Saturday, September 4, 2010

CHRONIC TOWN: WOLVES, LOWER

Okay, here's the first song.  I will always start with lyrics.  This one is pretty straightforward and there aren't too many changes lyrically or musically from what you can find online.  And again, this is what I hear and what I play.  I hear a few other "myself"'s than others have posted.  I also plan on adding background vocals as I believe they are important to the overall structure of each song.  If you noticed, I've put the end of the word "garden" in parenthesis to highlight that Mike Mills finishes the word for Michael Stipe. 

As far as the origins of this song lyrically or what this song actually means, I'm not really going to get into a lot of speculation with these songs.  As far as I can tell it's just a cool lyric about suspicion, shady dealings, and cute animals ...



WOLVES, LOWER
Suspicion yourself, suspicion yourself, don’t get caught (get caught)
Suspicion yourself, suspicion myself, let others out
Wilder lower wolves
Here’s a house to put wolves at the door

In a corner gar (den)
Wilder lower wolves

House in order, Aha-aaa!
House in order, Aha-aaa!
House in order, Aha-aaa!
House in order, Aha-aaa!
Down there, they’re rounding a posse to ride

Suspicion yourself, suspicion yourself, don’t get caught (get caught)
Suspicion myself, suspicion myself, let others out
Wilder lower wolves
Here’s a house to put wolves at the door

In a corner gar (den)
Wilder lower wolves

House in order, Aha-aaa!
House in order, Aha-aaa!
House in order, Aha-aaa!
House in order, Aha-aaa!
Down there, they’re rounding a posse to ride

Suspicion yourself, suspicion yourself, don’t get caught (get caught)
Suspicion yourself, suspicion myself, suspicion myself
Wilder lower wolves
Here’s a house to put wolves at the door

In a corner gar (den)
Wilder lower wolves

House in order, Aha-aaa!
House in order, Aha-aaa!
House in order, Aha-aaa!
House in order, Aha-aaa!
Down there, they’re rounding a posse to ride


Now as for the guitar.  Again, the guitar part I owe largely to what is available online with some minor adjustments, such as adding the bridge or break.  I will note this: there are multiple ways to play most Peter Buck riffs as there are only so many notes in the scale, however after watching Mr. Buck play this a couple of times, this is pretty durn close.

WOLVES, LOWER

Intro/Verse (
e|--0------0--------|---0--0--0-0----0-0---|
B|-8-8-8>10-10--10--|----0--0----0---------|
G|-9---9>11---11----|--9--8--6----6>8-8----|
D|---------------x3-|----------7--7>9------|
A|------------------|----------------------|
E|------------------|----------------------|

Bridge to Chorus 
e|-------0-0--0--0--0------0-0--0--0--0--|--0-0-0-0--|
B|-10-9-7---0--0--0--10-9-7---0--0--0----|-5-4-2-0---|
G|--------7--7--7--7--------6--6--6--6---|-----------|
D|---------------------------------------|-----------|
A|------------------------------------x2-|-----------|
E|---------------------------------------|-----------|

Chorus 
e|-5---x---3---x--------------|
B|-5---7---3---5--------------|
G|-6---7---4---5--------------|
D|-7---7---5---5--------------|
A|----------------------------|
E|----------------------------|

e|--3--3--3-3--3--3-3--3--3-3--3--3--|
B|---3--3----3--3----3--3----3--3----|
G|-4--5--5-4--5--5-4--5--5-4--4--4---|
D|-----------------------------------|
A|-----------------------------------|
E|-----------------------------------|

End Bridge:
e|-------------------------12/12----------------------|
B|-12/12-15/14-12/12/12-14/12------15/14-12/12/12-14/12----|
G|----------------------------------------------------|

e|-12/12---------------------12/12------------------------|
B|-----—15/14—12/12/12—14/12—-----—15/14—12/12/12—14/12---|
G|--------------------------------------------------------|

Shadow Walk on last verse
G|-9-7-9-7-9-7--------9-8-0--|
D|--9-9-9-9----7-9-11--------|

End on Em.



As we go along, you will see some recurring themes.  Such as ending on Em, living on the high notes, and basing riffs around chord formations.  By that I mean taking a note away or adding a note from a chord and plucking madly.  Also look for the open high E and B strings. 
As far as how this song evolved, the opening riff seems to show up in a different form in their earlier song "Body Count" which I probably won't tab here, but I might ... next up "Gardening at Night" ... deceptively simple or simply deceptive?  You can be the judge.

-BW

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