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Author
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                             I’M ON FIRE- Bruce Springsteen
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Tabbed by: Adam B.
Email: Atwbthe3rd@yahoo.com

Tuning: Standard (EADGBE)

This is my favorite Springsteen song. The guitar is palm-muted and finger picked with 
hand near the bridge of the guitar and quietly with occasional notes ringing. This tab is 
Check for yourself.


[Intro] x2 (guitar fades in)

   E5
e|----------------|---------------|---------------|---------------|
B|----------------|---------------|---------------|---------------|
G|--------4-------|-------4-------|-------4-------|-------4-------|
D|------2---2---2-|-----2---2---2-|-----2---2---2-|-----2---2---2-|
A|----2-------2---|---2-------2---|---2-------2---|---2-------2---|
E|-0--------------|0--------------|0--------------|0--------------|

  C#m
e|----------------|---------------|---------------|---------------|
B|--------5-------|-------5-------|-------5-------|-------5-------|
G|------6---6---6-|-----6---6---6-|-----6---6---6-|-----6---6---6-|
D|----6-------6---|---6-------6---|---6-------6---|---6-------6---|
A|-4--------------|4--------------|4--------------|4--------------|
E|----------------|---------------|---------------|---------------|


[Verse]

   E5
e|----------------|---------------|---------------|---------------|
B|----------------|---------------|---------------|---------------|
G|--------4-------|-------4-------|-------4-------|-------4-------|
D|------2---2---2-|-----2---2---2-|-----2---2---2-|-----2---2---2-|
A|----2-------2---|---2-------2---|---2-------2---|---2-------2---|
E|-0--------------|0--------------|0--------------|0--------------|

   A                                C#m
e|----------------|---------------|---------------|---------------|
B|--------2-------|-------2-------|-------5-------|-------5-------|
G|------2---2---2-|-----2---2---2-|-----6---6---6-|-----6---6---6-|
D|----2-------2---|---2-------2---|---6-------6---|---6-------6---|
A|-0--------------|0--------------|4--------------|4--------------|
E|----------------|---------------|---------------|---------------|

   A                B              Esus2
e|----------------|---------------|---------------|---------------|
B|--------2-------|-------4-------|-------0-------|---------------|
G|------2---2---2-|-----4---4---4-|------(4)------|-------4-------|
D|----2-------2---|---4-------4---|-----2---2---2-|-----2---2---2-|
A|-0--------------|2--------------|---2-------2---|---2-------2---|
E|----------------|---------------|0--------------|0--------------|


Play [Intro] Twice


[Verse 1]

E
Hey little girl, is you daddy home
                               A
Did he go and leave you all alone
                 C#m     A  B    E
I’ve got a bad desire, Oh I’m on fire


[Verse 2]

E
Tell me now baby is he good to you
                                        A
And can he do to you the things that I do
                  C#m  A   B   E
I can take you higher Oh, I’m on fire

Play Intro Twice


[Verse 3] (play same picking pattern for this verse)

A (2 bars)
Sometimes it’s like someone took a knife baby edgy and dull
E    (2 bars)                                       C#m (four bars)
And put a six knife valley through the middle of my skull


[Verse 4]

E
At night I wake up with the sheets soaking wet
                                                                A
And a freight train running through the middle of my head, and you
              C#m    A    B    Esus2
You cool my desire, Oh, I’m on fire

A    B      E   (Last line of verse)
Oh, I’m on fire
A    B      E
Oh, I’m on fire

A    B     E

Fade out with intro


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atwbthe3rd 480 Jun 19, 2006 12:45 PM

I'm starting to doubt myself ...
It might not be Esus2 during the verse but instead E5 (the f# might be an e). It's pretty much impossible to tell what Bruce plays because he plays it quietly and with lots of palm muting. When I play by myself though, E5 sounds better than Esus 2. So play whatever you want, cause that's one note I can't tell

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digital_smurf 30 Jun 26, 2007 01:01 PM

Spot on mate

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angry_ben 10 Jul 09, 2007 03:43 PM

Very nice, works perfectly

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