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The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonight  R.E.M



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[D////G//C//Am/]                                     
The transition to the verses:
  [C]                [Em]                                                                     
e---------0-----|---------0---------|
B-------------1-|-------------0-----|
G---------------|-------------------|
D-----2---------|-------------------|
A-3-------------|-----2-------------|
E---------------|-0-----------------|


Verse 1:
(* For all the verses, the F's, C's, and Am's are played as barre
chords, the F's in A formation, the C's and Am's in E form. He
upstrokes them in pairs, on what sounds like a big hollowbody electric.
The placement of the chords over the words here is inteneded only to
to denote their *approximate* temporal location. Listen to the song
and you'll be able to hear and feel where they actually go.*)

This h[F]ere[F] is the plac[F]e w[F]here I will be s[C]tayi[C]n'      [C]    [C]
[F]The[F]re isn't a number you can ca[F]ll [F]on the payphone, let i[C]t r[C]ing a long,l[C]ong[C],

long, long time
[F]If [F]I don't pi[F]ck [F]up, hang up, [Am]call[Am] back let it r[C]ing[C] some more
[F](Un[F]transcrib[F]abl[F]e Stipe yodel[C])   [C]               [C]   [C]
If I [F]don[F]'t pick up, p[F]ick[F] up, the sidewinder s[Am]leep[Am], sleep, sleeps in a coil[C]  [C]

Chorus 1 (*I won't even try to pretend that I know what he's

[D////G//C//Am/]                                     
C Em (*play as noted above for transition*)

Verse 2:
There's sc[F]rat[F]ches all around th[F]e c[F]oinslot, like a heartbea[C]t b[C]aby, tryi[C]n' t[C]o

wake up
[F]But[F] this machin[F]e c[F]an only s[C]wal[C]low money, y[C]ou [C]can't lay a patch by computer

design
[F]Wit[F]h just al[F]ot [F]of stup[Am]id, [Am]stupid sig[C]ns [C]
[F]("T[F]ell her" [F]yod[F]eled)  [C]   [C]           [C]   [C]
[F]Tel[F]l her she c[F]an [F]kiss my a[C]ss [C]and say th[C]at [C]you were
[F]Onl[F]y kidding, that way she'll k[F]now[F] that it's rea[Am]lly,[Am] really, really,
really me [C]  [C]

Chorus 2: (*Same as chorus one, including transition*)

[D////G//C//Am/]                                     
[C]   [Em]                                  
Verse 3: (*Short verse*)
Baby ea[F]t s[F]ome soup, does it really g[F]rab[F] me today I n[C]eed[C] something more
[C]sub[C]-stub-sub-substantial
[F]A c[F]an of beans, som[F]e b[F]lack eyed peas, some Nesca[C]fe [C]and ice   [C]   [C]
A can[F]dy [F]bar, a fall(*en/in[F]'*)[F] star, or a readin[Am]g fr[Am]om Doctor Seus[C]s [C]

Chorus 3:

[D////G//C//Am/]                                     
C Em (*Same as above*)

Bridge:

(*During the bridge, Am and Bm are played as A barres, and the picking
pattern is like this:

  [Bm]                [Bm]                 [Am]                 [Am]                                  
e---------2------|---------2------|---------0------|---------0------|
B-------------3--|-------------3--|-------------1--|-------------1--|
G----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
D-----4----------|-----4----------|-----2----------|-----2----------|
A-2--------------|-2--------------|-0--------------|-0--------------|
E----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|


The C below is picked in the same pattern, i.e. A str, D str, e str, B str*)

[Bm]The cat in the ha[Bm]t came back, and wrec[Am]ked alot of hav[Am]oc
[Bm]On the way, always had a smile and a re[Bm]ason to [Am]pretend  [Am]
[Bm]That their world, was flat back brown, [Bm]too little, n[Am]eed to sleep but to dr[C]eam
The sidewinder s[Em]leeps on his b[Em]ack

Chorus 3 and outro:

(*The chorus is the same*)

[D////G//C//Am/]                                     
(*But now this transition thing changes to what we'll call the New Transition*)
[C]                 [Em]                                                                    
e---------0-----|-0-------0-----|
B-------------1-|-0-------0-----|
G---------------|-0-------0-----|
D-----2---------|-2-------2-----|
A-3-------------|-2-------2-----|
E---------------|-0-------2-----|


[D////G//C//Am/]                                     
C Em (*New transition*)

[D////G//C//Am/]                                     
C Em (*New transition*)

[D////G//C//Am/]                                     
[C]We got a b[Em]oogy-woogy groove [D]on this [D]one

From: csb1@engr.engr.uark.edu (Chris Bray)

Chorus:
[D]   [D/F#]Call [D]me when you [D/F#]try to wake [G5]her up, [C9]call [G5]me when you try to [Am]wake her
[D]   [D/F#]Call [D]me when you [D/F#]try to wake [G5]her up, [C9]call [G5]me when you try to [Am]wake her
[D]   [D/F#]Call [D]me when you [D/F#]try to wake [G5]her up, [C9]call [G5]me when you try to [Am]wake her

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