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The Bollox - Ballad Of Ballina tab

"Ballad Of Ballina" by The Bollox
Tabbed by: Matt Benecke

The Bollox is the Irish Punk side project of Jason Devore from Authority Zero.  

Scope out the band's websites:

http://thebolloxmusic.com/
http://www.myspace.com/thebolloxmusic
http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/bollox


Tuning: Standard


Intro  (0:00 - 0:23)

Guitar 1 (Electric) Plays Riff 1  1x  then Riff 1b 2x

Guitar 2 (Acoustic) Plays Riff 1a 1x

(NOTE: All chords in Riff 1a are palm-muted)


Riff 1
                                          *Pick scrape from bridge to neck
e|------------------------------------------------------------|
B|------------------------------------------------------------|
G|----------------------------------------///////////////-----|
D|--7----9-9s11-9---7----7----9-9s11-12---///////////////-----|
A|------------------------------------------------------------|
E|------------------------------------------------------------|


Riff 1a

    A5                            D5                              A5
    v ^ v ^ v ^ v ^ v ^ v ^ v ^ v ^ v ^ v ^ v ^ v ^ v ^ v ^ v ^ v ^ v ^ v
e|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|--------------------------------7-7-7-x-7-7-7-x-7-7-7-x-7-7-7-x----------|
D|--7-7-x-7-7-7-x-7-7-7-x-7-7-7-x-7-7-7-x-7-7-7-x-7-7-7-x-7-7-7-x-7-7-7-x--|
A|--7-7-x-7-7-7-x-7-7-7-x-7-7-7-x-5-5-5-x-5-5-5-x-5-5-5-x-5-5-5-x-7-7-7-x--|
E|--5-5-x-5-5-5-x-5-5-5-x-5-5-5-x---------------------------------5-5-5-x--|
    . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

                            D5
    ^ v ^ v ^ v ^ v ^ v ^ v ^ v ^ v ^ v ^ v ^ v ^ v ^ v ^
e|---------------------------------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------------------------------|
G|--------------------------7-7-7-x-7-7-7-x-7-7-7-x-7-7-7--|
D|--7-7-7-x-7-7-7-x-7-7-7-x-7-7-7-x-7-7-7-x-7-7-7-x-7-7-7--|
A|--7-7-7-x-7-7-7-x-7-7-7-x-5-5-5-x-5-5-5-x-5-5-5-x-5-5-5--|
E|--5-5-5-x-5-5-5-x-5-5-5-x--------------------------------|
    . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .



Riff 1b

   A5                              D5
   v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v
e|------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|---------------------------------7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7--|
D|-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7--|
A|-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5--|
E|-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5----------------------------------|


Intro Lyrics

HERE WE GO!



Verse 1 (0:23 - 0:33)

Guitar 1  Plays Riff 1b (Modified)  2x


Riff 1b (Modified)

   A5                              D5
   v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v 
e|---------------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------------|
G|---------------------------------7~!---|
D|-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7~!---|
A|-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-5~!---|
E|-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-------|
   . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

(NOTE: Palm mute the A5 and then allow the D5 to ring out cleanly
with distorted feedback for the remaining measures)


Verse 1 Lyrics

Oh the priest and the nun 
They went on the run
For the vows that they had taken 
They had now forsaken
So they jumped up on a train 
and watched the pouring rain
As it fell from the sky, fell from the sky



Prechorus 1 (0:34 - 0:55)

Guitar 1 Plays Riff 2  2x


Riff 2

   E5(VII)                         D5
   v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v   
e|------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7--|
D|-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7--|
A|-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5--|
E|------------------------------------------------------------------|


   E5(VII)                         A5(XII)
   v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v  v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v
e|------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-14-14-14-14-14-14-14-14-14-14-14-|
D|-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-14-14-14-14-14-14-14-14-14-14-14-|
A|-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-|
E|------------------------------------------------------------------|

   A5(XII)
    v v v v v v v 
e|-----------------|
B|-----------------|
G|-14-14-14-14-14--|
D|-14-14-14-14-14--|
A|-12-12-12-12-12--|
E|-----------------|

(NOTE: You might want to play these chords as octaves instead of as
full power chords.)


Prechorus 1 Lyrics

When they got to Dublin city
Oh the sights they were so pretty!
And the sun it started shining
As he stared into her eyes



Chorus 1 (0:55 - 1:16)

Guitar 1 Plays Riff 1b 4x  with the following modifications:

--Palm mute with an emphasis on the third beat
--Release the palm mute according to the song
--When beginning each A5 section, play a few harmonics on the 7th
fret of the B string as shown below:


e|-----------|
B|-7+-7+-7+--|
G|-----------|
D|-----------|
A|-----------|
E|-----------|

(NOTE: This will be called Riff 1b*)


Chorus 1 Lyrics

Oh my love, I promise you
Oh my love, I will be true
Oh my love, I promise you
Oh my love, I will be true


Interlude 1 (1:17 - 1:26)

Guitar 1 Plays  Riff 1b (Modified)  2x



Verse 2 (1:27 - 1:38)

Guitar 1 Plays  Riff 1b (Modified)  2x


Verse 2 Lyrics

Ah, back in Ballina
The word was spreadin' fast
The tongues they were waggin'
The first stone was cast
The parish up in arms
The bishop came to say
I'm sorry for your troubles, but I must be on my way



Prechorus 2 (1:38 - 1:59)

Guitar 1 Plays Riff 2  2x


Prechorus 2 Lyrics

When they got to Dublin city
Oh the sights they were so pretty
And the sun it started shining
As he stared into her eyes



Chorus 2 (1:59 - 2:20) 

Guitar 1 Plays Riff 1b*  4x


Chorus 2 Lyrics

Oh my love, I promise you
Oh my love, I will be true
Oh my love, I promise you
Oh my love, I will be true


Solo (2:21 - 2:41)

Guitar 1 Plays  Solo Riff 1x

e|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|-----------------------------------------------10-10--12-12--12--12-12--10-|
A|----------10-10--12-12--12-12-10-10---10h12-12-----------------------------|
E|-10h12-12------------------------------------------------------------------|

e|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-------------13-10-10-13--13-13s15---15/17-17-17-17/15-15--13---13-15-15---|
G|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|-10---10~------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|

e|----------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-15/17-15-13-13---13--------------------------------------------|
G|---------------------14-14--12----------------------------------|
D|-------------------------------14-12-10--12/14/12--10-----------|
A|--------------------------------------------------------12~-----|
E|----------------------------------------------------------------|



Verse 3 (2:42 - 2:58)

Guitar 1 Plays Riff 1b (Modified)  3x


Verse 3 Lyrics

As the years rolled by
Their love it didn't die
No their love it grew and grew
Not a soul had had a clue
That the priest and the nun
That went on the run
Had lived a life of sin
Had lived a life of sin
Ah the priest and the nun
That went on the run
They had lived a life of sin
Had lived a life of sin



Prechorus 3 (2:58 - 3:18)

Guitar 1 Plays Riff 2  2x


Prechorus 3 Lyrics

When they got to Dublin city
Oh the sights they were so pretty
And the sun it started shining
As he stared into her eyes



Chorus 3 (3:19 - 3:45) 

Guitar 1 Plays Riff 1b*  4x

(NOTE: End on an additional D5)


Chorus 3 Lyrics

Oh my love, I promise you
Oh my love, I will be true
Oh my love, I promise you
Oh my love, I will be true
(I will be, I will be true!)



Tab Legend

| /  slide up
| \  slide down
| h  hammer-on
| p  pull-off
| ~  vibrato
| +  harmonic
| x  Mute note
| v  Downstroke
| ^  Upstroke
===============================================================================


Ballad Of Ballina Lyrics


Oh the priest and the nun 
They went on the run
For the vows that they had taken 
They had now forsaken
So they jumped up on a train 
and watched the pouring rain
As it fell from the sky, fell from the sky

When they got to Dublin city
Oh the sights they were so pretty
And the sun it started shining
As he stared into her eyes

Oh my love, I promise you
Oh my love, I will be true
Oh my love, I promise you
Oh my love, I will be true

Ah, back in Ballina
The word was spreadin' fast
The tongues they were waggin'
The first stone was cast
The parish up in arms
The bishop came to say
I'm sorry for your troubles, but I must be on my way

When they got to Dublin city
Oh the sights they were so pretty
And the sun it started shining
As he stared into her eyes

Oh my love, I promise you
Oh my love, I will be true
Oh my love, I promise you
Oh my love, I will be true (I will be true)

As the years rolled by
Their love it didn't die
No their love it grew and grew
Not a soul had had a clue
That the priest and the nun
That went on the run
Had lived a life of sin
Had lived a life of sin
Ah the priest and the nun
That went on the run
They had lived a life of sin
Had lived a life of sin

When they got to Dublin city
Oh the sights they were so pretty
And the sun it started shining
As he stared into her eyes

Oh my love, I promise you
Oh my love, I will be true
Oh my love, I promise you
Oh my love, I will be true
(I will be, I will be true!)
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