Meant To Be (Original Song)

 

This is a song I tried to write when I first bought a Chinese Ruan upon arriving in Hong Kong. I wandered into a chinese instrument shop and think I freaked the owner out a bit with my excessive gesticulation, but after showing off my burgeoning interpretive miming skills ended up walking out with this under my arm:

 


The tuning is quite interesting to play with – it has four strings, and below is how I tune it for me:

a ———————-
d ———————-
A ———————-
D ———————-

It truly does have a beautiful sound to it, and though I probably don’t do it much justice in a classical sense the great joy I have always felt from playing music is sometimes in the “not knowing” of how to do something – and getting to this honest type of place of being exploratory with sound, and not being as good as others potentially are – but a place where you accept that.

 

Meant To Be

Only an inch away
Only a word too late

Only if everything I ever said
Was a lie

An honest word
Said too soon
A push when you tried to pull
A white lie you can’t turn back
Into light

All these words
Flutter like birds
Can you see
It was meant to be

 

TAB:

As always with a tab, its a skeleton – I add a lot more but tabbing intricately is not my forte. You can still tune your standard six string guitar to this, and in fact if you also tune out the 5th/ 6th strings to D / D respectively it can sound pretty melodic:

Verse:

a                         2      4      5                                    2      4      5                        I
d       2 4 2 0   0      0      0                   2 4 5 7 0      0      0      0       0             I
A                    2      4      5                                    2      4      2       0              I
D                                                                         0       0      0      0              I

Only an inch away                            Only a word too late

 

                        2      4      5    >                                  0                                    I
d  2 4 2 0        0      0      0     >                                5      4                            I
                   2      4      5        >                            0      0                             I
                 0      0      0        >                          5      4      7    2    4    0  I

Only if everything I ever said was a         lie…. (repeat)

Chorus:

        0       0         0       0         0         0        0        0                           2         4         5 
      0       2         4        4       7         7        5        5                              0         0         0 
    0       0        0       0        0        0        0        0                                 2         4          5
  0       2        4       4        7        7         5        4      0     2      4      4                              
  All these words            Flutter like birds           Can you see?     It was meant to be.

HK, 16 / 9 / 13

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