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         Title : Skull Beneath The Skin
        Artist : Megadeth
         Album : Killing Is My Business...And Business Is Good!
Transcribed by : Skywalker  -  skywalker@infoguitar.com


Legend
------

 h  = hammer-on
 p  = pull-off
 b  = bend
 r  = bend release
 /  = slide up/down
<5> = natural harmonic
[5] = artifical harmonic
 ~  = vibrato
 tr = trill



   INTRO: GUITAR 1 (Detuned 1/4 step from normal)

Eb---------2-5p2----------3-6p3----------4-7p4----------5-8p5----|-
Bb-------4-------4------5-------5------6-------6------7-------7--|-
Gb--4/5------------5/6------------6/7------------7/8-------------|-
Db---------------------------------------------------------------|-
Ab---------------------------------------------------------------|-
Eb---------------------------------------------------------------|-
    * Hold form w/ 1st trhee fingers & slide to each new position using fingers 1 & 4 for the pull off.

Eb---------6-9p6-----------7-10p7-------------8-11p8--------------9-
Bb-------8-------8-------9--------9--------10--------10--------11---
Gb--8/9------------9/10-------------10/11---------------11/12-------
Db------------------------------------------------------------------
Ab------------------------------------------------------------------
Eb------------------------------------------------------------------


Eb|-12p9----|------------10-13p10--------------11-14p11--------------
Bb|------11-|---------12----------12--------13----------13--------14-
Gb|---------|--12/13-----------------13/14-----------------14/15-----
Db|---------|--------------------------------------------------------
Ab|---------|--------------------------------------------------------
Eb|---------|--------------------------------------------------------


Eb|-12-15p12--------------13-16p13-----|------------14-17p14-------
Bb|----------14--------15----------15--|---------16----------16----
Gb|-------------15/16------------------|--16/17-----------------17/
Db|------------------------------------|---------------------------
Ab|------------------------------------|---------------------------
Eb|------------------------------------|---------------------------


Eb|--------15-18p15--------------16-19p16--------------17-20p17----
Bb|-----17----------17--------18----------18--------19----------19-
Gb|-18-----------------18/19-----------------19/20-----------------
Db|----------------------------------------------------------------
Ab|----------------------------------------------------------------
Eb|----------------------------------------------------------------


Eb-|------------18-21p18--------------19-22p19--------------20-23p20-
Bb-|---------20----------20--------21----------21--------22----------
Gb-|--20/21-----------------21/22-----------------22/23--------------
Db-|-----------------------------------------------------------------
Ab-|-----------------------------------------------------------------
Eb-|-----------------------------------------------------------------



                             GUITAR 2 ENTERS HERE

Eb|--------------21--24---\--|-------------------------------------
Bb|-22--------23----(23)--\--|-------------------------------------
Gb|----23/24--------(21)--\--|---9----------------(9)--------------
Db|--------------------------|---9----------------(9)--------------
Ab|--------------------------|---7----------------(7)--------------
Eb|--------------------------|---0----------------(0)--------------


Eb--|---------------------------------------|------------------------
Bb--|---------------------------------------|------------------------
Gb--|---9----------------(9)----------------|---9----------------(9)-
Db--|---9----------------(9)----------------|---9----------------(9)-
Ab--|---7----------------(7)----------------|---7----------------(7)-
Eb--|---0----------------(0)----------------|---0----------------(0)-



                                                           SECTION A: BOTH GUITARS

Eb|---------------|----------------------------------------||------
Bb|---------------|----------------------------------------||*-----
Gb|---------------|---9----------------(9)-----------------||------
Db|---------------|---9----------------(9)---\-------------||---9--
Ab|---------------|---7----------------(7)---\-------------||*--7--
Eb|---------------|---0----------------(0)-----------------||------
                                              * Pick Slide

Eb|--------------------------------------------------||------------
Bb|-------------------------------------------------*||------------
Gb|--------------------------------------------------||---9--------
Db|--------------------7--9---------------------10---||---9--------
Ab|-7--8--9--10--8--9--5--7--7--8--9--10--8--9---8--*||---7--------
Eb|-5--6--7---8--6--7--------5--6--7---8--6--7-------||---0--------
                                                4x


                                 LEAD BREAK: GUITAR 1

Eb|----------------------------|------------------------------------
Bb|----------------------------|------------------------------------
Gb|---------(9)----------------|--2h3-2---2h3-2---3h4-3---3h4-3---4h
Db|---------(9)----------------|--------5-------5-------6-------6---
Ab|---------(7)----------------|------------------------------------
Eb|---------(0)----------------|------------------------------------



                                    LEAD 1: GUITAR 1

Eb|-------------------------------|-||---17h-12------12--12--12--17h
Bb|-------------------------------|-||*----------15-----------------
Gb|-5-4---4h5-4---5h6-5---5h6-5---|-||------------------------------
Db|-----7-------7-------8-------8-|-||------------------------------
Ab|-------------------------------|-||*-----------------------------
Eb|-------------------------------|-||------------------------------


Eb--12------12--12--12--17h-12------12--|--16h-12------12--12--12--
Bb------15----------------------15------|----------15--------------
Gb--------------------------------------|--------------------------
Db--------------------------------------|--------------------------
Ab--------------------------------------|--------------------------
Eb--------------------------------------|--------------------------


Eb|-16h-12------12--12--12--16h-12------12---||---17h-12------12--12-
Bb|---------15----------------------15------*||-----------15---------
Gb|------------------------------------------||----------------------
Db|------------------------------------------||----------------------
Ab|-----------------------------------------*||----------------------
Eb|------------------------------------------||----------------------
                                        3x

Eb--12--17h-12------12--12--12--17h-12------12--|--16h-12------12--
Bb--------------15----------------------15------|----------15------
Gb----------------------------------------------|------------------
Db----------------------------------------------|------------------
Ab----------------------------------------------|------------------
Eb----------------------------------------------|------------------



                                                  LEAD 1 RHYTHM: GUITAR 2

Eb|---------------------------------------------|-||---------------
Bb|-11h-13--11----------------------------------|-||*--------------
Gb|--------------10h-12--10---------------------|-||---------------
Db|--------------------------10h-12--10---------|-||-------------4-
Ab|---------------------------------------11~---|-||*------------2-
Eb|---------------------------------------------|-||---0----0------


Eb|-----------------------------|----------------------------------
Bb|-----------------------------|----------------------------------
Gb|-----------------------------|----------------------------------
Db|---------5-------------------|-----------------4----------------
Ab|---------3--------------5----|-----------------2--------------3-
Eb|----0---------0----0----3----|--0----0----0---------0----0----1-



               SECTION B: BOTH GUITARS

Eb|---------||-||--------------------------------------------------
Bb|--------*||-||*-------------------------------------------------
Gb|---------||-||---9---------9--------------9---------9-----------
Db|---------||-||---9---------9--------------9---------9-----------
Ab|--------*||-||*--7---------7--------------7---------7-----------
Eb|---------||-||------0-0-0-----0--0--0--0-----0-0-0-----0--0--0--
         8x


                                                           SECTION C: BOTH GUITARS

Eb|-----||----------------------------------------------||-||------
Bb|----*||----------------------------------------------||-||*-----
Gb|-----||--9---------9---------------------------------||-||---10\
Db|-----||--9---------9--------------9--------3---/-----||-||---10\
Ab|----*||--7---------7--------------9--------3---/-----||-||*---8\
Eb|-0---||-----0-0-0-----0--0--0--0--7--------1---/-----||-||------
    3x                                                          "Mean and infectious..."

Eb|----------------------------------------------|-----------------
Bb|----------------------------------------------|-----------------
Gb|--9--------9-------------7-----------------7--|--10\-9--------9-
Db|--9--x--x--9----x--x--x--7--x--8--x--9--x--7--|--10\-9--x--x--9-
Ab|--7--x--x--7----x--x--x--5--x--8--x--9--x--5--|---8\-7--x--x--7-
Eb|-------------------------------6-----7--------|-----------------
                                                           "The evil prophets rise..."


                                         SECTION D: BOTH GUITARS

Eb|-----------------------------------||-||------------------------
Bb|----------------------------------*||-||*-----------------------
Gb|-------------7---------------------||-||------------------------
Db|----x--x--x--7--x--x--8/-9--8/-9---||-||--------------9~--------
Ab|----x--x--x--5--x--x--8/-9--8/-9--*||-||*-------------7~--------
Eb|----------------------6/-7--6/-7---||-||---0----0--0--0~------0-
                                  6x

Eb----------------------|-------------------------------------------
Bb----------------------|-------------------------------------------
Gb-------------11~------|--------------10~--------------------------
Db--------------9~------|---------------8~--------------------11~--\
Ab----------------------|--------------------------------------9~--\
Eb----0--0--0-----------|---0----0--0-----------0----0--0--0--------



           LEAD 2: GUITAR 1

Eb|-----||--------------------------------------6--------9----------
Bb|----*||-8p5------------11p8--------------5h8---8-8h11---11-11h14-
Gb|-----||-----6-9p6-----------9-12p9-------------------------------
Db|-----||-----------8-5~-------------11-8~-------------------------
Ab|----*||----------------------------------------------------------
Eb|-----||----------------------------------------------------------
     6x

Eb-12----------15-18p15----|----------------------------------------
Bb----14-14h17----------17-|-11p8--------------17p14----------------
Gb-------------------------|------9-12p9-------------15-18p15-------
Db-------------------------|-------------11-8~----------------17----
Ab-------------------------|-------------------------------------16~
Eb-------------------------|----------------------------------------


Eb------9----------12----------15----------18-21p18----|-------------
Bb-8h11---11-11h14----14-14h17----17-17h20----------20-|-14p11----16p
Gb-----------------------------------------------------|-------12----
Db-----------------------------------------------------|-------------
Ab-----------------------------------------------------|-------------
Eb-----------------------------------------------------|-------------


Eb-----------16p13-----------------------12----------15----------18-
Bb-12--------------14--------------11h14----14-14h17----17-17h20----
Gb----14-11~----------13p10-----------------------------------------
Db--------------------------11-13~----------------------------------
Ab------------------------------------------------------------------
Eb------------------------------------------------------------------


Eb----------21-24p21----|-9p6-------6--10p7--------7--11p8----------
Bb-20-20h23----------23-|-----8---8---------9----9---------10----10-
Gb----------------------|-------9-------------10--------------11----
Db----------------------|-------------------------------------------
Ab----------------------|-------------------------------------------
Eb----------------------|-------------------------------------------
                          *  Sweep pick the last 3 notes of each ascending, diminshed arpeggio.

Eb-8--12p9----------9-13p10----------10-|--14p11----------11--15p12-
Bb---------11----11---------12----12----|--------13----13-----------
Gb------------12---------------13-------|-----------14--------------
Db--------------------------------------|---------------------------
Ab--------------------------------------|---------------------------
Eb--------------------------------------|---------------------------


Eb----------12--12-13-16-17/---22b24----22b24----22b24----|--------
Bb-14----14-----------------------------------------------|--------
Gb----15--------------------------------------------------|--------
Db--------------------------------------------------------|--------
Ab--------------------------------------------------------|--------
Eb--------------------------------------------------------|--------



                                          SECTION C: BOTH GUITARS

Eb---22~---22--------------(22)-------r-|-||-----------------------
Bb--------------------------------------|-||*----------------------
Gb--------------------------------------|-||---10\-9--------9------
Db--------------------------------------|-||---10\-9--x--x--9----x-
Ab--------------------------------------|-||*---8\-7--x--x--7----x-
Eb--------------------------------------|-||-----------------------
                                               "Seething in agony..."

Eb-----------------------------|-----------------------------------
Bb-----------------------------|-----------------------------------
Gb--------7-----------------7--|--10\-9--------9-------------7-----
Db--x--x--7--x--8--x--9--x--7--|--10\-9--x--x--9----x--x--x--7--x--
Ab--x--x--5--x--8--x--9--x--5--|---8\-7--x--x--7----x--x--x--5--x--
Eb--------------6-----7--------|-----------------------------------
                                         "Necrosis is the fate..."


                       INTERLUDE: BOTH GUITARS w/ BASS LICK

Eb|-----------------||---------------------------------------------
Bb|----------------*||---------------------------------------------
Gb|-----------------||---9----------9------------------------------
Db|-x--8/-9--8/-9---||---9----------9------------------------------
Ab|-x--8/-9--8/-9--*||---7----------7-------------5----------------
Eb|----6/-7--6/-7---||---0----0--0--0----0--0--0-----0--6--0--7--0-
                4x       "Help me..."


                                                               SECTION E: BOTH GUITARS

Eb-----|-----------------------------------------------------|-||--
Bb-----|-----------------------------------------------------|-||*-
Gb-----|-----------------------------------------------------|-||--
Db-----|---------------------------9-----10------12------14--|-||--
Ab--5--|--8--7--------7---------7-----8------10------12------|-||*-
Eb-----|--------0--0-------0---------------------------------|-||--


Eb|--------------------------------------------------|-------------
Bb|--------------------------------------------------|-------------
Gb|--------------------------------------------------|-------------
Db|--2--x-----2--x--x--2--2--3\-2--x--2--x-----2--2--|--5--x--x--5-
Ab|--2--x-----2--x--x--2--2--3\-2--x--2--x-----2--2--|--5--x--x--5-
Eb|--------0--------------------------------0--------|--3--x--x--3-
           "Prepare the patient's scalp..."                   "To peel away..."


                                       SECTION F: BOTH GUITARS

Eb|---------------------------------||-||--------------------------
Bb|--------------------------------*||-||*-------------------------
Gb|----------------4----------------||-||--------------------------
Db|--x--x--5-------4--------3-------||-||------------------4-----3-
Ab|--x--x--5-------2--------3------*||-||*-----------------2-----1-
Eb|--x--x--3----0-----------1-------||-||---0--0--0--0--0-----0----
                                 4x

Eb|------------------------|---------------------------------------
Bb|------------------------|---------------------------------------
Gb|------------------------|---------------------------------------
Db|------------------------|-----------------4-----3---------------
Ab|----------5-------------|-----------------2-----1----------5----
Eb|----0--0--3----0--0--0--|--0--0--0--0--0-----0-------0--0--3----
                                             "The skull beneath the skin..."


                 LEAD 3: GUITAR 1

Eb|-----------||---------------------------------------------------
Bb|----------*||---------------------------------------------------
Gb|-----------||---------------------------------------------------
Db|-----------||-------------------0-2p0---0-------------------0-2p
Ab|----------*||-------0-1-2--1~-1-------2---1b--------2--1~-1-----
Eb|-0--0--0---||-0-1-3---------------------------3-0-3-------------
          4x

Eb-----------------|-----------------------------------------------
Bb-----------------|---------------------------r-------------------
Gb-----------------|----------12-14-15-14b15-12---------r------12--
Db-0---0-----------|-12-13-15-------------------14b15-12-----------
Ab---2----12-13-15-|-------------------------------------14-12-----
Eb-----------------|-----------------------------------------------


Eb--------------15-17----------17b19----------24b26--24b26-|-24b26-
Bb----15-17--17-------17-15--------------------------------|-------
Gb-16-----------------------17-----------------------------|-------
Db---------------------------------------------------------|-------
Ab-----------------------------------0---------------------|-------
Eb-------------------------------------3---p0--------------|-------


Eb--24b26--24b26--r-24-24-22-20-19--17----17-19-19b20--r17-15-15----
Bb-------------------------------------20------------------------18-
Gb------------------------------------------------------------------
Db------------------------------------------------------------------
Ab------------------------------------------------------------------
Eb------------------------------------------------------------------


Eb--------------------16----------|-12-17-----------13-18-----------
Bb-17-19b20--r-b1-r-\----13-12-13-|--------14-13-14--------15-14-15-
Gb--------------------------------|---------------------------------
Db--------------------------------|---------------------------------
Ab--------------------------------|---------------------------------
Eb--------------------------------|---------------------------------


Eb-14-19-----------15-20-----------16---21-----------17-|-22--------
Bb--------16-15-16--------17-16-17----------18-17-18----|-----19-18-
Gb------------------------------------------------------|-----------
Db------------------------------------------------------|-----------
Ab------------------------------------------------------|-----------
Eb------------------------------------------------------|-----------


Eb----18-23-----------19-24-----------20-24b26--24b26--24b26--24b26-
Bb-19--------20-19-20--------21-20-21-------------------------------
Gb------------------------------------------------------------------
Db------------------------------------------------------------------
Ab------------------------------------------------------------------
Eb------------------------------------------------------------------


Eb--24b26--r--24--r-24~|-24p17-24p17-24p17-24p16-24p16-24p16-24p15-
Bb---------------------|-------------------------------------------
Gb---------------------|-------------------------------------------
Db---------------------|-------------------------------------------
Ab---------------------|-------------------------------------------
Eb---------------------|-------------------------------------------
                         *  Tap w/ edge of pick

Eb-24p15-24p15-24p14-24p14-24p14/-24p13-24p13-24p13-24p12-|-24p12-24p
Bb--------------------------------------------------------|----------
Gb--------------------------------------------------------|----------
Db--------------------------------------------------------|----------
Ab--------------------------------------------------------|----------
Eb--------------------------------------------------------|----------


Eb-12-24p11-24p11-24p11-24p10-24p10-24p10/-24p9-24p9-24p9-24p8-24p8-
Bb------------------------------------------------------------------
Gb------------------------------------------------------------------
Db------------------------------------------------------------------
Ab------------------------------------------------------------------
Eb------------------------------------------------------------------


Eb-24p8-24p7-24p7-24p|-7-24p6-24p6-24p6-24p5-24p5-24p5-24p4-24p4-24p
Bb-------------------|----------------------------------------------
Gb-------------------|----------------------------------------------
Db-------------------|----------------------------------------------
Ab-------------------|----------------------------------------------
Eb-------------------|----------------------------------------------



                                        LEAD 3 RHYTHM: GUITAR 2

Eb-4-24p3-24p3-24p3-24p2-24p2-24p2-0--|-||--------------------------
Bb---------------------------------0--|-||*-------------------------
Gb------------------------------------|-||--------------------------
Db------------------------------------|-||--------------------------
Ab------------------------------------|-||*-----------------2-----1~
Eb------------------------------------|-||---0--0--0--0--0-----0----


Eb|-------------------------|---------------------------------------
Bb|-------------------------|---------------------------------------
Gb|-------------------------|---------------------------------------
Db|----------0--2p-0-----0--|-----------------4-----3----------0--2p
Ab|----0--2-----------2-----|-----------------2-----1----0--2-------
Eb|-------------------------|--0--0--0--0--0-----0------------------



                  END: GUITAR 2

Eb|------------||--------------------------------------------------
Bb|-----------*||--------------------------------------------------
Gb|------------||--------------------------------------------------
Db|--0-----0---||------------------4-----3----------0--2p-0-----0--
Ab|-----2-----*||------------------2-----1----0--2-----------2-----
Eb|------------||---0--0--0--0--0-----0----------------------------
           7x

Eb-|--------------------------------------------*|-
Bb-|--------------------------------------------*|-
Gb-|-----------------------3--------------------*|-
Db-|-----------------4-----3------5--------2----*|-
Ab-|-----------------2-----1------5--------2----*|-
Eb-|--0--0--0--0--0-----0---------3--------0----*|-
                     "The skull beneath the skin..."


Full Lyrics :

(Solo: Mustaine)

Mean and infectious
The evil prophets rise
Dance of the macabre
As witches streak the sky
Decadent worship of
Black magic and sorcery
In the womb of the devils dungeon
Trapped without a plea

(Solo: Mustaine)

See thing in agony
Necroisis is the fate
Pins sticking through the skin
The venom now sedates
Locked in a pillory
Nowhere to be found
Screaming for your life
But no-one hears a sound

HELLPP MMEEEEEE

Prepare the patients scalp
To peel away
Metal caps his ears
He'll hear not what we say
Solid steel visor
Riveted cross his eyes
Iron staples close his jaws
So no one hears his cries
The skull beneath the skin
Now your drawn and quartered
Your bones will make the x
Symbol stands for poison
And it's chained to your head
And as we fold your arms
To make the holy cross
We cross the crucifix
Religion has been lost
The skull beneath the skin

(Solo: Mustaine)
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metaljunkie22 wrote on August 4 2005, 12:00 am

wtf is 1/4 of a step if all notes are flat isnt that a half step

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kissownsrush wrote on July 27 2008, 03:39 pm

I was just thinking the same thing

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syke5 wrote on November 7 2009, 09:12 pm

for those of you who dont know what 1/4 step is its when you take your tuner and tune it to the middle of(lets say e) E and D# since those are 1/2 steps the middle would be a 1/4 step. ^^ have fun

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