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  • A note for note transcription of exactly how Bill Withers played the song.
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AIN'T NO SUNSHINE - Bill Withers

Standart Tuning EADGBe

This, as far as I can tell, is how Bill Withers plays it. I really like the cool, jazzy 
chords he uses.

With these chords, pick the E string with your thumb, then the D,G, and B strings with 
your first three fingers.
e|--------| e|--------| e|--------|
B|-----5--| B|-----0--| B|-----0--|
G|-----5--| G|-----0--| G|-----0--|
D|-----5--| D|-----0--| D|-----0--|
A|--------| A|--------| A|--------|
E|--5-----| E|--0-----| E|--3-----|

With these chords, pick the A string with your thumb, then the G and B strings with your 
first two fingers.
e|--------| e|--------|
B|-----8--| B|-----6--|
G|-----7--| G|-----5--|
D|--------| D|--------|
A|--7-----| A|--5-----|
E|--------| E|--------|

He lets the notes ring for a more mellow and darker feel, so try not to play it staccato 
or it will sound reggae-ish (unless, of course, that's what you're going for)

During the "I know, I know, I know" part he sings acappella and taps on his guitar. I 
wouldn't worry about how many times he repeats "I know", just go by feel.

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AIN'T NO SUNSHINE - Bill Withers


  Ain't no sunshine when she's gone              It's not warm when she's away
e|-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|--------------------------5--5--0--0--5------------------------------5--5--0--0--5-|
G|--------------------------5--5--0--0--5------------------------------5--5--0--0--5-|
D|--------------------------5--5--0--0--5------------------------------5--5--0--0--5-|
A|-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|-------------------------5--5--0--3--5------------------------------5--5--0--3--5--|


  Ain't no sunshine when she's gone, and she's always gone too long, any time
e|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-----------------------------8-------8-------8-------8-------6-------6-------6-------6--|
G|-----------------------------7-------7-------7-------7-------5-------5-------5-------5--|
D|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|----------------------------7-------7-------7-------7-------5-------5-------5-------5---|
E|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|


  She goes away
e|---------------------------------|
B|-----5-----5-----0-----0-----5---|
G|-----5-----5-----0-----0-----5---|
D|-----5-----5-----0-----0-----5---|
A|---------------------------------|
E|--5-----5-----0-----3-----5------|


  Wonder this time where she's gone           Wonder if she's gone to stay.
e|-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|--------------------------5--5--0--0--5------------------------------5--5--0--0--5-|
G|--------------------------5--5--0--0--5------------------------------5--5--0--0--5-|
D|--------------------------5--5--0--0--5------------------------------5--5--0--0--5-|
A|-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|-------------------------5--5--0--3--5------------------------------5--5--0--3--5--|


  Ain't no sunshine when she's gone, and this house just ain't no home, any time
e|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-----------------------------8-------8-------8-------8-------6-------6-------6-------6--|
G|-----------------------------7-------7-------7-------7-------5-------5-------5-------5--|
D|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|----------------------------7-------7-------7-------7-------5-------5-------5-------5---|
E|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|

  She goes away
e|---------------------------------|
B|-----5-----5-----0-----0-----5---|
G|-----5-----5-----0-----0-----5---|
D|-----5-----5-----0-----0-----5---|
A|---------------------------------|
E|--5-----5-----0-----3-----5------|


And I know, I know, I know, I know, I know,
I know, I know, I know, I know, I know, I know, I know,
I know, I know, I know, I know, I know, I know,
I know, I know, I know, I know, I know, I know, I know, I know
Hey, I ought to leave the young thing alone,
But ain't no sunshine


  When she's gone
e|----------------------------------------|
B|------------5-----5-----0-----0-----5---|
G|------------5-----5-----0-----0-----5---|
D|------------5-----5-----0-----0-----5---|
A|----------------------------------------|
E|---------5-----5-----0-----3-----5------|


  Ain't no sunshine when she's gone              Only darkness every day
e|-----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|--------------------------5--5--0--0--5------------------------5--5--0--0--5-|
G|--------------------------5--5--0--0--5------------------------5--5--0--0--5-|
D|--------------------------5--5--0--0--5------------------------5--5--0--0--5-|
A|-----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|-------------------------5--5--0--3--5------------------------5--5--0--3--5--|


  Ain't no sunshine when she's gone and this house just ain't no home
e|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-----------------------------8-------8-------8-------8-------6-------6-------6-------6--|
G|-----------------------------7-------7-------7-------7-------5-------5-------5-------5--|
D|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|----------------------------7-------7-------7-------7-------5-------5-------5-------5---|
E|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|

  Any time she goes away
e|----------------------------------------|
B|------------5-----5-----0-----0-----5---|
G|------------5-----5-----0-----0-----5---|
D|------------5-----5-----0-----0-----5---|
A|----------------------------------------|
E|---------5-----5-----0-----3-----5------|


  Any time she goes away
e|----------------------------------------|
B|------------5-----5-----0-----0-----5---|
G|------------5-----5-----0-----0-----5---|
D|------------5-----5-----0-----0-----5---|
A|----------------------------------------|
E|---------5-----5-----0-----3-----5------|


  Any time she goes away
e|----------------------------------------|
B|------------5-----5-----0-----0-----5---|
G|------------5-----5-----0-----0-----5---|
D|------------5-----5-----0-----0-----5---|
A|----------------------------------------|
E|---------5-----5-----0-----3-----5------|

            
            
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