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The Big Country Tab

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TALKINGHEADS
The Big Country


Intro:

Guitar 1
play with a slide and let all the notes ring
|-------||----------------------------------------||
|-/7----||:------9-----9/12---12-12/14----14/19--:||
|-/7----||--------9-9--9/12---12-12/14----14/19---||
|-/7----||---------9---9/12---12-12/14----14/19---||
|-------||:--------------------------------------:||
|-------||----------------------------------------||
|Guitar 2
|  D             E       G           A        D
|--2----||-------0-------3----3-3-3-----------2---||
|--3----||:------0-------3----3-3-3-----------3--:||
|--2----||-------1-------0----0-0-0--2--------2---||
|--0----||-------2-------0----0-0-0--2--------0---||
|-------||:------2-------2----2-2-2--0-----------:||
|-------||-------0-------3----3-3-3---------------||

Guitar 1 and 2 basically play the same thing throughout the verse...

D         E
I see the shapes,
G               A
I remember from maps.
D         E
I see the shoreline.
G              A
I see the whitecaps.
D          E        G                 A
A baseball diamond, nice weather down there.
D          E     G                             A
I see the school and the houses where the kids are.
D          E   G                    A
Places to park by the fac’tries and buildings.
D             E   G                A
Restaunts and bar for later in the evening.
D                   E          G                   A
Then we come to the farmlands, and the undeveloped areas.
D          E       G                     A
And I have learned how these things work together.
D         E       G                        A
I see the parkway that passes through them all.
D          E       G                    A
And I have learned how to look at these things and I say,

Here's the pattern for the Chorus:

Guitar 1 (slide)
|---------------------------------------------|
|-17-----17\12-----12\10----------------------|
|-17-----17\12-----12\10----------------------|
|-17-----17\12-----12\10----------------------|
|---------------------------------------------|
|---------------------------------------------|
|
|Guitar 2
| C         G         F
|-0---------3---------1----1-0-1-0-1-0---------|
|-1---------3---------1----------------1-------|
|-0---------0---------2------------------------|
|-2---------0---------3------------------------|
|-3---------2---------3------------------------|
|-----------3---------1------------------------|

C          G                 F
I wouldn’t live there if you paid me.
C          G               F
I couldn’t live like that, no siree!
C          G                 F
I couldn’t do the things the way those people do.
C          G                 F
I couldn’t live there if you paid me to.


Outro: (While he goes Goo goo ga ga ga)

  C                  G                  F
|-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
|-17--17--17-17-17---12--12--12-12-12---10--10--10-10-10----------------|
|-17--17--17-17-17---12--12--12-12-12---10--10--10-10-10----------------|
|-17--17--17-17-17---12--12--12-12-12---10--10--10-10-10----------------|
|-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
|-----------------------------------------------------------------------|


I tabbed this listening to the live version off of The Name of This Band is Talking 
so it might be a little bit different in some parts from the album version
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adriancrookston wrote on May 7 2009, 11:55 pm

I don't understand why people rate these five stars when they're in the wrong key.

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Aquamenti wrote on January 2 2011, 01:41 pm

There's only one rating of five stars. This /is/ in the wrong key.

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