Ships In The Night

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Ships In The Night - Be Bop Deluxe

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Tabbed by: twilightcapers

 

This tab is based on the 'Live! In The Air Age' version, I think all 

the information you need is there. 

 

Tuning:EADGBe

 

| x mute note

|(131211) chord shape

| ~ sustain or vibrato

| b bend

| r release bend

| h hammer-on

| p pull-off

| / slide up

| \ slide down

| *8* pinch harmonic

 

 

 

Intro: Massive keyboard chords, C - F - Am - G, and guitar solo...

 

 

___C(x32010)___F(133211)____________Am(x02210)__G(3x0033)__________

 

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

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

G|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|

D|-10-----------------------------|--------------------------------|

A|-10-----------------------------|--------------------------------|

E|-8------------------------------|--------------------------------|

 

 

Riff 1:

 

___C___________F____________________Am__________G__________________ 

 

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

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

G|-----------------------------------------------------------------|

D|-------------10~~~~~~~~~~~~~~------------------------------------|

A|3/7--10-h12---------------------3/7---10-h12---------------------|

E|--------------------------------|-------------8~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~\--|

 

 

___C___________F____________________Am__________G__________________ 

                     (bend G string 'down' towards the high e)

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

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

G|---------------------12b14~~r12--12b14~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~---|

D|-------------10------10~~~~~~~~--10~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~---|

A|3/7--10-h12------------------------------------------------------|

E|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|

 

 

 

Repeat riff 1, then...

 

 

Verse:  "like a..."

 

 

___C___________F____________________Am__________G__________________

       "square peg     in     a     round    hole.." (etc)

e|--------------------------------|-0-----------3------------------|

B|--------------------------------|-1-----------3------------------|

G|-------------10-----------------|-2-----------4------------------|

D|-10----------10-----------------|-2-----------5------------------|

A|-10----------8------------------|-0-----------5------------------|

E|-8------------------------------|-------------3------------------|

 

 

Four times, and then...

 

 

" Without..."

 

___C___________G____________________F___________G__________________

1)"love          I am       a       desert..            without.."

2)"love    my  light   is      dim..                    without.."  

3)"love    I   have    no      treasures                without.." 

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

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

G|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|

D|-10----------5------------------|-3-----------5------------------|

A|-10----------5------------------|-3-----------5------------------|

E|-8-----------3------------------|-1-----------3------------------|

 

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

 

 

___C___________G____________________F___________G___________Ab_____

4)"love    I   can  -  not     win                      without.." 

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

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

G|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|

D|-10----------5------------------|-3-----------5-----------6------|

A|-10----------5------------------|-3-----------5-----------6------|

E|-8-----------3------------------|-1-----------3-----------4------|

 

 

Chorus: play with a sort of reggae feel.

 

" Without..."

 

___Am_(577555)_____________________________________________________

  "love                             we  are like    ships in the..."

e|-----5---x---x-------5---x---x--|-----5---x---x-------5---x---x--|

B|-----5---x---x-------5---x---x--|-----5---x---x-------5---x---x--|

G|-----5---x---x-------5---x---x--|-----5---x---x-------5---x---x--|

D|-7-------x---x---7-------x---x--|-7-------x---x---7-------x---x--|

A|-7-------x---x---7-------x---x--|-7-------x---x---7-------x---x--|

E|-5-------x---x---5-------x---x--|-5-------x---x---5-------x---x--|

 

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

 

 

___F__(133211)______________________F7_(131211)____________________

"  night...                                                 Without..."

e|-----1---x---x-------1---x---x--|-----1---x---x-------1---x---x--|

B|-----1---x---x-------1---x---x--|-----1---x---x-------1---x---x--|

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

D|-3-------x---x-----------x---x--|-1-------x---x---1-------x---x--|

A|-3-------x---x---3-------x---x--|-3-------x---x---3-------x---x--|

E|-1-------x---x---1-------x---x--|-1-------x---x---1-------x---x--|

 

 

___Am_(577555)_____________________________________________________

  "love                             selling   our   souls  down  the..."

e|-----5---x---x-------5---x---x--|-----5---x---x-------5---x---x--|

B|-----5---x---x-------5---x---x--|-----5---x---x-------5---x---x--|

G|-----5---x---x-------5---x---x--|-----5---x---x-------5---x---x--|

D|-7-------x---x---7-------x---x--|-7-------x---x---7-------x---x--|

A|-7-------x---x---7-------x---x--|-7-------x---x---7-------x---x--|

E|-5-------x---x---5-------x---x--|-5-------x---x---5-------x---x--|

 

 

___G_(355433)_______________________F_______________G______________

  "river..."

e|-----3---x---x-------3---x---x--|-5---5---5---5---7---7---7---7--|

B|-----3---x---x-------3---x---x--|-6---6---6---6---8---8---8---8--|

G|-----4---x---x-------4---x---x--|-5---5---5---5---7---7---7---7--|

D|-5-------x---x---5-------x---x--|--------------------------------|

A|-5-------x---x---5-------x---x--|--------------------------------|

E|-3-------x---x---3-------x---x--|--------------------------------|

 

 

___Em_(022000)_____________________________________________________

                  "Sailing away                         and..."

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

B|-----0---x---x-------0---x---x--|-----0---x---x-------0---x---x--|

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

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

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

E|-0-------x---x---0-------x---x--|-0-------x---x---0-------x---x--|

 

 

___F_(131211)_______________________F7_(131211)____________________

  "forever...                              our pleasure is..."

e|-----1---x---x-------1---x---x--|----1----x---x-------1----------|

B|-----1---x---x-------1---x---x--|----1----x---x-------1----------|

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

D|-3-------x---x---3-------x---x--|-1-------x---x---1--------------|

A|-3-------x---x---3-------x---x--|-3-------x---x---3--------------|

E|-1-------x---x---1-------x---x--|-1-------x---x---1----------3-3-|

-

 

___G_(355433)______________________________________________________

  "blue..."

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

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

G|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|

D|---------------------------5--5-|-5~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~-------|

A|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|

E|-3~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~-------|----------------------------3-3-|

 

___G_(355433)_______________________F_______G______________________

 

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

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

G|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|

D|--------------------------------|-3-------5----------------------|

A|--------------------------------|-3-------5----------------------|

E|-3~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~--|-1-------3----------------------|

 

 

Then...

 

Guitar solo 1:

 

___C___________F____________________Am__________G__________________ 

                                         * pinch harmonics *

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

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

G|-------------10b12~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~*8*-*9*-*8*-*9*---------|

D|/10-----------------------------|-------------------------10-----|

A|/10-----------------------------|-----------------------------10-|

E|/8------------------------------|--------------------------------|

 

 

___C___________F____________________Am__________G__________________ 

 

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

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

G|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|

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

A|-8---6--h7---------------6--h7--|--------------------------------|

E|-------------8---6--h8----------|-8~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~\--|

 

 

Repeat riff 1 and verse, more or less the same...

 

Then, guitar solo 2 (or sax solo on studio version...)

 

Guitar solo 2: 

 

 

___Am_(577555)_____________________________________________________

                 (s = slur: very rapid slide sounds like one note)

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

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

G|-------------7b9~~~~~~~~~~~~~~7p5h7~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~5------------|

D|------------------------------------------------------7p5--------|

A|---------------------------------------------------------7s5-3h5-|

E|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|

 

 

___F7_(131211)_____________________________________________________

(Tone and a half bend up, from D to F - allow bend to decay slowly...)

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

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

G|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|

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

A|-----3-5b8~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

E|-3h5----------------------------|--------------------------------|

 

 

___Am_(577555)_____________________________________________________

(...release bend )

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

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

G|--------------------------------|--------------------5p4-5p4-4h5-|

D|--------------------------------|----------------5-7--------5----|

A|~r5p3h5p3-----------------------|----------3h5/7-----------------|

E|----------5~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~3h5-----------------------|

 

 

___G_(355433)______________________________________________________ 

 

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

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

G|-7~~~~~~~~--5h7p5p4-4h5p4----------------------------------------|

D|--------------------------5--------------------------------------|

A|----------------------------5-3p2--------------------------------|

E|--------------------------------|-3~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~----|

 

 

___Em_(022000)_____________________________________________________ 

       (rake)

e|---------12---------------------|-12-----------------------------|

B|--------x----15b17~~~~~~~~~~~~--|----15p12---12------------------|

G|-------x------------------------|---------14----15p14p12---------|

D|--------------------------------|------------------------14~~~~--|

A|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|

E|-0------------------------------|--------------------------------|

 

 

___F7_(131211)_____________________________________________________

         (rake)

e|-------------13--17--13---------|--------------------------------|

B|-----------13----------------13----------------------------------|

G|---------14---------------------14-------------------------------|

D|-------15--------------------------15----------------------------|

A|--------------------------------------15--14p13\12~~~~~~~~~\-----|

E|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|

 

 

Riff 2:

 

___G_(320003________________________G_(355433)_____________________

 

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

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

G|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|

D|--------------------------------|-----------------5-----4-----5--|

A|-----------------2-----1-----2--|-5-----4-----5------------------|

E|-3-----2-----3------------------|--------------------------------|

 

 

___G_(xx5433)______________________________________________________

 

e|--------------------------------|-2-------3~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~-|

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

G|-4-----3-----4------------------|--------------------------------|

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

A|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|

E|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|

 

 

Piano solo, same rhythm chords...

 

Ending: 

 

___G_______________________________________________________________

 

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

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

G|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|

D|---------------------------5--5-|-5~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~-----|

A|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|

E|-3~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~-----|----------------------------3-3-|

 

 

...a few times then...

 

___G________________________________F_______G______________________

 

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

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

G|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|

D|-5---------------5--------------|-3-------5----------------------|

A|-------5---------------5--------|-3-------5----------------------|

E|-------------3---------------3--|-1-------3----------------------|

 

 

Lyrics:

 

Like a square peg in a round hole...

Like a harp without its strings...

Like a sailor who sails no oceans,

Like a bird that has no wings...

 

Without love, I am a desert,

Without love, my light is dim...

Without love, I have no treasures...

Without love, I cannot win

 

Without love ... We are like ships in the night

Without love ... Selling our souls down the river

Sailing away and forever our pleasure is blue....

 

Like a dream that has no dreamer,

Like a cloud without a sky...

Like a truth with no believer,

Like a mother without a child...

 

Without love, I have no pleasures,

Without love, my light is dim...

Without love, I have no treasures...

Without love, my chance is slim

 

Without love ... We are like ships in the night

Without love ... Selling our souls down the river

Sailing away and forever our pleasure is blue....

 

 

Words & Music by Bill Nelson.

© Bill Nelson 2019

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