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DISPOSABLE HEROES
Metallica
From the 1986 album "Master of Puppets"

Transcription by Chris Ballard (c_ballard@hotmail.com)

NOTE: This transcription doesn't always correctly reference all the backing riffs and rhythm figures, and the repeat numbers may not be perfect, but if you've listened to the song all the riffs should be transcribed and quite accurate.
 _________________________________________
| KEY:                                    |
| =     - hold note(s)                    |
| h     - hammer on                       |
| p     - pull off                        |
| PM    - palm mute                       |
| ^     - accented note                   |
| .     - staccato note                   |
| /  \  - slide up or down (shorter)      |
| // \\ - slide up or down (longer)       |
| u d   - up and down right hand picking  |
|_________attacks_________________________|

Intro:
  e|-d-d-d-d-d-d--d---d---d--|-d-d-d-d-d-d--d------d--|
6 B|-------------------------|------------------------|
_ G|.------------------------|------------------------|
  D|.-------------4---5---4--|--------------5/-7---4--|
4 A|--------------4---5---4--|--------------5/-7---4--|
  E|-0-0-0-0-0-0--2---3---2--|-0-0-0-0-0-0--3/-5---2--|
   PM.........               PM..........

                                                   4x
e|-d-d-d-d-d-d--d---d---d---|-d-d-d-d-d-d-d-d-d-d----|
B|--------------------------|------------------------|
G|--------------------------|-------------------9===.|
D|--------------4---5---4---|-------------------9===.| 
A|--------------4---5---4---|-------------------7====|
E|-0-0-0-0-0-0--2---3---2---|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0------|
   PM.........               PM..........  

Lead (over intro):   w/wah wah
e|----------------------------|-------------------------|
B|----------------------------|-------------------------|
G|.=9=============11/-12--11--|-9===========12/-14--11--|
D|.=9=============11/-12--11--|-9===========12/-14--11--|
A|-=7============= 9/-10--9---|-7===========10/-12--9---|
E|----------------------------|-------------------------|

                            _________________________ _________________________
                           | 1                       | 2
e|-------------------------|-------------------------|-------------------------|
B|-------------------------|-------------------------|-------------------------|
G|-9===========11/-12--11--|-9======================.|-------------------------|
D|-9===========11/-12--11--|-9======================.|-------------------2=====|
A|-7===========-9/-10--9---|-7=======================|-------------------2=====|
E|-------------------------|-------------------------|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0=====|

<RHY FIG 1::> (in 4/4)     Repeat
e|---d---d-u-d---d---d---d---d-u-d-u-|
B|-----------------------------------|
G|.---------------------------------.|
D|.---------------------------------.|
A|---^-------^---^---^---^-----------|
E|---0---0-0-0---0---0---0---0-0-0-0-|
     PM      PM.....................
<END RHY FIG 1:>

Lead over (wah off)
e|------------|----------|----------|-----------|
B|-------- ^^ |----------|----------|-----------|
G|.-12=====14\|11=====14\|10=====12\|9=========.|
D|.-12=====14\|11=====14\|10=====12\|9=========.|
A|--10=====12\|-9=====12\|-8=====10\|7==========|
E|------------|----------|----------|-----------|

<RIFF A:>                         x6
e|---------------------------------|
B|--^----------------^-------------|
G|.(6)--------------(6)-----------.|
D|.-6----------------6------------.|
A|--4--4-4-4-4-4-4---4-4-4-4-4-4-4-|
E|---------------------------------|
       PM.........     PM.........
<END RIFF A:>

<RIFF B>                      /---3---\   /---3---\
e|------------------------|--------------------------|
B|------------------------|--------------.---.-------|
G|-.---------.--^-----^-^-|--.---.-------7---6---4---|
D|--------p-------p-------|--5---4---2---7---6---4---|
A|-0---10-9--0--9-7-------|--5---4---2---5---4---2---|
E|-------------------10-9-|--3---2---0---------------|
PM..         .    .......    .....................
<END RIFF B>

<RHY FIG 2:>
e|   d   d u d   d   d   d   d u d u |
B|-----------------------------------|
G|.---------------------------------.|
D|.---------------------------------.|
A|---.-------.---.---.---.-----------|
E|---0---0-0-0---0---0---0---0-0-0-0-|

1 Bodies fill the fields I see
2 Barking of machine gun fire does
3 Life planned out before my birth

e|---d---d-u-d---d---d---d---d-u-d-u-|-d---d-u-d---d---d---d---d-u-d-u-|
B|-----------------------------------|---------------------------------|
G|-----------------------------------|---------------------------------|
D|-----------------------------------|---------------------------------|
A|---.-------.---.---.---.-----------|-.-------.---.---.---.-----------|
E|---3---3-3-3---3---3---3---3-3-3-3-|-2---2-2-2---2---2---2---2-2-2-2-|
1 Hungry heroes end  2 nothing to me now   3 nothing could I say.

W/RHY FIG 2
1 No one to play soldier now
2 Sounding of the clock that ticks, get 
3 Had no chance to see myself

<RHY FIG 3:>
e|---d---d-u-d---d---d---d---d-u-d-u-|
B|-----------------------------------|
G|.---------------------------------.|
D|.---------------------------------.|
A|---^-------^---^---^---^-----------|
E|---0---0-0-0---0---0---0---0-0-0-0-|
     PM      PM.....................

e|---d---d-u-d---d---d---d---d-u-d-u-|-d---d-u-d---d---d---d---d-u-d-u-|
B|-----------------------------------|---------------------------------|
G|-----------------------------------|---------------------------------|
D|-----------------------------------|---------------------------------|
A|---.-------.---.---.---.-----------|-.-------.---.---.---.-----------|
E|---3---3-3-3---3---3---3---3-3-3-3-|-7---7-7-7---7---7---7---7-7-7-7-|
1 no one to pretend 2 used to it somehow 3 molded day by day
<END RHY FIG 3:>

W/RHY FIG 2
Running blind through killing fields, bred to kill them all.
                                   2x
e|---d---d-u-d---d---d---d---d-u-d-u-|
B|-----------------------------------|
G|.---------------------------------.|
D|.---------------------------------.|
A|---.-------.---.---.---.-----------|
E|---0---0-0-0---0---0---0---0-0-0-0-|
     PM      PM.....................
Victim of what said should be, a servant till I fall

<RIFF C (4/4):>
       PM.........     ...........          PM.........
e|---------------------------------|R|--------------------------------|
B|--^----------------^-------------|E|-^----------------^-------------|
G|.(6)--------------(6)-----------.|P|(6)--------------(6)--4-----4--.|
D|.-6----------------6------------.|E|-6----------------6---2-----2--.|
A|--4--4-4-4-4-4-4---4-4-4-4-4-4-4-|A|-4--4-4-4-4-4-4---4---2-----2---|
E|---------------------------------|T|--------------------------------|
    Soldier boy, made of c l a y       Now an empty         c e l l
    21, only son                       Body served us       w e l l
    Bred to kill, Not to care          Blah blah blah blah  b l a h
    Blah blah blah, bringing death     We've got to get     a w a y
<END RIFF C>

<RIFF D>
(4/4)                           (3/4)       (3/4)
      PM.........     PM.........        PM.........    ....
e|--------------------------------|-R-|--------------------|-----------------|
B|--------------------------------|-E-|--------------------|-^---------------|
G|.^---------------^--------------|-P-|-^---------------^--|(0)-------------.|
D|.4---------------2--------------|-E-|-4---------------4--|-0-----------^--.|
A|-2--2-2-2-2-2-2--0--2-2-2-2-2-2-|-A-|-2--2-2-2-2-2-2--2--|-2--2-2-2-2--2---|
E|--------------------------------|-T-|--------------------|-----------------|
<END RIFF D>
** See the last 2 bars here as: one 4/4 bar with 1 beat cut off, and one 2/4 bar with one extra beat

<RIFF E>
W/RIFF C
     (4/4)                              (3/4)
e|--------------------|---------------------|---------------|-------|
B|-----h-p--h-----h-p-|------h-p--h-----h-p-|------h-p--h---|-------|
G|.4===5-4------4-5-4=|(4)===5-4------4-5-4=|(4)===5-4------|-4*\\\.|
D|.---------7===------|-----------7===------|-----------7===|------.|
A|--------------------|---------------------|---------------|-------|
E|--------------------|---------------------|---------------|-------|
<END RIFF E>  * - Depress bar equivalence of 1/2 step for every 1/2 beat

                                    _________________________________
                                   | This bar third time only        |
   /----3----\     /--3--\         | /----3----\     /--3--\
e|---------------------------------|---------------------------|
B|-.----.----.---------------------|-.----.----.-----------7---|
G|-4----3----4-----5===--4---------|-6----5----6-----7===--5---|
D|-4----3----4-----5===--4---------|-6----5----6-----7===--7---|
A|-2----1----2-----3===--2---------|-4----3----4-----5===--6---|
E|---------------------------------|---------------------------|
   PM..........                      PM..........

<RHY FIG 4>                                                          4x
e|---------------------------|--------------|--------------|-----------|
B|---------------------------|--------------|--------------|-----------|
G|---------------------------|------.-------|---------.----|-----------|
D|-----------------------5===|=(5)==8----4==|==(4)====7--3=|=(3)====5\\|
A|-.------.--.--.--.--.--5===|=(5)==8----4==|==(4)====7--3=|=(3)====5\\|
E|-0--0-0-0--0--0--0--0--3===|=(3)==6----2==|==(2)====5--1=|=(1)====3\\|
   PM     PM...........             PM               PM
Back to the front. You will do what I say, when I say.
Back to the front. You will die when I say you must die.
Back to the front. You coward, you servant, you blind man.

  e|-------------------------|    |------|    |-----------------------|
4 B|-----------------------^-|   2|------|   7|-----------------------|
_ G|-----------------------.-|   _| HALF |   _|-----------------------|
  D|-----------------------2-|    | REST |    |-----------------------|
4 A|-.------.--.--.--.--.--2-|   4|------|   8|-.------.--.--.--.--.--|
  E|-0--0-0-0--0--0--0--0--0-|    |------|    |-0--0-0-0--0--0--0--0--|

rhythm figure 2
 (4/4)
e|------------------|----------------|----------------|---------------|
B|------------------|----------------|----------------|---------------|
G|.-----------.-----|----------.-----|----------.-----|----------.---.|
D|.-2==-------p-----|----------p-----|2---------p-----|----------p---.|
A|--2==-.-.-5-7-----|5---.-.-4-7-----|2---.-.-5-7-----|5---.-.-4-7-2==|
E|--0==-0-0-----0-0-|0---0-0-----0-0-|0---0-0-----0-0-|0---0-0-----0==|
        PM.     ...      ...     ...      ...     ...      ...
Why...  am I dying?   Kill...  have no fear.
Lie...  live off lying.  Hell...  hell is here. (repeat)

                              I was born for dying....
  e|-------------------------|---------|-----------------|-----------------|
4 B|-----------------------^-|---------|-----------------|-----------------|
_ G|-----------------------.-|- WHOLE -|-----------------|-----------------|
  D|-----------------------2-|- REST  -|-----------------|-----------------|
4 A|-.------.--.--.--.--.--2-|---------|-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-|-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-|
  E|-0--0=0=0--0--0--0--0--0-|---------|-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-|-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-|
     PM     PM...........                PM...............................

     
PLAY RIFF A (x6?)      e|------------|--------|    PLAY RIFF A (x3)  e|------|
PLAY RIFF B            B|------------|--------|    PLAY RIFF B       B|------|
                       G|-6==6==6==6-|-6======|                      G|------|
                       D|-6==6==6==6-|-4======|                      D|-4\\--|
                       A|-4==4==4==4-|-4======|                      A|-4\\--|
                       E|----4==---4-|--------|                      E|-2\\--|

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NirvanaFan101 wrote on July 17 2006, 01:43 pm

I'M CANADIAN EH! LOL :D Great tab :)

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ObnoxiousFiend wrote on December 31 2008, 03:32 pm

Here's the correct lyrics to the pre-chorus part:

Soldier boy, made of clay
Now an empty shell
Twenty-one, only son
But he served us well
Bred to kill, not to care
Do just as we say
Finished here, greetings death
He's yours to take away

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