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The Jam tabs for Thick as thieves

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			     THICK AS THIEVES - The Jam
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Tuning: Standard
(There are various versions of this song, and Riffs 1 & 2 are
somewhat interchangeable, but I'm gonna write it how I learned it)
Also, some of the measures below are different lengths, please
ignore that point.  The whole song is in 4/4 time, and I simply
made some measures shorter or longer to accomodate the space
needed.  Note that the '|' indicates the end of a measure.


Riff 1: (Palm Muted)

e|------------------|--2--2--2------|
A chord diagramBB|-2--2--2--0--0--0-|--0--0--0--0--2|
A chord diagramG+G|-2--2--2--2--2--2-|--2--2--2--2--2|
A chord diagramD MajorD|-2--2--2--2--2--2-|-----------2--2|
A chord diagramA augmentedA|------------------|---------------|
A chord diagramE MajorE|------------------|---------------|


Riff 2: (Palm Muted)

e|------------------|----------------|
A chord diagramBB|-2--0--2--0--2--2-|--2--2--2--0--2-|
A chord diagramG+G|-2--2--2--2--2--2-|--2--2--2--2--2-|
A chord diagramD MajorD|-2--2--2--2--2--2-|--2--2--2--2--2-|
A chord diagramA augmentedA|------------------|----------------|
A chord diagramE MajorE|------------------|----------------|


Riff 3:

   A chord diagramA augmentedA
e|-----------------|
A chord diagramBB|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-|
A chord diagramG+G|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-|
A chord diagramD MajorD|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-|
A chord diagramA augmentedA|-----------------|
A chord diagramE MajorE|-----------------|


Riff 4: (just basically alternating A chord diagramA augmentedA and A chord diagramE MajorE chords...let each
one ring for the entire measure)

   A chord diagramA augmentedA               A chord diagramE MajorE
e|-0-------------|---------------|
A chord diagramBB|-2-------------|---------------|
A chord diagramG+G|-2-------------|-1-------------|
A chord diagramD MajorD|-2-------------|-2-------------|
A chord diagramA augmentedA|-0-------------|-2-------------|
A chord diagramE MajorE|---------------|-0-------------|


Riff 5: (just stringing some chords together)

^ = upstroke

  A chord diagramF# minorF#m             A chord diagramB minorBm
e|---------------|---------------|
A chord diagramBB|---------------|---------------|
A chord diagramG+G|---------------|---------------|
A chord diagramD MajorD|---------------|---------------|
A chord diagramA augmentedA|---------------|---------------|
A chord diagramE MajorE|---------------|---------------|

  A chord diagramG# minorG#m    ^        A chord diagramE MajorE     ^         A chord diagramE MajorE    ^
e|-4-----4-------|-0----0-------|-0----0---------|
A chord diagramBB|-4-----4-------|-0----0-------|-0----0---------|
A chord diagramG+G|-4-------------|-1------------|-0--------------|
A chord diagramD MajorD|-6-------------|-2------------|-1--------------|
A chord diagramA augmentedA|-6-------------|-2------------|-2--------------|
A chord diagramE MajorE|-4-------------|-0------------|-0--------------|

  A chord diagramE MajorE                 A chord diagramE MajorE
e|-----------------|-----------------|
A chord diagramBB|-----------------|-----------------|
A chord diagramG+G|-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-|-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-|
A chord diagramD MajorD|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-|
A chord diagramA augmentedA|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-|
A chord diagramE MajorE|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|


Riff 6: (another string of chords)


^ = upstroke

  A chord diagramF# minorF#m             A chord diagramG# minorG#m
e|---------------|---------------|
A chord diagramBB|---------------|---------------|
A chord diagramG+G|---------------|---------------|
A chord diagramD MajorD|---------------|---------------|
A chord diagramA augmentedA|---------------|---------------|
A chord diagramE MajorE|---------------|---------------|

   A chord diagramA augmentedA     ^         A chord diagramBB    ^         A chord diagramBB    ^
e|-5-----5-------|-7----7-------|-7----7---------|
A chord diagramBB|-5-----5-------|-7----7-------|-7----7---------|
A chord diagramG+G|-6-------------|-8------------|-8--------------|
A chord diagramD MajorD|-7-------------|-9------------|-9--------------|
A chord diagramA augmentedA|-7-------------|-9------------|-9--------------|
A chord diagramE MajorE|-5-------------|-7------------|-7--------------|


Riff 7: (more chords)

  A chord diagramC# minorC#m           A chord diagramA augmentedA  A chord diagramA augmentedA  A chord diagramBB       A chord diagramC# minorC#m           A chord diagramE MajorE  A chord diagramE MajorE  A chord diagramBB
e|-------------|-------------|-------------|-------------|
A chord diagramBB|-------------|-------------|-------------|-------------|
A chord diagramG+G|-------------|-------------|-------------|-------------|
A chord diagramD MajorD|-------------|-------------|-------------|-------------|
A chord diagramA augmentedA|-------------|-------------|-------------|-------------|
A chord diagramE MajorE|-------------|-------------|-------------|-------------|

  A chord diagramC# minorC#m           A chord diagramA augmentedA             A chord diagramBB             A chord diagramBB
e|-------------|-------------|-------------|-------------|
A chord diagramBB|-------------|-------------|-------------|-------------|
A chord diagramG+G|-------------|-------------|-------------|-------------|
A chord diagramD MajorD|-------------|-------------|-------------|-------------|
A chord diagramA augmentedA|-------------|-------------|-------------|-------------|
A chord diagramE MajorE|-------------|-------------|-------------|-------------|

  A chord diagramG# minorG#m
e|-----------------|-----------------|
A chord diagramBB|-----------------|-----------------|
A chord diagramG+G|-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-|-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-|
A chord diagramD MajorD|-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-|-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-|
A chord diagramA augmentedA|-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-|-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-|
A chord diagramE MajorE|-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-|-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-|



Intro:


Riff 1: x4

Riff 3: x2


Verse 1:

Riff 2

Riff 1

Riff 2

Riff 5


verse 2:

Riff 2

Riff 1

Riff 2

Riff 5


Chorus 1:

Riff 4 (4x)

Riff 6

Riff 1 (2x)

Riff 7

Musical Break:


Riff 1: x3

Riff 5: (you can use the fill below over the A chord diagramG# minorG#m chord)

Fill 1:
  A chord diagramG# minorG#m
e|---------0-----|
A chord diagramBB|-------4---4---|
A chord diagramG+G|-----5---------|
A chord diagramD MajorD|---6-----------|
A chord diagramA augmentedA|---------------|
A chord diagramE MajorE|---------------|


Chorus 2 ['We stole the love from young girls...'] :

Riff 4 (4x)

Riff 6

Riff 7


verse 3:

Riff 2

Riff 1

Riff 2

Riff 5


Chorus 3: [The Ending]

Riff 4 (12x)  [start hardly playing it at all, then get louder!]

Riff 6

then end on E,E,E,E,E,E,A...

below are the lyrics and the riffs above about where they
go.  I didn't have the patience to do the whole song this way.
Besides, I gave you the whole song above, so work with that.



Riff 2                                            Riff 1
Times were so tough, but not as tough as they are now,

Riff 2                                    A chord diagramF# minorF#m
We were so close and nothing came between us
        A chord diagramB minorBm     A chord diagramG# minorG#m         A chord diagramE MajorE
and the world -No personal situations.


Riff 2                                           Riff 1
Thick as thieves us, we'd stick together for all time,

Riff 2                                         A chord diagramF# minorF#m
And we meant it but it turns out just for a while,
   A chord diagramB minorBm           A chord diagramG# minorG#m                     A chord diagramE MajorE
We stole - the friendship that bound us together -

A chord diagramA augmentedA                                   A chord diagramE MajorE
We stole from the schools and their libraries,
A chord diagramA augmentedA                                 A chord diagramE MajorE
We stole from the drugs that sent us to sleep,
A chord diagramA augmentedA                            A chord diagramE MajorE
We stole from the drink that made us sick,
A chord diagramA augmentedA                      A chord diagramE MajorE
We stole anything that we couldn't keep,
A chord diagramF# minorF#m                 A chord diagramG# minorG#m                     A chord diagramA augmentedA
And it was enough - we didn't have to spoil anything,
A chord diagramBB             A chord diagramBB
And always be as thick as thieves.


Riff 1: x2

A chord diagramC# minorC#m             A chord diagramA augmentedA A chord diagramA augmentedA A chord diagramBB     A chord diagramC# minorC#m            A chord diagramE MajorE A chord diagramE MajorE A chord diagramBB
Like a perfect stranger - you came into my life,
A chord diagramC# minorC#m                   A chord diagramA augmentedA             A chord diagramBB               A chord diagramBB
Then like the perfect lone ranger - you rode away - rode away,
A chord diagramG# minorG#m         A chord diagramG# minorG#m
Rode away - rode away.


A chord diagramA augmentedA                                     A chord diagramE MajorE
We stole the love from young girls in ivory towers,
A chord diagramA augmentedA                          A chord diagramE MajorE
We stole autumn leaves and summer showers,
A chord diagramA augmentedA                         A chord diagramE MajorE
We stole the silent wind that says you are free,
A chord diagramA augmentedA                        A chord diagramE MajorE
We stole everything that we could see,
A chord diagramF# minorF#m                    A chord diagramG# minorG#m                            A chord diagramA augmentedA
But it wasn't enough - and now we've gone and spoiled everthing,
A chord diagramBB                      A chord diagramBB
Now we're no longer as thick as thieves.

You came into my life -
Then like a perfect stranger you walked away - walked away -
Walked away - walked away.

Thick as thieves us - we'd stick together for all time,
And we meant it but it turns out just for awhile,
We stole the friendship that bound us together.

We stole the burning sun in the open sky,
We stole the twinkling stars in the black night,
We stole the green belt fields that made us believe,
We stole everything that we could see.

But something came along that changes our minds,
I don't know what and I don't know why,
But we seemed to grow up in a flash of time,
While we watched our ideals helplessly unwind.

No - we're no longer as thick as thieves - no,
We're not as thick as we used to be - no,
We're no longer as thick as thieves - no,
We're not as thick as we used to be -

No it wasn't enough - and we've gone and spoiled everything
Now we're no longer as thick as thieves.


Great song, without too much structure, give it a shot...
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