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The bands 'theme' song from their debut album in all it's glory. There's
various overlaid guitar parts on the recorded version so I've concentrated
on the main guitar parts employed on the live version of the song. The song
is in E.

Guitar 1 - Stuart Adamson
Guitar 2 - Bruce Watson


CHORDS FOR RHYTHM GUITAR

    E5       E     F#m(1) F#m(2)   A5      A       B     C#m(1)  C#m(2)
E|-------|-------|---2---|--9---|------|---5---|---7---|---4---|---9---|
B|-------|---9---|---2---|--10--|------|---5---|---7---|---5---|---9---|
G|-------|---9---|---2---|--11--|--9---|---6---|---8---|---6---|---9---|
D|---9---|---9---|---4---|--11--|--7---|---7---|---9---|---6---|---11--|
A|---7---|---7---|---4---|--9---|--0---|---7---|---9---|---4---|---11--|
E|---0---|-------|---2---|------|------|---5---|---7---|-------|---9---|


[Intro]

The intro kicks in with a 12 bar tub-thumping session (drum solo to
those who wish to split hairs). Guitars 1 & 2 then kick in with
Guitar 1 playing rhythm whilst Guitar 2 picks out a palm muted riff
which reoccurs with variations, throughout the song. The last 4 bars
(where Guitar 2 switches to rhythm) are repeated twice.


  E(Guitar 1) A                C#m(1)        F#m(1)
  Guitar 2         [PM..............................................]
E|-----------|------9---------|------19-16--|------------------------|
B|--------17-|--------10---10-|-------------|---17-------17----------|
G|--------16-|-----------9----|-------------|------18-16----18-16-18-|
D|-----------|----------------|-------------|------------------------|
A|-----------|----------------|-------------|------------------------|
E|-----------|----------------|-------------|------------------------|


  E           A          C#m(1)                   F#m(1)
                           [PM..................]
E|-----------|----------|---19-16----19-16----16-|----------|
B|--------17-|----------|---------17-------17----|----------|
G|--------16-|----------|------------------------|----------|
D|-----------|----------|------------------------|----------|
A|-----------|----------|------------------------|----------|
E|-----------|----------|------------------------|----------|
              Come up...

  C#m(1)                   F#m(1)
    [PM..................]
E|---19-16----19-16----16-|----------|
B|---------17-------17----|----------|
G|------------------------|----------|
D|------------------------|----------|
A|------------------------|----------|
E|------------------------|----------|


  E5(Guitar 2)          E5                    E5
  Guitar 1
E|---------------------|---------------------|-------------------|
B|---------------------|---------------------|-------------------|
G|---------------------|---------------------|-------------------|
D|-----14-11-----------|-----14-11-----------|-----14-11---------|
A|--14-------12--14-14-|--14-------12--14-14-|--14-------12------|
E|---------------0--0--|---------------0--0--|-------------------|


  E5
E|-------------------------------------|
B|-------------------------------------|
G|-------------------------------------|
D|-------------------------------------|
A|-14-141416p14-1414-14-141416p14-1414-|
E|-12-121212----1212-12-121212----1212-|

[Verse 1/2 and Chorus]
Verse 1 & 2 roll into one another and are then followed
by the chorus.


  E5(Guitar 1)   A5             E5             A     F#m(1)
  Guitar 2
E|--------------|--------------|--------------|--------------|
B|--------------|--------------|--------------|--------------|
G|--------------|--9-----------|--------------|--9-----------|
D|--9-----------|-----11--7----|--9-----------|-----11--7----|
A|-----11--7----|--------------|-----11--7----|--------------|
E|--------------|--------------|--------------|--------------|
  I've never seen...

  A         B                            A                    F#m(1)
E|--------------------|-----------------|----------------12~-|------------16~-|
B|--------------------|-9----9-12--9-12-|-12/14-14-12-14-----|---14-17-14-----|
G|--------------------|----9------------|--------------------|----------------|
D|----------9---------|-----------------|--------------------|----------------|
A|--9-9h11----9\7-7/9-|-----------------|--------------------|----------------|
E|--------------------|-----------------|--------------------|----------------|


  E5             A5             E5             A     F#m(1)
E|--------------|--------------|--------------|--------------|
B|--------------|--------------|--------------|--------------|
G|--------------|--9-----------|--------------|--9-----------|
D|--9-----------|-----11--7----|--9-----------|-----11--7----|
A|-----11--7----|--------------|-----11--7----|--------------|
E|--------------|--------------|--------------|--------------|
  I've never took...

[Chorus]
  A         B          C#m(2)  E       A       B         C#m(2)  E
E|--------------------|---------------|-----------------|---------------|
B|--------------------|---------------|-----------------|---------------|
G|--------------------|-----------9---|-----------------|-------------9-|
D|----------9---------|--9h11---9-----|--9-9h11---9-----|--9-9h11---9---|
A|--9-9h11----9\7-7/9-|---------------|-------------11--|---------------|
E|--------------------|---------------|-----------------|---------------|
                       In a big country...

  C#m(2)  E        B                 A                    F#m(1)
E|----------------|-----------------|----------------12~-|------------16~-|
B|-------------9--|-9----9-12--9-12-|-12/14-14-12-14-----|---14-17-14-----|
G|-----9----------|----9------------|--------------------|----------------|
D|--11------11----|-----------------|--------------------|----------------|
A|----------------|-----------------|--------------------|----------------|
E|----------------|-----------------|--------------------|----------------|

[Bridge 1]

Again a palm muted riff similar to the intro is picked out prior to
the MAIN RIFF/SOLO being played.

  E(Guitar 1)              F#m(2)                   E
  Guitar 2
    [PM....................................................................]
E|---19-16----19-16----16-|------------------------|---19-16----19-16----16-|
B|---------17-------17----|---17-------17----------|---------17-------17----|
G|------------------------|------18-16----18-16-18-|------------------------|
D|------------------------|------------------------|------------------------|
A|------------------------|------------------------|------------------------|
E|------------------------|------------------------|------------------------|
                                                       I thought that.....

  A                    C#m(1)                   F#m(1)
    [PM............................................................]
E|---9------9---------|---19-16----19-16----16-|---16-12----16~~----|
B|-----10-----10---10-|---------17-------17----|---------14---------|
G|--------9------9----|------------------------|--------------------|
D|--------------------|------------------------|--------------------|
A|--------------------|------------------------|--------------------|
E|--------------------|------------------------|--------------------|

[Main Riff/Solo]

Both guitars strum an E5 chord 4 times before Guitar 1 plays
the MAIN RIFF/SOLO.

  E5(Guitars 1 & 2)
  <====x 4====>
E|-------------|
B|-------------|
G|-------------|* Strum repeatedly
D|-9-----------|
A|-7-----------|
E|-0-----------|


  E5(Guitar 2 - alternatively Gtr 2 can play Gtr 1's guitar part from the )
                intro as backing to this solo)

Guitar 1
E|-16----16-19------|-16-17-16h17p16--------|
B|-----17-------17~-|----------------17-----|
G|------------------|-------------------16~-|
D|------------------|-----------------------|
A|------------------|-----------------------|
E|------------------|-----------------------|


E|----------------------|-----------------------|
B|-19--17-19-19/21--17~-|/19-21-19h21p19----17~-|
G|----------------------|----------------18-----|
D|----------------------|-----------------------|
A|----------------------|-----------------------|
E|----------------------|-----------------------|

[Verse 3/Chorus]

To play correctly ignore the first 8 bars of VERSE 1/2 &
CHORUS. Also the CHORUS is repeated twice so you need to
repeat the bars from 'In a big country...' again.


[Bridge 2]

Repeat the following 4 bars 4 times, but replace the final bar with
the final bar from BRIDGE 1

  E(Guitar 1)              A
  Guitar 2
    [PM.......................................
E|---19-16----19-16----16-|---9------9---------|
B|---------17-------17----|-----10-----10---10-|
G|------------------------|--------9------9----|
D|------------------------|--------------------|
A|------------------------|--------------------|
E|------------------------|--------------------|

  C#m(1)                   F#m(1)
  ................................................]
E|---19-16----19-16----16-|------------------------|
B|---------17-------17----|---17-------17----------|
G|------------------------|------18-16----18-16-18-|
D|------------------------|------------------------|
A|------------------------|------------------------|
E|------------------------|------------------------|

[Main Riff/Solo]
(as before)


[Verse 4/Chorus]

as per VERSE 3 & CHORUS although this time the chorus is
repeated 3 times instead of twice (the second time it's
played only drums & bass play the first 5 bars)


[Outro]

Guitar 2 plays it's guitar part from the chorus twice. Guitar 1 does as
follows - play the MAIN RIFF/SOLO and then repeat the first bar of it 3
times. Now repeat the MAIN RIFF/SOLO and finish by playing the following
bar 3 times.

  <=========x 3========>
E|-16----16-19/21-21\19-|
B|-----17---------------|
G|----------------------|
D|----------------------|
A|----------------------|
E|----------------------|


************************************

| PM  Palm mute
| p   Pull-off
| ~   Vibrato
| /   Slide up
| h   Hammer-on
| \   Slide down
| >   Accented note

************************************

            
            
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