"Winding Wind" by Big Country
From the Album "The Buffalo Skinners"

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

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;

The intro has some tricky hammering and pulling, though you
can probably get away without some of the complications here;

 

   Dsus2                                 Csus2  
E|---------------------------------------0rrrrr-0-00-0--0rr-|
B|-0h3-3-3-0-0h3rrr--0-0h3-0-3rr-3rrrrp0-3rrrrr-3-31-3--3rr-|
G|-0h2-2-2-0-0h2rrr--0-0h2-0-2h4-2h4p2p0-0rrrrr-0-00-0--0rr-|
D|-0rr-0-0-0-0rrrrr--0-0rr-0-0rr-0rrrrrr-2rrrrr-2-22-2--2rr-|
A|---------------------------------------------------3--3rr-|
E|---------------------------------------------------3--3rr-|

 

   Dsus2                                 Csus2       C
E|---------------------------------------0rrrrr-0-00----------|
B|-0h3-3-3-0-0h3rrr--0-0h3-0-3rr-3rrrrp0-3rrrrr-3-31----------|
G|-0h2-2-2-0-0h2rrr--0-0h2-0-2h4-2h4p2p0-0rrrrr-0-00-00000000-|
D|-0rr-0-0-0-0rrrrr--0-0rr-0-0rr-0rrrrrr-2rrrrr-2-22-22222222-|
A|---------------------------------------------------33333333-|
E|---------------------------------------------------33333333-|

 

Verse 1

  G
I lived a thousand years

                  Em
In someone else’s shoes

  D
I lived a thousand lives

     C
With someone else’s blues

 

Verse 2;

  G
I talked so many nights

                    Em
With voices I don’t know

     D
Wore someone else’s face

    C
And hoped it didn’t show

 

Bridge;

On the Em, hit the 12th fret harmonic on the E, B and G strings
and bend using tremelo if you have one.

Am  C           Em
Oh  Oh  winding wind

Am  C           Em
Oh  Oh  winding wind

 

   Dsus2                                 Csus2       C
E|---------------------------------------0rrrrr-0-00----------|
B|-0h3-3-3-0-0h3rrr--0-0h3-0-3rr-3rrrrp0-3rrrrr-3-31----------|
G|-0h2-2-2-0-0h2rrr--0-0h2-0-2h4-2h4p2p0-0rrrrr-0-00-00000000-|
D|-0rr-0-0-0-0rrrrr--0-0rr-0-0rr-0rrrrrr-2rrrrr-2-22-22222222-|
A|---------------------------------------------------33333333-|
E|---------------------------------------------------33333333-|

 

Verse 3

  G
I made a place for you

                      Em
And you made time for me

    D   
And we have promised all the things

   C
We know will never be

 

Verse 4

  G
I waited far too long

                   Em
Out on the winding wind

D
Dreaming and hoping as the world moved on

         C
It would blow away my sins

 

Bridge;

Am  C           Em
Oh  Oh  winding wind

Am  C           Em
Oh  Oh  winding wind

 

Chorus;

Em     C            G       D
  Everybody’s got a soul to sell

Em     C            G       D
  Everybody’s got a tale to tell

Em     C                    G          D
  All about the things that might have been

Em       C          D       G
  Blown away in the winding wind

 

Middle bit;

The chords I've used for the third and fourth lines of this part
are slightly different from the original because I think my way sounds
better. If you want the original chords for these lines,
they are; Em / C / Em / Em : G / C / G

 

    G        C          G
And some may change the world

    G         C          G
And some just lose their way

    Em        C          Em      C
And some just sit around holding hands

G             C        D
Praying for a judgment day

  D                 D
I hear them talking deep in the night

C                      C
Wondering if they will make it tonight

 

Guitar solo;

This solo sounds a lot more difficult than it really is. It's
fairly straightforward, though rather fast, tapping, hammering and
pulling. The difficult part is jumping from the hammering and tapping
in the first 3 lines to the picked part in line 4. To make this a
little easier, try tapping using the edge of your plectrum rather
than using a finger. Alternatively, tap using a finger you don't use
when holding a plectrum. Either of these techniques will help ensure
that you have your plectrum to hand when you need it for line 4.

t = tap
p = pull
h = hammer
*********** = the bend in line 4 is not exact - at this speed, you might
struggle to bend up, down, then back up by a full tone. As long as you
bend up by a full tone, the bend down, then back up can be less than
a full tone, but make sure you bend back up to position 12.

Extremely fast;
  t      t       t       t       t      t       t       t
E|8p7p0--10p7p0--12p7p0--10p7p0--8p7p0--10p7p0--12p7p0--10p7p0|
B|------------------------------------------------------------|
G|------------------------------------------------------------|
D|------------------------------------------------------------|
A|------------------------------------------------------------|
E|------------------------------------------------------------|

Extremely fast (same as above);

  t      t       t       t       t      t       t       t
E|8p7p0--10p7p0--12p7p0--10p7p0--8p7p0--10p7p0--12p7p0--10p7p0|
B|------------------------------------------------------------|
G|------------------------------------------------------------|
D|------------------------------------------------------------|
A|------------------------------------------------------------|
E|------------------------------------------------------------|

Extremely fast (same as above);

  t      t       t       t       t      t       t       t
E|8p7p0--10p7p0--12p7p0--10p7p0--8p7p0--10p7p0--12p7p0--10p7p0|
B|------------------------------------------------------------|
G|------------------------------------------------------------|
D|------------------------------------------------------------|
A|------------------------------------------------------------|
E|------------------------------------------------------------|

  ***********
E|10b12b10b12--10p7--7rrsd-|
B|-----------------10------|
G|-------------------------|
D|-------------------------|
A|-------------------------|
E|-------------------------|

 

The second part of the solo involves hammering and pulling working your way
up the E string. You can either pick the first note of each phrase or you
can pick the very first note and hammer and pull everything in the first
2 lines.
Personally, I think it sounds better picking the first note of each phrase,
but please yourself.

 

Extremely fast;

E|3p2p0--3p2p0--5p3p0--5p3p0--7p5p0--7p5p0--8p7p0--8p7p0|
B|------------------------------------------------------|
G|------------------------------------------------------|
D|------------------------------------------------------|
A|------------------------------------------------------|
E|------------------------------------------------------|

 

Extremely fast;

E|10p8p0--10p8p0--12p10p0--12p10p0--14p12p0--14p12p0|
B|--------------------------------------------------|
G|--------------------------------------------------|
D|--------------------------------------------------|
A|--------------------------------------------------|
E|--------------------------------------------------|

 

E|15b17-15-14-12h14p12-------------------------|
B|--------------------15-12b14b12-------12rrrrr|
G|-------------------------------14-12---------|
D|---------------------------------------------|
A|---------------------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------------------|

 

Intro;

   Dsus2                                 Csus2  
E|---------------------------------------0rrrrr-0-00-0--0rr-|
B|-0h3-3-3-0-0h3rrr--0-0h3-0-3rr-3rrrrp0-3rrrrr-3-31-3--3rr-|
G|-0h2-2-2-0-0h2rrr--0-0h2-0-2h4-2h4p2p0-0rrrrr-0-00-0--0rr-|
D|-0rr-0-0-0-0rrrrr--0-0rr-0-0rr-0rrrrrr-2rrrrr-2-22-2--2rr-|
A|---------------------------------------------------3--3rr-|
E|---------------------------------------------------3--3rr-|

 

   Dsus2                                 Csus2  
E|---------------------------------------0rrrrr-0-00----------|
B|-0h3-3-3-0-0h3rrr--0-0h3-0-3rr-3rrrrp0-3rrrrr-3-31----------|
G|-0h2-2-2-0-0h2rrr--0-0h2-0-2h4-2h4p2p0-0rrrrr-0-00-00000000-|
D|-0rr-0-0-0-0rrrrr--0-0rr-0-0rr-0rrrrrr-2rrrrr-2-22-22222222-|
A|---------------------------------------------------33333333-|
E|---------------------------------------------------33333333-|

 

Verse 5;

G
So I will walk with giant men

                     Em
At peace among their feet

    D
And we will cross the wild frontier

    C
Not ever to retreat

 

Bridge;

On the Em, hit the 12th fret harmonic on the E, B and G strings
and bend using tremelo if you have one.

Am  C           Em
Oh  Oh  winding wind

Am  C           Em
Oh  Oh  winding wind

 

Chorus;

Em     C            G       D
  Everybody’s got a soul to sell

Em     C            G       D
  Everybody’s got a tale to tell

Em     C                    G          D
  All about the things that might have been

Em       C          D       G
  Blown away in the winding wind

 

Chorus;

Em     C            G       D
  Everybody’s got a soul to sell

Em     C            G       D
  Everybody’s got a tale to tell

Em     C                    G          D
  All about the things that might have been

Em       C          D       G
  Blown away in the winding wind

 

Here are some more guitar parts for the song;

Second guitar part through the verse;
(no shorthand)

  G                                   Em
E|-------------------------------------------|
B|5-5p3-3-3p0-3-3rrrr-0h3-5p3-3-3h5-5s12rrrr-|
G|-------------------------------------------|
D|-------------------------------------------|
A|-------------------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------------------|

     D                               C
E|----------------------------------------------------|
B|----------------------------------------------------|
G|12-12p10-10-10s7-10-10rrrr---10s12-10s8-8-8s3-5rrrr-|repeat
D|----------------------------------------------------|
A|----------------------------------------------------|
E|----------------------------------------------------|

Second guitar for bridge;
H = harmonic
V = use tremelo bar

  Am       C         Em          Em
                         H VVV       H VVV
E|------10----------------12rrr-------12rrr-|
B|12-10-------------------12rrr-------12rrr-|
G|---------12rrrr----0rrr-12rrr--0rrr-12rrr-|
D|-------------------2rrr--------2rrr-------|
A|-------------------2rrr--------2rrr-------|
E|-------------------0rrr--------0rrr-------|

Second guitar for second part of intro;
(no shorthand)

  Dsus2                         Csus2     C
E|--------------------------------------------------------|
B|--------------------------------------------------------|
G|------------------7-------------------------------------|
D|7-7-7-5-7rrrr--7b9--7b9b7-5-7s2rrrr-2-0-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-|
A|----------------------------------------3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-|
E|--------------------------------------------------------|

Second guitar for chorus;

 

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

 

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

 

Chords:

CHORD | E A D G B E
Am    | 0 0 2 2 1 0
C     | 3 3 2 0 1 0
D     | 5 5 7 7 7 5
Dsus2 | 5 7 7 5 5 5
Em    | 0 2 2 0 0 0
G     | 2 4 4 3 2 2