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Author
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       Ball & Chain - Big Brother and the Holding Company
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Tabbed By : Aeonoptic
e-mail: aeonoptic@gmail.com

Tuning: EADGBe
                             v these are all tremolo picked, so there is a lot more
  F#m                                                      Bm
E|---14-17-17h19p17|19b21~~~-19b21-19b21-19b21-19b21-19b21|19b21-19b21-19b21-19b21-19b22-19b22-19b22-19b22|
B|17---------------|19b21~~~------------------------------|-----------------------------------------------|
G|-----------------|--------------------------------------|-----------------------------------------------|
D|-----------------|--------------------------------------|-----------------------------------------------|
A|-----------------|--------------------------------------|-----------------------------------------------|
E|-----------------|--------------------------------------|-----------------------------------------------|

  F#m                                      Bm
E|---------19b20--19b20-19b-17~~----------|------------------------------------------|
B|19pbr22-------------------------17b--17\|------------------------------------------|
G|--------------------------------17b--17\|4b6~~--4b6-4~-4~-2b----4/6-6~~---2-4-2-4b6|
D|----------------------------------------|--------------------4---------------------|
A|----------------------------------------|------------------------------------------|
E|----------------------------------------|------------------------------------------|

  F#m                      C#7                               C7    Bm
E|------------------------|---------------------------------------|--------------------------|
B|------------------------|--------------------------5-5-5-5-4-4-4|3--3b-3-3-3-3-------------|
G|------------------------|-------4---4b6-4pbr6--4/6-6-6-6-6-5-5-5|4-----4-4-4-4-4-4-4b6--2h4|
D|------------------------|-----3---3-----------------------------|--------------------------|
A|-----------------------2|2/4~-----------------------------------|--------------------------|
E|2--5b7--5-2--0-2---2-5--|---------------------------------------|--------------------------|

  F#m                       Bm                 C#7
E|--------------------------2-5-7b9-7-5---5--|14b17-14pb17-14pb17-12----14-17-19b21-19-17h19--17b----|
B|------------------------2-------------7---7|-----------------------14---------------------------17\|
G|2~~--4b6-4pb6-4pbr6-2-4--------------------|-------------------------------------------------------|
D|-------------------------------------------|-------------------------------------------------------|
A|-------------------------------------------|-------------------------------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------------------|-------------------------------------------------------|


[Chorus]

F#m
Sitting down by my window
Bm                 F#m  
Honey, looking out at the rain
Bm
Lord, Lord, Lord, sitting down by my window
                  F#m
Baby, looking out at the rain
C#7                             C7      Bm
Something came along, grabbed a hold of me
        A5 G#5          F#m
And it felt just like a ball and chain
Bm
Honey, that's exactly what it felt like
C#7
Honey, just dragging me down


[Verse]

F#m                                         Bm
And I say, oh, whoa, whoa, now hun, tell me why
                                        F#m
Why does every single little tiny thing I hold on goes wrong?
Yeah it all goes wrong, yeah
               Bm
And I say, oh, whoa, whoa, now babe, tell me why
         F#m
Why does every thing, every thing
     C#7                 C7 Bm 
Hey, here you gone today,   I wanted to love you        
                                                 F#m
Honey, I just wanted to hold you, I said, for so long
Bm    C7
Yeah! Alright! Hey!

F#m                     
Love's got a hold on me, baby
Bm    F#m
Feels     just like a ball and chain
Bm
Now, love's just dragging me down, baby, yeah
             F#m
Feels like a ball and chain
C#7                                                C7
I hope there's someone out there who could tell me
Bm                                              F#m
Why the man I love wants to leave me in so much pain
     Bm                               C#7
Yeah, maybe, maybe you could help me, come on, help me!

F#m                                         Bm
And I say, oh, whoa, whoa, now hun, tell me why
                                                 F#m
Now tell me, tell me, tell me, tell me, tell me, tell me why, yeah
           Bm                           
And I say, oh, whoa, whoa, whoa, when I ask you
       F#m                          
When I need to know why, come on tell me why, hey hey hey
C#7                     C7
Hear you've gone today
Bm                       
I wanted to love you and hold you
                F#m
Until the day I die
Bm     C#7
I said whoa, whoa, whoa!!


[Solo]

  F#m                                              Bm
E|------------------------------------------------|-----------------------------------------------------|
B|------------------------------------------------|-----------------------------------------------------|
G|16b18~--16b18-16-16b18-16pb18-16-16b18-16pb18-16|16b18-16pb18-16-16b18-16pbr18-16b18-16pb18-16pbr18-16|
D|------------------------------------------------|-----------------------------------------------------|
A|------------------------------------------------|-----------------------------------------------------|
E|------------------------------------------------|-----------------------------------------------------|

  F#m                                                                                           tremolo v
E|------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
B|------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
G|16b18-16b18-16b18-16b18-16b19-16b19-16b18-16b18-16b19-16b19-16b19-16b19-16b18-16b18-16b18-16b18-16b18-16b19\
D|------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
A|------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
E|------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

  Bm
E|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-------------------------2-----------------------------------------|
G|4br6~~----4-2-4-2~~--4b6---4-2-4-2-----------2b-4b6-4pbr6-4-2~-4b6\|
D|--------4--------------------------4-2-4-2-4-----------------------|
A|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------------------------------------------|

  F#m                            C#7
E|------------------------------|--------5-7b9-7-5~----------9-8-7----9-8-7|
B|------------------------------|----5-7------------7h9p7h9--------7-------|
G|-------------------2-4b6-4-2-4|4/6---------------------------------------|
D|-------------2/4~-------------|------------------------------------------|
A|4-2------2-4------------------|------------------------------------------|
E|----5~~-----------------------|------------------------------------------|

  Bm                                         F#m                 Bm
E|---9-9-7---9-8-7---9-9-8-7---9-8-7---9-8-7|----9-8-7-9---7/9-9-9\7p5-7-5---7b9-7-5--------------|
B|7--------7-------7---------7-------7------|5/7---------7-----------------7---------7-5-7-7------|
G|------------------------------------------|------------------------------------------------6\4p2|
D|------------------------------------------|-----------------------------------------------------|
A|------------------------------------------|-----------------------------------------------------|
E|------------------------------------------|-----------------------------------------------------|

  C#7
E|----------------------------------|
B|----------------------------------|
G|4b6-4br6p2-4~-4b7-----2h4-4brbrbr7|
D|------------------2h4-------------|
A|----------------------------------|
E|----------------------------------|

          F#m
And I say oh, whoa, whoa, no honey
         Bm                             F#m
It isn't fair, daddy it isn't fair what you do 
I see what you're doing to me and you know it isn't fair
              Bm
And I say oh, whoa whoa now baby
                              F#m
It isn't fair, now, now, now, what you do
I said hun it isn't fair what, hun it isn't fair what you do
   C#7                  C7     Bm
Oh, hear you gone today    and all I ever wanted to do
       F#m      Bm
Was to love you
Honey and I think there can be nothing wrong with that
C#7
Only it isn't wrong, no, no, no, no, no


[Chorus]

F#m
Sitting down by my window
Bm                 F#m  
Honey, looking out at the rain
Bm
Lord, Lord, Lord, sitting down by my window
                  F#m
Baby, looking out at the rain
C#7                             C7      Bm
Something came along, grabbed a hold of me
        A5 G#5          F#m
And it felt just like a ball and chain
Bm
Yes it did babe,
                            C#7
And I'm gonna tell you this one more time, hey, hey


[Outro]

          F#m
And I say oh, whoa whoa, now baby
           Bm                   F#m
This can't be, no this can't be in vain
And I say no no no no no no no no, whoa!
          Bm
And I say whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa
                    F#m
Now now now now now now now now now, no no, not in vain
     C#7                                        C7
Hey, hope there is someone that could tell me
Bm
Hun, tell me why
Hun, tell me why love is like
Just like a ball
Just like a ball
Ball
Oh daddy, daddy, daddy, daddy, daddy, daddy, daddy, daddy
And a chain
F#m
Yeah!

 

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| h    Hammer-on
| p    Pull-off
| b    Bend
| br   Bend release
| pb   Pre-bend
| pbr  Pre-bend release
| /    Slide up
| \    Slide down
| ~    Vibrato 

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brainmurder 10 Aug 19, 2016 05:30 AM

Thanks a lot, man! Great tab

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gageluc999 10 Sep 09, 2016 10:29 AM

Thanks

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swoodward 10 Oct 06, 2016 08:22 AM

Excellent tab. One of the best solos in rock history.

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