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I Danced  Violent Femmes

Date: Fri, 5 Jan 1996 22:22:46 -0500
From: Bryson Meunier
Subject: TAB:"I Danced" by "Violent Femmes"
I have understood the chord progression of this song for quite some
time but I didn't feel that I had enough material to post. Then over the
winter break I figured out something that sounds like Brian Ritchie's
wonderfully elastic guitar solo. In other words, I'm posting most of the
guitar parts of this song. If you have a part that I've neglected to post,
or if you have comments, questions or corrections, e-mail me at
meunier.1@osu.edu
"I Danced"(Gordon Gano/Max Dunn)
Performed by the violent femmes on "Rock!!!"(1994)
Music by Gordon Gano
Lyrics from the poem "I DANCED BEFORE I HAD TWO FEET" by Max Dunn
Guitar solo by Brian Ritchie
Transcribed by Bryson Meunier
intro-
[B5] [D5] [A]  
 
 E------------------------------------------------------|
 B-------------------------2---xxxx--xxxx--xx-----------|
 G--4--4--x--x--x---7--7---2---xxxx--xxxx--xx4--4--4--4-|
 D--4--4--x--x--x---7--7---2---xxxx--xxxx--xx4--4--4--4-|
 A--2--2--x--x--x---5--5-------xxxx--xxxx--xx2--2--2--2-|
 E------------------------------------------------------|

Repeat that riff once more before the lyrics come in. Then, for the
verse, repeat the riff without making the percussive sounds. At least I
think that's the only distinction between the introduction and the verse but
the bass is so prominent that it's hard to tell. If you know of another
distinction, e-mail me at the aforementioned address and let me in on it.
Here's my best attempt at the guitar solo:
 
 E--------------------------------|---7-----------------|
 B------------3--2---2brbrbrbr--0-|---7---4---------6\7-|
 G---4--4--4----------------------|---7---4------7------|
 D--------------------------------|-----------7---------|
 A--------------------------------|---------------------|
 E--------------------------------|---------------------|
 E---------------|--------------------------------------|
 B---7--7--8--7--|---15brp14--14h15brp14--14h15brp14----|
 G---------------|--------------------------------------|
 D---------------|--------------------------------------|
 A---------------|--------------------------------------|
 E---------------|--------------------------------------|
 E------------------------------------------------------|
 B---14h15brp14--14h15brp14-------7---------------------|
 G-----------------------------9--7---2-----------------|
 D-----------------------------9--7---2-----------------|
 A-----------------------------7------0-----------------|
 E------------------------------------------------------|
 E------------------------------------------------------|
 B--7h8--7\5--7p5---------------------------------------|
 G-----------------7p5----5h7---5\3---5p3---------------|
 D------------------------------------------5-----------|
 A------------------------------------------------------|
 E------------------------------------------------------|
 E------------------------------------------------------|
 B------------------------------------------------------|
 G----3\5---5\7---7\9---9\12----14----------------------|
 D------------------------------------------------------|
 A------------------------------------------------------|
 E------------------------------------------------------|

Repeat the main riff until the end of the song.
Lyrics:
I Danced before I had two feet
I Sang before I had a tongue
I laughed before I had two eyes
and loved before my heart was young
I swam before I had two hands
and held the distance in my toes
before I heard the stars or knew
the wild compulsion of the rose
I bore the fruits of many lives
before I came into this day
I knew before my grave was made
the worms eat only death away (2x)
I danced before I had two feet (4x)
symbols used in transcription-
x = make percussive sound with fretting hand
b = bend
r = release
\ = slide
h = hammer-on
p = pull-off

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