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                             CUT MY WINGS – Seasick Steve
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Tabbed by: Captain Sensible
Email:

Seasick Steve website - http://www.seasicksteve.com/

For those of you watching Jules Holland New Year’s Eve’s bash who were blown away by
Steve’s performance on his 3 string guitar (his 3 Trance Wonder), here’s a simplified tab
one of his keynote songs, Cut My Wings, tabbed from the Belladrum Festival (see 'You
 Tube' to watch the vid).  I’ve tried to come up with a simple way of reproducing this without
ripping off 3 of your strings.  Basically, downtune your 5th string and ramp up your 6th string
so you have two bass G strings.  It then kind of works as a hybrid open G tuning but, if
you watch the video, you’ll see there’s a lot of improv around this as well.  Guitar and amp 
should be loud with some distortion to get the authentic 'messy' effect.  If anyone can
improve on this, please do

Tuning: Tune 6th string up 3 semitones and the 5th string down 2 semitones

Here’s the main tab covering the basic guitar accompaniment

e|--------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|--6---6------8--6--------------------5bp--3------------------5bp--3-------|
G|--------7---------7p—0--3p—0--3b--0----------5--3p--0----------------5—3p-|
D|--------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|--------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|/7---7-----/5------------------------------------------3p--0--------------|

e|--------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|0--------5bp--3------------------5bp--3----------------------8--6---------|
G|-----------------5—3p--0-----------------5—3p--0-------------------7--5---|
D|--------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|--------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|--3p--0-------------------3p--0-------------------3p--0--/5---------------|

e|--------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|---8--6-----------------------5bp--3------------------5bp--3--------------|
G|---------7p--0—3bp—0--3bp--0----------5--3p--0----------------5—3p--0-----|
D|--------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|--------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|/5-----------------------------------------------3p--0------------------3p|

e|--------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|------6-----6--------8--6-----------------------5bp--3--------------------|
G|---------------7-----------7p--0—3bp--0—3bp--0----------5—3p--0-----------|
D|--------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|--------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|0--/7-----7-------/5----------------------------------------------3p--0---|

Here’s the basics of the slide part, but as with anything like this, play around to make
sound as you want it to

e|---/12--/3--/3--------/12--/3--/3--------/12--/3--/3--------/12--/3--/3---|
B|---/12--/3--/3--------/12--/3--/3--------/12--/3--/3--------/12--/3--/3---|
G|---/12--/3--/3--------/12--/3--/3--------/12--/3--/3--------/12--/3--/3---|
D|---/12--/3--/3--------/12--/3--/3--------/12--/3--/3--------/12--/3--/3---|
G|0--/12--/3--/3--0--0--/12--/3--/3--0--0--/12--/3--/3--0--0--/12--/3--/3--0|
G|0--/12--/3--/3--0--0--/12--/3--/3--0--0--/12--/3--/3--0--0--/12--/3--/3--0|

e|----/5--5--/12--/12------/5--5--/7--\0--/3--/3--0--/12--/3--/3--0--|
B|----/5--5--/12--/12------/5--5--/7--\0--/3--/3--0--/12--/3--/3--0--|
G|----/5--5--/12--/12------/5--5--/7--\0--/3--/3--0--/12--/3--/3--0--|
D|----/5--5--/12--/12------/5--5--/7--\0--/3--/3--0--/12--/3--/3--0--|
G|-0--/5--5--/12--/12--0---/5--5--/7--\0--/3--/3--0--/12--/3--/3--0--|
G|-0--/5--5--/12--/12--0---/5--5--/7--\0--/3--/3--0--/12--/3--/3--0--|

e|--/12--/3--/3--0--/7--7--/10--10--/5--5--\5--0--/3--0--/3--/3--0|
B|--/12--/3--/3--0--/7--7--/10--10--/5--5--\5--0--/3--0--/3--/3--0|
G|--/12--/3--/3--0--/7--7--/10--10--/5--5--\5--0--/3--0--/3--/3--0|
D|--/12--/3--/3--0--/7--7--/10--10--/5--5--\5--0--/3--0--/3--/3--0|
G|--/12--/3--/3--0--/7--7--/10--10--/5--5--\5--0--/3--0--/3--/3--0|
G|--/12--/3--/3--0--/7--7--/10--10--/5--5--\5--0--/3--0--/3--/3--0|

e|--/12--\12-----/3-----/3--/3---|
B|--/12--\12-----/3-----/3--/3---|
G|--/12--\12-----/3-----/3--/3---|
D|--/12--\12-----/3-----/3--/3---|
G|--/12--\12--0--/3--0--/3--/3--0|
G|--/12--\12--0--/3--0--/3--/3--0|

Repeat main tab for remainder of song

Lyrics

Cut my wings
Shot me down I cannot fly

Cut my wings
Shot me down I cannot fly

When I lay my head down
On my bed (?) I sure do cry

Cap’n how long
Must I stand your evil ways

Cap’n how long
Must I stand you evil ways

One day I get outta here
It’s gonna be your very last day

Slide Break

Cap’n how long
Must I stand you evil ways

One day I get outta here
It’s gonna be your very last day

Improvise around this final verse to close


| /  slide up
| \  slide down
| h  hammer-on
| p  pull-off
| b  bend
| ~  vibrato
| +  harmonic
| x  Mute note
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badger2k7 20 Nov 13, 2007 09:09 AM

Brilliant, i saw this on leeds/reading festival highlights and everything about it just amazed me. Does he though use a
pick because from what I can remember he just used his fingers to pluck the strings and he also used a slide which was
different too. 3 stringed guitar. Class.

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HDO_Andy 10 Dec 13, 2007 04:26 AM

he just uses his fingers, I was privileged enough to see him play twice over the summer. He kept cutting his fingers up
on the strings whilst playing! Go seem him live!! You won't regret it!

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carlosthegr8 60 Jan 07, 2010 07:51 AM

i seen steve play this song with three stings, good tab btw

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