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Life In A Tenement Square Tab

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This is one of Flogging Molly's tougher songs.  It's only as complicated as you
make it, though.  If you have accordion, tin whistle, fiddle, and electric guitar
players, you don't have to play everything I have here.  I'm just including all
the parts I was able to figure out, with thanks to my guitar teacher for helping
me with the electric guitar solo.
As usual, ^=bend, /=slide up, \=slide down, h=hammer on, p=pull off.

Flogging Molly
Life in a Tenement Square


Intro:  (strum on an acoustic)

Am   C   D   G
Am   C   E
   _________________   ____________________________________________________
  |    Accordion    | |Tin whistle lead:                                   |
e--0-----------------------------------------------------------------------
B-----3--1--3--1--0------------1---0-1-3---0--0h1p0------------1---0h1p0---
G----------------------2---0h2----------------------0--2---0-2-----------2-
D--------------------------------------------------------------------------
A--------------------------------------------------------------------------
E--------------------------------------------------------------------------

Repeat intro chords

Accordion:
e--0------------------------------------------------------------------
B----3-1-3-1-0-1-0-------0-1---0-1-3---1-0---0---0---------1----------
G------------------2---2-------------------0---0---2-----------0---2--
D---------------------------------------------------------------------
A---------------------------------------------------------------------
E---------------------------------------------------------------------

Tin whistle: (with distorted chords)
   A5     C5    D5    G5       A5     D5    E5
e--5--7p5----------------------------------------
B---------8---5-----------------------------5----
G---------------7-----7--4h5p4--------5--7-------
D-------------------7----------7--5h7------------
A------------------------------------------------
E------------------------------------------------
   A5      C5    D5    G5        A5      C5 G5    A5
e--5---7p5------------------------------------------
B----------8---5------------------------------------
G----------------7-----7---4h5p4---------5--4h5p4---
D--------------------7-----------7---5h7----------7-
A---------------------------------------------------
E---------------------------------------------------


Verse 1:

        Am         C         D      G
Well I kissed the day, I was on my way
            Am         C         E
From those cold grey blocks of stone
     Am        C          D            G
For seventeen years of squalor filled tears
   Am           C    G     Am
A time now with innocence lost
        C                           G                 
As the sun split the room with its rays filled with gloom
 Am                     E7
Turnin’ all hope to despair
        Am          C           D             G
And the only thing left was to flee from the nest
          Am        C   G     Am
That was life in a Tenement Square

Interlude:

Am   C   D   G
Am   C   G   Am

Verse 2:

I remember the song where the rats sang along
And danced for their daily bread
While the damp washed the walls that were twenty feet tall
Not a child in the house was fed

On the porter filled face of the men left no trace
Of the coin they had already spent
While our mothers asked God what was Hell ever for
When you lived in a Tenement Square


Bridge:

             G                        Am
Grab what’s left of the coal from the ole cubbyhole
       G                         Am
These cinders need more to be a fire
            G                          Am
While the ghosts of the soldiers that lived there before us
 C                G             Am
Laugh with their guns by their sides
             C                 G             Am
I hear them laugh, with their guns by their sides

Solo: (play it messily!)

e-----8---8---10---8\----3---3---5---3-----
B------------------------------------------
G--/9---9---9----9----/4---4---4---4-------
D------------------------------------------
A------------------------------------------
E------------------------------------------

e------8----10----11----12----13----14----12----14---
B----------------------------------------------------
G---/9---10----11----12----13----14----12----14------
D----------------------------------------------------
A----------------------------------------------------
E----------------------------------------------------

e--15---15----12-----------8--7--5--8^--8^--5----
B-------13^---10^---8------8--8--5--8^--8^--5----
G------------------------------------------------
D------------------------------------------------
A------------------------------------------------
E------------------------------------------------

Verse 3:

Now politicians they dwell in that forgotten Hell
Our misery’s been turned into news
Where the fat of the land now hog, hand in hand
A crime now of life was ever true

As the sun split the room with its rays filled with gloom
Turnin’ all hope to despair 
And the only thing left was to flee from the nest
That was life in a Tenement Square


Repeat Accordion/Tin whistle intro


This is still one of my favorite songs ever.  Have fun playing it!
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DoctorPi 131 Sep 18, 2003 12:00 AM

Hey

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DoctorPi 131 Sep 18, 2003 12:00 AM

Hey everyone, it's Erik. I know the tab doesn't look right. I typed it in Lucida Console font so every character would be the same size. So what you gotta do is copy it to a Word file and put it into a uniform font like Lucida Console. Good luck, and I hope you read this!
Erik

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DoctorPi 131 Mar 02, 2005 12:00 AM

On the first section that must be played with distorted power chords (with the tin whistle lead), I got the second to last chord wrong on the first line. It should be a C5, not a D5.

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