Lindisfarne – Winter Song tab

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From: "Dexter N. Muir" 

From memory and long-accustomed usage ;-)

Winter Song
Lindisfarne (Alan Hull)
Transcribed for solo (12-string) guitar by
 Dexter N. Muir (

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, . . .', , , . . , . . , . . . , , , . . , . , , . . .' ,e 5------99-5-|53----3-----|3-------3-0-|2-----02--0-|2------23-23|B 7-------7-7-|75----5-----|5-------5-0-|3-----33--3-|3------33-33|G 6-------6-6-|64----4-----|4-------4-0-|2-----03--0-|2------22-22|D 0-------0-0-|00----0-----|0-------0---|0-----00--0-|0-----------|A ------------|------------|------------|------------|------------|E ------------|------------|------------|------------|------------| \ h h h
Other Chords (in order of first occurrence):
D Ddim D7 G Bm Em G7 C A Gm Dsus4e--2----2----2---3---2----0---1--0--0---3----3--|B--3----2----1---0---3----0---0--1--2---3----3--|G--2----2----2---0---4----0---0--0--2---3----2--|D--0----0----0---0---4----2---0--2--2---0----0--|A----------------x---2----2---2--3--0---x-------|E----------------3--------0---3---------3-------|
Verse 1: D Ddim D7 When Winter's shadowy fingers first pursue you down the street G Bm Em G7 And your boots no longer lie about the cold around your feet C Em A Do you spare a thought for Summer whose passage is complete D Ddim D7 Whose memories lie in ruins and whose ruins lie in heat Gm G A (D Dsus4, D, Dsus4, D)x2 When Winter.... comes howling in. Verse 2: When the wind is singing strangely, blowing music through your head And your rain-splattered windows make you decide to stay in bed Do you spare a thought for the homeless tramp who wishes he was dead Or do you pull your bed-clothes higher, dream of Summertime instead, When Winter.... comes howling in. Verse 3: The creeping cold has fingers that caress without permission And mystic crystal snowdrops only aggravate the condition Do you spare a thought for the gypsy with no secure position Who's turned and spurned by village and town and the Magistrate's decision, When Winter.... comes howling in. Verse 4: When the turkey's in the oven and the Christmas presents are bought And Santa's in his module - he's an American astronaut - Do you spare a thought for Jesus, who had nothing but his thoughts, Who got busted - just for talking, and befriending the wrong sorts, When Winter.... comes howling in. Gm G A Intro.... When Winter.... comes howling in. p.s. I consider this to be one of the most potent Christian songs ever written. I am not Christian myself, but the sentiments expressed apply universally to all Masters, their followers' attitudes, and their remembrance... particularly Verse 4... Dexter N. Muir Manufacturing Pilot Plant Technician Department of Production Technology Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand
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