"Peace In Our Time" by Big Country
From the Album "Peace In Our Time"

Tab by Colin Dawson - colin_g_dawson@hotmail.com - February 2005
                                         Updated - May 2006

Comments and corrections welcome!

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

For this tab, I've used the live version from the BBC Live In Concert CD.
IMHO it's the best version of this song by a long way.

 

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

Intro;
This is played with digital delay distortion and chorus. Damp the strings at the
bridge using the edge of your right hand. The first echo needs to arrive half way between
the second and third notes. Thereafter each echo arrives half way between subsequent notes.
Put a little more emphasis on the B. The resulting effect makes it sound like you are
playing twice as fast as you actually are playing. Playing this live, the
best idea is to give the drummer a click track to follow (through headphones) that is
set at two thirds of the delay speed. If you don't do this, there is a very good
chance that the song will fall apart since it relies heavily on everything
matching the delay speed from the guitars. The delay speed is about 465ms and therefore
the click track needs to be 310ms. This sounds complicated,  but it's actually pretty
straightforward once you get the hang of it.

 

  No chord
E|-----------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-----------------------------------------------------------------|
G|-----------------------------------------------------------------|
D|-9---9---9---9---9---9---9---9---9---9---9---9---9---9---9---9---|
A|---7---7---7---7---7---7---7---7---7---7---7---7---7---7---7---7-|
E|-----------------------------------------------------------------|

 

  Esus2           (A9)            (Bsus)          (Esus2)
E|-----------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-----------------------------------------------------------------|
G|-----------------------------------------------------------------|
D|-9---9---9---9---9---9---9---9---9---9---9---9---9---9---9---9---|
A|---7---7---7---7---7---7---7---7---7---7---7---7---7---7---7---7-|
E|-----------------------------------------------------------------|

 

  Esus2           (A9)            (Bsus)          (Esus2)
E|-----------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-----------------------------------------------------------------|
G|-----------------------------------------------------------------|
D|-9---9---9---9---9---9---9---9---9---9---9---9---9---9---9---9---|
A|---7---7---7---7---7---7---7---7---7---7---7---7---7---7---7---7-|
E|-----------------------------------------------------------------|

 

Guitar solo;

To make this part easier to tab and easier to read, I've used the following
abbreviations;

2 = 12th fret
3 = 13th fret
4 = 14th fret
5 = 15th fret
6 = 16th fret
7 = 17th fret

The digital delay is about 465ms. Let the delay play much of this part for
you. Note the subtle difference in the timing of the notes in each phrase
and therefore the difference this makes to the way the delay operates in
relation to what you're playing. This is a superb use of a digital delay.

  Esus2          A9             Bsus          Esus2
E|-6---6---------2---2----------4---4---------2---2----------|
B|--2---2----------4---4-------7-7---7----------2---2--------|
G|-----------------------------------------------------------|
D|-----------------------------------------------------------|
A|-----------------------------------------------------------|
E|-----------------------------------------------------------|

 

  Esus2          A9             Bsus          Esus2
E|-6---6---------2---2----------4---4---------2---2----------|
B|--2---2----------4---4-------7-7---7----------2---2--------|
G|-----------------------------------------------------------|
D|-----------------------------------------------------------|
A|-----------------------------------------------------------|
E|-----------------------------------------------------------|

 

  Esus2          A9             Bsus          Esus2
E|-6---6---------2---2----------4---4---------2---4---6---4---|
B|--2---2----------4---4-------7-7---7----------2---2---2---2-|
G|------------------------------------------------------------|
D|------------------------------------------------------------|
A|------------------------------------------------------------|
E|------------------------------------------------------------|

 

  Esus2          A9             Bsus          Esus2
E|-6---6---------2---2----------4---4---------2---2----------|
B|--2---2----------4---4-------7-7---7----------2---2--------|
G|-----------------------------------------------------------|
D|-----------------------------------------------------------|
A|-----------------------------------------------------------|
E|-----------------------------------------------------------|

 

  Esus2
E|----------------------------------------------------------|
B|----------------------------------------------------------|
G|----------------------------------------------------------|
D|----------------------------------------------------------|
A|----------------------------------------------------------|
E|----------------------------------------------------------|

 

Verse 1;
              Bsus   A9                 C#m
Who holds the money,      who holds the need

              Bsus           A9                 C#m
Who holds the strings of misery or the purse of greed

               A9                       C#m
And the gunmen reap while the gangsters sow

           Bsus                     Esus2
And law is cheap when the smugglers go

 

Chorus;

         E              A            E        
(Give us peace) Give us peace in our time

 

E|----------------|
B|-7-9-7h9p7--7---|
G|----------9---9-|
D|----------------|
A|----------------|
E|----------------|

 

         E              A            B
(Give us peace) Give us peace in our time

 

E|----------------|
B|-7-9-7h9p7--7-9-|
G|----------9-----|
D|----------------|
A|----------------|
E|----------------|

        A              C#m
While I have a life to live

       E               B
Then I have no life to give

         C#m            A            E
                E|----------------|
                B|-7-9-7h9p7--7-9-|
                G|----------9-----|
                D|----------------|
                A|----------------|
                E|----------------|
(Give us peace) Give us peace in our time

 

Verse 2;
              Bsus   A9          C#m
In sun-kissed rooms      in city slums

          Bsus     A9                  C#m
Minds are restless    till the airmail come

                A9                   C#m
From the forest floor to the western mind

                 Bsus             A
Like a chat show topic on a party line

        Dsus2                     C#m
And the hardest love of all is to forgive

       Bsus                 A
As the world comes tumbling down

 

Chorus;

         E              A            E        
(Give us peace) Give us peace in our time

         E              A            B
(Give us peace) Give us peace in our time

        A              C#m
While I have a life to live

       E               B
Then I have no life to give

         C#m            A            E
(Give us peace) Give us peace in our time

 

  Esus2            A9              Bsus            Esus2
E|-----------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-----------------------------------------------------------------|
G|-----------------------------------------------------------------|
D|-9---9---9---9---9---9---9---9---9---9---9---9---9---9---9---9---|
A|---7---7---7---7---7---7---7---7---7---7---7---7---7---7---7---7-|
E|-----------------------------------------------------------------|

 

  Esus2            A9              Bsus            Esus2
E|-----------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-----------------------------------------------------------------|
G|-----------------------------------------------------------------|
D|-9---9---9---9---9---9---9---9---9---9---9---9---9---9---9---9---|
A|---7---7---7---7---7---7---7---7---7---7---7---7---7---7---7---7-|
E|-----------------------------------------------------------------|

 

Guitar solo;

To make this part easier to tab and easier to read, I've used the following
abbreviations;

2 = 12th fret
3 = 13th fret
4 = 14th fret
5 = 15th fret
6 = 16th fret
7 = 17th fret

See my previous comments regarding the digital delay for this part.

  Esus2          A9             Bsus          Esus2
E|-6---6---------2---2----------4---4---------2---4---6---4---|
B|--2---2----------4---4-------7-7---7----------2---2---2---2-|
G|------------------------------------------------------------|
D|------------------------------------------------------------|
A|------------------------------------------------------------|
E|------------------------------------------------------------|

 

  Esus2          A9             Bsus          Esus2
E|-6---6---------2---2----------4---4---------2---2----------|
B|--2---2----------4---4-------7-7---7----------2---2--------|
G|-----------------------------------------------------------|
D|-----------------------------------------------------------|
A|-----------------------------------------------------------|
E|-----------------------------------------------------------|

Quiet guitar solo;
Normal tab - no abbreviations.

    Dsus2            A            E
E|----------------------------------------------------|
B|7-7----10-7h10p7------------------------------------|
G|----9-----------9--6---9--6h9p6---------------------|
D|---------------------9---------9-6------6-7-6-7-7s9-|
A|----------------------------------------------------|
E|----------------------------------------------------|
 
     Dsus2      A         E
E|-7-7---------------------------------------|
B|-----10-9---7-7----------------------------|
G|----------------9-6------------------------|
D|----------------------9-6-----6-7-6-7-7s9--|
A|-------------------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------------------|

Bridge;

The guitar part above continues through the bridge.

    Dsus2             A             E
Let all the rain come down on blind desire

       Dsus2             A               E
Like a thundercloud that holds a prairie fire (a prairie fire)

 

Guitar solo;

  Esus2
E|2h4p2p0------5h7p5p4p0-----2h4p2p0------5h7p5p4p0----|
B|-------2-5-0-----------5-0--------2-5-0-----------5-0|
G|-----------------------------------------------------|
D|-----------------------------------------------------|
A|-----------------------------------------------------|
E|-----------------------------------------------------|

 

  Esus2
E|2h4p2p0------5h7p5p4p0-----2h4p2p0------5h7p5p4p0----|
B|-------2-5-0-----------5-0--------2-5-0-----------5-0|
G|-----------------------------------------------------|
D|-----------------------------------------------------|
A|-----------------------------------------------------|
E|-----------------------------------------------------|

The guitar part above continues through verse 3.

Verse 3;

            Bsus   A9                C#m
I hear the blame       and I see the cause

           Bsus   A9                C#m
A stronger voice     and a stronger law

           A     B             C#m
But buyers buy     and sellers sell

           Bsus                 A
Public consumption of a private hell

 

Chorus;

         E              A            E        
(Give us peace) Give us peace in our time

         E              A            B
(Give us peace) Give us peace in our time

        A              C#m
While I have a life to live

       E               B
Then I have no life to give

         C#m            A            E
(Give us peace) Give us peace in our time

 

Chorus;

         E              A            E        
(Give us peace) Give us peace in our time

         E              A            B
(Give us peace) Give us peace in our time

        A              C#m
While I have a life to live

       E               B
Then I have no life to give

         C#m            A            E
(Give us peace) Give us peace in our time

    E        E        E
E|-----------------------------------|
B|-9h10p9p7--7h9p7-------------------|
G|----------------9---6h9p6----------|
D|-------------------------9---------|
A|-----------------------------------|
E|-----------------------------------|

 

 

Chords:

CHORD | E A D G B E
A9    | 5 7 7 6 5 7
A     | 5 7 7 6 5 5
Bsus  | 7 9 9 9 7 7
B     | 7 9 9 8 7 7
C#m   | 9 11 11 9 9 9
D     | 5 5 7 7 7 5
Dsus2 | 5 7 7 5 5 5
E     | 7 7 9 9 9 7
Esus2 | 7 7 9 9 7 7