Alone by Big Country - From the Album "The Buffalo Skinners"

Tab by Colin Dawson - colin_g_dawson@hotmail.com July 2002
Updated December 2004 and March 2005

For more information about Big Country visit www.bigcountry.co.uk

Intro (live version only);

This is played using forefinger and thumb, not plectrum. Use slight overdrive.

 

  Am      C        F       C        Am      C        F       C
E|----------------|----------------|----------------|-------------------|
B|----------------|----------------|----------------|-------------------|
G|----------------|----------------|----------------|-------------------|
D|7-7-7-0-5-5-5-0-|9-9-9-0-7-7-7-0-|7-7-7-0-5-5-5-0-|9-9-9-0-10-10-10-0-|
A|0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|0-0-0-0-0--0--0--0-|
E|----------------|----------------|----------------|-------------------|

 

  Am         C        F          C           Am      C        F       C
E|-------------------|----------------------|----------------|----------------|
B|-------------------|----------------------|----------------|----------------|
G|-------------------|----------------------|----------------|----------------|
D|10-10-10-0-9-9-9-0-|12-12-12-0-10-10-10-0-|7-7-7-0-5-5-5-0-|9-9-9-0-7-7-7-0-|
A|0--0--0--0-0-0-0-0-|0--0--0--0-0--0--0--0-|0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|
E|-------------------|----------------------|----------------|----------------|

 

  Am              C        F               C        Am              C        F       C
E|------------------------|------------------------|------------------------|----------------|
B|------------------------|------------------------|------------------------|----------------|
G|------------------------|------------------------|------------------------|----------------|
D|9h10p9h10p9-7-0-5-7-7-0-|9h10p9h10p9-7-0-5-7-7-0-|9h10p9h10p9-7-0-5-7-7-0-|2-0-5-0-7-0-7-0-|
A|0-----------0-0-0-0-0-0-|0-----------0-0-0-0-0-0-|0-----------0-0-0-0-0-0-|0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|
E|------------------------|------------------------|------------------------|----------------|

 

  Am              C        F               C        Am              C        F       C
E|------------------------|------------------------|------------------------|----------------|
B|------------------------|------------------------|------------------------|----------------|
G|------------------------|------------------------|------------------------|----------------|
D|9h10p9h10p9-7-0-5-7-7-0-|9h10p9h10p9-7-0---5h7-0-|9h10p9h10p9-7-0-5-7-7-0-|2-0-5-0-7-0-7-0-|
A|0-----------0-0-0-0-0-0-|0-----------0-0---0---0-|0-----------0-0-0-0-0-0-|0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|
E|------------------------|------------------------|------------------------|----------------|

 

  Am              C           F                C          Am               C          (no chord)
E|---------------------------|---------------------------|---------------------------|----------------------------|
B|---------------------------|---------------------------|---------------------------|----------------------------|
G|---------------------------|---------------------------|---------------------------|----------------------------|
D|9h10p9h10p9-12-0-9-10-12-0-|9h10p9h10p9-12-0-9-10-7sd--|9h10p9h10p9-12-0-9-10-12-0-|7h9p7-5h7p5-2h5p2-5h7p5-7-0-|
A|0-----------0--0-0-0--0--0-|0-----------0--0-0-0--0----|0-----------0--0-0-0--0--0-|0-----0-----0-----0-----0-0-|
E|---------------------------|---------------------------|---------------------------|----------------------------|

 

  Am              C           F                C          Am               C          F       C
E|---------------------------|---------------------------|---------------------------|----------------|
B|---------------------------|---------------------------|---------------------------|----------------|
G|---------------------------|---------------------------|---------------------------|----------------|
D|9h10p9h10p9-12-0-9-10-12-0-|9h10p9h10p9-12-0-9-10-7sd--|9h10p9h10p9-12-0-9-10-12-0-|5-0-5-0-7-0-7sd-|
A|0-----------0--0-0-0--0--0-|0-----------0--0-0-0--0----|0-----------0--0-0-0--0--0-|0-0-0-0-0-0-0---|
E|---------------------------|---------------------------|---------------------------|----------------|

 

Verse 1;

 

  Am      C        F       C        Am      C        F       C
E|----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
B|----------------|6-6-6-----------|----------------|6-6-6-----------|
G|2-2-2---5-5-5---|5-5-5-0-5-5-5-0-|2-2-2---5-5-5---|5-5-5-0-5-5-5-0-|
D|2-2-2-0-5-5-5-0-|3-3-3-0-5-5-5-0-|2-2-2-0-5-5-5-0-|3-3-3-0-5-5-5-0-|
A|0-0-0-0-3-3-3-0-|--------3-3-3---|0-0-0-0-3-3-3-0-|--------3-3-3---|
E|----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
The mid-day sun was grey and purple at least it wasn't blue

  Am      C        F       C        G                F
E|----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
B|----------------|6-6-6-----------|----------------|----------------|
G|2-2-2---5-5-5---|5-5-5-0-5-5-5-0-|----------------|----------------|
D|2-2-2-0-5-5-5-0-|3-3-3-0-5-5-5-0-|5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-|3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-|
A|0-0-0-0-3-3-3-0-|--------3-3-3---|5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-|3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-|
E|----------------|----------------|3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-|1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-|
I want the sky to  be the  way I    am and what I    do 

  Am      C        F       C        Am      C        F       C
E|----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
B|----------------|6-6-6-----------|----------------|6-6-6-----------|
G|2-2-2---5-5-5---|5-5-5-0-5-5-5-0-|2-2-2---5-5-5---|5-5-5-0-5-5-5-0-|
D|2-2-2-0-5-5-5-0-|3-3-3-0-5-5-5-0-|2-2-2-0-5-5-5-0-|3-3-3-0-5-5-5-0-|
A|0-0-0-0-3-3-3-0-|--------3-3-3---|0-0-0-0-3-3-3-0-|--------3-3-3---|
E|----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
For I have been a lost and lonely   Sailor on your sea

  Am      C        F       C        G                F
E|----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
B|----------------|6-6-6-----------|----------------|----------------|
G|2-2-2---5-5-5---|5-5-5-0-5-5-5-0-|----------------|----------------|
D|2-2-2-0-5-5-5-0-|3-3-3-0-5-5-5-0-|5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-|3---------------|
A|0-0-0-0-3-3-3-0-|--------3-3-3---|5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-|3---------------|
E|----------------|----------------|3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-|1---------------|
Run aground by    trusting signals  You were sending me.

 

Guiitar 2; Bruce plays the following part through the first verse;

 

E|------0------|------0------|------0------|------0------|
B|--1------1-3-|--1------1-3-|--1------1-3-|--1------1-3-|
G|2---2--------|2---2--------|2---2--------|2---2--------|
D|-------------|-------------|-------------|-------------| Play 3 times
A|-------------|-------------|-------------|-------------|
E|-------------|-------------|-------------|-------------|

 

E|------0------|------0------|------0------|-0-|
B|--1------1-3-|--1------1-3-|--1------1-3-|-3-|
G|2---2--------|2---2--------|2---2--------|-2-|
D|-------------|-------------|-------------|---|
A|-------------|-------------|-------------|---|
E|-------------|-------------|-------------|---|

 

There's a third guitar in the intro that plays what sounds like harmonics,
but if it is then the guitar has been re-tuned - it's easier to
play like this;

E|---------12-----|
B|-----------13---|
G|-------------12-|
D|----------------|
A|----------------|
E|----------------|

 

Instrumental bit between first & second verses;
(power chords)
  Am      C        F       C        Am      C        F       C
E|----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
B|----------------|6-6-6-----------|----------------|6-6-6-----------|
G|2-------5-------|5-5-5-0-5-----0-|2-------5-------|5-5-5-0-5-----0-|
D|2-----0-5-----0-|3-3-3-0-5-----0-|2-----0-5-----0-|3-3-3-0-5-----0-|
A|0-----0-3-----0-|--------3-------|0-----0-3-----0-|--------3-------|
E|----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|

  Am      C        F       C        G                G 
E|----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
B|----------------|6-6-6-----------|----------------|----------------|
G|2-------5-------|5-5-5-0-5-------|----------------|----------------|
D|2-----0-5-----0-|3-3-3-0-5-----3s|5-------------3s|5-------------3s|
A|0-----0-3-----0-|--------3-----3s|5-------------3s|5-------------3s|
E|----------------|--------------1s|3-------------1s|3-------------1s|

  G                G      G#        Am
E|----------------|----------------|--
B|----------------|----------------|--
G|----------------|----------------|--
D|5-------------3s|5-5---5s6-----6s|7-
A|5-------------3s|5-5---5s6-----6s|7-
E|3-------------1s|3-3---3s4-----4s|5-

 

Verse 2 (same chords as verse 1);

The streets are filled with empty faces, nothing here is new
It's just the same in other places I have journeyed to
I was the first across the water, last upon the land
I walked out of the silver mines my pockets full of sand

Chorus 1;
  Am      C         F        C        Am    C        F       C
Alone              inside my head   Alone inside my room

  Am     C     F       C        G             F 
I feel alone inside my head   Alone inside my tiny little world

 

Lead Guitar during Chorus 1;
E|-------------|-------------------|--------------------|-----------------|
B|----------12h|13--12h13p12-------|----12-13--12h13p12-|-----------------|
G|12s14--------|-------------14--12|h14-----------------|14--12--------12h|
D|-------------|-------------------|--------------------|-----------------|
A|-------------|-------------------|--------------------|-----------------|
E|-------------|-------------------|--------------------|-----------------|

E|------------------|--------------|-----------------|---------------|
B|---12h13-12h13p12-|--------------|-----------------|---------------|
G|14----------------|14--12h14-----|-----------------|---------------|
D|------------------|--------------|9-------10-9h10p9|7---------10s5s|
A|------------------|--------------|-----------------|---------------|
E|------------------|--------------|-----------------|---------------|

 

1st guitar solo;
    Am G           C       G          Am G          F          G
E|----------------|---------------|----------------|-------------------|
B|----------------|8-8h10---------|----------------|-------------------|
G|----------------|--------7h9----|----------------|7h9-7h9p7---7------|
D|7----9-9h10-9-7-|-------------5s|7--7-9-9h10-9-7-|----------10--9----|
A|----------------|---------------|----------------|----------------10-|
E|----------------|---------------|----------------|-------------------|

    Am G           C       G      FsG            G   G#            G#sAm
E|----------------|---------------|-------------|----------------------|
B|----------------|8-8h10---------|-------------|8---------------------|
G|----------------|--------7h9--5s|7-7b9b7------|7-9-7h9p7---------7s5-|
D|7----9-9h10-9-7-|---------------|--------10-7-|----------10-7--------|
A|----------------|---------------|-------------|--------------10-7----|
E|----------------|---------------|-------------|----------------------|

 

Verse 3 (same chords as verse 1);
It's not my life in those old pictures ones you threw away
For I was always someone else and always far away [guitar fill]
Walking in the darkest places where the mission meets [guitar fill]
Waiting for the ground to open up beneath my feet

(Guitar fill during verse 3)
E|-------11b12-|
B|-----10------|
G|-----9-------|
D|-------------|
A|-------------|
E|-------------|

Chorus 2 (same as chorus 1);
Alone, inside my head, alone inside my room
I feel alone inside my head, alone inside my world
I'm alone inside my head alone inside my room
I feel alone inside my head, alone inside my tiny little world

 

2nd guitar solo
    Am G           C       G          Am G          F          G
E|----------------|---------------|----------------|-------------------|
B|----------------|8-8h10---------|----------------|-------------------|
G|----------------|--------7h9----|----------------|7h9-7h9p7---7------|
D|7----9-9h10-9-7-|-------------5s|7--7-9-9h10-9-7-|----------10--9----|
A|----------------|---------------|----------------|----------------10-|
E|----------------|---------------|----------------|-------------------|

    Am G           C       G      FsG            G     G#             G#>Am
E|----------------|---------------|-------------|------------------------|-
B|----------------|8-8h10---------|-------------|10-12b13b12-12p10-------|--
G|----------------|--------7h9--5s|7-7b9b7------|10---------------10s9b10|b9
D|7----9-9h10-9-7-|---------------|--------10-7-|10----------------------|--
A|----------------|---------------|-------------|------------------------|--
E|----------------|---------------|-------------|------------------------|--

Chorus 3;
  Am (hold chord)    
E|--------------|--------------|--------------|--------12b14b12b14b12|
B|--------------|--------------|--------------|------10--------------|
G|2-------------|--------------|--------------|------9---------------|
D|2-------------|--------------|--------------|----------------------|
A|0-------------|--------------|--------------|----------------------|
E|--------------|--------------|--------------|----------------------|
 Alone,          inside my head,   alone inside my room

  Am (hold chord)                   G                F
E|----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
B|----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
G|2---------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
D|2---------------|----------------|5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-|3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-|
A|0---------------|----------------|5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-|3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-|
E|----------------|----------------|3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-|1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-|
I feel alone     inside my head,   alone inside my world

(add lead guitar and chords as per chorus 1)

Alone inside my head alone inside my room
I feel alone inside my head, alone inside my tiny little world

3rd guitr solo
     Am      C         F        Am       Am      C         F       Am
E---|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
B---|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
G---|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|---------------0-|
D-5s|7-7-9-10-9h10p9--|7-9-7h9p7---7--5s|7-7-9-10-9h10p9--|7-9-7h9p7---7----|
A---|---------------10|---------10------|---------------10|---------10------|
E---|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|

  (very fast) 
  Am                      C
E|-----------------------------------------------|
B|-----------------------------------------------|
G|4p2p0-4p2p0-5p4p0-5p4p0-7p5p0-7p5p0-9p7p0-9p7p0|
D|-----------------------------------------------|
A|-----------------------------------------------|
E|-----------------------------------------------|

  (very fast)
  F                             C
E|-------------------------------------------------------|
B|-------------------------------------------------------|
G|10p9p0-10p9p0-12p10p0-12p10p0-10p9p0-10p9p0-9p7p0-9p7p0|
D|-------------------------------------------------------|
A|-------------------------------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------------------------------|

 

  G              F                      Am  C         F          C
E|-------------|-----------------------|-------------|---------------------|
B|-------------|-8---------------------|-------------|---8-----------------|
G|7-7-7b9b7----|-7--9-7h9p7---7----7s5-|-----5h7p5-5-|7b9-7b9b7p5---5------|
D|-------------|------------10--9------|----------7--|------------7------5h|
A|-------------|-----------------10----|-------------|---------------------|
E|-------------|-----------------------|-------------|---------------------|

 

(The D at position 5 on the A string with a ^ above is an A harmonic)
  Am  C    F   C    Am                      C                  F          C
E|--------|--------|------------------------------7s8-7-5h7p5-|-----------------|
B|--------|--------|------------------------------------------|8-5-6-5h6p5------|
G|--------|------0-|4p2p0-4p2p0-5p4p0-5p4p0-7p5p0-------------|-----------7-5h7-|
D|7-^-7---|7-^-7---|------------------------------------------|------------7----|
A|--5-----|--5-----|------------------------------------------|-----------------|
E|--------|--------|------------------------------------------|-----------------|

 

  G             F                        Am (hold chord)
E|-------------|------------------------|-------------|-------------|
B|-------------|10-12b13b12-12p10-------|-------------|-------------|
G|7-7b9b7p5----|10---------------10s9b10|b9-----------|-------------|
D|----------7--|10----------------------|-------------|-------------|
A|-------------|------------------------|-------------|-------------|
E|-------------|------------------------|-------------|-------------|

  Am (hold chord)    
E|-------------|-------------|-------------|-------------|
B|-------------|-------------|-------------|-------------|
G|2------------|-------------|-------------|-------------|
D|2------------|-------------|-------------|-------------|
A|0------------|-------------|-------------|-------------|
E|-------------|-------------|-------------|-------------|
                            ch-kah

 

Alone, inside my head, alone inside my room
I feel alone inside my head, alone inside my room
Alone inside my head, alone inside my room
I feel alone inside my head, alone inside my world
Alone, alone inside my room
I feel alone inside my head, alone inside my world

 

CHORD | E A D G B E
------+-----------
Am    | X 0 2 2 x x
C     | X 3 5 5 x x
F     | x x 3 5 6 x
G     | 3 5 5 x x x
F     | 1 3 3 x x x