R.E.M. - Nightswimming Chords

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No chord
Standard guitar tuning:
E
A
D
G
B
E
No capo

Intro

G C9

G D

Verse 1

G Night - C9swimming.D.. dGeserves a quiet C9night. A9 C9 D The.. Gphotograph on the C9dashboardD, Gtaken years aC9go, A9 C9turned around backwards so thDe windshield shows. GEvery streetlight C9 reDveals the Gpicture in re-C9verse. A9 C9Still it's so muchD clearer. GI forgot my C9shirt atD the Gwater's edge. The C9moon is A9low to- -C9night. D

Intro

G C9

G D

Verse 2

G Night - C9swimming.D.. dGeserves a quiet C9night. A9 I’m C9not sure all theseD people under- -Gstand. It’s C9not like Dyears aGgo. The C9fear of A9getting C9caught, of Drecklessness and Gwater. They C9cannot Dsee me Gnaked. These C9things A9they go aC9way, reDplaced by every(day).

Verse 3

-Gday. Night - C9swimming.D.. rGemembering that C9night. A9 Sep- -C9tember's coming Dsoon. I'm Gpining for the C9moon. D And Gwhat if there were C9two A9side by C9side in orbit aDround the fairest Gsun? That C9bright, tDight for- -Gever drum cannot dC9escribe A9 night- C9swimming. D

Verse 4

GYou, I thought I C9knew you.D GYou, I can-not C9judge. A9 C9You, I thought you Dknew me. This one’s Glaughing quiet-C9ly D under- -Gneath my breath. C9 A9 Night- C9swimming. D

Interlude

Intro

G C9

G D

Verse

G C9 D

G C9 A9

C9 D

Verse 5

Gphotograph re-C9flects Devery Gstreetlight a C9reminderA9. Night- -C9swimming de-Dserves a quiet Gnight. C9 D G de-C9serves aA9 quiet C9night. D

Outro

G C9 D

G C9 A9

C9 D

G C9 A9

C9 D G

Progressions:

Intro

2 measures, played once)
1.|G               C9             |

2.|G D |

-d-u-d--u--u-d-u-d-------d---d---
1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &

Verses

3 measures, repeat as needed)
1.|G               C9      D      |
2.|G               C9      A9*    |
  -d---d--u--u-d-u-d---d-u-d---d-u-
1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &
then

3.|C9 D |

-d---d--u--u-d-u-d---d--u--u-d-u-
1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & Notes: I found the previous tab hard to follow and played around with the chords a little to get the rhythm down first. In doing so, I discovered that by simply removing the A note off the C chord it sounded closer to the song. Then, by changing the C to a Cadd9 and doing the same thing, song became extremely simple to play and still sounds great (on my guitar, actually better this way, to me). Thus creating the "Aadd9" (A9*) for lack of a name. I show the basic Intro and Verse progressions above. I suggest just strumming until you get the rhythm down as it's not a very complicated song. Then by adding in base lines especially on the G chords, and using some middle string strumming you can make things a bit more interesting. Anyways, I love this song and give thanks and credit to for the original post. If you're looking, this is a great acoustic solo-artist song.

Bo