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Swan swan hummingbird   R.E.M






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                     REM - Swan Swan Hummingbird

  This is the tablature and chords for REMs Swan Swan Humming Bird.  I
got the words and chords from Scott A. Yanoff
(yanoff@csd4.csd.uwm.edu).  I have included my tablature for what
goes on behind the singing.  I hope it is satisfactory, being my
first tablature.

  The Rhythm guitar is played on a 12 - string while the other part is
played on a regular 6 - string.
  This song is in 6/8 time. In the intro, Peter plays an Am chord. On
beat four, he lifts up his finger on the second fret of the D string
then hammers it right back on. Its an old trick but one of my
favorites.  He also does it on the Dm chord when it's played for a
whole 6 beats - except of course, he lifts his finger off of the G
string.
  Am        Dm           G
 Swan swan hummingbird
     Am              Dm
 Hurrah we are all free now
        Am               Dm    G
 What noisy cats are we
           Am                   Dm
 Girl and dog he bore his cross
     Am       Dm    G Am
 A long low time ago people talk to me


  Em                     F
 Johnny Reb what's the price of pans
  Em                F
 Forty a piece or three for one dollar
        Em              F
 Hey captain don't you want to buy
       Em              C    G
 Some bone chains and toothpicks

 Night weaves her hair chains
 Years you wouldn't bring back sing
 Wooden beams and dove tails sweep
 I struck that picture ninety times
 I walked that path a hundred ninety
 Long low time ago people talk to me

     G         Bm
 A pistol hot cup of rhyme
       C                    D
 The whiskey is water the water is wine
  G               Bm                   C             C/B
 Marching feet Johnny Reb what's the price of heroes

 Six and one half dozen the other
 Tell that to the captain's mother
 Hey captain don't you want to buy
 Some bone chains and toothpicks

 Night weaves her hair chains
 Swan swan hummingbird
 Hurrah we are all free now
 What noisy cats are we
 Long low time ago people talk to me
 A pistol hot cup of rhyme
 The whiskey is water the water is wine

Here's what goes on in the background:


   Swan Swan...

   Am           Dm    G     Am          Dm
(D)--------0-2-|-0---|-----|-------0-2-|-0-|
(A)-0-2-3------|---0-|-----|-0-2-3-----|---| Back over
(E)------------|-----|-3---|-----------|---|


   Johnny rep...

   Em        F       Em        F
(A)-2---0-2-|-3-0---|-2---0-2-|-3-|
(E)---3-----|-----1-|---3-----|---|

When switching from #1 to #2 or #3 do this

...some bones, chains...

   Em        F    Em    Am
(A)-2---0-2-|-3--|-2---|-0-2-3-|
(E)---3-----|----|-----|-------| ...                    1st time
                       | G          D         C           D
 This on       (G)-----|-0-0-0-----|---------|---------|---------|
A Pistol...    (D)---0-|-------4-2-|-4-2-0-0-|---------|-0-0-2-4-|
(#3)           (A)-----|-----------|---------|-3-3-2-3-|---------|
                                                       |2nd time
                                                       |D       Em
                                                   (D) |-0-0-0-|Six...
                                                   (A) |-------|

I hope that you can make sense out of this mess.  Well figuring it
out should be interesting.
        Enjoy,
            Michael.

PS. Thanks for keeping this up James!


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