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The Card Cheat

[Intro]

C  C Dm C  C  C Dm C
C  C Dm C  C  C Dm C
F  F Dm C  C  G G  F C/E G/D G 

[Verse 1]

        C                       Dm   C
There's a solitary man crying  "Hold me"
                         Dm    C
It's only because he's a-lonely
                              Dm C
If the keeper of time runs slowly
                           Dm  C
He won't be alive for long!

[Chorus 1]

      F                                          C         Dm C         
If he only had time to tell of all of the things he planned
       G                                                             
With a card up his sleeve  what would he achieve?
         F       C/E  G/D  G
It means nothing!

[Verse 2]

       C                        Dm   C
To the opium dens and the barroom gin
                              Dm  C
In the Belmont chair playing violins
                               Dm   C
The gambler's face cracks into a grin
                                Dm  C
As he lays down the king of spades

[Chorus 2]

        F     
But the dealer just stares
                                     C  Dm  C
There's something wrong here  he thinks
    G
The gambler is seized and forced to his knees
    F   C/E      G/D G
And shot.......... Dead

[Link] 

C C Dm C C C Dm C
C C Dm C C C Dm C

        F       
He only wanted more time
               C           Dm  C
Away from the darkest door
        G                        
But his luck it gave in  as the dawn light crept in
       F   C/E    G/D G
And he lay on the floor

[Verse 3]

C                                Dm   C
From the Hundred Year War to the Crimea
                                Dm    C
With a lance and a musket and a roman spear 
                                      Dm   C
To all of the men who have stood with no fear
                          Dm  C
In the service of the King

[Chorus 3]

  F                                   
Before you met your fate be sure you
        C       Dm  C
Did not forsake
     G                 F      C/E G/D  G
Your lover  may not be around anymore

[Link]

C    C    Dm  C    C    C Dm  C (x2)
F    F    Dm  C    C
G    G    F   C/E  G/D  G

[Verse 4]

          C                     Dm   C
There's a solitary man crying  "Hold me"
                            Dm  C
It's only because he's a-lonely
                              Dm  C
If the keeper of time runs slowly
                          Dm  C
He won't be alive for long!

[Outro]

F    F    C   Dm   C
G    G    F   C/E  G/D  G
C    C    Dm  C    C    C Dm  C (x2)
F    F    Dm  C    C
C    C    C   C
C    C    C   C
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chall_99 352 Jul 21, 2008 09:37 AM

Not bad! I don't have this album anymore, but remember the song well enough to follow with this tab.

I found the Dm to sound better, with easier transition, as a D* (in C form x054030). Where you just slide up, hit the D once and go back down to a regular open C.
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[C]There's a solitary man crying [->D*] . hold [

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chall_99 352 Jul 21, 2008 09:41 AM

(Oops! Don't but a greater-than character in your comments)

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[C]There's a solitary man crying [->D*] . hold [->C]me.

(The last C is supposed to be a slide down)

Seemed to work pretty well. I also have no idea what actual chords this guy meant for C/E and G/D. But a transition of F* - C* - D* - G** (* 1 strum each, ** 2 strums) works well enough.

He also has an extra Dm - C progression on the last pass of each verse, which I don't remember. Staying on C before the F in the chorus seems to sound better, but he may be right.

Note: I played around with it on all open chords and the Clash probably uses barres. I'm also just screwing around and not looking to go on stage with this or anything. So, if you're looking for exact Clash tabs, ignore my comments.

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cragland 10 Jun 12, 2014 09:06 AM

I'm doing this song acoustic and the open chords sound perfect! but yeah the only problem is the extra Dm and I think anyone playing it could figure out that it doesnt belong

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