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/ The Stranglers / Black and White (1978) / Toiler on the Sea guitar tab

The Stranglers - Toiler On The Sea
Tabbed By: Reecy
Email: Bushhead81@Hotmail.com

Tuning: Standard (E A D G B E)



TOILER ON THE SEA
-----------------
Transcription by: Richard Stanforth (rtstanforth@hotmail.com)
Date of Transcription: 1st April 2002

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intro: bass, notes alternating between A and E.

A D C G A (x2)

guitar solo (repeat twice)

  D      C         G           A         D     C        G            A
E----------1-1---|---------------------|---------1-1--|------------------|
B------3-3--3----|---------------------|-----3-3--3---|------------------|
G--2-2-----------|--4-0-2--2s4--2------|-2-2----------|--4-0-2--2s4--2---|
D----------------|----------------5-2--|--------------|------------------|
A----------------|---------------------|--------------|------------------|
E----------------|---------------------|--------------|------------------|

  C      D        Em             C      D         Em     Bm     Em     Bm
E----------------|-------------|-----------------|------------------------|
B----------------|-------------|-----------------|------------------------|
G--5-5-5-4-2-0-2-|-------------|--5-5-5-4-2-0-2--|-0---------0h2p0--------|
D----------------|-4^-2--4^-2--|-----------------|----0h2p0---------0h2p0-|
A----------------|-------------|-----------------|------------------------|
E----------------|-------------|-----------------|------------------------|


A5 C5 G5 (x2)

Bb5 F5 G5 (x2) Bb5 F5


then the following is played, a sort of discordant variation on the main
riff.

E----------------------|---------------------|----------------------|
B----------------------|---------------------|----------------------|
G----------------------|---------------------|----------------------|
D----------------------|---------------------|--4-------4--4--------|
A--2-0---0-2--2-0---0--|-5-4---4-5--5-4-5-4--|----5-4-5------5-4-5--|
E------2----------2----|-----5---------------|----------------------|

E----------------------|
B----------------------|
G----------------------|
D--6-------6--6--------|
A----7-5-7------7-5-7--|
E----------------------|


main verse riff, the bass follows similar:


E----------------------|
B----------------------|
G----------------------|
D----------------------|
A--2-0---0-2--2-0---0--|
E------2----------2----|

for acoustic guitar players, the underlying chord is Bm.


        Bm
I had a woman ship, I took her overseas
She left her hold unlocked, I had to find a dock
I was a toiler on the sea, I was a toiler on the sea
I was a toiler on the sea, I was a toiler on the sea

E Bm E A (x2)

          Bm
We didn't use cruel words, to navigate cruel seas
The wind was biting hard, at times I had to scream
I was a toiler on the sea, I was a toiler on the sea
I was a toiler on the sea, I was a toiler on the sea

E Bm E A (x2) Bm

F# B5 A B5          F#            B5 A B5
        And when we reached the land   we went
 F#               B5 A B5       F#           B5  A  B5
Aground on the rocks   Became a wreck in the sand   became
  F#            B5 A B5          F#     B5 A B5
A home for a flock   We ventured overland    Fought with the
F#   B5 A B5             F#             B5 A B5
Aliens    The young ones used their hands    Pointed the
F#           B5 A B5         F#      B5 A B5
Way to a flock    A flock of seagulls     A flock of
F#      B5 A B5 F# B5 A B5
Seagulls

Bm (main riff, discordant variation).

          Bm
Then we retraced our steps, rebuild the woman ship
I took her back up north, I lost her in the fog
I was a toiler on the sea, I was a toiler on the sea
I was a toiler on the sea, I was a toiler on the sea

(repeat until fade).


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1983 Feline
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1981 La Folie
1979 The Raven
1978 Black and White
1977 No More Heroes
1977 Rattus Norvegicus
Black and White tabs
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06Enough Time tabbass tab
07Tank tabbass tab
08Nice 'N' Sleazy tabbass tab
09Outside Tokyo tabbass tab
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12Toiler on the Sea tabbass tab

 

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