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Take Me Down  The Smashing Pumpkins

TAKE ME DOWN - Written and performed by James Iha
Transcribed by Adam Morris
I have a feeling many of you who were bagging this song earlier
have changed your minds. It IS a great song..really grew on me!
Anyway, here is my take on how it is played.
Tuning: Eb
Take note: I have four (kinda 5) different E's in here.
Sorry there so many chords, but this is as accurate as I get :)
[E] [A] [D] [G] [B] [E]  
 - - - - - -

E 0 2 2 1 0(0)
E(i) 0 2 2 4 2 x (actually E (no 3rd) (add C#)
Emaj7 0 2 2 4 4 4
Esus2 0 7 9 9 7 7
A x 0 2 2 2 0
A5 x 0 2 2 x x
[G#m]G#5 [4]4 [6]6 [6]6 [4]x [4]x [4]x
D#\E5 x 6 9 9 x x
C#sus2 x 4 6 6 4 4
Bsus2 x 2 4 4 2 2
F#5 2 4 4 x x x
Intro: E(i) Emaj7, E(i) Emaj7
[E(i)] and take me down, to the [Emaj7]underground
[E(i)] won't you take me down, to the [Emaj7]underground
[A5]why oh why, there is no light
and if i can't sleep, can you hold my life
Esus2 D#\E5 C#sus2 Bsus2
And Allie_________________ (I know these aren't the lyrics, but this bit
is not written in the lyrics)
[A5]and all i see is you
E(i) Emaj7, E(i) Emaj7
[E(i)] and take my hand, i [Emaj7]lost where i began
in my [E(i)]heart i know all of my faults
will you [Emaj7]help me under[E]stand
[A] and i believe in you
you're the [G#m]other half of me
Csus2 (Bass Note: High E) Bsus2
soothe... and heal...
when you [A]sleep, when you dream,
i'll be [Bsus2]there if you need me, [Bsus2]whenever i hear you [Bsus2]sing...
A5 Emaj7 A Esus2 D#\E5 C#sus2 Bsus2 A5
there is a sun, it'll come, the sun, i hear them call me down
Esus2 D#\E5 C#sus2 Bsus2
i held you once, a love that once, and life had just begun
[A5]and you're all i see...
Esus2 D#\E5 C#sus2 Bsus2
and trumpets blew, and angels flew on the other side
and you're [A5]all i see, and you're [G#5]all i'll need
there's a [F#5]love that god puts in your [E]heart.
Well...that, I believe, is pretty damn close!
Anyone agree/disagree?
E-mail me with any comments, improvements, and tab requests!
Adam Morris (
Date: Thu, 1 Feb 1996 11:53:16 -0500 (EST)
From: Blanks <>
Subject: Tab for Take Me Down by: Smashing Pumpkins
Take Me Down
by: the Smashing Pumpkins
from the album Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness
as tabbed by Jonathan Blanks (
Well here my attempt at it, it should sound alright for the most part.
Tune half step down of course.
A/F#? G#m/E
 E-A-D-G-B-e E-A-D-G-B-e
 0-2-2-2-2-2 0-6-6-4-4-4

A = play on the 5th as a barre chord
B = play on the 7th
C#m = like normal (the 4th fret)
E = play on the 7th
E* = play normal with open strings
G#m = play normal (the 4th fret)
A/F#? G#m/E
A/F#? G#m/E
Take me down to the underground
A/F#? G#m/E
won't you take me down to the underground
[A]why oh why, there is no light and [A]if I can't sleep
[A]will you hold my life
[E1] [B] [C#m] [G#m] a[A]nd all I see is you
A/F#? G#m/E
A/F#? G#m/E
Take my hand, I lost where I began
In my heart I know all of my faults
Won't yo[G#m/E]u help me understand
[A]And I believe in you, [G#m]you're the other half of me
[C#m]Soothe and[G#m] heal
[A]When you sleep, when you dream, I'll be there when you need me,
Whenever I hear you [B]sing
A E* A
There is sun.......
It'll [E]come, the[B] sun, [C#m]I hear them call me[G#m] down......[A]
I [E]held you once,[B] a love that once,[C#m] when life had jus[G#m]t begun....
[A]and you're all I see
and [E]trumpets blew and[B] angels flew o[C#m]n the other[G#m] side
and you're [A]all I see, and you're a[G#m]ll I need
A E*
there's alove that God puts in your heart...
Well there you have it, I'm sure it's not 100% correct but...
Corrections, comments, questions?

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