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Don't Believe a Word  Thin Lizzy

Date: Mon, 13 Nov 1995 07:54:55 +0100 (MET)
From: Kristoffer J Rydquist
Subject: Thin Lizzy: Don't Believe A Word
Thin Lizzy "Don't believe a word", from the album "Johnny the Fox".
This version is also found on "Lizzy Killers", (collection).
Another (slower) version is played on Gary Moore's solo album "Parisienne
Walkways" (there exists a few different versions of this record, so this
[is]no guarantee) where Gary sings duet with Phil Lynott.
The slower version can also be found on "LiveLife". The chords are the same,
more info below...
*Intro 8 bars:
[Am]  
Guitar 1:
 
 e-------------------|--------------------|-------------
 --------------------|--------------------|---------------
 --------------------|--------------------|----------------------
 -------7-5-----5-4--|-------7-5-----5-4--|------Repeat 5 times---
 ---0-0-----(7)------|--0-0------(7)------|----------------------
 E-------------------|--------------------|--------------

Guitar 2:
 
 e-------------------|--------------------|-----------------|-
 --------------------|--------------------|-----------------|-
 --------------------|--------------------|-----------------|-
 -------10-9~---9-7--|------10-9~----9-7--|-------Repeat----|---
 ---0-0--------------|--0-0---------------|-----------------|---
 E-------------------|--------------------|-----------------|-

Guitar 1 plays 4 bars solo, then guitar 2 kicks in and they play three
bars
together. The last intro bar looks like this:
Guitar 1: Guitar 2:
 
 --------------| |---------------
 --------------| |---------------
 --------------| |---------------
 --5-5-4---7---| |---9-9-7-------
 --------5-----| |---------7-0---
 --------------| |---------------

Guitar tacet, drums by the one and only Brian Downey! (one bar or
something..)
*Verse 1:
Tacet Am
Don't believe me if I tell you
Not a word of this is tr[Dm]ue[(C)] [G]
Don't bel[Am]ieve me if I tell [G]you.. 'S[F]pecially if I tell you
[Dm]I'm in lov[C]e with y[G]ou
The guitar playing in the verses are power/barre chords (Ex: Am G F
progression).
Where a chord is played for a "long" time, play this figure instead of
the chord:
Over Dm: Over Am: Over Em
 
 -----------------------| |-------------------- +2 compared 

to Dm
 
 -----------------------| |--------------------
 -------(8)-(7)-(8)-----| |--------(6)-(5)--(6)-
 --------10--8---10-----| |---------8---6----8---
 -----------------------| |--------------------
 --8--8-----------------| |---5--5------------

Both guitars play bass tones, then Git1 "parenthesised" notes, Git2 the
others.
*Verse 2:
Don't believe me if I tell you
That I wrote this song for you
That's just not for some other silly pretty girl (alt: "pretty silly",live
I'm singing to version)
*Bridge (or is this the chorus.. never mind):
Don't believe a wo[Em]rd, the words are so easily s[Dm]poken
And your heart is just like that promise.. made to be b[Am]roken
*Solo
Same chord progression as the verses, play it twice.
My suggestion: A pentatonic, harmonic minor or "blues scale".
Scott Gorham (I guess its him) plays with wah-wah and Les Paul guitar.
*Bridge again
Don't believe a [Em]word, 'cause word's can tell (them) [Dm]lies
But them lies ain't no comfort, when there's tears in your e[Am]yes.
*Verse 3:
Repeat first verse..
*Outro (slight, barely audible wah fills..)
Don't belie[G]ve a word[Am] [G] [F]
No don't beli[G]eve a wo[Am]rd[G] [F]
Don't believe [G]it, don[Am]'t be[G]lieve [F]it
Not a single wo[G]rd[Am] [G] [F]
Hey don't!!
Intro riff 7 bars, 8th (last) bar:
 
 e----------------------
 ----------------------
 ----------------------
 ----7--5---------------
 -----------7---7\------
 E--------------5\----- (Hold A5 chord and slide down)
 ----------------------------------------------------------------------------

'''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''
The "slow" version(s):
Intro:
Am (Am7 sounds nice during the intro)
 
 ----------------0/(3)--|--------------------------
 ----------------1------|--------------------------
 ----------------2/(0)--|-------------------------
 ----------------2------|--Repeat..----------------
 --------3--0----0------|---------------------------
 --0--3-----------------|----------------------------

let ring
(The bass plays the figure on the E and A strings)
On the LiveLife, one guitar plays Am7 arpeggios (one string at a time),
and the figure is:
 
 ------------------3---------
 ------------------1----------
 ------------------0-------
 ------------------2--------
 --0---3--3---0----0--------
 ---------------------------

let ring
Solos sounds best in harmonic minor, to create a "mood".
The riffs are gone, of course, just play open chords..
 
 ----------------------------------------------------------------

Chords: Cut this out if you know them..
Am x02210 or Am barre 577555, Am7 x02013
Dm xx0231 or barre 8 10 10 8 8 8
Em 022000
G barre 355433 or open 320003 alt 320033
F barre 133211 or "open" skip the E,A strings
 
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Credit for lyrics and chords: A piano Lizzy book
(I hate when pianists transcribe music made for guitar,
especially "easy play" type books!)
Any comments, corrections welcome! Any Lizzy stuff more welcome!!
Kristoffer Rydquist
m92kjrt@mtek.chalmers.se
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