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Agamemnon  Violent Femmes

Date: Sun, 7 Jan 1996 17:32:34 -0500
From: Bryson Meunier
Subject: TAB:"Agamemnon" by violent femmes
I transcribed this song for two guitars. It doesn't really make
sense since the femmes only have one guitarist but on the cd it distinctly
sounds like two guitars. The femmes played this song when I saw them live in
Columbus, Ohio during the New Times tour so I should know how many guitars
they used but I wasn't really paying attention to the guitar arrangements as
much I was jumping up and down. Anyway, this is what I have for "Agamemnon,"
whether it's correct or not. E-mail me with corrections,additions, questions
or comments at meunier.1@osu.edu
"Agamemnon"(Gordon Gano/Walter Mehring)
Performed by the Violent Femmes on "New Times"(1994)
Lyrics by Walter Mehring from "Einfach Klassisch," as translated into
English by Henry Marx
Transcribed by Bryson Meunier
intro/verse(guitar1(clean electric))-
 
 E------------------------------------------------------
 B------------------------------------------------------
 G------------------------------------------------------
 D---------4----4h7brp4---------------4--4h7br4---------
 A------------------------7---4------------------7---4--
 E-----2--------------------------2--------------------- 

(guitar 2(clean electric))-
 
 E------------------------------5---------------------5-
 B------------------------------5---------------------5-
 G------------------------------5---------------------5-
 D------------------------------------------------------
 A------------------------------------------------------
 E------------------------------------------------------ 

guitar 1-
 
 E------------------------------------------------------
 B------------------------------------------------------
 G------------------------------------------------------
 D----4--4h7brp4------------4--4h7brp4------------------
 A----------------7--4------------------7--4------------
 E-2---------------------2--------------------2--------- 

guitar 2-
 
 E---------------------5--------------5-5-5-5-5---------
 B---------------------5--------------5-5-5-5-5---------
 G---------------------5--------------5-5-5-5-5---------
 D------------------------------------------------------
 A------------------------------------------------------
 E------------------------------------------------------ 

The telephone, the telephone
I have an idea
[B5]Women always have ideas(continue verse riff)
Hello?
Chorus:
Here is Aga-Mem-Non Here is Aga-Mem-Non
[F#5] [A] [F#5] [Em] 
 
 E------------------------------------------------------
 B--------------2---------------------------------------
 G--------------2---------------------------------------
 D--4--4--4--4--2---4------4--4--4--4--2--4-------------
 A--4--4--4--4------4------4--4--4--4--2--4-------------
 E--2--2--2--2------2------2--2--2--2--0--2------------- 

Here is Aga-Mem-Non Here is Aga-Mem-Non
[F#5] [A] [F#5] [Em] 
 
 E------------------------------------------------------
 B--------------2---------------------------------------
 G--------------2---------------------------------------
 D--4--4--4--4--2---4------4--4--4--4--2--2-------------
 A--4--4--4--4------4------4--4--4--4--2--2-------------
 E--2--2--2--2------2------2--2--2--2--0--0------------- 

(continue verse riff)
Who? Wrong connection
This is...
[B5]I am a moralist
an anti-militarist
I am against duels
I cannot stand seeing a fly in rage
I cannot look at a uniform or blood
T[C#5]hat woman has seduced me
And now I am done for(2x)
(continue verse riff)
Darling where shall I
hide you in a hurry(2x)
(chorus)
(continue chorus riff)
I am coming
Directly from the trenches
And look forward
To a solemn luncheon
(continue verse riff)
Oh my nerves!
I'm losing my mind(2x)
Th[B5]is damned telephone
Spoils my favorite position
An[C#5]d now I can start
Writing poetry again
(End on vocal ad lib. Experiment and have fun with the outro. That's all
the femmes are doing, really. It just sounds like Gordon is making agreeable
noise with the guitar by moving his fingers all over the fretboard while
speed-picking(mostly around the nineteenth fret).Experiment and then end).
These are the chords mentioned above:
[B5] [C#5]  
 
 E--------------------
 B--------------------
 G---4----------6-----
 D---4----------6-----
 A---2----------4-----
 E-------------------- 

symbols used in transcription:
h = hammer-on
p = pull-off
b = bend 1/2 step
r = release
= joins two simultaneous guitar parts
Again, send comments, questions, corrections and additions to
meunier.1@osu.edu Have fun!

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