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Soundgarden - By Crooked Steps
From 'King Animal' Album
Tuning - Drop D
tabbed by jjhand

The heavy tone and odd time signature changes make 'By Crooked Steps' a cool
song to play. Great guitar layering by Chris and Kim, and interesting tones
throughout. Please rate/comment. 

Updated 1/12/13 from Jimmy Kimmel performance footage.


Intro
e|-----------------|-----------|----------------|------------|
B|-----------------|-----------|----------------|------------|
G|-----------------|-12--------|----------------|------------|
D|---12------10----|-----------|---12------10---|-0----------|
A|-9----10h12---12-|-----------|-9----10h12--12-|------------|
D|-----------------|-----------|----------------|------------|

|------------|--------------------|
|------------|--------------------|
|------------|--------------------|
|------------|---12----12---------|
|-9---9------|-9---9h10-----------|
|------------|--------------10-12-|


Intro continues after sound effects w/ bass

Melody Riff, played 2x
e|------------------|-----------|
B|------------------|-----------|
G|------------------|-12~-------|
D|--------10----10--|-----------|
A|-9/11h12----12--12|-----------|
D|------------------|-----------|





Verse Riff - repeat throughout verses (5 beats per bar)
e|-----------------------------------------------------|
B|-----------------------------------------------------|
G|-----------------------------------------------------|
D|-10h12-12-12-12------10h12-12-12-10h12-12-12-12------|
A|-10h12-12-12-12------10h12-12-12-10h12-12-12-12------|
D|-10h12-12-12-12------10h12-12-12-10h12-12-12-12------|

"I'm addicted to feeling,
Stealing love isn't stealing,
Can't you see that I understand your mind?"

"I'm a walking believer,
I'm a ghost and a healer,
I'm the shape of the home inside your mind"

(1:06) - Melody riff added

(1:14) Chorus Part 1 - changes to 4/4 time
|----------------------------------|
|----------------------------------|
|----------------------8-8-8-8-----|
|-10h12-12-12-12-----8-8-8-8-8-----|
|-10h12-12-12-12-----6-6-6-6-6-----|
|-10h12-12-12-12-------------------|


Chorus Part 2 (1:16)

  Guitar 1               4/4 time
|----------------------------------|
|----------------------------------|
|----------------------------------|
|-8h10-10-10-10----8h10-10-10-10---| continue below
|-8----8--8--8-----8----8--8--8----| with 2 parts
|----------------------------------|

  Guitar 1            3/4 time
|------------------------------|
|------------------------------|
|------------------------------|
|-8h10-10-10-10----10-10-10-10-|
|-8----8--8--8-----8--8--8--8--|
|------------------------------|
|
| Guitar 2
|------------------------------|------|
|--------------------6-5-------|------|
|------------------5-------5---|------|
|------------------------------|------|
|------------------------------|-5\3--|
|------------------------------|------|


Guitar 1 plays Verse Riff once, then repeats Part 1 and 2 above on Guitar 1

Chorus Lyrics, starting with Part 2 riff:

"Not looking for a brighter side,
Crooked steps will take me higher,
I don't care if you want to cry"






Verse 2 - Similar to Verse 1 (1:26)

"I'm a soldier for hire,
Killing all you admire,
And you live in the cloud but that will change"



(1:54) Chorus 2 - Similar to first time




(2:08) Short Solo

|------------------------------------|-----------------------------|
|-------10-13p10h13~~~~--------------|--------------------------10-|
|-12b14------------------12h14p12h14-|-9h10p9---------------9-12---|
|------------------------------------|--------10p9h10/12-----------|
|------------------------------------|-----------------------------|
|------------------------------------|-----------------------------|

|------10h12_______/15--|----14----------16-------14--|
|---13------------------|-13----13~~~-13----13-13-----|
|-----------------------|-----------------------------|
|-----------------------|-----------------------------|
|-----------------------|-----------------------------|
|-----------------------|-----------------------------|


Bridge - play this 4x
|-----------------------|------------------|
|-----------------------|------------------|
|-----------------------|------------------|
|-7h9-9-----------------|-7h9-9\-4---------|
|-------9-9--12________-|--------5---------|
|---------------10_____-|--------0---------|


Blood raining down,
Cuts a deep, deep river,
And we're diving



(2:41) on last time through bridge, play this in 2nd bar:
|-----------------------|
|-----------------------|
|-----------------------|
|-0---------------------|  guitar 2 plays melody riff
|-5---------------------|
|-3---------------------|



(2:48) Bridge Pt 2 Riff - Guitar 3
|---------3----0-----3/8--------|
|-7--7----5----2-----5/10-------|
|-7--7----5----2-----5/10-------|
|-7--7----5----2-----5/10-------|
|-5--5----3----0-----3/8--------|
|-------------------------------|
 "My crooked steps, right behind you"




Solo 2 - With Bridge Pt 2 riff and Verse Riff overlapping
|----------------------|---------------------|-----------10-----------------|
|-13\10----------------|---------------------|------10-10--13b15---13-10-10-|
|---------12-10-12~~~~-|-9h10p9--------------|-12b14------------------------|
|----------------------|-------12p10p9-10h12-|------------------------------|
|----------------------|---------------------|------------------------------|
|----------------------|---------------------|------------------------------|



|--------10~~~~~--------|
|-12h13-----------------|
|-----------------------|
|-----------------------|
|-----------------------|
|-----------------------|

Continue playing Bridge Pt 2 riff and Verse Riff until 3:15

"By crooked steps,
Right behind you"

I'm a walking believer,
I'm a ghost and a healer"


(3:15)    Guitars 1 & 2,  play this 4x
|----------------------------|-----------------------|
|----------------------------|-----------------------|
|----------------------------|-----------------------|
|----12-12\10______----------|-----------------------|
|-10----------8-8-8--8p7h8p7-|-8p7h8p7h8p7-----------|
|----------------------------|------------12--10-12--|

"Can't you see that I understand your mind?"






Ending - play Verse Riff, guitar 2 plays these notes with bends

|-15______b16r----------|
|-13______b14r----------|
|-----------------------|
|-----------------------|
|-----------------------|
|-----------------------|

"By crooked steps, right behind you" (repeated)



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

| /   slide up
| \   slide down
| h   hammer-on
| p   pull-off
| ~   vibrato
| +   harmonic
| x   Mute note
| b   Bend
| r  Bend release

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