Authority Song

John Cougar Mellencamp


AUTHORITY SONG by: John Couger Mellencamp
Tab by: Aaron Meredith
Drop D tuning- (D-A-D-G-B-e)
b = bend p = pull-off h = hammer-on ~ = let ring G1= guitar 1 G2= guitar 2 / = slide up \ = slide down pm = palm mute
Intro: G2 e|--------------------------------------------------------| B|--------------------------------------------------------| G|--------------------------------------------------------| D|----------0---0---0-0--0--0--0--0---0-0---0-0--0--0--0--| A|-0-4-0-4b--4b--4b----4b-4b-4b----4b----4b----4b-4b-4b---| E|--------------------------------------------------------|
e -------------------------------------------------------| B -------------------------------------------------------| G -------------------------------------------------------| D -0---0-0---0-0--0--0--0--0---0-0---0-0--0--0--0~~~-----| A --4b----4b----4b-4b-4b----4b----4b----4b-4b-4b---------| E -------------------------------------------------------|
Intro: G1 e|---------------------------------------------| B|---------------------------------------------| G|---------------------------------------------| D|---------------------------------------------| A|-0----0~~--0----0~~--0----0~~--0----0~~~~----| E|-0-3b-0~~--0-3b-0~~--0-3b-0~~--0-3b-0~~~~----|
Verse: G1 e|---------------------------------------| B|---------------------------------------| G|---------------------------------------|x8 D|-------------------------5-----7-7-----| A|-0-0--------0-0--2-0---5-5--7--7-7-----| E|-0-0--3-4h--0-0--0-0---5-5--7--7-7-----|
Chorus: e|---------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------| G|---------------------------------|x8 D|---------------------5-----7-7---| A|-0--0-2-0-0-0-2-0--5-5--7--7-7---| E|-0--0-0-0-0-0-0-0--5-5--7--7-7---|
Fill: G2 e|----------------------------------------------------| B|----------------------------------------------------| G|----------------------------------------------------| D|----------0---0---0-0---0---------0---0--0--0--0----| A|-0-4-0-4b--4b--4b----4b----4-0-4b--4b--4b-4b-4b-4b--| E|----------------------------------------------------|
REPEAT VERSE:
REPEAT CHORUS:
Lead Guitar: e|------------------------------------------------------------------| B|----------------------------3-3--3-3--3---3-3--3-3--3---3-3--3-3--| G|----------------------------2-4h-4-2p-2---2-4h-4-2p-2---2-4h-4-4--| D|----------0---0---0-0---0---0-0--0-0--0---0-0--0-0--0---0-0--0-0--| A|-0-4-0-4b--4b--4b----4b-------------------------------------------| E|------------------------------------------------------------------|
e -3-3--3-3--/3-3-/3-3-3-3-3-3-/3-3-3-/3-3-/3-3-3-3-3---| B ------------------------------------------------------| G ------------------------------------------------------| D ------------------------------------------------------| A ------------------------------------------------------| E ------------------------------------------------------| Repeat til end e ----10-10-10--------10-10-10-------10-10-----10-----------|----10-10| B ----10-10-10--------10-10-10-------10-10-----10-----------|----10-10| G -12-----------12-12----------12-12-------12b----12b-10----|-12b-----| D --------------(^pm^)---------(^pm^)--------------------12-|---------| A ----------------------------------------------------------|---------| E ----------------------------------------------------------|---------|
PAUSE: ( oh no. no no)
REPEAT CHORUS: with Fill G2 and fade
I have seen this song played in standard tuning in A which makes the lead a lot easier to play but when compared to original song, drop D is the correct tuning. Another way you can play it in standard tuning is open chords D, G, and A. Anyways, I hope this helped.
























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