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Hand of kindness   Richard Thompson








HAND OF KINDNESS - Richard Thompson
(Songs of PolyGram International, Inc., BMI)

Arranged for solo guitar by Alan Bostick (abostick@netcom.com).

This arrangement is fairly sparse.  It consists of the guitar part of
Thompson's song "Hand of Kindness" from the album of the same name
(Hannibal/Rykodisc) plus an alternating bass line. I have tried to
be faithful to the original, but there are a couple of places where
the arrangement departs in (I hope) minor ways.

I have tried to keep the rhythm consistent: one beat in a 4/4 measure
takes up 8 characters in the tab. In other words, a single character
width represents a thirty-second note.  The words under the tab are
kind of mushed together to attempt to show the timing of the lyrics.

On the record, Thompson plays an extended solo between the second chorus
and verse 3.  He ends the song by repeating the chorus on verse 3, and
soloing over the groove while the song fades out.  When I play, I don't
play a solo -- I go straight from verse 2 to verse 3 -- and I end the song
by going back to the groove after the second verse 3 chorus, and closing on
the arpeggiated D7sus2 chord.

The tab was prepared using Ofir Zwebner's program, TAB MASTER v1.0
 

  Intro/Groove

  D7sus4                                        Dm
e:|--------------------------------|--------0-----------------------|
B:|1---1---1---1-------------------|1-----------3-------------------|
G:|0---0---0---0-------------------|0-----------2-------------------|
D:|0---------------0---------------|0---------------0---------------|
A:|--------0---------------0-------|--------0---------------0-------|
E:|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|


  D7sus4                                       Dm
e:--------------------------------|--------0-----------------------|
B:1---1---1---1-------------------|1-----------3-------------------|
G:0---0---0---0-------------------|0-----------2-------------------|
D:0---------------0---------------|0---------------0---------------|
A:--------0---------------0-------|--------0---------------0-------|
E:--------------------------------|--------------------------------|


  D7sus4                                       Dm
e:--------------------------------|--------0--------------------0--|
B:1---1---1---1-------------------|1-----------3-----------------1-|
G:0---0---0---0-------------------|0-----------2------------------2|
D:0---------------0---------------|0---------------0---------------|
A:--------0---------------0-------|--------0---------------0-------|
E:--------------------------------|--------------------------------|


  D7sus2
e:--------------------------------|-----------------------------0--|
B:--------------------------------|--------1---------------------1-|
G:--------------------------------|--0h2-------2------------------2|
D:0---------------0---------------|0---------------3---------------|
A:--------0---------------0-------|--------0---------------0-------|
E:--------------------------------|--------------------------------|

e:--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
B:--------------------------------|--------1-----------------------|
G:--------------------------------|--0h2-------2-------------------|
D:0---------------0---------------|0---------------3---------------|
A:--------0---------------0-------|--------0---------------0-------|
E:--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
                                                           Well I

  Verse

  Dm7
e:--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
B:--------------------------------|--------1-----------------------|
G:--------------------------------|--0h2-------2---------------2---|
D:0---------------0---------------|0---------------3---------------|
A:--------0---------------0-------|--------0---------------0-------|
E:--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
  wove    the rope--                                       And  I


e:--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
B:--------------------------------|--------1-----------------------|
G:--------------------------------|--0h2-------2---------------2---|
D:0---------------0---------------|0---------------3---------------|
A:--------0---------------0-------|--------0---------------0-------|
E:--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
  picked  the spot--                                       Well I


e:--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
B:--------------------------------|--------1-----------------------|
G:--------------------------------|--0h2-------2-------------------|
D:0---------------0---------------|0---------------3---------------|
A:--------0---------------0-------|--------0---------------0-------|
E:--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
  stuck out my neck--                                      And I   


e:--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
B:--------------------------------|--------1------------------1----|
G:--------------------------------|--0h2-------2--------------2----|
D:0---------------0---------------|0---------------3---------------|
A:--------0---------------0-------|--------0---------------0-------|
E:--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
 tightenedthe knot--

    G         Dm7
e:--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
B:1/3---------1-------------------|--------------------------------|
G:2/4---------2-------------------|--------------------------------|
D:3/5-------------0---------------|0---------------0---------------|
A:--------5---------------0-------|--------0---------------0-------|
E:--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
                      Oh--            stranger     stran-  ger

    G         Dm7
e:--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
B:1/3---------1-------------------|--------------------------------|
G:2/4---------2-------------------|--------------------------------|
D:3/5-------------0---------------|0---------------0---------------|
A:--------5---------------0-------|--------0---------------0-------|
E:--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
                          How      near    our time--

    G         Dm7                  F
e:--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
B:1/3---------1-------------------|--------------------------------|
G:2/4---------2-------------------|--------------------------------|
D:3/5-------------0---------------|--------------------------------|
A:--------5---------------0-------|--------------------------------|
E:----------------------------0---|1-----------1---1-----------3---|
                      you stretchoutyour   hand        Ill stretchout

  A7sus4
e:----------------3---------------|--------------------------------|
B:------------3-----------3-------|--------3---3---3---3---3---3---|
G:----0---2-----------------------|--------2---2---2---2---2---2---|
D:--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
A:0-------------------------------|--------------------------------|
E:--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
  mine--                                                   Oh--


  Chorus

  Dm              F                Bb
e:--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
B:3---3---3---3---1-----------1---|3-----------3-------3---3---3---|
G:2---2---2---2---2-----------2---|3-----------3-------3---3---3---|
D:0-------------------------------|--------------------------------|
A:--------0---------------3-------|1---------------1---------------|
E:----------------1---------------|--------1---------------1-------|
  may be  justthe hand    of  kind-    ness

  Dm              F                Bb
e:--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
B:3---3---3---3---1-----------1---|3-----------3---3---3---3-------|
G:2---2---2---2---2-----------2---|3-----------3---3---3---3-------|
D:0-------------------------------|--------------------------------|
A:--------0---------------3-------|1---------------1---------------|
E:----------------1---------------|--------1---------------1-------|
  may be  justthe hand    of  kind-    ness

  Dm              F                G
e:--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
B:3---3---3---3---1-----------1---|3-------------------3---3---3---|
G:2---2---2---2---2-----------2---|0-------------------0---0---0---|
D:0-------------------------------|--------0---------------0-------|
A:--------0---------------3-------|--------------------------------|
E:----------------1---------------|3---------------3---------------|
  may be  just a  hand        stra-an  ger willyou reachme in  ti-

  A                                Eb7sus2
e:----------------3---------------|--------------------------------|
B:--------------------3-----------|----------------2---2-------2---|
G:2-------2---------------2-------|3-------3-----------------------|
D:------------3---------------3---|----1-------1---1---1-------1---|
A:0-------------------------------|------------------------1-------|
E:--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
  ime

                                   
e:--------------------------------|   From here go back to the groove for
B:2-------2---2-------1---1-------|   four measures, then verse then chorus.
G:--------------------------------|   
D:1-------1---1-------1---1-------|
A:----1-----------1-----------1---|
E:--------------------------------|
Verses:
1.	Well, I wove the rope
	And I picked the spot
	Well, I stuck out my neck
	And I tightened the knot
	Oh, stranger, stranger
	How near our time (*in the liner notes it is "It don't do to 
		waste time")
	You stretch out your hand
	I stretch out mine

Chorus:	Maybe just the hand of kindness
	Maybe just the hand of kindness
	Maybe just a hand
	Stranger will you reach me in time
	In time

2.	Well I scuppered the ship
	And I bent the rail
	And I cut the brake
	And I ripped the sail
	And they called me a Jonah
	It's a sin I survived
	You stretch out your hand
	I stretch out mine

3.	Shoot that old horse
	Break in the new
	The hung are many
	The living are few
	I see your intention
	Here's my neck on the line
	You stretch out your hand
	I stretch out mine
Arranged and transcribed by Alan Bostick
(abostick@netcom.com)



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