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Song: Hit me with your rhythm stick
Artist: Ian Dury & the Blockheads
Composers: Ian Dury & Chas Jankel
Tabbed by DJ
4th Aug 2016

CAPO: 1st fret (Sounds in the key of Fm)

Chord names & fret positions are relative to the capo:
Em7  = 020000    E     = 022100
Em11 = 020200    F#m   = 244222
A    = x02220    E/G#  = 422100
B    = x24442    F#m/A = x04222
D/F# = 20023x    E7#9  = 020133
C    = x32010    G7    = 353433
D    = xx0232    G#7   = 464544
Eb   = xx5343    A7    = 575655

^ = Emphasise these beats

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

[Intro]
        Em7   Em11 Em7  Em11 Em7  Em11 Em7
||:  /___/     /___/     /___/     /___/  :||[x4]

   A   A       B   B
|  /___/   /   /___/   /  |
   ^   ^       ^   ^

        Em7   Em11 Em7  Em11 Em7  Em11 Em7
||:  /___/     /___/     /___/     /___/  :||[x2]


[Verse 1]
         Em7     D/F#     Em7
In the deserts ...of Su - dan,
         C              Em7
And the gardens of Ja - pan,
          Em7    D/F#   Em7
From Mi - lan to Yuca - tan,
        C              D     D Eb
Every woman, ...every man!   ^  ^


[Chorus 1]
 E     F#m        E/G#  F#m/A     E7#9      E7#9
Hit me with your rhythm stick, ...hit me, ...hit me!
                                   ^   ^      ^   ^
E        F#m        E/G#  F#m/A
Je t'a - dore!  Ich liebe dich!
E7#9               E7#9
Hit me, hit me, ...hit me!
^   ^              ^   ^
E      F#m         G7    G#7
Hit me with your rhythm stick,
A7       G#7    G7           F#7
Hit me slowly,    ...hit me quick,
 A         B        Em7 Em11 Em7  Em11 Em7  Em11 Em7
Hit me,...hit me ...hit              ...me-------!
 ^  ^      ^  ^
   A   A       B   B
|  /___/   /   /___/   /  |
   ^   ^       ^   ^
        Em7   Em11 Em7  Em11 Em7  Em11 Em7
||:  /___/     /___/     /___/     /___/  :||[x2]



[Verse 2]
        Em7     D/F#   Em7
In the wilds of Borne - o,
          C                 Em7
And the vineyards of Bor - deaux,
       Em7     D/F#   Em7
Eski - mo, A - rapa - ho,
            C              D     D Eb
Move their body ...to and fro!   ^  ^


[Chorus 2]
 E     F#m        E/G#  F#m/A     E7#9      E7#9
Hit me with your rhythm stick, ...hit me, ...hit me!
                                   ^   ^      ^   ^
 E      F#m           E/G#    F#m/A
Das ist gut!   C'est fantas - tique!
E7#9               E7#9
Hit me, hit me, ...hit me!
^   ^              ^   ^
E      F#m         G7    G#7
Hit me with your rhythm stick,
      A7    G#7    G7    F#7
It's nice to be a luna - tic,
 A         B        Em7 Em11 Em7  Em11 Em7  Em11 Em7
Hit me,...hit me ...hit me-------!
 ^  ^      ^  ^


[Break]
        Em7   Em11 Em7  Em11 Em7  Em11 Em7
||:  /___/     /___/     /___/     /___/  :||[x4]

 A         B        Em7
Hit me,...hit me ...hit...
 ^  ^      ^  ^

[Mute strings and scrub rhythm]
||:  /___/     /___/     /___/     /___/  :||[x8]

        Em7   Em11 Em7  Em11 Em7  Em11 Em7
||:  /___/     /___/     /___/     /___/  :||[x4]



[Verse 3]
        Em7    D/F#  Em7          C              Em7
In the dock of Tiger Bay, on the road to Manda - lay,
           Em7    D/F#  Em7
From Bom - bay to Santa Fe,
          C                     D     D Eb
O'er the hills, ...and far a - way!   ^ ^


[Chorus 3]
 E     F#m        E/G#  F#m/A     E7#9      E7#9
Hit me with your rhythm stick, ...hit me, ...hit me!
                                   ^   ^      ^   ^
 E       F#m        E/G#   F#m/A
C'est si bon, mmm?  Ist es nicht?
E7#9               E7#9
Hit me, hit me, ...hit me!
^   ^              ^   ^
E      F#m         G7    G#7
Hit me with your rhythm stick,
 A7       G#7     G7            F#7
Two fat persons, click, click, click,
 A         B        Em7 Em11 Em7  Em11 Em7  Em11 Em7
Hit me,...hit me ...hit .....me-------!
 ^  ^      ^  ^
 A         B        Em7 Em11 Em7  Em11 Em7  Em11 Em7
Hit me,...hit me ...hit me-------!
 ^  ^      ^  ^


[Coda]
   Em7 Em11 Em7  Em11 Em7  Em11 Em7
|: Hit me!                         :||[Repeat]
    ^  ^

[Suggestion for ending]
   A   A       B   B        Em7
|  /___/   /   /___/   /  |  /  ||
   ^   ^       ^   ^         ^

            
            
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Mats Fagergren 2,192 Sep 06, 2016 05:06 PM

I love this one, shall not forget the bass either,,
DiddyD
why not upload reasons to be cheerful.? i love the lyrics...

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DiddyD 13,123 Sep 07, 2016 05:08 AM

Thanks Mats, do you mean the ascending bass notes in the chorus?
If you can get them in it's good, but I guess not essential for everyone.
There are though a lot of keyboard players and bassists who also use guitar tabs as a basic reference, and do appreciate these little details I try to include.
'Reasons to be cheerful Part 3' is a really fun song and lyric, but there's really not enough there for me for a guitar tab, apart from the break it's just riffing on a couple of funky chords.

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