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Black Betty Tab

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#----------------------------------PLEASE NOTE--------------------------------#
#This file is the author's own work and represents their interpretation of the#
#song. You may only use this file for private study, scholarship, or research.#
#-----------------------------------------------------------------------------#
From: Mathias Karlsson

Song:Black Betty
Artist:Ram Jam

x=strum muffled strings

Intro: Steady bass drum

Play with bridge pickup and nice distorsion
guitar 1 measure 1
E------------------------------------|-----------------------------------|
B------------------------------------|-------------7--9--7---------------|
G---------------------7~-------------|-------------7--9--7---------------|
D---7--9~-----7--9-9--7--------------|-7--9-9--x---7--7--7---------------|
A---7--9------7--9-9--5--------------|-7--9-9--x-------------------------|
e---5--7------5--7-7-----------------|-5--7-7--x-------------------------|

guitar 1 measure 2
E------------------------------------|-----------------------------------|
B--------------7--9--7---------------|-------------7--9--7---------------|
G--------------7--9--7---------------|-------------7--9--7---------------|
D---7--9-9--x--7--7--7---------------|-7--9-9--x---7--7--7---------------|
A---7--9-9--x------------------------|-7--9-9--x-------------------------|
e---5--7-7--x------------------------|-5--7-7--x-------------------------|

guitar 2 measure 2
E------------------------------------|-----------------------------------|
B------------------------------------|-----------------------------------|
G------------------------------------|---11-14r11-14---------------------|
D---7-7-7--7---------------------9-9-9-9---------------------------------|
A-9------9---9-7---------------------|-----------------------------------|
e----------------10-7----------------|-----------------------------------|

guitar 1 measure 3
E------------------------------------|-----------------------------------|
B--------------7--9--7---------------|-----------------------------------|
G--------------7--7--7---------------|----------------9-----------7-7----|
D---7--9-9--x--7--7--7---------------|--7--9-9--9--9--9----9-9-9--7-7----|
A---7--9-9--x------------------------|--7--9-9--9--9--7----9-9-9--5-5----|
e---5--7-7--x------------------------|--5--7-7--7--7-------7-7-7---------|

guitar 2 measure 3
E-------14-12-10---10----------------|-----------------------------------|
B----10---------14----14-10----------|-----------------------------------|
G--11-----------------------7-9-7-9-7-9b11~---b10r-b10r-b10r-b10r7------7|
D------------------------------------|-----------------------------9r7h9-|
A------------------------------------|-----------------------------------|
e------------------------------------|-----------------------------------|

guitar 1 measure 4
E------------------------------------|-----------------------------------|
B------------------------------------|-----------------------------------|
G-----------7-9-----------7~---------|--------8--------------------------|
D----9-9-9--7-9--7-9-x-x--7--7--9~---|--9-9-9-9---9----------------------|
A----9-9-9--5-7--7-9-x-x--5--7--9----|--9-9-9-9---9----------------------|
e----7-7-7-------5-7-x-x-----5--7----|--7-7-7-7---7----------------------|

guitar 2 measure 4
E------------------------------------|-----------------------------------|
B------------------------------------|-----------------------------------|
G---9---7----------------------------|-----------------------------------|
D-9---9---9-7---9-7----7-------------|---9h12-9----9~--------------------|
A-------------9----9-7---9-7----7----7/9--------12-----------------------|
e----------------------------10---10-|-----------------------------------|

Whoa-oh Black Betty Bam-a-lam, Whoa-oh Black Betty Bam-a-lam
Black betty had a child,

guitar 1 measure 5
E------------------------------------|-----------------------------------|
B------------------------------------|-----------------------------------|
G-----7------------------------------|-----------------------------------|
D-----7------------------------------|-----------------------------------|
A-----5------------------------------|-----------------------------------|
e------------------------------------|-----------------------------------|
Bam-a-lam
The damn thing gone wild,

guitar 1 measure 6
E------------------------------------|-----------------------------------|
B------------------------------------|-----------------------------------|
G-----7------------------------------|-----------------------------------|
D-----7------------------------------|-----------------------------------|
A-----5------------------------------|-----------------------------------|
e------------------------------------|-----------------------------------|
Bam-a-lam
Said one night of mine

guitar 1 measure 7
E------------------------------------|-----------------------------------|
B------------------------------------|-----------------------------------|
G-----7------------------------------|-----------------------------------|
D-----7------------------------------|-----------------------------------|
A-----5------------------------------|-----------------------------------|
e------------------------------------|-----------------------------------|
Bam-a-lam
The damn thing gone blind

guitar 1 measure 8
E------------------------------------|-----------------------------------|
B------------------------------------|-----------------------------------|
G-----7------------------------------|-----------------------------------|
D-----7------------------------------|-----------------------------------|
A-----5------------------------------|-----------------------------------|
e------------------------------------|-----------------------------------|
Bam-a-lam
Said Whoa-oh Black Betty

guitar 1 measure 9
E------------------------------------|-----------------------------------|
B------------------------------------|-----------------------------------|
G-----7------------------------------|-----------------------------------|
D-----7------------------------------|-----------------------------------|
A-----5------------------------------|-----------------------------------|
e------------------------------------|-----------------------------------|
Bam-a-lam, Whoa-oh Black Betty

guitar 1 measure 10
E------------------------------------|-----------------------------------|
B------------------------------------|-----------------------------------|
G-----7------------------------------|-----------------------------------|
D-----7------------------------------|-----------------------------------|
A-----5------------------------------|-----------------------------------|
e------------------------------------|-----------------------------------|
Bam-a-lam

Play measures 1-4 again then follows
Play measures 5-10 as for the lyrics above

Whoa-oh Black Betty Bam-a-lam, Whoa-oh Black Betty Bam-a-lam
She really gets me high,
(same as measure 5)
Bam-a-lam
You know that's no lie,
(same as measure 6)
Bam-a-lam
She's so Rock Steady,
(same as measure 7)
Bam-a-lam
That she's always ready,
(same as measure 8)
Bam-a-lam
Said Whoa-oh Black Betty
(same as measure 9)
Bam-a-lam, Whoa-oh Black Betty
(same as measure 10)
Bam-a-lam

guitar 1 measure 11
E------------------------------------|-----------------------------------|
B------------------------------------|-----------------------------------|
G---7-7-9--7-------------------------|-7-7-9--7--------------------------|
D---7-7-9--7------7-9----------------|-7-7-9--7------7-9-----------------|
A---5-5-7--5--7-9--------------------|-5-5-7--5--7-9---------------------|
e----------------------10-7----------|-------------------10-7------------|

Drum solo then follows measure 11 again

Another drum solo then measure 11 again

guitar 1 measure 12
E------------------------------------|------------------------7--7-10-7-10-12-|
B------------------------------------|---------9r7---7-10-7-10-10-------------|
G-----------7r6----------7h9r7-------|-----7h9----9---------------------------|
D---------------9------9------9------|-7h9------------------------------------|
A-------7h9--------7h9---------------|----------------------------------------|
e--7h10------------------------------|----------------------------------------|

guitar 1 measure 13
E-12--12--12-12h15r12h15r12h15r12h15r12----------------------------------|
B------------------------------------|-----------------------------------|
G------------------------------------|-----------------------------------|
D------------------------------------|-----------------------------------|
A------------------------------------|-----------------------------------|
e------------------------------------|-----------------------------------|
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andrewbiles wrote on February 28 2004, 12:00 am

From what you have of the song it seems pretty much dead on, just a shame you're missing the solo.

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Awesometiger wrote on August 17 2004, 12:00 am

I believe the lyrics between stanza 6 and 7 are, " Said it weren't none of mine. Bam-a-lamb the damn thing gone blind." What happened to <"Well she's shakin that thing. Bam-a-lamb she really makes me sing.", and " She's from Birmingham. Bam-a-lamb. Way down in Al-a-bam."???

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