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Strange   R.E.M








					'STRANGE' by REM 

From the REM Album 'Document'
Transcribed by Wayne Ellis 	email ellis_w_wayne@bt-web.bt.co.uk

Intro

  G		  C	G		C
E---------------------|---------------------|
B---------------------|---------------------|						guitar1
G---------------------|---------------------|
D-----------------5-5-|-----------------5-5-|
A-5--5--5-5--5-5--3-3-|-5--5--5-5--5-5--3-3-|
E-3--3--3-3--3-3------|-3--3--3-3--3-3------|
 		      |			    |
E---------------------|---------------------|
B-------------------5-|---------------------|						guitar2
G-4--4--4-4--4-4--5-5-|-4--4--4-4--4-4--5-5-|
D-5--5--5-5--5-5--5-5-|-5--5--5-5--5-5--5-5-|
A-5--5--5-5--5-5--3-3-|-5--5--5-5--5-5--3-3-|
E----3----3----3------|----3----3----3------|
  U  D	U D  U D  D D	D  U  D U  D U	D D    
  G5   G6 G5    G6 G5   G6  G5  C5	G5   G6 G5    G6 G5   G6 G5  G6
E-------------------------------------|-------------------------------------|
B-------------------------------------|-------------------------------------|		guitar1
G-------------------------------------|-------------------------------------|
D-----------------------------0-5-5-0-|-----------------------------0-5-5-0-|
A-5--5-7--5-5-5-7--5-5-5-7--5-0-3-3-0-|-5--5-7--5-5-5-7--5-5-5-7--5-0-3-3-0-|
E-3--3-3--3-3-3-3--3-3-3-3--3---------|-3--3-3--3-3-3-3--3-3-3-3--3---------|
				      |					    |
E-------------------------------------|-------------------------------------|
B-------------------------------------|-------------------------------------|		guitar2
G-----------------------------0-5-----|-------------------------------------|
D-----------------------------0-5-----|-------------------------------5-----|
A-5--5----3h5---5--3h5---5------------|-5--5----5---5-5--5---5-5----0-3-----|
E-3--3----3-----3--3-----3------------|-3--3----3---3-3--3---3-3------------|

Verse 1

   G5			  C5		 G5			C5
E-------------------------------------|-------------------------------------|
B-------------------------------------|-------------------------------------|		guitar1
G-------------------------------------|-------------------------------------|
D-----------------------0-----5-------|-----------------------0-----5-------|
A--5--5--5--5-5--5--5-5-0-3-3-3-0-----|--5--5--5--5-5--5--5-5-0-3-3-3-0-----|
E--3--3--3--3-3--3--3-3---------------|--3--3--3--3-3--3--3-3---------------|
				      |					    |
E-------------------------------------|-------------------------------------|
B-------------------------------------|-------------------------------------|		guitar2
G-------------------------------------|-------------------------------------|
D-------------------------5----0------|-------------------------5----0------|
A--5--5--5--5-5--5--5-5-0-3----0------|--5--5--5--5-5--5--5-5-0-3----0------|
E--3--3--3--3-3--3--3-3---------------|--3--3--3--3-3--3--3-3---------------|
E-------------------------------------|-------------------------------------|
			       X				     X
Theres something strange		Theres something going 
   going on tonight			   on thats not guite right

   G5			  C5		 G5			 C
E-------------------------------------|-------------------------------------|
B-------------------------------------|--------------------------5--5-------|
G-------------------------------------|--------------------------5--5-------|		guitar1
D-----------------------0-----5-------|--------------------------5--5-------|
A--5--5--5--5-5--5--5-5-0-3-3-3-0-----|--5--5--5--5-5--5--5-5-0--3--3-------|
E--3--3--3--3-3--3--3-3---------------|--3--3--3--3-3--3--3-3---------------|
				      |					    |
E-------------------------------------|-------------------------------------|
B-------------------------------------|-------------------------------------|		guitar2
G-------------------------------------|-------------------------------------|
D-------------------------5----0------|--------------------------5--5-------|     
A--5--5--5--5-5--5--5-5-0-3----0------|--5--5--5--5-5--5--5-5-0--3--3-------|
E--3--3--3--3-3--3--3-3---------------|--3--3--3--3-3--3--3-3---------------|
			       X				 X  X			 
Michaels nervous and			Theres something going
 the lights are bright			   on thats not quite right

Chorus

  E5		      A5   E5		      A5    E5			A5   E5			A5
E------------------------|------------------------|------------------------|------------------------|
B------------------------|------------------------|------------------------|------------------------|	guitar1
G---------------------2--|---------------------2--|---------------------2--|---------------------2--|
D-2---2-2---2--2--0---2--|-2---2-2---2--2--0---2--|-2---2-2---2--2--0---2--|-2---2-2---2-----0---2--|
A-2---2-2---2--2--0---0--|-2---2-2---2--2--0---0--|-2---2-2---2--2--0---0--|-2---2-2---2-----0---0--|
E-0---0-0---0--0---------|-0---0-0---0--0---------|-0---0-0---0--0---------|-0---0-0---0------------|
 rake			 |			  |			   |			    |
E------------------------|------------------------|------------------------|------------------------|
B------------------------|------------------------|------------------------|------------------------|	guitar2
G---------------------2--|---------------------2--|---------------------2--|---------------------2--|
D-2---2-----2-----0---2--|-2---2-----2-----0---2--|-2---2-----2-----0---2--|-2---2-----2---------2--|
A-2---2-----2-----0---0--|-2---2-----2-----0---0--|-2---2-----2-----0---0--|-2---2-----2---------0--|
E-0---0-----0------------|-0---0-----0------------|-0---0-----0------------|-0---0-----0------------|

There's something going on  Keep your eyes glued   There's something strange There's something going 
 that wasn't here before     to the floor	    going on tonight	      on thats not quite right

'Do Do' Interlude

   G5			  C5		 G5			 C
E----------------------------------|----------------------------------|
B----------------------------------|----------------------------------|
G------------------------5-5-5--0--|------------------------5-5-5--0--|		guitar1
D------------------------5-5-5--0--|------------------------5-5-5--0--|
A--5--5--5--5-5--5--5-5----3-3-----|--5--5--5--5-5--5--5-5----3-3-----|
E--3--3--3--3-3--3--3-3------------|--3--3--3--3-3--3--3-3------------|
   				X  |				   X  |
E----------------------------------|----------------------------------|
B----------------------------------|----------------------------------|
G--------------------------5-------|----------------------------------|		guitar2
D--------------------------5-------|--------------------------5-------|
A--5--5--5--5----5--5------3-------|--5--5--5--5----5--5------5-------|
E--3--3--3--3----3--3--------------|--3--3--3--3----3--3------3-------|

   Do Do Do Do   Do Do     Do Do      Do Do Do Do   Do Do     Do Do

Verse 2

Palm Mute Guitar 1 heavily, giving it a sharp staccato sound.

   G5			  C5		 G5			C5
E-------------------------------------|-------------------------------------|
B-------------------------------------|-------------------------------------|		guitar1
G-------------------------------------|-------------------------------------|
D-----------------------------5-0-----|-----------------------------5-0-----|
A--5--5--5--5-5--5--5-5-0-3-3-3-0-----|--5--5--5--5-5--5--5-5-0-3-3-3-0-----|
E--3--3--3--3-3--3--3-3---------------|--3--3--3--3-3--3--3-3---------------|
				X     |				      X	    |
E-------------------------------------|-------------------------------------|
B-------------------------------------|-------------------------------------|		guitar2
G-------------------------------------|-------------------------------------|
D-------------------------5---5-------|-------------------------5---5-------|
A--5--5--5--5-5--5--5-5-0-3---3-------|--5--5--5--5-5--5--5-5-0-3---3-------|
E--3--3--3--3-3--3--3-3---------------|--3--3--3--3-3--3--3-3---------------|
E-------------------------------------|-------------------------------------|
			       				     
Theres something strange		Theres something going 
   going on tonight			   on thats not guite right

   G5			  C5		 G5			 C5
E-------------------------------------|-------------------------------------|
B-------------------------------------|-------------------------------------|
G-------------------------------------|-------------------------------------|		guitar1
D-----------------------------5-0-----|------------------------------5-0----|
A--5--5--5--5-5--5--5-5-0-3-3-3-0-----|--5--5--5--5-5--5--5-5-0--3-3-3-0----|
E--3--3--3--3-3--3--3-3---------------|--3--3--3--3-3--3--3-3---------------|
				X     |				       X    |
E-------------------------------------|-------------------------------------|
B-------------------------------------|-------------------------------------|		guitar2
G-------------------------------------|-------------------------------------|
D-------------------------5---5-------|--------------------------5---5------|     
A--5--5--5--5-5--5--5-5-0-3---3-------|--5--5--5--5-5--5--5-5-0--3---3------|
E--3--3--3--3-3--3--3-3---------------|--3--3--3--3-3--3--3-3---------------|
			       				 		 
Michaels nervous and			Theres something going
 the lights are bright			   on thats not quite right

Chorus

  E5		   A5      E5		    A5      E5		     A5      E5		     A5
E------------------------|------------------------|------------------------|------------------------|
B------------------------|------------------------|------------------------|------------------------|	guitar1
G------------------2-----|------------------2-----|------------------2-----|------------------2-----|
D-2--2-2--2--2--0--2--0--|-2--2-2--2--2--0--2--0--|-2--2-2--2--2--0--2--0--|-2--2-2--2--2--0--2--0--|
A-2--2-2--2--2--0--0--0--|-2--2-2--2--2--0--0--0--|-2--2-2--2--2--0--0--0--|-2--2-2--2--2--0--0--0--|
E-0--0-0--0--0-----------|-0--0-0--0--0-----------|-0--0-0--0--0-----------|-0--0-0--0--0-----------|
			 |			  |			   |			    |
E------------------------|------------------------|------------------------|------------------------|
B------------------------|------------------------|------------------------|------------------------|	guitar2
G------------------2-----|------------------2-----|------------------2-----|------------------2-----|
D-2--2-2--2--2--0--2--0--|-2--2-2--2--2--0--2--0--|-2--2-2--2--2--0--2--0--|-2--2-2--2--2--0--2--0--|
A-2--2-2--2--2--0--0--0--|-2--2-2--2--2--0--0--0--|-2--2-2--2--2--0--0--0--|-2--2-2--2--2--0--0--0--|
E-0--0-0--0--0-----------|-0--0-0--0--0-----------|-0--0-0--0--0-----------|-0--0-0--0--0-----------|

There's something going on  Keep your eyes glued   There's something strange There's something going 
 that wasn't here before     to the floor	    going on tonight	      on thats not quite right

Guitar Solo

  G5		      C5      G5		   C5	  G5		      C5      G5		   C5
E---------------------------|---------------------------|---------------------------|---------------------------|
B-------3-0-----3-p0---5----|--------3-0-----3-p0---5---|--------3-0----3-p0---5----|--------3-0----3-p0---5-0--|	guitar1
G-2p0----------------0---4b-|-0-2p0---------------0--4b-|-0-2p0--------------0---4b-|-0-2p0--------------0-----4|
D-----0---------------------|------0--------------------|------0--------------------|-------0-------------------|
A---------------------------|---------------------------|---------------------------|---------------------------|
E---------------------------|---------------------------|---------------------------|---------------------------|
			    |				|			    |		  secret secret |
E---------------------------|---------------------------|---------------------------|---------------------------|
B---------------------------|---------------------------|---------------------------|---------------------------|	guitar3
G---------------------------|---------------------------|---------------------------|---------------------------|
D---------------------------|---------------------------|---------------------------|---------------------------|
A----------5-4-0------------|----------5-4-0------------|----------5-4-0------------|----------5-4-0------------|
E---------------------------|---------------------------|---------------------------|---------------------------|
			    |				|			    |				|
E---------------------------|---------------------------|---------------------------|---------------------------|
B---------------------------|---------------------------|---------------------------|---------------------------|	guitar2
G---------------------------|---------------------------|---------------------------|---------------------------|
D-----------------------5-5-|-----------------------5-5-|-----------------------5-5-|-----------------------5-5-|
A-5-5--5--5-5--5--5-5-0-3-3-|-5-5--5--5-5--5--5-5-0-3-3-|-5-5--5--5-5--5--5-5-0-3-3-|-5-5--5--5-5--5--5-5-0-3-3-|
E-3-3--3--3-3--3--3-3-------|-3-3--3--3-3--3--3-3-------|-3-3--3--3-3--3--3-3-------|-3-3--3--3-3--3--3-3-------|

Chorus

  E5		   A5      E5		    A5      E5		     A5      E5		     A5
E------------------------|------------------------|------------------------|------------------------|
B------------------------|------------------------|------------------------|------------------------|	guitar1
G--------------0--2------|--------------0--2------|---------------0--2-----|---------------0--2-----|
D-2---2-2---2--0--2------|-2---2-2---2--0--2------|-2---2-2---2-2-0--2-----|-2---2-2---2-2-0--2-----|
A-2---2-2---2-----0------|-2---2-2---2-----0------|-2---2-2---2-2----0-----|-2---2-2---2-2----0-----|
E-0---0-0---0------------|-0---0-0---0------------|-0---0-0---0-0----------|-0---0-0---0-0----------|

There's something going on  Keep your eyes glued   There's something strange There's something going 
 that wasn't here before     to the floor	    going on tonight	      on thats not quite right

I hear no guitar 2 on this chorus.

'Do Do' Outro

  G5			C5    G5		    C5	  G5			C5    G5		    C5
E---------------------------|---------------------------|---------------------------|---------------------------|
B---------------------------|---------------------------|---------------------------|---------------------------|	guitar1
G----------------------0----|---------------------0-----|---------------------0-----|---------------------0-----|     (play twice)
D-----------------------5-5-|-----------------------5-5-|-----------------------5-5-|-----------------------5-5-|
A-5-5--5--5-5--5--5-5---3-3-|-5-5--5--5-5--5--5-5---3-3-|-5-5--5--5-5--5--5-5---3-3-|-5-5--5--5-5--5--5-5---3-3-|
E-3-3--3--3-3--3--3-3-------|-3-3--3--3-3--3--3-3-------|-3-3--3--3-3--3--3-3-------|-3-3--3--3-3--3--3-3-------|
			    |				|			    |				|
E---------------------------|---------------------------|---------------------------|---------------------------|
B---------------------------|---------------------------|---------------------------|---------------------------|	guitar2
G----------------------5----|---------------------5-----|---------------------5-----|---------------------5-----|     (play twice)
D-----------------------5-5-|-----------------------5-5-|-----------------------5-5-|-----------------------5-5-|
A-5-5--5--5-5--5--5-5---3-3-|-5-5--5--5-5--5--5-5---3-3-|-5-5--5--5-5--5--5-5---3-3-|-5-5--5--5-5--5--5-5---3-3-|
E-3-3--3--3-3--3--3-3-------|-3-3--3--3-3--3--3-3-------|-3-3--3--3-3--3--3-3-------|-3-3--3--3-3--3--3-3-------|
			  X			      X				  X			      X
  Do Do Do Do  Do Do   Do Do Do etc........
 
The second time this section is played, the notes played on 'the beats' in each bar (there are 4) are emphasised. 

  G5			C5	G5
E---------------------------|---------------------------|
B---------------------------|---------------------------|	guitar1
G----------------------0----|---------------------------|
D-----------------------5-5-|-0-------------------------|
A-5-5--5--5-5--5--5-5---3-3-|-0-5-----------------------|
E-3-3--3--3-3--3--3-3-------|---3-----------------------|
			    | X			        |			  
E---------------------------|---------------------------|
B---------------------------|---------------------------|	guitar2
G----------------------5----|---------------------------|
D-----------------------5-5-|---------------------------|
A-5-5--5--5-5--5--5-5---3-3-|---5-----------------------|
E-3-3--3--3-3--3--3-3-------|---3-----------------------|
			  X			    
				 Do Do Do Do .....

Notes

TAB Key
 
	b - bend a semitone
	X - mute with palm of hand
	U - upstroke
	D - downstroke

REM turns 'boogie band' - well not quite Lynard Skynard.

This is mainly a 2 guitar song. Guitar1 is in the right stereo channel and guitar2 
is in the left. Guitar2 has a cleaner sound than guitar1.

This song is a straight forward boogie kind of thing in the key of G. The verses centre 
around G and C, and the chorus' centre around E5 and A5. I was a bit of a 'train spotter' 
and tried to include all the rhythmic variations (as well as ascii tab allows) because it
sounds boring just played with a straight shuffle feel

The guitar solo has guitar1 picking out the melody, guitar2 playing the backing chords
and guitar3 playing a short, descending, 'walking bassline' sequence. Guitars 1 and 3 can be 
included as one part quite easily but the way all the notes are left ringing I would say 
there are 2 guitars on the record here.

The timings between the 2 guitars, as written above, should be pretty accurate but
check the record for details.

The choruses and 'Do Do' sections are filled out with an Organ (and handclaps)

Listen to the original version of this by a band called Wire, it appears
on 'Pink Flag'.

Comments, corrections, requests and idle banter welcome

			Wayne Ellis 	email ellis_w_wayne@bt-web.bt.co.uk 	



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