclusion of Japanese in Two Torriate, the song was released as a single exclusively in Japan, reaching No. 49 on the charts (I personally thought it would have done better in Japan as Queen were really popular in Japan at that time). The choral parts were sung by a local choir which works really well.

For the music geeks, the end of Teo Toriatte has a one-minute instrumental intro featuring a Shepard tone melody, which is actually a reprise of the beginning of “Tie Your Mother Down”: this was intended to create a “circle” in the album. What the Shepard tone melody is like, can be viewed like a spinning barbers pole, in that it seems to move but doesn’t actually – When done correctly, the tone appears to rise (or fall) continuously in pitch, yet return to its starting note.

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