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Nightswimming Tab

version 1
version 1

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by R.E.M.
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NIGHTSWIMMING

[Intro] (Rhy. Fig. 1)
    G                     C             G                     D5
E-|--------------------|--------------|--------------------|------------------|
B-|--------------------|--1-----------|--------------------|--3---------------|
G-|-----0---2-------0--|--0-----------|-----0---2-------0--|--2---------------|
D-|-0---------------0--|--2-----------|-0---------------0--|--0---------------|
A-|-----------------2--|--3-----------|-----------------2--|------------------|
E-|-3-----------3------|--------------|-3-----------3------|------------------|
    (Piano arranged for guitar)

[Verses] (Rhy. Fig. 2)
    G                    C              D5                 G
E-|--------------------|---------------------------------|--------------------|
B-|-------0------------|-1-3--1--1--0---3-0--------------|-------0------------|
G-|----0--0----0--0----|-0--------------2------2---------|----0--0----0--0----|
D-|-0----------------0-|-2--------------0----------4---2-|-0----------------0-|
A-|------------2-------|-3-------------------------------|------------2-------|
E-|-3--------3---------|---------------------------------|-3--------3---------|

    C          A              C                    D5
E-|-------------------------|--------------------|----------------------------|
B-|-1-3--1-1-0-2-0----------|-1------------------|-3--------------------------|
G-|-0----------2----2--0----|-0-0-2----0--2------|-2-0--2------0--0-----------|
D-|-2----------2----------2-|-2-----2----------2-|-0-------0------0---4--2--4-|
A-|-3----------0------------|-3-------------3----|-------------0---------0----|
E-|-------------------------|----------3---------|----------------------------|

G            C    D5            G                       C   A | C  | D5 |
   Nightswimming      deserves     a quiet night.
    G                     C      D5  G                  C   A |
The photograph on the dashboard,    taken years ago,
    C                          D5
turned around backwards so the windshield shows.
G                 C      D5         G                   C   A |
Every streetlight   reveals the picture in reverse.
C                       D5
Still, it's so much clearer.
G                 C   D5        G
I forgot my shirt   at   the water's edge.
    C           A          C    |  D5  |
The moon is low   tonight.

{Play Rhy. Fig. 1}

G            C    D5            G
   Nightswimming      deserves     a quiet night.
    C                     D5                    G5
I'm not sure all these people understand.
     C            D5       G
It's not like years   ago,
    C          A            C     D5                 G5
The fear of getting caught,    of recklessness and water.
       C     D5      G
They cannot see me naked.
        C          A        C      D5                   G
These things, they go away,    replaced by everyday.

          C         G                      C  A |
Nightswimming.  Remembering that night.
     C                     D5         C                      C  D5 |
September's coming soon.          I'm pining for the moon.
    G                      C      A         C
And what if there were two   side   by side   in orbit
   D5                      G
around the fairest sun?
       C       D5       G                  C       A             C      | D5 |
That bright, tight forever drum could not describe   nightswimming.

G                     C       D5   G                     C   A |
You, I thought I knew   you.       You, I cannot judge.
C                       D5
You, I thought you knew    me.
              G           C   D5         G              C
This one laughing quietly     underneath   my breath.
A         C     |  D5  |
 Nightswimming.

{Play Rhy. Fig. 1}

{Interude:}
    G              C                    G                C       A
E-|--------------|--------------------|----------------|----------------------|
B-|-------12--12-|-12-----------------|----------------|-12-------------------|
G-|--------------|------14-12---------|-------------12-|-----14--12--14----12-|
D-|--------------|-------------14--12-|---------12-----|----------------14----|
A-|--------------|--------------------|----------------|----------------------|
E-|--------------|--------------------|----------------|----------------------|
    (Oboe arranged for guitar)

    C                       D5
E-|-----------------------|----------------------------|
B-|-------12--------------|------12---12---------------|
G-|-(12)------14---12-----|----------------14--12---14-|
D-|--------------------14-|-12-------------------------|
A-|-----------------------|----------------------------|
E-|-----------------------|----------------------------|

    G                       C
The photograph reflects,
D5          G             C
every streetlight a reminder.
A           C        D5                 G   | C D5|
  Nightswimming deserves a quiet night,
G           C          A        C   |  D5  |
        deserves a quiet night.

[Outro]
     G              C           D5         G
E-|---------------|-------12-------------|------------------------------------|
B-|--12---13---15-|-15-------------------|-12/\/\/\/\/---15--13--13--12-------|
G-|---------------|-------------12---14--|------------------------------------|
D-|---------------|----------------------|------------------------------------|
A-|---------------|----------------------|------------------------------------|
E-|---------------|----------------------|------------------------------------|

    C               A           C                D5
E-|---------------------------|----------------|------------------------------|
B-|-12------------------------|------12--------|-12---------------------------|
G-|----14-14--12-12-----------|-12-------14-12-|-----14-14--12-12--11------11-|
D-|------------------14-12-14-|----------------|-----------------------14-----|
A-|---------------------------|----------------|------------------------------|
E-|---------------------------|----------------|------------------------------|

    C       A               C                   D5                     G
E-|------------------------|------------------|----------------------|--------|
B-|-12---------------------|--12--------------|-----12--12-----------|-----0--|
G-|----14---12--14------12-|------14---12-----|-------------14-12-14-|-12/-0--|
D-|-----------------14-----|---------------14-|-12-------------------|-----0--|
A-|------------------------|------------------|----------------------|--------|
E-|------------------------|------------------|----------------------|-----3--|


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andrewbiles 4,765 Aug 13, 2004 08:00 PM

That's a hard tab to follow. You should've just left the chords above the tab in name form as if you want to play the melody to the song you have to try and ignore them. It all seems quite close, though the first 4 you have put down in the verse, I'd change it to a 5.
Lovely song though, and sounds great on the acoustic.

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chall_99 352 Nov 05, 2006 06:50 PM

This is a good tab and was useful enough to work with it to figure things out. I didn't think the finger pick tabs were very close but the chords helped a lot. I'm posting an alternative tab that uses simplified chords and puts all the switches in the right spots and timing.

I think Intro with
|G..Cadd9..|G..D..|
and Verses with
|G..Cadd9.D.|G..Cadd9.Aadd9.|Cadd9..D..|
works wells, is easy and sounds great. Check out my Version 2 post and tell me if you agree.
-Chris

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