• Song:

    So Long

  • Artist:


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* let ring
/ slide
H hammer on
P pull off
% base note only

guitar one: acoustic guitar, standard tuning
guitar two: electric w/ distorion, drop D tuning 

Gtr. 1


Verse: Em Am G

Biss: Am/C/G/F

Outro: Am/C/G/C

That's the basic song structure. Now, here's the lyrics w/the chords. I tried my best to line up the chords with the exact part of the word, but it's not entirely accurate

I knew a man with a son
bought him a gun
   Am                          G
he learned shorty just how to use it
taught him huntin' and skinin' 
right from the beginin'
    Am                      G
built himself a mighty fine killer (killer)
but shorty got picked on
beat on and kicked on
    Am                            G
and all his classmates wanted to punk him
so with tears in his eye
and the catcher in the rye
  Am                            G
and he told his old man he went huntin' (huntin')
he never felt so free
like his destiny
     Am                  G
lay somewhere out on the horizon
it's hard when you're cold
he felt a hundred years old
    Am&                          G&
and started pulling back on the trigger

Gtr. 1 & Gtr. 2

Am                      C   
Think I'm gonna die today
G                             F
Everyone that hurt me's gonna pay
Am                                   C
How could such a short time feel so long?
G                                    F
How could such a young life go so wrong?


Gtr. 1: strum Em 4 times. 
After that, Gtr. 2 hit (hard) the low D string 3 times. Then to verse 2

verse 2:
Gtr. 1

See me hear me
           Am                  G
but don't touch me, you should fear me
         Em                                Am
cuz I'm clearly... cuz I'm seriously distrubed
that's my word
               Em *
don't wake my mother
just wake my brother
                Am                        G  
cuz i found another who want to play sucker
and I ain't the one 
who put shade in your sun
                    Am                    G
and took all your shine... watch me get mine
              Em *
feel how it burns
to pay for my sins
watch the world turn
inside the beginin'
losses and wins
angels and demons
            Am                   G
dancin' on top of the head of a pin
don't know where I'm goin'

but I know where I been
                 Am                G
Can't hear a sound, clap me for pound
I came to get down                 
I came to get dirty
                 Am&        G&
I came to get even (even, even even)


Gtr. 1
Gtr. 2 (clean)

Please mama don't cry
Please mama don't cry
G                                      F
Please mama don't cry you did nothing wrong

repeat w/o lyrics 1 time. End on F.


I couldn't find the exact lyrics, so I did the best by ear. If anyone knows the real lyrics, drop me a line.

If you don't want to do drop D tuning, it sounds alright with just an E during the bridge. 

During the chorus, on Gtr. 1, instead of just going from Am to C, it sounds better if you go Am , C/B, C, hitting C/B for one beat. Listen to the song to get the timing on that right.

For Gtr. 2, I know you can play an A chord with the base note on the A string, but you need to get the slide up to the C, then back down to the G and F. So start at the 7th fret, slide to the 10th, then slide down to the 5th, then the 3rd. It sounds weird at first, but that's the way it is on the CD. 

Gtr. 2: distortion. Everlast uses what I like to call the "NIN Fuzz" on this song. What I mean by "NIN Fuzz" is a heavy distortion, but with low tone quality. If you have amp distortion, I recomend using that with either your neck pickup or using both neck and bridge pickups, and your tone knob either all the way, or halfway down. If you're using a pedal, just put the distortion down to about half, turn the tone down about 2/3rds of the way, and turn up the volume, since doing this takes you down a lot. Or you can use mild distortion with a fuzz pedal, or distortion with a phaser pedal, with the phase about halfway. I just use the amp distortion method.

For the outro, there's still distortion, but not enough for it to be palm muted. So I recomend either just palm muting Gtr. 2, or just playing Gtr. 2 clean.
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