Ukulele post: Tighter & Tighter

The first time I saw a Soundgarden video, I wasn’t supposed to see it.

It was the late ’90s & we still had a wooden box-style ’80s era TV that took up huge chunk of the living room in the drab-brown double-wide trailer I grew up in.

My parents went to bed early, so after 8 p.m. the living room was abandoned & the door to their bedroom was shut to keep our Miniature Schnauzer Doogie in & out of mischief. They had a TV in their room & slept with it on, allowing us to get away with a good amount of noise elsewhere in the house.

Later in the evening, my brother & I would sneak out of our rooms & meet in front of the TV in hopes of catching a rerun of Beavis & Butt-Head without dad’s head exploding. It was during one of those evenings when I first heard Soundgarden, drifting through the shrieking & cackling of the dumbass duo — “A black hole is like this giant bunghole in outer space…”

At that point, the band had already broken up, but the band’s last album, “Down on the Upside,” quickly became a favorite & my Winamp playlists were heavy with songs like “Rhinosaur,” “Blow Up the Outside World,” & “Zero Chance.”

So, when I was feeling a little shitty & found a tab for “Tighter & Tighter” I went for it.

I ended up switching up the original tab, adding some stuff in & changing a few things structurally to suit ukulele playthrough.

Here’s what I ended up with:

 Am
Shadow face
 C                                        Em
Blowing smoke and talking wind
Am
Lost my grip
C                            Em
Fell too far to start again (start again)
Am
A sudden snake
C                                               Em
Found my shape and tells the world
Am
Remember this
C                                     Em
Remember everything is just black
                  C  F
Or burning sun

                           Em    G
And I hope it’s a sweet ride

 Am                 
Sleep tight for me
 F                     C Em
Sleep tight for me I’m gone
 Am                 
Sleep tight for me
 F                     C Em
Sleep tight for me I’m gone

Am
Warm and sweet
  C                                     Em
Swinging from a window’s ledge
Am
Tight and deep
   C                           Em
One last sin before I’m dead (before I’m dead)
 Am
A sucking holy wind
   C                                     Em
Will take me from this bed tonight
Am
And bloody wits
   C                             Em G
Another hits me and I have to say goodbye

 Am                 
Sleep tight for me
 F                     C Em
Sleep tight for me I’m gone
 Am                 
Sleep tight for me
 F                     C Em
Sleep tight for me I’m gone
   Am  G
And I hope it’s a sweet ride
Am     D
Here for me tonight
F
Cause I feel I’m going
D       Am
Feel I’m slowing down

Notes & chords

This version of the song is in the key of Am. Here are the chords for concert ukulele.

Am (i)

A|-0-|A
E|-0-|E
C|-0-|C
G|-2-|A

C (III)

A|-3-|C
E|-0-|E
C|-0-|C
G|-0-|G

Em (v)

A|-2-|B
E|-3-|G
C|-4-|E
G|-0-|G

F (VI)

A|-0-|A
E|-1-|F
C|-0-|C
G|-2-|A

G (VII)

A|-2-|B
E|-3-|G
C|-2-|D
G|-0-|G

D

A|-0-|A
E|-2-|F#
C|-2-|D
G|-2-|A

For an interactive look at the chords, I always recommend ukebuddy.com.

The original, un-messed with version of the notation. is still available on Ultimate-Guitar.

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