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"BALL AND CHAIN" Social Distortion

As heard on SocialDistortion(EPIC)
Words and Music by MichaelNess • Transcribed by Jeff Perrin

Well it's been ten years and a thousand tears and look at the mess I'm in You can run all your li fe but not go anywhere
A broken nose and a broken heart, an empty bottle of gin
Well I sit and I pray in my broken-down Chevrolet 2nd chorus:
Whi le I'm singin' to myself ther e·s got to be another way Take away, take away, take away this ball and chain
Well I'm sick and I'm tired and I can't take any more pain
1st chorus: Take away, take away, never to return again
Take away, take away, take away this ball and chain Take away, take away, take away. take away th is ball and chain
Well I'm lonely and I'm tired and I can't take any more pain
Take away, take away, never to return again Well I'll pass the bar on the way to my dingy hotel room
Take away, take away, take away, take away this ball and chain I spent all my money, I been drink in' since a half past noon
Well I'll wake there in the mornin' or maybe in t he county ja il
Well I've searched and I've searched to f ind the perfect life Times are hard, gettin g harder, I'm born to lose and destined to fail
A brand new car and a brand new suit, I even got me a little wife
But wherever I have gone I was sure to find myself there 1st chorus

All guitars are tuned down one half step (low to high: E b A b D b Gb Bb Eb).
Bass tuning (low to high): Eb Ab D b Gb.
All notes and chords sound one half step lower than written (key of Db).

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O Dv A AS G GS Dsus2

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d 5fr
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134 2 34 13
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D A G D
end Rhy. Fig. 1
Gtr. 1
(acous.)

D A GS D

Grr.4 plays Fill 1 (see next page )

5 e11dRiiy . Fig. 2

B ass end Bass Fig. J


Bass Fig. I

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I L......J I I I I

[ID1st and 2nd Guitar Solos (0:15,3:18)


D A G D
Gtr. J plays Rhy. Fig. I four times simile (see meas. 1J
Gtr. 2 plays Rhy. Fig. la four times simile (see meas. 1J
Gtr. 3 plays Rhy. Fig. 2 four rimes simile (see meas. 5)
9 Gtr. 4 (play simil e 2nd time) r, ,

Bass plays Bass Fig. 1 four times simile (see meas. 5) 3


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"BALLAND CHAIN"
13 A G D

3 3

17 A G D
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-- -- -- - --1---,.-=-~ -~-=-..-- -A,- 10

1. Well It's
3. Well I passed
A G D
21 Gtr. 4 subs titutes Fill 3 s econd time (see below) (let ring illlo next meas.)

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lg Verse (0:43,2:01, 3:46)

(1.) been ten years...


(2.) and I searched
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(3 .) the bar on the way.. .
D A GS D Dsus2
Gtr. I plays Rlty. Fig. I f our times simile (see meas. I)
Grr. 2 p lays Rlty. Fig. la/ our times simile (see meas . I)
Gtr. 3
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Fill I (0:11,3:14)
Fi/13 (3:41)
Gtr. 4 (elec. w/dist.)
GS D Gtr. 4 A G D
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--~10A-10 -10A-10 --,,,=..-- 10 10A- 10
----+-1012 ·10-10 12 ·10-10 ·12 ·10 ·1012 ·10

Bass Fill I (0:57, 2:15, 4:00)


D A G D

2
"BALL AND CHAIN"
Takeaway

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[IDC h orus (1:12,2:29,4:15)
take away take away this ball and chain. . .
D A GS D Dsus2
Gtr. I plays Rhy. Fig. I three times simile (see meas . I )

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41 Gtr. 2 plays Rhy. Fig. la three times simile (see meas . 1) (play 3 times)

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Bass pla ys Bass Fig. 1 three times (see meas. 5)
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GlrS. I and 3
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lli] Interlude (1:46,3:04, 4:49)
chain. . .
D A GS D
Gtr. 1 play s Rhy . Fig. 1 twice simile (see meas . 1)
Gtr. 2 plays Rhy. Fig. la twice simile (J·ee meas. 1)
49 Gtr. 3

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a ( /st time) go back to verse
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2. WellI've searched
Gtr. 4 plays Fill 2first time
53 (repeat previous four measures ) 4: Gtr. 4 plays Fill 1 second time Gtr. 4 plays Fill 4 third time

Fill 2 (1:57) Fil/4 (5:02)


GS D
Gtr. 4 Gtr. 4 D

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"BALLAND CHAIN"
[!] Outro Guitar .Solo (5:04)
D A G D
Gtr. J p/ays Rhy. Fig. 1 threetimessimile (seemeas. I)
Gtr. 2 plays Rhy. Fig. la three times simile (see meas. I)
Gtr. 3 plays Rhy. Fig. 2 three times simile (see meas. 5)
57 Gtr. 4 , · ·,
10 10(10 *
10 10 ·12 ·10 10 10 ·12

3 3 3 3 3 •repeat pr evious beat


Bass plays Bass Fig. I three times (see meas. 5)

3 3 3 3 3

A G D

3 3

Freely
A G
Gtrs. I and 3 play Rhy. Fig. 3 (see meas. 45)
Gtr. 2 plays Rhy. Fig. 3a (see meas. 45)
69 full full full full full full
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12 12 10
12 10 - 10 - 12
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3 3
Bass plays Bass Fig. 2 (see meas. 45)

(5:35)
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GtrS. I. 3 and 4
73 tremolostrum
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