‘I’m Not Sleeping’

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Spend my nights in self defense crying about my innocence, but I ain’t all that innocent anymore …


From: “Michael A. Mazur”
Subject: TAB: Counting Crows, “I’m not Sleeping”

Tab: “I’m not Sleeping” Counting Crows

Transcribed by Michael A. Mazur (mmazur@wpi.edu)
Intro:
E5
|————————–|———————–|
|————————–|———————–|
|————————–|———————–| Guitar 1
|–9–9–9–9–9–9–9–9–|–9–9–9–9–9–9–9–|
|–7–7–7–7–7–7–7–7–|–7–7–7–7–7–7–7–|
|–0–0–0–0–0–0–0–0–|–0–0–0–0–0–0–0–|
| P.M. | |
|————————–|–4——————–|
|————————–|–6——————–|
|————————–|–4——————–| Guitar 2
|————————–|———————–|
|————————–|–Volume Swell———|
|————————–|———————–|
| | |
|————————–|–5–5–5–5–5–5–5–|
|————————–|———————–|
|————————–|———————–| String section
|————————–|———————–| arranged for
|————————–|———————–| guitar
|————————–|———————–|

A E5
|————————–|————————–|
|————————–|————————–|
|–2——–2——–2—–|————————–| Guitar 1
|–2——–2——–2—–|–9–9–9–9–9–9–9–9–|
|–0——–0——–0—–|–7–7–7–7–7–7–7–7–|
|————————–|–0–0–0–0–0–0–0–0–|
| | P.M. |
|————————–|————————–|
|————————–|————————–|
|——–2——–2—–2–|————————–| Guitar 2
|—–2——–2———–|–6b(7)r6b(7)r6b(7)r6—–|
|–4——–4——–4—–|————————–|
|————————–|————————–|

The guitars both repeat their parts, and the string section
adds these two measures over the E5 chord
|————————————————–|
|————————————————–|
|————————————————–|
|–6–7–6–7–6–7–6–7–6–7–6–7–6–7–6–7–|
|————————————————–|
|————————————————–|

|–4–5–4–5–4–5–4–5–4–5–4–5–7–|
|—————————————–|
|—————————————–|
|—————————————–|
|—————————————–|
|—————————————–|

The second time, guitar 2 plays this instead of the last measure,
and continues into the verse:
|—————————————————|——-|
|—————————————————|——-|
|—————————————————|——-|
|–6b(7)r6b(7)r6b(7)r6b(7)r6b(7)r6b(7)r6b(7)r6b(7)–|–2/4–|
|—————————————————|——-|
|—————————————————|——-|

Verse: (chords played by organ)
D A E
She comes to me at night when I’m sleeping
She comes to me when I’m alone
She comes to me She holds my head when I’m crying
She comes to me She shuts my eyes
She brings me home

Chorus:
Guitar 1 plays the same E5 A progression it did in the intro;
The string section plays the same thing it did in the intro;
Guitar 2 plays the same part it played in the intro, except that it
omits that first chord that swells up over the E5 chord, and it
replaces the last measure with:
|–4b(5)r4b(5)r4b(5)r4–|
|———————–|
|———————–|
|———————–|
|———————–|
|———————–|

E5 A E5
But I’m not sleeping anymore… anymore

Verse:
She tells me when you look at me She tells me when you’re lying
She tells me when you talk about me She lays me on the floor
She tells me when you’re whispering She lies beside me naked
She tells me when you laugh at me and she locks all the doors

* (w/ Fill 1, played by gtr. 2, first time only)
But I’m not sleeping anymore

Fill 1
|———|———-|
|–12~~~–|–12~~~\–|
|———|———-|
|———|———-|
|———|———-|
|———|———-|

Instead of the last measure of the repeat of the chorus, the song
moves into the bridge:

E5 E5maj7
|————————–|————————–|
|————————–|————————–|
|–9–9–9–9–9–9–9–9–|–8–8–8–8–8–8–8–8–| Both guitars
|–9–9–9–9–9–9–9–9–|–9–9–9–9–9–9–9–9–| play this
|————————–|————————–| 1 3/4 times
|————————–|————————–|

D5 A
|————————–|–0–0——|
|————————–|–2–2–5\–|
|–7–7–7–7–7–7–7–7–|–2–2–6\–|
|–7–7–7–7–7–7–7–7–|–2–2——|
|————————–|————|
|————————–|————|
The string section plays the high note of the first three chords,
and then plays a little G#-A trill over the A chord

E5 E5maj7
1-2-3-4-5-6-7 a.m.
All alone again
D A
But I’ve been through all this shit before
Spend my nights in self-defense
Cry about my innocence
But I ain’t all that innocent anymore

Interlude:
After the third measure of the repeat, the song changes to this:
The timing is chaotic, to say the least, so listen carefully for
exactly when these notes are sounded. Guitar 2 plays the part tabbed
out, and guitar 1 just plays the chords indicated.

The strings play an E5 chord, just a high E and B note for the
next 5 measures.

A5
|————————–|
|—–10~~~–11~~~–12~~~–|
|————————–| Guitar 2
|————————–|
|————————–|
|————————–|

(guitar 1 tacet)
|———–12~~~—————12~~~—————|
|–15b(17)———(17)r15————-(17)r15——|
|—————————16——————16–|
|—————————————————|
|—————————————————|
|—————————————————|

|–12~~~—————12~~~—————————-|
|———(17)r15————-(17)r15——(17)r15——|
|——————16——————16———–16–|
|——————————————————-|
|——————————————————-|
|——————————————————-|

guitar 1 plays D5add6 (xx770x)
|–12~~~—————12~~~—————12~~~—————|
|———(17)r15————-(17)r15————-(17)r15——|
|——————16——————16——————16–|
|————————————————————–|
|————————————————————–|
|————————————————————–|

Aadd9 (xx760x)
|–12~~~————————12~~~———–12———–|
|———(17)r15——15b(17)———(17)r15———(17)–|
|——————16—————————————-|
|————————————————————|
|————————————————————|
|————————————————————|

>From this point, until the end of the interlude, the string section
takes the notes from the D5add6 and Aadd9 chords and plays them
whenever guitar 1 isn’t.

D5add6
|—————–12—————–12–|
|——–10b(12)————10b(12)——|
|—–9———————————-|
|—————————————-|
|—————————————-|
|—————————————-|

Aadd9 D5add6
|—————-11—————-11–|—————–10~~~–|
|——–9b(11)————9b(11)——|———–9~~~———|
|—–9—————–9————–|—–9~~~—————|
|————————————–|————————|
|————————————–|————————|
|————————————–|————————|

Aadd9
|——————–9~~~–|
|————–8———–|
|–9~~~–8~~~–9~~~——–|
|————————–|
|————————–|
|————————–|

(guitar 1,strings tacet)
|——————————————–|
|——————————————–|
|–13b(14)—–13b(14)—–13b(14)–(14)r13–|
|——————————————–|
|——————————————–|
|——————————————–|

Verse:
I see her on the TV I see her in the movies
I see her in these animals that dance beside my bed
I’ll follow you down baby Down into this valley
I’ll follow you down baby But I won’t come up again

But I’m not sleeping anymore

Guitar 2 plays this after the second repeat of the chorus,
guitar 1 plays the chords:
E5 A5
|—–|—————–|———————————–|
|—–|—————–|———————————–|
|—–|—————–|———————————–|
|–6–|–7–7/9–9–11–|–11b(13)r11–11b(13)r11–(13)r11–|
|—–|—————–|———————————–|
|—–|—————–|———————————–|

E5 E5
|———–|————————————–|
|———–|–10/12–12–12–12–12–14–14b(15)–|
|–9~~~–9–|————————————–|
|———–|————————————–|
|———–|————————————–|
|———–|————————————–|

A5 E5
|——————————————-|——|——|
|–12–14–14b(15)r14–14b(15)r14–(15)r14–|–12–|–12–|
|——————————————-|——|——|
|——————————————-|——|——|
|——————————————-|——|——|
|——————————————-|——|——|

Both guitars repeat E5 E5 A5 E5 until end, with vocal adlib

She comes to me at night when I’m sleeping
She comes to me when I’m alone
She comes to me, she holds my head when I’m crying
She comes to me, she shuts my eyes
She brings me home

But I’m not sleeping anymore, anymore
But I’m not sleeping anymore, anymore

She tells me when you look at me,
She tells me when you’re lying
She tells me when you talk about me,
She lays me on the floor
She tells me when you’re whispering,
She lies beside me naked
She tells me when you laugh at me and she locks all the doors

But I’m not sleeping anymore, anymore
But I’m not sleeping anymore, anymore

1-2-3-4-5-6-7 a.m.
All alone again
But I’ve been through all this shit before
Spend my nights in self defense
Crying about my innocence
But I ain’t all that innocent anymore, more, more
I see her on the TV,
I see her in the movies
I see her in these animals that dance beside my bed
I’ll follow you down baby,
Sown into this valley
I’ll follow you down baby, but I won’t come up again
But I’m not sleeping anymore, anymore
No I’m not sleeping anymore, anymore
I’m not sleeping
I’m not sleeping anymore

I said rain rain go away
Come again some other day,
Cause I got all this shit to say
But I’ve gone back to find my way.
My sister’s mother’s favorite son
l Lost among the chosen one,
But I’ve got news for everyone
Cause I”m going out that door

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