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The Shortest Straw

Year: 1988 - Album: ...And Justice for All

  		Intro                     
----- 
 
This is a rather slowly part. 
 
      E5               E5                G5   F5 E5 
D|-----2----------------2-----------------5----3-2--| 
A|-----2----------------2-----------------5----3-2--| 
E|-0-1-0------------0-1-0-----------0-1-0-3----1-0--| 
PM . .              . .             . . .       
 
 
      E5             B5   E5           E5             G5  F5 E5	 
G|--------------------3-----------|----------------------------| 
D|-----2--------------3----2--(2)-|-----2--------------5---3-2-| 
A|-----2--------------1----2--(2)-|-----2--------------5---3-2-| 
E|-0-1-0--------0-1-0----1-0--(0)-|-0-1-0--------0-1-0-3---1-0-| 
PM . .          . . .    .          . .          . . .   letrng 
	                                                               
      E5            E5 
E|----------------------| 
B|----------------------| 
G|----------------------| 
D|-----2-------------2--| 
A|-----2-------------2--| 
E|-0-1-0------0-1-0--0--| 
PM . .        . . . 
 
 
 
Chorous 
------- 
 
This one goes a bit faster... 
 
      E5                       E5    G5 B5 
E|-----------------------------------------| 
B|-----------------------------------------| 
G|---------------------------------------3-| 
D|-----2------------------------2-----5--3-| 
A|-----2------------------------2-----5--1-|       
E|-0-1-0----0---0---0-0-0---0-1-0-----3----| 
PM ...      ................... 
       
       
      E5                       E5    B5 F5 
E|-----------------------------------------| 
B|-----------------------------------------| 
G|------------------------------------3----| 
D|-----2------------------------2-----3--3-| 
A|-----2------------------------2-----1--3-|       
E|-0-1-0----0---0---0-0-0---0-1-0--------1-| 
PM ...      ................... 
       
       
      E5                       E5    G5 B5 
E|-----------------------------------------| 
B|-----------------------------------------| 
G|---------------------------------------3-| 
D|-----2------------------------2-----5--3-| 
A|-----2------------------------2-----5--1-|       
E|-0-1-0----0---0---0-0-0---0-1-0-----3----| 
PM ...      ................... 
 
                                       Chorous Fill 
                                       ------------ 
 
      E5                       E5      G5 G5 F#5 F5 
E|------------------------------------|-------------| 
B|------------------------------------|-------------| 
G|------------------------------------|-------------| 
D|-----2------------------------2-----|-5--5--4--3--| 
A|-----2------------------------2-----|-5--5--4--3--|       
E|-0-1-0----0---0---0-0-0---0-1-0-----|-3--3--2--1--| 
PM ...      ...................          
 
 
Repeat Chorous once and play the Chorous Fill 
 
 
Then play this before kicking in the Main Riff 
 
      E5                     F5 F5 
E|---------------------------------| 
B|---------------------------------| 
G|---------------------------------| Main Riff Kicks In Immediately 
D|-----2----------------------3--3-| 
A|-----2----------------------3--3-|       
E|-0-1-0----0---0---0-0-0---0-1--1-| 
PM ...      ................. 
 
 
 
Main Riff 
--------- 
 
                           			    E5 F5  E5 F5 
E|------------------------|------------------------------| 
B|------------------------|------------------------------| 
G|------------------------|------------------------------| 
D|-----------8-7b(8)--8---|---------------------2-3---2-3| 
A|--2--/--7-------------7-|---------------------2-3---2-3| 
E|-0----------------------|-0---0---0-0---0-0---0-1---0-1| 
     slide.			 P.M.................                      
 
One guitar plays this riff alone TWICE. 
After the the drums & second guitar kicks in and play this riff one more time. 
 
After that: 
 
Main Riff Variation #1 
---------------------- 
                    	                     E5 G5 E5 G5 
E|------------------------|------------------------------| 
B|------------------------|------------------------------| 
G|------------------------|------------------------------| 
D|-----------8-7b(8)--8---|---------------------2-5---2-5| 
A|--2--/--7-------------7-|---------------------2-5---2-5| 
E|-0----------------------|-0---0---0-0---0-0---0-3---0-3| 
     slide.			 P.M.................                      
 
Main Riff Variation #2 
---------------------- 
                                               E5 A5 E5 A5 
E|------------------------|------------------------------| 
B|------------------------|------------------------------| 
G|------------------------|------------------------------| 
D|-----------8-7b(8)--8---|---------------------2-7---2-7| 
A|--2--/--7-------------7-|---------------------2-7---2-7| 
E|-0----------------------|-0---0---0-0---0-0---0-5---0-5| 
     slide.			 P.M.................                      
 
 
 
 
Main Riff Ending 
---------------- 
  E5                       Lots of G5      F#5        F5              
E|------------------------|--------------------------------| 
B|------------------------|--------------------------------| 
G|----------3--2-h3p2p0---|--------------------------------| 
D|2------2----------------|-6---6---6-6---6-4--4-4--4-4-3--| 
A|2---0-------------------|-6---6---6-6---6-4--4-4--4-4-3--|     
E|0-----------------------|-3---3---3-3---3-2--2-2--2-2-1--| 
 
 
Verse 
----- 
The verse is devided in to 2 "sections". 
The first is exactly like the endings to the Second Main Riff... 
 
Part 1: 
------- 
                     E5 F5 E5 F5                    E5 G5 E5 G5 
E|------------------------------------------------------------| 
B|------------------------------------------------------------| 
G|------------------------------------------------------------| 
D|--------------------2-3---2-3----------------------2-5---2-5-| 
A|--------------------2-3---2-3----------------------2-5---2-5-| 
E|-0---0---0-0---0-0--0-1---0-1---0---0---0-0---0-0--0-3---0-3-| 
PM..................              ................. 
 
   "Sus - pi - cion  is  your name...Your hon - es - ty to blame" 
   "Whitch  hunt mo-de-rn  day..." 
 
 
                     E5 F5 E5 F5                  G5  F#5 F5 
E|------------------------------------------------------------| 
B|------------------------------------------------------------| 
G|------------------------------------------------------------| 
D|--------------------2-3---2-3-------------------5---4---3---| 
A|--------------------2-3---2-3-------------------5---4---3---|     
E|-0---0---0-0---0-0--0-1---0-1---0---0---0-0---0-3---2---1---| 
PM..................              ................        
 
  " Put  di- gni- ty   to  shame, dis- hon- our..."  
  " The bla-tant  dis- a -ray   , dis- fi- gure..." 
 
 
Repeat Once 
 
 
Part 2: 
------- 
 
This one is very similar to the first one. 
Just play it a bit higher up on the freet. 
 
                    F#5 G5 F#5 G5                  F#5 A5 F#5 A5 
E|--------------------------------------------------------------| 
B|--------------------------------------------------------------| 
G|--------------------------------------------------------------| 
D|--------------------4-6---4-6----------------------4-7---4--7-| 
A|--------------------4-6---4-6----------------------4-7---4--7-| 
E|-2---2---2-2---2-2--2-3---2-3---2---2---2-2---2-2--2-5---2--5-| 
PM..................              ................. 
 
  " The Pub - lic  eye dis- grace... 
  " Def -   en -  ing..." 
                      
                    F#5 G5 F#5 G5                A5  G#5 G5 
E|------------------------------------------------------------| 
B|------------------------------------------------------------| 
G|------------------------------------------------------------| 
D|--------------------4-6---4-6-------------------7---6---6---| 
A|--------------------4-6---4-6-------------------7---6---6---|     
E|-2---2---2-2---2-2--2-3---2-3---2---2---2-2---2-5---4---3---| 
PM..................              ................        
 
" Un - ending  pa- per - chase, Un- en-ding..."  
" Reck  -  on  -  ing,       This - ver- ti- go doth it to bring..." 
 
 
Repeat Once 
 
Play the Main Riff once. 
 
 
Pre-Chorous 
----------- 
 
  F#5                             E5   E5   F5   B5   C5 
E|------------|------------------|-----------------------------------------| 
H|------------|------------------|-----------------------------------------| 
G|-4--4--4--4-|------------------|-9---9--9/10---4/5--5--5-----------------| 
D|-4--4--4--4-|-2h3p2p0-2h3p2p0--|-9---9--9/10---4/5--5--5--2h3p2p0-2h3p2p0| 
A|-2--2--2--2-|------------------|-7---7--7/8----2/3--3--3-----------------| 
E|------------|------------------|-----------------------------------------| 
                                          sl    sl         hammer-ons, pulloffs 
 
   A5   A5 E5 F5  B5 G5 G5 G5 
E|---------------------------------------------| 
H|---------------------------------------------| 
G|---------------------------------------------| 
D|--7---7---9/10---4/5--5--5--2h3p2p0-2h3p2p0--| 
A|--7---7---9/10---4/5--5--5-------------------| 
E|--5---5---7/8----2/3--3--3-------------------| 
 
 
 
Play Chorous 
 
"Shortest Straw, challenge liberty..." 
"Donwed by law, live in infamy..." 
 
 
Chorous 
------- 
 
Play Chorous again. 
 
Pulled for you, Shortest Straw..." 
 
 
After the chorous ends play the entire Main Riff with all the Main Riff Variation  
and the Main Riff Ending. 
 
Play the entire Verse again, Main Riff, Pre-Chorous, Chorous and all that *** again. 
 
 
 
Interlude 
---------- 
 
The Interlude has two guitars in it playing simountaniously. 
 
 
Guitar 1: 
E|--------------------------|----------------------------| 
H|--------------------------|----------------------------| 
G|-----2-------3------2h3p2-|-----2-------3------2h3p2---| 
D|-2-------2-------2--------|-3-------3-------2----------| 
A|--------------------------|----------------------------| 
E|--------------------------|----------------------------| 
 
E|--------------------------|----------------------------| 
H|--------------------------|----------------------------| 
G|-----2---4---5---7---7--7-|-7----------------7---------| 
D|-4------------------------|-----5--4--5----------4-----| 
A|--------------------------|----------------------------| 
E|--------------------------|----------------------------| 
 
 
 
Guitar 2: 
Open Chords. 
 
  E5                         F5 
D|-2--------------(2)-------|-3---------------(3)--------| 
A|-2--------------(2)-------|-3---------------(3)--------| 
E|-0--------------(0)-------|-1---------------(1)--------| 
	    let ring	  	      let ring 
 
 
   D/F#5                     G5 
G|--1--------------(1)------|----------------------------| 
D|--3--------------(3)------|-5--------------(5)---------| 
A|--4--------------(4)------|-5--------------(5)---------| 
E|--1--------------(1)------|-3--------------(3)---------| 
 
 
Repeat Interclude Once 
 
 
The last time, Guitar 2 ends with: 
 
   F#5                        G5 
 
G|--1--------------(1)------|-------------------------| 
D|--3--------------(3)------|-5-------------5--4---3--| 
A|--4--------------(4)------|-5-------------5--4---3--| 
E|--1--------------(1)------|-3-------------3--2---1--| 
P.M                                         ........    
 
 
Guitar Solo 
----------- 
 
The other guitar plays Verse Riff. 
 
 
A|--9--/---5-----| 
      sl  
 
E|--------------------------------------------14--17p15p14-------12-15p14p12-| 
H|-------------------------------------/-14h15-------------15----------------| 
G|-{9}-/-\--/---\-----9--\--7---14-/-\------------------------16-------------| 
D|---------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
A|---------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
E|---------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
       Tremolo          sl         Tremlo 
 
E|-----------14-12--------------12-------------12--<7>-----------------------| 
H|-14p12h15---------15h13p12h13----15p13p12h13---------<7>-------------------| 
G|---------------------------------------------------------<7>-----<5><5><5>-| 
D|-------------------------------------------------------------<7>-<5><5><5>-| 
A|---------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
E|---------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
                                                    Harmonics     Harmonics 
 
E|-------12------------------------14p12h12------12--------------------------| 
H|-14b16-----15p12--------12h15p12-----------15------------12h15p12----------| 
G|------------------14b16----------------------------14b16-------------------| 
D|---------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
A|---------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
E|---------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
 
 
E|---------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
H|-14---12-------12----------------------------------------------------------| 
G|----------15------15p12h14------14p12--12h14p12----------1---2--{14}b{16}--| 
D|----------------------------14-----------------------14--------------------| 
A|---------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
E|---------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
                                                                  Harmonics 
 
E|---------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
H|---------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
G|-{11}b{12}-----------------------------------------------------------------| 
D|------------{13}b{14}-{12}b{13}-{11}b{12}----------------------------------| 
A|-------------------------------------------{13}b{14}--{12}b{13}--{11}b{12}-| 
E|---------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
                lots of Artificial Harmonics 
 
 
E|------------------| 
H|------------------| 
G|------------------| 
D|------------------| 
A|-{9}b{10}--12~~~--| 
E|------------------| 
                     
 
After that part, the second guitar plays a variation of the verse-riff. 
It goes like: 
 
                     E5 F5 E5 F5                    E5 G5 E5 G5 
                                                                
D|-2------------------2-3---2-3----------------------2-5---2-5-| 
A|-2------------------2-3---2-3----------------------2-5---2-5-| 
E|-0------------------0-1---0-1----------------------0-3---0-3-| 
   . 
 
                     E5 F5 E5 F5                  G5  F#5 F5 
                     
D|--------------------2-3---2-3-------------------5---4---3---| 
A|--------------------2-3---2-3-------------------5---4---3---|     
E|--------------------0-1---0-1-------------------3---2---1---| 
 
Repeat Once 
 
 
 
Back to the solo. 
 
 
E|-22p20p19---------20p19p17----------19----------------------------| 
H|----------22--22------------20--20-----22p20p19--22p20p19---------| 
G|----------------------------------------------------------20b21---| 
D|------------------------------------------------------------------| 
A|------------------------------------------------------------------| 
E|------------------------------------------------------------------| 
 
 
E|-----19-----------------------------------------------------------| 
H|-20------22p20p19-22p20p19-------20p19-----------19---------------| 
G|---------------------------21-21-------21p19--19----21p19------21-| 
D|-----------------------------------------------------------22-----| 
A|------------------------------------------------------------------| 
E|------------------------------------------------------------------| 
 
 
E|------------------------------------------------------------------| 
H|-20p19---------19p17------------17p15---------15p13p12------12----| 
G|--------21p19---------19p18p17---------17p16------------14--------| 
D|------------------------------------------------------------------| 
A|------------------------------------------------------------------| 
E|------------------------------------------------------------------| 
 
 
E|----------------------------|-------------------------------------| 
H|-17p12--15p12---------------|-------------------------------------| 
G|---------------14p12--14b16-|-- SHORT BREAK ----------------------| 
D|----------------------------|----------------------------------12-| 
A|----------------------------|------------------------------14-----| 
E|----------------------------|-------------------------------------| 
 
Easy climbing on the freet... 
 
E|-------------------------------------------------------------------| 
H|-------------------------------------------------------------------| 
G|-11------10------9------8-------7--------6--------5--------4-------| 
D|-----12------11-----10------9-------8--------7---------6--------5--| 
A|-------------------------------------------------------------------| 
E|-------------------------------------------------------------------| 
 
E|---------------------------------------------------------| 
H|---------------------------------------------------------| 
G|--3------3-------2------1-------2---0--------------------| 
D|-----4-------4------3-------2------------2---0----2------| 
A|---------------------------------------------------------| 
E|---------------------------------------------------------| 
 
 
Slowly rising. 
 
E|-----------------------------------7---------10---12-----/////12---| 
H|-------------------------------8--------11-------------------------| 
G|-----------------7---10----9---------------------------------------| 
D|---------9---8-----------------------------------------------------| 
A|-7--10-------------------------------------------------------------| 
E|-------------------------------------------------------------------| 
 
 
Hold... 
 
Guitar 2 plays this fast fill: 
 
              E5 F5 E5 F5    
                     
D|-------------5---4---3---| 
A|-------------5---4---3---|     
E|-------------3---2---1---| 
 
 
Part 3: (Guitar 2) 
------- 
This is a variation of the Interclude. It's played a bit higher. 
Guitar 2 plays open power chords, it goes like this: 
 
 
  F#5                        G5 
 
D|-4--------------(4)-------|-6---------------(6)--------| 
A|-4--------------(4)-------|-6---------------(6)--------| 
E|-2--------------(2)-------|-3---------------(3)--------| 
 
 
 E/G#5                       A5             A5  G#5 G5 
 
G|-4--------------(4)-------|----------------------------| 
D|-6--------------(6)-------|-7--------------7---6---5---| 
A|-7--------------(7)-------|-7--------------7---6---5---| 
E|-4--------------(4)-------|-5--------------5---4---3---| 
 
Repeat Once. 
 
 
Solo Guitar goes: 
 
E|-9p6---9p6---9p6-9p6---9p6----9p6-|-10p7---10p7---10p7-10p7---10p7---10p7-| 
B|-----7-----7---------7------7-----|------8------8-----------8------8------| 
G|----------------------------------|---------------------------------------| 
D|----------------------------------|---------------------------------------| 
A|----------------------------------|---------------------------------------| 
E|----------------------------------|---------------------------------------| 
 
 
E|-12p7---12p7---12p7-12p7---12p7---12p7-|-12p9---12p9---12p9-12p9---12p9---12p9-| 
B|------9------8-----------9------8------|------8------8-----------8------8------| 
G|---------------------------------------|---------------------------------------| 
D|---------------------------------------|---------------------------------------| 
A|---------------------------------------|---------------------------------------| 
E|---------------------------------------|---------------------------------------| 
 
 
Interlude #2 (Solo Guitar) 
------------ 
 
E|--------------------------|----------------------------| 
H|--------------------------|----------------------------| 
G|-----4-------5------4h5p4-|-----4-------5------4h5p4---| 
D|-4-------4-------4--------|-5-------5-------5----------| 
A|--------------------------|----------------------------| 
E|--------------------------|----------------------------| 
 
 
E|--------------------------|----------------------------| 
H|--------------------------|----------------------------| 
G|-----4---6---7---9---9--9-|-9--------------------------| 
D|-6------------------------|-----7--6--7---6---6--------| 
A|--------------------------|-----------7---6---6--------| 
E|--------------------------|-----------5---4---3--------| 
 
 
End Solo Fill 
------------- 
 
 
D|-4-/-3-------2---| 
A|-4-/-3-------2---| 
E|-2-/-1-------0---| 
PM  sl         . 
 
 
 
Here goes the the Chorous again. 
Play the Main riff TWICE 
 
Solo 2 
------ 
 
A rather short solo... 
Use wah-wah. 
 
The other guitar plays Chorous-Riff. 
 
E|------------------------------------------------------------------| 
B|-17b19~~~~--------------------------------------17b20---17b19-----| 
G|-17b19~~~~----------17b19-r17-p-15-17p15--------------------------| 
D|------------------------------------------------------------------| 
A|------------------------------------------------------------------| 
E|------------------------------------------------------------------| 
 
 
E|--------------------------18b20---------18--17--15------15--18b20-| 
B|--17b20-r-17p15---17b18-----------------------------18------------| 
G|------------------17b19-------------------------------------------| 
D|------------------------------------------------------------------| 
A|------------------------------------------------------------------| 
E|------------------------------------------------------------------| 
 
 
E|----18p15------------15h18p15-------------------------------------| 
B|-20--------18p15h18------------18p15--------15-15-18p15-----------| 
G|--------------------------------------17b19-------------17--15--15| 
D|------------------------------------------------------------------| 
A|------------------------------------------------------------------| 
E|------------------------------------------------------------------| 
 
 
E|------------------------------------------------------------------| 
B|-17b18----15---17--17---15------15---17--17p15-----15-------------| 
G|-17b19----15---17--17---15------15---17--17p15-----15-------------| 
D|----------------------------17-----------------17------17---15-17~| 
A|------------------------------------------------------------------| 
E|------------------------------------------------------------------| 
 
Then rapidly go to verse. 
Then Main Riff, Pre-Chorous. 
Then skip Chorous and play this instead: 
 
      E5                     F5 F5 E5 
E|------------------------------------| 
B|------------------------------------| 
G|------------------------------------| 
D|-----2----------------------3--3--2-| 
A|-----2----------------------3--3--2-|       
E|-0-1-0----0---0---0-0-0---0-1--1--0-| 
PM ...      ................. 
                      "Pulled for you!" 
 
 
 
Finally, play this: 
 
                     E5 F5 E5 F5                    E5 F5 E5 F5 
E|--------------------------------------------------------------| 
B|--------------------------------------------------------------| 
G|--------------------------------------------------------------|  
D|--------------------2-3---2-3----------------------2-3---2--3-| 
A|--------------------2-3---2-3----------------------2-3---2--3-| 
E|-0---0---0-0---0-0--0-1---0-1---0---0---0-0---0-0--0-1---0--1-| 
PM..................             .................. 
 
 
Then go to the Interlude. 
 
 
Ending 
------ 
At last: 
                     E5 F5 E5 F5                    E5  E5    
E|------------------------------------------------------------| 
B|------------------------------------------------------------| 
G|------------------------------------------------------------|  
D|--------------------2-3---2-3---2-----------------2---2-----| 
A|--------------------2-3---2-3---2-----------------2---2-----| 
E|-0---0---0-0---0-0--0-1---0-1---0-----------------0---0-----| 
PM..................              . 
 
 

	  

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