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Enter Sandman Chords

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This version is easy for a novice to play and sing, and the lower key makes it sound plenty evil, even in an acoustic version. Was this info helpful? Yes No
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Music and lyrics copyright Metallica. For personal, noncommercial use only.

[NOTES] 
1) Strum pattern of verses follows the sung lyrics.
2) Am7 in "one eye open" is the two-finger version--same as Am but lift ring finger on "-pen" syllable.
3) On the instrumental bridge and outro: Between the Em and Am chords, pluck the two non-open notes--
   the low D and low A strings--of the Em chord before going to Am. You can actually hit any two notes
   of the Em chord, as long as the first one is higher.
   It's just an easier version of the intro, since this is for novices.
4) In the verses, damp the strings for all chords except the final G, which you strum a few times.

[INTRO]

In Em chord position: Open low E string, D string, G string, D string , open low A, D string.
then low E again. (x3)
Then use ring finger rapidly on/off low E string to finish riff. (Pluck or hammer-on.)

[Pause for emphasis/suspense.)

[VERSE 1]

Em                       Am
Say your prayers, little one

Am                Em
Don't forget, my son

Em                G 
To include everyone  

Em                  Am            
I tuck you in, warm within

Am             Em 
Keep you free from sin

Em                    G 
Till the Sandman, he comes

[PRE-CHORUS] 
(Legato/gently)

Am                         Am7
Sleep with one eye o-       pen

(Now strum the D downward twice hard and mute it)

D   (x2)

N.C. 
Gripping your pillow tight

[CHORUS]

Em                 G                  Em   
Ex-             it                    light

(Optional: Sounds cool if you pluck the open low E repeatedly to fill here)

Em                 G                D   
En-           ter                 night

Em              G                   G
Take             my                    hand

Em                       N.C.
    Off                         to Never-Never Land

[INSTR BRIDGE] 

Em  Am 
Em  Am 
Em  Am 
G  Em

[VERSE 2]

Em            Am
Something's wrong, shut the light

Am           Em
Heavy thoughts to-   night

Em        G 
And they aren't Snow White

Em                       Am 
Dreams of war, dreams of lies

Am                Em 
Dreams of dragon's fire

Em                    G 
And of things that will bite

[PRE-CHORUS]

Am                  Am7
Sleep with one eye o-pen

D     
(hard strike twice, then mute before singing:)

N.C.
Gripping your pillow tight

[CHORUS]

Em    G                Em   
Ex-    it                light

[Optional: Sounds cool if you hit the low E repeatedly to fill here]

Em              G               D   

En-             ter                    night

Em           G          G 
Take       my         hand

Em   N.C.
Off           to Never-Never Land       

[INSTR BRIDGE] 

Em  Am 
Em  Am 
Em  Am 
G  Em

[SPOKEN INTERLUDE]

(Softly strum over lyrics, spoken menacingly:)

Am       
Now I lay me down to sleep

Em 
I pray the Lord my soul to keep

Am 
If I die before I wake
Em 
I pray the Lord my soul to take

[VOCAL BRIDGE]

Em                 A 
Hush, little baby; don't say a word

Em                 A 
And never mind that noise you heard

Em                 A 
It's just the beasts under your bed

 A                       C (sustain)
In your closet, in your head

[CHORUS]

Em              G                      Em   
Ex-             it                      light

[Optional: Pluck open low E x7]

Em   G D   
Enter                       night

Em   G    
Take my         hand
Em                  N.C.
Off           to Never-Never Land

[OUTRO]

Em  Am 
Em  Am 
Em  Am 
G  Em

(End song on hard downward strum of the Em.)

(Now let loose an evil laugh. Children will cry, mommies will glare at you,
young ladies will fan themselves...
Your work here is done.)

Music and lyrics copyright Metallica. For personal, noncommercial use only.
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