Tune your high E string down to D one more time!! This is the last of the trio of early R.E.M. songs usually played together because of Peter Buck’s alternate tuning: Gardening at Night and 9-9 are the other two. There is another alternate tuning song, Life and How to Live It, but other strings are tuned down as well for an open G. More about that in a later post.
Passaic and Meredith College are (as typical) our best video sources:
Just after 1:09:22 in the Meridith College video, you can see a hand position for the “bridge” part Peter Buck is playing. This has been the most difficult part of the song to figure out, and has had me stumped for several months. What I think I see is Peter Buck having to slide his hand back up to play the verse again as he runs/jumps by Michael Stipe. The video is obviously not HD, and he is moving fast, so it is a guess. I need something more concrete but haven’t been able to find it.
This is what I think it is (play and repeat–I think 8 times):
Pretty simple song, really!
Fleshtones in Paris in 1985 with Peter Buck on guitar playing Windout: