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Never Been Sold Before   Alice Cooper



 "Never Been Sold Before" by Alice Cooper
  Words and Music by Bruce/Buxton/Cooper/Dunaway/Smith

  From the album Muscle of Love (1973)

  Transcription by Brian Gaddis
  b= bend   rb= release bend   \= slide down   /= slide up   p= pull-off

  h= hammer-on   ~~= vibrato   x= mute   .= mute note or chord

  ps\= pick scrape down
  Main rhythm
   Guitar one
E-|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B-|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G-|--------------------------------------2------------------------------------|
D-|-----------------------2--------------0------------------------------------|
A-|--------------------2--------------2-----3--2--0-------------------2-------|
E-|--12\--0---0--3--4--------0--3--4-----------------3--2--0---0--3b-----3~~--|
  |                                                                           |
  |Guitar two                                                                 |
E-|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B-|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G-|-----------------------------------------------------------7--7--7--7\-----|
D-|-----------------------------------------------------------7--7--7--7\-----|
A-|-----------------------------------------------------------5--5--5--5\-----|
E-|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
   Guitar one
E-|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B-|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G-|--------------------------------2------------------------------------------|
D-|------------------2-------------0------------------------------------------|
A-|---------------2-------------2-----3--2--0-------------------2-------------|
E-|--0---0--3--4--------0--3-4-----------------3--2--0---0--3b-----3~~--------|
  |                                                                           |
  |Guitar two                                                                 |
E-|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B-|---------------------------------3-----------------------------------------|
G-|------------------1--------------2----------------1----7--7--7--7\---------|
D-|--2---------------2--------------0----------------2----7--7--7--7\---------|
A-|--2---------2-----2--------2----------------2-----2----5--5--5--5\---------|
E-|--0---------0--3-----------0--3-------------0--3--0------------------------|
  Verse
  1."You ask  me, babe,              'Can you work tonight?'."
E-|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B-|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G-|--------------------------------2------------------------------------------|
D-|------------------2-------------0------------------------------------------|
A-|---------------2-------------2-----3--2--0-----------------------2---------|
E-|--0---0--3--4--------0--3-4-----------------3--2--0-------0--3b-----3~~----|
  |                                                                           |
  |Guitar two                                                                 |
E-|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B-|---------------------------------3-----------------------------------------|
G-|------------------1--------------2----------------1------------------------|
D-|--2---------------2--------------0----------------2------------------------|
A-|--2---------------2--------2----------------2-----2-------------2----------|
E-|--0---------0--3--0--------0--3-------------0--3--0-------------0--3~~-----|
   "I've been        up, babe,       since broad daylight."
E-|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B-|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G-|--------------------------------2--------------------------------------2---|
D-|------------------2-------------0--------------------------------------2---|
A-|---------------2-------------2-----3--2--0-----------------------2-----0---|
E-|--0---0--3--4--------0--3-4-----------------3--2--0-------0--3b-----3------|
  |                                                                           |
  |Guitar two                                                                 |
E-|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B-|---------------------------------3-----------------------------------------|
G-|------------------1--------------2----------------1--------------------2---|
D-|--2---------------2--------------0----------------2--------------------2---|
A-|--2---------------2--------2----------------2-----2--------------2-----0---|
E-|--0---------0--3--0--------0--3-------------0--3--0-------0--3b-----3------|
   "I just can't believe that you're selling me.  You never sold me before."
E-|-----------------------------------------x---------------------------------|
B-|------------------------------------------x--------------------------------|
G-|---------------------5---------------------x-------------------------------|
D-|---------------------5----------------------5------------------------------|
A-|---------------------3-----------------------5-5--5--5--5--5--5--5--5--5---|
E-|-----------------------------------------------3--3--3--3--3--3--3--3--3---|
                       "I just can't become your lousy whore."(Go to verse two)
E-|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B-|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G-|------------5-----2------------------5--------------4----------------------|
D-|------------5--5--2------------------5--------------4-------4--4--4--4\----|
A-|--5--7--5---3--5--0------------------3--------------2-------2--2--2--2\----|
E-|--3--3--3------3-----------------------------------------------------------|
                                                            |Guitar two       |
                                                          E-|-----------------|
                                                          B-|--2--2--2--2-----|
                                                          G-|--2--2--2--2-----|
                                                          D-|--2--2--2--2-----|
                                                          A-|-----------------|
                                                          E-|-----------------|
  Verse
   2."Ah, yeah, I'm     stacked nice. They really like my style."
                                        (Notes in parentheses are overdubbed.)
E-|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B-|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G-|-----------------------------------2---------------------------------------|
D-|---------------------2-------------0-(5)(4)(2)-----------------------------|
A-|------------------2-------------2-----3--2--0--(5)(4)----------------2-----|
E-|-----0---0--3--4--------0--3--4-----------------3--2--0-------0--3b-----3~~|
  |                                                                           |
  |Guitar two                                                                 |
E-|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B-|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G-|------------------------------------2--------------------------------------|
D-|-----------------.---------------.--0--------------------------------------|
A-|--.-----.--.--.--2--2---.--.--.--2-----3--2--0--------2-------------2------|
E-|--0-----0--3--4-----0---0--3--4-----------------3--2--0-------0--3-----3~~-|
       "Fifty           bucks, babe, can't even buy my smile."
E-|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B-|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G-|-----------------------------------2-------------------------------------2-|
D-|---------------------2-------------0-(5)(4)(2)---------------------------2-|
A-|------------------2-------------2-----3--2--0--(5)(4)--------------2-----0-|
E-|-----0---0--3--4--------0--3--4-----------------3--2--0-----0--3b-----3----|
  |                                                                           |
  |Guitar two                                                                 |
E-|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B-|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G-|------------------------------------2-----------------------------------2--|
D-|-----------------.---------------.--0-----------------------------------2--|
A-|--.-----.--.--.--2--2---.--.--.--2-----3--2--0--------2-----------2-----0--|
E-|--0-----0--3--4-----0---0--3--4-----------------3--2--0-----0--3-----3-----|
   "I just can't believe that you're selling me.  You never sold me before."
E-|-----------------------------------------x---------------------------------|
B-|------------------------------------------x--------------------------------|
G-|---------------------5---------------------x-------------------------------|
D-|---------------------5----------------------5--.--.--.--.--.--.--.--.------|
A-|---------------------3-----------------------5-5--5--5--5--5--5--7--5--5---|
E-|-----------------------------------------------3--3--3--3--3--3--3--3--3---|
                       "I just can't become your lousy whore."
E-|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B-|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G-|------------5-----2------------------5--------------4----------------------|
D-|------------5--5--2------------------5--------------4-------4--4--4--4--4--|
A-|--5--7--5---3--5--0------------------3--------------2-------2--2--2--2--2--|
E-|--3--3--3------3-----------------------------------------------------------|
               "I find       I come around just to     lay this money on you,
E-|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B-|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G-|-------------2--2--2--2-----4----4--4---4----4/-7--7-----7----7----7/9--9--|
D-|--4--4--4\---2--2--2--2-----4----4--4---4----4/-7--7-----7----7----7/9--9--|
A-|--2--2--2\---0--0--0--0-----2----2--2---2----2/-5--5-----5----5----5/7--7--|
E-|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
  |                                                                           |
  |Guitar two                                                                 |
E-|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B-|-----------------------4-5-------------------------------------------------|
G-|-------------2-2---2---4-5------------------------------.--.--.--.---------|
D-|-------------2-2-4-2-2------4-4-6-4-------2--4/7--7--9--7--7--7--7---------|
A-|-------------0-0-0-0--------2-2-2-2--2/4----------5--5--5--5--5--5---------|
E-|---------3b-----------------------------------------------------------0--0-|
   "babe.                 I'm sick of streets,  tricks, and dicks and I'm,
E-|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B-|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G-|--9--9--9--9--9\--------------------------------------------------------2--|
D-|--9--9--9--9--9\-----------6--4--------------------------4--4--2--------2--|
A-|--7--7--7--7--7\-----------------7--6--4--------------------------4-----0--|
E-|------------------------------------------7--2-----------------------------|
  |                                                                           |
  |Guitar two                                                                 |
E-|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B-|---------------------5-----------------------------------------------------|
G-|---------------------6-------------6---6--------------------------------2--|
D-|---------------------6-------------6---6-----4--------------------------2--|
A-|-----4----------4/---4-------------4---4--x--4--------------------------0--|
E-|--------2/4--7----------------------------2--2-----------------------------|
    "I'm really sick of you.             Oh-oh I've never been sold before."
E-|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B-|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G-|-------------4----4--------------------------------------------------------|
D-|-------------4----4--2-----------------------------------------------------|
A-|-------0-----2----2--2-----------------------------------------------------|
E-|---------------------0---0--0--0--0--0--0--0-------------------------------|
  |                                                                           |
  |Guitar two                                                                 |
E-|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B-|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G-|-------------4----4------------------------------2-------------------------|
D-|-------------4----4---------.-----.-----.--------2----------5--------------|
A-|-------------2----2--2---.--2--.--2--.--2--.-----0----------5--------------|
E-|---------------------0---0--0--0--0--0--0--0----------------3--------------|
                           "And I'll never be had again.        Whoa-oa   I've
       = strike note while bent
E-|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B-|----rb----------x-12---------------------------12----12-x-12---12---12\|
G-|----rb-p12------x-12---------------------------12----12-x-12---12---12\|
D-|----------------14---------14\------------------------14---------14---x----|
A-|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E-|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
  |                                                                           |
  |Guitar two                                                                 |
E-|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B-|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G-|---------------------------------7-----------------------------------------|
D-|--------------2-------2----------7---------7-------.--------2-----2--------|
A-|--.---2---.---2---.---2--.--2----5---------7-------2--.--.--2--.--2--.--.--|
E-|--0---0---0---0---0---0--0--0--------------5-------0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--|
    "never been sold before.                      And I'll never be had  a-
E-|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B-|-------------------------x-12----12----x-12----12--------------------------|
G-|-------------------------x-12----12----x-12----12--------------------------|
D-|------------------------------14----14------14-----14----------------------|
A-|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E-|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
  |                                                                           |
  |Guitar two                                                                 |
E-|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B-|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G-|--2------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D-|--2----------5------------------------------------------9--------7----5----|
A-|--0----------5-----------.---2---4---2---.---2---4--2---9--------7----5----|
E-|-------------3-----------0---0---0---0---0---0---0--0---7--------5----3----|
  Solo
   "-gain!"
E-|------------------------------|--------------------------------------------|
B-|------------------------------|--------------------------------------------|
G-|--3b--0--2b--2b--------2b--2b-|-0--2--0----0--2b--2b---2p0-----3b--0-------|
D-|-----------------0--2---------|---------2-------------------2--------------|
A-|------------------------------|--------------------------------------------|
E-|------------------------------|--------------------------------------------|
E-|----------------------------------|----------------------------------------|
B-|----------------------------------|----------------------------------------|
G-|-------0--0h2p0-------0--0h2p0----|-----------------0--3b--2p0-----0-------|
D-|--0h2------------0h2------------2-|--------------2--------------2-----2--0-|
A-|----------------------------------|----------------------------------------|
E-|----------------------------------|-0--2b~~---0----------------------------|
E-|----------------------3-----3h5-|----------7--10p7------7--7/12------------|
B-|--------------3--3h5-----5------|-8--8h10-----------10---------------------|
G-|------0--2/4--------------------|------------------------------------------|
D-|--------------------------------|------------------------------------------|
A-|--2-----------------------------|------------------------------------------|
E-|--------------------------------|------------------------------------------|
         (Let top note ring)
E-|------12-------12-------12-------12-------12-------12-------12-------------|
B-|-15b------15b------15b------15b------15b------15b------15b------15p12------|
G-|-----------------------------------------------------------------------14b-|
D-|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A-|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E-|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E-|--------------------------------------------|----------------------12------|
B-|--12--15p12-------12--15p12-------12--15p12-|------------------12------15--|
G-|-------------14b-------------14b------------|---------12--14b--------------|
D-|--------------------------------------------|--12h14-----------------------|
A-|--------------------------------------------|------------------------------|
E-|--------------------------------------------|------------------------------|
E-|--------------------------|-15b-rb--12h15p12------12-----------------------|
B-|--12--15b--15--12--15--12-|-------------------15------15--12--15b--15p12---|
G-|--------------------------|------------------------------------------------|
D-|--------------------------|------------------------------------------------|
A-|--------------------------|------------------------------------------------|
E-|--------------------------|------------------------------------------------|
                        "I just can't believe that you're selling me.   You
E-|----------------12--15b----------------------------------------------------|
B-|-------12--15b-------------------------------------------------------------|
G-|--14b----------------------------------------------------------------------|
D-|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A-|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E-|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
  |
  |Guitar two
E-|----------------------------------------------------------------x----------|
B-|-----------------------------------------------------------------x---------|
G-|--------------------2----------------5----------------------------x--------|
D-|--------------------2----------------5-----------------------------x--.--.-|
A-|--------------------0----------------3------------------------------x-5--5-|
E-|----------------------------------------------------------------------3--3-|
   "never sold me before.           I just can't become  you're little whore."
E-|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B-|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G-|-----------------------5-----x-2--------------------5---------------4------|
D-|-.-.-.-.-.-------------5--5--x-2--------------------5---------------4------|
A-|-5-5-5-5-7-5-5-5-7-5---3--5--x-0--------------------3---------------2------|
E-|-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3------3------------------------------------------------|
          "No,  no,  no,  no..."
E-|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B-|--------2--2--2--2---------------------------------------------------------|
G-|--------2--2--2--2---------------------------------------------------------|
D-|--------2--2--2--2---------------------------------------------------------|
A-|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E-|--ps\----------------------------------------------------------------------|
  The rest of the song is just the "I've never been sold before..." part with
  a few small variations. The fill that stands out the most is transcribed
  below,
        "...and I'll never be had a-..."
E-|-----3---------------------------------------------------------------------|
B-|-----3----------------------------/3--3--3---------------------------------|
G-|--x-------------------------------/4--4--4--(4)\2--0--2p0------------------|
D-|-----------------------------------------------------------2---------------|
A-|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E-|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|



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