Guitar Tab:Whistling In The Dark

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Whistling In The Dark
By: They Might Be Giants
Key: A major, played live in C major
Year: 1990
Tabbed By: Zondry (Live version only)
NOTE: The album version of this song is in A, but they perform it live in C, so capo up 3 frets to play in the live key. Or see live version tab below.

  A                       Em
A woman came up to me and said
     A                        Em
"I'd like to poison your mind
     A                          Em
With wrong ideas that appeal to you
       A                Em
Though I am not unkind"
    A                          Em
She looked at me, I looked at something
 A                       Em 
Written across her scalp
    A                                   Em
And these are the words that it faintly said
     A                      A7
As I tried to call for help:

        D                     Em             A
There's only one thing that I know how to do well
         Bm                       G
And I've often been told that you only can do
          A              D
What you know how to do well
              G      A
And that's be you,
               G     A
Be what you're like,
            G      E7
Be like yourself,
           A                  Bb/A
And so I'm having a wonderful time
                   C                    Dm
But I'd rather be whistling in the dark
  Bb                  C
Whistling in the dark
 C                   Dm
Whistling in the dark
 Bb                  C
Whistling in the dark
 C                  Dm
Whistling in the dark
 Bb                  C
Whistling in the dark
         C                        Dm
There's only one thing that I like
            Bb                   C
And that is whistling in the dark
 
 D  Em C  D
ah ah ah ah
 D  Em C  D
ah ah ah ah

  A                      Em
A man came up to me and said
     A                       Em
"I'd like to change your mind
   A                           Em
By hitting it with a rock," he said,
        A                 Em
"Though I am not unkind."
   A                          Em
We laughed at his little joke
           A                   Em
And then I happily walked away
    A                              Em
And hit my head on the wall of the jail
          A                     A7
Where the two of us live today.

        D                     Em             A
There's only one thing that I know how to do well
          Bm                      G
And I've often been told that you only can do
          A              D
What you know how to do well
              G      A
And that's be you,
               G     A
Be what you're like,
             G      E7
Be like yourself,
             A                Bb/A
And so I'm having a wonderful time
                   C                   Dm
But I'd rather be whistling in the dark
  Bb                C
Whistling in the dark
 C                  Dm
Whistling in the dark
 Bb                 C
Whistling in the dark
 C                  Dm
Whistling in the dark
 Bb                  C
Whistling in the dark
         C                       Dm
There's only one thing that I like
            Bb                 C
And that is whistling in the dark

         D                    Em             A
There's only one thing that I know how to do well
          Bm                       G
And I've often been told that you only can do
          A              D
What you know how to do well
              G      A
And that's be you,
               G      A
Be what you're like,
             G      E7
Be like yourself,
             A                Bb/A
And so I'm having a wonderful time
                   C                  Dm
But I'd rather be whistling in the dark
  Bb                  C
Whistling in the dark
 C                   Dm
Whistling in the dark
 Bb                  C
Whistling in the dark
 C                   Dm
Whistling in the dark
 Bb                 C
Whistling in the dark
  C                 Dm
Whistling, whistling
   Bb               C
Whistling in the dark

 D  Em C  D
ah ah ah ah
 D  Em C  D
ah ah ah ah

repeat this chord progression until the end

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NOTE: Here's the tab for the live version, played in C Major (tabbed by Zondry), better if the chords are played on accordion: 

  C                       Gm
A woman came up to me and said
     C                        Gm
"I'd like to poison your mind
     C                          Gm
With wrong ideas that appeal to you
       C                Gm
Though I am not unkind"
    C                          Gm
She looked at me, I looked at something
 C                       Gm 
Written across her scalp
    C                                   Gm
And these are the words that it faintly said
     C                      C7
As I tried to call for help:

Chorus:
        F                     Gm             C
There's only one thing that I know how to do well
         Dm                       Bb
And I've often been told that you only can do
          C              F
What you know how to do well
              Bb      C
And that's be you,
               Bb     C
Be what you're like,
            Bb      G7
Be like yourself,
           C                  C#/C
And so I'm having a wonderful time
                   Eb                    Fm
But I'd rather be whistling in the dark
  C#                  Eb
Whistling in the dark
 Eb                   Fm
Whistling in the dark
 C#                  Eb
Whistling in the dark
 Eb                  Fm
Whistling in the dark
 C#                  Eb
Whistling in the dark
         Eb                        Fm
There's only one thing that I like
            C#               Eb
And that is whistling in the dark
 
F  Gm Eb  F
ah ah ah ah
F  Gm Eb  F
ah ah ah ah

(repeat verse riff)
A man came up to me and said
"I'd like to change your mind
By hitting it with a rock," he said,
"Though I am not unkind."
We laughed at his little joke
And then I happily walked away
And hit my head on the wall of the jail
Where the two of us live today.

(Repeat chorus riff 2x):
There's only one thing that I know how to do well
And I've often been told that you only can do
What you know how to do well
And that's be you,
Be what you're like,
Be like yourself,
And so I'm having a wonderful time
But I'd rather be whistling in the dark
Whistling in the dark
Whistling in the dark
Whistling in the dark
Whistling in the dark
Whistling in the dark
There's only one thing that I like
And that is whistling in the dark

 Eb        Fm         C#               Eb
Whistling  whistling  Whistling in the dark

F  Gm Eb  F (Repeat chords 8x)