"Sailor" by Big Country
From the Album "The Seer"

Tab by Colin Dawson - colin_g_dawson@hotmail.com - December 2004

Comments and corrections welcome!

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

Intro;

To make this easier to read and write I've used the following
shorthand abbreviations;

2 = 12th fret
3 = 13th fret
4 = 14th fret
5 = 15th fret

  G     D     C     D
E|----------------5-2------|
B|2-----------2-------5rrr-|
G|--4-2---2-4---4----------|
D|------4------------------|
A|-------------------------|
E|-------------------------|

 

  G     D     C     D
E|----------------5-2-----|
B|2-----------2-------5---|
G|--4-2---2-4---4-------4-|
D|------4-----------------|
A|------------------------|
E|------------------------|

 

  G     C     G     D
E|-------------------------|
B|2---2-5-2-3-5-3-2-2rrr---|
G|--4--------------------4-|
D|-------------------------|
A|-------------------------|
E|-------------------------|

 

  G     D     C     G
E|-------------------------|
B|2-----------2---2--------|
G|--4-2---2-4---4---2rrrrr-|
D|------4------------------|
A|-------------------------|
E|-------------------------|

Verse 1;

G              D         C             D
What would you be if the waves set you free

        G            D                C          D
And the wind in your hair brought you sailing to me

G               C              G        D
Tied up on the shore would you weary no more?

G            D   C            G
When will it be, when will it be

 

Verse 2;

G            D       C         D
What would I be if a hurricane came

G          D       C          D
Would I be clever, would I be shamed

G           C              G         D
Would I lie helpless, cast up on the flames

G           D   C           G
What will I be, what will I be

 

Chorus;

The following guitar part is played during the chorus. To make this
easier to read and write I've used the following shorthand abbreviations;

4 = 14th fret
5 = 15th fret
6 = 16th fret
7 = 17th fret
8 = 18th fret
9 = 19th fret

Damp the strings with the right hand and use a combination of a short and a longer delay
plus chorus and compressor. Use lots of attack on the compressor. Add some reverb.

 

  Em    D     G     C
E|9-5---7-4---5-----------|
B|----5-----5---5---------|
G|----------------6-7-6---| repeat 4 times
D|----------------------7-|
A|------------------------|
E|------------------------|

 

 

Em     D          G      C
I will be here forever

         Em         D        G        C  
Till the river runs into the sea

       Em        D          G            C
I will always be silent and hold my head up

    Em         D          G       C
And we will be sailors no more

 

Verse 3;

G              D         C           D
Where would we go to the sand or the snow

G         D           C            D
Wander in memories or let them all go

G           C         G          D
Would we be dreamers, helplessly so

G              D   C              G
Where would we go, where would we go

 

Chorus;

Em     D          G      C
I will be here forever

         Em         D        G        C  
Till the river runs into the sea

       Em        D          G            C
I will always be silent and hold my head up

    Em         D          G       C
And we will be sailors no more

 

Chorus;

Em     D          G      C
I will be here forever

         Em         D        G        C  
Till the river runs into the sea

       Em        D          G            C
I will always be silent and hold my head up

    Em         D          G       C
And we will be sailors no more

Em         D          G       C
We will be sailors no more

 

Guitar solo;

To make this easier to read and write I've used the following
shorthand abbreviations;

 

5 = 15th fret
6 = 16th fret
7 = 17th fret
8 = 18th fret
9 = 19th fret
0 = 20th fret
1 = 21st fret
2 = 22nd fret

 

  G           D           Bm          C
E|9-5---9-5---7-----7-----2-9---2-9---0-----0-----|
B|----5-----5---9-----9-------0-----0---0-7---0-7-|
G|----------------9-----9-------------------------|
D|------------------------------------------------|
A|------------------------------------------------|
E|------------------------------------------------|

 

  G               D               Bm              C
E|9-5---9-5---9-5-7-----7-----7---2-9---2-9---2-9-0-----0-----0---|
B|----5-----5-------9-----9-----9-----0-----0-------0-7---0-7---0-|
G|--------------------9-----9-------------------------------------|
D|----------------------------------------------------------------|
A|----------------------------------------------------------------|
E|----------------------------------------------------------------|

For the next part it's back to normal tab (no shorthand). I'haven't tabbed
the rhythm here, just the main chords;

  G             D                Em     C          Em     D       
E|15-15---------10-10-10-10---10s12-12--8--8-----8s12-12--10-10-|
B|15-15----12---10-10-10-10---10s12-12--8--8-----8s12-12--10-10-|
G|12-12-14-12---11-11-11-11---11s12-12--9--9-----9s12-12--11-11-|
D|12-12-12------12-12-12-12---12s14-14--10-10---10s14-14--12-12-|
A|--------------------------------------------------------------|
E|--------------------------------------------------------------|

Note: The above part continues behind the following lyrics;

 

      G       
Let’s run right out of the city tonight

         D
With our hair tied up and lips sealed tight

Em         C               Em         D
I will cry no more, I said I will cry no more

 

        G
Like an empty tourist at the world fair

        D
I could only stand and stare

    Em          C          Em          D
And let it pass me by, and let it pass me by

 

  Em
I never should have said out loud

       D
That I wanted to save the world

      Em          C            Em          D
But I let it slip away, I just let it slip away

 

Guitar solo;

To make this easier to read and write I've used the following
shorthand abbreviations;

 

5 = 15th fret
6 = 16th fret
7 = 17th fret
8 = 18th fret
9 = 19th fret
0 = 20th fret
1 = 21st fret
2 = 22nd fret

 

  G               D               Bm              C
E|9-5---9-5---9-5-7-----7-----7---2-9---2-9---2-9-0-----0-----0---|
B|----5-----5-------9-----9-----9-----0-----0-------0-7---0-7---0-|
G|--------------------9-----9-------------------------------------|
D|----------------------------------------------------------------|
A|----------------------------------------------------------------|
E|----------------------------------------------------------------|

  G               D               Bm              C
E|9-5---9-5---9-5-7-----7-----7---2-9---2-9---2-9-0-7-------------|
B|----5-----5-------9-----9-----9-----0-----0---------0-7---------|
G|--------------------9-----9-----------------------------9-6-----|
D|------------------------------------------------------------9-7-|
A|----------------------------------------------------------------|
E|----------------------------------------------------------------|

 

For the next part it's back to normal tab (no shorthand). I'haven't tabbed
the rhythm here, just the main chords;

 

  G             D                Em     C          Em     D       
E|15-15---------10-10-10-10---10s12-12--8--8-----8s12-12--10-10-|
B|15-15----12---10-10-10-10---10s12-12--8--8-----8s12-12--10-10-|
G|12-12-14-12---11-11-11-11---11s12-12--9--9-----9s12-12--11-11-|
D|12-12-12------12-12-12-12---12s14-14--10-10---10s14-14--12-12-|
A|--------------------------------------------------------------|
E|--------------------------------------------------------------|

 

  G             D                Em     C          Em     D       
E|15-15---------10-10-10-10---10s12-12--8--8-----8s12-12--10-10-|
B|15-15----12---10-10-10-10---10s12-12--8--8-----8s12-12--10-10-|
G|12-12-14-12---11-11-11-11---11s12-12--9--9-----9s12-12--11-11-|
D|12-12-12------12-12-12-12---12s14-14--10-10---10s14-14--12-12-|
A|--------------------------------------------------------------|
E|--------------------------------------------------------------|

Note: The above part continues behind the following lyrics;

 

    G
The only thing I wanted to be

        D
Was the perfect one who killed for free

    Em         C              Em         D
And I will try no more, I say I will try no more

 

        G
But now we are together we won’t turn back

          D
Where the boats are burned and the ties are black

    Em         C        Em         D
And I will cry no more, I will cry no more

 

Guitar solo;

To make this easier to read and write I've used the following
shorthand abbreviations;

 

5 = 15th fret
6 = 16th fret
7 = 17th fret
8 = 18th fret
9 = 19th fret
0 = 20th fret
1 = 21st fret
2 = 22nd fret

 

  G               D               Bm              C
E|9-5---9-5---9-5-7-----7-----7---2-9---2-9---2-9-0-----0-----0---|
B|----5-----5-------9-----9-----9-----0-----0-------0-7---0-7---0-|
G|--------------------9-----9-------------------------------------|
D|----------------------------------------------------------------|
A|----------------------------------------------------------------|
E|----------------------------------------------------------------|

  G               D               Bm              C
E|9-5---9-5---9-5-7-----7-----7---2-9---2-9---2-9-0-----0-----0---|
B|----5-----5-------9-----9-----9-----0-----0-------0-7---0-7---0-|
G|--------------------9-----9-------------------------------------|
D|----------------------------------------------------------------|
A|----------------------------------------------------------------|
E|----------------------------------------------------------------|

 

  G               D               Bm              C               G
E|9-5---9-5---9-5-7-----7-----7---2-9---2-9---2-9-0-----0-----0---5-|
B|----5-----5-------9-----9-----9-----0-----0-------0-7---0-7---0-5-|
G|--------------------9-----9---------------------------------------|
D|------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|------------------------------------------------------------------|

 

 

 

Chords:

CHORD | E A D G B E
Bm    | 2 2 4 4 3 2
C     | 3 3 2 0 1 0
C     | 3 3 5 5 5 3
D     | 5 5 7 7 7 5
D     | 2 0 0 2 3 2
Em    | 0 2 2 0 0 0
Em    | 7 7 9 9 8 7
G     | 3 5 5 4 3 3
G     | 3 2 0 0 0 3