Wintersleep – Weighty Ghost (Guitar Chords)

Playing Notes

I worked this one out with a capo on the second fret, but the non-capo’d version sounds much more like the record. See the comments for more discussion.

The rhythm is a bit tricky on this one - you have to play the G before finishing every line. You can use these patterns to count along:

Verse:
1   &   2   &   3   &   4   &
G
1   &   2   &   3   &   4   &
C                       G

Chorus:
1   &   2   &   3   &   4   &
G               C/G     G
1   &   2   &   3   &   4   &
C                       G


Capo II

C: x32013
G: 320003
G/C: 3x2013

***OR***

Use these chords without a capo (*Thank you Concentric for the comment). It sounds much
like the record with these:

e 0   0   0   0
B 5   5   7   5
G 6   7   7   6
D 7   7   0   0
A 0   0   0   0
E 0   0   0   0
  C   C/G C   G*

Intro (play chorus pattern):
G G/C G
C

Verse:
G
I got out of bed today,
C
Swear to God I couldn't see my face
G
I got out of bed today
C
staring at a ghost

Verse:
G
Who forgot to float away,
C
didn't have all that much to say
G
Wouldn't even tell me his own name
C
And where'd my body go?

Chorus:
G                   G/C  G
Where oh where'd my body go?
C
Africa or Mexico?
G             G/C  G
Oh where'd my body go?
C
And where did my body go?

Chorus:
G                 G/C     G
Woah oh, have you seen my ghost?
C
Seen my ghost, seen my ghost?
G                 G/C     G
Woah oh, have you seen my ghost?
C
Staring at the ground?

Chorus:
G                 G/C     G
Woah oh, have you seen my ghost?
C
See my ghost, see my ghost
G                 G/C     G
Woah oh, have you seen my ghost?
C
Sick of those goddamn clouds

Bridge (play chorus pattern):
G G/C G
C

Verse:
G
Are you some kind of medicine man?
C
Cut the demons out of my head
G
You can't kill something that's already dead
C
So leave my soul alone

Verse:
G
I don't need no surgery
C
Take those knives away from me
G
Just wanna die in my own body
C
A ghost just needs a home

Chorus:
G                 G/C     G
Woah oh, have you seen my ghost?
C
See my ghost, see my ghost
G                 G/C     G
Woah oh, have you seen my ghost?
C
Staring at the ground?

Chorus:
G                 G/C     G
Woah oh, have you seen my ghost?
C
See my ghost, see my ghost
G                 G/C     G
Woah oh, have you seen my ghost?
C
Sick of those goddamn clouds

Repeat chorus with “nah nah”s, speed up, then fade

5 Replies to “Wintersleep – Weighty Ghost (Guitar Chords)”

  1. hey, thanks for the good tab.. best ive found,

    however, Im pretty sure the song is in A. The comment from concentric is correct, but those chords are not as he lists them.

    Its A, then D, with the variations of course. His chords are A and D, just without the root notes on the bass strings. If you watch Wintersleep play it, you can see his hands on the 5th fret, without capo. So I think he’s playing what concentric has suggested, just in the full barre chord. What do you think?

    Try just playing A major, then extend the pinky finger to the 3rd fret on B string for the first variation. Then drop the first finger off the D string for the part where you have ‘C’, double time the strum and bring it back to A major. See what you think…

    in any case, im certain its in A.

  2. Hey Ian,

    Thanks for the kind words! You’re very right about it being in A. You’ll notice that while I’ve tabbed it in G, it’s capo’d at the 2nd fret so it’s tonality is still A. I usually sing in A, so it’s just become second nature for me to capo at the 2nd with so many songs written in G.

    I saw them playing it live once, and the singer was actually doing the rhythm with a capo on the 5th fret, and using E and A open chords for it. Just goes to show that there’s usually a dozen ways to play the same thing, eh?
    Best,
    Matthew

  3. thanks for posting this, I heard this song on the radio the other day and have been listening to it ever since. great website.

    cheers,
    Billy
    Vancouver, BC

  4. Hey Ian–I tried writing out the strumming pattern near the top of the tab. Just take it really slow and you’ll start to get it eventually. It’s definitely a tricky pattern, but a lot of fun to play once you’ve got it down. Keep your wrist loose and good luck!

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