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Strange  R.E.M.

STRANGE (Wire) (Version 1)
(Solo taken from Wayne Ellis' version)
T[G]here's something strange going on[C] tonight
T[G]here's something going on that's no[C]t quite right
M[G]ichael's nervous and the lights are bright[C]
T[G]here's something going on that's not q[C]uite right
T[E]here's something going on that w[Esus4]asn't here before
K[E]eep your eyes g[Esus4]lued to the floor
T[E]here's something strange going on[Esus4] tonight
T[E]here's something going on that's [Esus4]not quite right
G/ G/ G/ C (x 2)
T[G]here's something strange going on[C] tonight
T[G]here's something going on that's no[C]t quite right
M[G]ichael's nervous and the lights are bright[C]
T[G]here's something going on that's not q[C]uite right
T[E]here's something going on that w[Esus4]asn't here before
K[E]eep your eyes g[Esus4]lued to the floor
T[E]here's something strange going on[Esus4] tonight
T[E]here's something going on that's [Esus4]not quite right
[G5] [C5] [G5] [C5] 
 
 E--------------------------- ---------------------------
 B-------3-0-----3-p0---5---- --------3-0-----3-p0---5---
 G-2p0----------------0---4b- -0-2p0---------------0--4b-
 D-----0--------------------- ------0--------------------
 A--------------------------- ---------------------------
 E--------------------------- --------------------------- 

[G5] [C5] [G5] [C5] 
 
 E--------------------------- ---------------------------
 B--------3-0----3-p0---5---- --------3-0----3-p0---5-0--
 G-0-2p0--------------0---4b- -0-2p0--------------0-----4
 D------0-------------------- -------0-------------------
 A--------------------------- ---------------------------
 E--------------------------- --------------------------- 

T[E]here's something going on that w[Esus4]asn't here before
K[E]eep your eyes g[Esus4]lued to the floor
N[E]o one's going to say [Esus4]goodnight
T[E]here's something going on that's [Esus4]not quite right
G/ G/ G/ C (x 8)
End on G.
STRANGE (Version 2)
Transcribed by Wayne Ellis (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 Th
ere's something going
that wasn't here before to the floor going on tonight o
n 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 Th
ere's something going
that wasn't here before to the floor going on tonight o
n thats not quite right
Guitar Solo
[G5] [C5] [G5] [C5] [G5] [C] 
[5] [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 Th
ere's something going
that wasn't here before to the floor going on tonight o
n 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
This is mainly a 2 guitar song. Guitar1 is in the right stereo channel
and guitar24 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)

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