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                 Big Country - Tall Ships Go

                      Album - Steeltown(1984)

From: maule_andy@hotmail.com

A cracking riff starts and underpins this little belter. I've
tried to make the tab as easy to understand as possible(honest).
Anyway in a nutshell Guitar 1 plays the lead parts & Guitar 2 the
rhythm - chord symbols above bars denote the chord(s) being played.
Listen to the track itself for guidance on the strumming pattern.
The purests amongst you may like to note that Stuart Adamson used a
2p coin instead of a plectrum & lots of echo to get the rhythm guitar
sound(fascinating fact no.1022396 - snore). The song is in G.

h - hammer on
b - bend up
/ - slide up
\ - slide down
~ - vibrato


CHORDS FOR RHYTHM GUITAR (Guitar 2)

   G5   G    E5   D5   C   G5(2) A5  G(2) Em   C(2) Am
E|----|----|----|----|----|----|----|----|----|----|----|
B|----|----|----|----|----|----|----|----|----|----|----|
G|-7--|-4--|-4--|-2--|-9--|-12-|-9--|-4--|-0--|-9--|-5--|
D|-5--|-5--|-2--|-0--|-10-|-12-|-7--|-5--|-2--|-10-|-7--|
A|----|----|----|----|----|----|----|-5--|-2--|-10-|-7--|
E|----|----|----|----|----|----|----|-3--|-0--|-8--|-5--|


INTRO - [Chords prior to main riff]*palm mute strings

Guitar 2
  G5     G5     G(1)   G(1)   E5     D5     G5     D5
E|------|------|------|------|------|------|------|---------|
B|------|------|------|------|------|------|------|---------|
G|-7----|-7----|-4----|-4----|-4----|-2----|-7----|-2-------|
D|-5----|-5----|-5----|-5----|-2----|-0----|-5----|-0-------|
A|------|------|------|------|------|------|------|---------|
E|------|------|------|------|------|------|------|---------|


INTRO/MAIN RIFF - [Riff 1]

Guitar 1
  <=========================x 2============================>
  G5            C             C               G5(2)
E|-------------|-------------|---------------|--------------|
B|-------------|-------------|---------------|--------------|
G|--7------7/9-|--9----------|--9-------9/12-|--12----------|
D|-----5-------|-----10------|-----10--------|------12------|
A|-------------|-------------|---------------|--------------|
E|-------------|-------------|---------------|--------------|


  G5               C                C                 G5(2)
E|----------------|----------------|--12-------12/15-|--15------------|
B|/1212-----12h15-|--15------------|------13---------|-------15-12----|
G|------12--------|-------14-12----|-----------------|----------------|
D|----------------|----------------|-----------------|----------------|
A|----------------|----------------|-----------------|----------------|
E|----------------|----------------|-----------------|----------------|


  E5             C              G5             G5
E|--14--15------|----------12--|--------------|--15-15/17-17/19-19--|
B|----------15--|--13--15------|--------------|---------------------|
G|--------------|--------------|--14-\-12-12--|---------------------|
D|--------------|--------------|--------------|---------------------|
A|--------------|--------------|--------------|---------------------|
E|--------------|--------------|--------------|---------------------|


  E5             C              G5             G5
E|--14--15------|----------12--|--21----------|--21-21b22~~~~-|
B|----------15--|--13--15------|--------------|---------------|
G|--------------|--------------|--------------|---------------|
D|--------------|--------------|--------------|---------------|
A|--------------|--------------|--------------|---------------|
E|--------------|--------------|--------------|---------------|


VERSE 1 - [Riff 2]

  <===========================x 2============================>
  E5             E5             G5             G5
E|--------------|--------------|--------------|---------------|
B|--------------|--------------|--------------|---------------|
G|--------------|--------------|--------------|---------------|
D|--------------|--------------|--------------|---------------|
A|--------------|--------------|--------------|---------------|
E|--------------|--------------|--------------|---------------|
1) I dreamed...
2) I dreamed...                                       ...For a

  A5             A5             G5             G5
E|--------------|--------------|--------------|---------------|
B|--------------|--------------|--------------|---------------|
G|-9------------|--------------|--------------|-77-7----------|
D|-7------------|--------------|--------------|-55-5----------|
A|--------------|--------------|--------------|---------------|
E|--------------|--------------|--------------|---------------|
  Sign of you...                                    ...And the

                                        <===========x 2===========>
  D5                  D5      E5        G5
E|-------------------|-----------10----|-------10--------10--------|
B|-------------10----|-10-12--------12-|-10-12-----10-12-----10-12-|
G|-----9h11h12----12-|------12---------|---------------------------|
D|--12---------------|-----------------|---------------------------|
A|-------------------|---------------- |---------------------------|
E|-------------------|-------- --------|---------------------------|
  Sea called hard...

                                          <==========x 2============>
  D5                   D5       E5        G5
E|-------------------|-------------------|-------10--------10--------|
B|-----8------8------|-----8------8------|-10-12-----10-12-----10-12-|
G|-7-9----7-9----7-9-|-7-9----7-9----7-9-|---------------------------|
D|-------------------|-------------------|---------------------------|
A|-------------------|-------------------|---------------------------|
E|-------------------|-------------------|---------------------------|
  I watched the...


CHORUS - [Riff 3]

  G5           G5           E5           D5
E|------------|------------|------------|------------|
B|------------|------------|------------|------------|
G|--12--------|--14----16--|--9---------|--7---------|
D|------------|------------|--9---------|--7---------|
A|------------|------------|--7---------|--5---------|
E|------------|------------|------------|------------|
   I hear your voice and it keeps me from sleeping


  G5           G5           E5           D5
E|--15--------|--17----19--|--22--------|--20--------|
B|------------|------------|------------|------------|
G|------------|------------|------------|------------|
D|------------|------------|------------|------------|
A|------------|------------|------------|------------|
E|------------|------------|------------|------------|
  Why must it.. always.. be..dreams when...


MAIN RIFF - [Riff 1]*first 4 bars of riff are now played once


 *replace bar 16 of original riff 1 as follows
  G5
E|--17-17/19-17\15-15/17\15-15-|
B|-----------------------------|
G|-----------------------------|
D|-----------------------------|
A|-----------------------------|
E|-----------------------------|


 *replace bars 19 & 20 of original riff 1 as follows
  G5            G5
E|-------------|-2222\19-19\17\15-15/17-|
B|-------------|------------------------|
G|--14-\-12-12-|------------------------|
D|-------------|------------------------|
A|-------------|------------------------|
E|-------------|------------------------|


VERSE 2 - [Riff 2]

 *first 3 bars of Riff 2 are played differently as follows:

E|---------------|---------------|---------------|
B|-17------------|---------15\12-|-12~~~~--------|
G|---------------|---------------|---------------|
D|---------------|---------------|---------------|
A|---------------|---------------|---------------|
E|---------------|---------------|---------------|
  I dreamed...


CHORUS - [Riff 3]*replace bar 8 of Riff 3 as follows


E|-2222\20\19\17\15-|
B|------------------|
G|------------------|
D|------------------|
A|------------------|
E|------------------|


SOLO BREAK - [Riff 4 x 2]

  G(2)            Em              C(2)            Am
E|---------------|---------------|---------------|---------------|
B|---------------|---------------|-------15------|---------------|
G|-12-12--14-16--|-------11--12--|----12-----16--|-------16--12--|
D|---------------|----14---------|---------------|----14---------|
A|---------------|---------------|---------------|---------------|
E|---------------|---------------|---------------|---------------|


VERSE 3 - [Riff 2]*repeatedly strum the following for the last 4 bars of
                   the verse

E|--15---|
B|--15---|
G|-------|
D|-------|
A|-------|
E|-------|


CHORUS - [Riff 3]

OUTRO - [Riff 5]

  G(2)                         Em
E|----------------------------|------------------------|
B|----------------------------|------------------------|
G|-------12--12---------12-14-|-12h14-12---------12-14-|
D|-12h14----------12h14-------|------------12h14-------|
A|----------------------------|------------------------|
E|----------------------------|------------------------|


  C(2)                  Am                    G(2)
E|---------------------|---------------------|----------------------|
B|---------------------|-15------------------|----------------------|
G|-16-12---------12-14-|----16---------12-14-|-12--12---------12-14-|
D|---------12h14-------|---------12h14-------|----------12h14-------|
A|---------------------|---------------------|----------------------|
E|---------------------|---------------------|----------------------|


  Em                       C(2)                  Am
E|------------------------|---------------------|----15-15-15-15-15-|
B|------------------------|---------------------|-15-15-15-15-15-15-|
G|-12h14-12---------12-14-|-16-12---------12-14-|-------------------|
D|------------12h14-------|---------12h14-------|-------------------|
A|------------------------|---------------------|-------------------|
E|------------------------|---------------------|-------------------|


MAIN RIFF - [Riff 1]*end song at bar 14 of original riff as follows

   [let ring]
E|--------------|
B|--13----------|
G|--12----------|
D|--------------|
A|--------------|
E|--------------|

            
            
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julian.hankinso 10 Feb 02, 2014 12:18 PM

Re: the coin part. Stuart didn't play it using a coin 'instead of' a plectrum. He played the part with the guitar on his lap, tapping the strings against the fingerboard, in a fashion not dissimilar to Eddie Van Halen's style - the implied chords being formed along the length of one string by hammering and pulling off notes in combination with the coin tapping.
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