"I Walk The Hill" by Big Country
From the Album "The Seer"

Tab by Colin Dawson - colin_g_dawson@hotmail.com - March 2005

Comments and corrections welcome!

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

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

Intro;
Here's 2 ways to play it;

Version 1;
This is a simple way to play the intro, but Big Country never played it live. They
would just play the chords.

  D        A  D  G         A  D  A  A   D        A  D  G     A  D       
E|---12--------------------------12--------12---------------------12h14p12-------|
B|15----15-14-15-10s12-12--14-15----14--15----15-14-15-10s12-12-15---------14-15-|
G|-------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|-------------------------------------------------------------------------------| Play twice
A|-------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------------------------------------------------------|

 

Version 2;
Try this with a pitch shift of + 1 octave. It's rather difficult to play but it
makes an interesting noise. A third way to play this, if you have a guitar with
a two octave neck, is to play version 2 an octave higher but without the pitch
shift. This is even more difficult to play.

  D       A D  G      A  D  A  A   D      A D    G     A  D     
E|--------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|--------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|7--9-7----7--0rrrrr----7--9------7--9-7----7--0rrrrr----9h11p9s6-7--|
D|0rrrrr-11-0--7s9--9-11-0rrr--11--0rrrrr-11-0--7s9--9-11-0rrrrrrrrrr-| Play twice
A|-------0------------0--------0----------0------------0--------------|
E|--------------------------------------------------------------------|

 

D         A       D    G      A   D A  A
Stand up, hold my hand I hope you understand

D          A       D      G      A   D
Here where time is still, I walk the hill

D           A        D  G            A D A A 
Stand here, close to me here for all eternity

D         A      D     G      A   D
I wait as others will, I walk the hill

 

  G                D
I held you then, I held you still

  A             D
I held you as I always will

G               D                A          D
You can have my heart to fill as I walk the hill

 

D         A       D    G      A   D A  A
Stand up, hold my hand I hope you understand

D          A       D      G      A   D
Here where time is still, I walk the hill

D           A        D  G            A D A A 
Stand here, close to me here for all eternity

D         A      D     G      A   D
I wait as others will, I walk the hill

 

 

    G             D
I’m not strong as I am told

   A                    D
It feels too long since I was bold

    G              D                 A          D
But you can lie in sheets of gold if I walk the hill

 

    G              D
You touch me and I understand

   A              D
We only write our names in sand

    G                 D                A          D
But I can stand where legend stands if I walk the hill

 

Guitar solo;

To make this easier to tab and read, I've used the following shorthand;
9 = 9th fret
0 = 10th fret
1 = 11th fret
2 = 12th fret
3 = 13th fret
and so on...

  Bm      D           G     A         Bm      D           G      A
E|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|0s2-2-5-2h5p2-----------0-2-0h2p0---0s2-2-5-2h5p2------------0-2-0h2p0---|
G|-------------4-1--9h1-1-----------1---------------4-1--9h1-1-----------1-|
D|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|

For this part, the same shorthand applies except 9 = 19th fret;

  Bm      D           G     Bm         Bm        D          G     A
E|------------------------2-4-2h4p2----------4-7-4h7p4----------7-9-7h9p7---|
B|------5-7-5h7p5---2h5-5-----------5--5h7-7-----------7--7h9-9-----------9-|
G|4h6-6-----------6---------------------------------------------------------|
D|--------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|--------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|--------------------------------------------------------------------------|

For this part, the same shorthand apples except;
9 = 19th fret
0 = 20th fret
1 = 21st fret
2 = 22nd fret

 

  Bm      D          G     A          Bm      D          G     A
E|7s9-9-2-9h2p9----------7-9-7h9p7----7s9-9-2-9h2p9----------7-9-7h9p7---|
B|--------------9--7h9-9-----------9----------------9--7h9-9-----------9-|
G|-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|-----------------------------------------------------------------------|

 

  Bm      D          G     A            Bm      D        G   A       D
E|7s9-9-2-9h2p9----------7-9-7h9p7------7s9-9-2-9h2p9--------7h9p7---7-|
B|--------------9--7h9-9-----------9-7----------------9--7h9-------9---|
G|---------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|---------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------------------------|

Repeat intro;
Here's 2 ways to play it;

Version 1;
This is a simple way to play the intro, but Big Country never played it live. They
would just play the chords.

  D        A  D  G         A  D  A  A   D        A  D  G     A  D       
E|---12--------------------------12--------12---------------------12h14p12-------|
B|15----15-14-15-10s12-12--14-15----14--15----15-14-15-10s12-12-15---------14-15-|
G|-------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|-------------------------------------------------------------------------------| Play twice
A|-------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------------------------------------------------------|

Version 2;
Try this with a pitch shift of + 1 octave. It's rather difficult to play but it
makes an interesting noise. A third way to play this, if you have a guitar with
a two octave neck, is to play version 2 an octave higher but without the pitch
shift. This is even more difficult to play.

  D       A D  G      A  D  A  A   D      A D    G     A  D     
E|--------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|--------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|7--9-7----7--0rrrrr----7--9------7--9-7----7--0rrrrr----9h11p9s6-7--|
D|0rrrrr-11-0--7s9--9-11-0rrr--11--0rrrrr-11-0--7s9--9-11-0rrrrrrrrrr-| Play twice
A|-------0------------0--------0----------0------------0--------------|
E|--------------------------------------------------------------------|

 

D         A       D    G      A   D A  A
Stand up, hold my hand I hope you understand

D          A       D      G      A   D
Here where time is still, I walk the hill

D           A        D  G            A D A A 
Stand here, close to me here for all eternity

D         A      D     G      A   D
I wait as others will, I walk the hill

 

 

    G             D
I’m not strong as I am told

   A                    D
It feels too long since I was bold

    G              D                 A          D
But you can lie in sheets of gold if I walk the hill

 

    G              D
You touch me and I understand

   A              D
We only write our names in sand

    G                 D                A          D
But I can stand where legend stands if I walk the hill

 

Guitar solo;

To make this easier to tab and read, I've used the following shorthand;
9 = 9th fret
0 = 10th fret
1 = 11th fret
2 = 12th fret
3 = 13th fret
and so on...

  Bm        D        G         A        Bm        D        G         A
E|------4-------------------------------------4------------------------------|
B|5h7-7---7-5h7p5----------5-7-5h7p5----5h7-7---7-5h7p5----------5-7-5h7p5-5-|
G|----------------6--4h6-6-----------6------------------6--4h6-6-------------|
D|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|

 

  Bm          D          G         Bm         Bm          D        G           A       D
E|----7h9p7------------------4h7p4----------------2h4p2----------------0h2p0---4p2p0---0-|
B|7h9-------9-7h9p7------5h7-------5h7p5------2h5-------2-5p2-2-2--0h2-------0-------0---|
G|------------------9-9------------------6-6---------------------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|

For this part, the same shorthand apples except;
9 = 19th fret
0 = 20th fret
1 = 21st fret
2 = 22nd fret

  Bm       D     G       A     Bm      D      G       A   D
E|-4h7p4-----7s9-9-7-7---7---7-9s2-2-9-9------4h7-4h7p4------|
B|-------7-6-----------9-----------------9-9------------7-4--|
G|-----------------------------------------------------------|
D|-----------------------------------------------------------|
A|-----------------------------------------------------------|
E|-----------------------------------------------------------|

 

Outro;

Can also be played using pitch shift or octave higher alternatives, as per Version 2 of
the intro.

  D                                     D
E|---12--------------------------12--------12---------------------12h14p12-------|
B|15----15-14-15-10s12-12--14-15----14--15----15-14-15-10s12-12-15---------14-15-|
G|-------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|-------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|-------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
Stand up, hold my hand                  Stand here, close to me

 

  D                                     D
E|---12--------------------------12--------12---------------------12h14p12-------|
B|15----15-14-15-10s12-12--14-15----14--15----15-14-15-10s12-12-15---------14-15-|
G|-------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|-------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|-------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
Stand up, hold my hand                Stand here, close to me

 

  D        A  D     G      A  D  A  A   D        A  D     G     A  D
E|---12--------------------------12--------12-------------------12----|
B|15----15-14-15-10s12-12--14-15----14--15----15-14-15-10s12-12----15-|
G|--------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|--------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|--------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|--------------------------------------------------------------------|
Stand up, hold my hand                  Stand up, hold my hand