Resist

Acoustic Version

Background and Commentary

“Originally called ‘Taboo’ (following ‘Totem’ as in Totem and Taboo by Sigmund Freud), the song has a simple structure like ‘Bravado’ (with piano recalling ‘War Paint’). ‘I can resist anything except temptation’ is from Oscar Wilde’s play Lady Windermere’s Fan.”—Robert Telleria, Merely Players

“‘Resist’ is one of the best songs we’ve written. I knew from the beginning that this was a special Rush song just by the kind of energy that came from all of us when we wrote and recorded it.” (Canadian Musician, 1996)—Geddy in Merely Players

“The instrument played at the beginning of the song is a hammer dulcimer, not a guitar. Neil wanted to include that instrument on a track.”—Songfacts

“Alex and Geddy began performing the piece acoustically on the Vapor Trails tour and released the acoustic version on Rush In Rio. They repeated the acoustic version in their set for the 30th anniversary tour two years later.”—Songfacts

Lyrics

I can learn to resist
Anything but temptation
I can learn to coexist
With anything but pain

I can learn to compromise
Anything but my desires
I can learn to get along
With all the things I can’t explain

I can learn to resist
Anything but frustration
I can learn to persist
With anything but aiming low

I can learn to close my eyes
To anything but injustice
I can learn to get along
With all the things I don’t know

You can surrender
Without a prayer
But never really pray
Pray without surrender

You can fight
Without ever winning
But never ever win
Without a fight

I can learn to resist
Anything but temptation
I can learn to coexist
With anything but pain

I can learn to compromise
Anything but my desires
I can learn to get along
With all the things I can’t explain

Tablature

By mitzel the bear

Excerpted from Ultimate Guitar.

Tune your git boxes half a tune down.

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-5——7——————–5——7——————–|——————|
-5——7——7——5——5——7——3————-|——————|
-3——5——7——5——3——5——3————-|——————|
-3——5——5——3——3——5——1————-|——————|
Rhy.1 Play 2x

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—–1-1–1——3—3-|—–1——–0-3—3—|—–1——-3—3—–|—|
—0—0———–0—|——-2—-0—–0—0-|—0—0———–0—|—|
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-3———————|-0———————-|-3———————|—|
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Rhy.2a Rhy.2b Rhy.2c

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———1——-|—–1-1–1——3—3—|—–1——0—0-3-1-0-1|——|
—–2———–|—0—0———–0—0-|——-2——0———-|——|
—3————-|————-0———–|—2———————|——|
-3—————|-3———————–|-0———————–|——|
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Rhy.2d Rhy.2e Rhy.2f

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—–1—0—3—3—3-|———1——-|———————-15——12–|
—0—0———–2—|—–2———–|-14—14b-r-12—–12————-|
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-3———————|-3—————|———————————-|
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Rhy.2g Rhy.2h Riff-A

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-14-12-|-14—–14b-r-12—–12——-14——–12–|————-|-14—14–|b
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Riff-B Play Riff-A

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Play Rhy.2a-h Play Rhy.1

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-7-9-7-9-7—12-14-12-14-12–|-7-9-7-9-7—7-9-7-9-7–|—————-|-7-9-|
-7-9-7-9-7—12-14-12-14-12–|-7-9-7-9-7—7-9-7-9-7–|—————-|-7-9-|
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Riff-C Play 3x . . . Play Riff-C 3x

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-7-9-7—7-9-7-9-|-5——7——————-|—————————–|
-7-9-7—7-9-7-9-|-5——7——7————|—————————–|
—————–|-3——5——7————|—————————–|
—————–|-3——5——5————|—————————–|

-0———-0———-3———-2———-3——–|-0———-0———|
-0———-1———-3———-3———-3——–|-0———-1———|
-0———-0———-0———-2———-2——–|-0———-0———|
-2———-2———-0———-2———-2——–|-2———-2———|
-3———-3———-2———-0———-0——–|-3———-3———|
-3———-3———-3———-x———-x——–|-3———-3———|

For complete tab, go to Ultimate Guitar.

Tutorials

“Resist” guitar cover (acoustic)

“Resist” drum cover

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~ by rvkeeper on February 15, 2011.

 
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