"Hold The Heart" by Big Country
From the Album "The Seer"

Tab by Colin Dawson - colin_g_dawson@hotmail.com - February 2006
Updated June 2006

Comments and corrections welcome!

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

h = hammer
p = pull
s = slide
sd = slide down
r = let ring (sustain)

Intro (e-Bow solo);

To make the ebow parts easier to tab and to read, I've used the following shorthand;
0 = 10th fret
1 = 11th fret
2 = 12th fret
3 = 13th fret
4 = 14th fret
5 = 15th fret
6 = 16th fret
7 = 17th fret
8 = 18th fret
9 = 19th fret

 

  A Asus2           F#m  F#m7add11      Esus4  E               D  D6  Esus4
E|--------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|----2-4-7-4-2h4p2-0rrrrrr-2-4-7-9-7-4-9rrrrrrr-2-4-7-4-2h4p2-0rrrrr-2-4-2s0rrrrr|
G|--------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|--------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|--------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|--------------------------------------------------------------------------------|

 

  A Asus2           F#m  F#m7add11      Esus4  E               D  D6  Esus4
E|------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|0rr-2-4-7-4-2h4p2-0rrrrrr-2-4-7-9-7-4-9rrrrrrr-2-4-7-4-2h4p2-0rrrrr-2-4s0rrrrr|
G|------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|------------------------------------------------------------------------------|

Verse 1;

    A                          Asus2         E
The sun beats hard on an empty beach where I tried so hard

             Esus4     D     D6       F#m F#m7add11 E Esus4
but couldn’t reach the stars, in your eyes.

A                     Asus2  E                                Esus4
You were just a child when I came to you, and we were friends,

      D                    D6           F#m F#m7add11 E Esus4
’till love stepped in, and you stepped away.

 

e-Bow solo;

To make this part easier to tab and to read, I've used the following shorthand;
0 = 10th fret
1 = 11th fret
2 = 12th fret
3 = 13th fret
4 = 14th fret
5 = 15th fret
6 = 16th fret
7 = 17th fret
8 = 18th fret
9 = 19th fret

  A Asus2           F#m  F#m7add11      Esus4  E               D  D6  Esus4
E|------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|----2-4-7-4-2h4p2-0rrrrrr-2-4-7-9-7-4-9rrrrrrr-2-4-7-4-2h4p2-0rrrrr-2-4-0rrrrr|
G|------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|------------------------------------------------------------------------------|

 

Verse 2;

A                        Asus2     E                  Esus4   D
I would lie and curse the day, and visit places where we lay alone

      D6      F#m    F#m7add11 E Esus4
And find them turned to stone

 

Chorus;

            A                 Asus2
Because you hold the heart of someone new

     E             F#m  D
I’ll take a chance on   time

A                 Asus2
Hold out here for something true

E            A  D
Standing out of line

    F#m            F#m7add11        A            E  D
But I would wait a hundred years to hear you say my name

F#m             F#m7add11           E           Esus4 A
The way you did before he came, the way you will     again

 

Verse 3;

  A                          Asus2
I fell apart and you came to me

  E                     Esus4   D
I never can explain how much it turned me round

     D6        F#m    F#m7add11 E Esus4
Much more than upside down

 

Chorus;

            A                 Asus2
Because you hold the heart of someone new

     E             F#m  D
I’ll take a chance on   time

A                 Asus2
Hold out here for something true

E            A  D
Standing out of line

    F#m            F#m7add11        A            E  D
But I would wait a hundred years to hear you say my name

F#m             F#m7add11           E           Esus4 A
The way you did before he came, the way you will     again

 

Middle bit;

    Esus4      F#m            E          D        
And I love the sun,       and I need the rain

    Esus4      A                        Asus2   E               
And I know the way that you left me was only to test me

    D            F#m   E
And I was vain

    Esus4     F#m
And I will be strong

    E         D      Dsus4  D       
And I will be warm

    Esus4      A                      Asus2       E   
And I will let no one come near me until you will hear me

     D            F#m  E
Just once again

 

E-bow solo;

To make this part easier to tab and to read, I've used the following shorthand;
0 = 10th fret
1 = 11th fret
2 = 12th fret
3 = 13th fret
4 = 14th fret
5 = 15th fret
6 = 16th fret
7 = 17th fret
8 = 18th fret
9 = 19th fret
20 = 20th fret
21 = 21st fret
22 = 22nd fret

  A Asus2           F#m  F#m7add11      Esus4  E                D  D6  Esus4
E|---------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|----2-4-7-4-2h4p2-0rrrrrr-2-4-7-9-7-4-9rrrrrrr-7-9-21-22-21-9-7rrrrr-2-4-9-7rrrrr|
G|---------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|---------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------------------------------------|

 

Verse 4;

A                             Asus2
And time will wear a mountain down

    E                   Esus4      D
And make a lover of the clown who laughed too long

    D6           F#m  F#m7add11  Esus4
And coloured you wrong

 

Chorus;

            A                 Asus2
Because you hold the heart of someone new

     E             F#m  D
I’ll take a chance on   time

A                 Asus2
Hold out here for something true

E            A  D
Standing out of line

    F#m            F#m7add11        A            E  D
But I would wait a hundred years to hear you say my name

F#m             F#m7add11           E           Esus4 A
The way you did before he came, the way you will     again

 

    F#m            F#m7add11        A            E  D
But I would wait a hundred years to hear you say my name

F#m             F#m7add11           E           Esus4 A
The way you did before he came, the way you will     again

 

Outro;

 

  A Asus2           F#m  F#m7add11      Esus4  E               D   D6   Esus4
E|--------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|--------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|--------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|--------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|--------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|--------------------------------------------------------------------------------|

 

  A Asus2           F#m  F#m7add11      Esus4  E               D  D6  Esus4
E|--------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|----2-4-7-4-2h4p2-0rrrrrr-2-4-7-9-7-4-9rrrrrrr-2-4-7-4-2h4p2-0rrrrr-2-4-2s0rrrrr|
G|--------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|--------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|--------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|--------------------------------------------------------------------------------|

(fade)
  A Asus2           F#m  F#m7add11      Esus4  E               D  D6  Esus4
E|------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|----2-4-7-4-2h4p2-0rrrrrr-2-4-7-9-7-4-9rrrrrrr-2-4-7-4-2h4p2-0rrrrr-2-4-0rrrrr|
G|------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|------------------------------------------------------------------------------|

 

Chords:

CHORD      | E A D G B E
A          | 0 0 2 2 2 0
Asus2      | 0 0 2 2 0 0
D          | 2 0 0 2 3 2
D6         | 2 0 0 2 0 2
Dsus4      | 2 0 0 2 3 3
E          | 0 2 2 1 0 0
Esus4      | 0 2 2 2 0 0
F#m        | 2 4 4 2 2 2 
F#m7add11  | 2 4 4 2 0 0

 

NB. Use your thumb to play the F# note on the low E string in the F#m7add11 chord.
If you can't reach that note with your thumb, play the chord like this;
F#m7add11  | X 4 4 2 0 0