Alter Bridge - Words Darker Than Their Wings tab

Alter Bridge - "Words Darker Than Their Wings"
From the Album "ABIII"
Tuning - Acoustics in Eb
         Electric in Drop Db (DADGBE down 1/2 step)
Tabbed by jjhand


This song is in a fast paced 6/8 time, but the acoustic part repeats 
enough to make it not too hard to play. I think I got the notes pretty 
close to accurate, but if so, let me know so I can fix it up. Please 
rate if its good!
  

Acoustic Riff (12-string & 6 string, with reverb) 
    A                         Db/Ab
eb|-------------------------|-------------------------|
Bb|-------------------------|-------------------------|
Gb|-----3-2-3-------3-2-3---|-----3-2-3-------0-2-0---|
Db|---0-------0---0-------0-|---0-------0---0---------|
Ab|-1-----------1-----------|-0-----------0-----------|
Eb|-------------------------|-------------------------|

    B6                        Amaj7
|-------------------------|-------------------------|
|-------------------------|-------------------------|
|-------2-0---------2-0---|-------2-0---------2-0---|
|---5-0-----0---5-0-----0-|---3-0-----0---3-0-----0-|
|-3-----------3-----------|-1-----------1-----------|
|-------------------------|-------------------------|

  A                         Db/Ab
|-------------------------|-------------------------|
|-------------------------|-------------------------|
|-----3-2-3-------3-2-3---|-----3-2-3-------0-2-0---|
|---0-------0---0-------0-|---0-------0---0---------|
|-1-----------1-----------|-0-----------0-----------|
|-------------------------|-------------------------|

  B6                        Gb/Bb
|-------------------------|-------------------------|
|-------------------------|-------------------------|
|-------2-0---------2-0---|-------2-0---------2-0---|
|---5-0-----0---5-0-----0-|---5-0-----0---5-0-----0-|
|-3-----------3-----------|-2-----------2-----------|
|-------------------------|-------------------------|





Verse - Play Acoustic Riff 1x, then repeat final bar

Lyrics:
"You say you're alright... I hope that I'm wrong
 I know that you try, but still it is gone"







Prechorus - Electric (drop Db tuning)
|-----------------------|-----------------------|---------------------|
|-3----3---3-3----3---3-|-3----3---3-3----3---3-|-3---3-3--3-3--3---3-|
|-2----2---2-2----2---2-|-2----2---2-2p0--0---0-|-2---2-2--2-2--2---2-|
|-----------------------|-----------------------|---------------------| see
|-3----3---3-3----3---3-|-1----1---1-1----1---1-|---------------------| below
|-----------------------|-----------------------|---------------------|
|
| Acoustic, 12-string
|-----------------------|-----------------------|---------------------|
|-8----8---8-8\6--6---6-|-6----6---6-6\3--3---3-|-3-------------------|
|-0----0---0-0----0---0-|-0----0---0-0----0---0-|-2-------------------|
|-----------------------|-----------------------|-0----same pattern---|
|-----------------------|-----------------------|-x-------------------|
|-----------------------|-----------------------|-3-------------------|
Mark: "Just don't you lose hope                I swear   I'll   never 
2 "alone.  Now don't you let go                 I swear I still believe


Last bar of prechorus- 
  Electric
|-----------------------|
|-1----1-1--1-----------|
|-2----2-2--2-0---0---0-|
|-------------3---3---3-|
|-----------------------|
|-----------------------|
|
| Acoustic
|-----------------------|
|-1----1-1--1-----------|
|-2----2-2--2-0---0---0-|
|-3----3-3--3-3---3---3-|
|-3----3-3--3-3---3---3-|
|-1----1-1--1-1---1---1-|
1 "dreamed that we're"
2 "though I don't know"




Play Acoustic Riff again for Verse 2, as before

Lyrics:
"Remember the years I still walked tall
 I only feared, now I only crawl"





Prechorus 2 (same riff)
"How could I be wrong?
I hope there comes a day your fear is gone
How could we be lost?
Lost just cease to be not carry on"



After prechorus 2 - played 2x into chorus
|----------------------------|
|-3----3---3-3----3----3---3-|
|-3----3---3-3----3----3---3-|
|-3----3---3-3----3----3---3-|
|-1----1---1-1----1----1---1-|
|----------------------------|







(1:52) Chorus - Distorted Electric, play through 2x, then repeat
Eb|----------------------|---------------------|-----------------------|
Bb|----------------------|---------------------|-----------------------|
Gb|-7---7---7-7----7-7-x-|-5---5-5-5-5---5-5-5-|-3---3-3--3-3---3-3--3-|
Db|-5---5---5-5----5-5-x-|-3---3-3-3-3---3-3-3-|-3---3-3--3-3---3-3--3-|
Ab|-5---5---5-5----5-5-x-|-3---3-3-3-3---3-3-3-|-1---1-1--1-1---1-1--1-|
Db|-5---5---5-5----5-5-x-|-3---3-3-3-3---3-3-3-|-----------------------|
1. "Into the light may you fall                 Into the light may you"
2. "Into the light may you know                 Truth alone"


|-----------------------|
|-----------------------|
|-------------5---5---5-|
|-3---3-3-3-3-3---3---3-|
|-0---0-0-0-0-3---3---3-|
|-------------3---3---3-|
1. "follow"
 






Break- in 4/4 , played 4x with endings shown

Acoustic - with delay
|-----------------------|------------------3----|-----------------------|
|---3------3----3----3--|---3------3----3-------|---1------1--3-1--0-1--|
|--------0---------0----|--------0-----------0--|--------0--------------|
|-3----3------3---------|-2----2------2---------|-1----1----------------|
|-----------------------|-----------------------|-----------------------|
|-----------------------|-----------------------|-----------------------|


1st/3rd ending                        2nd/4th ending
|---------------------|         |---------------------|
|---1----1----0-----0-|         |---1----1----0-------|
|----------------2----|         |----------------2--0-|
|-0----0----0---------|         |-0----0----0---------|
|---------------------|         |---------------------|
|---------------------|         |---------------------|








(3:05) Heavy Guitar Bridge- Electric (Drop Db tuning), played 2x

  D5                    Db+      Db5         
|---------------------|--------------------|------------------|------------------|
|---------------------|--------------------|------------------|------------------|
|-3----3----3----3----|-3----3p2-2---2-2-2-|-5----5-5-5----5--|-5---5---5---5----|
|-1----1----1----1----|-0----0---0---0-0-0-|-3----3-3-3----3--|-2---2---2---2----|
|-1----1----1----1----|-0----0---0---0-0-0-|-3----3-3-3----3--|-2---2---2---2----|
|-1----1----1----1----|-0----0---0---0-0-0-|-3----3-3-3----3--|-2---2---2---2--0-|
1. "Go                    never   to    ask   why               Or to fear again"
2. "Go                    set out towards the sun              Let the new begin"



line 2:
|---------------------|--------------------|------------------|-------------------|
|---------------------|--------------------|------------------|-------------------|
|-3----3----3----3----|-3----3p2-2---2-2-2-|------------------|-------------------|
|-1----1----1----1----|-0----0---0---0-0-0-|-5--5--5--5--5--5-|-5--5--5--5--5--5--|
|-1----1----1----1----|-0----0---0---0-0-0-|-5--5--5--5--5--5-|-5--5--5--5--5--5--|
|-1----1----1----1----|-0----0---0---0-0-0-|-5--5--5--5--5--5-|-5--5--5--5--5--5--|

1. "Go               find your peace tonight"
2. "Go               soon your day will come"




(3:43) Play Acoustic Riff 2x with lyrics:

      "Your day will come"





Electric Ramp-up part before chorus:

   Palm muted****************************  %   %   % 
eb|-------------------------|-------------------------|
Bb|-------------------------|-------------------------|
Gb|-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-|-3-3-3-3-3-3-------------|
Db|-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-|-3-3-3-3-3-3-------------|
Ab|-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-|-1-1-1-1-1-1--1~--0------|
Db|-------------------------|----------------------0--|

% notes used again in final chorus as it repeats


Play Chorus Again 






(4:37) Ending - 2 Electrics in drop Db, played 4x

  Rhythm (* = first note in last bar is omitted on final repeat)
|---------------------|--------------------|------------------|-------------------|
|---------------------|--------------------|------------------|-------------------|
|---------------------|--------------------|------------------|-------------------|
|---------------------|--------------------|-1----------------|-*-----------------|
|-5--------/17~-------|-3--------/15~------|-1-------6--5--3--|-2~------5---------|
|-5--------/17~-------|-3--------/15~------|-1----------------|---------5---------|
|
|Lead - All Tremelo picking!
|-13-----TP-----------|-12-----TP----------|-11-----TP--------|-10-----TP---------|
|-16b18--TP-----------|-15b17--TP----------|-14b16--TP--------|-13b15--TP---------|
|---------------------|--------------------|------------------|-------------------|
|---------------------|--------------------|------------------|-------------------|
|---------------------|--------------------|------------------|-------------------|
|---------------------|--------------------|------------------|-------------------|




KEY
************************************

| /   slide up
| \   slide down
| h   hammer-on
| p   pull-off
| ~   vibrato
| +   harmonic
| x   Mute note
| b   Bend
| r  Bend release

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