"Seven Waves" by Big Country
from the album "The Buffalo Skinners"

 

Tab by Colin Dawson; colin_g_dawson@hotmail.com
November 2004

All corrections and updates welcome!

 

This is a great song with a fabulous guitar solo.
As with many Big Country songs, the version on Buffalo Skinners is mastered at the
wrong speed so you'll need to re-tune your guitar by half a semi-tone if you want to
play along to this version. The version on "Live in Cologne" is mastered at the correct
speed and is therefore in the correct key.

 

 

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

 

 

Intro;

       D A    E           F#m     D  A    E
E|------------------------------------------------------|
B|---6h7------------------------6h7---------------------|
G|6h9----9-6--4-6-4h6p4------6h9-----9-6--4-6-4h6p4---4-|
D|----------------------7-4-------------------------7---|
A|------------------------------------------------------|
E|------------------------------------------------------|

      D     A         E   F#m      D          E
E|----------------------------------------------|
B|----7-9-9s10-9h10p9-7---7---------------------|
G|6h9-------------------9------6p4-4s2----4h6s9-|
D|----------------------------------------------|
A|----------------------------------------------|
E|----------------------------------------------|

 

Verse 1;

F#m      D         A      F#m          D       A
 I don’t think too much,       I don’t look inside

        F#m      D            A
For the things I hid away for all those years

     Bm    D      E
Have faded now or died

F#m             D            A   F#m             D         A
   So don’t you look through me,      with those strangers eyes

        F#m         D            A
For the world keeps turning underneath my feet

     Bm    D        E
If I go on with the lies

D   A*            Bm       A           F#m          E
Hey baby just you go out tonight, it’s only me that cries

 

Chorus;
(guitar is same as intro)

    D  A    E      F#m  D      A      E  
And love is waves away, we are waves away

    D  A    E      F#m  D      A      E   
And love is waves away, seven waves away

 

Verse 2;
(same chords as verse 1)

That’s me down here, shining up your shoes
Keeping my head down like I always do
When you walk in with the blues

There’s nothing to be said, nothing to be done
For I laid my head down at your most famous feet
When you said I was the one

Hey baby don’t you stay out tonight, and say it isn’t fun

Chorus;

And love is waves away, we are waves away
And love is waves away, seven waves away
And love is waves away, we are waves away
And love is waves away, seven waves away

        Bm                        Dsus2
And the sound that comes from you sleeping

       F#m           Asus2
In the darkness is a doorway

        Bm                   Dsus2
And the sun that beats on the window

       F#m          Asus2
In the morning is a doorway

        Bm                         Dsus2
And the sun that calls through the window

      F#m          Asus2
Every morning is a doorway

 

Solo 1;

        D                  A              E            F#m
E|12h14-14p12--12-------------------7h9---9p7--7--------------|
B|-----------14--14p12--12h14-12-12----------10-10p7-7h10-7-7-|
G|--------------------14----------------------------8---------|
D|------------------------------------------------------------|
A|------------------------------------------------------------|
E|------------------------------------------------------------|

 

        D                   A                 E
E|--------------------------9h12p9---9-12b14b12-|
B|---------------10h12p10---------12------------|
G|------9h11p9-----------11---------------------|
D|-9h11-------11--------------------------------|
A|----------------------------------------------|
E|----------------------------------------------|

 

             D            A             E         F#m
E|--------------------------17-19b21-19b21b19p17--17-|
B|-----17-19b22b19p17--17h19--------------------19---|
G|16s18--------------18------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------------------------|
A|---------------------------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------|

 

             D                                    E                          
E|16-h17p16-17p16-----------------------------------------16-17-16-14h16p14---------|
B|---------------19p17-19p17-----------------------------------------------15-15p14-|
G|--------------------------19p18-19-18-16h18p16--16-18-19--------------------------|
D|----------------------------------------------19----------------------------------|
A|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|

Verse 3;
(same chords as verse 1)

It doesn’t hurt anymore, It doesn’t get me down
But I might just swim out on the waves tonight
And lay right down and drown

Do you really want to be here tonight, or are you just around

Chorus;

 

And love is waves away, we are waves away
And love is waves away, seven waves away
And love is waves away, we are waves away
And love is waves away, seven waves away
And love is waves away, we are waves away
And love is waves away, seven waves away

 

 

 

Solo 2;

 

        D                  A              E            F#m
E|12h14-14p12--12-------------------7h9---9p7--7--------------|
B|-----------14--14p12--12h14-12-12----------10-10p7-7h10-7-7-|
G|--------------------14----------------------------8---------|
D|------------------------------------------------------------|
A|------------------------------------------------------------|
E|------------------------------------------------------------|

 

        D                   A                 E
E|--------------------------9h12p9---9-12b14b12-|
B|---------------10h12p10---------12------------|
G|------9h11p9-----------11---------------------|
D|-9h11-------11--------------------------------|
A|----------------------------------------------|
E|----------------------------------------------|

 

             D            A             E         F#m
E|--------------------------17-19b21-19b21b19p17--17-|
B|-----17-19b22b19p17--17h19--------------------19---|
G|16s18--------------18------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------------------------|
A|---------------------------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------|

 

             D                                    E                            F#m
E|16-h17p16-17p16-----------------------------------------16-17-16-14h16p14---------|
B|---------------19p17-19p17-----------------------------------------------15-15p14-|
G|--------------------------19p18-19-18-16h18p16--16-18-19--------------------------|
D|----------------------------------------------19----------------------------------|
A|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|

 

 

Chords:

CHORD | E A D G B E
A     | 5 7 7 x x x 
A*    | 5 4 7 x x x
Asus2 | 0 0 2 2 0 0
Bm    | x 2 4 4 x x
Bm    | 7 9 9 x x x
D     | 5 5 7 7 7 5
Dsus2 | 5 5 7 7 5 5
E     | x 7 9 9 x x
F#m   | 2 4 4 x x x