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Gallows Pole  Led Zeppelin

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          [E]   [A]   [D]   [G]   [B]   [E]                                                           
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A7 x x 2 0 2 0 (A 7th)

Em x 2 0 0 0 0

C6 x x 2 0 1 0 (C Major 6th)

C x 3 2 0 1 0

C* x x 4 0 3 0

D9 x x 4 5 3 0 (D 9th)

G5 3 x 0 0 3 3 (G 5th)

Dsus x x 0 2 3 3

Asus x x 0 2 3 0


- the G A G A progression is played like this (powerful sound)

E|----2--x--x--x--x----2----2---x--x--x--x--|
B|----2--x--x--x--x----2----2---x--x--x--x--|
G|----2--x--x--x--x----2----2---x--x--x--x--|
D|----2--x--x--x--x----2----2---x--x--x--x--|
A|-------x--x--x--x-------------x--x--x--x--|
E|--3----x--x--x--x--3----3-----x--x--x--x--|


- Lots of string muting in the G A G A part

- I play the G A G A part by barring the A (x02222)
with my index finger leave the A string (string 5)
open and tap the G note with my middle finger.

- Start the first verse after the 4th repeat of intro
so Hangman would come in on repeat 5.

- Listen to the song to get timing

- I also broke the song up into verses to make it
easier to keep track. The way I broke them up
may not be the way it was originally written

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Intro/Riff

^ ^ V ^ ^ V ^ V ^ V ^ ^ V ^
E|-------0-0-0--0-0-0-0-0--/-0-0--0--/-0-0-0--| x4
B|-------2-0-2--2-0-1-1-1--/-3-3--3--/-2-0-2--|
G|-------0-0-0--0-0-0-0-0--/-0-0--5--/-0-0-0--|
D|-------2-2-2--2-2-2-2-2--/-4-4--4--/-2-2-2--|
A|---0----------------------------------------|
E|--------------------------------------------|


Verse 1
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Riff
Hangman Hangman

Riff
hold it a little while

[A7]I think I see my [C6]friends commin

[G5]ridin a many [Asus]mile
Riff x2


Verse 2
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Riff
So friends you get a some silver

Riff
get a little gold

[A7]what did you [C6]bring me my dear friends

[G5]keep me from the [Asus]gallows pole
Riff x2

[A7]what did you [C6]bring me

[G5]keep me from the [Asus]gallows pole
Riff x2


Verse 3
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Riff
I couldn't get no silver

Riff
I couldn't get no gold

[A7]you know we're [C6]too damn poor

[G5]to keep you from the [Asus]gallows pole
Riff x2


Chours
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[A7]Hangm[Asus]an Han[G5]gman[Asus]

[A7]hold it a [Asus]little [G5]whil[G5]e

[A7]I think I s[Asus]ee my [G5]brother [Asus]commin
[G5]ridin a many [Asus]mile    [G]  [A]  [G]  [A]
Verse 4
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[G]Br[A]ot[G]he[A]r you get a little silver,

[G]ge[A]t [G]a [A]little gold

[G]wh[A]at[G] d[A]id you bring me, my brother
[G5]to keep me from the [Asus]gallows pole  [G]  [A]  [G]  [A]
Verse 5
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[G]br[A]ot[G]he[A]r I brought you some silver

[G]I [A]br[G]ou[A]ght a little gold

[G]I [A]Br[G]ou[A]ght a little of everything
[G5]keep you from the [Asus]gallows pole  [G]  [A]  [G]  [A]
[C]Ya I brought y[Asus]ou    [G]  [A]  [G]  [A]
[G]to[A] k[G]ee[A]p you from the gallows pole
Chours
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[A7]Hangm[Asus]an Han[G5]gman[Asus]

[A7]turn your [Asus]head a [G5]whil[G5]e

[A7]I think I s[Asus]ee my [G5]sister c[Asus]ommin
[G5]ridin a many [Asus]mile    [G]  [A]  [G]  [A]
Verse 6
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[G]Si[A]st[G]er[A] I emplore you take him by the hand

[G]ta[A]ke[G] h[A]im to some shady spot and

[G5]sit him on the [Asus]love of his man [G]  [A]  [G]  [A]
please take him

[G5]sit him on the [Asus]rock of ma[G]in[A] m[G]an[A] man

Chours
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[A7]Hangm[Asus]an Han[G5]gman[Asus]

[A7]on your fa[Asus]ce a sm[G5]ile [G5]

[A7]tell me tha[Asus]t I'm [G5]free to [Asus]ride
[G5]ride for many[Asus] mile   [G]  [A]  [G]  [A]
Verse 7
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[G]Ye[A]s [G]yo[A]u've got a fine sister

[G]sh[A]e [G]wa[A]nt my blood to boil

[G]sh[A]e [G]wa[A]nt my blood to boil in her
[G5]to keep you from the [Asus]gallows pole [G]  [A]  [G]  [A]
Verse 8
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[G]Yo[A]ur[G] b[A]rother brought me silver

[G]an[A]d [G]yo[A]ur sister want my sole

[G]fo[A]r [G]no[A]w I laugh oh so hard
[G5]she's swinging on my [Asus]gallows pole
[G]fo[A]r [G]no[A]w I laugh oh so hard
[G5]she's swinging on my [Asus]gallows pole
[G]sw[A]in[G]gi[A]ng on my gallows pole
[G]sw[A]in[G]gi[A]ng on my gallows pole
[G]sw[A]in[G]gi[A]ng on my gallows pole
[G]  [A]  [G]  [A]                               
[G]I [A]ke[G]ep[A] Swinging
[G]I [A]ke[G]ep[A] Swinging
[G]I [A]ke[G]ep[A] Swinging
[G]Sa[A]me[G] s[A]ong nothing but a dog (I think this is what he is saying)
[G]Sa[A]me[G] s[A]ong nothing but a dog
[G]sw[A]in[G]gi[A]ng on my gallows pole
[G]sw[A]in[G]gi[A]ng on my gallows pole
[G]sw[A]in[G]gi[A]ng on my gallows pole
[G]sw[A]in[G]gi[A]ng on my gallows pole
[G]  [A]  [G]  [A]                            

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trs (report)

If your playing on acoustic, there is another perhaps easier way to play the GAGA, which is exhausting if your trying to play regular chords or even barre them. Since you can play bottom 4 strings only (D,G,B,E) and get the same chord sound, you can rock back and forth between a "regular" 3 finger A chord and your ring finger on the high e. This will give you a hard GAGA with much less effort.

trs (report)

I beleive what he says at the end of the song is "See Saw Marjorie Daw" - not something about a dog.