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LEPER MESSIAH
         from Metallica's 'Master of Puppets'
   Transcribed and tabbed by Juerg M. Blum ([email protected])
               April 15, 1995


INTRO

 e e q e e q H   e e q e e H   e e q e e q H
----------------------|--------------------|-----------------------|
----------------------|--------------------|-----------------------|
----------------------|--------------------|-----------------------|
-------5--------5--7--|--------5--------5--|--------5--------5--3--|
-------5--------5--7--|--------5--------5--|--------5--------5--3--|
-0--0--3--0--0--3--5--|--0--0--3--0--0--3--|--0--0--3--0--0--3--1--|
 e e q e e q e e e e e e q^ q^ q^
----------------------------------------------|
----------------------------------------------|
----------------------------------------------|
-------5--------7-----------------------------|
-------5--------7--------------2--------------|
-0--0--3--0--0--5--3--2--5--3-----5--3--2--1--|


RHYTHM FIGURE 1A

   q q e e q q e e q   q e e e e q q e e e e
||------------------------------|------------------------------------||
||------------------------------|------------------------------------||
||*-----------------------------|-----------------------------------*||
||*-----------------------------|-----------------------------------*||
||---2--4-----3--4--4--4--5--4--|--2--4--------3--4--4--4--5---------||
||---0--2--2-----2--2--2--3--2--|--0--2--0--2-----2--2--2--3--2--2---||
                             END RH.FIG. 1A


 w   e e q e e q e e e e e e q  3x e e q e e e e q e e q q
-----||-------r-------r----------------r---||------r--------------------------|
-----||-------e-------e----------------e---||------e--------------------------|
-----||*------s-------s----------------s--*||------s--------------------------|
--2--||*------t-------t----------------t--*||------t------------5-------7-----|
--2--||--2-2-----2-2-----2-2--5-5-4-4------||-2-2-----2-2-------5-------7--3--|
--0--||--0-0-----0-0-----0-0--3-3-2-2------||-0-0-----0-0--2-0--3--2-0--5-----|
               Bass
               (arr. for guit.)


 s Chord diagramE MajorE e e s Chord diagramE MajorE e e s Chord diagramE MajorE e s s s Chord diagramE MajorE s Chord diagramE MajorE  s Chord diagramE MajorE e e s Chord diagramE MajorE e e e e q e e q
-------------------------------------------|-----------------------------------|
-------------------------------------------|-----------------------------------|
-------------------------------------------|-----------------------------------|
-3\2-------3\2-------3\2----------3\2--4/5-|-3\2-------3\2-----------5-------7-|
-3\2-------3\2-------3\2----------3\2--4/5-|-3\2-------3\2-----------5-------7-|
-0-0--0-0--0-0--0-0--0-0--0--0-0--0-0--2/3-|-0-0--0-0--0-0--0-0-3-0--3--3-0--5-|
 (see notes at end)

BEGIN VERSE (play 2x)


RHYTHM FIGURE 2

   s Chord diagramE MajorE e e s Chord diagramE MajorE e e s Chord diagramE MajorE e s s s Chord diagramE MajorE s Chord diagramE MajorE
||------------------------------------------------|
||------------------------------------------------|
||*-----------------------------------------------|
||*--3\2--------3\2--------3\2----------3\2--4/5--|
||---3\2--------3\2--------3\2----------3\2--4/5--|
||---0-0--0--0--0-0--0--0--0-0--0--0-0--0-0--2/3--|
              Spineless...

 s Chord diagramE MajorE e e s Chord diagramE MajorE e e s Chord diagramE MajorE e s s s Chord diagramE MajorE s Chord diagramE MajorE  4x
-----------------------------------------------||
-----------------------------------------------||
----------------------------------------------*||
-5\4--------5\4--------5\4----------5\4--4/5--*||
-5\4--------5\4--------5\4----------5\4--4/5---||
-2-2--2--2--2-2--2--2--2-2--2--2-2--2-2--2/3---||
           Sucked...   END RH.FIG.2


CHORUS

   h h h h    q e e s Chord diagramE MajorE e e s Chord diagramE MajorE e e s Chord diagramE MajorE e e
||----------------||----------------------------------------------||
||----------------||----------------------------------------------||
||*-----8--7--6--*||*--------------------------------------------*||
||*--2--8--7--6--*||*-/9--------9\8--------8\7--------7\6--------*||
||---2--6--5--4---||--/7--------7\6--------6\5--------5\4---------||
||---0------------||--/7--0--0--7\6--0--0--6\5--0--0--5\4--0--0---||
  You will     Time for lust...

   q e s s s Chord diagramE MajorE e s s s Chord diagramE MajorE e s s s Chord diagramE MajorE e s s
||------------------------------------------------------||
||------------------------------------------------------||
||*----------------------------------------------------*||
||*-/9----------9\8----------8\7----------7\6----------*||
||--/7----------7\6----------6\5----------5\4-----------||
||--/7--0--0-0--7\6--0--0-0--6\5--0--0-0--5\4--0--0-0---||
  Send me money...

   s Chord diagramE MajorE s s s s  3x s Chord diagramE MajorE e e
||------------------||-------------|
||------------------||-------------|
||*----------------*||-------------|
||*--6\5-----------*||--6\5--------|
||---6\5------------||--6\5--------|
||--------0-0-0-0---||-------0--0--|
   Bow... (on 3rd repeat)


RHYTHM FIGURE 1B

 q q e e q q e e q   e e e e q q e e e e e
----------------------------|-----------------------------------|
----------------------------|-----------------------------------|
----------------------------|-----------------------------------|
----------------------------|-----------------------------------|
-2--4-----3--4--4--4--5--4--|--2--4--2-----3--4--4--4--5--------|
-0--2--2-----2--2--2--3--2--|--0--2--0--2-----2--2--2--3--2--2--|

 q q e e q q e e q   e e q e e q e e e e e e q^ q^ q^
----------------------------|-----------------------------------------------|
----------------------------|-----------------------------------------------|
----------------------------|-----------------------------------------------|
----------------------------|--------5--------7-----------------------------|
-2--4-----3--4--4--4--5--4--|--------5--------7--------------2--------------|
-0--2--2-----2--2--2--3--2--|--0--0--3--0--0--5--3--2--5--3-----5--3--2--1--|
                                END RH.FIG.1B

END VERSE (repeat)


 H    q^ q^ q^ q  3x
-----||-----------------||
-----||-----------------||
-----||*---------------*||
--2--||*------------2--*||
--2--||-------------2---||
--0--||---3--2--1---0---||
          (let ring the last time)


INTERLUDE 1

   e e e e h   e e e e h  e e e e e e e e
||------------------||---------------|-----r-----r-----r------|
||------------------||---------------|-----e-----e-----e------|
||*-----4----------*||----4----------|-----s-----s--4--s------|
||*--2-----5--4--2-*||-3-----5--4--3-|--4--t--5--t-----t--4h5-|
||------------------||---------------|------------------------|
||------------------||---------------|------------------------|


                   1.-----------------------| 2.------------|
   e e e e h   e e e e h  e e e e e e e e   q q q q
||------------------||---------------|-----r-----r-----r-------||--------------|
||------------------||---------------|-----e-----e-----e-------||--------------|
||*-----4----------*||----4--4--3--2-|-----s-----s--4--s------*||--------------|
||*--2-----5--4--2-*||-2-------------|--4--t--5--t-----t--4h5-*||--5--5--7--7--|
||------------------||---------------|-------------------------||--5--5--7--7--|
||------------------||---------------|-------------------------||--3--3--5--5--|
                                 END INTERLUDE 1


RHYTHM FIGURE 3A (play 2x)

                  1.-------------------------| 2.------------|
  s s s s q  4x s s s s q   s s s s q  s s s s q   q q q q
||--------------||---------------||------------|--------------||--------------||
||--------------||---------------||------------|--------------||--------------||
||*------------*||*-------------*||------------|-------------*||-------------*||
||*---------2--*||*----------3--*||----------5-|----------7--*||-5--5--7--7--*||
||----------2---||-----------3---||----------5-|----------7---||-5--5--7--7---||
||-0-0-0-0--0---||--1-1-1-1--1---||-3-3-3-3--3-|-5-5-5-5--5---||-3--3--5--5---||
  Witchery... (on repeat)                    END RH.FIG. 3A


SOLO (with Rh.Fig. 3B played 2x)


RHYTHM FIGURE 3B (during solo)

               1.----------------------------| 2.------------|
   e s s  8x  e s s  4x  e s s    e s s      q q q q
||------------||------------||------------||------------||--||--------------|
||------------||------------||------------||------------||--||--------------|
||*----------*||*----------*||*----------*||*----------*||-*||--------------|
||*--2-------*||*--3-------*||*--5-------*||*--7-------*||-*||--5--5--7--7--|
||---2--------||---3--------||---5--------||---7--------||--||--5--5--7--7--|
||---0--0-0---||---1--1-1---||---3--3-3---||---5--5-5---||--||--3--3--5--5--|
                                END RH.FIG. 3B


INTERLUDE 2 (Play 2x)

   e e e e e e e e   e e e e e e e e  e e e e e e e e
||---------------------------||------------------------|----r-----r-----r------|
||---------------------------||------------------------|----e-----e-----e------|
||*-----4-------------------*||----4-------------------|----s-----s--4--s------|
||*--2-----5--4--2--2--2--2-*||-3-----5--4--3--3--3--3-|-4--t--5--t-----t--4h5-|
||---------------------------||------------------------|-----------------------|
||---------------------------||------------------------|-----------------------|


   e e e e e e e e   e e e e e e e s s  q e s s q q
||---------------------------||--------------------------|-----------------|
||---------------------------||--------------------------|-----------------|
||*-----4-------------------*||----4--4--3--2--2--2------|-----------------|
||*--2-----5--4--2--2--2--2-*||-2------------------------|-5--5-------7--7-|
||---------------------------||--------------------------|-5--5-------7--7-|
||---------------------------||----------------------3-3-|-3--3--5-5--5--5-|
                               END INTERLUDE 2


   e s s  8x  e s s  4x  e s s    e s s    h h h h
||------------||------------||------------||------------||----------------||
||------------||------------||------------||------------||----------------||
||*----------*||*----------*||*----------*||*----------*||*-----8--7--6--*||
||*--7--7-7--*||*--5--5-5--*||*--4--4-4--*||*--3--3-3--*||*--2--8--7--6--*||
||---7--7-7---||---5--5-5---||---4--4-4---||---3--3-3---||---2--6--5--4---||
||---5--5-5---||---3--3-3---||---2--2-2---||---1--1-1---||---0------------||
                              Time for lust...

   s s s s q  3x  h h h h    s s s s q  3x
||----------------||----------------||---------------||
||----------------||----------------||---------------||
||*--------------*||*-----8--7--6--*||*-------------*||
||*-----------2--*||*--2--8--7--6--*||*----------5--*||
||------------2---||---2--6--5--4---||-----------5---||
||---0-0-0-0--0---||---0------------||--3-3-3-3--3---||
           Send me money...

   q e s s q e s s q e s s q e s s
||------------------------------------------------||
||------------------------------------------------||
||*-------------8----------7----------6----------*||
||*--2----------8----------7----------6----------*||
||---2----------6----------5----------4-----------||
||---0--0--0-0-----0--0-0-----0--0-0-----0--0-0---||
  Lie, lie, lie...


   q e s s  4x q q q q   w   w  e e e e e e q^ q^ q^
||----------------||--------------|-----|--r--|----------------------------|
||----------------||--------------|-----|--e--|----------------------------|
||*--------------*||--------------|-----|--s--|----------------------------|
||*--5-----------*||--5--5--5--5--|--5--|--t--|----------------------------|
||---5------------||--5--5--5--5--|--5--|-----|-------------2--------------|
||---3--3--3--3---||--3--3--3--3--|--3--|-----|-3--2--5--3-----5--3--2--1--|
           Slow down   Depress tremolo bar
                  (with feedback)


Play Rh.Fig. 1b (1x)


 q h q q^ q^ q^ e
-----r-----------------||
-----e-----------------||
-----s-----------------||
--2--t--3-----------2--||
--2-----3-----------2--||
--0-----1--0--0--0--0--||
            END.
            Juerg M. Blum, Basel, Switzerland


========================================================================
==            TABLATURE EXPLANATION            ==
========================================================================

                             5x
---------        ---------         ||------|| Repeat Start & End
---5h8--- Hammeron   ---5/8--- Slide Up    ||*----*|| (e.g. repeat 5x).
---------        ---------         ||*----*|| If not indicated,
---8p5--- Pulloff    ---8\5--- Slide Down   ||------|| repeat 2x.

Rhythm:
 w = whole note      W = dotted whole
 h = half note       H = dotted half
 q = quarter note     Q = dotted quarter
 e = eighth note      Chord diagramE MajorE = dotted eighth
 s = sixteenth note    S = dotted sixteenth
 ^ = triplet


NOTES:
------

The whole song is in E-minor (with additional notes to create the typical
	Metallica-like dissonance and aggression). Guitars are in standard tuning.

Be careful to play the rhythm precisely and mute notes where appropriate. Pay
	special attention to notes that are played 'staccato' (i.e. muted right
	AFTER they are played) in Rhythm Figures 1. The rhythm indicated above
	the TAB is only to be taken relatively within each section. Bars are
	only there to indicate phrasing and make the TAB more readable.
	Listen to the recording!

The slides down during the verse are played as follows: Strike the whole chord
	(including the 6th string), then slide only the notes on the 5th and
	4th string, without striking the 6th string again, while letting all
	three strings ring. The slides in the second bar of Rhythm Figure 2 are
	easiest to play with the left hand using the index on the 6th string,
	and ring finger and pinky on the 5th and 4th, respectively. (If this
	is too difficult to you, you can alternatively play the slides as
	pulloffs, playing only the notes on the 5th and 6th string.)


Send comments, corrections, additions (the solo), and money to:

Juerg M. Blum ([email protected])
Department of Economics   University of Basel
Petersgraben 51  CH-4003 Basel   Switzerland

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