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/ The Stranglers / Black and White (1978) / In the Shadows guitar tab

The Stranglers - In The Shadows
Tabbed By: Reecy
Email: Bushhead81@Hotmail.com

Tuning: Standard (E A D G B E)



IN THE SHADOWS
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Transcription by: Richard Stanforth (rtstanforth@hotmail.com)
Date of Transcription: 1st April 2002

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This transcription was an extremely painful experience, I didn't know there were so damn many
variations in this damn song! What on the surface just seems like a catchy bass riff and
repetetive lyrics is actually much much more. First off, Hugh varies his guitar part
extremely regularly throughout this song, and I've tried my hardest to transcribe most
of these variations. I think most of them are at least 88% right. Comments are welcome!
I've provided the basic root notes of the bassline
as 5th chords as there are no actual chords to the song.

intro (bass): A5 C5 - A5 C5 - A5 C5, A5 G5 E5

A5 C5, A5 G5 E5

E---------------------------------------------------------|
B--14-------12-------10-------9------7-----6-----5--------|
G-----14-------12-------10------9------7-----6-----5------|
D--------14-------12-------10-----9------7-----6-----5----| *let ring
A------------------------------------------------------0*-|
E---------------------------------------------------------|


  (riff 1)
E------------------|
B---5--------------|
G-----5------------|
D-------5----------| *let ring
A---------0*-------|
E------------------|


            A5          G5           E5 (riff 1)
When you're walking on the street at night
    A5           G5        E5 (riff 1)
You turn around and die of fright
A5       G5        E5
What's that in the shadows?
A5       G5        E5
What's that in the shadows?


A5 C5 A5 G5 E5


  (riff 2)                 (riff 3)
E-------------------|    E--------------------------------|
B------14-----------|    B-----13------------13-----------|
G----------14-------|    G---------13------------13-------|
D--14----------14---|    D--14---------13*-----------13---|
A-------------------|    A--------------------------------|
E-------------------|    E--------------------------------|

A5 (r.2)         C5
Walking down the streets at night
A5 (r.3)   G5       E5
Turn around and you die of fright
A5 (r.2)                  G5
Walking on the streets at night
C5                     F5
Turn around and die of fright
A5 (r.4)           C5
What's that in the shadows?
A5 (r.5)   G5      E5
What's that in the shadows?

  (riff 4)                                      (riff 5)
E-------------|                               E--5*-----|
B--10*--------|                               B--8*-----|
G--9*---------|                               G--5*-----|
D--7*---------| <- hit with lots of attack    D--5*-----| <- backwards strum w/lots
A--0*---------|    and let ring               A--7*-----|    of attack
E-------------|                               E--5*-----|

A5 (r.6) C5 (r.7) A5 G5 E5

  (riff 6)                         (riff 7)
E-----------|                   E-------------|
B--7*-------|                   B--14*--------|
G--7*-------| <- hit w/lots of  G--14*--------|
D--7*-------| attack (note:     D--14*--------|
A--0*-------| riff 7 is played  A--0*---------|
E-----------| slightly out of   E-------------|
              time on the recording!


A5  G5  E5   A5  G5  E5
Is it a dog, is it a cat?
A5(r.8) E5   A5        G5         E5
Is it a dog, what do you think of that?       (riff 8)
            A5                        C5      E----------------|------------------|
When you're walking on the streets at night   B--17--14h15p14--|-17--14h15--------|
A5                     G5                     G----------------|-----------13--14-|
Turn around and die of fright                 D----------------|------------------|
A5 (r.1)           C5                         A----------------|------------------|
What's that in the shadows?                   E----------------|------------------|
A5 (r.1)  G5       E5                               ^ 98% right, got stuck on the
What's that in the shadows?                           discordant bit ^


G5        E5 D5      C5
Is it a dog, is it a cat?
G5        E5 F5
Is it a dog, what do you think of that?
A5                                    C5
When you're walking on the streets at night
A5    G5     E5
Moving shiny bright
A5             C5
Walking on the night
A5      G5         E5
When you're walking on the streets at night
A5 G5  E5       A5  G5    E5
Oh   -    look around you
A5 G5  E5       A5  G5    E5
Oh   -    look around you


A5 C5 A5 G5 E5

A5 C5                            A5 (r.9)  G5    E5
      When you're walking on the streets at night

A5 (r.10)                  C5            A5 (r.9)  G5 E5
  When you turn around and die of fright


 (riff 9)                              (riff 10)
E--3--s--5----                       E-------------
B--3--s--5----                       B--10--s--7---
G--4--s--6---- <- hit with a lot of  G--10--s--7--- <- hit with lots of attack, but
D--5--s--7----    attack             D--10--s--6--- make the slide really sloppy, as
A--5--s--7----                       A------------- well as the fingering of the second
E--3--s--5----                       E------------- chord, listen to the recording to
                                                    see what I mean


(riff 11)
   G                                A
E----------------------------------------
B--13-13-13-13-13-13-13-13-13-13-13-10---
G--12-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-9----
D--10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-7----
A----------------------------------------
E----------------------------------------
            Who's    there   in  the shadows?

<..short bass bit..>

A5 C5 A5 G5 E5 ('what's that in the shadows'...etc.)

(play riff 12)
A5 G5  E5       A5   G5   E5
Oh   -    look around you
A5 G5  E5       A5   G5   E5
Oh   -    look around you

(riff 12)
E--15----------------|--15---------------|
B------14------------|------13-----------|
G----------14--------|----------13-------|
D--------------14*---|--------------13*--|
A--------------------|-------------------|
E--------------------|-------------------|

bass riff repeats with Hugh picking riff 1 until song ends on the bass
note of A.


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