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The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonight Tab

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by R.E.M.
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[Intro]
   C               Em
e|---------0-----|---------0---------|
B|-------------1-|-------------0-----|
G|---------------|-------------------|
D|-----2---------|-------------------|
A|-3-------------|-----2-------------|
E|---------------|-0-----------------|

[Verse 1]
      F  F           F  F               C   C       C   C
This here is the place where I will be stayin'
F  F                           F  F                     C  C           C  C
There isn't a number you can call on the payphone, let it ring a long,long,
long, long time
F  F         F  F            Am  Am            C  C
If I don't pick up, hang up, call back let it ring some more
F  F        F  F            C   C              C  C
[Untranscribable Stipe yodel]
     F  F            F  F                    Am  Am                       C C
If I don't pick up, pick up, the sidewinder sleep, sleep, sleeps in a coil

[Chorus 1]
D    G  C  Am (x3)
C  Em    

[Verse 2]
          F  F                 F  F                       C  C        C   C
There's scratches all around the coinslot, like a heartbeat baby, tryin' to
wake up
F  F           F  F        C  C           C  C
But this machine can only swallow money, you can't lay a patch by computer
design
F  F        F  F      Am  Am        C  C
With just alot of stupid, stupid signs
F  F        F  F      C  C          C  C
["Tell her" yodeled]
F  F          F  F        C  C         C  C
Tell her she can kiss my ass and say that you were
F  F                           F  F             Am  Am
Only kidding, that way she'll know that it's really, really, really,
          C C
really me

[Chorus 2]
D    G  C  Am (x3)
C  Em

[Verse 3]
       F  F                         F  F            C  C
Baby eat some soup, does it really grab me today I need something more
C  C
sub-stub-sub-substantial
F  F               F  F                         C  C         C  C
A can of beans, some black eyed peas, some Nescafe and ice
     F  F                 F  F                 Am  Am            C C
A candy bar, a fall(*en/in'*) star, or a reading from Doctor Seuss

[Chorus 3]
D    G  C  Am (x3)
C  Em

[Bridge]
   Bm              Bm               Am               Am
e|---------2------|---------2------|---------0------|---------0------|
B|-------------3--|-------------3--|-------------1--|-------------1--|
G|----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
D|-----4----------|-----4----------|-----2----------|-----2----------|
A|-2--------------|-2--------------|-0--------------|-0--------------|
E|----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|

Bm               Bm                   Am             Am
The cat in the hat came back, and wrecked alot of havoc
Bm                                     Bm      Am       Am
On the way, always had a smile and a reason to pretend
Bm                                     Bm           Am                    C
That their world, was flat back brown, too little, need to sleep but to dream
                Em            Em
The sidewinder sleeps on his back

[Outro]
D    G  C  Am (x3)

  C                Em
e|---------0-----|-0-------0-----|
B|-------------1-|-0-------0-----|
G|---------------|-0-------0-----|
D|-----2---------|-2-------2-----|
A|-3-------------|-2-------2-----|
E|---------------|-0-------2-----|

[Instrumental] (x3)
D    G  C  Am (x3)
C  Em

[Bridge]
C         Em                D       D
We got a boogy-woogy groove on this one

[Chorus]
D  D/F# D           D/F#        G5      C9   G5                 Am
   Call me when you try to wake her up, call me when you try to wake her
D  D/F# D           D/F#        G5      C9   G5                 Am
   Call me when you try to wake her up, call me when you try to wake her
D  D/F# D           D/F#        G5      C9   G5                 Am
   Call me when you try to wake her up, call me when you try to wake her
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joeyjokester 10 Oct 06, 2010 01:11 PM

Great tab, here is a corrected intro with strum pattern.

the intro goes: D D/F# D D/F# G5 C9 G5 Am x 3 C Em

the strum pattern goes:

D       U      D      U     D U   D     U    *slight pause*
D D/F# D D/F# G5 C9 G5

D U D U D D U U D U D D U U D U
Am C Em


D = xx0232
D/F# = xx4232
G5 = 3x0033
cadd9 = x32033
Am = x02210
C = x32010
Em = 022000
D/A = x00232

Lastly, He ends the song not on a D, but a D/A.

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biogabe 10 Jul 30, 2015 07:26 PM

Tell her she can kiss my ass and laugh and say that you were only kidding
Baby instant soup doesn't really grab me
But their world has a flat background and little need to sleep but to dream

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LadyKim 10 Mar 13, 2016 01:04 PM

Chorus: Call me when you try to wake her up.
Call me when you try to wake her.
Call me when you try to wake her up.
Call me when you try to wake her.
Call me when you try to wake her up.
Call me when you try to wake her.
Ooooooh.
You really can't understand him lol. I only know this because I asked Michael when I saw them live.

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