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House Son tabs for Death letter

Guitar tabs with lyrics

Death Letter

written by Eddie Son House
from Son House album The Original Delta Blues
tabbed by Adrian Dumchus (dumchusa@hotmail.com)

played in Open A chord diagramG+G (A chord diagramD MajorD A chord diagramG+G A chord diagramD MajorD A chord diagramG+G A chord diagramBB A chord diagramD MajorD from low to high)

V - loud percussive down stroke with fingernails or thumb (rattle the string)
v - down stroke with thumb
^ - up stroke with index and/or middle finger
x - mute string
b - bend
~ - vibrato
T - thumb (on fretting hand)

play fretted notes inside (* *) with a slide
This should give you a basic idea of how the song is played. The strummed
parts don't always have to be exact as far as what strings to hit since
they're
not always the same on the album, just stay close to the strings that are
written.
I also put in some of the picking pattern (up/down stroke) to give an idea
of how he creates the rhythym - he uses a very loud/aggressive playing style
with a lot of banging on the guitar with the thumb (usually for when the
lowest
A chord diagramD MajorD string is hit alone) or fingernails (when more than one note is hit) which
I
tried to show with the capital V's.


Intro:
(play the intro 3 times, playing it faster each time)

      (*         *)

    V ^ ^   ^ ^    v ^
D-|-----------3/5~-----|
B-|---------0--------0-|
G-|-----2/3-0--------0-|  play 3x
D-|---0-2/3--------0---|
G-|---0------------0---|
D-|-3------------------|
    T

1st verse:
                          v ^ v   v ^   V ^ V ^   ^ V     ^ V ^   ^ V ^ V
D-|---8-8-8-8-8-5h8-|-----0-0-0---0-0-|-----3-------3---|---3-------3---0-|
B-|-------------0---|-----0-0-0---0-0-|-----3-------3---|---3-------3---0-|
G-|-------------0---|---3-3-3-0---0-3-|-3b3b3b3b--3b3b--|---0-------0-3-0-|
D-|-0-------0---0---|-----0-0-0---0-0-|-0-0---0---0-0---|-0---0---0---0-0-|
G-|-0-------0---0---|-0---------------|-0-----------0---|-0---0---0---0-0-|
D-|-----x-----------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
        T
    I got a letter this morning ...                   ... the girl you ...
is dead

                                           (*        *)       (*         *)
    V V ^ v ^ v ^ v   V V ^ v ^ v ^ v   ^ v ^   ^ ^       ^ V   ^   ^ ^
D-|-----5---8-----0-|-----5---8-----5-|-0-0-------3/5~--|-------------3/5~|
B-|---5---------5-0-|---5---------5-5-|-0-0-----0-------|-----------0-----|
G-|---5---5---5-5-0-|---5---5---5-5-5-|-0-0-2/3-0-------|-0-----2/3-0-----|
D-|/5-5---5---5-5-0-|/5-5---5---5-5-5-|-0-0-2/3---------|-0---0-2/3-------|
G-|/5-5---5---5---0-|/5-5---5---5---5-|-0-0-------------|-0---0-----------|
D-|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|---3-------------|
                                                            T
    I got a letter this morning ...

                                           (*        *)       (*         *)
    V V ^ v ^ v ^ v   V V ^ v ^ v ^ v   ^ v ^   ^ ^       ^ V   ^   ^ ^
D-|-----7---10----7-|-----5---8-----5-|-0-0-------3/5~--|-------------3/5~|
B-|---7---------7-7-|---5---------5-5-|-0-0-----0-------|-----------0-----|
G-|---7---7---7-7-7-|---5---5---5-5-5-|-0-0-2/3-0-------|-0-----2/3-0-----|
D-|/7-7---7---7-7-7-|/5-5---5---5-5-5-|-0-0-2/3---------|-0---0-2/3-------|
G-|/7-7---7---7---7-|/5-5---5---5---5-|-0-0-------------|-0---0-----------|
D-|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|---3-------------|
                                                            T
                   ...the girl ...


the rest of the verses:

    v ^ v ^   ^ v V   v ^ v ^   ^ v V   v ^ v ^   ^ v V   v ^ v ^    ^ v
D-|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
B-|-------------0---|-0-----------0---|-0-----------0---|-0------------0--|
G-|---3b--3b--3b0---|-0-3b--3b--3b0---|-0-3b--3b--3b0---|-0-3b--3b---3b0--|
D-|---0---0---0-0---|-0-0---0---0-0---|-0-0---0---0-0---|-0-0---0----0-0--|
G-|-0---0-------0---|-0---0-------0---|-0---0-------0---|-0---0--------0--|
D-|---------------3-|---------------3-|---------------3-|-----------------|
                  T                 T                 T
    Well I grabbed up my suitcase...                   ...on the ...


                                           (*        *)       (*         *)
    V V ^ v ^ v ^ v   V V ^ v ^ v ^ v   ^ v ^   ^ ^       ^ V   ^   ^ ^
D-|-----5---8-----0-|-----5---8-----5-|-0-0-------3/5~--|-------------3/5~|
B-|---5---------5-0-|---5---------5-5-|-0-0-----0-------|-----------0-----|
G-|---5---5---5-5-0-|---5---5---5-5-5-|-0-0-2/3-0-------|-0-----2/3-0-----|
D-|/5-5---5---5-5-0-|/5-5---5---5-5-5-|-0-0-2/3---------|-0---0-2/3-------|
G-|/5-5---5---5---0-|/5-5---5---5---5-|-0-0-------------|-0---0-----------|
D-|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|---3-------------|
                                                            T
    Well I grabbed up my suitcase...


                                            (*        *)       (*         *)
    V V ^ v ^ v ^ v   V V ^ v ^ v ^ v   ^ v ^   ^ ^       ^ V   ^   ^ ^
D-|-----7---10----7-|-----5---8-----5-|-0-0-------3/5~--|-------------3/5~|
B-|---7---------7-7-|---5---------5-5-|-0-0-----0-------|-----------0-----|
G-|---7---7---7-7-7-|---5---5---5-5-5-|-0-0-2/3-0-------|-0-----2/3-0-----|
D-|/7-7---7---7-7-7-|/5-5---5---5-5-5-|-0-0-2/3---------|-0---0-2/3-------|
G-|/7-7---7---7---7-|/5-5---5---5---5-|-0-0-------------|-0---0-----------|
D-|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|---3-------------|
                                                            T
                   ...on the ...


Ending:

    v ^ v ^   ^ ^ ^ v   ^   ^
D-|-5-5-5-5---3-2-0-0---2---3-|
B-|-0-0-0-0---0-0---0---------|
G-|-0-0-0-0---------0---------|
D-|-0-0-0-0---------0---------|
G-|-0-0-0-0---------0---------|
D-|---------------------------|

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