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The Bends Chords

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#----------------------------------PLEASE NOTE---------------------------------#
#This file is the author's own work and represents their interpretation of the #
#song. You may only use this file for private study, scholarship, or research. #
#------------------------------------------------------------------------------##
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                     Radiohead's Album "The Bends"
                      compilation put together by
                   Sergio Lucero luceros6@cti.ecp.fr
                   "Sulk" added by Tex (randell@heinous.music.uiowa.edu)
                   corrections and additions welcome
                      current version 0.75 [9/12]
                           dated Dec. 3rd 1995
***********************************************************************

SONGS

                1             planet telex (missing)
                               the bends
                              high and dry
                           fake plastic trees
                5                bones (missing)
                              [nice dream]
                                  just
                              my iron lung
                       bullet proof..i wish i was
               10              black star (missing)
                                  sulk
                        street spirit [fade out]


CREDITS:        Dan Zink [zink@uiuc.edu]                         2,8tab
                Sergio Lucero [luceros6@cti.ecp.fr]              3,6,9
                Glenn Rubenstein [glennrub@delphi.com]           4
                Kasper van Benten (kbbenten@cs.vu.nl)            7
                Dave Stein (4dms3@qlink.queensu.ca)              11
                Mike [michael.healey@balliol.ox.ac.uk]           12

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                               the bends

intro: D, C, B, C, B, C (x4)
verse: E, G, C (x2)

then:
--------------------------------------------------------
-2----2-3-5-8-7-5-----5----5-6-8-11-8-11-8-11-8-11^-----
-2--------------------5---------------------------------
-2--------------------5---------------------------------
-0--------------------3---------------------------------
--------------------------------------------------------

then: E, G, C again

chorus: D, C, B, C

palm muted chord after
"i wish, i wish, i wish, that something would happen": E

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                              high and dry

Intro:

main: F#m7(11) Asus2 E


                          F#m7(11)
                          two jumps in a week
                            Asus2
                  I bet you think that's pretty clever
                             E
                             don't you boy?

                       Flying on your motorcycle
                watching all the ground beneath you drop
                  You'd kill yourself for recognition,
                    kill yourself to never ever stop
                       You broke another mirror,
               you're turning into something you are not

                Don't leave me high, don't leave me dry
                Don't leave me high, don't leave me dry

     Drying up in conversation, you will be the one who cannot talk
      All your insides fall to pieces, you just sit there wishing
                       you could still make love

                Don't leave me high, don't leave me dry...

Solo: (on a single string)

B-5-5-4-5-5--4-5-5--4-5s7s5-4--5-5-4-5-5-2-0----2---4-

B-5-5-4-5-5--4-5-5--4-5s7s5-4--5-5-4-5-5-2-0----------


                 It's the best thing that you ever had,
                   best thing that you ever ever had
                 It's the best thing that you ever had,
               the best thing you ever had is going away

                Don't leave me high, don't leave me dry...

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                           fake plastic trees
 
Special thanks to: et-lee@ux4.cso.uiuc.edu
 
 
Okay, this is pretty accurate, I took the chords that Gene listed and
put them to the lyrics, figuring out the exact changes and the strumming
pattern. It sounds almost perfect when I play along to my CD and it
works well enough.
 
 
Strumming pattern:
 
e---------------------- (only strum for the D chord)
B----------x-----------
G----------x-----------
D---x-x----x-----------
A---x-x----x----------- (for the D chord, don't play this string...)
E--don't play----------
 
(4 of the above strums equals what you should play for
each chord when it changes) 
 
(on the D/A/D change play 2 strums D, then 2 strums A, then 4 strums D)
 
 
Start strumming A for the intro, come in with
the lyrics on the second strum of the pattern)
 
A                            F#m
Her green plastic watering can
                               E  D
For her fake chinese rubber plant
              A     D
In the fake plastic earth
A                               F#m 
That she bought from a rubber man
                            E   D
In a town full of rubber plants
       A      D 
To get rid of itself
 
 
             Bm
It wears her out..
             A
It wears her out..
             Bm
It wears her out..
             A
It wears her out
 
 
She lives with a broken man
A cracked polystyrene man
Who just crumbles and burns
He used to do surgery
For girls in the eighties
But gravity always wins
 
 
And it wears him out..
It wears him out..
It wears him out..
It weeeeeaaaars
 
 
She looks like the real thing
She tastes like the real thing
My fake plastic love
But I can't help the feeling
I could blow through the ceiling
If I just turn and run
 
And it wears me out
It wears me out
It wears me out
It wears me out
And if I could be who you wanted
If I could be who you wanted
All the time..
All the time..
 
A (with more energy)
F#m (with more energy)
D (with more energy, no change this time)
 
(end on) A
 
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                              [nice dream]

[Intro by Kasper van Benten]

C-B-Bb-A (x2)

 A                           D
they love me like i was a brother
                        E
they protect me, listen to me
      A                 D
they dug me my very own garden
                           E
gave me sunshine, made me happy.

 Bm          E          A
nice dream, nice dream, nice dream.

i call up my friend the good angel
but she's out with her answerphone
she says she would love to come help but
the sea would electrocute us all.

 Bm          E          A           F#m
nice dream, nice dream, nice dream, nice dream

nice dream
nice dream
nice dream [if you think that you're strong enough]
nice dream [if you think you belong enough]
nice dream [if you think that you're strong enough]
nice dream [if you think you belong enough]

[anyone for the bridge section?]

Then back to "nice dream"

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                                  just

Intro: C D# D F (3x)
C:      x35553
D#:     x68886
D:      x57775
F:      x81010108

Didn't figure out any more of this song..... YET!

Lyrics:

can't get the stink off,
he's been hanging round for days.
comes like a comet,
suckered you but not your friends.
one day he'll get to you,
teach you how to be a holy cow.

don't get my sympathy
hanging out the 15th floor.
you've changed the lock 3 times,
he still comes reeling through the door.
and soon he'll get to you,
teach you how to get to purest hell.

you do it to yourself you do
and that's what really hurts is
you do it to yourself just you,
you and no-one else 
you do it to yourself.


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                              my iron lung

Here's how to play the beginning:


                                             (bend and
                                              release)
--------10-------------7-------------8------------------------
-----8------8-------8-----8-------8-----8----10-/-\----8------
--------------------------------------------------------------
--------------------------------------------------------------
-10-------------8-------------6-------------------------------
--------------------------------------------------------------

--------10-------------7-------------8-----11-----11----------
-----8------8-------8-----8-------8-----8------8------8-------
--------------------------------------------------------------
--------------------------------------------------------------
-10-------------8-------------6-------------------------------
--------------------------------------------------------------

--------10-------------7-------------8---10---11---10---8-----
-----8------8-------8-----8-------8---------------------------
--------------------------------------------------------------
--------------------------------------------------------------
-10-------------8-------------6-------------------------------
--------------------------------------------------------------

--------10-------------7-------------8-----11-----11----------
-----8------8-------8-----8-------8-----8------8------8-------
--------------------------------------------------------------
--------------------------------------------------------------
-10-------------8-------------6-------------------------------
--------------------------------------------------------------

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                       bullet proof..i wish i was

Verse: C Bm G D

limb by limb and tooth by tooth
tearing up inside of me
everyday everyhour wish that I was bullet proof

wax me, mould me,
heat the pins and stab them in
you have turned me into this
just wish that it was bullet proof

Chorus: G D C

bullet proof

so pay me money and take a shot
lead-fill the hole in me
i could burst a million bubbles
all surrogate and
bullet proof

bullet proof

  **********************************************************************

Its in 3 BTW

D
You bite through the big wall
D
The Big wall bites back
D
You sit there and 
C      G
sulk
                   D
Sit there and ball.

(pre-chorus and chorus)

D
G               C
   Sometime you sulk,
                D
sometime ya burn
G               C
   God rest you soul...

For the end of the song (last chorus) we go up a tone to A-D-E for the 
chorus.

  ***********************************************************************
                        street spirit [fade out]

This just has three really easy picking patterns in it, plus a few bits
over the top which I can't be bothered to work out...

FIG A:

    Am              Asus4           Am              Asus2
E-|---------0---------------0---------------0-----------------------|
B-|-----------------3---------------1---------------0---------------|
G-|-----2-------2-------2-------2-------2-------2-------2-------2---|
D-|---------------------------------------------------------2-------|
A-|-0---------------------------------------------------------------|
E-|-----------------------------------------------------------------|


FIG E:-

    Em              Em7             Em6             Em
E-|---------0---------------0---------------0-----------------------|
B-|-----------------3---------------1---------------0---------------|
G-|-----0-------0-------0-------0-------0-------0-------0-------0---|
D-|---------------------------------------------------------2-------|
A-|-----------------------------------------------------------------|
E-|-0---------------------------------------------------------------|


FIG C:-

    C               Cadd9           C               Cmaj7
E-|---------0---------------0---------------0-----------------------|
B-|-----------------3---------------1---------------0---------------|
G-|-----0-------0-------0-------0-------0-------0-------0-------0---|
D-|---------------------------------------------------------2-------|
A-|-3---------------------------------------------------------------|
E-|-----------------------------------------------------------------|


Intro: A
Verses: A E
Chorus: C E A


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                             SPECIAL CHORDS

        F#m7(11) 2022000

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gallagher2006 wrote on October 29 2006, 08:17 am

This is probably one of the worst things Ive ever seen

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tothelighthouse wrote on March 22 2007, 03:45 pm

this is rubbish. half the album is missing and whoever tabbed it doesn't even seem to give a toss. all of the tabs have parts missing and then he says he couldn't be bothered to work it out. this is a waste of time.

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Pr0digalS0n wrote on August 13 2014, 03:41 am

Lack of formatting. Lack of accuracy. Tab incomplete. Clearly wrong.

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