Soul Asylum - Misery Chords & Tabs


Misery Chords & Tabs

Soul Asylum Chords & Tabs

Version: 2 Type: Chords

Misery Chords

"Misery" by Soul Asylum
for one guitar

Most of the tab sheets I've seen have reduced this thing to a simple four chord number,
it doesn't do the song justice. There are actually two guitar parts which I may guitar
at some point, but for you solo acoustic people (like me) this is a good cover version. 
the end for some partial tab and notes on how I play stuff.

Csus2/4 C Csus2/4 C

C           G/B     Am      F
   They say misery    loves company
C                  Em       Am              (G/B)
  We could start a company    and make misery

C          G       F
Frustrated Incorporated

F                    C
I know just what you need
F                     C
I might just have the thing
F                 C      G
I know what you'd pay to see

C      G         F
Put me out of my misery
    C         G              Am        F
I'd do it for you, Would you do it for me?
C       G      Am   F
We will always be busy
C  G   F
Making misery

We could build a factory, and make misery
We'll create the cure, we made the disease

Frustrated Incorporated
Frustrated Incorporated

I know just what you need
I might just have the thing
I know what you'd pay to feel

Well, put me out of my misery
All you suicide kings and and you drama queens
Forever after happily making misery

A E F#m

Did you satisfy your greed, get what you need?
Was it only envy? So empty.

Frustrated Incorporated [repeat until done, then...]
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-----Notes and tabs-----
The following is how I do it. Ignore it or use it, it's up to you.

this part is actually two guitars, and it's complicated. it's impossible to play all the
notes with five fingers and six strings. fake it. here's a guideline.

 | 1 . 2 . 3 . 4 . | 1 . 2 . 3 . 4 . |
D|-3-----2---------|-3-----2-------2-| x2

Csus2/4: x3303x
C: x32013

Hammer on the b string in the Am. Listen to the song, you'll hear it.
Both G/B chords are in there for the effect of a walking bassline. The first one is a
chord, but can be played as a straight G. The second one is a passing chord and could be

Palm mute this entire section, and only play the lower two or three notes of the chord
the last F where you can really build it into full chords for the chorus.

The first two lines are one measure each, in 5/4. Alternate downstrokes and upstrokes on
beat / offbeat so that the beat is always a downstroke. You don't hit the strings every
and every time isn't a chord. Oh, and play the F with your thumb on the bass and your 
on the high e and b strings. That way you can go from a psuedobarre to a note and
string, and then pick up your fingers so you're just muting the strings when necessary. 
the partial tab is this:

 | 1 . 2 . 3 . 4 . 5 . |
   F               C

The whole section is the measure of 5/4 tabbed above, played twice, then one full 4/4
of F, one full 4/4 bar of C, and two full 4/4 bars of G. Then into the chorus.

Straight chords. Nothing fancy. Listen to the record for the rhythm or whatever else you
need to hear.