Big Country - Close Action

                      Album - The Crossing

 

From: maule_andy@hotmail.com

Perhaps slightly overlooked, this scenic little number from 'The Crossing'
is one of my personal favs. The guitar parts below are those played by
Stuart Adamson. Check out the first solo which proves Stuart's own adage
that you should make every note count - it's exciting to play guitar at
150mph but you miss most of the scenery! I've included the E-bowed guitar
riff that accompanies the bridge section - it was omitted from live
performances of the song.The song is in A.

 

PM = palm mute - mute the strings with the palm of your hand
h  = hammer on
p  = pull off
/  = slide up
\  = slide down
t  = tap (with strumming hand)

                                  
INTRO - [Riff 1] x 2

E|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
G|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
D|--7------7-----4--------4-----4--|--2------2-----4--------7--4-----|
A|------0-----0-----5--5-----5-----|------0-----0-----5--5--------5--|
E|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|

                                                   [PM.............]
E|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
G|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
D|--7------7-----4--------4-----4--|--2------2-----4--4--4--4--4--4--|
A|------0-----0-----5--5-----5-----|------0-----0--5--5--5--5--5--5--|
E|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
                                   
VERSE 1 - [Riff 2] x 2

E|--------------------------|--------------------------|
B|--------------------------|--------------------------|
G|-7--9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-7-7-7-|-7--9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-|
D|-7--7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-|-7--7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-|
A|--------------------------|--------------------------|
E|--------------------------|--------------------------|
  A score of years.....this line has run..

 

E|--------------------------|--------------------------|
B|--------------------------|--------------------------|
G|-6--6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-4-6-6-|-6--6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-|
D|-7--7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-6-7-7-|-7--7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-|
A|--------------------------|--------------------------|
E|--------------------------|--------------------------|
  Above the crests.... that drown the sun..

CHORUS - [Riff 3] x 2*

    A5            D5          F#5           E5
E|-------------------------|-------------------------|
B|-------------------------|-------------------------|
G|--9--9--9-------2--2--2--|--6--6--6---\---4--4--4--|
D|--7--7--7-------0--0--0--|--4--4--4---\---2--2--2--|
A|-------------------------|-------------------------|
E|-------------------------|-------------------------|
  I will carry you home     With the gods in my eyes

*Followed by these 2 bars
   [let ring]
E|------------|------------|
B|------------|------------|
G|--9---------|-(9)--------|
D|--7---------|-(7)--------|
A|------------|------------|
E|------------|------------|

FIRST SOLO - [Riff 4]

  <===============x3================>   [PM...............................]
E|-12-------12------------------------|--10----9-10--------10----9-10------|
B|----12-10----12-10---12-9---12-9----|-----10------10-7------10------10-7-|
G|--------------------------9------9--|------------------------------------|
D|------------------------------------|------------------------------------|
A|------------------------------------|------------------------------------|
E|------------------------------------|------------------------------------|
                                                                               
 
E|------------------------------------|-12-------12--------14-141414-17-21-|
B|/12-10-9-10-9h10p9-------------10-12|----12-10----12-10------------------|
G|-------------------11-9---9h11------|------------------------------------|
D|------------------------------------|------------------------------------|
A|------------------------------------|------------------------------------|
E|------------------------------------|------------------------------------|
                                 

E|-12-------12--------14-141414-12----|-12-------12--------17-171717-14-10-|
B|----12-10----12-10---------------14-|----12-10----12-10------------------|
G|------------------------------------|------------------------------------|
D|------------------------------------|------------------------------------|
A|------------------------------------|------------------------------------|
E|------------------------------------|------------------------------------|
                                   
   [PM...............................]                                                
E|--10----9-10--------10----9-10------|------------------------------------|
B|-----10------10-7------10------10-7-|-/12-10-9-10-9h10p9-----------------|
G|------------------------------------| -------------------11-9------------|
D|------------------------------------|-----------------------------14\----|
A|------------------------------------|------------------------------------|
E|------------------------------------|------------------------------------|

BRIDGE - [Riff 1] x 2 + [E-bow Riff 5 - below] x 2

E|-----------------|-----------------|-------------------|-----------------|
B|-----------------|-----------------|-------------------|-----------------|
G|--14--\--11\7----|--6-h-7p6-\-2----|-/14--h18h18-\-11--|-p9-h-11/14------|
D|-----------------|-----------------|-------------------|-----------------|
A|-----------------|-----------------|-------------------|-----------------|
E|-----------------|-----------------|-------------------|-----------------|

VERSE 2 -  [Riff 2] x 2

CHORUS - [Riff 3] x 2

2ND SOLO - [Riff 6] x 2*

E|------------------------------------|------------------------------------|
B|------------------------------------|------------------------------------|
G|-----6--9--11-111111-14-141414-11\9-|-----6--9--11-111111-11/14\11--9----|
D|--7---------------------------------|--7---------------------------------|
A|------------------------------------|------------------------------------|
E|------------------------------------|------------------------------------|

 

E|------------------------------------|------------------------------------|
B|------------------------------------|------------------------------------|
G|-----6--9--11-111111-14-141414-11\9-|--9-9--6----------------------------|
D|--7---------------------------------|----------7----4-----4----t16p4-----|
A|------------------------------------|------------------------------------|
E|------------------------------------|------------------------------------|

 

E|------------------------------------|
B|------------------------------------|
G|--------4--6--------7--6--4---------|
D|--4--7------------------------------|
A|------------------------------------|
E|------------------------------------|

*Replace bar 5 of Riff 6 with this bar on the 2nd time of playing
E|------------------------------------|
B|------------------------------------|
G|--------4--6--------7--6------------|
D|--4--7-------------------9-9-9-9-9-9
A|-------------------------7-7-7-7-7-7|
E|------------------------------------|
VERSE 3 - [Riff 2] x 2

CHORUS - [Riff 3] x 4

OUTRO - x4

E|--------------------------|
B|--------------------------|
G|--------------------------|
D|--7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-|
A|--0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|
E|--------------------------|
  I will carry you home....


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Close Action

Intro :    A    D    A    D    A    D    A    D    A    D

  A            D           A                         E   D         A
A score of years this line has run          Above the crests that drown the sun
           D         A                                E   D     A
A mile high the turbines turned       The stokers sweat the monkeys burned

     A        DM7         F#m      E
I will carry you home with the gods in my eyes
     A        DM7          F#m      E      A
I will carry you home while the westerlies sigh     I will carry you home

The continents will fly apart               The oceans scream and never part
Divided souls can never rest                Must join the nations break the test

I will carry you home with the gods in my eyes
I will carry you home while the westerlies sigh             (repeat x2)

For endless hours the sirens wail           Await the tide that brings the sail
Cling to the walls and close the shore The lovers wait who walk no more

I will carry you home with the gods in my eyes
I will carry you home while the westerlies sigh             (repeat x2)

I will carry you home                                  (repeat x4)

CHORD | E A D G B e
A     | X 0 2 2 2 0
D     | X X 0 2 3 2
DM7   | X X 0 2 2 2
E     | X X 2 2 1 0
F#m   | X X 4 2 2 2