Dimming of the Day

Simple lesson of the classic Richard Thompson song, since covered by many others including Alison Krauss, Bonnie Raitt and John Frusciante.

Richard Thompson plays this capoed to the 4th fret for his live version. For the original recorded version with Linda, and for many of the covers, you can play it open or capoed to the 1st fret. The Chord shapes in the video are as for the open positions. Tuning is Dropped D for the video, but again, you can just play in standard tuning.
Dimming of the Day by Richard Thompson
Tabbed by [email protected]    Dropped D, with Capo on 4

            G         G/B*    D     
E||------------------------------0-0h2----------------------------
B||---------3---------3------3---3-3--3---------------------------
G||-----------0-0-0--0-0-0----2--------2--------------------------
D||------------0--------0------0--------0-------------------------
A||-----------------0-2-------------------------------------------
D||---------5----5-----------0------------------------------------
This old house            ..my ears

      C                D
E||------------------------2-2p0----------------------------------
B||---1----------------3---3-3--3---------------------------------
G||----0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0--2--------2--------------------------------
D||-----2---2------------0----------------------------------------
A||---3---3---2-0-------------------------------------------------
D||---------------5-2-0---0---------------------------------------
I’m drowning..

            G         G/B*    D     
E||------------------------------0-0h2----------------------------
B||---------3---------3------3---3-3--3---------------------------
G||-----------0-0-0--0-0-0----2--------2--------------------------
D||------------0--------0------0--------0-------------------------
A||-----------------0-2-------------------------------------------
D||---------5----5-----------0------------------------------------
      When all my..

      C       G/B  D    G    C   D   G 
E||-----------------------3-----0h2--3---3-------------------------
B||---1-------0----3----0----1h3------0-----------------------------
G||----0-0-0-0-0-0--2-0--0-0-----------0-------------------------
D||-----2---2---0----0----------------------------------------------
A||---3---3---2----0---------3--------------------------------------
D||---------------------5-------0----5--5--------------------------
I need you..

p = pull-off
h = hammer on
Chords are for open position. 
*I have called the second chord Bdim in the video but it could also be G/B depending on which strings you play! 
Transpose up to get actual chords in key for the Capoed 4th position. He plays a lot of other variations on the D with hammer-ons and pull-offs, so just play around and you can do different versions for each verse. 

Chorus is just picked chords (pattern whatever you like)

    D                                  Asus2 A9
You pull me like the moon pulls on the tide
    D                                 A     C
You know just where I keep my better side…

Tags: chords, richard thompson, linda thompson, bonnie raitt, alison krauss

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    @init2winit I have now put up tab.
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    Great lesson, thanks very much.
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    you did a pretty good job on this! Its gonna take a while for me to get it down because you didn't put up a tablature, but with how you edited the video im sure that it wont be a problem. Thanks for posting a lesson for such a beautiful piece!

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Author: MalcolmPaine
Category: Folk
Instrument: Guitar
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