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                             I fought the Law
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Email: stratacaster_master@hotmail.com

Tuning: Standard
Key: F
Guitar I-distorted
Guitar II-distorted

Out of all the cover songs (Shout, We Are the Champions) that Green day has done this is
my favorite. This song was originally written by The Crickets in the late 50's. It was
and made famous by Bobby Fuller
Four in the mid 60's. The song was then again covered by The Clash in the late 70's.

Green Day had re-covered this song for a Pepsi Commercial that aired for the Superbowl,
2004

This is a more complicated song by Green Day seeing that there is a counter melody in
verse. I looked at a tab and the chord progression was completely correct but in the key
here I have corrected it.

Playing Live options. When Green Day plays this they only play the counter melody. They
play the chorus solo but play it during the solo. From trying to sing and play song at
same time its really hard to play the main melody because the B flat (I think that’s 
it is) makes your voice go to low when trying to sing. You could play it way here only
the counter melody person playing do the singing. For guitars Billie
his Les Paul jr. and Jason plays a hollow bodied guitar…a Gibson L5 I believe.

Effects: Basically just a good distortion. For amp settings…these sound
close: bass: 5
       Middle: 7
       Treble: 10
       Reverb: 0
       Distiron/Gain/Drive: On

But my timing maybe a little off

OK MAJOR UPDATE. AFTER LISTENING TO THE SONG THROUGH BETTER SPEAKERS I FOUND THAT MOST
THIS TAB IS WRONG SO NOW IM GOING TO UPDATE! -February 2, 2007

Drums…0:00-0:04

Fixed A lot of shit!! August 7, 2007

INTRO:

E|----------------------------------------------------------|
B|-11/13-13-13-13-13--11/13-13-13--11/13-13-13--11/13-13-13-|
G|----------------------------------------------------------|
D|----------------------------------------------------------|
A|----------------------------------------------------------|
E|----------------------------------------------------------| x2
 |                                                          |
E|----------------------------------------------------------|
B|----------------------------------------------------------|
G|-10-10-10-10-10-10-----------------------------10-10-10-10|
D|-10-10-10-10-10-10--8-8-8-8-8-8-8/10-10-10-10--10-10-10-10|
A|-8--8--8--8--8--8---8-8-8-8-8-8-8/10-10-10-10--8--8--8--8-|
E|--------------------6-6-6-6-6-6-6/8--8--8--8--------------|

E|-------------|
B|-13-11-10-6-o|
G|-------------|
D|-------------|
A|------------o|
E|-------------| x2
 |             |
E|-------------|
B|-------------|
G|---------10--|
D|-10-8-7--10--|
A|-10-8-7--8---|
E|-8--6-5------| x2


VERSE:
E|---x-x---x-x----------|---x-x---x-x----------|---x-x---x-x-----------|
B|---x-x---x-x----------|---x-x---x-x----------|---x-x---x-x-----------|
G|-10x-x-10x-x--------10|-10x-x-10x-x--------10|-10x-x-10x-x---------10|
D|-10x-x-10x-x--x-x-x-10|-10x-x-10x-x-x-x-x--10|-10x-x-10x-x--x-x-x--10|
A|-8------8-----x-x-x-8-|-8-----8-----x-x-x--8-|-8-----8------x-x-x--8-| X2
E|--------------x-x-x---|-------------x-x-x----|--------------x-x-x----|
 | (COUNTER MELODY)                                                    |
E|---------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|-10-10-10-10---------10-10-10-10-10---------10-10-10-10-10---------10|
D|-10-10-10-10-8-8-8-8-10-10-10-10-10-8-8-8-8-10-10-10-10-10-1010101010|
A|-8--8--8--8--8-8-8-8-8--8--8--8--8--8-8-8-8-8--8--8--8--8--10101010-8|
E|-------------6-6-6-6----------------6-6-6-6----------------8-8-8-8---|
PM ********************************************************************* x2


CHORUS:
E|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|----------------------------101010101010101010101010-----------------------|
D|----8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-101010101010101010101010-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-|
A|----8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8--8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-|
E|-12/6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6--------------------------6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-|
|                                                                           |
E|--6-----------6------------5~~----------------------6------------6---------|
B|--------8------------8--------------------------------------8-----------8--|
G|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|

E|---x-x---x-x----------|---x-x---x-x-------------------|
B|---x-x---x-x----------|---x-x---x-x-------------------|
G|-10x-x-10x-x--------10|-10x-x-10x-x-------------10----|
D|-10x-x-10x-x--x-x-x-10|-10x-x-10x-x---10--8--7--10----|
A|-8-----8------x-x-x-8-|-8-----8-------10--8--7--8-----|
E|--------------x-x-x---|---------------8---6--5--------|
 |                                                      |
E|-5~~~~~~~~~~~~~~--------------------------------------|
B|------------------------------------------------------|
G|--10-10-10-10---------10-10-10-10-10------------10----|
D|--10-10-10-10-8-8-8-8-10-10-10-10-10--10--8--7--10----|
A|--8--8--8--8--8-8-8-8-8--8--8--8--10--10--8--7--8-----|
E|--------------6-6-6-6-----------------8---6--5--------|

SOLO:
E|-----------------------------|--------------------------|
B|-----------------------------|-------------------------o|
G|-----------------------------|-1010x------10-1010-1010--|
D|-8-~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~-|-1010x-1010-10-1010-1010--|
A|-8-~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~-|-8-8-x-1010-8---8-8-8-8--o| 
E|-6-~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~-|--------88----------------| 
 |                                                        |
E|----------------------------------------------17--------|
B|----------------------10-------11----13--/-18---or/(22)o|
G|-----------10--/--12------------------------------------|
D|-10--/--12----------------------------------------------|
A|-------------------------------------------------------o|
E|--------------------------------------------------------|

E|-----------------------------|--------------------------|
B|-----------------------------|-------------------------o|
G|-----------------------------|-1010x------10-1010-1010--|
D|-8-~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~-|-1010x-1010-10-1010-1010--|
A|-8-~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~-|-8-8-x-1010-8---8-8-8-8--o| 
E|-6-~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~-|--------88----------------| 
 |                                                        |
E|----------------------------------------------17--------|
B|----------------------10-------11----13--/-18---or/(22)o|
G|-----------10--/--12------------------------------------|
D|-10--/--12----------------------------------------------|
A|-------------------------------------------------------o|
E|--------------------------------------------------------|

E|-----------------------------|--------------------------|
B|-----------------------------|-------------------------o|
G|-----------------------------|-1010x------10-1010-1010--|
D|-8-~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~-|-1010x-1010-10-1010-1010--|
A|-8-~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~-|-8-8-x-1010-8---8-8-8-8--o| 
E|-6-~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~-|--------88----------------| 
 |                                                        |
E|----------------------------------------------17--------|
B|----------------------10-------11----13--/-18---or/(22)o|
G|-----------10--/--12------------------------------------|
D|-10--/--12----------------------------------------------|
A|-------------------------------------------------------o|
E|--------------------------------------------------------|


E|-----------------------------|
B|-----------------------------|
G|-----------------------------|
D|-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-|
A|-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-| 
E|-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-|
 |                                         
E|-----------------------------|
B|----------------------10-----|
G|-----------10--/--12---------|
D|-10--/--12-------------------|
A|-----------------------------|
E|-----------------------------|

E|----------------------------------------------------------|
B|-11/13-13-13-13-13--11/13-13-13--11/13-13-13--11/13-13-13-|
G|----------------------------------------------------------|
D|----------------------------------------------------------|
A|----------------------------------------------------------|
E|----------------------------------------------------------| x2
 |                                                          |
E|----------------------------------------------------------|
B|----------------------------------------------------------|
G|-10-10-10-10-10-10----------------10-10-10-10--10-10-10-10|
D|-10-10-10-10-10-10--8-8-8-8-8-8-8-10-10-10-10--10-10-10-10|
A|-8--8--8--8--8--8---8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8--8--8--8---8--8--8--8-|
E|--------------------6-6-6-6-6-6-6-------------------------|
notice that they play F chord instead of C chord this time~~**
E|-------------|
B|-13-11-10-6--|
G|-------------|
D|-------------|
A|-------------|
E|-------------|
 |             |
E|-------------|
B|-------------|
G|---------10--|
D|-10-8-7--10--|
A|-10-8-7--8---|
E|-8--6-5------|

VERSE:
E|---x-x---x-x-|--------|---x-x---x-x----------|---x-x---x-x-------------|
B|---x-x---x-x-|--------|---x-x---x-x----------|---x-x---x-x-------------|
G|-10x-x-10x-x-|--------|-10x-x-10x-x--------10|-10x-x-10x-x----------10-|
D|-10x-x-10x-x-|--------|-10x-x-10x-x-x-x-x--10|-10x-x-10x-x--x-x-x-x-10-|
A|-8------8----|-DRUMS--|-8-----8-----x-x-x--8-|-8-----8------x-x-x-x-8--|
E|-------------|--------|-------------x-x-x----|--------------x-x-x-x----|
 | (COUNTER MELODY)                                                      |
E|-------------|--------|------------------------------------------------|
B|-------------|--------|------------------------------------------------|
G|-10-10-10-10-|--------|10-10-10-10-10---------10-10-10-10-10---------10|
D|-10-10-10-10-|--------|10-10-10-10-10-8-8-8-8-10-10-10-10-10-1010101010|
A|-8--8--8--8--|--------|8--8--8--8--8--8-8-8-8-8--8--8--8--8--10101010-8|
E|-------------|--------|---------------6-6-6-6----------------8-8-8-8---|
PM ***********************************************************************

E|---x-x---x-x----------|---x-x---x-x----------|---x-x---x-x-----------|
B|---x-x---x-x----------|---x-x---x-x----------|---x-x---x-x-----------|
G|-10x-x-10x-x--------10|-10x-x-10x-x--------10|-10x-x-10x-x---------10|
D|-10x-x-10x-x--x-x-x-10|-10x-x-10x-x-x-x-x--10|-10x-x-10x-x--x-x-x--10|
A|-8------8-----x-x-x-8-|-8-----8-----x-x-x--8-|-8-----8------x-x-x--8-| X2
E|--------------x-x-x---|-------------x-x-x----|--------------x-x-x----|
 | (COUNTER MELODY)                                                    |
E|---------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|-10-10-10-10---------10-10-10-10-10---------10-10-10-10-10---------10|
D|-10-10-10-10-8-8-8-8-10-10-10-10-10-8-8-8-8-10-10-10-10-10-1010101010|
A|-8--8--8--8--8-8-8-8-8--8--8--8--8--8-8-8-8-8--8--8--8--8--10101010-8|
E|-------------6-6-6-6----------------6-6-6-6----------------8-8-8-8---|
PM ***********************************************************************


CHORUS:
E|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|----------------------------101010101010101010101010-----------------------|
D|----8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-101010101010101010101010-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-|
A|----8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8--8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-|
E|-12/6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6--------------------------6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-|
|                                                                           |
E|--6-----------6------------5~~----------------------6------------6---------|
B|--------8------------8--------------------------------------8-----------8--|
G|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|

E|---x-x---x-x----------|---x-x---x-x-------------------|
B|---x-x---x-x----------|---x-x---x-x-------------------|
G|-10x-x-10x-x--------10|-10x-x-10x-x-------------10----|
D|-10x-x-10x-x--x-x-x-10|-10x-x-10x-x---10--8--7--10----|
A|-8-----8------x-x-x-8-|-8-----8-------10--8--7--8-----|
E|--------------x-x-x---|---------------8---6--5--------|
 |                                                      |
E|-5~~~~~~~~~~~~~~--------------------------------------|
B|------------------------------------------------------|
G|--10-10-10-10---------10-10-10-10-10------------10----|
D|--10-10-10-10-8-8-8-8-10-10-10-10-10--10--8--7--10----|
A|--8--8--8--8--8-8-8-8-8--8--8--8--10--10--8--7--8-----|
E|--------------6-6-6-6-----------------8---6--5--------|


E|----------------------------------------------------------|
B|-11/13-13-13-13-13--11/13-13-13--11/13-13-13--11/13-13-13-|
G|----------------------------------------------------------|
D|----------------------------------------------------------|
A|----------------------------------------------------------|
E|----------------------------------------------------------| x2
 |                                                          |
E|----------------------------------------------------------|
B|----------------------------------------------------------|
G|-10-10-10-10-10-10-----------------------------10-10-10-10|
D|-10-10-10-10-10-10--8-8-8-8-8-8-8/10-10-10-10--10-10-10-10|
A|-8--8--8--8--8--8---8-8-8-8-8-8-8/10-10-10-10--8--8--8--8-|
E|--------------------6-6-6-6-6-6-6/8--8--8--8--------------|

E|-------------|
B|-13-11-10-6-o|
G|-------------|
D|-------------|
A|------------o|
E|-------------| x2
 |             |
E|-------------|
B|------------o|
G|---------10--|
D|-10-8-7--10--|
A|-10-8-7--8--o|
E|-8--6-5------|

Outro:
E|------------------------------------|------------------------------------|
B|------------------------------------|------------------------------------|
G|-10101010----------10101010-10101010|----------10101010-10101010---------|
D|-10101010-8-8-8-8--10101010-10101010|-10101010-10101010-10101010-8-8-8-8-|
A|-8-8-8-8--8-8-8-8--8-8-8-8--8-8-8-8-|-10101010-8-8-8-8--8-8-8-8--8-8-8-8-|
E|----------6-6-6-6-------------------|-8-8-8-8--------------------6-6-6-6-|
PM ********************************** *************************************


E|------------------|---------------------------|
B|------------------|---------------------------|
G|-10101010-10101010|-10101010------------10----|
D|-10101010-10101010|-10101010--10--8--8--10~---|
A|-8-8-8-8--8-8-8-8-|-8-8-8-8---10--8--7--8~----|
E|------------------|-----------8---6--5--------|
PM **************************
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sloppyjoe24 826 wrote on December 2 2006, 08:46 am

You put this in the intro:

E|-----------------------|
B|-----------------------|
G|-10101010--------10-10-|
D|-10101010---8-8--10-10-|
A|-8-8-8-8----8-8--8--8--|
E|------------6-6--------|

I think its more like:

E|-----------------------|
B|-----------------------|
G|-10101010--------------|
D|-10101010---8-8--10-10-|
A|-8-8-8-8----8-8--10-10-|
E|------------6-6---8--8-|


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Squirrel1993 496 wrote on December 3 2006, 09:44 pm

hey thanks joe. i'll update!

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Squirrel1993 496 wrote on December 3 2006, 09:45 pm

o srry i forgot to mention the "u were right" part

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