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Steely Dan – Dont Take Me Alive tab
#----------------------------------PLEASE NOTE---------------------------------# #This file is the author's own work and represents their interpretation of the # #song. You may only use this file for private study, scholarship, or research. # #------------------------------------------------------------------------------## Date: Mon, 2 Oct 1995 20:31:44 -0300 From: Bruce & Peggy Mackinnon
Subject: s/steely_dan/don't_take_me_alive.crd This old thing from The Royal Scam album has some tricky parts in it, a lot of electric guitar shots etc. which tend to moderate the sound of the chord, but I've tried to make it playable, while staying as true to the actual song as possible. Note that there is a syncopation to this song which makes it difficult to place the chords over the words as they change, or present it in the form of an even 4/4 bar count. My advice is play the chart along with the record if you get confused. Also, I've included two different shapes for an F/G chord to be played at different times. One will be called F/G*, and the other F/G**. This tune is one of my favorite examples of brilliant Steely Dan lyrics and their usual superbly crafted music. " DON'T TAKE ME ALIVE " Steely Dan The Royal Scam INTRO: First slowly strum out a G7#9 with this shape: EADGBE 355466 This may look like an impossibility, like a cruel, unusual and unplayable chord, but it can be done. You must use the power of the force. First you use your ring (3rd) finger to cover BOTH the 4th and 5th strings on the 5th fret (straight down on the fingertip, not barred), and next you use the baby finger to barr both the 1st and 2nd strings on the 6th fret. Of course your index finger is on the 6th string, 3rd fret, and your middle finger is on the 3rd string, 4th fret. Once you've let it ring for a few seconds you quickly play Eb/Ab and F/G* (shapes shown below) as the last two beats of a lead-in bar, and you're into the intro, which is a guitar solo over: ||| | | Cm Csus4 | Cm | F/G** | G7 | || | | |Fm7 Gm7 | Abmaj7 Bb | Csus4 | Csus4 Eb/Ab F/G* | ||| | | Cm Csus4 | Cm | F/G** | G7 | ||| | | Fm7 Gm7 | Abmaj7 Bb | Csus4 | Cm | Cm Gm7/C | Vs. I ||| | | Cm | Cm Cm7 | Agents of the law ||| | | Cm | Gm Gm7 | Luckless pedestrians | Gm | Fm7 | I know you're out there | Bb/Eb C/F | D/G | With rage in your eyes and your megaphones ||| | |Eb/Ab F/G | Cm Cm7 | Saying all is forgiven | Cm | Gm Gm7 | Mad Dog surrender | Gm | Fm7 | How can I answer? | Bb/Eb C/F | D/G | A man of my mind can do anything. Chorus: ||| | |Eb/Ab F/G*| Cm | I'm a book keeper's son | Cm | F/G** | G7 | I don't want to shoot no one | Fm7 Gm7 | Abmaj7 Bb | Well, I crossed my old man back in Oregon, don't take me || | | | csus4 | Csus4 Eb/Ab F/G* | Alive | Cm | Cm | Got a case of dynamite | F/G** | G7 | I could hold out here all night | Fm7 Gm7 | Abmaj7 Bb | Well, I crossed my old man back in Oregon, don't take me | Csus4 | Csus4 | Csus4 | csus4 | alive Vs. II ( Chords same as for Vs. 1) Can you hear the evil crowd The lies and the laughter I hear my insides, The mechanized hum of another world Where no sun is shining No red light flashing Here in this darkness I know what I've done I know all at once who I am * CHORUS * BRIDGE: There is some keyboard and guitar work here which mostly is played over a 'C' bass note, and although it would be messy to try to write it out note for note, I think you can get away with playing these chords: (formations shown below). || | | | Cm Fsus4/C | F/C Csus4 | Cm Fsus4/C | F/C G/A F/G* | || | | ||| | | Cm Fsus4/C | F/C G/A F/G* | C/F | D/G | Eb/Ab | | Eb/Ab F/G* | * CHORUS * | Fm7 Gm7 | Abmaj7 Bb | Fm7 Gm7 | Abmaj7 Bb | Cm |(hold) . . . don't take me alive * End * Chord formations: ( 1 to 9 represent fret numbers, but to avoid confusion, a=10th fret, b=11th fret etc. ) EADGBE EADGBE EADGBE EADGBE EADGBE EADGBE XbdcbX XaaaaX 8Xa888 8Xaa88 3X321X 3X343X Eb/Ab F/G* Cm Csus4 F/G ** G7 EADGBE EADGBE EADGBE EADGBE EADGBE EADGBE 1x111X 3X333X 4X554X 6X876X 8X888X 3X433X Fm7 Gm7 Abmaj7 Bb Cm7 Gm EADGBE EADGBE EADGBE EADGBE EADGBE EADGBE X6876X X8a98X XacbaX 8XaabX 8XaaaX XccccX Bb/Eb C/F D/G Fsus4/C F/C G/A "Always keep a bottle of whiskey in one pocket in case of snake bite... Always keep a snake in the other pocket." -W.C. Fields Bruce