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#----------------------------------PLEASE NOTE---------------------------------#
#This file is the author's own work and represents their interpretation of the #
#song. You may only use this file for private study, scholarship, or research. #
#------------------------------------------------------------------------------##
>From: norlin@essex.ecn.uoknor.edu (Norman Lin)
>Subject: REQ: Pretenders' "Back on the chain gang"
>
>[Riff]:
>
>e---------0-3------3331---110---00------------------------------------|
>B-1------1------------------------3---331---01------------------------|
>G-------0-------------------------------------------------------------|
>D---------------------------------------------------------------------|
>A---------------------------------------------------------------------|
>E---------------------------------------------------------------------|
>
>

From: julius@alumni.caltech.edu (julius yang)

Well I finally sat down with the Singles CD and bashed this out.  I can
play the riff at the beginning, but now that I don't have my guitar
in hand I forget it.  Agh.  I can't understand two places where Chrissy
is singing either--'crescending' and 'baggle' aren't words that I know
of, but that sounds like what she's saying.  Corrections appreciated.

Back on the Chain Gang, the Pretenders

opening strum: D A G G D A G G

riff x2

D         A            G     G
I found a picture of you   oh
What hijacked my world at nights
To a place in the past we've been passed out of  oh
Now we're back in the fight

Em                A
We're back on the train (ooh, ah)
Ohh
A               D            A   G   G
    Back on the chain gang

The circumstance beyond our control oh
The fool on TV and the news of the world
Got in the house like a pigeon from hell, oh
Crescending our eyes and descended like flies

Put us back on the train, yeah
Oh
Back on the chain gang

D A G G

riff x2

bridge:
Dm A Dm A and so on
The powers that be
That forces us to live like we do
Bring me to my knees
When I see what they've done to you

chord comping

I'll die as I stand here today
Knowing that deep in my heart
A                     Dm
Therefore to ruin one day
A             E
For making us part-----

E         B          A    A
I found a picture of you, oh
Those were the happiest days of my life
Like a brick in the baggle was your part, oh
In the wretched life of a lonely heart

F#m                   B
Now we're back on the train
Ohh
B             E
  Back on the chain gang

E B E B until end
--
                                        Internet member since 1988

From: Harlan L Thompson 

BACK ON THE CHAIN GANG- The Pretenders

D A Em7 D A Em7 (rpt over riff)

D         A            Em7  Gmaj7/B  G
I found a picture of you   oh
D                 A           Em7  Gmaj7/B G
What hijacked my world that night
D                  A              Em7         Gmaj7/B G
To a place in the past we've been cast out of  oh
D  A                     Em7  Gmaj7/B G
  Now we're back in the fight

Em                A      Em7 A
We're back on the train hey
Em  A                  D     A  D  A
Aaaah, back on the chain gang

Circumstance beyond our control oh
The phone, the TV, and the news of the world
Got in the house like a pigeon from hell, oh
Threw sand our eyes and descended like flies

Put us back on the train, yeah
Aaaaah, back on the chain gang

D A Em7  D A Em7 D

BRIDGE:
Dm    A7         Dm       A7                     Dm
The powers that be that force us to live like we do
 A7             Dm           A7                       Dm A7 Dm A7
Bring me to my knees when I see what they've done to you
Dm         A7                    Dm   A7                      Dm
Well I'll die as I stand here today, knowing that deep in my heart
  A7                     Dm
They'll fall to ruin one day
     A7             E  B  A
For making us part-----

E           B          A   Amaj7/B A/B
I found a picture of you, oh
E                B                  A  Amaj7/B A/B
Those were the happiest days of my life
E                     B               A  Amaj7/B A/B
Like a break in the battle was your part, oh
E                 B                A   Amaj7/B A/B
In the wretched life of a lonely heart
A                   B         A  B
Now we're back on the train, hey
A   A/B             E
Aaaah, back on the chain gang

B E B E (rpt and fade)


Em7:     0 2 2 0 3 0     Gmaj7/B: 3 2 4 0 0 2
Amaj7/B: x 0 6 6 5 4     A/B:     x 7 7 6 5 5


NOTE:  If you find Gmaj/B too hard to finger, try Bm in its place.  Not
as accurate, but a hell of a lot easier.
(from Learning to Crawl, 1983)
(sent by Harlan at harlant@hawaii.edu)


From: schn0170@maroon.tc.umn.edu (Adam Schneider)
Subject: CRD: "Back on the Chain Gang" (The Pretenders)

There are about three versions of this already in the archive, but none of
them is quite right.  This one's a little better; someone sent it to me last
fall, and I recently cleaned it up because I wanted to play it.

Unfortunately, this might still have mistakes; I can't check because I don't
have the album.  I'll have to see if I can get them to play it on the radio...

Adam

BACK ON THE CHAIN GANG (The Pretenders)
---------------------------------------
[All the work on this song was done by nlin@alliant.backbone.uoknor.edu
 (Norman Lin); I just cleaned it up a little for my own use.]

D   A   G   G        D   A   G   G
[intro; slow strum]  [hard strum]
D   A   G   G        D   A   G   G
[with lead guitar]

D           A              G      Bm   -    G
  I found a picture of you,       ohh oh-oh ohh ohhh
D          A                      G        Bm  -  G
  Oh, what hijacked my world that night?
D                   A                    G         Bm   -    G
  To a place in the past we've been cast out of,   ohh oh-oh ohh ohhh
D    A                       G       Bm  -  G
Oh,    now we're back in the fight

Em                   A           Em - Em*   Asus4 - A - Asus2 - A
   We're back on the train, yeah
Em   A                 D        A     G    G
Oh,  oh, back on the chain gang

Circumstance beyond our control, ohh oh-oh ohh ohhh
Oh, the phone, the TV, and the news of the world
Got in our house like a pigeon from hell (??), ohh oh-oh ohh ohhh
Oh, threw sand in our eyes, and descended like flies

Em                    A           Em - Em*   Asus4 - A - Asus2 - A
   Put us back on the train, yeah
Em    A     Em - Em*    Asus4 - A - Asus2 - A
Ohhh, ohhhhh
            D           A    G
Back on the chain gang

D   A   G   G        D   A   G   G [3 beats]
[guitar solo, same as second part of intro]


Dm    A             Dm      A                       (Dm)
  The powers that be   that force us to live like we do
Dm      A                     Dm      A
(..do)    Bring me to my knees when I see what they've done to you
Dm*  AaddF*   Dm*  AaddF*
[no vocals]


Dm           A                      Dm   A                       (Dm)
  And will I die as I stand here today,  knowing that deep in my heart
Dm          A                     Dm          A
(..heart)   They'll fall to ruin one day, for making us part

E    B    A    C#m - A
[no vocals]

E           B              A      C#m   -   A
  I found a picture of you,       ohh oh-oh ohh ohhh
E                    B                   A       C#m  -  A
  Oh, those were the happiest days of my life
E                     B               A       C#m   -   A
  Like a break in the battle was your part,   ohh oh-oh ohh ohhh
E                   B                A       C#m  -  A
Oh, in the wretched life of a lonely heart

F#m                      B           F#m - F#m*   Bsus4 - B - Bsus2 - B
   Now we're back on the train, yeah
F#m   A                 E        B     A    A
Oh,   oh, back on the chain gang
E           B
Chain gang      [repeat and fade]


Funny chords:
Em*: 022003
F#m*: 244225
Dm*: x00231 - x00230 - x00231
AaddF*: x02220 - x02221 - x02220


Intro & Solo:
                D                  A
e -------------------|------------------------|------------------------|
B ----------7--10-7-/|10~------------/10--10--|10~------------/10--10--|
G -------7-----------|------------------------|------------------------|
D (7)-7--------------|------------------------|------------------------|
A -------------------|------------------------|------------------------|
E -------------------|------------------------|------------------------|
   ^     ^     ^      ^     ^     ^     ^      ^     ^     ^     ^

e |------------------------|------------------------|-------|
B |10-p8---8---8--s7---7---|7-----------------------|-------|
G |------------------------|----9---9--7b9--7---6--/|7------|
D |------------------------|------------------------|-------|
A |------------------------|------------------------|-------|
E |------------------------|------------------------|-------|
   ^     ^     ^     ^      ^     ^     ^     ^      ^
(/=slide, p=pull off, b=bend, ~=vibrato)


For the ending two chords, arpeggiate as follows:
   E                           B
e----------------------------------------------------------------------|
B-----------------0----------------------4-----------------------------|
G--------------1-----1----------------4-----4--------------------------|
D---------2--------------2---------4-----------4-----------------------|
A--------2----------------------2--------------------------------------|
E--0-------------------------------------------------------------------|


==-=--=---=----=-----=-------=---------=---------=-------=-----=----=---=--=-==
Adam Schneider             schn0170@maroon.tc.umn.edu           Minneapolis, MN
       If you want guitar chords for Mary Chapin Carpenter, Indigo Girls,
      Mary Karlzen, Lucinda Williams, etc., mail me or check my home page:
            http://www-bprc.mps.ohio-state.edu/cgi-bin/hpp/acs.html
==-=--=---=----=-----=-------=---------=---------=-------=-----=----=---=--=-==
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jawhitak wrote on November 22 2007, 08:53 am

“Like a brick in the baggle was your part, oh”

This is not correct, sorry you have been missing this is the most
poignant, poetic and moving point of the lyric.. What she is saying is
“like a break in the battle that was no part in
the wretched life of a lonely heart..”

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bassetrox wrote on July 12 2008, 10:31 am

crescending - "threw sand in", i believe...
:)

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