The Draize Train

"'The Draize Train' is vivisection terminology, a kind of conveyor belt, you can guess the rest. I've been Vegetarian since 1983. "

"I use Nashville tuning all the time. I've got an Epiphone Coronet with one pickup, and I string it with the high strings from a 12-string set. It's a really zingy, trebly guitar. I used that on a lot of things that people think are 12-string, like the end of 'The Headmaster Ritual'. I also used it on the studio version of 'The Draize Train', along with two Rickenbackers. I was working with Alan Rogan, the famed English guitar technician. He said, 'Well, if you want a Pete Townshend sound, I'll bring down two of Pete's guitars.' I don't know whether Pete knows about that!"

- Johnny Marr

I have put up a tab contributed by David K, a reader, here(click to view, right-click to save as).

Here are the scans from the Complete Chord Dictionary:

Lexicon15 does a cool version on acoustic:

lunachangue did a great electric version from the Rank album:


obsessed with moss said...

This blog is a Godsend, thank you so much

Anonymous said...

I have listened to the rank version of this song more than any song by any artist. Its perfection to me. I would love to see a guitar pro for this so one day....

thanks for this great blog -

Anonymous said...

for what its worth, i've heard it said that the influence for this song was long train coming by the doobie brothers..I can hear it

Unknown said...

Some of the rhythm parts remind me
of the guitar work on

Tighten Up Archie Bell The Drells