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Bones Of Birds Tab

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Soundgarden - Bones of Birds
From 'King Animal' Album
Drop-D Tuning
tabbed by jjhand

A great song with deep sounding chords and great vocals by Cornell. 
I like the interesting touches like the chord choices, natural 
harmonics in the chorus, and the piano on the second verse. 
I combined the live youtube footage with the recording which had slight 
differences (the recording had a slightly higher pitch). 
Please rate or comment on this tab.


Intro - played 2x, 4/4 time
e|-------------|----------------|-------------|----------------|
B|-------------|----------------|-------------|----------------|
G|-------------|----------------|-------------|----------------|
D|-------4-----|-4-6-6b7--6--4--|-------4-----|-4-6-6b7--6~~---|
A|-----------5-|----------------|-----------5-|----------------|
D|-0---0-------|----------------|-0---0-------|----------------|


Verse Riff - Both Guitars, 7 beats per bar
e|--------------------------|-----------------------|
B|--------------------------|-----------------------|
G|--------------------------|-----------------------|
D|------4-----4-6-6b7--6~~--|------4-----4-6-7------|
A|----------5---------------|----------5-----0------|
D|-0------------------------|-4---------------------|

1  "Time                is my friend,        Till it"
2  "ain't,              and runs out"
3  "And                 that is all           that I"
4  "have                till it's gone"



Prechorus - 

   A7          Fm           C5                G#(b5) G#
e|------------------------|--------------------------------|
B|------------------------|--------------------------------|
G|------------------------|--------------------7-----------|
D|-5---5-5-5---6---6-6----|-10---10-10-10------6---10-10---|
A|-7---7-7-7---3---3-3----|-10---10-10-10------6---6--6----|
D|-7---7-7-7---3---3-3----|-10---10-10-10------6---6--6----|
                   PM                        PM     

  "Try   to build on       bones of birds"



                           Change to 4 beats per bar
e|------------------------|-----------------|--------------------|
B|------------------------|-----------------|--------------------|
G|------------------------|-----------------|------------------0-|
D|-5---5-5-5---6---6-6----|-10--10-10-10----|---10-10-10-10-10-0-|
A|-7---7-7-7---3---3-3----|-10--10-10-10--6-|----6--6--6--6--6-0-|
E|-7---7-7-7---3---3-3----|-10--10-10-10--6-|----6--6--6--6--6---|

  "singing in the cold  and fall        to earth"






Chorus - Strum same chords as Prechorus in eighths (8 per bar)

  A7sus2 8x,    Fm 8x,      C5 8x,    G# 8x 

Guitar 2 plays this 2x:
e|-------------|-----------|-----------|------------|
B|-------------|-----------|-----------|------------|
G|-------------|-----------|-5NH-------|------------|
D|---------5NH-|-----------|-----------|-5NH--------|
A|---5NH-------|-----------|-----------|------------|
D|-------------|-2.6NH-----|-----------|------------|

Lyrics:
1. "Hey, sometimes she won't cry  and the smallest one is"
2. "trapped. Too weak to survive...     probably"





Play Verse Riff once, then

Pre Verse 2 (1:19)
e|-------------------------------|-----------------------------|
B|----------15--------14--12-10/-|-14\-------7-----------------|
G|-------------------------------|-----------------------------|
D|----------12--------11--9---7/-|-11\-------4--------4-6-6b7--|
A|-------------------------------|-----------------5-----------|
D|-0-----------------------------|-----------------------------|


Play Verse Riff 4x Again, Lyrics:

"Tried to look out,
Through a hole in the vague

Circle above, looking down,
Bird of prey"





Play Prechorus Riff again, but Guitar 2 plays this 2x:

e|----------------------------|---------------------------|
B|----------------------------|---------------------------|
G|----------------------------|-------3~----------5~------|
D|-------5~----------6~-------|-5---5-----5---------------|
A|-0---0-----0-----------3----|---------------------------|
D|-------------3---3----------|-------------6---6----6----|



Play Chorus again as before, except Chorus ending:

   3 beats per bar                            End on           
e|---------------|-----------------|          |-------------|
B|---------------|-----------------|          |-------------|
G|---------------|-----------------| play 4x  |-------------|
D|-6------6------|-10---10---10\---|          |-------------| 
A|-3------3------|-6----6----6\----|          |-------------|
D|-3------3------|-6----6----6\----|          |-0-----------|




Play Prechorus Again, no drums at first


Play Chorus Again


Play Chorus Ending above, then bass plays end of song.




KEY
************************************

| /   slide up
| \   slide down
| ()  ghost note
| h   hammer-on
| p   pull-off
| ~   vibrato
| NH  natural harmonic
| x   Mute note
| b   Bend
| r   Bend release

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JesseVS wrote on February 2 2013, 01:51 am

Nice tab, very good, just a few minor mistakes. For one thing, the lyrics are wrong in places. I know most internet sources use the same as you but the album's lyric booklet provides the correct version. For example "Try to build on bones of birds Singing in the corner and fall To Earth" should be "Try to build a home, Bones of birds Singing in the cold and fall to earth". They are small mistakes and easily corrected. Also i believe there are some
e---| chords or a similar powerchord strummed over the verse
b---| by the second guitar, strumming the rough rythm of the
g-5-| vocals.
D-5-|
A-3-|
D---|
Except for that, graet tab. 5 stars as its the closest version i have seen so far :)

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Audioslave222 wrote on February 23 2013, 03:54 pm

In the octaves part, you can play

Instead of the

It's easier to play this way and more accurate. The fingers are also right where they should before playing the main riff part.

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Audioslave222 wrote on February 23 2013, 03:57 pm

My tab in the comment has been eaten :/

You can play the octave at xx4x7x instead of x9x11xx, it's more accurate and better for the fingers move.

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