Ocean Colour Scene - Riverboat tab

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Worked out by Ronnie Zahdeh.
From: eeymrz@een1.notts.ac.uk
Subject: The RiverBoat Song by Ocean Colour Scene
Date: worked out Tues, 6-02-96  typed Sun, 18-02-96
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Key:
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p=pull off
h=hammer on
b=bend up
l=let down
\=slide down
/=slide up
v=vibrato
()=don't play note in brackets, reference only.


I`ll give each riff a name and refer to it in the rest of the document under
that name.

Here are the riffs used in the song.

 Blow   A|---5--7---5-7
        E|7-------7----

Elow A|----10--12----10-12 E|12---------12------
Bhigh D|----12--14----12-14 A|14---------14------
Ehigh G|----12--14----12-14 D|14---------14------
F#high A|----12--14----12-14 E|14---------14------
Okay these are the main riffs there are other twidly bits played by Steve Craddock. I`ve worked some of them out there is no need to play them note for note they`re all based in a Bmin pentatonic, so just improvise. Okay here we go. Intro: ------ Blow *8 Bhigh*4 Ehigh*2 Blow*2 F#high*2 Blow*2 Steve plays the following riff starting on the F#high to lead into verse 1: Note again this isn`t exact but it`s what I play,(listen to the song to get the timing right).
E|10--7--10--7--10--7--10-12b(14)l12-10-10h12p10----10------------------------B|-----------------------------------------------12----10 -------------10b(12)G|--------------------------------------------------------11------------------D|-----------------------------------------------------------12-12\9----------
Verse1: ------- Blow*4 I see double up ahead Elow*2 Where the riverboat swayed beneath the sun Blow*2 Is where the river runs red Elow*2 Like a king who stalks the wings and shoots a dove Blow*2 And frees an eagle instead xE xF# xB (these are notes on low E string) It`s more or less the same as the things that you said. The following Riff is played before going into verse 2:
A|----0---0-2(hold for 2 bars while other guitar plays a wah bit)E|0-2---2----
Verse2: ------- Blow*4 I see trouble up the road Elow*2 Like the thing you found in love are by the way Blow*2 And like to cheat on your soul Elow*2 Like the best and worst of thoughts that lose control Blow*2 Before you lie on your bed xE xF# xB (these are notes on low E string) It`s more or less the same as the things that you said. The following Riff is played before going into chorus: RiffV A|----0---0-2 E|0-2---2---- Chorus: ------- RiffC1 (E/F#) (F#/A) (A/B) (THESE ARE NOT CHORDS FOLLOW RIFFC1 BELOW) Anyway for all the things you know E tell me why does the river not flow RiffC1 (E/F#) (F#/A) (A/B) (AS BEFORE) Anyway for all the things you said RiffC2 tell me why does the river run red RiffC3 (A/B) (B/D) (D/E) (NOT CHORDS FOLLOW RIFFC3 BELOW) Anyway for all the things you`ve seen RiffC4 tell me when will the river run green Bassy riff B A F#(2) (Notes On The Low E String) And anyway for all the things you know (RiffV played by bass) tell me why does the river not flow
E/F# F#/A A/B ERiffC1 B|------------------------10b(12)vv------------ G|9b(11)vv---11b(14)vv------------------------- D|-------------------------------------14vvvvvv
RiffC2 this is a little twidly bit played by Steve.
E|17-17p14--------- B|---------17p15-17
RiffC3 E|-----------------------10b(12)vv------ B|10b(12)vv---12b(15)vv-----------------
RiffC4 this is another little fill by steve
E|17p14----14---------------------- B|------17----17p15----15---------- G|------------------16----16p14---- D|-------------------------------16
Verse3: ------- Blow*4 Bhigh*4 G(D string fret 17 hold) It`s more or less the things you fail to say in your own way D(D string fret 12) that`s your trouble B(D sting fret 9 hold) Like a king who stalks the wings and shoots the moon and the stars D(D sting fret 12) And his double xE xF# xB (these are notes on low E string) It`s more or less the same as the things that you said. RiffV A|----0---0-2 E|0-2---2---- Chorus:(As Above) ------- Solo: ----- Uses Bmin Pentatonic (with a wah wah pedal) played over the following progression. Feedback & Switch flicking for 6 bars then improvise over Blow*4 Bhigh*4 Elow*2 Blow*2 F#high*2 Blow*2 Ending: ------- RiffE1 (F) (E) I see double up ahead (Chords played by Paul Weller on the Organ) Where the riverboat swayed beneath the sun Is where the river runs red (with little fill from second guitar) F#high*2 Blow*2(then hold the B (7th fret) on the low E) I see double - that`s my trouble
RiffE1 G|(9)b10---l9-9p7h9---p7--- D|-----------------------9\
then
B|7-7-9/10\9--7vvG|7-7-9/10\9--7vv
Blow*4 Bhigh*4 Blow*4 then organ & little stratospheric noises to end. Well thats it, the bits I mised out are improvised, if you want to play them note for note then work them out yourself. I`ve worked out 99% of the guitar bits here just improvise the rest to add your own style to the song. This is a great band and are gonna be very big. Well if you`re ever in Nottingham check out "Beatroot" nightclub on Tuesdays (Britpop student)& Fridays(Indie), I`m there every week. or if you`re in Coventry check out the Calesuim on Thursdays, there this thing called THE BUZZ which is ment to be a very big mod scene that`s just moved there it`s every month on Friday I think so check it out. If you want to e-mail me I`m in Nottingham Uni e-mail address: eeymrz@een1.notts.ac.uk
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