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Swinging the Chain   Black Sabbath



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Finished: 18:38 10/4/98
Updated: 04:49 8/25/01
Black Sabbath - Swinging the Chain
From Black Sabbath's "Never Say Die" Album October, 1978
Tuning Info: Standard (E) Tuning, 440Hz, Andante, 104 beats/min
NOTE: Lyrics may not match written music or may be incorrect.
"Swinging the Chain"
       [A]   [C]            [A]   [A]  [A]  [A]       [A] [C] [A] [A] [A] [A]                                                                                             
----------------------------------------------------------------
----------------------------------------------------------------
-----------5-------------------------------5--------------------
--------2--5----------2--2-2-2----------2--5----------2--2-2-2--
-3-3p0--0--3--------0-0--0-0-0--3-3p0---0--3--------0-0--0-0-0--
------3-------0-1-3------------------3--------0-1-3-------------

       [A]   [C]            [A]   [A]  [A]  [A]       [A] [C] [A] [A] [A] [A]                                                                                             
----------------------------------------------------------------
----------------------------------------------------------------
-----------5-------------------------------5--------------------
--------2--5----------2--2-2-2----------2--5----------2--2-2-2--
-3-3p0--0--3--------0-0--0-0-0--3-3p0---0--3--------0-0--0-0-0--
------3-------0-1-3------------------3--------0-1-3-------------

It's against my uniform to be a civil judge.
                                           [A]   [C]            [A]   [A]  [A]  [A]       [A] [C] [A] [A] [A] [A]                                                                                             
----------------------------------------------------------------
----------------------------------------------------------------
-----------5-------------------------------5--------------------
--------2--5----------2--2-2-2----------2--5----------2--2-2-2--
-3-3p0--0--3--------0-0--0-0-0--3-3p0---0--3--------0-0--0-0-0--
------3-------0-1-3------------------3--------0-1-3-------------

All the songs are history now, 'bout rock stars and their grudge.
       [A]   [C]            [A]   [A]  [A]  [A]       [A] [C] [A] [A] [A] [A]                                                                                             
----------------------------------------------------------------
----------------------------------------------------------------
-----------5-------------------------------5--------------------
--------2--5----------2--2-2-2----------2--5----------2--2-2-2--
-3-3p0--0--3--------0-0--0-0-0--3-3p0---0--3--------0-0--0-0-0--
------3-------0-1-3------------------3--------0-1-3-------------

Let us cast our minds back to thirty years or more.
       [A]   [C]            [A]   [A]  [A]  [A]       [A] [C] [A] [A] [A] [A]                                                                                             
----------------------------------------------------------------
----------------------------------------------------------------
-----------5-------------------------------5--------------------
--------2--5----------2--2-2-2----------2--5----------2--2-2-2--
-3-3p0--0--3--------0-0--0-0-0--3-3p0---0--3--------0-0--0-0-0--
------3-------0-1-3------------------3--------0-1-3-------------

You talk of all the Vandals, well Hitler beat them all!
CHOURSE
[A]  [C]   [D]    [E]   [C]   [A]   [A]  [A]    [A]   [D]    [E]  [C]  [A] [A] [A] [A]                                                                                             
-------------------------------------------------
-------------------------------------------------
---5--7---9--5--------------7---9-5--------------
-2-5--7---9--5--2--2-2---2--7---9-5--2---2-2--2--
-0-3--5---7--3--0--0-0---0--5---7-3--0---0-0--0--
-------------------------------------------------

And we're so sorry. We're really sorry it happened that way.
[A]  [C]   [D]    [E]   [C]   [A]   [A]  [A]    [B]  [B]  [B]  [B]  [B]  [B]  [B] [B] [B] [B] [B]                                                                                             
------------------------------------------------
------------------------------------------------
---5--7---9--5----------------------------------
-2-5--7---9--5--2--2-2--9-9-9-9-9-9-9-99-9-9-9--
-0-3--5---7--3--0--0-0--9-9-9-9-9-9-9-99-9-9-9--
------------------------7-7-7-7-7-7-7-77-7-7-7--

Yes we're so sorry, but why'd ya have to treat us that way?
       [A]   [C]            [A]   [A]  [A]  [A]       [A] [C] [A] [A] [A] [A]                                                                                             
----------------------------------------------------------------
----------------------------------------------------------------
-----------5-------------------------------5--------------------
--------2--5----------2--2-2-2----------2--5----------2--2-2-2--
-3-3p0--0--3--------0-0--0-0-0--3-3p0---0--3--------0-0--0-0-0--
------3-------0-1-3------------------3--------0-1-3-------------

       [A]   [C]            [A]   [A]  [A]  [A]       [A] [C] [A] [A] [A] [A]                                                                                            
----------------------------------------------------------------
----------------------------------------------------------------
-----------5-------------------------------5--------------------
--------2--5----------2--2-2-2----------2--5----------2--2-2-2--
-3-3p0--0--3--------0-0--0-0-0--3-3p0---0--3--------0-0--0-0-0--
------3-------0-1-3------------------3--------0-1-3-------------

Lay yourselves with others, and cover them in sin.
       [A]   [C]            [A]   [A]  [A]  [A]       [A] [C] [A] [A] [A] [A]                                                                                            
----------------------------------------------------------------
----------------------------------------------------------------
-----------5-------------------------------5--------------------
--------2--5----------2--2-2-2----------2--5----------2--2-2-2--
-3-3p0--0--3--------0-0--0-0-0--3-3p0---0--3--------0-0--0-0-0--
------3-------0-1-3------------------3--------0-1-3-------------

Oh God, what a terrible, terrible state we're in!
       [A]   [C]            [A]   [A]  [A]  [A]       [A] [C] [A] [A] [A] [A]                                                                                            
----------------------------------------------------------------
----------------------------------------------------------------
-----------5-------------------------------5--------------------
--------2--5----------2--2-2-2----------2--5----------2--2-2-2--
-3-3p0--0--3--------0-0--0-0-0--3-3p0---0--3--------0-0--0-0-0--
------3-------0-1-3------------------3--------0-1-3-------------

There must be some way out of here! A comprimise that's wise.
       [A]   [C]            [A]   [A]  [A]  [A]       [A] [C] [A] [A] [A] [A]                                                                                            
----------------------------------------------------------------
----------------------------------------------------------------
-----------5-------------------------------5--------------------
--------2--5----------2--2-2-2----------2--5----------2--2-2-2--
-3-3p0--0--3--------0-0--0-0-0--3-3p0---0--3--------0-0--0-0-0--
------3-------0-1-3------------------3--------0-1-3-------------

If we can not work it out, we're gonna have to fight!
CHOURSE
[A]  [C]   [D]    [E]   [C]   [A]   [A]  [A]    [A]   [D]    [E]  [C]  [A] [A] [A] [A]                                                                                            
-------------------------------------------------
-------------------------------------------------
---5--7---9--5--------------7---9-5--------------
-2-5--7---9--5--2--2-2---2--7---9-5--2---2-2--2--
-0-3--5---7--3--0--0-0---0--5---7-3--0---0-0--0--
-------------------------------------------------

And we're so sorry. We're really sorry it happened that way.
[A]  [C]   [D]    [E]   [C]   [A]   [A]  [A]    [B]  [B]  [B]  [B]  [B]  [B]  [B] [B] [B] [B] [B]                                                                                            
------------------------------------------------
------------------------------------------------
---5--7---9--5----------------------------------
-2-5--7---9--5--2--2-2--9-9-9-9-9-9-9-99-9-9-9--
-0-3--5---7--3--0--0-0--9-9-9-9-9-9-9-99-9-9-9--
------------------------7-7-7-7-7-7-7-77-7-7-7--

Yes we're so sorry. We can not go on another day!
LEAD (1:57) (2:06)
----------------------------------------------------------------5-8---------------------
-15^(17-17-17-17-17~\9)------------------------------8p5-8-5-8p5---8p5------------------
-------------------------7^(9)-5~----5hh7~------5h7-------------------7~------------5---
---------------------------------7~--------7-7~----7--------------------7p5-5h7p5----7~-
---------------------------------------------------------------------------7-----7------
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

(Guitar 1)
A\E E/A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A
---------------------------------------------------
---------------------------------------------------
---------------------------------------------------
-7\2-----7-7-7--7-7-7--7-7-7--7-7-7--7--7-7--7-7-7-
-7\2--2s/7-7-7--7-7-7--7-7-7--7-7-7--7--7-7--7-7-7-
-5\0--0s/5-5-5--5-5-5--5-5-5--5-5-5--5--5-5--5-5-5-

(Guitar 2)
(2:11)
-------------------------------------------------------------5----------5--
-----------------------------------------5-8p5----------------8p5-7s^(9)---
-(3)/7^(9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9`7)-5-7p5-5-7^(99)-----7-5-7p5-5-7^(9)--------------
--------------------------------7--------------------7---------------------
---------------------------------------------------------------------------
---------------------------------------------------------------------------

(Guitar 1)
[A]  [A]  [A]   [A]  [A]  [A]   [A]  [A]  [A]   [A]  [A]  [A]   [A]  [A]  [A]                                                                                              
------------------------------------
------------------------------------
------------------------------------
-7-7-7--7-7-7--7-7-7--7-7-7--7-7-7--
-7-7-7--7-7-7--7-7-7--7-7-7--7-7-7--
-5-5-5--5-5-5--5-5-5--5-5-5--5-5-5--

(Guitar 2)
(2:14)
--------5---8-7-5--------------------
---------7p5-----8-7-5---------------
-7^(9)----------------7p5-7~-7p5-5---
5-------------------------------7----
-------------------------------------
-------------------------------------

(Guitar 1)
[A]  [A]  [A]   [A]  [A]  [A]   [A]  [A]  [A]   [A]  [A]  [A]   [A]  [A]  [A]                                                                                              
------------------------------------
------------------------------------
------------------------------------
-7-7-7--7-7-7--7-7-7--7-7-7--7-7-7--
-7-7-7--7-7-7--7-7-7--7-7-7--7-7-7--
-5-5-5--5-5-5--5-5-5--5-5-5--5-5-5--

(Guitar 2)
BRIDGE (2:14)
----------------------------------------------------------------------------
----------------------------------------------------------------------------
-7^(9`7)-5-7~--------7^(9`7)-5-7~---------7^(9`7)-5-7~--------7^(9`7)-5-7~--
-----------------5h7-----------------5hh7-----------------5h7---------------
----------------------------------------------------------------------------
----------------------------------------------------------------------------

I'm talkin' 'bout my brothers. Yea, and I'm talkin' 'bout my sisters as well
And I wish ya, Bye! Good Luck! Bye! Lord!
(Harmonica lead in E transcribed here)
(2:33)
------------------------------------------------------------------------------
-15p14p12--12-12~-------------------------------14-13-12^(14-14`12p0)---------
---------14--------12h14----------------------15------12^(14-14`12p0)---------
------------------------14-14~-12-12-144-14~-------------------------12-12h14~
------------------------------------------------------------------------------
------------------------------------------------------------------------------

---------------------------------
---------------------------------
---------------------------------
--9-9-9---9-9-9---9-9-9---9-9-9--
--7-7-7---7-7-7---7-7-7---7-7-7--
0-0-----0-0-----0-0-----0-0------

--------------------------------------------------------------------
--------------------------------------------------------------------
-14^(16`14)-14p12-14^(16`14)-14p12-14^((16-16`14)-14p12-14^(16`14)--
--------------------------------------------------------------------
--------------------------------------------------------------------
--------------------------------------------------------------------

---------------------------------
---------------------------------
---------------------------------
--9-9-9---9-9-9---9-9-9---9-9-9--
--7-7-7---7-7-7---7-7-7---7-7-7--
0-0-----0-0-----0-0-----0-0------

------------------------------------------
-15-14-12--15-14-12--15-14-12--15-14-122--
------------------------------------------
------------------------------------------
------------------------------------------
------------------------------------------

---------------------------------
---------------------------------
---------------------------------
--9-9-9---9-9-9---9-9-9---9-9-9--
--7-7-7---7-7-7---7-7-7---7-7-7--
0-0-----0-0-----0-0-----0-0------

BRIDGE (2:50) C/C# C C/C# C
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
----------------------------------5/6-55~------------------------------------5/6-5~--
-1-----1-------1----1-----1-------3/4-33~---1------1------1----1-----1-------3/4-3~--
--3p0-3--3p0-3~------3p0-3--3p0-3------------3p0-3--3p0-3~------3p0-3--3p0-3---------

(2:59)
              [C]    [D]                 [C] [C] [C] [A] [C] [D] [C] [C] [C] [A]                                                                                            
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
--2-2p0--------5--7---2-2p0--------5-5--5-2----2-2p0-------5--7---2-2p0--------5-5-5-2-
-0-----3p0-3p0-3--5--0-----3p0-3p0-3-3--3-0---0----3p0-3p0-3--5--0-----3p0-3p0-3-3-3-0-
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

              [C]    [D]                 [C] [C] [C] [A] [C] [D] [C] [C] [C] [A]                                                                                            
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
--2-2p0--------5--7---2-2p0--------5-5--5-2----2-2p0-------5--7---2-2p0--------5-5-5-2-
-0-----3p0-3p0-3--5--0-----3p0-3p0-3-3--3-0---0----3p0-3p0-3--5--0-----3p0-3p0-3-3-3-0-
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

                                  [C/C#]  [C] [C/C#] [C]                                                                                            
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
----------------------------------5/6-55~------------------------------------5/6-5~--
-1-----1-------1----1-----1-------3/4-33~---1------1-------1----1-----1------3/4-3~--
--3p0-3--3p0-3~------3p0-3--3p0-3------------3p0-3--3p0-3~------3p0-3--3p0-3---------

Oh, but the world's on fire!
                                  [C/C#]  [C] [C/C#] [C]                                                                                            
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
----------------------------------5/6-55~------------------------------------5/6-5~--
-1-----1-------1----1-----1-------3/4-33~---1------1-------1----1-----1------3/4-3~--
--3p0-3--3p0-3~------3p0-3--3p0-3------------3p0-3--3p0-3~------3p0-3--3p0-3---------

Chain that holds your tiny cross, you liar!
                                  [C/C#]  [C] [C/C#] [C]                                                                                            
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
----------------------------------5/6-55~------------------------------------5/6-5~--
-1-----1-------1----1-----1-------3/4-33~---1------1-------1----1-----1------3/4-3~--
--3p0-3--3p0-3~------3p0-3--3p0-3------------3p0-3--3p0-3~------3p0-3--3p0-3---------

This fire!!
                                  [C/C#]  [C] [C/C#] [C]                                                                                            
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
----------------------------------5/6-55~------------------------------------5/6-5~--
-1-----1-------1----1-----1-------3/4-33~---1------1-------1----1-----1------3/4-3~--
--3p0-3--3p0-3~------3p0-3--3p0-3------------3p0-3--3p0-3~------3p0-3--3p0-3---------

We're on fire! We're on fire!
                                  [C/C#]  [C] [C/C#] [C]                                                                                            
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
----------------------------------5/6-55~------------------------------------5/6-5~--
-1-----1-------1----1-----1-------3/4-33~---1------1-------1----1-----1------3/4-3~--
--3p0-3--3p0-3~------3p0-3--3p0-3------------3p0-3--3p0-3~------3p0-3--3p0-3---------

Yeah, yeah, yeah man yeah, yeah..............ahhhhhh
                                  [C/C#]  [C] [C/C#] [C]                                                                                            
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
----------------------------------5/6-55~------------------------------------5/6-5~--
-1-----1-------1----1-----1-------3/4-33~---1------1-------1----1-----1------3/4-3~--
--3p0-3--3p0-3~------3p0-3--3p0-3------------3p0-3--3p0-3~------3p0-3--3p0-3---------

Take! Oh...oh...no....no....

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