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Nightswimming chords

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by R.E.M.
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R.E.M. - Nightswimming


Tuning: standard (EADGBe)

(Chords)

G:     320033
Cadd9: x32033
Aadd9: x02033 (simply remove top 3 on Cadd9)
D:     xx0232


[Intro]

G       C9       
G       D        


[Verse 1]

G                 C9       D       
           Night - swimming...
G                 C9       A9*     
deserves  a quiet  night.
C9                D                
                                The..
G                 C9       D       
 photograph on the dashboard,
G                 C9       A9*     
 taken    years   ago,
C9                           D                   
 turned around backwards so the windshield shows.
G                 C9       D       
 Every streetlight        reveals the
G                 C9       A9*     
 picture   in   re-verse.
C9                D                
 Still it's so much clearer.
G                 C9       D       
 I  forgot  my     shirt  at the
G                 C9      A9*      
 water's edge. The moon is low  to-
C9                D                
-night.


[Instrumental]

G       C9       
G       D        


[Verse 2]

G                 C9       D       
           Night - swimming...
G                 C9       A9*     
deserves  a quiet  night.       I’m
C9                D                
 not sure all these people   under-
G                 C9       D       
-stand.       It’s not like years
G                 C9       A9*     
ago.           The fear  of getting
C9                D                
 caught,        of recklessness and
G                 C9       D       
 water.       They cannot   see me
G                 C9       A9*     
 naked.      These things   they go
C9                D                
away,            replaced  by  every(day).


[Verse 3]

G                 C9       D       
-day.      Night - swimming...
G                 C9       A9*     
remembering  that  night.       Sep-
C9                D                
-tember's  coming  soon.        I'm
G                 C9       D       
 pining  for  the  moon.        And
G                  C9      A9*     
 what if there were two     side by
C9                D                
 side in orbit    around the fairest
G                 C9       D       
 sun?         That bright, tight for-
G                 C9       A9*     
-ever drum cannot describe    night-
C9                D                
 swimming.


[Verse 4]

G                 C9       D       
 You, I thought I  knew you.
G                 C9       A9*     
 You,  I  can-not  judge.
C9                 D                  
 You, I thought you knew me. This one’s
G                 C9       D       
 laughing    quiet-ly         under-
G                 C9       A9*     
-neath  my breath.            Night-
C9                D                
 swimming.


[Interlude]


[Intro]

G       C9       
G       D        


[Verse] 
(w/ solo)

G       C9   D   
G       C9   A9* 
C9      D        
              (The..)

[Verse 5]

G             C9      D      
 photograph re-flects  every
G             C9      A9*    
 streetlight a reminder. Night-
C9            D              
-swimming   de-serves a quiet
G             C9      D      
 night.
G             C9      A9*    
            de-serves a quiet
C9            D              
 night.


[Outro]
(w/ solo)

G       C9   D   
G       C9   A9* 
C9      D        
G       C9   A9* 
C9      D        G  (one strum)


Progressions

Intro (2 measures, played once)

1.G               C9             
2.G               D              
  -d-u-d--u--u-d-u-d-------d---d---
   1   &   2   &   3   &   4   &

Verses (3 measures, repeat as needed)

1.G               C9      D      
2.G               C9      A9*    
  -d---d--u--u-d-u-d---d-u-d---d-u-
   1   &   2   &   3   &   4   &

then

3.C9              D              
  -d---d--u--u-d-u-d---d--u--u-d-u-
   1   &   2   &   3   &   4   &


Notes:

I found the previous tab hard to follow and played around with the chords 
a little to get the rhythm down first. In doing so, I discovered that by 
simply removing the A note off the C chord it sounded closer to the song.
Then, by changing the C to a Cadd9 and doing the same thing, song became
extremely simple to play and still sounds great (on my guitar, actually
better this way, to me). Thus creating the Aadd9 (A9)* for lack of a name.
(Sure you'll let me know the real chord)

I show the basic Intro and Verse progressions above. I suggest just
strumming until you get the rhythm down as it's not a very complicated
song. Then by adding in base lines especially on the G chords, and using
some middle string strumming you can make things a bit more interesting.
Anyways, I love this song and give thanks and credit to for the original
post. If you're looking, this is a great acoustic solo-artist song.

(Hopefully, this version works with formatting, else I give up - sorry for the previous one)

Good luck, have fun!
-Chris (cjhall_99@msn.com)

            
            
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mouldysandwich 324 Nov 07, 2006 10:25 AM

much better :P

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msmuse101 155 Nov 12, 2006 04:05 AM

Your Aadd9 is a A7sus4! jst thaught i'd let you know! nice tab though works very well! If you ever get stuck with chord names try this site http://chordfind.com/ It lets you put in the tabs for a chord then it tells you what it's called if it has a name! = )

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chall_99 352 Jan 29, 2007 07:06 AM

thanks for the chord name tip (just added it to favorites). really, i was just trying to keep things simple. i wasn't really even sure if the "Cadd9" everyone throws around was correct (just checked your link and it is, so cool), but i wanted to stress in my naming that the "A" chord i made up was based directly off that one. i can update tabs i've submitted. do you think the correct name is more affective here or does the "A9*" get the message across? (the later is easier to put in the tab as room is limited - I guess I could go with "A7s4" w/o a major rework). regardless thanks for being constructively critical. on that note, "thought" is spelled with an "o" not an "a". you can look that up at websters.com (just kidding)

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