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I Fought Piranhas Tab

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| I Fought Piranhas                 |
| Words and Music by Jack White     |
| Tabbed by Donkey Fly              |
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Open E Tuning
E B E G# B E

OR

Open D Tuning
D A D F# A D capo 2nd fret
Like in Suzy Lee, Jack plays rhythm guitar behind Johnny Walker, who plays slide. Jack
is playing in Standard tuning. During breaks I combined both guitars into one part for
simplicity, so pay attention to the tuning changes.

INTRO:
SLIDE RIFF (Johnny):
 E|--------12-12/------3-0------|
 B|--10/12----12----------------|
G#|--10/12----------------------|
 E|-----------------------------|
 B|-----------------------------|
 E|---------------3-2------3-2--|

Over SLIDE RIFF (Jack):
E|---------(3)-5/7-0--|
B|--------------------|
G|--------------------|
D|--------------------|
A|--------------------|
E|-0-3b--0------------|

VERSE 1: (SLIDE RIFF, with 0-3b--0 from Jack's guitar)
Well, I hold the rope
And I hold the sail
And I kept my papers
To keep from land' in jail
And I fought piranhas
And I fought the cold
There was no one with me
               G5    F#5
I was all alone, yeah

BREAK 1:
    E5
 E|-----------------12----------12-12/---------3/---------------12-12-------12-12/----------------|
 B|--------10-10/12----10-10/12----12---------(3)---------10/12-------10/12----12-----------------|
G#|--------10-10/12----10-10/12---------------------------10/12-------10/12-----------------------|
 E|-0-0-0-------------------------------0-0-0------0-0-0----------------------------0-0-0---------|
 B|-0-0-0-------------------------------0-0-0------0-0-0----------------------------0-0-0---------|
 E|-0-0-0-------------------------------0-0-0------0-0-0----------------------------0-0-0--3-2-0--|
                                            Yeah!

SOLO 1: Johnny plays P.M. E5 chords under Jack
E|-------------------------------------------------------------------0-----3-0-----------------------------------|
B|----------------------------------------------------8-10-10b11b10----3-0----------3------3--------3------------|
G|-/12-12~-14b-14b15b14-12-14-12b13b12-------13~--/9----------------------------3/4----3/4---4--3h4---4p2p0-2-0--|
D|-------------------------------------14-14---------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|

VERSE 2:
Well, it's Easter morning now
And there's no one around
So I unroll the sermon
And walk into the town
There was no one with me
I was all alone
And I fought piranhas
And I fought the cold, yeah

BREAK 2: Jack
   E5
E|--------0-0---0-------------------------0---0---3b-0---0-3-0-3p0-0-------------------3-5b-5-3-5-5-5b---------|
B|------------3-----3-3---------------------3---0------3---------------------------3/5-------------------------|
G|----------------4-----4p2p0-2b3------------------------------------3b---------4b-----------------------------|
D|-2-2-2---------------------------2-2-2---------------------------------2-2-2--------------------------2-2-2--|
A|-2-2-2---------------------------2-2-2---------------------------------2-2-2--------------------------2-2-2--|
E|-0-0-0---------------------------0-0-0---------------------------------0-0-0--------------------------0-0-0--|

SOLO 2: Jack plays a decending 3-2-0 on the low E string while Johnny solos with a slide

 E|----------12-------12-------------10/--------12-12----------12--0-------12-12-------12-----------0--|
 B|-10-10/12------------------------------10/12-------10-10/12-----0-10/12-------10/12--------------0--|
G#|-10-10/12----10/12----10-10/12---------10/12-------10-10/12-----0-10/12-------10/12----10/12-----0--|
 E|-------------------------------12------------------------------------------------------------12-----|
 B|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
 E|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|

VERSE 3:
Well, you know what it's like
I don't gotta tell ya
Who puts up a fight
Walkin' out of hell, now
When you fought piranhas
And you fought the cold
An' there's nobody with you
Yes, you're all alone, yeah

BREAK 3: E5 with acending slide, hitting the high B and E strings alternately
    E5
 E|-------0/-------------------12-12-12--|
 B|-------0/-----------------------------|
G#|--------------------------------------|
 E|-0-0-0----0-0-0----0-0-0----0--0--0---|
 B|-0-0-0----0-0-0----0-0-0----0--0--0---|
 E|-0-0-0----0-0-0----0-0-0----0--0--0---|

 E|---------------12--12--------------|
 B|----------------------12-----------|
G#|-------------------------10/12-----|
 E|---------10/12-----------------12--|
 B|-----------------------------------|
 E|-3-2-0-----------------------------|
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a_rush_of_blood wrote on December 4 2005, 06:14 am

straight from broken bricks! oh what a good plaguarist you are. at least give credit

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WhiteStripesIII wrote on May 24 2006, 04:04 pm

i came here to get a simpler tab than from the one at broken bricks and what do i find? the exact same thing!

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Jonomir wrote on November 10 2006, 06:39 pm

what is it with white stripes

that makes people feel the need to do some whacko tuning

there's no point to tuning it to an open E chord, or D tuning with a capo. all it does is make you play open strings instead of an E chord. what's the point. unnecessarily complicated

I love this song

and this tab isn't wrong and stuff

just unnecessarily complicated

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