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This is my first tab so I'm sorry if its not perfect.
I'll start off by telling you that this is a song by M.I.A. (which you probably knew already).
M.I.A. sampled The Clash's song, Straight to Hell. Well just the beginning of that song anyways.
This song is done by Street Sweeper Social Club and they did a really good cover. Here's
link to the song on youtube.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZsjgM0b385g
They did a great job. Before you start tune your guitar to Drop D. I made the mistake by
D tuning. So tune your low E to D then you're ready.
You can play along to the SSSC version or the M.I.A. original.


Ledgend
/ slide
b bend
X pick behind nut of guitar
v vibrato


Alright! If you saw the video, Tom Morello is playing lead of course. Here's his main
for the intro and verse...
He plays 3 simple power chords. D, then A, then G.

e)-------------------------------------------|
B)-------------------------------------------|
G)---7--7--7--7------------------------------|
D)---7--7--7--7------7--7----5--5--5--5------|
A)---5--5--5--5------7--7----5--5--5--5------|
D)-------------------7--7----5--5--5--5------|

The number of strums is not to scale but you will get it once you listen to it. And
Tom's part for the beginning. Real simple.

The other guys part is the rythym. He does this throughout most of the song.


e)--22-22-22-22-22-22-22-22-21-21-21-21-21-----------------------------------|
B)-----------------------------------------20-20-20-20-20b-20b-20b-20b-20b---|

All of this is tremolo picked. Which means you use up and down strokes and play it as 
as you can.
Once again, this is not the exact number of notes but just a reference to look at when
hear the song.

Alright now for the chorus (all i want to do is...)
This might be a little tricky for people who have never heard of Rage Against the
or Tom Morello.
Tom uses his signature Fender Telecaster from Rage and likes to do this weird thing by
the G string behind the nut or at the head of the guitar.
This makes the same note as playing the 22nd fret of the high e string if you dont have 
Fender guitar.

Tom plays this...


e)------------------------------------------------------------|
B)------------------------------------------------------------|
G)--------7--7--7--7-------------------X----------------------|
D)--5-----7--7--7--7------------------------12/----7----------|
A)--5-----5--5--5--5------------------------12/----7----------|
D)--5-----------------(slide up and )-------12/----7----------|
                       down the neck
                        three times

Not too hard. Not too hard at all.
Now the solo... Its kinda soft but still pretty cool. The vibratos are just a cool
add on that will make it sound nicer.
To do a vibrato, it means you jiggle your hand a little bit while still holding the chord.


e)------------------------------------------------|
B)------------------------------------------------|
G)---7/9--9/11--11---11-12--11-9--11-7------------|
D)------------------------------------------------|
A)---5/7--7/9---9----9--10--9--7--9--5------------|
D)------------------------------------------------|


e)------------------------------------------------|
B)------------------------------------------------|
G)---7/9--9/11--11---11-12--11-12--14--11---------|
D)------------------------------------------------|
A)---5/7--7/9---9----9--10--9--10--12--9----------|
D)------------------------------------------------|


e)------------------------------------------------|
B)------------------------------------------------|
G)---7/9--9/11--11---11-12--11-9--11-7------------|
D)------------------------------------------------|
A)---5/7--7/9---9----9--10--9--7--9--5------------|
D)------------------------------------------------|


e)------------------------------------------------|
B)------------------------------------------------|
G)---7/9--9/11--11/12--12/14--14/17--17v--17v-----|
D)------------------------------------------------|
A)---5/7--7/9---9/10---10/12--12/15--15v--15v-----|
D)------------------------------------------------|

Thats it! I had fun tabbing this out. Any questions or comments add my myspace at
because my email is broken.
                                                     Happy guitar playing,
                                                              Vince

            
            
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Vince_RHCP92 36 Jul 08, 2009 05:32 PM

I noticed a few errors during most of my explainations. I have no clue why that happened. Here's my myspace if you need it to ask me any questions.
http://www.myspace.com/jewfro4life92
I've posted this same exact tab but with all the correct grammar and what-not.
I also noticed that the other tab wasn't exact. Please rate mine and feel free to comment. Thanks.

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hippi901 182 Jul 09, 2009 01:33 AM

your chorus is not correct. check out a live video again. tom plays 000232 in it and the next time g5. your verse is also a bit messy though the chords are right.

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ScottElwood 148 Jul 09, 2009 07:19 AM

Could you explain further or give me a link on what you mean by him doing that special g string thing that makes the 22nd note. What exactly does he do?

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