Tom Waits – Whistlin’ Past the Graveyard (Chords/Tab)

Tom Waits – Whistlin’ Past the Graveyard (Chords)

A Halloween song and also – since he has a new album out – a long overdue Tom Waits song (unless you count his take on the Wire theme). The chords are exactly the same for the – possibly slightly better – Screamin’ Jay Hawkins version.

Plenty more Halloween tunes in this post.

Twiddly Bits

The verses are just this riff in Bm:

Which sounds like this:


It’s a pretty generic blues riff so feel free to steal it and use it in any key you like. For example, here it is in Cm:

And here it is in Fm:

Suggested Strumming

For the chorus you can just do:

d u d u d u d u

But make sure you give it plenty of swing.

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