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/ R.E.M. / Automatic For The People (1992) / The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonight guitar tab

From: hyson@cis.ohio-state.edu (david lincoln hyson)

REM

The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonight
-----------------------------

Intro, same as chorus:
      
D////G//C//Am/
D////G//C//Am/
D////G//C//Am/

The transition to the verses:
  C               Em
e---------0-----|---------0---------
B-------------1-|-------------0-----
G---------------|-------------------
D-----2---------|-------------------
A-3-------------|-----2-------------
E---------------|-0-----------------

Verse 1:
(* For all the verses, the F's, C's,  and Am's are played as barre
chords, the F's in A formation, the C's and Am's in E form.  He 
upstrokes them in pairs, on what sounds like a big hollowbody electric.
The placement of the chords over the words here is inteneded only to 
to denote their *approximate* temporal location.  Listen to the song
and you'll be able to hear and feel where they actually go.*)  

      F  F           F  F               C   C       C   C
This here is the place where I will be stayin'
F  F                           F  F                     C  C           C  C
There isn't a number you can call on the payphone, let it ring a long,long,
                   
long, long time  
F  F         F  F            Am  Am            C  C
If I don't pick up, hang up, call back let it ring some more
F  F        F  F            C   C              C  C 
[Untranscribable Stipe yodel]
     F  F            F  F                    Am  Am                       C C
If I don't pick up, pick up, the sidewinder sleep, sleep, sleeps in a coil

Chorus 1 (*I won't even try to pretend that I know what he's 

D////G//C//Am/
D////G//C//Am/
D////G//C//Am/

C  Em     (*play as noted above for transition*)

Verse 2:
          F  F                 F  F                       C  C        C   C
There's scratches all around the coinslot, like a heartbeat baby, tryin' to

wake up
F  F           F  F        C  C           C  C
But this machine can only swallow money, you can't lay a patch by computer

design
F  F        F  F      Am  Am        C  C
With just alot of stupid, stupid signs
F  F        F  F      C  C          C  C
["Tell her" yodeled]
F  F          F  F        C  C         C  C    
Tell her she can kiss my ass and say that you were
F  F                           F  F             Am  Am    
Only kidding, that way she'll know that it's really, really, really,
          C C
really me

Chorus 2:  (*Same as chorus one, including transition*)

D////G//C//Am/
D////G//C//Am/
D////G//C//Am/

C  Em     

Verse 3:  (*Short verse*)
       F  F                         F  F            C  C                      
Baby eat some soup, does it really grab me today I need something more
C  C
sub-stub-sub-substantial
F  F               F  F                         C  C         C  C            
A can of beans, some black eyed peas, some Nescafe and ice
     F  F                 F  F                 Am  Am            C C
A candy bar, a fall(*en/in'*) star, or a reading from Doctor Seuss

Chorus 3: 

D////G//C//Am/
D////G//C//Am/
D////G//C//Am/

C Em   (*Same as above*)

Bridge:

(*During the bridge, Am and Bm are played as A barres, and the picking 
pattern is like this:

  Bm              Bm               Am               Am 
e---------2------|---------2------|---------0------|---------0------|
B-------------3--|-------------3--|-------------1--|-------------1--|
G----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
D-----4----------|-----4----------|-----2----------|-----2----------|
A-2--------------|-2--------------|-0--------------|-0--------------|
E----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|

The C below is picked in the same pattern, i.e. A str, D str, e str, B str*)

Bm               Bm                   Am             Am
The cat in the hat came back, and wrecked alot of havoc
Bm                                     Bm      Am       Am
On the way, always had a smile and a reason to pretend
Bm                                     Bm           Am                    C
That their world, was flat back brown, too little, need to sleep but to dream
                Em            Em
The sidewinder sleeps on his back


Chorus 3 and outro:

(*The chorus is the same*)

D////G//C//Am/
D////G//C//Am/
D////G//C//Am/

(*But now this transition thing changes to what we'll call the New Transition*)
 C                Em
e---------0-----|-0-------0-----|
B-------------1-|-0-------0-----|
G---------------|-0-------0-----|
D-----2---------|-2-------2-----|
A-3-------------|-2-------2-----|
E---------------|-0-------2-----|

D////G//C//Am/
D////G//C//Am/
D////G//C//Am/

C Em (*New transition*)

D////G//C//Am/
D////G//C//Am/
D////G//C//Am/

C Em (*New transition*)

D////G//C//Am/
D////G//C//Am/
D////G//C//Am/

C         Em                D       D
We got a boogy-woogy groove on this one

From: csb1@engr.engr.uark.edu (Chris Bray)

Chorus:
D  D/F# D           D/F#        G5      C9   G5                 Am
   Call me when you try to wake her up, call me when you try to wake her
D  D/F# D           D/F#        G5      C9   G5                 Am
   Call me when you try to wake her up, call me when you try to wake her
D  D/F# D           D/F#        G5      C9   G5                 Am
   Call me when you try to wake her up, call me when you try to wake her


R.E.M. albums
2004 Around the Sun
2001 Reveal
1998 Up
1996 New Adventures In Hi-Fi
1994 Monster
1992 Automatic For The People
1991 Out Of Time
1988 Green
1987 Eponymous
1983 Murmur
Automatic For The People tabs
01Drive tabbass tab
02Try Not To Breath tabbass tab
03The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonight tabbass tab
04Everybody Hurts tabbass tab
05New Orleans Instrumental No.1 tabbass tab
06Sweetness Follows tabbass tab
07Monty Got A Raw Deal tabbass tab
08Ignoreland tabbass tab
09Star Me Kitten tabbass tab
10Man On The Moon tabbass tab
11Nightswimming tabbass tab
12Find The River tabbass tab

 

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