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Born Under A Bad Sign – Cream from the Album Wheels of Fire

Albert King original was in D flat. This is the Cream version in G – but using a capo
allows it to be adapted easily. The opening riff is played over the chorus by both lead
and bass, except when soloing. I have left the original Albert King lyrics in, Cream 
leave out verse 2. Clapton adds a variety of riffs at the end of each line.

[Opening Riff]

e|----------------------------------------------|
B|----------------------------------------------|
G|---------3----------------------3-------------|
D|-----3h5-3-5----------------3h5-3-5-----------|
A|-3h5---------3h5-5------3h5---------3h5-5-----|
E|-------------------6-3--------------------6-3-|

[Chorus]

G7
Born under a bad sign
G7
I've been down since I began to crawl
D7                       D7 C#7 C7
If it wasn't for bad luck
C7
I wouldn't have no luck at all

[Riff] 
(played over each verse)

e|-------------------------------------------|
B|-------------------------------------------|
G|-------3-------------------3---------------|
D|-----3-3-5---------------3-3-3-5-----------|
A|-3h5-------3h5-5-----3h5---------3h5-5-----|
E|-----------------6-3-------------------6-3-|

[Verse 1]

G7
Bad luck and trouble's my only friend
G7
I've been down ever since I was ten

[Chorus]

[Verse 2]* 
(omitted in Cream version)

G7
I can´t read, never learned how to write
G7
My whole life is one big fight

[Chorus]

[Verse 3]

G7
Oh wine and women is all I crave
G7
A big legged woman's gonna carry me to my grave

[Chorus]

[Solo]

[Verse 1] 
(repeated)

G7
Born under a bad sign
G7
I've been down since I began to crawl
D7                       D7 C#7 C7
If it wasn't for bad luck
C7                     C7 C#7 D7
I wouldn't have no luck
D7                            D7 C#7 C7
If it wasn't for real bad luck
C7 N.C.
I wouldn't have no luck at all
G7
Born under a bad sign
G7
Born under a bad sign



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rcloud12 10 Nov 14, 2017 02:34 PM

Nice !! Never realized Cream actually omitted a verse. Will use that Verse as well when my band does this song Thanks man !

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tekmetro 10 Nov 27, 2017 04:42 PM

Totally missed a lot of the actual way Clapton arranged this one. This is better than memory for getting it right

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