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The Aftermath

Year: 1995 - Album: The X Factor

  		 
Written by Steve Harris, Janick Gers and Blaze Bayley. 
Performed by IRON MAIDEN. 
Taken from the album THE X FACTOR. 
 
Transcribed by Oskar "The Seventh Son" Wigren. 
E-mail me at [email protected] 
 
Opening-riff: 
E-------------------|-------------------| 
B----------0--------|----------3--------| 
G------2-------2----|------2-------2----| 
D----2---2---2---2--|----3---3---3---3--| 
A--0----------------|--0----------------| 
E-------------------|-------------------| 
 
E-------------------|-----------------| 
B----------0--------|-----------------| 
G------2-------2----|------0-----0----| 
D----2---2---2---2--|----0-----0------| 
A--0----------------|--3-----2--------| 
E-------------------|--------------3--| 
 
Solo while opening-riff: 
 
E-------------|------------------| 
B-------------|------3-----------| 
G--2---4p5-2--|--4p5-----5-4--5--| 
D-------------|------------------| 
A-------------|------------------| 
E-------------|------------------| 
 
E-------------|-------------------| 
B-------------|------3------------| 
G--2---4p5-2--|--4p5-----5-4--5-2-| 
D-------------|-------------------| 
A-------------|-------------------| 
E-------------|-------------------| 
 
Verse: 
E--------3-----3-3-3----3--|--3---3----3-----------2-2--| 
B--2---2-3-2---3-3-3-3--3--|--3---3-3--3---1-1-1-1-3-3--| 
G--2---2-0-2---0-0-0-2--0--|--0---0-2--0---0-0-0-0-2-2--| 
D--2---2-0-2---0-0-0-0--0--|--0---0-0--0---2-2-2-2-0-0--| 
A--0---0-2-0---2-2-2-0--2--|--2---2-0--2---3-3-3-3------| 
E--------3-----3-3-3-2--3--|--3---3-2--3----------------| 
 
Chorus: 
E------------|-------------------| 
B------------|-------------------| 
G--2---5--7--|--------------7-7--| 
D--2---5--7--|--7--5---5-5--7-7--| 
A--0---3--5--|--7--5---5-5--5-5--| 
E------------|--5--3---3-3-------| 
 
E------------|------------------------| 
B------------|------------------------| 
G--2---5--7--|------------------------| 
D--2---5--7--|--7--5---5-4-2---4-2----| 
A--0---3--5--|--7--5---------------5--| 
E------------|--5--3------------------| 
 
End of chorus. 
 
Riff 2. 
   After the war.        Left feeling no one has... 
E-----------------------|--------------------| 
B-----------------------|--------------------| 
G--2--2--2--2-----------|--------------------| 
D--2--2--2--2-----------|--3--3--3--3--3--3--| 
A--0--0--0--0-----------|--3--3--3--3--3--3--| 
E-----------------------|--1--1--1--1--1--1--| 
 
..won. 
E-----------------------|--------------------| 
B-----------------------|--------------------| 
G-----------------------|--------------------| 
D--5--5--5--5-----------|--------------------| 
A--5--5--5--5-----------|--3--2-----------2--| 
E--3--3--3--3-----------|--------3--0--3-----| 
 
   After the war.        What does a soldier be-... 
E-----------------------|--------------------| 
B-----------------------|--------------------| 
G--2--2--2--2-----------|--------------------| 
D--2--2--2--2-----------|--3--3--3--3--3--3--| 
A--0--0--0--0-----------|--3--3--3--3--3--3--| 
E-----------------------|--1--1--1--1--1--1--| 
 
..come. 
E-----------------------|--------------------| 
B-----------------------|--------------------| 
G-----------------------|--------------------| 
D--5--5--5--5-----------|--------------------| 
A--5--5--5--5-----------|--3--2------3---2---| 
E--3--3--3--3-----------|--------3-----------| 
 
End of riff 2. 
 
Riff 3: 
E---------------|---------------| 
B---------------|---------------| 
G--0p2--2--2-2--|--0p2--2--2-2--| 
D--0p2--2--2-2--|--0p2--2--2-2--| 
A--0-0--0--0-0--|--0-0--0--0-0--| 
E---------------|---------------| 
 
E-------------------|-------------------| 
B-------------------|-------------------| 
G--8p10--10--10-10--|--8p10--10--10-10--| 
D--8p10--10--10-10--|--8p10--10--10-10--| 
A--8-8---8---8--8---|--8-8---8---8--8---| 
E-------------------|-------------------| 
 
E--------------------|--------------------| 
B--------------------|--------------------| 
G--10p12--12--12-12--|--10p12--12--12-12--| 
D--10p12--12--12-12--|--10p12--12--12-12--| 
A--10-10--10--10-10--|--10-10--10--10-10--| 
E--------------------|--------------------| 
 
E--------------------|--------------------| 
B--------------------|--------------------| 
G--10p12--12--12-12--|--10p12--12--12-12--| 
D--10p12--12--12-12--|--10p12--12--12-12--| 
A--10-10--10--10-10--|--10-10--10--10-10--| 
E--------------------|--------------------| 
 
E---------------|---------------| 
B---------------|---------------| 
G--0p2--2--2-2--|--0p2--2--2-2--| 
D--0p2--2--2-2--|--0p2--2--2-2--| 
A--0-0--0--0-0--|--0-0--0--0-0--| 
E---------------|---------------| 
 
E---------------|---------------| 
B---------------|---------------| 
G--3p5--5--5-5--|--5p7--7--7-7--| 
D--3p5--5--5-5--|--5p7--7--7-7--| 
A--3-3--3--3-3--|--5-5--5--5-5--| 
E---------------|---------------| 
 
E---------------|---------------| 
B---------------|---------------| 
G--7p9--9--9-9--|--7p9--9--9-9--| 
D--7p9--9--9-9--|--7p9--9--9-9--| 
A--7-7--7--7-7--|--7-7--7--7-7--| 
E---------------|---------------| 
 
E---------------|---------------| 
B---------------|---------------| 
G--7p9--9--9-9--|--7p9--9--9-9--| 
D--7p9--9--9-9--|--7p9--9--9-9--| 
A--7-7--7--7-7--|--7-7--7--7-7--| 
E---------------|---------------| 
 
End of riff 3. 
 
Solo while riff 3. 
E-----------------------------------| 
B--10---12-13-13-12-10----10-12-----| 
G----------------------12-------12--| 
D-----------------------------------| 
A-----------------------------------| 
E-----------------------------------| 
 
E--------------------------------------| 
B--10---10-12-13-13-12-10----10-12-12--| 
G-------------------------12-----------| 
D--------------------------------------| 
A--------------------------------------| 
E--------------------------------------| 
 
Bridge before solo: 
   I'm just a soldier. 
E--------------|----------------| 
B--------------|----------------| 
G--10--10--10--|--12------------| 
D--10--10--10--|--12------------| 
A--8---8---8---|--10------------| 
E--------------|----------------| 
 
Solo-riff 1: 
E-------------------|-------------------| 
B-------------------|-------------------| 
G-------------------|-------------------| 
D-------------------|-------------------| 
A--0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0--|--0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0--| 
E-------------------|-------------------| 
 
E-------------------|-------------------| 
B-------------------|-------------------| 
G-------------------|-------------------| 
D-------------------|-------------------| 
A-------------------|-------------------| 
E--1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1--|--1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1--| 
 
E-------------------|-------------------| 
B-------------------|-------------------| 
G-------------------|-------------------| 
D-------------------|-------------------| 
A-------------------|-------------------| 
E--3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3--|--3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3--| 
 
E-------------------|-------------------| 
B-------------------|-------------------| 
G-------------------|-------------------| 
D-------------------|-------------------| 
A-------------------|-------------------| 
E--3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3--|--3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3--| 
 
E-------------------|-------------------| 
B-------------------|-------------------| 
G-------------------|-------------------| 
D-------------------|-------------------| 
A--0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0--|--0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0--| 
E-------------------|-------------------| 
 
E-------------------|-------------------| 
B-------------------|-------------------| 
G-------------------|-------------------| 
D-------------------|-------------------| 
A--3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3--|--5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5--| 
E-------------------|-------------------| 
 
E-------------------|-------------------| 
B-------------------|-------------------| 
G-------------------|-------------------| 
D-------------------|-------------------| 
A--7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7--|--7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7--| 
E-------------------|-------------------| 
 
E-------------------|-------------------| 
B-------------------|-------------------| 
G-------------------|-------------------| 
D-------------------|-------------------| 
A--7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7--|--7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7--| 
E-------------------|-------------------| 
 
End of solo-riff 1. 
 
Solo-riff 2: 
E-------------------|-------------------| 
B-------------------|-------------------| 
G-------------------|-------------------| 
D-------------------|-------------------| 
A--0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0--|--0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0--| 
E-------------------|-------------------| 
 
E-------------------|-------------------| 
B-------------------|-------------------| 
G-------------------|-------------------| 
D-------------------|-------------------| 
A-------------------|-------------------| 
E--1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1--|--1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1--| 
 
E-------------------|-------------------| 
B-------------------|-------------------| 
G-------------------|-------------------| 
D-------------------|-------------------| 
A-------------------|-------------------| 
E--3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3--|--3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3--| 
 
E-------------------|-------------------| 
B-------------------|-------------------| 
G-------------------|-------------------| 
D-------------------|-------------------| 
A--3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3--|--5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5--| 
E-------------------|-------------------| 
 
End of solo-riff 2. 
 
Bridge during the end of the solo before the riff 2. 
E-------------------|-------------------| 
B-------------------|-------------------| 
G-------------------|-------------------| 
D-------------------|-------------------| 
A-------------------|-------------------| 
E--0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0--|--0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0--| 
 
E-------------------|-------------------| 
B-------------------|-------------------| 
G-------------------|-------------------| 
D-------------------|-------------------| 
A-------------------|-------------------| 
E--0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0--|--0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0--| 
 
E------------------------| 
B------------------------| 
G--5--5--5--7--7---------| 
D--5--5--5--7--7---------| 
A--3--3--3--5--5---------| 
E------------------------| 
 
Song-structure: 
Opening-riff (4 times) 
Verse (6 times) 
Chorus (2 times) 
Opening-riff (2 times) 
Verse (4 times) 
Chorus (2 times) 
Opening-riff (2 times) 
Riff 2 (2 times) 
Riff 3 (3 times) 
Bridge before solo 
Solo-riff 1 (2 times) 
Solo-riff 2 (2 times) 
Bridge before riff 2. 
Riff 2 (2 times) 
Opening riff (2 times) 
 
Lyrics: 
Silenty to silence fall 
In the fields of futile war 
Toys of death are spitting lead 
Where boys that were our soldiers bled 
War horse and war machin 
Curse the name of liberty 
Marching on as if they should 
Mix in the dirt our brothers' blood 
 
Chorus: 
In the mud and rain 
Whar are we fighting for 
Is it worth the pain 
Is it worth dying for 
Who will take the blame 
Why did they make a war 
Questions that come again 
Should we be fighting at all 
 
Once a ploughman hitched his team 
Here he sowed his little dream 
Now bodies arms and legs are strewn 
Where mustard gas and barbwire bloom 
Each moment's like a year 
I've nothing left inside for tears 
Comrades dead or lying lie 
I'm left alone asking why 
 
After the war  
Left feeling no one has won 
After the war 
What does a soldier become 
 
I'm just a soldier............ 
 
STAY TUNED FOR MORE IRON MAIDEN-TAB. 
IF YOU HAVE ANY REQUESTS, PLEASE MAIL ME. 
[email protected] 
 
OSKAR WIGREN "The bornless one" 
1996-12-22 

	  

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