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Mama Said guitar tab

"Mama Said" by Metallica, from the album "Load."

Transcribed by Daniel Meijer
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Some have bagged this as "country music" which is crap, it takes more
than a pedal steel to make country music. It's more like Led Zeppelin's
"Tangerine" than anything else. "Load" is great (and I love Master of
Puppets), it shows a new depth to the band's songwriting.

Some of the lyric transcriptions might be a bit out, feel free to email
me any corrections!

In the intro and verses, play around with the Dm and Am chords....turn
them into Dmsus2, Dmsus4, and Amsus4.

Tune down a 1/2 step.


    Dm   Dmsus4   Dmsus2   C    Am  Amsus4   G    F   Bb
e--1------3---------0------0----0-----0------3----1----1--
b--3------3---------3------1----1-----3------0----1----3--
g--2------2---------2------0----2-----2------0----2----3--
d--0------0---------0------2----2-----2------0----3----3--
a--x------x---------x------3----0-----0------2----3----1--
e--x------x---------x------x----x-----x------3----1----x--

Intro:

Dm     C     Am

*Verse*

Dm
Mama she has taught me well
C                Am
Told me when I was young
Dm
Son your life's an open book
      C                    Am
Don't close it before it's done
Dm
The brightest flame burns quickest
      C               Am
Thats what I heard her say
D
The son's heart's owed to mother
    C             Am
But I must find my way....

*Chorus*

Dm  C  Am    G
Let my heart go
Dm  C    Am  G
Let your son grow
     Dm  C  Am    G
Mama let my heart go
     Dm   C   Bb    G  Am
Mama let this heart be still.

*Intro again*

*Verse 2*

Dm
Remember my new last name
C                Am
Wild blood in my veins
Dm
Draping the strings around my neck
    C              Am
The mark that still remains
Dm
Left home at an early age
    C              Am
of what I heard was wrong (?)
Dm
I never asked forgiveness
    C             Am
For what is said is done....


*Chorus*

Dm  C  Am    G
Let my heart go
Dm  C    Am  G
Let your son grow
     Dm  C  Am    G
Mama let my heart go
     Dm   C   Bb    G  Am
Mama let this heart be still.


*Bridge*

Dm      G
Never I asked of you
C          F
but never I gave
Dm                  G
But you gave me your emptiness
C                 F
that I'll take to my grave
Dm      G
Never I asked of you
C          F
but never I gave
Dm              G
But you gave me your emptiness
           C         F
that I'll take to my grave
     Dm   C   Bb    G  Am
So let this heart be still.


*Verse 3*

Dm
Mama now I'm coming home
         C               Am
I'm not all you wished of me
Dm
A mother's love for her son
C            Am
was spoken heavily(?)
Dm
yeah I took your love for granted
           C                Am
and all the things you said to me
Dm
I need your arms to welcome me
     C                Am
That cold stone's all I see.....


*Chorus*

Dm  C  Am    G
Let my heart go
Dm  C    Am  G
Let your son grow
     Dm  C  Am    G
Mama let my heart go
     Dm   C   Bb    G  Am
Mama let this heart be still.
Dm  C   Am   Dm
Let my heart go
     Dm  C   Am   Dm
Mama let my heart go
          Dm  C   Am   Dm
You never let my heart go
     Dm   C   Bb    G  Am
Mama let this heart be still.


*Bridge*

(solo over Dm G C F twice)

Dm      G
Never I asked of you
C          F
but never I gave
Dm                  G
But you gave me your emptiness
C                 F
that I'll take to my grave
Dm      G
Never I asked of you
C          F
but never I gave
Dm              G
But you gave me your emptiness
           C         F
that I'll take to my grave
     Dm   C   Bb    G  Am
So let this heart be still.

--------------------
from Pavel Holka 

This is the way how I play this song
I guess , I`m sure, this is the best version on internet
But I have to say that the intro I play a little bit different,but
it doesn`t matter:-)
Anyway I didn`t figure it out and author`s name is in the title




                                  * Mama Said *
                          Metallica - from album "Load"
                Words and music by James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich

                Transcribed by Kenneth Sundnes ksundnes@online.no


     This is the right way, but I haven't figured it all out yet.
     Missing some solo parts and the chorus solo...
     Please mail me any comments/corrections...


     * Acoustic guitar - Intro/Verse Riff

    Dm                           Ds4

Eb|-1--------1---0---1-----------3----3---1---1---1-------1-----------|
Bb|-3------------3---3-----------3----3---3---3---3-------3-----------|
Gb|-2------------2-----------2---2----2---2---2---2-------------------|
Db|-0--------------------0--------------------------------------------|
Ab|---------------------------------------------------0---------------|
Eb|-------------------------------------------------------------------|

    C                 Am                As2 As4
                   H

Eb|-------------------------------------0---0---x---x-----------------|
Bb|-1----1---1>3--x---1----1---1---1----0---1---x---x-----------------|
Gb|-0----0---0----x---2----2---2---2----2---2---x---x-----------------|
Db|-2----2---2----x---2----2---2---2----2---2-------------------------|
Ab|-3----3---3--------0-----------------------------------------------|
Eb|-------------------------------------------------------------------|



Eb|-1----1---1---0---1-----------3----3---1---1---1-------------------|
Bb|-3------------3---3-----------3----3---3---3---3-------------------|
Gb|-2------------2-----------2---2----2---2---2---2-------------------|
Db|-0--------------------0--------------------------------------------|
Ab|----------------------------------------------------0--------------|
Eb|-------------------------------------------------------------------|

               H
Eb|--------------------0--------0---0----0---0------------------------|
Bb|--1----1---1>3--x---1--------1---1----1---3------------------------|
Gb|--0----0---0----x---2--------2---2----2---2-------0----------------|
Db|--2----2---2----x---2----------------------------------------------|
Ab|--3----3---3--------0----------------------------------------------|
Eb|-------------------------------------------------------------------|


* Chorus - Acoustic over clean electric (Haven't figured it out yet.)


    Dm  Ca9 Am    G     Dm  Ca9  Bb    G  Am         As2      As4

Eb|-1---3---0-----3---|-1---3----------3--0----------0--------0-------|
Bb|-3---0---1-----3---|-3---0----3-----3--1----------0--------3-------|
Gb|-2---0---2-----0---|-2---0----3-----0--2----------2--------2-------|
Db|-0---2---2-----0---|-0---2----3-----0--2----------2--------2-------|
Ab|-----3---0-----2---|-----3----1-----2--0----------0--------0-------|
Eb|---------------3---|----------------3------------------------------|
    Let my  heart go    Let this heart be still..




   * Before and Verse 2 - Electric w/wah (Included some lyrics to help)

           P  P         H  P                                     P
Eb|------13<12<10-----10>12<10-|-----------------------------5--------|
Bb|-10------------10-----------|--------------------------7-----6<5---|
Gb|----------------------------|------------------------------------7-|
Db|----------------------------|--------------------------------------|
Ab|----------------------------|--------------------------------------|
Eb|----------------------------|--------------------------------------|



      H                             B    B              B    B
Eb|--5----|--------------------17------------------17-----------------|
Bb|--5>6--|-----------------------------------------------------------|
Gb|--7----|-----------------------19^(21)^19----------19^(21)^19------|
Db|-------|---------------19------------------19----------------------|
Ab|-------|-----------------------------------------------------------|
Eb|-------|-----------------------------------------------------------|
    Rebel..   in my veins..



                                            H            B
Eb|-------17------------------------------------|-17-----------|------|
Bb|-------------------20-------17---17----17>18-|------15^(17)-|--15--|
Gb|---19----------19-------19-------------17>19-|--------------|--14--|
Db|---------------------------------------------|--------------|------|
Ab|---------------------------------------------|--------------|------|
Eb|---------------------------------------------|--------------|------|
   remains..                              left.. wrong..        never


     * Bridge - Acoustic

    Dm    G   Ca9   F
                                     B                           H
Eb|-1-----3---3-----1----|-------1-----------|-----0----------0-------|
Bb|-3-----3---0-----1----|----------3^(5)--3-|-------3----------1>3---|
Gb|-2-----0---0-----2----|----2--------------|---0------0-------------|
Db|-0-----0---2-----3----|-0-----------------|--------------2---------|
Ab|-------2---3-----3----|-------------------|-2----------3-----------|
Eb|-------3---------1----|-------------------|----------------------1-|
    Never ask never gave.  Fill during bridge. (let ring)




     * Verse 2 - Electric w/wah (Included some lyrics to help)

           H
Eb|----5-------------------|----------------5---5-5-0-5---------------|
Bb|-------3>5-6----6-------|--------------------------------3---------|
Gb|----------------7-------|--------2--2------2-------------2---------|
Db|------------------------|------------------------------------------|
Ab|------------------------|------------------------------------------|
Eb|------------------------|------------------------------------------|
   me..        A  mothers..  me be..                Yeah I took


Eb|-------------5--------------------0--------------------------------|
Bb|------------------------5--5--6------------------------------------|
Gb|---------7--------7--7-----------------------7---------------------|
Db|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
Ab|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
Eb|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
   to me..        yeah        I  need  your arms     to welcome me.




     * Distorted riff played under "Let my heart go..." at the end


Eb|-------------------------|-----------------------------------------|
Bb|-------------------------|-----------------------------------------|
Gb|-7-----5--------------7--|--7-----5-----3-----------------------7--|
Db|-7-----5-----7--------5--|--7-----5-----3-----5-----7-----------7--|
Ab|-5-----3-----7--------5--|--5-----3-----1-----5-----7-----------5--|
Eb|-------------5-----------|--------------------3-----5--------------|
        This 3 times..             then this..
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