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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.#
#-----------------------------------------------------------------------------#


Date: Sun, 22 Feb 1998 13:13:42 -0700
From: Jim Moyer 
To: guitar@olga.net
Subject: TAB: mekong by The Refreshments

"Mekong", by The Refreshments
Written by Blush, Clyne, Edwards, Naffah
>From the album "Fizzy Fuzzy Big & Buzzy"

Transcribed by Jim Moyer (jamesem@imap3.asu.edu)

Notes:
------
The rhythm guitar is played clean with upstrokes.
I get a decent replication of the lead guitar sound with just my
Strat and Marshall amp (on lead channel with reverb all the way to 11).
During the verse the rhythm guitar plays the chords listed while the
lead guitar plays the verse riff.  During the chorus the lead guitar
plays the chords listed, but as barre chords.
I have not tabbed the solo, but will hopefully add that soon.
There may be a few minor discrepancies but I think the following is
pretty close.


Opening chords (upstrokes):
---------------------------
Am Am Am Am C C C C Am Am Am Am C C C C


Opening riff (rhythm guitar repeat above chords):
-------------------------------------------------

E|------------------------------------------7-7H8-7--------------------|
B|------------------8-------------------4/8---8---8--------------------|
G|--------4--H5--4/9---9---------4--H5----------------------4--H5------|
D|-----5----------------------5--------------------------5-------------|
A|--3----------------------3--------------------------3----------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------------------------|

                                                         Barkeep...

E|---------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-----8------12------13-----------------5-5-3-3-----------------------|
G|--4/9---9/12---12/14-----------4--H5---5-5-4-4----4^4----------------|
D|----------------------------5------------------5------5--------------|
A|-------------------------3------------------------------0------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------------------------|


Verse riff (4 times):

E|---------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|--4H5-4------------------------5----5--------------------------------|
D|--------5------------------5---5H7--5---------------------3----------|
A|----------0----------5--5H7-----------7-5-------------3-3H5--5-------|
E|-------------3-33-5/7---------------------1--1-1-3/5-------------5-5-|


Verse riff (5th time):      Rhythm Fill 1 (see "*Fill 1" below):

E|-------------3--|         E|--------------|
B|-------------3--|         B|--------------|
G|--4H5-4------4--|         G|--2^2--0------|
D|--------5----5--|         D|----------2P0-|
A|----------0--5--|         A|--------------|
E|-------------3--|         E|--------------|

Verse 1:
--------
Am              G             C                               F
Barkeep another Mekong please. Yes of course you can keep the change.

Am                          G              C
New glass here for this new friend of mine. Forgive me I forgot your

F     Am                        G           C
name. Flip a coin what shall we talk about? Heads I tell the truth and

       F                 Am                  G              C
tails I lie. Well I came all the way from Taipei today. Now Bangkok's

                    F                               Am
pourin' rain as I'm goin' blind again and I haven't seen my girl for

G
fifteen thousand miles.


Chorus 1:
---------
F                           C          G
Well is it true it's always happy hour here?

F                        G           *Fill 1
And if it is I'd like to stay a while.

Am         G             F                 G             Am
Well as cliche as it may sound I'd like to raise another round.

            G              F
And if your bottle's empty help yourself to mine.

G                         (opening chords + opening riff)
Thank you for your time.  And here's to life...


Verse 2:
--------
Am                 G                C
Barkeep we need to go around again. One for me and "what's his name"

   F                   Am                          G
my new best friend. So deal me in and I'll pick my cards up off the

                     C                              F     Am
floor. I'll see your lucky coin and raise a pack of lies. Smile to the

                   G                                   C
girl at the door, another four-dollar whore. But don't look her in the

                      F               Am                  G
eyes she'll break your heart. We came all the way from Taipei today.

      C                                F
Still Bangkok's pissin' rain and we're goin' blind again and I haven't

Am               G
seen my girl for fifteen thousand miles.


Chorus 2:
---------
F                           C          G
Well is it true it's always happy hour here?

F                        G           *Fill 1
And if it is I'd like to stay a while.

Am         G             F                 G             Am
Well as cliche as it may sound I'd like to raise another round.

            G              F
And if your bottle's empty help yourself to mine.

G                                       (solo...)
Thank you for your time.  And here's to life...


Chords during solo (1 measure each):
------------------------------------
Am C Am G Am F Am G


Chorus 3:
---------
F                           C          G
Well is it true it's always happy hour here?

F                        G           *Fill 1
And if it is I'd like to stay a while.

Am         G             F                 G             Am
Well as cliche as it may sound I'd like to raise another round.

            G              F
And if your bottle's empty help yourself to mine.

G                      *Fill 1
Thank you for your time.


Am         G             F                 G             Am
Well as cliche as it may sound I'd like to raise another round.

            G              F
And if your bottle's empty help yourself to mine.

G                             (opening riff and chords)
Thank you for your time.  And here's to life.  And here's to life.


Mmm Hmm Mmm.   And here's to life.  And here's to life...again.


Tab notes:
----------

/ = slide up
^ = 1/2 bend up
H = hammer-on
P = pull-off


Chord chart:
------------

Am          X02210     Am (barre)  577555
G           320003     G (barre)   355433
C           X32010     C (barre)   X35553
F           XX3211     F (barre)   133211


Transcribed by Jim Moyer (jamesem@imap3.asu.edu)
Any comments or questions or corrections are welcome.
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