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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: Tue, 12 Dec 95 19:00:03 EST
From: Winston Campbell 
Subject: JACK THE RIPPER by Morrissey

Jack The Ripper
        (Morrissey/Boz Boorer)

I'm taking this song off of the "World of Morrissey" CD, which means I'm
transcribing a live version of this song.  It's a pretty neat song indeed in
my humble opinion.

Before I do anything, the guitar for the chorus section (the "crash into my
arms" part) is:

  A             E                 D            E                 A

E ----------------|-----------------|-------------|----------------|
B -6~---6--7-9-6~-|--6-6-6--7-9--6~-|--6--7-9-6~--|-9-9-9--7--6----|
G ----------------|-----------------|-------------|-------------7~-|
D ----------------|-----------------|-------------|----------------|
A ----------------|-----------------|-------------|----------------|
E ----------------|-----------------|-------------|----------------|

  A             E                 D            E           F5  F#m

E ----------------|-----------------|-------------|----------------|
B -6~---6--7-9-6~-|--6-6-6--7-9--6~-|--6--7-9-6~--|-9-9-9--10--11--|
G ----------------|-----------------|-------------|----------------|
D ----------------|-----------------|-------------|----------------|
A ----------------|-----------------|-------------|----------------|
E ----------------|-----------------|-------------|----------------|

The other important part that is featured in this song is that eerie guitar
part which starts from a high-pitched note down (you know what I mean).  I
believe it's just (on the high E string):

E -18-18-17--/////(all the way down to the second fret)///----|
B ------------------------------------------------------------|
G ------------------------------------------------------------|
D ------------------------------------------------------------|
A ------------------------------------------------------------|
E ------------------------------------------------------------|

The lyrics and chords for the song is as follows:

Intro:  F#m       D    Bm  (4x)

F#m              D   Bm
Oh, you look so tired
F#m                  D   Bm
Mouth is slack and wide
  F#m                D   Bm
Ill-housed and ill-advised
     F#m                      D         Bm       A
Your face is as mean as your life has been

        E        D
Crash into my arms
  E         A
I want you
             E                   D
You don't agree but you don't refuse
         E - F5
I know you

F#m          D    Bm
And I know a place
      F#m                  D   Bm
Where no one is likely to pass
    F#m                         D   Bm
Oh, you don't care if it's late
    F#m                           D   Bm
And you don't care if you're lost
     F#m               D  Bm
And, oh, you look so tired
      F#m                      D   Bm
But tonight you presume too much
     F#m        D   Bm
Too much, too much
And if it's the last thing I ever do
D         Bm         A
I'm gonna get you

        E     D
Crash into my arms
  E           A
I want you
             E                   D
You don't agree but you don't refuse
         E - F5
I know you

Break:  F#m

        F#m       D    Bm  (4x)
        A         E         D        E  (2x)<-- played with chorus riff

A       E      D
Crash into my arms
   D        A
I want you
You don't agree
'Cause you don't refuse
I know you

End on F#m

Note that the chorus starts on the A chord.  The A chord appears on the last
line in the verse of my transcription because Morrissey sings a second and a
half after the chord is played.  Blah blah blah.  Just something I that I
thought would confuse you.  Bye-bye...

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phlikone 841 Jul 26, 2006 02:52 PM

I downloaded a version that said "unreleased". I've seen him do this song live on two videos and the guitarist plays it with capo on 2...sounds nothing like the "unreleased" version. I tabbed the Colin Meloy acoustic cover of it. That was pretty easy...to do the Morrissey version I just play it without a capo, same chords. Sounds "deeper" than this live version.

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jrussell4711 10 Jan 15, 2008 01:52 PM

Regardless of whether you use a capo or not, the verse chords are actually an Em, then the bottom part of a C chord (C
suspended) the an A chord (again, suspended i.e. leave off the top fingered note of the chord). For the chorus simply
play G (crash into) D, then C. That's all there is too it. When playing live put a good bit of crunch into it, some
echo and phaser--especially in the beginning.

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Bigmouth93 134 Sep 24, 2009 09:04 AM

Your version is the same as this tab, it's just with yours, a capo on the 2nd fret is necessary! With the original, it's the same except a capo is not used.

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