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High and Dry

Radiohead

from the album The Bends released in 1995

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Lyrics

Intro

| F#m . . . | A . . . | E . . . | E . . . | (see below for riff)

Verse

F#m Two jumps in a week I bet you A E Think you're pretty clever, don't you boy F#m Flying on your motorcycle A E Watching all the ground beneath you drop You'd kill yourself for recognition Kill yourself to never, ever stop You broke another mirror You're turning into something you're not

Chorus

F#m A Don't leave me high E Don't leave me dry F#m A (let ring) Don't leave me high E Don't leave me dry Drying up in conversation You'll be the one who cannot talk All your insides fall to pieces You just sit there wishing you could still make love They're the ones who'll hate you when you Think you've got the world all sussed out They're the ones who'll spit at you You'll be the one screaming out Don't leave me high Don't leave me dry Don't leave me high Don't leave me dry (instrumental verse with solo) It's the best thing that you've ever had The best thing that you've ever, ever had It's the best thing that you've ever had The best thing you have had has gone away Don't leave me high Don't leave me dry Don't leave me high Don't leave me dry F#m A E Don't leave me high... F#m A (let ring) Don't leave me high... E (let ring) Don't leave me dry

Notes & Tabs

Intro Riff

Here is the simplest way to approach this song's intro -- in which you simply play a single pattern (which is an octave) and slide it up and down the fretboard. Listen along to get the strumming pattern right.

e-|----------------------------------------------0--0-0---
B-|----------------------------------------------0--0-0---
G-|--13--13-13--11-11-11-11--13--13-13--9-9-9-9--1--1-1---
D-|--11--11-11---9--9--9--9--11--11-11--7-7-7-7--2--2-2---  x2
A-|--11--11-11---9--9--9--9--11--11-11--7-7-7-7--2--2-2---
E-|----------------------------------------------0--0-0---

Chords Used

Other chords in this song are as follows. For the A especially, I find it helpful to sometimes switch between the open and barred version of the chords depending on the dynamics.

e-|----0---------2---------0--------------5-------------
B-|----0---------2---------2--------------5-------------
G-|----1---------2---------2--------------6-------------
D-|----2---------4---------2--------------7-------------
A-|----2---------4---------0--------------7-------------
E-|----0---------2------------------------5-------------
       E        F#m        A (open)       A (barred)

Chord Progressions

Intro

| F#m . . . | A . . . | E . . . | E . . . | (see above for riff)

Verse

"Two jumps in a week, I guess you think you're pretty clever..."
| F#m . . . | A . . . | E . . . | E . . . | (repeat)

Chorus

"Don't leave me high..."
| F#m . . . | A . . . | E . . . | E . . . | (repeat)

Song Info

Song: High and Dry
Artist: Radiohead
Album: The Bends
Year: 1995
Label: Parlophone

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My name is David Potsiadlo, and I created Songnotes to share my collection of guitar tabs, chords, and lyrics for my favorite songs.

Since I started playing guitar over 10 years ago, I've often been frustrated by the preponderance of mediocre and incomplete song tabs littered across the internet. To combat this, I started keeping my own collection of notes for each song I learn -- always taking the extra time to make sure accuracy and completeness are never compromised. Years later, my collection grew to the point where I knew I had to share it online with fellow aspiring musicians.

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