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THE NEEDLE AND THE DAMAGE DONE 
Neil Young
transcription by Jesse Gress,
Guitar School magazine


[Intro]

e|---2---0---------|-------0-------0-|-------0-------0-|-------0---------|
B|-----------3---3-|---3-3-----3---3-|---3---3---3---3-|---3-3-3---3---0-|
G|-----2-------2-2-|-----2-------2---|---0-0-------0-0-|---0-0-----0-----|
D|-0---0---0---0---|-----0-------0---|-0---0---0---0-0-|-0---0---0---0---|
A|-----------------|-3-------3-------|-2-------2-------|-1-------1---1---|
E|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|


e|---------0---0-----0-|---0---0---0---0-|---0---0---0----0-|---0---0---0---0-|
B|---1-----1---1-----1-|-1-1---1---1---0-|---0-----------(0)|---0----------(0)|
G|-----------0---0h2---|-3---2---0-------|-2---2------------|-1---------------|
D|-2---0h2-------------|-------------3---|-----2---2---2----|-2---2-----------|
A|-3-------------------|-----------------|---------2--(2)---|-----2---2---0---|
E|---------------------|-----------------|-------------0-(0)|---------0-------|


[First verse]

  I caught you knockin' at my cellar door.        I love you baby can I have some
e|----2-----2-----2-----0-|--------0---------0-|-------0-------0---|-------0-----|
B|----3-----3-----3-----3-|---3--------3-------|---3---3---3---3---|-----3-3---3-|
G|-2-----2-----2-----2----|------2--------2----|---0-0-----0-0-0---|-----0-0---0-|
D|-0-----0-----0-----0----|------0--------0----|-0-0-0---0-0-0-----|-0-0-0-----0-|
A|------------------------|-3--------3---------|-2---2---2---2-----|-1-------1---|
E|------------------------|--------------------|-------------------|-------------|

  Oh,           oh,   the damage done
e|-----------0-----|-----1-1-------0-|-------0-------0-|---0----0----0--(0)-|
B|---1-1-1---1---1-|---1-1-1---1---0-|---0-0-0---0---0-|---0----0----0---0--|
G|-0---0---0---0-0-|-2-------2---2---|---2-2-----2-2---|--------------------|
D|-2---2---2---2---|-3-------3---3---|-2-------2---2---|-2--0h2--2/4---2----|
A|-3---3---3---3---|-----------------|-2-------2---2---|-2------------------|
E|-----------------|-----------------|-0-------0-------|-0------------------|


[Second Verse]

  I hit the city and I lost my band.       I watched the needle take another man.
e|---2---2---2---0-|---------0-------0--0-|-------0---0-----|-------0-0-0---0-|
B|---3---3---3---3-|---3-----------3-3--3-|---3-3-3---3---0-|-----3-3-3-3-3-0-|
G|-2---2-------2---|------2---------(2)---|---0-0-0-0-0---3-|---0-0-0-0-0-0---|
D|-0---0---0---0---|-0--------------------|-0---0---0-0-----|-0-------0-------|
A|---------0-------|-3----0-----3---------|-2-------2-2-2---|-1---------------|
E|-----------------|----------------------|-----3-----3-3---|-------------3---|

 Gone,                gone, the damage done.
e|--------0-------0-0-|-----1-1-------1-0-|------0-0-------(0)|-------------------|
B|----1---1-----1-1-1-|---1-1-1-----1-1-0-|------0-0---0--0-0-|---0----0----0---0-|
G|------0-----0---0---|-2---------2---2---|---2-2--------2----|---1----1----0--(0-|
D|----------2-----2---|-3-------3-----3---|-2---2----2---2----|-2--------2h4--2---|
A|-3--------3---------|-3-------3-----3---|-2---2----2---2----|-2---0h2-----------|
E|--------------------|-------------------|-0--------0--------|-0-----------------|


[Interlude]

e|----2-----0-------------|---------0----------|---------0-----------|--------0---|
B|----------------3-----3-|----3-------------3-|----3----3----3----3-|---3----3---|
G|-2-----2-----2----------|------2-------2-2-0-|----0---------0----0-|---0---(0)--|
D|-0-----0-----0-----0----|------0-----0---0---|------0-----0----0---|-0---0----0-|
A|-------------------0----|-3----3-----3---3---|-2----2-----2----2---|-1---1----1-|
E|------------------------|--------------------|---------------------|------------|

e|--------------0-----0-|---0---0---0----0---|---0----------------|--------------|
B|---1----------1-----1-|---1---1---1------0-|---0---0----------0-|---0--------0-|
G|---0-----1------0h2---|-3---2---0---0------|-2---2------(2)-----|-1-----1----1-|
D|-2---0h2---0----------|-------------3------|-----2----2--2------|-----2--(2)---|
A|-3--------------------|--------------------|---------------2----|---------2----|
E|----------------------|--------------------|---------------0----|--------------|


[Third Verse]

 I sing the song because I love the man  I know that some of you don't understand
e|---2---2---2---0-|--------0---------0-|--------------------|------------------0-|
B|---3---3---3---3-|----3---3-----3---3-|----3---3---3-----3-|-----3---3--3--3--0-|
G|-----2---2---2---|------2---------2---|------0-0---0-----0-|---0-0---0--0--0----|
D|-0---0---0---0---|-0---------0--------|-0----0---0---------|-0---0---0-----0----|
A|-----------------|-3----3----3----3---|-2----2---2----2----|-1---1---1-----1----|
E|-----------------|--------------------|------3--------3----|--------------------|

       milk         blood to keep from     runnin' out
e|-------0---------|-------1---------|-----------------|----------------------|
B|---1---1---1---1-|---x-1-1---1---0-|---0---0---0---0-|---0-----0-----0----0-|
G|-0---0-----0---0-|-2-------2---2-0-|---2---2---2---2-|---1----(1)----0---(0)|
D|-2---2---2---2---|-3-------3---3---|-----2-----------|-----------2h4---2--0-|
A|-3---3---3---3---|-----------------|-2---2---2---2---|-2---0h2--------------|
E|-----------------|-----------------|-0-------0---0---|-0--------------------|


[Fourth Verse]

 I've seen the needle and the damage  done.        A little part of it in ev'ryon
e|----2-----------2-------|---------0-----0-----0-|---------0-----------|--------|
B|----3-----3-----3-----3-|---------3-----3-----3-|---3-----3-----3-----|--------|
G|-2-----2-----2-----2----|---2---2-2-----2-----2-|-0-------------0-----|--------|
D|-0-----0-----0-----0----|---0---0---------------|-0-------------------|--------|
A|------------------------|-3---3------3-----3----|-2----2-----2----2---|--------|
E|------------------------|-----------------------|------3----------3---|--------|

  But ev'ry junkie's like a setting sun.
e|---------0-----------0-|--------1-------0-|-------0----0---0-|----0-----------0-|
B|----1----------1-----1-|----1---1---1---0-|---0---0----0---0-|----0-----0-----0-|
G|------0-----------0----|------2---2---2---|---2---2----2---2-|----------1-----0-|
D|------2-----2-----2----|-3----3---3---3---|-2---2---(2)--2---|-2----------2h4---|
A|-3----3-----3-----3----|-3----------------|-2--(2)---2---2---|-2----0h2---------|
E|-----------------------|------------------|-0------------0---|-0----------------|


[Outro]

e|----2-----0--------2--0-|----------0-----0--0--0-|-------0--------0-|----0-----|
B|----3--3--3-----3--3--3-|----3--3--3-----3--3--3-|---3-3-3----3-3-3-|----3-----|
G|-2-----2-----2--2--2--2-|----2--2--2-----2--2--2-|---0-0-0----0-0-0-|----0-----|
D|-0-----0-----0--0--0--0-|-------0-----------0----|-0---0----0---0---|-0-----0--|
A|------------------------|-3-----3-----3-----3----|-2---2----2---2---|-1-----1--|
E|------------------------|------------------------|------------------|----------|


[Lyrics]

[I couldn't fit these too well under the tab, but knowing how to play
the tab and knowing the song well should allow you to sing while
playing.  To synchronize the lyrics and tab I have placed the approximate
chords on the text.  But DO NOT try to just strum these chords; that
idea just does not work with this song: you must pick it!]

     D                           D/C
     I caught you knocking at my cellar door
     D/B                    D/Bb
     I love you baby, can I have some more
     C   F              Esus4   E
     Ooo ooo the damage done

     D                    D/C
     I hit the city and I lost my band
     D/B                         D/Bb
     I watched the needle take another man
     C     F                Esus4   E
     Gone, gone, the damage done

     [repeat the intro without words]

     D                         D/C
     I sing the song because I loved the man
     D/B                           D/Bb
     I know that some of you won't understand
     C     F                  Esus4   E
     Milk, blood to keep from running out

     D                            D/C
     I've seen the needle and the damage done
     D/B                    D/Bb
     A little part of it in everyone
     C                         F            Esus4   E
     But every junkie's like a setting sun


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| x    Dead note
| (n)  Ghost note
| h    Hammer-on
| /    Slide up

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burnzyy 10 Jul 24, 2004 08:00 PM

rad tab man

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burnzyy 10 Jul 24, 2004 08:00 PM

i mean it

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nacho420 10 Aug 08, 2004 08:00 PM

kick ass

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