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Gimme Shelter  The Rolling Stones

Rhythm Guitar Intro
[C#] [B] [A] 
[4]  
 
 -|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
 -|-----7---7---6-7-|-----5---5---4-5-|-----4-2---4-2---|-4-2---4-2---4-2-|
 -|---6---8-----6-8-|---4---6-----4-6-|---2-----2-----2-|-4-2---4-2---4-2-|
 -|-6---------6-----|-4---------4-----|-2---------------|-----2-----2-----|
 -|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
 -|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|

8[C#] [B] [A]
 
 -|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
 -|-----7---7-7-7-7-|-----5---5-5-5-5-|-----4-2---4-2---|-4-2-----4-2-4-2-|
 -|---6---8-8-8-8-8-|---4---6-6-6-6-6-|---2-4-2-2-4-2---|-4-2---2-4-2-4-2-|
 -|-6---------------|-4---------------|-2-------------2-|-----2-----------|
 -|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
 -|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|

[C#] [B] [A] 
[12]  
 
 -|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
 -|-----7---7-7-7-6-|-----5---5-5-5-4-|-----4-2---4-2---|-4-2-----4-2-4-2-|
 -|---6---8-8-8-8-6-|---4---6-6-6-6-4-|---2-4-2-2-4-2---|-4-2---2-4-2-4-2-|
 -|-6---------------|-4---------------|-2-------------2-|-----2-----------|
 -|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
 -|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|

[C#] [B] [A] 
[16]  
 
 -|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
 -|-6-7-7---9-7-6---|-4-5-5---7-5-4---|-----4-2---4-2---|-4-2-----2-4-2-2-|
 -|-6-8-8---8-8-6-6-|-4-6-6---6-6-4---|---2-4-2---4-2---|-4-2---2-2-4-2-2-|
 -|-------6---------|-------4-------4-|-2-------2-----2-|-----2-----------|
 -|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
 -|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|

20[C#] [B] [A]
 
 -|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
 -|-----7---9-7-6---|-----5---7-5-4---|-----4-2---4-2---|-4-2-----2-4-4-2-|
 -|---6---8-8-8-6---|---4---6-6-6-4---|---2-4-2---4-2---|-4-2---2-2-4-4-2-|
 -|-6-------------6-|-4-------------4-|-2-------2-----2-|-----2-----------|
 -|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
 -|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|

[C#] [B] [A] [E] [A] [E] [A] [E] [B] [E] [B] 
[24]  
 
 -|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
 -|-----7---9-7-6---|-----5---7-5-4---|-----4-2---4-2---|-----------------|
 -|---6---8-8-8-6---|---4---6-6-6-4---|---2-4-2---4-2---|-----------------|
 -|-6-------------6-|-4-------------4-|-2-------2-----2-|-----------------|
 -|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|---7---7---9---9-|
 -|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-0-5-0-5-0-7-0-7-|

Lead Guitar Intro
[C#] [B] [A] [A]  
 
 -|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-------------9-9>|
 -|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------12----|
 -|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
 -|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
 -|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
 -|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|

[C#] [B] [A] [A]  
 
 -|>9---------9-----|-----------------|-----------------|-------------9-9>|
 -|------------12-9>|>9-----------9b10|-----------------|---9-------12----|
 -|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|11---------------|
 -|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
 -|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
 -|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|

[C#] [B] [A] [A]  
 
 -|>9---------------|-----------------|---9-------9-----|-------------9-9>|
 -|------------9b10-|-9b10r9----------|12------12-----9>|>9b10r9---12-----|
 -|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|---------9-------|
 -|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
 -|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
 -|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|

[C#] [B] [A] [A]  
 
 -|>9--------9------|-----------------|--------9--------|-----9------------|
 -|------------12-9>|b10r9------------|--12-------------|--12--12-9b10-9b10|
 -|-----------------|-----------------|-9---------------|-9----------------|
 -|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|------------------|
 -|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|------------------|
 -|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|------------------|

[C#] [B] [A] [A]  
 
 -|-----------------|-----------------|-9---------------|-----------9---9>|
 -|-9b10r9----------|-9---------9--12-|--12---------9---|-----9--12--12---|
 -|-----------------|--11---------9---|----------11-----|--11-------------|
 -|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
 -|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
 -|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|

[C#] [B] [A] [A]  
 
 -|>9---------------|-9---------------|-----------------|---9-------------------|
 -|----------9---12-|---12----9b10----|-9b10------9---9-|12--12-------12--------|
 -|--------11--9----|-----------------|---------11--11--|-------9--11b13r11p9---|
 -|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|--------------------11-|-11vvv
 -|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------------|
 -|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------------|

Verse 1
[C#]Ooh[(sus)] a storm is threatening my very life today
If I don't get some shelter, Oh yeah I'm gonna fade away
Chorus 1,2,4
[C#]War, [B]Children, [A]It's just a shot away, I[E]t'[A]s [E]just [A]a [E]shot [B]aw[E]ay[B]
[C#]War, [B]Children, [A]It's just a shot away, I[E]t'[A]s [E]just [A]a [E]shot [B]aw[E]ay[B] [C#]
Verse 2
Ooh, see the fire sweepin, our very streets today
Burn like a red coal carpet, Mad bull lost its way
Chorus 2
Solo
Chorus 3
(3 times)
[C#]Rape, [B]Murder, I[A]t's just a shot away, I[E]t'[A]s [E]just [A]a [E]shot [B]aw[E]ay[B]
Verse 3
Mmm, the flood is threatening, my very life today
Gimme, Gimme Shelter, I'm gonna fade away
Chorus 4
Chorus 5
[C#]Love, [B]sister, I[A]t's just a kiss away, I[E]t'[A]s [E]just [A]a [E]kiss [B]aw[E]ay[B]
It's just a kiss away, It's just a kiss away, kiss away, kiss away, yeah
Rhythm Guitar during verse
[C#]  
 
 -|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
 -|-----6-----6-----|-6---7---7-6---6>|>6---6-----6-----|-----7-----------|
 -|-----6-----6-----|-6---6---6-6---6>|>6---6-----6-----|-9-6-6-6-----6-4-|
 -|-----6-----6-----|-6---6---6-6---6>|>6---6-----6-----|-6-6-6-6-----6-4-|
 -|-----4-----4-----|-4---4---4-4---4>|>4---4-----4-----|-----------------|
 -|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|

[C#]  
 
 -|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
 -|-6---6-----6-----|-6---7-6-------6>|>6---6-----6-----|-----7-----------|
 -|-6---6-----6-----|-6---6-6-------6>|>6---6-----6-----|-9-6-6-6-----6-4-|
 -|-6---6-----6-----|-6---6-6-------6>|>6---6-----6-----|-6-6-6-6-----6-4-|
 -|-4---4-----4-----|-4---4-4-------4>|>4---4-----4-----|-----------------|
 -|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|

(3rd verse variation)
[C#]  
 
 -|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
 -|-----6-----6-----|-----7-6---------|-----6-----6-6---|-----7-6---------|
 -|-----6-----6-----|-9-6-8-6-----9-6-|>6---6-----6-6---|-9-6-8-6-----9-6-|
 -|-----6-----6-----|-6-6-6-6-----6-6-|>6---6-----6-6---|-6-6-6-6-----6-6-|
 -|-----4-----4-----|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
 -|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|

Rhythm Guitar Chorus
[C#] [B] [A] [E] [A] [E] [A] [E] [B] [E] [B]  
 
 -|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
 -|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
 -|-6---6-666-6---6-|-4---4-444-4---4-|-2---2-222-2---2-|-----------------|
 -|-6---6-666-6---6-|-4---4-444-4---4-|-2---2-222-2---2-|-----------------|
 -|-4---4-444-4---4-|-2---2-222-2---2-|-0---0-000-0---0-|---7---7---9---9-|
 -|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-0-5-0-5-0-7-0-7-|

[C#] [B] [A] [E] [A] [E] [A] [E] [B] [E] [B]  
 
 -|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
 -|-6---6-667-6---6-|---------5-4-4-4-|---------3-2-2-2-|-----------------|
 -|-6---6-666-6---6-|-4---4-444-4-4-4-|-2---2-222-2-2-2-|-----------------|
 -|-6---6-666-6---6-|-4---4-444-4-4-4-|-2---2-222-2-2-2-|-----------------|
 -|-4---4-444-4---4-|-2---2-222-2-2-2-|-0---0-000-0-0-0-|---7---7---9---9-|
 -|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-0-5-0-5-0-7-0-7-|

Lead at end of Chorus 1
[C#]  
 
 -|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|----------------|
 -|-----------------|------12b14b14b14|b14r12-----9-----|----------------|
 -|-----------------|-----------------|------11-----11--|11b13r11--------|
 -|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|---------9-11---|
 -|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|----------------|
 -|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|----------------|

Lead at end of Chorus 2
[C#]  
 
 -|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|----------------------|
 -|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|---12-----------------|
 -|-----------------|-----------------|-------------9-11|b13--b13r11-9-11-9----|
 -|-----------------|------9----------|----11---9-11----|-------------------11>|
 -|-----------------|-9h11--11--------|-----------------|----------------------|
 -|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|----------------------|

[C#]  
 
 -|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|----------------|
 -|-----------------|---12------------|--------12---12--|---12-----------|
 -|--------------11>|b13--b13r11-9----|---11b13--b13--11|b13---9---------|
 -|>11--------------|--------------11-|-----------------|---------11-----|
 -|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|----------------|
 -|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|----------------|

[C#] [B] [A] [E] [A] [E] [A] 
[E] [B] [E] [B]  
 
 -|-----------------|-----------------|----9-----------------|------------------------|
 -|-----------------|-----------------|----------------------|------------------------|
 -|---11b13-9-------|-9---------9---9-|11b13-13r11-9-11-9-11-|b13b13b13b13r11-9-------|
 -|----------11-9-11|--11-9-11---11---|----------------------|------------------11-11>|
 -|-----------------|-----------------|----------------------|------------------------|
 -|-----------------|-----------------|----------------------|------------------------|

[C#] [B] [A] [E] [A] [E] [A] [E] 
[B] [E] [B]  
 
 -|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|------------------------|
 -|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|------------------------|
 -|-----------------|---------9-------|-----------------|-11b13b13b13b13r11-9----|
 -|>11vvvv----------|---9-11----11>>>>|>11vvvv----------|---------------------11-|
 -|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|------------------------|
 -|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|------------------------|

[C#] [B] [A] [E] [A] 
[E] [A] [E] [B] [E] [B]  
 
 -|-----------------|----------------------------|------------------|--------------------|
 -|-----------------|12b14b14b14b14b14r12-12-----|------------------|--------------------|
 -|-----------------|-----------------------11-9-|-------------9-11-|b13----------9-11b13|
 -|-11vvvv----------|----------------------------|-11vvv--9-11------|----11--9-11--------|
 -|-----------------|----------------------------|------------------|--------------------|
 -|-----------------|----------------------------|------------------|--------------------|

Other leads are based on the C#m pentatonic scale (C# E F# G# B C#)
Most of the tabs include 8th note rhythms,
 
 i.e. |-9-9---9-1-2-3-44-|

is 8th note, 4th note, 8th note, 8th, 8th, 8th, 16th, 16th
 
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Another version:
 
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"Gimmie Shelter"
by the Rolling Stones
C# B A C# B A C# B A C# B A ,(rock it) C# B A
[C#] OH the storm is threaten'in, out on the street today
if I don't get some shelter, oh I gonna fade away
[C#] oh chi[B]ldren ,[A] its just a shot away , its just a s[B]hot away
[C#] oh chi[B]ldren ,[A] its just a shot away , its just a s[B]hot away
[C#] Oh the fires is a sweepin , out the street today
Burns like a red coat dog, lets put the logs away
[C#] oh chi[B]ldren ,[A] its just a shot away , its just a s[B]hot away
[C#] oh chi[B]ldren ,[A] its just a shot away , its just a s[B]hot away
[C#] oh sis[B]ter, [A]its just a kiss away , its just a ki[B]ss away
[C#] its just a kiss away [B]its just a kiss away [A]its just a kiss away
[A] [B] [C#]  
Main Chords:
C# B A (played as E-shape bar/power chords)
or in notes:
 
 D|------11------9-------7----

Intro(Rhythm Guitar):
 
 e|----------------------------------------------------------
 B|----------------------------------------------------------
 G|---------------------------------------------------------- ad lib...
 D|----------9-9--9-----------7-7--7------7---7---7---7------ then goto power
 A|-------11--------11------9--------9----------------------- chords.
 E|-----9-----------------7-------------5---5---5---5---5/9/-

Intro Riff I (Lead Guitar):
 
 e|---9---------------------------------------
 B|------9^10^9----9^10^9----7-9--9--7h9p7----
 G|----------------------------------------9-- (x3)
 D|-------------------------------------------
 A|-------------------------------------------
 E|-------------------------------------------
 ----------------------------------
 ----------------------------------
 End the third time with... -6-66-66--6--4-44-44--------------
 Followed by Riff II. ---------------------7-77-77--4---
 ----------------------------------
 ----------------------------------

Riff II:
 
 e|---------------
 B|---7h9p7-------
 G|---------9--6-- (Played at the start of each line in the verse)
 D|--------------- NB: h=hammer-on p=pull-off
 A|---------------
 E|---------------

The Chorus is a variation of Main Riff and Riff I but ends with something like:
 
 e|---9--7-7-7-7-7-7-7------7------------------------------
 B|-------------------10-10---10--9-10-9-7-9--7h9p7--------
 G|--------------------------------------------------9--6--
 D|--------------------------------------------------------
 A|--------------------------------------------------------
 E|--------------------------------------------------------

Oh I see the storm is threatening, my very life today
If I dont get some shelter, Yeah I'm gonna fade away
War children, its just a kiss away, its just a kiss away
War children, its just a kiss away, its just a kiss away
Yeah...
Oh I see the fire is sweeping, out on the streets today
Burn me like a blood red carpet, the fool lost the way
Rape, Murder, its just a kiss away , its just a kiss away
Rape, Murder, its just a kiss away , its just a kiss away
Yeah...
Oh I see the storm is threatening, my very life today
Gimmie gimmie shelter, yeah I'm gonna fade away
Love, sister, its just a shot away, it's just a shot away
Love, sister, its just a shot away, shot away, shot away
War children, its just a kiss away, its just a kiss away
War children, its just a kiss away, its just a kiss away
Rape, Murder, its just a kiss away , its just a kiss away
Rape, Murder, its just a kiss away , its just a kiss away
(Repeat to fade...)
Peace,
Paul Z audsm@asuacad }8@)
 
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another:
 
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Gimme Shelter Tips
Rolling Stones
tune to open E (E B E G# B E)
the intro and chorus use C#-B-A-E (9th, 7th, 5th, open)
the verse uses C# (9th fret) and F# (basically, move your
fingers around the 11th and 12th frets)

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