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John Mellencamp tabs for Jack and diane

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Jack and Diane
John Mellencamp
Thanks to Stuart Hamilton down under for reminding me what at great
guitar song this is.  It's pretty simple, but very tasty - one of
my all-time favorites.  I play it on solo acoustic, but, of course,
to do it right, you need an electric too.

I'm using his post as a guide since it contains the words and chords. I
hope everyone that was interested got a copy of it.

Everything here was taken from the record by ear so I'm sure it's
no exact...but it's real close.  The main difference between this
and Stuart's are the chord formations.  I tried to represent the timing
accurately, but there are limitations here (both in the idiom and the
time I have to spend on it).  You can get an idea by counting the '-'s,
but some of it wasn't cleanly on the beat.  Playing along with the song
is the only way to get it perfect.

Power intro (distorted electric guitar)
  A chord diagramA augmentedA       A chord diagramE MajorE   A chord diagramA augmentedA A chord diagramE MajorE A chord diagramD MajorD
E:5-------4---5-4-2-------------------------------------------------------
B:5-------5---5-5-3-------------------------------------------------------
G:6-------4---6-4-2-------------------------------------------------------
D:7-------6---7-6-0--00---00--00--play 3 times----------------------------
A:0-------0---0-0-0-------------------------------------------------------
E:------------------------------------------------------------------------

(I don't hear the hammer-ons (hammer's on ) Stuart posted here.  I think
the acoustic is just hitting powerful A chord diagramD MajorD notes here.  The timing varies a
little with each one - you'll have to listen and mimic for yourself)

Power ending (distorted electric guitar)
  A chord diagramA augmentedA  A chord diagramE MajorE  A chord diagramE MajorE A chord diagramA augmentedA  EA A chord diagramE MajorE A chord diagramD MajorD
E:5--4--4-5--45-4-2-------------------------------------------------------
B:5--5--5-5--55-5-3-------------------------------------------------------
G:6--4--4-6--46-4-2-------------------------------------------------------
D:7--6--6-7--67-6-0--00---00-0000-repeat and fade-------------------------
A:0--0--0-0--00-0-0-------------------------------------------------------
E:------------------------------------------------------------------------



Verse (Little ditty...)
Play the A chord diagramE MajorE and A chord diagramD MajorD with the index finger barring the highest three strings.

  A chord diagramA augmentedA  A chord diagramE MajorE    A chord diagramD MajorD  A chord diagramE MajorE AE A chord diagramA augmentedA  A chord diagramE MajorE    A chord diagramD MajorD A chord diagramE MajorE A chord diagramA augmentedA
E:5754-44-2-24-54-5754-44-2-4-5-55----------------------------------------
B:5--5-55-3-35-55-5--5-55-3-5-5-55----------------------------------------
G:6--4-44-2-24-64-6--4-44-2-4-6-66------repeat----------------------------
D:7--6-66-4-46-76-7--6-66-4-6-7-77----------------------------------------
A:------------------------------------------------------------------------
E:------------------------------------------------------------------------


Chorus (Oh yeah life goes on...)
  A chord diagramA augmentedA  A chord diagramE MajorE    A chord diagramD MajorD  A chord diagramE MajorE    A chord diagramA augmentedA  A chord diagramE MajorE    A chord diagramD MajorD   A chord diagramE MajorE
E:5754-44-2-24-44-5754-44-2-2-4-44----------------------------------------
B:5--5-55-3-35-55-5--5-55-3-3-5-55----------------------------------------
G:6--4-44-2-24-44-6--4-44-2-2-4-44----------------------------------------
D:7--6-66-4-46-66-7--6-66-4-4-6-66----------------------------------------
A:------------------------------------------------------------------------
E:------------------------------------------------------------------------

  A chord diagramA augmentedA  A chord diagramE MajorE    A chord diagramD MajorD  A chord diagramE MajorE    A chord diagramA augmentedA  A chord diagramE MajorE    A chord diagramD MajorD   A chord diagramE MajorE
E:5754-44-2-24-44-5754-44-2-4-5-55----------------------------------------
B:5--5-55-3-35-55-5--5-55-3-5-5-55----------------------------------------
G:6--4-44-2-24-44-6--4-44-2-4-6-66----------------------------------------
D:7--6-66-4-46-66-7--6-66-4-6-7-77----------------------------------------
A:------------------------------------------------------------------------
E:------------------------------------------------------------------------


Cool interlude:  This is the best part of the song...Stuart calls the A chord diagramD MajorD
an Asus4.  His are good chords, but I think they are played up the neck.
Barre the A chord diagramA augmentedA with your index finger.  The A chord diagramD MajorD and A chord diagramA augmentedA use the same barre -
don't move your index finger between A chord diagramA augmentedA and D.  The A chord diagramE MajorE is the same formation
as the D.  Slide up to the A chord diagramE MajorE the first time.  Neither A chord diagramE MajorE string is played
here.  Also, the consecutive D's are damped, that is, let up on the left
hand pressure after hitting the chords.  They also are slightly
off the beat - you'll just have to listen to the record.
  ADAE    A chord diagramD MajorD  A chord diagramE MajorE    ADAE    A chord diagramD MajorD   A chord diagramA augmentedA
E:------------------------------------------------------------------------
B:2325-55-3-35-75-2325-55-3-3-2-------------------------------------------
G:2224-44-2-24-44-2224-44-2-2-2-------------------------------------------
D:2426-66-4-46-66-2426-66-4-4-2-------------------------------------------
A:0000-00-0-00-00-0000-00-0-0-0-------------------------------------------
E:------------------------------------------------------------------------


Well, I've spent too much time on this already.  I think with this
and the previous post (and the record) most people should be able
to impress their friends with this song.

good luck,
Dave
The last person left on earth with no CD player.


SONG           : Jack and Diane
ARTIST         : John Cougar Mellencamp
ALBUM          : American Fool (Track 2)
TRANSCRIBED BY : Mike Cole (mcole@sedona.intel.com)


SONG STRUCTURE


GUITAR   GUITAR PART    REPEAT    LYRICS AT START
------   -----------    ------    ---------------
I        Riff    1a       3x
II       Rhythmn 1a       2x      Little ditti about Jack...
III      Rhythmn 2        1x
II       Rhythmn 1a       2x      Suckin' on a chili dog...
II       Rhythmn 1b       1x      Oh yeah, life goes on...
I        Riff    1a       2x
II       Rhythmn 1a       2x      Jackie sits back; collects...
II       Rhythmn 1b       1x
         Tacit
III      Rhythmn 2        1x
II       Rhythmn 1b       1x      Oh yeah, life goes on...
II       Fill    1        1x      Little ditti about Jack...
I        Riff    1b       4x


Let all chords ring, unless noted.


GUITAR I
--------

Distorted electric guitar.


Riff 1a:

     A chord diagramA augmentedA                         E/A          A chord diagramA augmentedA    E/A       A chord diagramD MajorD
e-|--------------------------|--------------------------|-----|-----|
B-|-10-----------------------|--9----------10-----9-----|--7--|-----|
G-|--9-----------------------|--9-----------9-----9-----|--7--|-----|
D-|-11-----------------------|--9----------11-----9-----|--7--|-----|
A-|--0-----------------------|--0-----------0-----0-----|--0--|-----|
E-|--------------------------|--------------------------|-----|-----|
                                                           *


Riff 1b:

     A chord diagramA augmentedA       E/A                A chord diagramA augmentedA       E/A    A chord diagramA augmentedA    E/A       A chord diagramD MajorD
e-|--------------------------|--------------------------|--------|-----|
B-|-10--------9--------9-----|-10--------9----10-----9--|-(9)-7--|-----|
G-|--9--------9--------9-----|--9--------9-----9-----9--|-(9)-7--|-----|
D-|-11--------9--------9-----|-11--------9----11-----9--|-(9)-7--|-----|
A-|--0--------0--------0-----|--0--------0-----0-----0--|-(0)-0--|-----|
E-|--------------------------|--------------------------|--------|-----|
                                                              *

* = Deaden after 1 beat


GUITAR II
---------

This is an acoustic guitar capoed at the 2nd fret.  A chord diagramA augmentedA good clue for
figuring this out is the recognizable D-Dsus4-D chord progression,
which happens to be a whole-tone sharp.  As usual for capoed guitar
parts, I have given fret numbers relative to the capo and named chords
as if they were being played in standard tuning.


Rhythmn 1a:

     A chord diagramG+G        A chord diagramD MajorD  A chord diagramDsus4Dsus4 A chord diagramD MajorD        A chord diagramC majorC           A chord diagramD MajorD  A chord diagramDsus4Dsus4 A chord diagramD MajorD
f#|--3--3--3--2-----3--2-----|--0-----0-----2-----3--2--|
A chord diagramC#C#|--3--3--3--3-----3--3-----|--1-----1-----3-----3--3--|
A-|--0--0--0--2-----2--2-----|--0-----0-----2-----2--2--|
E-|--0--0--0--0-----0--0-----|--2-----2-----0-----0--0--|
B-|--2--2--2-----------------|--3-----3-----------------|
A chord diagramF#F#|--3--3--3-----------------|--------------------------|


     A chord diagramG+G        A chord diagramD MajorD  A chord diagramDsus4Dsus4 A chord diagramD MajorD        A chord diagramC majorC     A chord diagramD MajorD     A chord diagramG+G
f#|--3--3--3--2-----3--2-----|--0-----2-----3-----3--3--|
A chord diagramC#C#|--3--3--3--3-----3--3-----|--1-----3-----3-----3--3--|
A-|--0--0--0--2-----2--2-----|--0-----2-----0-----0--0--|
E-|--0--0--0--0-----0--0-----|--2-----0-----0-----0--0--|
B-|--2--2--2-----------------|--3-----------2-----2--2--|
A chord diagramF#F#|--3--3--3-----------------|--------------3-----3--3--|


Rhythmn 1b:

Same as above except that the first two bars are played 3 times
before playing bars 3 & 4 (i.e. 1 2 1 2 1 2 3 4).


Fill 1:

This may not be 100% accurate, but it's pretty close.  I find it
easiest to play this part using my thumb and fingers on my right hand
(no pick).

f#|--------------------------|--------------------------|
A chord diagramC#C#|--3-----D-----3-----3-----|--3-----D-----3-----3-----|
A-|--0-----D-----2--------2--|--0-----D-----2--------2--|
E-|--------------------------|--0-----D-----------------|
B-|--2-----D-----0-----------|--------------0-----------|
A chord diagramF#F#|--------------------------|--3-----D-----------------|


f#|--------------------------|--------------------------|
A chord diagramC#C#|--3-----D-----3-----3-----|--3-----D-----3-----------|
A-|--0-----D-----2-----2-----|--0-----D-----0-----------|
E-|--------------------------|--2-----D-----0-----------|
B-|--2-----D-----0-----------|--------------------------|
A chord diagramF#F#|--------------------------|--3-----D-----3-----------|

A chord diagramD MajorD = Deaden string with right hand


GUITAR III
----------

This acoustic guitar is playing the same chords used in the Riffs.
The open A chord diagramA augmentedA string is definitely present, which means the guitar is not
capoed.  If you want to play this part on guitar II, I would suggest
playing the low A chord diagramA augmentedA chord using a standard barre shape, 5776xx (these
are actual frets, not relative to the capo).  For the rest of the
chords, play what's given below without the open A chord diagramA augmentedA string.


Rhythmn 2:

     A chord diagramA augmentedA          E/A    A chord diagramA augmentedA E/A    A chord diagramD MajorD          E/A    A chord diagramA augmentedA E/A
e-|--------------------------|--------------------------|
B-|--2--2--2--2-/9----10--9--|--7-----7-----9----10--9--|
G-|--2--2--2--2-/9-----9--9--|--7-----7-----9-----9--9--|
D-|--2--2--2--2-/9----11--9--|--7-----7-----9----11--9--|
A-|--0--0--0--0-(0)----0--0--|--0-----0-----0-----0--0--|
E-|--------------------------|--------------------------|


     A chord diagramA augmentedA          E/A    A chord diagramA augmentedA E/A    A chord diagramD MajorD           A chord diagramA augmentedA
e-|--------------------------|--------------------------|
B-|--2--2--2--2-/9----10--9--|--7-----7-----2--------X--|
G-|--2--2--2--2-/9-----9--9--|--7-----7-----2--------X--|
D-|--2--2--2--2-/9----11--9--|--7-----7-----2--------X--|
A-|--0--0--0--0-(0)----0--0--|--0-----0-----0--------X--|
E-|--------------------------|--------------------------|


X = Left hand muting

Other versions of Jack And Diane

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