Sand In My Shoes

I love this song. Who doesn’t relate to the nostalgia immediately following a holiday?

I’ve been meaning to work out how to play the bass line for a while, since there are no tabs out there. Here’s my best effort. Love playing it! ~:)

Dido - Sand In My Shoes
Life for Rent - 2003
Track #8/11


Bass tab by  2012-11-17
(note: based on the album version, the music video varies the song structure)


Intro (pp)
   E                                   B                 Gb
G|-9~--------------|-~---------------|-----------------|-----------------|
D|-----------------|-----------------|-9~--------------|-----------------|
A|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-9~--------------| x4
E|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &  

  (p) 0:30
   E                 B                 E                 B
G|-9---9---9---9---|-----------------|-9---9---9---9---|-----------------|
D|-----------------|-9---9---9---9---|-----------------|-9---9---9---9---| x2
A|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
E|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &  


First verse
  ‘Two weeks away feels like the whole world should have changed’
   E                 B                 E                 B
G|-9---9---9---9---|-----------------|-9---9---9---9---|-----------------|
D|-----------------|-9---9---9---9---|-----------------|-9---9---9---9---| x2
A|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
E|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &  

  ‘on the road, where the cars never stop going through the night’
   E                 B                 Db                Ab      Gb
G|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
D|-2---2---2---2---|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
A|-----------------|-2---2---2---2---|-4---4---4---4---|-----------------|
E|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-4---4---2---2---|
   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &  


Chorus
  ‘I've still got sand in my shoes and I can't shake the thought of you’
   Db        GbAbB   Db          AbDb  B         GbAb    Gb      Ab  B
G|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
D|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
A|-4~--------2---2-|-4~------------4-|-2~--------2-----|-------------2---| x3
E|-------------4---|-------------4---|-------------4---|-2---2---4-4-----|
   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &  

‘and I~~~~~~~         wanna see you  a-gain~~’
   E                 B                 Gb
G|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
D|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
A|-----------------|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-|-----------------|-----------------|
E|-----------------|-----------------|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-|
   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &  


Second verse
  ‘Tomorrow's back to work and down to sanity’
   E                                   B
G|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
D|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-|-----------------|-----------------|
A|-----------------|-----------------|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-| x3
E|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &  

   Db                                  Ab                Gb
G|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
D|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
A|-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-|-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-|-----------------|-----------------|
E|-----------------|-----------------|-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-|
   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &  


Chorus (once, then repeat last 4 bars)
‘and I~~~~~~~         wanna see you  a-gain~~’
   E                 B                 Gb
G|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
D|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
A|-----------------|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-|-----------------|-----------------|
E|-----------------|-----------------|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-|
   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &  


Bridge
   Db        GbAbB   Db        GbAbB   Db        GbAbB   Db    GbAbB   E
G|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
D|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|---------------2-|
A|-4-4-4-4-4-----2-|-4-4-4-4-4-----2-|-4-4-4-4-4-----2-|-4-4-4-----2-4---| x3
E|-----------2h44--|-----------2h44--|-----------2h44--|-------2h44------|
   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &  

   Db        GbAbB             GbAbB             GbAbB   Db
G|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
D|---------------2-|---------------2-|---------------2-|-----------------|
A|-4-4-4-4-4-------|-4-4-4-4-4-------|-4-4-4-4-4-------|-4~--------------|
E|-----------2h44--|-----------2h44--|-----------2h44--|-----------------|
   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &  


Chorus x2

‘and I~~~~~~~         wanna see you  a-gain~~’
   E                 B                 Gb                          E GbB
G|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
D|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-|-----------------|-----------------|---------------9-|
A|-----------------|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-|-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-|-9-9-9-9-9-7-9---|
E|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &  

   E                 B                 Gb
G|-9~--------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
D|-----------------|-9~--------------|-----------------|-----------------|
A|-----------------|-----------------|-9~--------------|-~---------------|
E|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &  



(p)  - piano (play quietly)
(pp) - pianissimo (play very quietly)
h    - hit
~    - let it ring
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Ben Boyle

Web developer, Dad, gamer, mentor, animator, universal design advocate, fan of gadgets and sunshine!

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