Islands Of The Dead

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Islands Of The Dead - Be Bop Deluxe

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Tabbed by twilightcapers

 

 

Beautiful song from the Drastic Plastic sessions, in drop D tuning.  

12 string guitar not essential. I have only tabbed the basics here.

Don't forget to tune your bottom E string down to D.

 

Tuning: DADGBe (drop 'D' tuning)

 

|+12+ harmonic

| x   mute note

 

 

Intro: Let all strings ring as much as possible...

 

 

___G/B_________F___________Em_______D______(harmonics)_____________

 

e|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|

B|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|

G|---------0----------------------|--------------------------------|

D|-----0---------------0----------|----------------+12+------------|

A|-2---------------0-----------0--|--------+12+--------------------|

D|-------------3-----------2------|-0------------------------------|

 

 | 1 - & - 2 - & - 3 - & - 4 - & -| 1 - & - 2 - & - 3 - & - 4 - & -|

 

 

___G/B_________F___________Em_______D______(harmonics)_____________

 

e|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|

B|--------------------------------|--------+12+--------------------|

G|---------0----------------------|--------+12+----+7+-------------|

D|-----0---------------0----------|----------------+7+-------------|

A|-2---------------0-----------0--|--------------------------------|

D|-------------3-----------2------|-0------------------------------|

 

 

Verse: You can strum how you want to really, this is just a guide. 

 

 

___G6/D_____________________________D______________________________

        " Come with    me to the    fire            festival "

e|-0-----------0-------0----------|-2---------------2---0---2------|

B|-3-----------3-------3----------|-3---------------3---3---3------|

G|-0-----------0-------0----------|-2---------------2---2---2------|

D|-0-----------0-------0----------|-0------------------------------|

A|-2-----------2-------2----------|-0------------------------------|

D|-0-----------0-------0----------|-0------------------------------|

 

 

 

___G6/D_____________________________D______________________________

           " Let us burn each other blind "

e|-0-----------0-------0----------|-2---------------2---0---2------|

B|-3-----------3-------3----------|-3---------------3---3---3------|

G|-0-----------0-------0----------|-2---------------2---2---2------|

D|-0-----------0-------0----------|-0------------------------------|

A|-2-----------2-------2----------|-0------------------------------|

D|-0-----------0-------0----------|-0------------------------------|

 

 

 

___G6/D_____________________________D______________________________

      " Let us dance     let us    dance away "

e|-0-----------0-------0----------|-2-------------------3---2---x--|

B|-3-----------3-------3----------|-3-------------------3---3---3--|

G|-0-----------0-------0----------|-2-------------------2---2------|

D|-0-----------0-------0----------|-0------------------------------|

A|-2-----------2-------2----------|-0------------------------------|

D|-0-----------0-------0----------|-0------------------------------|

 

 

 

___A___________________Aadd9________Asus4___________A______________

      " dance 'til the end of       time "

e|-0-------------------0----------|-0---------------0--------------|

B|-2-------------------0----------|-3---------------2--------------|

G|-2-------------------2----------|-2---------------2--------------|

D|-2-------------------2----------|-2---------------2--------------|

A|-0-------------------0----------|-0---------------0--------------|

D|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|

 

 

 

___G6/D_____________________________D______________________________

        " Come with    me   to  the islands of the dead "

e|-0-----------0-------0----------|-2---------------2---0---2------|

B|-3-----------3-------3----------|-3---------------3---3---3------|

G|-0-----------0-------0----------|-2---------------2---2---2------|

D|-0-----------0-------0----------|-0------------------------------|

A|-2-----------2-------2----------|-0------------------------------|

D|-0-----------0-------0----------|-0------------------------------|

 

 

 

___G6/D_____________________________D______________________________

      " to the soul house    to the fire house "

e|-0-----------0-------0----------|-2---------------2---0---2------|

B|-3-----------3-------3----------|-3---------------3---3---3------|

G|-0-----------0-------0----------|-2---------------2---2---2------|

D|-0-----------0-------0----------|-0------------------------------|

A|-2-----------2-------2----------|-0------------------------------|

D|-0-----------0-------0----------|-0------------------------------|

 

 

 

___G6/D_____________________________D______________________________

        " to smoke and ash       of laughter in your head.   sweet... "

e|-0-----------0-------0----------|-2-------------------3---2---x--|

B|-3-----------3-------3----------|-3-------------------3---3---3--|

G|-0-----------0-------0----------|-2-------------------2---2------|

D|-0-----------0-------0----------|-0------------------------------|

A|-2-----------2-------2----------|-0------------------------------|

D|-0-----------0-------0----------|-0------------------------------|

 

 

 

___A_______________________________________________________________

 " laughter        hereafter    everafter    in the islands of the... "

e|-0-------------------0----------|-0---------------0--------------|

B|-2-------------------2----------|-2---------------2--------------|

G|-2-------------------2----------|-2---------------2--------------|

D|-2-------------------2----------|-2---------------2--------------|

A|-0-------------------0----------|-0---------------0--------------|

D|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|

 

 

 

___G6/D___________________________

 " dead... "

e|-0-----------0-------0---0------|---------3----2----0----1----2--|

B|-3-----------3-------3---3------|--------------------------------|

G|-0-----------0-------0---0------|---------4----2----0----1----2--|

D|-0-----------0-------0---0------|--------------------------------|

A|-2-----------2-------2---2------|--------------------------------|

D|-0-----------0-------0---0------|-0------------------------------|

 

 

 

___D________________________________D______________________________

 

e|-2-----------2-------2---2------|/14-----------------------------|

B|-3-----------3-------3---3------|/15-----------------------------|

G|-2-----------2-------2---2------|/14-----------------------------|

D|-0-----------0-------0---0------|-0------------------------------|

A|-0-----------0-------0---0------|-0------------------------------|

D|-0-----------0-------0---0------|-0------------------------------|

 

 

 

Repeat music from intro.

 

Repeat verse chord sequence, guitar solo to end.

 

 

Lyrics:

 

 

Come with me to the fire festival

Let us burn each other blind

Let us dance, let us dance away

Dance 'til the end of time

 

Come with me to the islands of the dead

To the soul house 

To the fire house

To smoke and ash of laughter in your head. 

Sweet laughter

Hereafter, everafter    

In the islands of the dead

 

Pack up all your mortal memories

Cloak your soul in sleep

The moon is in the window 

And the wind is in the trees

These things are yours to keep

 

Oh come with me to the islands of the dead

Let us sail sail

Sail sail away

To smoke and ash of laughter in your head. 

Sweet laughter 

Hereafter, everafter    

In the islands of the dead.

Words & Music by Bill Nelson

© Bill Nelson 2019

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