MOONCHILD ( King Crimson )  

  

Written by Fripp/McDonald/Lake/Giles/Sinfield  
Released on the album: In The Court of the Crimson King (1969) 
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ASCII-Tablature of the acoustic guitar part played by Greg Lake. 
The 1st part is based on an A minor chord with a descending "bass" line ( A - G - F# - F ) and introduces the main riff.  
This fingerstyle version slightly differs from the original.

thumb: x            Hammer on: h             Bend up: )
index: a            Pull off: p              Bend down: (
dirty: b            Slide up: /              Press but don't play: !
ring: c             Slide down: \            Staccato: :
pinky: d            Strum (Arpeggio): ~~~

||:  INTRO

e----------------------------------------------------------------------|   right hand pattern: 
b----------------5a--------------5a--------------5d-------------5d-----|   x - a - b - c  ( 4x )
g------------5a--------------5a--------------5d-------------5d---------|  
D--------7c--------------5a--------------4a--------------3a------------|   
A-----0---------------0---------------0---------------0----------------|   
E----------------------------------------------------------------------|   repeat tab 1x
      <         use half barré with your index and pinky         >

START LYRICS  1st and 2nd verse

e----------------------------------------------------------------------|   right hand pattern: 
b----------------5a--------------5a--------------5d-------------5d-----|   x - a - b - c  ( 4x )
g------------5a--------------5a--------------5d-------------5d---------|  
D--------7c--------------5a--------------4a--------------3a------------|  
A-----0---------------0---------------0---------------0----------------|   
E----------------------------------------------------------------------|   repeat tab 3x

e----------1a-----------------------------3c--------5a----------------------|   right hand pattern:
b--------------1a-------------------3b--------------5a-------8b------5a-----|   x - c - b - a - x - a - b - c  ( 1x ) 
g------------------2b----------4d-------------------5a-------7a------5a-----|   xabc  ( 3x )
D-----0------------------2a----------------------------------9c------7c-----|  
A---------------------------------------------------0--------0-------0------|
E---------------------------------------------------------------------------|

                                alternatively  -----1a-------3a-------------| 
                                               -----3d-------5d------5a-----|  
                                               -----2b-------4b------5a-----|  
                                               -----0--------5c------7c-----|  
                                               ----------------------0------|
                                               -----------------------------|

e-------------------1a-----------------0--------------------0------------------|   right hand pattern:
b--------------1a------------------0-------------------1a-------1a-------------|   x - a - b - c  ( 2x ) 
g---------2b------------------0--------------------2c---------------2c---------|   x - a - b - c - d - c - b - a  ( 1x )   
D-----0------------------2b--------------------2b-----------------------2b-----|
A-------------------------------------------0----------------------------------|
E------------------------------------------------------------------------------|

e----------1a-----------------------------3c--------5a----------------------|   right hand pattern:
b--------------1a-------------------3b--------------5a-------8b------5a-----|   x - c - b - a - x - a - b - c  ( 1x )
g------------------2b----------4d-------------------5a-------7a------5a-----|   xabc  ( 3x )
D-----0------------------2a----------------------------------9c------7c-----|  
A---------------------------------------------------0--------0-------0------|
E---------------------------------------------------------------------------|

                                alternatively  -----5b----------------------|
                                               -----6c-------8c------5a-----|  
                                               -----5a-------7a------5a-----|  
                                               -----7d-------9d------7c-----|  
                                               --------------0-------0------|
                                               -----------------------------|

                                           or  -----5a-------!--------------|  !: use full barré ( Dm7 / Em7 )
                                               -----6b-------8b------5a-----|  
                                               -----5a-------7a------5a-----|  
                                               -----!--------9c------7c-----|  
                                               -----5a-------7a------0------|
                                               -----!--------!--------------|

e--------------------1a-----------------0---------------------0-----|   right hand pattern:
b--------------1a------------------0---------------------1b---------|   x - a - b - c  ( 2x )
g---------2b------------------0---------------------2d--------------|   x - a - b - c - d  ( 1x )
D-----0------------------2b---------------------2c--------------/---|
A-------------------------------------------0-----------------------|
E-------------------------------------------------------------------|

:||  OUTRO

e----------------------------------------------------------------------|   right hand pattern: 
b----------------5a--------------5a--------------5d-------------5d-----|   x - a - b - c  ( 4x )
g------------5a--------------5a--------------5d-------------5d---------|  
D--------7c--------------5a--------------4a--------------3a------------| 
A-----0---------------0---------------0---------------0----------------|   
E----------------------------------------------------------------------|   repeat tab 1x

e----------------------------------------------------------------------------5d-----|   right hand pattern:
b----------------5a--------------5a--------------5d-------------5d----------5d------|   x - a - b - c  ( 4x )
g------------5a--------------5a--------------5d-------------5d-------------5d-------|   a ~~~  ( 1x )
D--------7c--------------5a--------------4a--------------3a---------------2a--------| 
A-----0---------------0---------------0---------------0------------------0----------|   
E-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|

1.                                                                                                          2.
Call her moonchild                                            She's a moonchild
Dancing in the shallows of a river                            Gathering the flowers in a garden.
Lonely moonchild                                              Lovely moonchild
Dreaming in the shadows of a willow.                          Drifting in the echoes of the hours.
Talking to the trees of the                                   Sailing on the wind
cobweb strange                                                in a milk white gown 
Sleeping on the steps of a fountain                           Dropping circle stones on a sun dial
Waving silver wands to the                                    Playing hide and seek
night-birds song                                              with the ghosts of dawn
Waiting for the sun on the mountain.                          Waiting for a smile from a sun child.