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“Tobacco Island”
by Flogging Molly

from the album Within a Mile of Home
tabbed by Eric Bonkowski


  chorus riff:
E|------------------------------------------------------|
B|------------------------------------------------------|
G|------------------------------------------------------|
D|-----------------------------3----3-5-5-3---5-5-3-----|
A|------1--1-3-1--1-3-5--5-3-5----5---------5-----------|
E|--1-3-------------------------------------------------|

E|------------------------------------------------------|
B|------------------------------------------------------|
G|------------------------------------------------------|
D|----------------------------------------------3---3---|
A|--5-3-5--3-1---1-------1--1-3-1--1-3-5--5-3-5---5-----|
E|-------------3-----1-3--------------------------------|

E|-----------------------------------|
B|-----------------------------------|
G|-----------------------------------|
D|--5-5-3----5-5-3~------------------|
A|--------5-----------5-3-1-3-5-3-1--|
E|-----------------------------------|

        Bb
And to hell we must sail

For the Shores of sweet Barbados
           Gm
Where the sugar cane grows taller

Than the god we once believed in
          Bb
Till the butcher and his crown

Raped the land we used to sleep in
     Gm                          F
Now tomorrow chimes of ghostly crimes
      Gm  N.C.
That haunt Tobacco Island


  Gm
'Twas 1659 forgotten now for sure
      Bb
They dragged us from our homeland

With the musket and their gun
  Gm
Cromwell and his roundheads

Battered all we know
  Bb
Shackled hopes of freedom

We're now but stolen goods
 F
Darken the horizon
 
Blackened from the sun
      Am
This rotten cage of Bridgetown
   C
Is where I now belong


        Bb
And to hell we must sail

For the Shores of sweet Barbados
           Gm
Where the sugar cane grows taller

Than the god we once believed in
          Bb
Till the butcher and his crown

Raped the land we used to sleep in
     Gm                          F
Now tomorrow chimes of ghostly crimes
      Gm  N.C.
That haunt Tobacco Island


Gm
Red leg down a peg

Blistered burns the soul
     Bb
The floggings they're a plenty

But reasons there are none
     Gm
Our backs belong to landlords

Where branded is there name
 Bb
Paid for with ten shillings

Cheap labor never breaks
     F
The silver moon is shinin'

Cools the copper blood
           Am
Where the livin' meet the dead
    C
And together dance as one


        Bb
And to hell we must sail

For the Shores of sweet Barbados
           Gm
Where the sugar cane grows taller

Than the god we once believed in
          Bb
Till the butcher and his crown

Raped the land we used to sleep in
     Gm                          F
Now tomorrow chimes of ghostly crimes
      Gm  N.C.
That haunt Tobacco Island


Bb Gm              Bb           Gm
Ag-ony, will you cleanse this misery?
           Bb               Gm
For it's never again I'll breathe
            F
The air of home
           Bb    Gm
From this sandy edge
            Bb             Gm
The rolling sea breaks my revenge
            Bb                Gm
With each whisper a thousand waves
        F
I hear roar

I'm coming home

          - Instrumental break -
              x8
each time break is played, it’s over one chord played in this order:
Gm, F, Gm, F, Gm, F, Gm, Bb (one chord for each time)

E|------------------------------------------------------|
B|------------------------------------------------------|
G|------------------------------------------------------|
D|-----5-5p3---3------------------5-5p3---3-------------|
A|-----------5---5p3/1p0---0-1----------5---5-3-1-0-----|
E|--3--------------------3------3-------------------3---|

on the 4th and 8th time, this is played as an ending:

E|-----------------------------------------------------------|
B|-----------------------------------------------------------|
G|-----------------------------------------------------------|
D|-----5-5p3---3---------------------------------------------|
A|-----------5---5p3/1p0---0-1-----3-3-3-3h5p3/1--0-1-0------|
E|--3--------------------3------------------------------1h3--|



 F
Dark is the horizon

Blackened by the sun
       Am
This rotten cage of Bridgetown
     C
Is where I now belong


        Bb
And to hell we must sail

For the Shores of sweet Barbados
           Gm
Where the sugar cane grows taller

Than the god we once believed in
          Bb
Till the butcher and his crown

Raped the land we used to sleep in
     Gm                          F
Now tomorrow chimes of ghostly crimes
      Gm  N.C.
That haunt Tobacco Island


        Bb
And to hell we must sail

For the Shores of sweet Barbados
           Gm
Where the sugar cane grows taller

Than the god we once believed in
          Bb
Till the butcher and his crown

Raped the land we used to sleep in
     Gm                          F
Now tomorrow chimes of ghostly crimes
      Gm  N.C.
That haunt Tobacco Island

        - final instrumental break, through end –
no idea how many times it’s played, but it’s basically
alternating these two sections.

  PART 1, played twice:

E|---------------------------------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------------------------------|
G|---------------------------------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------------------------------|
A|--1-------1-------3-1-0-------0-------0-1-------1--------|
E|----3-3-3---3-3-3-------1-1-1---1-1-1-----3-3-3---3-3-3--|

E|----------------------------|
B|----------------------------|
G|----------------------------|
D|----------------------------|
A|--3-3-3-3h5p3/1--0-1-0------|
E|-----------------------1h3--|
          
    after that entire section twice straight through,
  then comes PART 2 played three times

E|------------------------------------------------------|
B|------------------------------------------------------|
G|------------------------------------------------------|
D|-----5-5p3---3------------------5-5p3---3-------------|
A|-----------5---5p3/1p0---0-1----------5---5-3-1-0-----|
E|--3--------------------3------3-------------------3---|

  and after the third time through that, play this ENDING

E|-----------------------------------------------------------|
B|-----------------------------------------------------------|
G|-----------------------------------------------------------|
D|-----5-5p3---3---------------------------------------------|
A|-----------5---5p3/1p0---0-1-----3-3-3-3h5p3/1--0-1-0------|
E|--3--------------------3------------------------------1h3--|

   then go back to part 1 played twice, followed by
   part 2 played three times, then the ending.
   repeat as needed!
   
And for any mandolin or violin players,
those few riffs look like this:

  intro:
e|-----------------------------1----1--3-3-1---3-3-1------------------|
A|------1--1-3-1--1-3-5--5-3-5----5----------5--------5-3-5-3-1---1---|
D|--3-5---------------------------------------------------------5-----|
G|--------------------------------------------------------------------|

e|-----------------------------1----1--3-3-1---3-3-1------------------|
A|------1--1-3-1--1-3-5--5-3-5----5----------5---------5-3-1-3-5-3-1--|
D|--3-5---------------------------------------------------------------|
G|--------------------------------------------------------------------|

  first interlude:
e|------3—3p1---1--------------------3-3p1---1------------------------|
A|------------5---5-3-1-0---0-1------------5---5-3-1-0----------------|
D|---5--------------------5-------5--------------------5--------------|
G|--------------------------------------------------------------------|

e|------3—3p1---1-----------------------------------------------------|
A|------------5---5-3-1-0---0-1---3-3-3-3h5-3/1-0-1-0-----------------|
D|---5--------------------5---------------------------3-5-------------|
G|--------------------------------------------------------------------|

  second interlude:
e|-------------------------------------------------------|
A|-1-------1-------5-3-0-------0-------1-------1---------|
D|---5-5-5---5-5-5-------3-3-3---3-3-3---5-5-5---5-5-5---|
G|-------------------------------------------------------|

e|----------------------------|
A|--3-3-3-3h5-3/1-0-1-0-------|
D|----------------------3-5---|
G|----------------------------|


*** Remember lots and lots of double picking, 
    this isn’t note for note, some are double
    picked, some are slid past or hammered on or
    whatever.  this is meant as a guide. also,
    because the instrumental stuff as well
    as the intro is all played on the 
    violin/mandolin/accordion, the guitar
    stuff is at least 1 octave flat to what
    you hear on the actual recording, so make
    adjustments as needed, but the notes themselves
    are pretty close to correct.

great song
Have fun, email questions or corrections to
 Fixxxer411@yahoo.com

            
            
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shrofepittly 41 Sep 13, 2007 01:42 PM

The verses are alright, with the exception of some chord I can't find that goes to the "than the god we once believed in" part and I think a "C" or "Cm" is played at the end. The "Agony" part is completly wrong, unfortunatly. Its played on Gm, Eb, Gm, D

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catalyst329 10 Sep 13, 2007 05:11 PM

I havent checked the tab out yet but this is my favorite song of all time.

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lonelyraindog 263 Sep 14, 2007 09:31 AM

the Cm sounds wrong, definitely a C. and for the agony part, i played the other chords and i think these still sound better. when i play it I add in other bass notes to follow the melody line, so it looks more like this (and this sounds pretty good). strum throughout:

a-go-ny won’t you cleanse this mis-er-y for it’s ne-ver
e|------------------------------------------------------------|
B|--3------------------3--------------3-----------------3-----|
G|--3-----0------------3--------------3----0------------3-----|
D|--3-----0------------3--------------3----0------------3-----|
A|--1--0--x------------1--------3-----1-0--x------------1--1--|
E|--------3--1----3------------------------3---1---3----------|
Bb G5 Bb Bb G5 Bb

a-gain I’ll breath the air of home
e|-----------------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------1-------|
G|--------------0------------------2-------|
D|--------------0------------------3-------|
A|1--1-----0----x------------------3-------|
E|--------------3------1---1---3---1-------|
G5 F


though if the general consensus is that Gm, Eb, Gm, D is better, i guess i'll have to rethink something...
thanks for the imput

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