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The Numbers - Radiohead
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From the album "A Moon Shaped Pool"


Transcribed by Howard Wright
hakwright@gmail.com


Tuning:
--------

From low to high: CGCFAD

From standard tuning, tune all strings down a tone, then tune the
bottom string down one more tone. It's like dropped D but with 
everything one tone lower.


Main riff:
-----------

The song is built on one riff, shown in the tab below
(chord names given above the tab)


   Cm7           Gm/C F/C       C

D--------5----5---5----7--------5---5---------5---5---------
A--------6----6---5----8--------7---7---------7---7---------
F--------5----5---5----7--------7---7---------7---7---------
C-(0)-------------------------------------------------------
G-(0)-------------------(0)------------(0)------------------
C--0--0------------------0--0-----------0--0----------------


The open top string is sometimes used for the last C chord, 
giving Cadd2 (000770), but for much of the time you just play
the plain C chord (000775).

You can play the open G and middle C strings along with the 
low C string, though the bottom C string is the dominant sound.


In one or two places (e.g. "The future is inside us"), some 
higher chord voicings are used for the riff, like this:

D--------10----10---8----12--------0-------------------------
A--------10----10---8----12--------10---10---------10---10---
F--------10----10---9----12--------11---11---------11---11---
C-(0)----10----10---10---12--------12---12---------12---12---
G-(0)--------------------------------------------------------
C--0--0----------------------0--0-----------0--0-------------


During the intro and early verses, a few short hammer-on riffs
are played between riffs: 

D-----------------------------------------------------------
A--------7--------------------------------------------------
F----7h9---h9--7h9------------------------------------------
C------------------9----------------------------------------
G-----------------------------------------------------------
C-----------------------------------------------------------


For most of the song, a simple hammer-on fill on the F string 
(at the 7th and 9th frets) is used between riffs.

All chord shapes are given at the end of the tab (based on the 
alternative guitar tuning).


Verse 1
---------

(Repeat the main riff throughout)

He holds us like a phantom
The touch is like a breeze
It shines its understanding
See the moon smiling


Verse 2
---------

(Main riff continues)

Open all channels
Ready to receive
Cos we're not at the mercy
Of your shimmers or spells
Your shimmers or spells


Verse 3
---------

(Main riff continues)

We are of the earth
To her we do return
The future is inside us
It's not somewhere else
It's not somewhere else

Cm7    Gm/C        Bb        F        (main riff restarts)
It's not somewhere else (one day at a time)


Chorus 1
---------

Bb  F        Abmaj7 
One day at a time

E Gb Ab   G   Bb   F/A

(the Ab sounds like it might be played as Ab/C on the guitar)


Verse 4
---------

(Main riff continues)

We call upon the people
People have this power
The numbers don't decide
The system is a lie
The river running dry
The wings of a butterfly


Verse 5
---------

(Main riff continues)

And you may pour us away like soup
Like we're dreary broken flowers
We'll take back what is ours

Cm7   Gm/C        Bb     F  Fm
Take back what is ours


Chorus
-------

E Gb Ab  G

Bb  F/A      Abmaj7
One day at a time

G7sus4    C(no 3rd)



Chord shapes
-------------

All chord shapes are shown using the alternative guitar tuning
used in the song.


CGCFAD      CGCFAD      CGCFAD      CGCFAD      CGCFAD
000565      000555      000787      000775      000770

  Cm7        Gm/C        F/C          C         C(add2)


CGCFAD      CGCFAD      CGCFAD      CGCFAD      CGCFAD   
x32010      5x5433      x1323x      4x432x      6x654x 
 
  Bb           F        Abmaj7        E           Gb                       


CGCFAD      CGCFAD      CGCFAD      CGCFAD      CGCFAD
8x876x      x5333x      x02220      x20003      5x5333

  Ab         Ab/C         G          F/A          Fm   


CGCFAD      CGCFAD      
x02030      000xxx

G7sus4     C(no 3rd)



            
            
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Simmie01 10 Jun 01, 2016 02:48 AM

I think some if not all of the hammer-on's are 5h7 on the F string. 7h9 doesn't sound right to me.

Overall a decent tab though, thanks

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hakwright 904 Jun 01, 2016 10:51 AM

You're right, the hammer-ons should be between 5th and 7th fret, thanks for letting me know. I'll add a correction.

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hakwright 904 Jun 01, 2016 10:53 AM

During the intro and early verses, a few short hammer-on riffs
are played between riffs:

D-----------------------------------------------------------
A--------5--------------------------------------------------
F----5h7---h7--5h7------------------------------------------
C------------------7----------------------------------------
G-----------------------------------------------------------
C-----------------------------------------------------------

For most of the song, a simple hammer-on fill on the F string
(at the 5th and 7th frets) is used between riffs.

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