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Chesterfield King  Jawbreaker

"Chesterfield King"
written and performed by Jawbreaker
(C) and (P) 1992 Punk: The Other White Meat music (BMI)
from the Tupelo/Communion release Bivouac (Comm 38-2, Tup 38-2)
transcribed by Mike Ripplinger (

* (p) = palm-muted
* I'm not the best at transcribing solos, so the solo may be inaccurate
* The F#/G chord is a G power chord with the root lowered a half-step:

"Chesterfield King"


[G]                  [E]        [B] (p)       [C] (p)
We stood in your room and laughed out loud.
[G]            [E]              [A]                    [C]
Suddenly the laughter died
[G]               [E]             [B] (p)  [C] (p)
and we were caught in an eye to eye.
[G]                  [E]                    
We sat on the floor and did we sit close
[A]              [C]
I could smell your thoughts and thought.
[G]     [C]               [G]
Do you want to touch a lot like me?
Too scared to say a thing.

[B] (p)               [C] (p)
I left your house and kicked myself.
[E] (p)              [D] (p)         [C]
I put those feelings on a shelf to die.
[B] (p)             [C] (p)
I guess I'm not a gambling type
[E] (p)             [D] (p)         [C]
but think of what the two of us had lost.



[G]           [F#/G]             [E]        [D]            [C]
I took my car and drove it down the hill by your house.
  [B]        [A]
I drove so fast.
[G]             [F#/G]             [E]         [D]         [C]
The wind it couldn't cool me down,
    [B]         [A]
so I turned it around and came back up.
[G]          [F#/G]            [E]           [D]      
You were waiting on your step,
[C]          [B]             [A]
steam showing off your breath and water in your eyes.
[G]                [F#/G]       [E]          [D]
We pulled each other into one,
[C]         [B]            [D]
parkas clinging on the lawn and kissed right there.

[G] [C] [G] [C] [G] [C] [G] [C]
Solo over verse

h = hammer-on / = slide up = slide down
E-------------------------------------------------------------------- B-------------------------------------------------------------------- G---0-----0----0-----0----------------------------------------------- D------0-----0---0-----0--------------------------------------------- A--------------------------9h10--97--7h9--75--5h7--53--3h5--32--- E--------------------------------------------------------------------
E----------------------------------------------------| B----------------------------------------------------| G---0-----0----0-----0-------------------------------| D------0-----0---0-----0-----------------------------| A--------------------------10/12--12/14--14/15-------| E----------------------------------------------------|
...and repeat

Said my ..
Handed ..
Held ..
Traced ..

Repeat chorus

Play chorus progression once, palm muting all chords

End on G

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