Asleep




"That was another one worked out on the upright I inherited when I moved into to the house in Bowdon, the same piano I wrote 'Oscillate Wildly' on. It had a pleasingly eerie quality about it. You could only play certain things on it. Weird, doomy music, which suited us fine."

- Johnny Marr




I have uploaded two Guitar Pro files with sheet music, as well as the guitar tabs for the versions by both marrzipan and markpaterson, whose videos are below, here.

Here is the piano sheet music from the "Louder Than Bombs:Off The Record" book:








Here are the scans from the Louder Than Bombs PVG book(thanks to MorrisseyScans for these tabs):








Despite this being a piano song, and one of the few Smiths songs with no guitar at all, there are a number of very cool guitar versions which have cropped up. One thing that I like is that they are all different, but they all sound really good.


marrzipan does a beautiful version on his Epiphone Broadway. He really captures the rhythm of the original version, and the tone is suitably piano-like. And the camera angle lets us see both hands really well.




markpaterson does an amazing instrumental interpretation in drop-D on an Epiphone Hummingbird. Sounds very haunting to me, some of the ringing open strings really contribute to the sad undercurrent. The tab for this version is contained in the above zip file. Thanks go to Mark for transcribing this!



He did a cleaner version on his Les Paul, with a close-up of the fingering.




markusbjoerk does another really nice version on a nylon stringed acoustic:




paperclippe has posted an attempt at the piano part:




scottmeta1 does a beautiful job on the complete piano part:

2 comments:

shoplifter said...

fanstastic. all versions wonderful, and especially impressed with the guitar versions. i'd bet johnny would be, as well.

Anonymous said...

I'm having some troubles with the zip file above. Could it be re-posted?