Acoustic Guitar Master Jon Gomm Does Radiohead: “High and Dry”
Guitar Tab finally available for this song at jongomm.com Every technique is explained. It’s a complete walkthrough guide to the song.
I’ve been playing this song for the best part of two decades. For my very oldest fans and friends, this is the one they think of when they think of me, even though it’s a cover. I love the song deeply. I’ve always been convinced it’s about Gene Kelly’s character in the movie “Viva Kneivel!”, an alcoholic ex-stunt motorcyclist.
Performance wise, this arrangement channels Michael Hedges maybe more than anything else I’ve ever come up with. Not just the guitar techniques, but the vocal, even the bare feet.
I’ve played it better than this, but I’ve played it worse. It’s kinda slow: I was a bit bipolar, so I’m dragging it back, fighting myself, and I probably over-compensated. Maybe that makes it me.