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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