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Author
Difficulty
intermediate
Artist: Slint 
Track:  Washer
From the album 'Spiderland' [1991]

Tabbed by Brian Coney
[brianconey@gmail.com]

Standard Tuning

------
[Intro]
------

 [Fig. 1 - Play quietly]
e|----------------------------------------------------------------|
B|----------------------------------------------------------------|
G|----------------------------------------------------------------|[x 2]
D|--7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-5-5-5-5-5-5-5--4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-2-2-2-2-2-2-2--|
A|--6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6--3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3--|
E|----------------------------------------------------------------|

 [Fig. 2 - Main guitar theme]
e|-------------------------------------------------------------|
B|------8----8----7----7----5~----3-----3----3---------0---0~--|
G|----0----0----0----0----0-----0-----0----0------0--3---3-----| [x 5]
D|----------------------------------------------1--------------|
A|--7----7----7----7----------------3----3----3------1---1-----|
E|----------------------6~---s3~-------------------------------|
                        *     *
                    *Play these notes 
                     with your thumb*

The notes played with your
thumb are two of the bass 
notes included the guitar line.

--------
[Verse 1]
--------

E5, Cmaj7a x 3

Cmaj7a switches quietly
to the follow dyad each
of the three times played:

 [Fig. 3]
e|------|
B|------|
G|------|
D|--4~--|
A|--3~--|
E|------|

Em7, Cmaj7b x 1

Chords used:

  [E5]    [Cmaj7a]  [Cmaj7b]   [Em7]
e|-----| e|------| e|------| e|-----|
B|-----| B|------| B|--0~--| B|--3~-|
G|-----| G|--0~--| G|--0~--| G|--0~-|
D|--2~-| D|--2~--| D|--2~--| D|--2~-|
A|--2~-| A|--3~--| A|--3~--| A|--2~-|
E|--0~-| E|------| E|------| E|--0~-|

---------
[Bridge 1]
---------

[Fig. 2] x 4

--------
[Verse 2]
--------

As Verse 1.

With exception to the third time played
when E5 quietly switches an Esus4:

 [Esus4]
e|-----|
B|-----|
G|--2~-|
D|--2~-|
A|--2~-|
E|--0--|

---------
[Bridge 2]
---------

As Bridge 1.

------------
[Interlude 1]
------------

 [Fig. 4]                                   *
e|-------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-------------------------------------------------------------|
G|-------------------------------------------1----1----1---0~--|
D|------2----2----2----1----1------1----1----1----1----1---1~--|
A|----0----0----0----0----0------2----2----2----2----2---2-----|
E|--2----2----2----2----2----2-0----0----0----0----0-----------|
                                            *
 [Fig. 4 cont.]
e|-----------------------------------------------------|
B|-----------------------------------------------------|
G|--0---0----0----0----0----0----0----0----0----0------|
D|--1-----1----1----1----1----1----1----1----1----1----|
A|----2-----2----2----2----2----2----2----2----2----2--|
E|-----------------------------------------------------|

 [Fig. 4 cont.]
e|---------------------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------------------|
G|---------------------------------------------|
D|-----4---4---4---4---4----2---2---2---2---2--|
A|--s6---6---6---6---6---s3---3---3---3---3----|
E|---------------------------------------------|

A second guitar plays the
following figure at the point 
the asterisks are shown in [Fig. 4]:

 [Fig. 5]
e|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|----------1~~-2~-s5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5--|
A|----2~~-2----------------------------------------------------------|
E|--0----------------------------------------------------------------|

 [Fig. 5 cont.]
e|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|--s4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4--0-0-0-0-0-0-0--|
D|----------------------------------------------------2-2-2-2-2-2-2--|
A|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------------------------------------------|

-----------
[Interlude 1]
Part II:
-----------

One guitar plays the
following figure:
 
 [Fig. 6]
e|---------------------------|
B|-------0~------------------|
G|-------3~--0~-----0~---2~--| [x 2]
D|--2-2~-2~--5~--2~-2~---0~--|
A|--2-2~-----7~--3~----3-----|
E|--0-0~-----0~--3~----------|

The second guitar plays 
this over [Fig. 6]:

 [Fig. 7]
e|---------------------------------------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------------------------------------|
G|---------------------------------------0---------------2-------| [x 2]
D|----2-----2---2-----2-----2--------0------0-------0------0-----|
A|------5-----5-----5-----5--------3---3-------3------3------3~--|
E|--0-----0-------6-----6-----6s-3----------------3-----3--------|

---------
[Bridge 3]
---------

As Bridge 1 but only
played twice instead
of four times.

--------
[Verse 3]
--------

As Verse 1 but leave
out the switches to
the augmented dyad.

------------
[Interlude 2]
------------

As Interlude 1
Part II.

---------
[Bridge 4]
---------

[Fig. 2] x 2

With [Fig. 6] x 2

The second time [Fig. 6]
is played, it is altered 
slightly like this:

 [Fig. 6 alt.]
e|-------------------------|
B|-------0~----------------|
G|-------3~-0~-------0~-*--| [x 2]
D|--2-2~-2~-5~-----2-2~-4--|
A|--2-2~----7~-1-3------3--|
E|--0-0~----0~----------*--|

The notes in the asterisks
are played very quietly.

------------
[Interlude 3]
------------

As Interlude 1 with the
following alterations:

[Fig. 5] is now:

 [Fig. 5 alt.]
e|----------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|----------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|----------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|----------------1-2-s5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5--|
A|-----0~----2~-2-------------------------------------------------------|
E|--2~----0~------------------------------------------------------------|

 [Fig. 5 alt. cont.]
e|------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|--s4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4--|
D|------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|------------------------------------------------------------------|

A third guitar plays
the following figure:

 [Fig. 8]
e|---------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|--8-8-9-8-9-8-9-9-8-8-8-8-8-8-8--------------------------------------|
D|--------------------------------9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9--|
A|---------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------------------------|

 [Fig. 8 cont.]
e|----------------------------------------------------------------|
B|----------------------------------------------------------------|
G|----------------------------------------------------------------| [x 2]
D|-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9--|
A|----------------------------------------------------------------|
E|----------------------------------------------------------------|

----------
Breakdown:
----------

[Fig. 1] x 4

A second guitar very slowly pick-scrapes 
on the A string at the end of [Fig. 1] the
1st time it is played, until the following:

---------
Build-Up:
---------

 [Fig. 9]
e|----------------------------------------------------------------|
B|----------------------------------------------------------------|
G|----------------------------------------------------------------| [x 2]
D|--8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-s4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-2-2-2-2-2-2-2--|
A|--7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-s3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3--|
E|--0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-s2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-0-0-0-0-0-0-0--|

------------------
Distorted Section:
------------------

 [Fig. 10]
e|-------------------------------|
B|----0~-------------------------|
G|----0~----2-2~----4~---2-2-2~--| [x 4]
D|--2-2~--2-2-2~----2~---4-4-4~--|
A|--2-----2-2-2~----3~---3-3-3~--|
E|--0-----0-0-0~--3~---3---------|

A second guitar plays 
the following lead figure 
after [Fig. 10] is played twice:

 [Fig. 11]
e|----------------------------------------15*---------14*-------|
B|--------12~~--12~~--12~~--12~~--12~~--12~~--12~~--12~~--12~~--|
G|--14b16~~~~16~~~~16~~~~16~~~~16~~~~16~~~~16~~~~16~~~~16~~~~---| [x 2]
D|--------------------------------------------------------------|
A|--------------------------------------------------------------|
E|--------------------------------------------------------------|

The notes marked by asterisks are played 
with a lot of tremolo. You can fret these 
notes with your little finger.

The 14b16 note should be kept bent 
throughout [Fig. 11]; don't release
it back to the 14th fret.

-------------
Bridge/Outro:
-------------

[Fig. 2] x 9

On the fourth time [Fig. 2]
is played, play the following
two figures six times:

 [Fig. 12]
e|--0-0-0-0--0-0-0--0-0-0-0--0-0-0-0-------------------|
B|--5-5-5-5s-3-3-3s-2-2-2-2s-3-3-3-3--8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8--|
G|-----------------------------------s9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9--|
D|-----------------------------------------------------|
A|-----------------------------------------------------|
E|-----------------------------------------------------|

 [Fig. 12 cont.]
e|-----------------------|
B|--10-10-10-10-----12~--|
G|---9--9--9--9s-15------|
D|-----------------------|
A|-----------------------|
E|-----------------------|

The song ends when the first guitar
which was playing [Fig. 2] x 9 ends on
the following single-note:

 [Fig. 12]
e|-------|
B|-------|
G|-------|
D|-------|
A|-------|
E|--0~~--|

-------
LYRICS:
-------
Goodnight my love,
Remember me as you fall to sleep, 
Fill your pockets with the dust and the memories,
That rises from the shoes on my feet.

I won't be back here, 
Though we may meet again. 

I know it's dark outside, 
Don't be afraid, 
Everytime I ever cried from fear, 
Was just a mistake that I made, 
Wash yourself in your tears, 
And build your church, 
On the strength of your faith.

Please, 
Listen to me, 
Don't let go,
Don't let this desperate moonlight leave me, 
With your empty pillow, 
Promise me the sun will rise again. 

I too am tired now, 
Embracing thoughts of tonight's dreamless sleep, 
My head is empty, 
My toes are warm, 
I am safe from harm...

            
            
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rs1442 648 Jul 22, 2010 08:54 PM

Very nice tab! The only thing I'd change is how to play the first half of Fig. 7.

Instead of:

e|----------------------------------|
B|----------------------------------|
G|----------------------------------|
D|----2-----2---2-----2-----2-------|
A|------5-----5-----5-----5---------|
E|--0-----0-------6-----6-----6s----|


I play it like this:
e|----------------------------------|
B|----------------------------------|
G|----------------------------------|
D|------0-----0-----0-----0---------|
A|----7-----7---7-----7-----7-------|
E|--0-----0-------6-----6-----6s----|


I find this way is much easier than stretching from the 6th to the 2nd fret.

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Coxon 194 Aug 26, 2010 06:43 PM

Ahh yes, good point ... either/or but your way is much easier, cheers!

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bennyshambles78 4,121 Jan 29, 2012 01:37 PM

Great job and I agree with rs1442's way of playing [fig. 7]. My correction/suggestion is that the main guitar theme is actually two separate guitar parts, with one being:

[Fig. 2 - Main guitar theme for guitar 1]
e|-------------------------------------------------------------|
B|------8----8----7----7----7\----3-----3----3---------0---0~--|
G|----0----0----0----0----0-----0-----0----0------0--3---3-----|
D|----------------------------------------------1--------------|
A|--7----7----7----7----7-----3-----3----3----3----------------|
E|-------------------------------------------------------------|

[Fig. 2 - Main guitar theme]
e|-------------------------------------------------------------|
B|------0-----0--------------0~----0~--------------------------|
G|-----0-----0--------------------0----------------------------|
D|---------------------------------------------------3~--------|
A|------------------------------------------------1~-----------|
E|--0------7~-----------6~---s3~-------------------------------|

Not positive about how that's played exactly, but I'm pretty sure it's along those lines and those root notes. You can tell the two parts are separate at the end of the song when guitar 1 plays [fig. 12].

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