Girlschool - Screaming Blue Murder tab

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                     SCREAMING BLUE MURDER - Girlschool
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Written by: Kelly Johnson, Kim McAuliffe, Gil Weston
CD: "Screaming Blue Murder"   (1982, Bronze Records) (original version)
    "The Collection"          (1991, Castle Comm.) (re-recorded version)

Tabbed by: Anne Drury   (zerofret)
Email: zerofret_ad@hotmail.com
Date: February 6, 2006

Notes:

-4/4 time - bar lines do indicate timing
-guitar solos are in E minor
-the harmonics in the verses are natural harmonics played at the 7th fret,
 all other harmonics are pinch harmonics
-*see note on fretboard position at bottom of tab

 All of the guitar parts for both versions of "SBM" are included here. The 
 main tab is of the re-recorded version (available on some compilation CDs, 
 such as "The Collection" - it's also the version that was on the 
 "Screaming Blue Murder" LP in North America). At the end of the tab 
 I've included all the guitar parts from the original recording of the 
 song that are different from the re-recorded version (guitar solo,outro).   


INTRO:

E5 E ------------|-----------------|--------------------------| B ------------|-----------------|--------------------------| G ------------|-----------------|--------------------------| D -12-13-14-14|=---14---x-14--x-|-14---x--14---12-13-14-14=| A -12-13-14-14|=---14---x-14--x-|-14---x--14---12-13-14-14=| E -10-11-12-12|=---12---x-12--x-|-12---x--12---10-11-12-12=|
E5 E ------------------|--------------------------| B ------------------|--------------------------| G ------------------|--------------------------| D =----14---x-14--x-|-14---x--14---12-13-14-12=| A =----14---x-14--x-|-14---x--14---12-13-14-12=| E =----12---x-12--x-|-12---x--12---10-11-12-10=|
D5 E ------------------|--------------------------| B ------------------|--------------------------| G ------------------|--------------------------| D =----12---x-12--x-|-12---x--12---12-13-14-12=| A =----12---x-12--x-|-12---x--12---12-13-14-12=| E =----10---x-10--x-|-10---x--10---10-11-12-10=|
D5 E ------------------|--------------------------| B ------------------|--------------------------| G ------------------|---------------7--8--9--9=| D =----12---x-12--x-|-12---x--12----7--8--9--9=| A =----12---x-12--x-|-12---x--12----5--6--7--7=| E =----10---x-10--x-|-10---x--10---------------|
1ST VERSE:
E5 D5 E ------------------|--------------------------| B ------------------|----------------------<7>-| G =-----9---x--9--x-|--9---x--9-------<7>------| D =-----9---x--9--x-|--9---x--9--<7>-----------| A =-----7---x--7--x-|--7---x--7----------------| E ------------------|--------------------------| Action screams like screaming blue murder
E5 D5 E -<7>--------------|--------------------------| B ------------------|----------------------<7>-| G ------9---x--9--x-|--9---x--9-------<7>------| Play D ------9---x--9--x-|--9---x--9--<7>-----------| 2x A ------7---x--7--x-|--7---x--7----------------| E ------------------|--------------------------| Action screams when there's something to say Action screams when there's no words to tell it
E5 E -<7>--------------|--------------------------| B ------------------|--------------------------| G ------9---x--9--x-|--9---x--9=---------------| D ------9---x--9--x-|--9---x--9=---------------| A ------7---x--7--x-|--7---x--7=---------------| E ------------------|--------------------------|Action screams when you're fading away
C5 B5 A5 E5 E ----------------|----------------|-----------------|-----------------| B ----------------|----------------|-----------------|-----------------| G -5~/(7)--7~/(9)-|-9~~------------|-----9---x--9--x-|-9---x--9=-------| D ----------------|----------------|-----9---x--9--x-|-9---x--9=-------| A ----------------|----------------|-----7---x--7--x-|-7---x--7=-------| E ----------------|----------------|-----------------|-----------------| When you're fading away
C5 B5 A5 F#5 E ----------------|----------------|-----------------|-----------------| B ----------------|----------------|-----------------|-----------------| G -5~/(7)--7~/(9)-|-9~~------------|-----------------|-----------------| D ----------------|----------------|-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-|-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-| A ----------------|----------------|-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-|-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-| E ----------------|----------------|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-| Come on, let me show you just what we're gonna do, We're all
CHORUS:
E5 D5 E ----------------|----------------|-----------------|-----------------| B -----7---8=-----|-7---7-8=-------|-----7---8=------|-7---7-8=--------| G -----7---9=-----|-7---7-9=-------|-----7---9=------|-7---7-9=--------| D ----------------|---9------------|-----------------|---9-------------| A ----------------|----------------|-----------------|-----------------| E ----------------|----------------|-----------------|-----------------| Screaming Blue Murder
E5 C5 D5 E ----------------|----------------|-----------------|-----------------| B -----7---8=-----|-7---7-8=-------|-----7-8-----8-7=|=---7-(7)/12--10-| G -----7---9=-----|-7---7-9=-------|-----7-9-----9-7=|=---7-(7)/12--11-| D ----------------|---9------------|-----------------|--9--------------| A ----------------|----------------|-----------------|-----------------| E ----------------|----------------|-----------------|-----------------| Screaming Blue Murder
2ND VERSE: (played same as 1st Verse, except final line) All those times you thought it would happen All those lies spinning 'round in your head All those times you thought it would kill you All their lies will tear them to shreds Will tear them to shreds
C5 B5 A5 F#5 E ----------------|----------------|-----------------|-----------------| B ----------------|----------------|-----------------|-----------------| G -5~/(7)--7~/(9)-|-9~~------------|-----------------|-----------------| D ----------------|----------------|-4-3-4-3---------|-----------------| A ----------------|----------------|---------4-3-4-3-|-4---------------| E ----------------|----------------|-----------------|-----------------| If you were me you'd be
Play CHORUS GUITAR BREAK:
E5 E -----------------|---------------------| B -----------------|---------------------| G -----9-9-9-9-9-9-|/9-9-9-9--/9-9-9-7h9-| D -----------------|---------------------| A -----------------|---------------------| E -----------------|---------------------|
D5 E ------------------------------|-----------------------------| B ------------------------------|-----------------------------| G -9^(11)-(11)-(11)---11^s-12^w-|-14^wr^wr^wr^wr^w--14^w-14^w-| D ------------------------------|-----------------------------| A ------------------------------|-----------------------------| E ------------------------------|-----------------------------|
E5 E ---------------------|------------------------| B -15------------11-10-|-8~----------8--7-8p7---| G -------14^(16)-------|----------------------9-| D ---------------------|------------------------| A ---------------------|------------------------| E ---------------------|------------------------|
D5 E ---------------------|------------------------| B -7-8-7h8p7---7-8---8^|(10)--8-7-8-7h8p7h8-8p7-| G -----------9---------|------------------------| D ---------------------|------------------------| A ---------------------|------------------------| E ---------------------|------------------------|
E5 E ---------------------|------------------------| B ---------------------|------------------------| G -9-------------------|--------0-0=------0h2p0-| D -------------------0-|-2p0-----------2--------| A ---------------------|-----2------------------| E -----3^----0---------|------------------------|
D5 E ---------------------|------------------------| B ---------------------|------------------------| G ---2^w--<2>^w---2^(4)|r2--0-2p0---0-2---------| D ---------------------|----------2--------/9-9-| A ---------------------|------------------------| E ---------------------|------------------------|
C5 E ---------------------|------------------------| B ---------------------|-8-8-8p7-----8p7---8--8^| G -7~~-------9~~-------|---------9-------9------| D ---------9---------9-|------------------------| A ---------------------|------------------------| E ---------------------|------------------------|
D5 E --------------------------|-------------------|--- B (10)--8=^(10)r8-7-8-7-----|-------------------|--- G ----------------------7---|-------------------|--- D ------------------------7-|-7-5-4-5p4---------|--- A --------------------------|-----------5-6-7---|--- E --------------------------|-------------------|-0-
3RD VERSE: (played same as 1st Verse) Action screams but nobody listened Action screams when I wanted it all Action screams, now I'm Screaming Blue Murder Action screams and they don't count at all And they don't count at all Come on, let me show you just what we're gonna do Play CHORUS 2x OUTRO: (play the Intro guitar part as accompaniment to the guitar solo here) -the first several measures of the Outro are mostly a controlled feedback type part
E ----|--------------|--------------|--------------|----------------| B ----|--------------|--------------|--------------|----------------| G /16\|-<4>~~--=--=--|--=--=--=--=--|--=--=--=--=--|--=--=--=--^(5)-| D ----|--------------|--------------|--------------|----------------| A ----|--------------|--------------|--------------|----------------| E ----|--------------|--------------|--------------|----------------|
E -------------------|--------------|--------------|----------------| B -------------------|--------------|--------------|----------------| G -r<4>~~---=--=--=--|--=--=--=--=--|--=--=--^w----|--=--=--=---=---| D -------------------|--------------|--------------|----------------| A -------------------|--------------|--------------|----------------| E -------------------|--------------|--------------|----------------| (bend up gradually)
E -------------------|--------------|--------------|---------------------| B -------------------|--------------|--------------|---------------------| G -9^(11)~~-=--=--=--|--=--=--=--=--|--=--=--=--=--|-=-9^(11)--9-7h9p7---| D -------------------|--------------|--------------|-------------------9-| A -------------------|--------------|--------------|---------------------| E -------------------|--------------|--------------|---------------------|
E -----------------------|----------------------| B -----------------------|----------------------| G -7--9^(11)--9^(11)-----|-----9^(11)r9-7-9p7---| D -----------------------|--------------------9-| A -----------------------|----------------------| E -----------------------|----------------------|
E -------------------|--------------------------| B -------------------|--------------------------| G -7-9-7----9-7-9-10-|-11-11------14--16^(17)===| D -------------------|--------/16---------------| A -------------------|--------------------------| E -------------------|--------------------------|
E --------------|---------------|---------------|-----------17-----14----| B --------------|---------------|---------------|-17^(19)-------17----17-| G -r16~~--------|------16^(17)--|-16~~----------|------------------------| D --------------|---------------|---------------|------------------------| A --------------|---------------|---------------|------------------------| E --------------|---------------|---------------|------------------------|
E -------------------|--------------------------| B -------------------|------------------15------| G -14~~--------------|---------14^(16)-hb---(16)| D -------------------|--------------------------| A -------------------|--------------------------| E -------------------|--------------------------|
E -------------------|----------------------------------------| B -------------------|----------------------------------------| G -r14--14^-[14-14-14|-(16)-(16)-(16)-(16)-(16)]-14--12h14p12-| D -------------------|----------------------------------------| A -------------------|----------------------------------------| E -------------------|----------------------------------------| (continue striking note while bending up gradually)
E --------------|---------------------|-----------------|----------------| B --------------|---------------------|-----------------|----------------| G -11~~---------|--------11^(12)-(12)-|-(12)r11---------|----------------| D --------------|---------------------|-----------------|----------------| A --------------|---------------------|-----------------|----------------| E --------------|---------------------|---------11^s----|----------------|
(fade) Note on fretboard position: The video footage referenced for this tab was the "Play At Home" video. It clearly shows Kelly playing the Intro as tabbed, playing the opening progression with the E5 at the 12th fret. None of the footage shows where she's playing the E5 during the verses, but it makes the most sense to play it at the 7th fret, putting it in close proximity to where the harmonics are played (making for an easier transition between the two). So right where the Intro leads into the 1st Verse, I switched that ascending progression from the 12th-14th frets to the 5th-7th frets (in order to enter the verse on that 7th fret E5 chord), although that may not be exactly how it's played. (Other video footage shows that Cris plays both Intro and Verses in the 5th-7th fret area.) Also, on the "Play At Home" footage, all of the lead guitar soloing corresponds to the re-recorded version of "SBM", not the original version. _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ SCREAMING BLUE MURDER - guitar parts from the original version of the song on the Bronze Records "SBM" album VERSES: -measures 9-10 and 13-14 of the verses are a bit different - the ascending guitar line is played on the A string rather than the G
C5 B5 A5 E5 E ----------------|----------------|-----------------|-----------------| B ----------------|----------------|-----------------|-----------------| G ----------------|----------------|-----9---x--9--x-|-9---x--9=-------| D ----------------|----------------|-----9---x--9--x-|-9---x--9=-------| A -3~/(5)--5~/(7)-|-7~-------------|-----7---x--7--x-|-7---x--7=-------| E ----------------|----------------|-----------------|-----------------| When you're fading away
GUITAR SOLO:
E5 E -----------------|---------------------| B -----------------|---------------------| G ----9-9-/9-9-9-9-|/9-9-9-9--/9-9-9-(9)-| D -----------------|---------------------| A -----------------|---------------------| E -----------------|---------------------|
D5 E -------------------------|-------------------------| B -------------------------|-------------------------| G -/11-11-11---/12---/14---|-/16~----------14^w-14^w-| D -------------------------|-------------------------| A -------------------------|-------------------------| E -------------------------|-------------------------|
E5 E -------------------------|-------------------------| B -15-15-15-15-15----------|-------------------------| G -----------------14^w-14-|-12~----11-12p11--11-/14=| D -------------------------|----------------14-------| A -------------------------|-------------------------| E -------------------------|-------------------------|
D5 E --------------------------|------------------------| B --------------------------|------------------------| G =-12--11--11h12p11-9h11p9-|-7=-^w-r-^w-r-^w-r-^w---| D --------------------------|------------------------| A --------------------------|------------------------| E --------------------------|------------------------|
E5 E -----------------------|---------------------------| B -5---------------------|---------------------------| G -----------------------|----------0=---------4--2--| D -----------------2--0--|----0--2-------2-----------| A -----------------------|-2-------------------------| E -----3^----0-----------|---------------------------|
D5 E -------------3---------|---------------------------| B -----------------------|---------------------------| G --4--2--4--------4-----|-4=\2-2---0h2p0------0--2=/| D -----------------------|-----------------2---------| A -----------------------|---------------------------| E -----------------------|---------------------------|
C5 E -----------------------|---------------------------| B -----------------------|------------------------12-| G /4~~-----4=/7~~------7=|/9~~-----9=/12~~-----------| D -----------------------|---------------------------| A -----------------------|---------------------------| E -----------------------|---------------------------|
D5 E ------------------------|--------------------|-----| B ------------------------|--------------------|-----| G -12-0-9p7p0-/9--0-0-7-0-|-6/7\6--------------|-----| D ------------------------|--------7--5/7\5----|-----| A ------------------------|--------------------|-----| E ------------------------|--------------------|-0---|
OUTRO: -the first 8 measures are the same as in the main tab - the tab below starts from measure 9 of the Outro -play the Intro guitar part as accompaniment to the guitar solo here
E -------------------|--------------|--------------|----------------| B -------------------|--------------|--------------|----------------| G -9^(11)~~---=--=---|--=--=-11^(12)|r11~~--=--=---|--=--=--=---=---| D -------------------|--------------|--------------|----------------| A -------------------|--------------|--------------|----------------| E -------------------|--------------|--------------|----------------|
E -------------|------------|--------------------|------------------| B -------------|------------|--------------------|------------------| G -=--=--=--=--|-=--=--=--=-|-=------------------|-14-16-16^(17)----| D -------------|------------|---14=/16--16-14-16-|------------------| A -------------|------------|--------------------|------------------| E -------------|------------|--------------------|------------------|
E ---------------|--------------|--------------|--------------------| B ---------------|--------------|--------------|-17^(19)------------| G -16~~---=--=---|-=--=-^(17)---|-16~~---------|----------16^(18)---| D ---------------|--------------|--------------|--------------------| A ---------------|--------------|--------------|--------------------| E ---------------|--------------|--------------|--------------------|
E -----------|------15---|-15---------------|-----------------------| B -----------|--------15=|=--15-------------|-----------------------| G -14~~------|-----------|------14^(16)-(16)|r14-14=-12-14p12-11-11-| D -----------|-----------|------------------|-----------------------| A -----------|-----------|------------------|-----------------------| E -----------|-----------|------------------|-----------------------|
E ------------------|---------------------|---------------|---------| B ------------------|---------------------|---------------|---------| G -11^(12)r11~~--=--|^(12)----11^(12)-(12)|(12)r11--------|---------| D ------------------|---------------------|---------------|---------| A ------------------|---------------------|---------------|---------| E ------------------|---------------------|-------11^(12)-|---------|
E -------------------------|---------------------------| B -------------------------|---------------------------| G -------------------------|----12-11------------------| D -------------------------|-12-------12---------------| A --------------------9----|---------------------------| E -10--10--10----10--------|---------------------------|
E -------------------------|---------------------------| B -------------------------|---------------------15-15-| G -------14-14-14-14-14-14-|-14^w-r-^w-r-^w-r----------| D -12/16-------------------|---------------------------| A -------------------------|---------------------------| E -------------------------|---------------------------|
E -------------------------|---------------------------| B -17=^w-r-^w-r--17p15-----|-15--17=^w-r-^w-r-^w-r-----| G ---------------------16--|---------------------------| D -------------------------|---------------------------| A -------------------------|---------------------------| E -------------------------|---------------------------|
E -------------------------|---------------------------| B -17^wr^(19)-(19)r17------|-17------------------------| G --------------------16---|-------16=^(17)r16---------| D -------------------------|---------------------------| A -------------------------|---------------------------| E -------------------------|---------------------------|
(fade) ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- ^...bend (w=whole tone,s=semi) x...muted note r...release bend hb..hold bend h...hammer on =...hold note p...pull off ~...vibrato /...slide up <>..harmonic \...slide down (This file is the transcriber's own work and represents their interpretation of the song.)
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