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Song Name: American Witch
Artist: Rob Zombie
Album: Educated Horses (2006)
Tuning: B F# B E G# C# (Drop D, down 1 1/2 steps basically)
Tabbed by: Corey Carter
Email: Misguidedangel619@hotmail.com

Amazing song, lots of overlaying guitars, all John 5.
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Song leads in with that lyrical bit with:

"This is a journey backed by fear, guilt and anxiety"

I'm a little lazy so basically heres everything you
need to read my tab:

Most of the time on 2nd runs through riff and chorus
you just need to switch to the next thing I have tabbed
so for the main riff you just switch from the 6-5-9~
into the 6-5-3. Easy? I hope so...

~ = Vibrato
^ = Bend
< = Slide down

(Main Riff/Intro)
C#----------------------------------------------------|
G#----------------------------------------------------|
E-----------------------------------------------------|
B-----------------------------------------------------|
F#----------------6-5---------------6-5-9~--6-5-3-----|
B---0-0-0-0-0-0-0-----0-0-0-0-0-0-0-------------------|
    P.M----------     P.M-----------------------------|

(Intro Guitar #2)
C#--10--(x10)-------13--------10--(x10)--8-----------|
G#--13^-------------16^-------13^--------11^---------|
E----------------------------------------------------|
B----------------------------------------------------|
F#---------------------------------------------------|
B----------------------------------------------------|

Main riff is played over the lyrics:

"Body of a monkey and the feet of a cock,
Dragged from her home on the killing rock,
Black dog dying on the weather vane,
The devil's in a cat and the baby's brain."

The Chorus section has 3 different guitar overlays,
I have all of them tabbed out, and I added a riff that
you can play as a single guitarist that sounds good
over it.

(Chorus, Guitar 1)
C#----------------------------------------------------|
G#----------------------------------------------------|
E-----------------------------------------------------|
B-----------------------------------------------------|
F#----------------6-5---------------6-5-9~------------|
B---0-0-0-0-0-0-0-----0-0-0-0-0-0-0-------------------|
    P.M----------     P.M-----------------------------|

(Chorus Guitar 2)
C#---------------------------------------------------|
G#---------------------------------------------------|
E----------------------------------------------------|
B----------------------------------------------------|
F#--12-12<-------12-12<--------12-12<-------12-12<---|
B---12-12<-------12-12<--------12-12<-------12-12<---|

(Chorus, Guitar 3)
C#---------------------------------------------------|
G#---------------------------------------------------|
E----------------------------------------------------|
B----------------------------------------------------|
F#------6<-----6<-----6<-----9-10-(2nd time)-3-5-----|
B---0-0----0-0----0-0----0-0-------------------------|

(Chorus, Combined Riff)
C#---------------------------------------------------|
G#---------------------------------------------------|
E----------------------------------------------------|
B----------------------------------------------------|
F#--12-12<-----12-12<----------6-5-9~-(switch)-6-5-3-|
B---12-12<-----12-12<--0-0-0-0-----------------------|

Now you go back to the riff again over the lyrics:

"Alone on the hill and ready to die,
The cancers of a darkness, a blackened eye.
The mark of the wolf and the sign of the calf,
the angels bleed down above the raft.
We all pray for twenty innocents.
We all bow down, twenty innocents.
We all hang high twenty innocents.
We all accused twenty innocents."

Chorus hits again and leads into the song interlude...

(Interlude Guitar 1)
C#---------------------------------------------------|
G#---------------------------------------------------|
E----------------------------------------------------|
B----------------------------------------------------|
F#---------------------------------------------------|
B--0-3-5--0-5-7--0-7-10--0-10-12--10-12-15-----------|
(Just switch to this the 2nd time you play the riff)    (Repeat 3 times)
B--0-3-5--0-5-7--0-7-10--0-10-12--0-12-10------------

Guitar 1 plays alone the 1st run through and then
Guitar 2 comes in with:

(Interlude Guitar 2)
C#--10--(x10)-------13-----(pause for 1 bar)---------|
G#--13^-------------16^----(then repeat)-------------|
E----------------------------------------------------|
B----------------------------------------------------|    (Repeat 3 times)
F#---------------------------------------------------|
B----------------------------------------------------|

Interlude's Lyrics:

"Do you want to know where their dreams come from?
Some showed the faith and some showed none."
(Sing twice)

(Interlude finale, Guitar 1)
C#-------10-----------10---------8-------------------|
G#---------------------------------------------------|
E---7-8----------7-8--------8-7----------------------|
B----------------------------------------------------|  (Repeats twice)
F#---------------------------------------------------|
B----------------------------------------------------|

This guitar plays after the Guitar 1, Guitar 1 plays once
more over this section.
Also not sure if this part uses a Wah but I play just
by picking the notes a few times, like 2 each works
fine.

(Interlude finale, Guitar 2)
C#--18-17-18-17-18-17-18-22--------------------------|
G#---------------------------------------------------|
E----------------------------------------------------|   (Repeats twice)
B----------------------------------------------------|
F#---------------------------------------------------|
B----------------------------------------------------|


The end of the song throws in more of the overlay parts
I figured I'd write them out how I did:

Chorus Guitars 1,2,3 and I think that
Interlude Guitar 2 comes in and repeats without skipping bars.


Other then that thats the whole song, I'm sorry how rough some of
it seems to read but I sware thats as good as it gets.

            
            
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systematication 188 May 30, 2007 06:05 PM

This is the way John 5 plays it except for instead of 6-5, it would be 13-12 on the low b string, other than that this is perfect.

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MisguidedAngel 143 Jun 26, 2007 08:19 PM

thanks for the comment! someone finally gave the tab a good rating it seems

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th_brck_rcks 456 Aug 05, 2009 10:26 PM

excellent tab dude
if u listen to the song there r some stuff that overlays like in the verse, some high notes come in, which r the same notes in the intro and it just confuses me a little but other than that its great
5 stars *****

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