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Metallica tabs for For whom the bell tolls

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For Whom the Bell Tolls by Metallica
Transcription by Tim Scott

  ====     ====	     Rhythm A chord diagramA augmentedA		  ====	   ====    4x
|-|--|-----|--|----||--------------|--|---|--|-----|--|------||------------
|-|--|-----|--|----||--------------|--|---|--|-----|--|------||------------
|-|--|--Z--|--|--Z-||.----.,;:'"':;,.-|---|--|--Z--|--|--Z--.||------------
|-4--4-----4--4----||.-(2)---------|-(2)--4--4-----4--4-----.||------------
|-4--4-----4--4----||--(2)---------|-(2)--4--4-----4--4------||------------
|-2--2-----2--2----||--(0)---------|-(0)--2--2-----2--2------||------------

(Lead over Rhythm transcribed for guitar...4x w/Rhythm A chord diagramA augmentedA and 4x w/Rhythm A chord diagramBB)
      -----          ----   -----
|-----|---|---|)-|-|-|--|---|---|--|-|-------------------------------------
|-----|---|---|--|-|-|--|---|---|--|-|-------------------------------------
|-Z---|---|---|--|-|-|--|---|---|--|-|-------------------------------------
|----12--11--10--9-|-|--|--12---|--|-|-------------------------------------
|------------------|10--9-------|--|-|-------------------------------------
|------------------|-----------10-(9)|-------------------------------------

Rhythm A chord diagramBB	     .     .   8x	   --- --- --- ---   --- --- --- ---
||-------------|-|---|)----|)----||-|--||--|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-
||-------------|-|---|-----|-----||-|--||--|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-
||.---.,;:'"':;,.|---|-----|----.||-|--||.-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-3-
||.(2)---------|(2)--4-----4----.||-|--||.-2-5-4-3-2-5-4-3-|-2-5-4-3-2-4-5-3-
||-(2)---------|(2)--4-----4-----||-|--||--2-5-4-3-2-5-4-3-|-2-5-4-3-2-4-5-1-
||-(0)---------|(0)--2--x--2--x--||-|--||--0-3-2-1-0-3-2-1-|-0-3-2-1-0-2-3---

4x			       Rhythm A chord diagramC majorC
-||------------|-----------|-||------------|----------|------------|-|.----
-||------------|-----------|-||------------|----------|------------|-|-----
.||---.,;:'"':;,.----------|-||.---.,;:'":;,.---------|------------|-|--Z--
.||(2)---------|(2)--------|-||.(2)--------|(2)-------|(5)---------|-5-----
-||(2)---------|(2)--------|-||-(2)--------|(2)-------|(5)---------|-5-----
-||(0)---------|(0)--------|-||-(0)--------|(0)-------|(3)---------|-3-----

							2x
----------|------------|---------|----------|--|----|-----||---------------
----------|------------|---------|----------|--|----|-----||---------------
---Z---Z--|---.,;:'"':;,.--------|----------|--|----|----.||---------------
----------|(2)---------|(2)------|(5)-------|(10)--(7)---.||---------------
----------|(2)---------|(2)------|(5)-------|(10)--(7)----||---------------
----------|(0)---------|(0)------|(3)-------|(-8)--(5)----||---------------

Rhythm A chord diagramD MajorD
    -----     -----	    -----
||--|-|-|--|.-|-|-|--|.--|--|-|-|--|--|--|--|-|-|-|--|--|-|-|--|-|---------
||--|-|-|--|--|-|-|--|---|--|-|-|--|--|--|--|-|-|-|--|--|-|-|--|-|---------
||.-|-|-|--|--|-|-|--|---|--|-|-|--|--|--|--|-|-|-|--|--|-|-|--|-|---------
||.-2-|-|--5--2-|-|--7---|--2-|-|--5--8--4--|-2-|-|--5--2-|-|--7-|---------
||--2-|-|--5--2-|-|--7---|--2-|-|--5--8--4--|-2-|-|--5--2-|-|--7-|---------
||--0-0-0--3--0-0-0--5---|--0-0-0--3--6--2--|-0-0-0--3--0-0-0--5-|---------

 -----       2x   Rhythm A chord diagramC majorC      2x   Rhythm A chord diagramD MajorD  2x
-|-|-|--|-|-|--||------------------|-------------||---------|--------|-----
-|-|-|--|-|-|--||------------------|-------------||---------|--------|-----
-|-|-|--3-|-|-.||------------------|-------------||.--------|--------|-----
-2-|-|--3-4-3-.||------------------|-------------||.(2)-----|(2)-----|-----
-2-|-|--1-4-3--||------------------|-------------||-(2)-----|(2)-----|-----
-0-0-0----2-1--||------------------|-------------||-(0)-----|(0)-----|-----

                    -----   -----
----------------|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|--|-----------|----------||---------------
----------------|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|--|-----------|----------||---------------
----------------|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|--|-----------|---------.||---------------
(2)-------------|-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5--|(2)--------|(9)------.||---------------
(2)-------------|-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5--|(2)--------|(9)-------||---------------
(0)-------------|-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3--|(0)--------|(7)-------||---------------

Rhythm  A chord diagramC majorC    2x  Rhythm A chord diagramD MajorD  2x       ---     --- --- (slower..till fade)
----------------|------------||--|.-|-|--|.-|-|-|-|--||--------------------
----------------|------------||--|--|-|--|--|-|-|-|--||--------------------
----------------|------------||.-|--|-|--|--|-|-|-|-.||--------------------
----------------|------------||.-2--4-4--2--4-4-5-5-.||--------------------
----------------|------------||--2--4-4--2--4-4-5-5--||--------------------
----------------|------------||--0--2-2--0--2-2-3-3--||--------------------

I'm not sure if the notation is absolutely correct -- I wrote this down
a while ago.  Z = rests.  Parentheses around chords signify half/whole note
notation...

--tim
--
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Chords used:

	A chord diagramE MajorE  A chord diagramFF  A chord diagramF#F# A chord diagramG+G  A chord diagramA augmentedA  A chord diagramBb majorBb A chord diagramBB  A chord diagramC majorC
	-  -  -  -  -  -  -  -
	-  -  -  -  -  -  -  -
	-  -  -  -  -  -  4  5
	2  3  4  5  7  8  4  5
	2  3  4  5  7  8  2  3
	0  1  2  3  5  6  -  -


Intro:
	A chord diagramF#F# A chord diagramF#F# A chord diagramE MajorE  (while bass plays doomy riff) x12, (4 as intro,
				4 when drums come in, and 4 with
				bass playing A chord diagramE MajorE A chord diagramG+G A chord diagramF#F# A chord diagramFF)

Then:
	A chord diagramE MajorE A chord diagramG+G A chord diagramF#F# A chord diagramFF (x3) A chord diagramE MajorE A chord diagramF#F# A chord diagramG+G A chord diagramA augmentedA
	A chord diagramE MajorE A chord diagramG+G A chord diagramF#F# A chord diagramFF (x3) A chord diagramE MajorE A chord diagramF#F# A chord diagramG+G A chord diagramBB
	A chord diagramE MajorE A chord diagramG+G A chord diagramF#F# A chord diagramFF (x3) A chord diagramE MajorE A chord diagramF#F# A chord diagramG+G A chord diagramA augmentedA
	A chord diagramE MajorE A chord diagramG+G A chord diagramF#F# A chord diagramFF (x3) A chord diagramE MajorE A chord diagramF#F# A chord diagramG+G A chord diagramBB

Then verse chords (E, G, E, C, A chord diagramA augmentedA) with the following lead repeated
over and over:

	----------------
	----------------
	12-9-11----9-11- (triplets)
	--------12------
	----------------
	----------------

	A chord diagramE MajorE
	Make us fight on the ........
	A chord diagramG+G
	Constant chill......
	A chord diagramE MajorE
	Shouting gun.........
	A chord diagramC majorC    A chord diagramA augmentedA
	(can't remember this line)
	A chord diagramE MajorE
	For a hill, men ........
	A chord diagramG+G
	(you get the idea)
	A chord diagramE MajorE
	A chord diagramC majorC    A chord diagramA augmentedA


Chorus:
	A chord diagramE MajorE A chord diagramE MajorE A chord diagramE MajorE A chord diagramG+G   A chord diagramE MajorE A chord diagramE MajorE A chord diagramE MajorE A chord diagramA augmentedA   A chord diagramE MajorE A chord diagramE MajorE A chord diagramE MajorE A chord diagramG+G A chord diagramE MajorE A chord diagramE MajorE A chord diagramBb majorBb A chord diagramF#F#
					For whom
	A chord diagramE MajorE A chord diagramE MajorE A chord diagramE MajorE A chord diagramG+G   A chord diagramE MajorE A chord diagramE MajorE A chord diagramE MajorE A chord diagramA augmentedA   A chord diagramE MajorE A chord diagramE MajorE A chord diagramE MajorE A chord diagramG+G A chord diagramE MajorE A chord diagramE MajorE A chord diagramBb majorBb A chord diagramG+G A chord diagramF#F#
	the bell tolls                  Time marches
	A chord diagramE MajorE A chord diagramE MajorE A chord diagramE MajorE A chord diagramG+G   A chord diagramE MajorE A chord diagramE MajorE A chord diagramE MajorE A chord diagramA augmentedA   A chord diagramE MajorE A chord diagramE MajorE A chord diagramE MajorE A chord diagramG+G A chord diagramE MajorE A chord diagramE MajorE A chord diagramBb majorBb A chord diagramF#F#
	on                              For whom
	A chord diagramE MajorE A chord diagramE MajorE A chord diagramE MajorE A chord diagramG+G   A chord diagramE MajorE A chord diagramE MajorE A chord diagramE MajorE A chord diagramA augmentedA   A chord diagramE MajorE A chord diagramE MajorE A chord diagramE MajorE A chord diagramG+G A chord diagramE MajorE A chord diagramE MajorE A chord diagramBb majorBb A chord diagramG+G A chord diagramF#F#
	the bell tolls


Bridge:
	A chord diagramE MajorE
	A chord diagramE MajorE  (with lead, but I can't remember it)
	A chord diagramG+G A chord diagramG+GGGG A chord diagramG+GGGG
	A chord diagramE MajorE
	A chord diagramBB


Verse 2
	(same as verse 1)


Chorus
	(same again)


Ending
	A chord diagramE MajorE    A chord diagramF#F# A chord diagramF#F#
	A chord diagramE MajorE    A chord diagramF#F# A chord diagramF#F#  A chord diagramG+G A chord diagramG+G
	repeated, with wailing lead, harmonics etc, then, when
	we do it at least, we go into free time on the final
	A chord diagramG+G chord (you know, big heavy metal ending), big drum
	fill, then:
	G....   EEEEE
		A chord diagramE MajorE
		EEEE
		A chord diagramE MajorE
		EEEEE (ie a massive A chord diagramE MajorE chord at the end)

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FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS
From the Album: Ride The Lightning
Words and music by: James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich and Cliff Burton
Transcribed by Travis fitch (Fitch@eng2.eng.monash.edu.au)
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Moderate Rock รท 120

					  (Rhy 1)                         (End of Rhy 1)

Intro									  (Play 8 times)
     w/Bells                    A chord diagramF#5F#5 A chord diagramF#5F#5   A chord diagramE5E5                                 A chord diagramF#5F#5 A chord diagramF#5F#5
e:-------------------|-------------------|--10--9--8--7--|--------10-------------------|
B:-------------------|-------------------|---------------|--8--7-----------------------|
G:-------------------|-------------------|---7--6--5--4--|---------7--7--6-------------|
D:-------------------|-------------------|---------------|--5--4-----------------------|
A:-------------------|--------4-4---4-4--|---------------|------------5--4-------(4)\--|
E:-------------------|--------2-2---2-2--|---------------|-----------------------------|


w/Rhy 1                     (Play 4 times)
e:-------------------|-------------------|--------------------------|--------------------------|
B:-------------------|-------------------|--------------------------|--------------------------|
G:-------------------|-------------------|--------------------------|--------------------------|
D:-------------------|-------------------|--------------------------|-----------------------2--|
A:-------------------|-------------------|--2--5--4--3--2--5--4--3--|--2--5--4--3--2--5--6--0--|
E:-------------------|-------------------|--0--3--2--1--0--3--2--1--|--0--3--2--1--0--2--3-----|


e:--------------------------|--------------------------|-------------------|-------------------|
B:--------------------------|--------------------------|-------------------|-------------------|
G:--------------------------|--------------------------|-------------------|-------------------|
D:--------------------------|-----------------------4--|--2----------------|--(2)--------------|
A:--2--5--4--3--2--5--4--3--|--2--5--4--3--2--4--5--2--|--2----------------|--(2)--------------|
E:--0--3--2--1--0--3--2--1--|--0--3--2--1--0--2--3-----|--0----------------|--(0)--------------|


Rhy Fig 2
  A chord diagramE5E5
e:--------------------------------------|--------------------------------------|
B:--8-----7--------7--8-----7--------7--|--8-----7--------7--8-----7--------7--|
G:-----9-----7--9--------9-----7--9-----|------9-----7--9--------9-----7--9----|
D:--------------------------------------|--------------------------------------|
A:--------------------------------------|--------------------------------------|
E:--------------------------------------|--------------------------------------|


  A chord diagramG5G5                                      A chord diagramG5G5 (abrupt halt on A chord diagramG5G5)
e:--------------------------------------|--------------------------------------|
B:--8-----7--------7--8-----7--------7--|--8-----7--------7--8-----7--------7--|
G:-----9-----7--9--------9-----7--9-----|------9-----7--9--------9-----7--9----|
D:--------------------------------------|--------------------------------------|
A:--------------------------------------|--------------------------------------|
E:--------------------------------------|--------------------------------------|


  A chord diagramE5E5
e:--------------------------------------|--------------------------------------|
B:--8-----7--------7--8-----7--------7--|--8-----7--------7--8-----7--------7--|
G:-----9-----7--9--------9-----7--9-----|------9-----7--9--------9-----7--9----|
D:--------------------------------------|--------------------------------------|
A:--------------------------------------|--------------------------------------|
E:--------------------------------------|--------------------------------------|


                                                                            (x2)
                                                              (End of Rhy Fig 2)
  A chord diagramG5G5                                     A chord diagramC5C5                 A chord diagramA5A5
e:--------------------------------------|--------------------------------------|
B:--8-----7--------7--8-----7--------7--|--8-----7--------7--8-----7--------7--|
G:-----9-----7--9--------9-----7--9-----|------9-----7--9--------9-----7--9----|
D:--------------------------------------|--------------------------------------|
A:--------------------------------------|--------------------------------------|
E:--------------------------------------|--------------------------------------|


(Rhy Fig 3)                                                                  (end of Rhy Fig 3)
e:---------------------|--------------------|---------------------|---------------------------|
B:---------------------|--------------------|---------------------|---------------------------|
G:---------------------|--------------------|---------------------|---------------------------|
D:------------------2--|-------------3------|------------------2--|----------------3----------|
A:--------5---------0--|---------5---1---4--|--------5---------0--|--------5-------1---4---3--|
E:--0-0-0-3---0-0-0----|---0-0-0-3-------2--|--0-0-0-3---0-0-0----|--0-0-0-3-0-0-------2---1--|


1st Verses
w/Rhy 2 (2 times)

Make his fight ............
Constant chill .....
Shouting gun.......
On they fight for .......
For a hill men would .....
Suffered wounds test their pride......
Gone insane from the .........


For whom the.....
Time march.......
For whom .......


Interlude
  A chord diagramE5E5                                          A chord diagramE5E5
e:-------------------------------------------|-------------------------------------------|
B:-------------------------------------------|-------------------------------------------|
G:--12--9--11----9---------------------------|-------------------------------------------|
D:------------12----11--12--9--11-----9--10--|--2----------------------------------------|
A:---------------------------------12--------|--2----------------------------------------|
E:-------------------------------------------|--0----------------------------------------|


  A chord diagramE5E5                                          A chord diagramG5G5
e:-------------------------------------------|-------------------------------------------|
B:-------------------------------------------|-------------------------------------------|
G:--12--9--11----9---------------------------|-------------------------------------------|
D:------------12----11--12--9--11-----9--10--|-------------------------------------------|
A:---------------------------------12--------|--5------5-5-5--5-----5-5-5----------------|
E:-------------------------------------------|--3------3-3-3--3-----3-3-3----------------|


  A chord diagramE5E5                                          A chord diagramB5B5
e:-------------------------------------------|-------------------------------------------|
B:-------------------------------------------|-------------------------------------------|
G:--12--9--11----9---------------------------|-------------------------------------------|
D:------------12----11--12--9--11-----9--10--|--4----------------------------------------|
A:---------------------------------12--------|--2----------------------------------------|
E:-------------------------------------------|-------------------------------------------|


  A chord diagramE5E5                                          A chord diagramE5E5
e:-------------------7-------------------7---|--(7)------------------------------------|
B:--8------7-----------8------10--7---8------|-----------------------------------------|
G:-----9-------7--9--------9-----------------|-----------------------------------------|
D:--9------11-----9----12--9--11------9------|-----------------------------------------|
A:-----12------12---10------------12-----10--|-----------------------------------------|
E:-------------------------------------------|-----------------------------------------|


  A chord diagramE5E5                                          A chord diagramG5G5
e:-------------------7-------------------7---|-----------------------------------------|
B:--8------7-----------8------10--7---8------|-----------------------------------------|
G:-----9-------7--9--------9-----------------|-----------------------------------------|
D:--9------11-----9----12--9--11------9------|-----------------------------------------|
A:-----12------12---10------------12-----10--|--5------5-5-5--5-----5-5-5--------------|
E:-------------------------------------------|--3------3-3-3--3-----3-3-3--------------|


  A chord diagramE5E5                                         A chord diagramB5B5
e:------------------7-------------------7---|-----------------------------------------|
B:--8------7----------8------10--7---8------|-----------------------------------------|
G:-----9------7--9--------9-----------------|-----------------------------------------|
D:--9------11----9----12--9--11------9------|--4--------------------------------------|
A:-----12-----12---10------------12-----10--|--2--------------------------------------|
E:------------------------------------------|-----------------------------------------|


1st Verses
w/Rhy 2 (2 times)

Take a look to the ......
It's the last .....
Blackened roar massive .....
Shattered goal fills ......
Stranger now are his ......mystery.
Hears the silence .....
Crack of dawn........
Now they see, what will ..........

(Chorus) w/Rhy Fig 3 (2 times)
For whom the bell....
Time marches ..
For whom the bell .....



Outro
Not in strict time
2nd time w/tremolo bar effects (till fade)
w/Bells
                                                              (Repeat and fade)
  E5(VII)      F#5(IX)      E5(VII)      F#5(IX)      G5(X)
e:-------------------------|-------------------------|------------------------|
B:-------------------------|-------------------------|------------------------|
G:-------------------------|-------------------------|------------------------|
D:--9----------11--11--11--|--9----------11--11--11--|--12--12--12------------|
A:--7----------9---9---9---|--7----------9---9---9---|--10--10--10------------|
E:-------------------------|-------------------------|------------------------|

For Whom The Bell Tolls tab

Metallica tabs for For whom the bell tolls Metallica read a lot of books at the time when they did the Ride the lightning album. Many of the songs are inspired by these stories and For whom the bell tolls tabs was made after they read the book with the same title by Ernest Hemingway. Both the novel and the song is about the Spanish Civil War.

Keep in mind when playing these For whom the bell tolls tabs that the into does sound like a guitar, but it is in fact Cliff Burton playing his bass using distortion and a wah-wah pedal. The song was released as a promotional radio single with two different versions of the song but never for public sale. The song is often played live and is a favorite for many fans.

Other versions of For Whom The Bell Tolls

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