High and Dry chords by Radiohead


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High and Dry | Chords + Lyrics


Intro

| N.C | N.C E/G# |
||: E/G# F#7sus4 E/G# |
| Asus2 | E5 | E5 E/G# :||

Verse 1

| F#m11 | Asus2 | E | E |
Two jumps in a week, I bet you think that’s pretty clever, don’t you, boy?
| F#m11 | Asus2 | E (Esus4) | E (Esus4) |
Flying on your motorcycle, watching all the ground beneath you drop.
| F#m11 | Asus2 | E | E |
You’d kill yourself for recognition. Kill yourself to never, ever stop.
| F#m11 | Asus2 | E (Esus4) | E |
You broke another mirror, you’re turning into something you are not.

Chorus 1

| F#m11 | Asus2 | E | E |
Don’t leave me high. Don’t leave me dry.
| F#m11 | Asus2 (hold) | E | E E/G# |
Don’t leave me high. Don’t leave me dry.

Instrumental 1

| E/G# F#7sus4 E/G# |
| Asus2 | E5 | E5 |

Verse 2

| F#m11 | Asus2 | E | E |
Drying up in conversation, you will be the one who cannot talk.
| F#m11 | Asus2 | E | E |
All your insides fall to pieces, you just sit there wishing you could still make love.
| F#m11 | Asus2 | E | E |
They’re the ones who’ll hate you when you think you’ve got the world all sussed out.
| F#m11 | Asus2 | E | E |
They’re the ones who’ll spit at you, you will be the one screaming out.

Chorus 2

| F#m11 | Asus2 | E | E |
Don’t leave me high. Don’t leave me dry.
| F#m11 | Asus2 | E | E |
Don’t leave me high. Don’t leave me dry.

Solo

||: F#m11 | Asus2 | E | E :||

Verse 3 (breakdown)

| F#m11 | Asus2 | E | E |
Oh, it’s the best thing that you’ve ever had, the best thing that you’ve ever, ever had.
| F#m11 | Asus2 | E | E |
It’s the best thing that you’ve ever had, the best thing you have had is gone away.

Outro

| F#m11 | Asus2 | E | E |
So don’t leave me high. Don’t leave me dry.
| F#m11 | Asus2 | E | E |
Don’t leave me high. Don’t leave me dry.
| F#m11 | Asus2 | E | E |
Don’t leave me high.
| F#m11 | Asus2 (hold) | E | E |
Don’t leave me high. Don’t leave me dry.



High and Dry Chords: Learn the progressions


High and Dry Analysis + TAB

Just like Radiohead’s first hit, Creep, High and Dry uses just a few chords on a loop, changing the extensions to vary the arrangement.

What’s more, there are two guitars overlapping, creating that iconic intro part.

Members get TAB for both parts should you have a friend at hand to play High And Dry with. On your own, you should probably choose the lower of the two parts.

I guess if you’re using a loop pedal, you could record the second part, and play the first as part of your performance.

The chords for the intro are, using Roman Numerals; I/3 – II – I/3 – IV – I – I/3. Most of the I chords have its 3rd in the bass. Notice how the tension is released only when we’re in bar 3.

||: E/G# (I/3) F#7sus4 (II) E/G# |
| Asus2 (IV) | E5 (I) | E5 E/G# :||

For the verse and chorus, members get TAB which works really well on just one guitar. Now the Roman Numerals are II – IV – I, so very similar, just without that I/3 chord and with different extensions, like this:

||: F#m11 (II) | Asus2 (IV) | E (I) | E :||

To get High And Dry’s chords to sound right, you need the TAB as exactly how these chords are played can only be described in that way.

Members start this journey by learning both the original intro and a modified part before they move on and learn the verse and chorus. As a preview, here’s that intro TAB.

High and Dry chord and TAB, intro.

Here’s a link to the complete lesson: High And Dry – Guitar Lesson with TAB.



High and Dry could have been on the same album as Creep!

From the album The Bends (1995), we find one of Radiohead’s most radio-friendly tunes. It was actually recorded already during the Pablo Honey (1993) sessions (where we find Creep) but held back for their second album.

Clearly, two of the band’s most radio-friendly tunes, and in my opinion, the reason for their success.

Radiohead may be known for not caring about hits (which is ironic considering the name of the band!) but without these two tunes, who would know about them?

As an aspiring guitar player, you should study what Radiohead did in great depth on both of these hits.


High and Dry Chords | Related Pages


Intermediate Acoustic

There are many more Intermediate Acoustic Songs with chords similar to High and Dry.

Most intermediate acoustic tunes can’t be played using just basic open-position chords. We have to move up the fretboard and play CAGED barre chords as well.

We incorporate bass lines, add licks, extend chords, and play vocal melodies. Most importantly, we’ll invent second guitar parts and play these songs together.


Five similar tunes with chords and lyrics

When you can play High and Dry's chords, try these five tunes from the songbook.


Radiohead tunes

Radiohead wrote High and Dry.

Formed in the mid-80s as the members met in a boarding school, Radiohead went on to become the most credible band from the U.K. in the 90s.

Their best tunes include Creep, Fake Plastic Trees, High and Dry, No Surprises, Karma Police, Paranoid Android, and Everything In Its Right Place.


Radiohead on the web

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Pop & Rock

When you can play High and Dry, check out these Pop & Rock tunes as well.

Whenever a tune doesn’t fit into a specific genre, it tends to end up here, in the Pop & Rock section.

Learn tunes from Tom Petty, Eagles, Toto, Oasis, Elvis, Clapton, John Mayer, Kings Of Leon, R.E.M., Radiohead, Bruno Mars, and more.


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