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King Diamond:  The Family Ghost

transcribed by:  Dave Zatuchney  DaveDZNY@aol.com
    edited by:   Russ Elton      mercyfuldiamond@yahoo.com
      solo by:   Don Briggs      Sekhemet@ozemu.com
                 

FIND EVERY MERCYFUL FATE/KING DIAMOND SONG AND
THE MOST UPDATED VERSION OF THIS SONG AT:

                          The Tab Crypt
                  http://republika.pl/tlange/

Date last modified:  18-09-01

PLEASE DO NOT COPY THIS TAB TO ANOTHER SITE
WITHOUT AUTHORS' PERMISSION.  THANK YOU.

Tuning: Standard

Riff 1
e|-------------------------------------------------|
B|-------------------------------------------------|
G|-------------------------------------------------|
D|----------------------4-5-----------------5----7-|
A|---7---7-5------7-5-7--------7---7-5------5----7-|
E|-0---0-----7--0------------0---0-----7--0-3--0-5-|
   *   *        * * * *      *   *        *    * 
e|-------------------------------------------------|
B|-------------------------------------------------|
G|-------------------------------------------------|
D|----------------------4-5------------------------|
A|---7---7-5------7-5-7--------7---7-5----7-5------|
E|-0---0-----7--0------------0---0-----7------8-7~-|
   *   *        * * * *      *   *        * * * 
e|-------------------------------------------------|
B|-------------------------------------------------|
G|-------------------------------------------------|
D|----------------------4-5-----------------5----7-|
A|---7---7-5------7-5-7--------7---7-5------5----7-|
E|-0---0-----7--0------------0---0-----7--0-3--0-5-|
   *   *        * * * *      *   *        *    * 
e|----------------------------------------------|
B|----------------------------------------------|
G|----------------------------------------------|
D|----------------------4-5---------------------|
A|---7---7-5------7-5-7--------7---7-5----7-5---|
E|-0---0-----7--0------------0---0-----7------8-|
   *   *        * * * *      *   *        * * * 


Riff 2 (Solo Rhythm)
e|----------------------------------------------|
B|----------------------------------------------|
G|----------------------------------------------|
D|--------------------------------------------7-|
A|-------9-----10-----9-10-9--------9------7--5-|
E|-7-7-7---7-7----7-7---------7-7-7---7-7--5----|
   * * *   * *    * *         * * *   * * 
e|-----------------------------------------|
B|-----------------------------------------|
G|-----------------------------------------|
D|----------------------------7-7-7--------|
A|-------9-----10-----9-10-9--5-5-5--7-7-7-|
E|-7-7-7---7-7----7-7----------------5-5-5-|
   * * *   * *    * *         *      *
e|----------------------------------------------|
B|----------------------------------------------|
G|----------------------------------------------|
D|--------------------------------------------7-|
A|-------9-----10-----9-10-9--------9------7--5-|
E|-7-7-7---7-7----7-7---------7-7-7---7-7--5----|
   * * *   * *    * *         * * *   * * 


Riff 3
e|--------------------------------------------|
B|--------------------------------------------|
G|--------------------------------------------|
D|------------------------------------------4-|
A|-------6-----7-----6-7-6--------6------4--2-|
E|-4-4-4---4-4---4-4--------4-4-4---4-4--2----|
   * * *   * *   * *        * * *   * * 
  "The darkness came closer..."
e|---------------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------------|
G|---------------------------------------|
D|--------------------------4-4-4--------|
A|-------6-----7-----6-7-6--2-2-2--4-4-4-|
E|-4-4-4---4-4---4-4---------------2-2-2-|
   * * *   * *   * *        *      *
 "...on the following night..."
 

Riff 4
e|-----------------------|
B|-----------------------|
G|------------5--------5-|
D|-5----------4--------4-|
A|-3----2-2-2-2--2-2-2-2-|
E|-----------------------|
        * * *    * * * 
  "The bedroom was ice cold..."
e|------------------------------|
B|------------------------------|
G|------------------------------|
D|-5----------------------------|
A|-3----2-2-2-0-0-0-2-2-2-3-2-0-|
E|------------------------------|
        * * * * * * * * * * * * 
  "...but the fire was burning still..."
e|-----------------------|
B|-----------------------|
G|------------5--------5-|
D|-5----------4--------4-|
A|-3----2-2-2-2--2-2-2-2-|
E|-----------------------|
        * * *    * * * 
  "...the blinding light..."
e|--------|
B|--------|
G|--------|
D|-5----7-|
A|-3----5-|
E|--------| 
  "...the family ghost..."


Riff 5
e|--------------------------------------------|
B|--------------------------------------------|
G|--------------------------------------------|
D|-------6---------------------6--------------|
A|-4-4-4-4--4-6-4-7-4-6--4-4-4-4--4-6-4-7-4-6-|
E|--------------------------------------------|
   * * *    * * * * * *  * * *    * * * * * *
e|-------------------------------|
B|-------------------------------|
G|-------------------------------|
D|-------6---------------7----9\-|
A|-4-4-4-4--4-6-4-7-4-6--5-0--7\-|
E|-------------------------------|
   * * *    * * * * * *    
                   "...had risen again..."


Play Riff 3  " 'Don't be scared...' "
Play Riff 4  " 'Let Miriam sleep...' "


Riff 6 (Solo Rhythm)
e|--------------------------------------------------|
B|--------------------------------------------------|
G|------------------------------------------5-----7-|
D|-9----9-11-12--7----7-6-5---------7-6---5-----7---|
A|-7----7--9-10--5----5-4-3---------5-4-3-----5-----|
E|---------------------------0-0-0------------------|
                             * * * 
e|--------------------------------------------------|
B|--------------------------------------------------|
G|----------------------------0-----0---------------|
D|-9----9-11-12--7----------2-----0-----------------|
A|-7----7--9-10--5----0-2-3-----2------3-3-3--5-5-5-|
E|-------------------------------------1-1-1--3-3-3-|
                                       * * *  * * * 
e|--------------------------------------------------|
B|--------------------------------------------------|
G|------------------------------------------5-----7-|
D|-9----9-11-12--7----7-6-5---------7-6---5-----7---|
A|-7----7--9-10--5----5-4-3---------5-4-3-----5-----|
E|---------------------------0-0-0------------------|
                             * * * 
e|-----------------------------------------------------|
B|-----------------------------------------------------|
G|----------------------------0-----0------------------|
D|-9----9-11-12--7----------2-----0------------------9-|
A|-7----7--9-10--5----0-2-3-----2------3-3-3--5-5-5--7-|
E|-------------------------------------1-1-1--3-3-3--0-|
                      * *              * * *  * * * 


Riff 7
e|--------------------------------------------|
B|--------------------------------------------|
G|--------------------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------------5----|
A|---7---6---5---------------7---6---5\--3--5-|
E|-5---5---5---5-8--7-5-7--5---5---5--------3-|
   *   *   *   *           *   *   * 
e|-----------------------------------------|
B|-----------------------------------------|
G|-----------------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------------5-|
A|---7---6---5---------------7---6---5\--3-|
E|-5---5---5---5-8--7-5-7--5---5---5-----3-|
   *   *   *   *           *   *   * 


Riff 8 (Solo Rhythm)
e|---------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------|
G|---------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------|
A|-----9-----8-----7---------------|
E|-7-7---7-7---7-7---7-7-10--9-7-9-|
   * *   * *   * *   * * 
e|-----------------------------|
B|-----------------------------|
G|-----------------------------|
D|------------------------7----|
A|-----9-----8-----7------5--7-|
E|-7-7---7-7---7-7---7-7-----5-|
   * *   * *   * *   * * 
e|---------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------|
G|---------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------|
A|-----9-----8-----7---------------|
E|-7-7---7-7---7-7---7-7-10--9-7-9-|
   * *   * *   * *   * * 
e|---------------------|
B|---------------------|
G|---------------------|
D|-----------------7---|
A|-----9-----8-----5---|
E|-7-7---7-7---7-7-----|
   * *   * *   * *   


Riff 9 (Solo Rhythm)
e|--------------------------------|
B|--------------------------------|
G|--------------------------------|
D|--------------------------------|
A|-----5-----4-----3--------------|
E|-3-3---3-3---3-3---3-3-6--5-3-5-|
   * *   * *   * *   * * 
e|-----------------------------|
B|-----------------------------|
G|-----------------------------|
D|------------------------3----|
A|-----5-----4-----3------1--3-|
E|-3-3---3-3---3-3---3-3-----1-|
   * *   * *   * *   * * 
e|--------------------------------|
B|--------------------------------|
G|--------------------------------|
D|--------------------------------|
A|-----5-----4-----3--------------|
E|-3-3---3-3---3-3---3-3-6--5-3-5-|
   * *   * *   * *   * * 
e|---------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------|
G|---------------------------------|
D|------------------------5---(5)/-|
A|-----5-----4-----3------3---(3)/-|
E|-3-3---3-3---3-3---3-3-----------|
   * *   * *   * *   * * 


Solo over Riffs 8 and 9
e|-11-14-11----11------------------------------------------|
B|----------13----13-10-13-10----10------------------------|
G|----------------------------11----11-8-11-8----8---------|
D|--------------------------------------------10---10-7-9~-|
A|---------------------------------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------------|
                                                                AH (Bend with bar)     
e|------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|----------------12-------------------12----12-11--------------15b-|
G|-11-12-14-12-14----14-12-11-14-12-11----14-------14-14~^16^13-----|
D|------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|------------------------------------------------------------------|
                                                                       
e|-------------19----19^22-19-22-19----19-22-17----------------------|
B|----------------20----------------22----------20-19-17----17-19-17-|
G|-0---19------------------------------------------------20----------|
D|--------17---------------------------------------------------------|
A|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------------------------------------------|

e|--------------------------------|---------------------------------------------22b-|
B|--------------------------------|-20-------------19-18----------------------------|
G|-20-17-16-17-20-17-16-----------|----18-------17-------20-------------------------|
D|----------------------19-17-16~-|-------18-17-------------20-19~---(WB Dives)-----|
A|--------------------------------|-------------------------------------------------|
E|--------------------------------|-------------------------------------------------|

End solo 


Riff 10
e|-------------------|
B|-------------------|
G|----5-----4--------|
D|-9--5--7--4--5--7--|
A|-7--3--5--2--3--5--|
E|-------------------|
   " 'Beware of the slippery stairs...' "


Riff 8a
e|---------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------|
G|---------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------|
A|-----9-----8-----7---------------|
E|-7-7---7-7---7-7---7-7-10--9-7-9-|
   * *   * *   * *   * * 
  "...fall..."
e|-----------------------------|
B|-----------------------------|
G|-----------------------------|
D|------------------------7----|
A|-----9-----8-----7------5--7-|
E|-7-7---7-7---7-7---7-7-----5-|
   * *   * *   * *   * * 
  "...and break your neck..."


Play Riff 10  " 'Hand me that torch...' "


Riff 11
e|-----------------------------|
B|-----------------------------|
G|-----------------------------|
D|-----------------------------|
A|---7--6-5--------------------|
E|-0--------7-6~--0-3-5-6-5-3~-|
     *  * * *     * * * * * 
  "...dark..."
e|-------------------------|
B|-------------------------|
G|-------------------------|
D|-------------------------|
A|---7--6-5----------------|
E|-0--------7-6~--0-3-5-6~-|
     *  * * *     * * *  


Riff 12
e|------------------------------|
B|------------------------------|
G|------------------------------|
D|------------------------------|
A|-4-4--2----4-4--2----4-4--2---|
E|-2-2--0----2-2--0----2-2--0---|
   * *       * *       * * 
   "The sacrophagus..."
e|----------------3-------------|
B|----------------3-------------|
G|----------------0-------------|
D|-7-6--7-6--4----0-------------|
A|-5-4--5-4--2-0--2--------4----|
E|----------------3--------2----|
             * * 
   "Abigail has been here..."


Play Riff 2
Play Riff 3  " 'The spirit of Abigail...' "


Riff 3a
e|-------------------------|
B|-------------------------|
G|-------------------------|
D|-------------------------|
A|-------6-----7-----6-7-6-|
E|-4-4-4---4-4---4-4-------|
   * * *   * *   * *        

Ending
e|-------------------------------3--------------|
B|-------------------------------3--------------|
G|-------------------------------0--------------|
D|------9-8-------7-6-------5----0---------4----|
A|-9-8--7-6--7-6--5-4--5-4--3----2----4----2----|
E|-7-6-------5-4-------3-2-------3----2---------|
   "Oh....."                 "You must take her life, now!"


notation:
^   =  bend [ ^ = half, ^^ = whole, etc. ]
^r  =  bend and release
x   =  mute with fret-hand
*   =  mute with palm-hand
X\\ =  pick slide
h   =  hammer-on
p   =  pull-off
~   =  vibrato
t   =  tap-on
/   =  slide up
\   =  slide down
h.  =  harmonics
ah  =  artificial harmonic
(9) =  ghost note
tm  =  trem picking
tr  =  trill
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Eclectic Lizard 20 Mar 04, 2013 04:27 AM

Awesome tab man

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ironchuck06 10 May 08, 2017 07:23 PM

Great work! But I've been looking EVERYWHERE for the opening solo, can't find it anywhere. If any of you shredders find it, could you please email it to me? Thanks!! Ironchuck06@hotmail.com

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