R.E.M. – Nightswimming (Chords)

REM – Nightswimming (Chords)

This one has been on the requests list for an age. I don’t know what took me so long. This is one of my favourite REM songs.


Intro: On the G each time:

d u d u – u – – –

Then just down on the next chord.

Everything else: On the Gs play:

d u d u – u d u

Then for the C – D and C – A7 play dudu for each chord.

On the next C strum dud and switch to the G for:

u – u d u

And ending with dudududu on the D.

Together the intro and verse sound like this:


Twiddly Bits

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Here’s my take on the piano riff. The first four bars are the intro. After that it’s the riff that repeats throughout the song. I’ve included a few fretting hand suggestions below the tab.


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  1. Cardboardfrog May 10th, 2017 12:17 pm

    Thanks for this woodshed, one of my favourite r.e.m pieces.
    Lovely arrangement too!

  2. Woodshed May 10th, 2017 6:30 pm

    Cardboardfrog: Thanks! Glad you like it.

  3. Chris H August 22nd, 2017 1:29 am

    Thank you so much for this tab! One of my favourite songs! Every year you come out with a few transcriptions that just blow me away, thank you for all your hard work.

  4. Woodshed August 26th, 2017 10:26 am

    Chris: Thanks very much! Glad you like it.

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