Bragg Billy - A Pict Song Chords & Tabs

 

A Pict Song Chords & Tabs

Bragg Billy Chords & Tabs

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A Pict Song Tab

   
A Pict Song
By Billy Bragg
(Words by Rudyard Kipling)

This isn't exactly note-for-note what Ol' Bignose plays, but it's pretty loose stuff anyhow.  Play around with it.  Use hammer-ons and pull-offs as needed.  Billy uses a good bit of overdrive in this song.

Intro:

  |   |   |   |    |   |   |   |    |   |   |   |    |   |   |   |   
e ----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
B 5-5-5-5-3-3-3-0-|--------------5-|5---5-3-3---3-0-|--------------5-|
G --0-0-0-0---0-0-|2-0-0-2-4-0-0-0-|0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|2-0-0-2-244220-0|
D ----------------|0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|----------------|0-0-0-0-0-0-0-2-|
A ----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
E ----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|


  |   |   |   |    |   |   |   |    |   |   |   |    |   |   |   |   
e ----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
B --5-5-5-3---3-0-|--------------5-|--5-5-5-3---0---|-----------(12)-|
G --0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|2-0-0-2-4-4-20-0|--0-0-0-0---0-0-|4-2-0---0--(12)-|
D ----------------|0-0-0-0-0-0-0-2-|----------------|0-0-0---2-------|
A ----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
E 0---------------|----------------|0---------------|----------------|

(12) = harmonics
[ Tab from: http://www.guitartabs.cc/tabs/b/bragg_billy/a_pict_song_tab.html ]
Verses:
There are only three chords in the song: Em, G, and D.  The basic pattern is very simple.  Billy throws in a number of embellishments, most of which are remarkably simple.  The trick in a song like this is to let the guitar do a lot of the work for you: allow a few selected notes to ring and let that crunchy overdrive carry you.  Use palm mutes and chucks with the Em and G chords, to give it a strong, clean rhythm.

Basic pattern:

  Em      G        D                Em      G        D
  |   |   |   |    |   |   |   |    |   |   |   |    |   |   |   |   
e -------0----3---|2-2-0-2-2-2-2-0-|-------0----3---|2-2-0-2-7-7-530-|
B ----0--0----3---|3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-|----0--0----3---|3-3-3-3---------|
G ----0-------0---|2-2-0-2-2-2-2-0-|----0-------0---|2-2-0-2---------|
D ----2-----------|----------------|----2-----------|----------------|
A ----2---2-------|----------------|----2---2-------|----------------|
E 0-0-----3-------|----------------|0-0-----3-------|----------------|

That little riff at the end is just an example of the kind of embellishments you can sprinkle in there, usually toward the ends of verses.  
Make sure your low E is exactly in tune for this song.  
Oh - and before you sing this song, think of something that really angers you.  
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