Flogging Molly - Tobacco Island tab

“Tobacco Island”
by Flogging Molly

from the album Within a Mile of Home
tabbed by Eric Bonkowski


chorus riff:E|------------------------------------------------------|B|------------------------------------------------------|G|------------------------------------------------------|D|-----------------------------3----3-5-5-3---5-5-3-----|A|------1--1-3-1--1-3-5--5-3-5----5---------5-----------|E|--1-3-------------------------------------------------|
E|------------------------------------------------------|B|------------------------------------------------------|G|------------------------------------------------------|D|----------------------------------------------3---3---|A|--5-3-5--3-1---1-------1--1-3-1--1-3-5--5-3-5---5-----|E|-------------3-----1-3--------------------------------|
E|-----------------------------------|B|-----------------------------------|G|-----------------------------------|D|--5-5-3----5-5-3~------------------|A|--------5-----------5-3-1-3-5-3-1--|E|-----------------------------------|
Bb And to hell we must sail For the Shores of sweet Barbados Gm Where the sugar cane grows taller Than the god we once believed in Bb Till the butcher and his crown Raped the land we used to sleep in Gm F Now tomorrow chimes of ghostly crimes Gm N.C. That haunt Tobacco Island Gm 'Twas 1659 forgotten now for sure Bb They dragged us from our homeland With the musket and their gun Gm Cromwell and his roundheads Battered all we know Bb Shackled hopes of freedom We're now but stolen goods F Darken the horizon Blackened from the sun Am This rotten cage of Bridgetown C Is where I now belong Bb And to hell we must sail For the Shores of sweet Barbados Gm Where the sugar cane grows taller Than the god we once believed in Bb Till the butcher and his crown Raped the land we used to sleep in Gm F Now tomorrow chimes of ghostly crimes Gm N.C. That haunt Tobacco Island Gm Red leg down a peg Blistered burns the soul Bb The floggings they're a plenty But reasons there are none Gm Our backs belong to landlords Where branded is there name Bb Paid for with ten shillings Cheap labor never breaks F The silver moon is shinin' Cools the copper blood Am Where the livin' meet the dead C And together dance as one Bb And to hell we must sail For the Shores of sweet Barbados Gm Where the sugar cane grows taller Than the god we once believed in Bb Till the butcher and his crown Raped the land we used to sleep in Gm F Now tomorrow chimes of ghostly crimes Gm N.C. That haunt Tobacco Island Bb Gm Bb Gm Ag-ony, will you cleanse this misery? Bb Gm For it's never again I'll breathe F The air of home Bb Gm From this sandy edge Bb Gm The rolling sea breaks my revenge Bb Gm With each whisper a thousand waves F I hear roar I'm coming home - Instrumental break - x8 each time break is played, it’s over one chord played in this order: Gm, F, Gm, F, Gm, F, Gm, Bb (one chord for each time)
E|------------------------------------------------------|B|------------------------------------------------------|G|------------------------------------------------------|D|-----5-5p3---3------------------5-5p3---3-------------|A|-----------5---5p3/1p0---0-1----------5---5-3-1-0-----|E|--3--------------------3------3-------------------3---|
on the 4th and 8th time, this is played as an ending:
E|-----------------------------------------------------------|B|-----------------------------------------------------------|G|-----------------------------------------------------------|D|-----5-5p3---3---------------------------------------------|A|-----------5---5p3/1p0---0-1-----3-3-3-3h5p3/1--0-1-0------|E|--3--------------------3------------------------------1h3--|
F Dark is the horizon Blackened by the sun Am This rotten cage of Bridgetown C Is where I now belong Bb And to hell we must sail For the Shores of sweet Barbados Gm Where the sugar cane grows taller Than the god we once believed in Bb Till the butcher and his crown Raped the land we used to sleep in Gm F Now tomorrow chimes of ghostly crimes Gm N.C. That haunt Tobacco Island Bb And to hell we must sail For the Shores of sweet Barbados Gm Where the sugar cane grows taller Than the god we once believed in Bb Till the butcher and his crown Raped the land we used to sleep in Gm F Now tomorrow chimes of ghostly crimes Gm N.C. That haunt Tobacco Island - final instrumental break, through end – no idea how many times it’s played, but it’s basically alternating these two sections. PART 1, played twice:
E|---------------------------------------------------------|B|---------------------------------------------------------|G|---------------------------------------------------------|D|---------------------------------------------------------|A|--1-------1-------3-1-0-------0-------0-1-------1--------|E|----3-3-3---3-3-3-------1-1-1---1-1-1-----3-3-3---3-3-3--|
E|----------------------------|B|----------------------------|G|----------------------------|D|----------------------------|A|--3-3-3-3h5p3/1--0-1-0------|E|-----------------------1h3--|
after that entire section twice straight through, then comes PART 2 played three times
E|------------------------------------------------------|B|------------------------------------------------------|G|------------------------------------------------------|D|-----5-5p3---3------------------5-5p3---3-------------|A|-----------5---5p3/1p0---0-1----------5---5-3-1-0-----|E|--3--------------------3------3-------------------3---|
and after the third time through that, play this ENDING
E|-----------------------------------------------------------|B|-----------------------------------------------------------|G|-----------------------------------------------------------|D|-----5-5p3---3---------------------------------------------|A|-----------5---5p3/1p0---0-1-----3-3-3-3h5p3/1--0-1-0------|E|--3--------------------3------------------------------1h3--|
then go back to part 1 played twice, followed by part 2 played three times, then the ending. repeat as needed! And for any mandolin or violin players, those few riffs look like this:
intro:e|-----------------------------1----1--3-3-1---3-3-1------------------|A|------1--1-3-1--1-3-5--5-3-5----5----------5--------5-3-5-3-1---1---|D|--3-5---------------------------------------------------------5-----|G|--------------------------------------------------------------------|
e|-----------------------------1----1--3-3-1---3-3-1------------------|A|------1--1-3-1--1-3-5--5-3-5----5----------5---------5-3-1-3-5-3-1--|D|--3-5---------------------------------------------------------------|G|--------------------------------------------------------------------|
first interlude:e|------3—3p1---1--------------------3-3p1---1------------------------|A|------------5---5-3-1-0---0-1------------5---5-3-1-0----------------|D|---5--------------------5-------5--------------------5--------------|G|--------------------------------------------------------------------|
e|------3—3p1---1-----------------------------------------------------|A|------------5---5-3-1-0---0-1---3-3-3-3h5-3/1-0-1-0-----------------|D|---5--------------------5---------------------------3-5-------------|G|--------------------------------------------------------------------|
second interlude:e|-------------------------------------------------------|A|-1-------1-------5-3-0-------0-------1-------1---------|D|---5-5-5---5-5-5-------3-3-3---3-3-3---5-5-5---5-5-5---|G|-------------------------------------------------------|
e|----------------------------|A|--3-3-3-3h5-3/1-0-1-0-------|D|----------------------3-5---|G|----------------------------|
*** Remember lots and lots of double picking, this isn’t note for note, some are double picked, some are slid past or hammered on or whatever. this is meant as a guide. also, because the instrumental stuff as well as the intro is all played on the violin/mandolin/accordion, the guitar stuff is at least 1 octave flat to what you hear on the actual recording, so make adjustments as needed, but the notes themselves are pretty close to correct. great song Have fun, email questions or corrections to Fixxxer411@yahoo.com
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