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Livin On A Prayer Acoustic Tab

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Artist    : Bon Jovi
song      : Livin' on a  prayer acoustic version (as performed for the WTC tribute)
tabbed by : Christian Strowitzki
tuning    : 1/2 step down


*      = harmonic
~      = vibrato
x      = don't play the string
...    = play note MANY times
(word) = this is what richie plays, (exmpl. (riff1))


Chords used:

      Em     Em2    Csus4  Dsus4  C      D      G      Cadd9
------0------7------3------5------0------3------3------3------|
------0------8------3------5------1------2------3------3------|
------0------9------5------7------0------3------0------0------|
------2------9------5------7------2------0------0------x------|
------2------7------3------5------3------x------x------3------|
------0------x------x------x------x------x------3------x------|

play the Em2 chord like this
----------------------------|
----8--8-7--7-7-8--8-8-7----|
----9--9-7--7-7-9--9-9-7----|
----9--9-7--7-7-9--9-9-7----|
----7--7-7--7-7-7--7-7-7----|
----------------------------|

Em2 (intro)

Em2
Tommy used to work on the docks

Em2
The union's strike

                            Csus4  Dsus4    Em2 (riff 1)
He's down on his look  It's tough,       so tough

Em2
Gina works the dinner all day

Em2
Workin'for her man, she brings home her pay

Csus4     Dsus4     Em2 (riff 1)
For love        for love...


                        C    D               Em
She says   We've got to hold on to what we've got
     C               D                          Em
It doesn't make a difference if we'll make it or not
     C         D                   Em
We've got each other, and that's a lot
    C           D
For love  We'll give it a shot


Em    C         D
Ohh   ohh we're half way there

G    Cadd9  D
Ohh ohh     livin'on a prayer

Em       C           D
Take  my hand, we'll make it I swear

G   Cadd9   D
Ohh ohh     livin'on a prayer

Em2 (riff 2)

Em2
Tommy feels his six string hock

Em2
He's on his knees with what used

Em2                   Csus4 (riff 3) Dsus4     Em2
to make it look   so tough                  so tough

Em2
Gina dreams of running away

Em2
When she cries in the night

Em2                        Csus4 Dsus4   Em2 (riff 1)
Tommy whispers   Baby it's okay          someday


                     C    D                Em
He said we've got to hold on to what we've got
   C              D                              Em
It doesn't make a difference if we'll make it or not
      C        D                   Em
We've got each other, and that's a lot
      C            D
For love ... We'll give it a shot


Em     C        D
Ohh   ohh we're half way there

G    Cadd9   D
Ohh  ohh     livin'on a prayer

Em       C            D
Take  my hand   we'll make it I swear

G   Cadd9                  D
Ohh         livin'on prayer

C

We're living on a prayer....


Em2 - Csus4 - Dsus4 - Em2 - Em2 - C - D - Em2 (solo)

            C    D           Em
We've gotta hold on ready or not
    C
You live fot the fight,
          D
when it's all that you've got


                 Em C       D
Would i straight walk we're half way there yeah

G   Cadd9       D
Ohh ohh   we're living on a prayer

Em       C            D
Take  my hand , we'll make it I swear

G   Cadd9       D
Ohh ohh   we're living on a prayer

I say

Em     C  D
Ohhh   ohhh We're half way,

G    Cadd9 D
ohh        livin on a prayer

Em       C            D
take  my hand , we'll make it a swear

G   Cadd9  D
ohh        livin on a prayer


Em C     D
G  Cadd9 D
Em C     D
(end)

intro
----------------------------------------------------|
----------------------------------------------------|
----------------------------------------------------|
--------------5-7-7/9/7-5-7-7--5h7p5----------------|
----------5-7------------------------5-7-(7)-(7)----|
----5h7p5-------------------------------------------|

----12*---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
----12*--15b17--------------------------------------------------------------------|
-----------------14-12-14-14h16p14-12-14-14h16p14-12-14----12h14p12---------------|
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
-----------------------------------------------------------------------5h7p5p0----|
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|


riff 1
----------------------------------|
----------------------------------|
----------------------------------|
--------0--0h2p0------------------|
----0-2----------2--0h2p0---------|
--------------------------3--0----|


riff 2
-------------------------------------------------|
----7-8-7h8p7------------------------------------|
--------------9---7------------------------------|
----------------9--------0h2p0h2p0h2p0h2p0...----|
-------------------------------------------------|
--------------------0----------------------------|


riff 3
--------------------------------------12...-14...-15...-----------------------------------|
---------------------------------------------------------15b17-17-12----------------------|
---------------------------------------------------------------------14-14b16-14-12-------|
------------5-7--7/9/7-5-7-7/9/7-5h7------------------------------------------------14----|
--------5-7-------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
----5-7-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|

-----------------|
----------7h8----|
----7h9p7--------|
-----------------|
-----------------|
-----------------|


solo
-----------------------------------------------------12----------------------------|
-----------------------------------------------------12--12-15b17--17p15-----------|
------------------------------------------------------x------------------16p14~----|
----0h2p0h2p0h2p0h2...--------------5-7-7/9/7-5-7~---------------------------------|
--------------------------------5-7------------------------------------------------|
-----------------------(0)--5-7----------------------------------------------------|

--------------------------------------------------12...-14...-15...--15b----|
----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
----12-14-14/16-12-14-12-14-14/16~--12--------------------------------------|
---------------------------------------14-12h14~----------------------------|
----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
----------------------------------------------------------------------------|

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
----15-17-15-17-15b17----17-15--------------------------------------------------|
-------------------------------16-14b16r14-12----12-12h14p12-------12-14-12~----|
----------------------------------------------14-------------12-14--------------|
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------|

-----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
-------------------------------------------------8-8/10--8p7-7/8-------------|
-----------------------------------------------9-------------------7-7h9~----|
------------5-7-7/9-5-7-7/9-5h7~------5-7-7/9--------------------------------|
--------5-7-----------------------5-7----------------------------------------|
----5-7----------------------------------------------------------------------|


end
----3-3-3-3--3-0--0---------|
----3-3-3-3--3-0---0--------|
----0-0-0-0--0-0----0-------|
----0-0-0-x--x-x-----2------|
----x-x-x-3--3-3------2-----|
----3-3-3--------------0----|
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curlycj505 wrote on July 19 2006, 11:26 pm

wow i love this version of this song, it sounds so much more meaningfull. great job

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richardsmith199 wrote on June 27 2007, 07:12 am

not sure bout the solo tho

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electricnightma wrote on December 21 2007, 04:58 pm

Love this tab, my band are going to cover it, its a really nice version of such a great song really powerful too.

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