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Eric Bachmann - Man 'O War

Tabbed by: Alex Story
Email: alexmemory1@gmail.com
(any corrections welcomed)

The softer, warmer sound in much of Bachmann's solo stuff is due to him playing on a 
guitar, but I find equally
great results can be achieved on steel string. I personally tune down half a step to 
my singing key.

Tuning: D A D G A D

Chords/picking patterns

 (C)       (B)       (F)*               (Am)

*The picking pattern for F often alternates between the F and C root, with variation throughout.
*The F/C chord later indicates that he plucks an F on the bottom string whilst retaining 
C chord shape.

(C)                 (B)       (F)                        (C)
Floatin' in the cold water the ghosts of sorrow haunt the deep
Reaching down to drag the ruins and roam the lone deserted streets
Of an old abandoned temple buried in the narrow strait
Off the coast of Tarifa, Spain

Here, a variation to repeat 4 times


Gypsies scatter through the desert across the Atlas Mountain Range
Hoaring remnants from the Devil from the Empires iron reign
Cluttered down the mouths of rivers widowed lovers bathe and clean
Silken scarves embroidered for their brand new Queen

(G)                                  (C)    (F/C) (C)    (F)
And every time she rises up the ocean sinks
(G)                                            (C)   F/C) (C)
Her memory drags a drape of a thousand angry stings

            (F)          (C)         (F)         (C)
And like the moon doesn't mind if the sun doesn't shine
   (F)         (C)            (G)      (F)
The sea doesn't care if you're lonesome tonight
                      (C)        (G)        (F)
Like the love that she gives condescendingly tries
      (Am)   (F)     (G)
In its way to comfort you

(F)                             (C)   (B)    (G)*
Set adrift into her swarm-man o war
(F)                                    (C)   (B)   (G)
Caught up in her dangling sting-off the shore
(F)                                  (Am)    (G)   (F)
Of a foreign brown sand beach as blue bottles cover you

*(In the chorus, rather than play the whole chord, just finger the 5th fret and slide 
to the F)

Many messengers and rebels have come and gone without a trace
And many more will come tomorrow and many more will be erased
Cause out beyond the docks of Rota upon the bottom of the sea
Along the miles of copper cable from the Gulf of Cadiz

They tap the lines to hear the sounds that start the songs the rebels sing
And drag a net to seine the bottom for the purse the bastards bring

And like a lion don't mind if a lamb takes her time
A beast doesn't care if you surrender tonight
Cause a beast knows she'll get what she wants in good time
What she wants all in good time

Set adrift into her swarm-man o war
Caught up in her dangling sting-off the shore
Of a foreign brown sand beach as blue bottles cover you
as blue bottles cover you

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DrLeonard 2,109 Feb 08, 2010 12:08 AM

haven't tried your tab, but I think that's not how it's originally played, no offense.....look at this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sm1gQAUanfE

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SonicSpecie 31 Jul 12, 2010 11:25 AM

I did reference the video as best I could... try the tab :)

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DrLeonard 2,109 Jan 23, 2011 09:07 AM

I'm sorry I was confused by the key. Your tab is completely right. But the original is Esus4 (or E-modal I guess)EBEABE and not like you've written in Dsus4! also its helpful to know that for the F Bachman uses his index finger for all of the three low strings, and the G is the same shape just two frets up!

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