R.E.M.
Strange (Guitar tab)

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From: DarkMan

'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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