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#----------------------------------PLEASE NOTE---------------------------------#
#This file is the author's own work and represents their interpretation of the #
#song. You may only use this file for private study, scholarship, or research. #
Date: Wed, 20 Sep 95 18:26:31 EDT
From: winston campbell 
Subject: OTHER VOICES by The Cure

Other Voices
        (words by Robert Smith, music by Laurence Tolhurst, Simon Gallup, and
Robert Smith)

After waiting such a long time for some one to transcribe this song, I just
decided to figure it out by myself.  I tried doing that months ago and
failed.  But this time around it was not as hard as I thought it was.
Basically (maybe skipping notes), but basically this is how I play it:

The strange intro is something like this:

E -------------0--0------------|
B -0--0--7-----5--5--------0---|
G -4--4--4-----------6-----4---|
D -----------------------------|
A -----------------------------|
E -----------------------------|

The bass riff starts out as:

          Riff 1:

G ------||-----------------|---------------------||
D -4----||----------0------|---------------------||
A ----0-||-2--2-2-2--------|-------------------0-||
E ------||---------------0-|-2--2-2-2-3--2--0----||

The double lines means that you must repeat the riff ending and starting at
the double lines (you are not supposed to play those first two intro notes
again).  This riff (within the double lines) is repeated seven times, then
you play:

G -----------------|---------------------|-----------------|
D ----------0------|-------------------0-|-2--2-2-2--------|
A -2--2-2-2--------|---------------------|---------------2-|
E ---------------0-|-2--2-2-2-3--2--0----|----------3------|

G ---------------------|-----------------|---------------------|
D -------------------0-|-2--2-2-2--------|---------------------|
A -4--4-4-4-5--4--2----|---------------2-|-4--4-4-4-5--4--2--0-|
E ---------------------|----------3------|---------------------|

You play Riff 1 again throughout the verse.  Now, this is the part that may
not be accurate:  the guitar tablature.  I am sure I am pretty close, this is
how I play the guitar part during the verse:

E ----------------------|---------------------|
B ----------------------|-2--2-2-2/3--3--3--3-|
G -4--4-4-4/7--6-6--6-x-|-3--3-3-3/4--4--4--4-|
D -4--4-4-4/7--7-7--7-x-|-4--4-4-4/5--5--5--5-|
A ----------------------|---------------------|
E ----------------------|---------------------|

If you listen to how the guitar is played, you will get the idea.  Now, this
song, believe it or not, has two choruses.  The first chorus comes after the
first verse (obviously).  The bass for it (and I am not perfect on this) is:

  Chorus 1 Bass Riff:

G ||--------------|-------------|-----------------|-----------------||
D ||--------------|-------------|-----------------|-----------------||
A ||--------------|-------------|-----------------|-----------------||
E ||-2----2--2--2-|-0--0---0--0-|-2--2-2-2-3------|-2--2-2-2-3------||

This is played four times.  It is good to slip that A note for the last time
when going back into Riff 1 for the second verse.  The guitar part for Riff 2

  Guitar Riff 1A:

E ||--------------|-------------|---------------------|-------------------||
B ||-2--2--2--2---|-0-0-0--0--0-|-7--7-7-7-8\7-7-7--7-|-7--7-7-7-8\7-7-7--||
G ||-3--3--3--3---|-0---0--0--0-|-6--6-6-6-7\6-6-6--6-|-6--6-6-6-7\6-6-6--||
D ||-4--4---------|-2------2----|---------------------|-------------------||
A ||--------------|-------------|---------------------|-------------------||
E ||--------------|-------------|---------------------|-------------------||

  Guitar Riff 1B:

E --------------|-------------|----------------------|----------------------|
B -2--2--2--2---|-0---0--0--0-|-7--7-7-7-8/10-10--10-|-7--7-7-7-8/10-10--10-|
G -3--3--3--3---|-0---0--0--0-|-6--6-6-6-7/-9--9---9-|-6--6-6-6-7/-9--9---9-|
D -4--4-----4---|-2------2----|----------------------|----------------------|
A --------------|-------------|----------------------|----------------------|
E --------------|-------------|----------------------|----------------------|

You play Guitar Riff 1A three times, then you play Guitar Riff 2B once.  You
can play around a bit, especially at the F# to Em part.  The second chorus
goes something like this:

G ||--------------|-------------|-----------------|------------------------||
D ||--------------|-------------|-----------------|------------------------||
A ||-4----4--4--4-|-5--5---5--5-|-----------------|------------------------||
E ||--------------|-------------|-7--7-7-7-5------|-2--2-2-2-3-----0--2--5-||

You play this three times, and on the fourth time, you play only half of it.
Listen to the tape or CD and you will know what I mean.  Anyway, the guitar
for that part is:

E ||-----------|------------|--------------------------|-------------------||
B ||-----------|------------|-12--12-12-12\10-10-10-10-|-7--7-7-7/10-10-10-||
G ||-6--6-6--6-|-7-7--7-7-7-|-11--11-11-11\-9--9--9--9-|-6--6-6-6/-9--9--9-||
D ||-6--6-6--6-|-7-7--7-7-7-|--------------------------|-------------------||
A ||-----------|------------|--------------------------|-------------------||
E ||-----------|------------|--------------------------|-------------------||

Like the bass, repeat this three times and then play half of it.  The song
ends with Riff 1 repeating and there are inaudible sounds of the intro going.
 I hope this has helped.  It may not be perfect and maybe you can formulate
your own transcription of it or whatever.  By the way, here are the lyrics:

whisper your name in an empty room
you brush past my skin
as soft as fur
taking hold
i taste your scent
distant noises
of other voices
pounding in my broken head
commit the sin
commit yourself
and all the other voices said
change your mind
you're always wrong
(always wrong)

come around at christmas
i really have to see you
smile at me slyly
another festive compromise
but i live with desertion
and eight million people
distant noises
other voices
pulsing in my swinging arms
caress the sound, so many dead
and all the other voices sing
change your mind
you're always wrong


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Stagger Lee 40 Jul 23, 2006 01:47 PM

Nice tab. A bit wonky on the guitar parts, but overall a 4.

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