Styx – Blue Collar Man tab

From: Dave Mosley 
Subject: TAB:Blue Colllar Man -STYX
Date: Mon, 20 Nov 95 09:58:00 PST


TITLE: Blue Collar Man
GROUP: Styx
ALBUM: Pieces of Eight
MANF : A&M  CD3224


A line of X's stand for a muted strum, in a vain attempt to
represent rhythm.

The keyboard intro can be simulated (and is later played):

(Guitar 1)|-------------------------------------|--------------------||--7-7-7-7---10---7-7-7-7----12--10---|--------------------||*-7-7-7-7---10---7-7-7-7----12--10--*|-----------------2--||*-7-7-7-7---10---7-7-7-7----12--10--*|-------0-3-2-0---0--||-------------------------------------|-0-1-3---------3----||-------------------------------------|--------------------|
(Guitar 2) |--------------------| |--------------------| |-------7-10-9-7---7-| |-7-8-10---------10--| |--------------------| |--------------------|
[verse] D G Bb C D|-------------------------------------------------------------------||-------------------------------------------------------------------||-7--x--7--7--x--x------------3--5--x--x--5--x--x--7--7-------------||-7--x--7--7--x--x------------3--5--x--x--5--x--x--7--7-------------||-5--x--5--5--x--x---5-x-5-5--1--3--x--x--3--x--x--5--5-------0--3--||--------------------3-x-3-3----------------------------------------|
Give me a job, give me security. give me a chance to survive My mother an father, my wife and my friends I see them laugh in my face
D G Bb C B Bb A|-------------------------------------------------------------------||-------------------------------------------------------------------||-7--x--7--7--x--x------------3--5--5--x--5--4--3--2----------------||-7--x--7--7--x--x------------3--5--5--x--5--4--3--2----------------||-5--x--5--5--x--x---5-x-5-5--1--3--3--x--3--2--1--0----------------||--------------------3-x-3-3---------------------------3--1--0------|
I'm just a poor soul in the unemployement line, my God I'm hardly alive But I've got the power, and I've got the will - I'm not a charity case. I'll take those
|----------------------------------------------------------||----------------------------------------------------------||--5---7-------5---------7------3---------5----5/7--7-7-7--||--7---8-------5---------7------3---------5----5/7--7-7-7--||-------------------------------1---------3----3/5--5-5-5--||----------------------------------------------------------|
Long nights, impossible odds. Keepin my eye on the keyhole. If it takes
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All night to be just what I am I'm gonna be a blue collar man Once more thru the keyboard riff, then thru the verse again. Make me an offer, that I can't refuse. Make me a respectable man. This is my last time in the unemployement line, so like it or not I'll take those... then a muted tacit on D5, C5, Bb5, and A:
D5||--------------------------------------------------|||--------------------------------------------------|||*-------------------------------------------------|||*-7-x-x-7-x-x-7-x-x-7-x-x-7-x-x-7-x-x-7-x-x-7-x-x-|||--5-x-x-5-x-x-5-x-x-5-x-x-5-x-x-5-x-x-5-x-x-5-x-x-|||--------------------------------------------------|
...man. Keepin my mind on a Paradise. Can it be all I
C5|-------------------------------------------------||-------------------------------------------------||-------------------------------------------------||-5-x-x-5-x-x-5-x-x-5-x-x-5-x-x-5-x-x-5-x-x-5-x-x-||-3-x-x-3-x-x-3-x-x-3-x-x-3-x-x-3-x-x-3-x-x-3-x-x-||-------------------------------------------------|
better life. Where heard it was? I
Bb5|-------------------------------------------------||-------------------------------------------------||-------------------------------------------------||-3-x-x-3-x-x-3-x-x-3-x-x-3-x-x-3-x-x-3-x-x-3-x-x-||-1-x-x-1-x-x-1-x-x-1-x-x-1-x-x-1-x-x-1-x-x-1-x-x-||-------------------------------------------------|
happiness, is only a heartbeat close my eyes, and maybe I'm already
A first time second time|---------------------------||---------------------||---------------------------||---------------------||---------------------------||---------------------||-2-2-----------------------||-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2---||-0-0-0-/3-1-/5-3-/7-5-/8-7-||-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0---||---------------------------||---------------------|
away. there. solo and repeat.
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