Tom and Sarah


He was everything you didn’t deserve
But you’ve had him back again, at least that’s what I’ve heard
Do you not remember crying in the corridor?
I felt your tears though my t-shirt they were soft and warm

That was the first time that you told me things were gonna change
But not the last, I guess it fast becomes a different game
A game of hide and seek where no one’s looking to pursue
I guess I always though I could have been the one to find you.

You were everything he didn’t deserve
But he wore you down again, at least that’s what I heard
Well I remember the way he used to talk to you
I bit my tongue, I was so young I didn’t know what to do.

Do we accept now that things are never gonna change?
It must be love, I know because it’s such a crying shame.
So watch your Tom progress and be there every time he falls
Just don’t expect to feel respect or any love at all.
Guitar tabs:

Main Riff
D-------------------------------
A-------0-----------------------
G------------------2/s/4-0------
D--2/s/4--4/s/2------------0----
A---------------0---------------
D--0----------------------------
Every now and then throw in one of these:
D-------------------------------
A-------0-----------------------
G------------------0------------
D--2/s/4--4/s/2------0----------
A---------------0------2--------
D--0----------------------------

Interlude / Outro
D-----------------0----
A-----------------0----
G--2/s/4-2--------2----
D----------2/s/4--4----   x2
A----------------------
D----------------------

D---------------0----
A---------------0----
G---------------0----
D-2/s/4-2-------4----   x2
A---------2/s/5-5----
D--------------------

5 responses to “Tom and Sarah

  1. this is such an amazing song. learning it RIGHT now. thanks for writing it dave!

  2. hey dave have you tuned your string differently to a standart tuning of a guitar? because the string names on the tabs go:
    D
    A
    G
    D
    A
    D
    where as on standert tabs the string names are:
    E
    A
    D
    G
    B
    E
    is there any reason for this difference ??

    • Yeah the song is playing in the tuning DADGAD as is written. Standard tuning is great but there are many other ways you can tune the guitar to give it a different sound and do things that standard tuning doesn’t allow for. I wrote this in DADGAD simply because I thought it fitted the song.

      • okay thanks.
        sorry for the late reply. I just really liked this song and so tried to learn it. but when i followed your tabs it just didn’t sound right until i noticed to string tunings. i personally have never played my guitar in any other tunings than the standard for the 1½ years i have played and therefore i do not have any idea how it works. i get that you tune the strings differently, but wont that also make open chord shapes change? … by the way the song “Alaska” is by far one of my favorite songs taht you have written. even though it is really easy to play and a very simple song, it has something that i really like about it which i can’t define. the video you made to accompany it, fits extreamly well to the song. i like the song so much i felt like reading the book, would you recomend it? (stupid question i know, as you must like it if you wrote a song about it, but still would like to hear your view on it before i buy it, if that is okay with you)

        -thomas

      • That’s right – you can’t use the same finger positions as you would in standard tuning, but there are a whole host of new positions you can use instead! I find it’s good for writing because you aren’t confined to what you’ve been taught, you don’t learn chords you discover them!

        And yes, I thought the book was very good and I would recommend it. It’s definitely my favourite of the three of John’s that I’ve read.

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