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Intro:  

| D  A | G | D  A | G |  (the "A" chord is just played once)


[Verse 1]

A           D          Bm                G              A       D   A   G
"What's the frequency, Kenneth?" is your Benzedrine, uh-huh
A     D           Bm         G               A         D       Bm    E
I was brain-dead, locked out, numb, not up to speed
G                           A
I thought I'd pegged you an idiot's dream
G                      A
Tunnel vision from the outsider's screen
D       A          D      G         A      A    G    A
I never understood the frequency, uh-huh
D            A                    D       G        A    A    G    A    D
You wore our expectations like an armored suit, uh-huh


[Verse 2]

A                D         Bm            G           A         D  A *Fill1  G
I'd studied your cartoons, radio, music, tv, movies, magazines
A       D                    Bm                 G          A    D  Bm *Fill2  E
Richard said, "Withdrawal in disgust is not the same as apathy"
G                         A
A smile like the cartoon, tooth for a tooth
G                           A
You said that irony was the shackles of youth
D          A        D       G         A      A    G    A
You wore a shirt of violent green, uh-huh
D       A          D      G          A      A    G    A
I never understood the frequency, uh-huh


[Solo]

Chords over solo:  Bm    A   (x3)
                   A   A   G   A

     (grad. release)
e|-----------------------------|--------------------------------|
B|-----------------------------|--------------7-----------------|
G|---7b-----(7)----(7)------6--|--6--4--7---------4---4--4--4---|
D|-----------------------------|--------------------------------|
A|-----------------------------|--------------------------------|
E|-----------------------------|--------------------------------|

                             (grad. bend)
e|------------------------|--------------------------------|
B|------------------------|--------------------------------|
G|---4------7b---(7)--4---|--7b------------------7---------|
D|-------7----------------|-------------------------7--7---|
A|------------------------|--------------------------------|
E|------------------------|--------------------------------|


e|---------------------|----------------|-------------|------------------------|
B|------------------7--|----------------|---7---------|------------------------|
G|------4---4---7------|--4---7h6---7---|----------4--|-9b----(9)--7-----------|
D|--7------------------|----------------|-------------|---------------9--(9)\7-|
A|---------------------|----------------|-------------|------------------------|
E|---------------------|----------------|-------------|------------------------|


e|------------------------|-------------|
B|------------------------|------8b-----|
G|------------------------|------7b-----|
D|--5------------7b--(7)--|-------------|
A|------------------------|-------------|
E|------------------------|-------------|


[Verse 3]

A           D          Bm                G              A   D  A  *Fill1   G
"What's the frequency, Kenneth?" is your Benzedrine, uh-huh
A         D      Bm               G           A         D    Bm  *Fill2   E
Butterfly decal, rearview mirror, dogging the scene
G                           A
You smile like the cartoon, tooth for a tooth
G                           A
You said that irony was the shackles of youth
D          A        D       G         A         A    G    A
You wore a shirt of violent green, uh-huh
D       A          D      G          A          A    G    A
I never understood the frequency, uh-huh
D            A                    D       G        A       A
You wore our expectations like an armored suit, uh-huh
G          A
I couldn't understand
D             A             D           G         A        A
You said that irony was the shackles of youth, uh-huh
G          A
I couldn't understand
D          A        D       G         A         A
You wore a shirt of violent green, uh-huh
G          A
I couldn't understand
D       A          D       G         A          A    G    A
I never understood, don't fuck with me, uh-huh

End on D.


[Fill 1]

e|------------------|
B|------------------|
G|----9b---(9)------|
D|--------------7---|
A|------------------|
E|------------------|


[Fill 2]

e|-----------------|
B|-----------------|
G|-----------------|
D|------5h4--------|
A|-------------7---|
E|-----------------|


[Rhythm Fill 1]

       w/ amp tremolo
e|-------------------------|
B|-------------------------|
G|-----2-------------------|
D|-----2-------------------|
A|-----0-------------------|
E|-------------------------|



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| (n)  Ghost note
| h    Hammer-on
| b    Bend

************************************

            
            
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Punx300 101 Feb 07, 2007 06:56 AM

Good try, dude, pretty good

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revolution1251 86 Feb 11, 2008 06:29 AM

really easy to remember and sounds just like the song in barred chords so i'm suprised it only has 4 stars, but got my 5 buddy

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claux23 10 Apr 21, 2010 06:44 PM

This sounds great. 5 stars!

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