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WELCOME TO THE OCCUPATION (Version 1)
Intro: Am7 / / / D2 / G D/F#
Em G Em D2 note: when going from the Em to the G
Hang your collar up inside and back, walk the bass notes up
Hang your dollar on me and down: E--0--2--3--| (up)
Listen to the water still E--3--2--0--| (down)
Listen to the cause where you are
Am7 D2 Cmaj7 D2
Fed and educated,
primitive and wild
Welcome to the occupation
Em G Em D2
Here we stand and here we fight
All your fallen heroes
Held and dyed and skinned alive
Listen to the Congress fire
Am7 D2 Cmaj7 D2
Offering the educated
primitive and loyal
Welcome to the occupation
Em G Em D2
Hang your collar up inside
Hang your freedom higher
Listen to the buyer still
Listen to the Congress
Am7 D2 Cmaj7 D2
Where we propagate confusion
Primitive and wild
Fire on the hemisphere below
{Break}: Fmaj7 Em (x2)
G D
Em G Em D2
Sugar cane and coffee cup
Copper, steel and cattle
An annotated history
the forest for the fire
Am7 D2 Cmaj7 D2
Where we open up the floodgates
Freedom reigns supreme
Fire on the hemisphere below
Em G Em Dsus2
Listen to me
Em G Em Dsus2
Listen to me
Em G Em Dsus2
Listen to me
Em G Em Dsus2
Listen to me
Ending: Bm D Em
Welcome to the Occupation (Version 2)
Transcribed by Wayne Ellis email [email protected]
The guitar is tuned as follows: E A D G B E (from low to high)
Intro
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E5 D5 (let ring)
E-------0-----0----|------------------|
B---------0-----0--|-3----------------|
G------------------|-2----------------|
D-2----------------|-0----------------|
A-2----------------|------------------|
E-0----------------|------------------|
rake rake
Verse 1
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1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4
~ ~
E------------------|-----------0------|------------------|-----------0------|
B-----0-------3----|-----0-------3----|-----0-------3----|-----0-------3----|
G------------------|---------4-----4--|------------------|---------4-----4--|
D------------------|------------------|------------------|------------------|
A------------------|------------------|------------------|------------------|
E------------------|------------------|------------------|------------------|
Hang your collar Up inside Hang your dollar On me
~ ~
E------------------|-----------0------|------------------|-----------0------|
B-----0-------3----|-----0-------3----|-----0-------3----|-----0-------3----|
G------------------|---------4-----4--|------------------|---------4-----4--|
D------------------|------------------|------------------|------------------|
A------------------|------------------|------------------|------------------|
E------------------|------------------|------------------|------------------|
Listen to the Water still Listen to the Causeway
Chorus 1 (let all notes ring)
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E---------0--------|-0-------0--------|---------0--------|-0-------0--------|
B-----0-------0----|-----3-------3----|-0-----------0----|-----3-------3----|
G-4-----4----------|------------------|-----4------------|------------------|
D------------------|------------------|------------------|------------------|
A------------------|------------------|------------------|------------------|
E------------------|------------------|------------------|------------------|
You are Man and Educated Primitive and Wild
E---------0--------|-0-------0-2-0----|
B-0-----------0----|-----3---------0--|
G-----4------------|---------------4--|
D------------------|------------------|
A------------------|------------------|
E------------------|------------------|
Welcome to the Occupation
Verse 2
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|------------------|------------------|------------------|------------------|
Here we stand And here we find All your fallen Heroes
|------------------|------------------|------------------|-----fill-1-------|
Held and died and Skinned alive Listen to the Congress buyer
E-----------0------|
B-----0-------3----|
G---------4--------| fill 1
D------------------|
A------------------|
E------------------|
Verse 2 is exactly the same as verse 1, except where fill 1 is indicated.
Chorus 2 (let all notes ring)
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^ ^ ^
E---------0--------|-0-------0--------|-0-------0--------|-0-------0--------|
B-----0-------0----|-----3-------3----|-----0-------0----|-----3-------3----|
G-4----------------|------------------|------------------|------------------|
D------------------|------------------|------------------|------------------|
A------------------|------------------|------------------|------------------|
E------------------|------------------|------------------|------------------|
Offering the educated Primitive and loyal
^ ^
E-0-------0--------|-0-------0-2-0----|
B-----0-------0----|-----3---------0--|
G------------------|------------------|
D------------------|------------------|
A------------------|------------------|
E------------------|------------------|
Welcome to the occupation
Verse 3
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|-----fill-2-------|------------------|------------------|------------------|
Hang your collar Up inside Hang your freedom Higher
|------------------|------------------|------------------|-----fill-1-------|
Listen to the Buyer still Listen to the Congress, where we
~~
E------------------|
B-----0--------3---|
G-----4------------| fill 2
D------------------|
A------------------|
E------------------|
Verse 3 is exactly the same as verse 1, except where fills 1 and 2 are indicated.
Chorus 3 (let all notes ring)
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|------------------|------------------|------------------|------------------|
Propagate Confusion Primative And wild
|------------------|----fill-3--------|
Fire on the Hemisphere below
E-0-------0------------------|
B-----3-------3----------------|
G------------------| fill 3-|
D------------------------------|
A------------------------------|
E------------------------------|
Chorus 3 is the same as Chorus 2, except where fill 3 is indicated.
Interlude (let all notes ring)
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Fmaj7 Em Fmaj7 Em
^ ^ ^ ^
E-0---0----0-------|-0---0----0-------|------0----0------|-0----0----0------|
B--------1---1-----|-------1----1-----|-0-------0----0---|---------0----0---|
G--------------2---|--------------2---|------------------|------------------|
D------------------|------------------|------------------|------------------|
A------------------|------------------|------------------|------------------|
E------------------|------------------|------------------|------------------|
Oooh ..................................
Fmaj7 Em Fmaj7 G D
^ ^ ^
E-0----0----0------|-0---0----0-------|------0----0------|-333--3---22-2----|
B---------1---1----|-------1----1-----|-0-------0----0---|-333--3-0-33-3----|
G---------------2--|--------------2---|----------------0-|-000--0-0-22-2----|
D------------------|------------------|----------------0-|-000--0-0---------|
A------------------|------------------|------------------|-222--2-----------|
E------------------|------------------|------------------|-333--3-----------|
X X
Slightly emphasise the first note in each bar.
Verse 4
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|------------------|-----fill-1-------|------------------|------------------|
Sugar cane and Coffee Cup Copper steel and Cattle
|------------------|------------------|------------------|-----fill-1-------|
An annotated History The forest for the Fire, where we
Verse 2 is exactly the same as verse 1, except where fill 1 is indicated.
Chorus 4 (let all notes ring)
-------------------------------
|------------------|------------------|------------------|--------------
----|
Open up the Floodgates Freedom reigns Supreme
|------------------|------------------|
Fire on the Hemisphere, below
Chorus 4 is exactly the same as Chorus 2.
Outro
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Play these 4 bars, 3 times.
~ ~
E------------------|-----------0------|------------------|-----------0------|
B-----0-------3----|-----0-------3----|-----0-------3----|-----0-------3----|
G------------------|---------4--------|------------------|---------4--------|
D------------------|------------------|------------------|------------------|
A------------------|-(this is fill-1)-|------------------|------------------|
E------------------|------------------|------------------|------------------|
(To me) Listen to me Listen
~ ~ 1 2 3 4
E------------------|-----------0------|------------------|------------------|
B-----0-------3----|-----0-------3----|-----0-------3----|-----0------------|
G------------------|---------4--------|------------------|------------------|
D------------------|------------------|------------------|---------4---7----|
A------------------|------------------|------------------|---------2---5----|
E------------------|------------------|------------------|------------------|
B5 D5
To me Listen to me
E-0----------------|
B-0----------------|
G-0----------------| rake the B5, D5 and Em chords.
D-2----------------|
A-2----------------|
E -----------------|
Em (let ring)
'Buskers' Version (Verses)
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If you aren't playing in a band, the verses aren't very inspiring
to play. Below are the 2 bars used in the verses, which include
the bass line arranged for guitar. It may take practice to get the
picking and string skips working together. The bracketed notes are
optional - they aren't part of the bass line but fill out the wide
interval skips, giving the part a fuller sound.
~
E------------------|-------------0----|
B-----0-------3----|------0--------3--|
G------------------|--------4-------4-|
D------------------|------------------|
A--(2)-----(2)-----|---(2)---0-2------|
E-0-----2-3--------|2-0---------------|
TAB Key
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X - mute with palm of hand
~ - hold note
^ - emphasise note
rake - exagerate the strumming of the chord
(but not enough for it to be an arpeggio)
Notes
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The song mix is pretty infuriating if you are trying to unravel what
all the instruments are doing in it. The guitar is less prominant than
the bass, drums and vocals. The drums contain alot of high-hat work and
general percussion which can be mistaken for low level acoustic guitar.
The guitar has a clean tone throughout.
The guitar in the verses is very sparse, the bass and drums fill things
out. The verses are nominally the same, slight differences are labelled
as 'fills'.
The choruses are easier to hear, all are similar. The differences are
labelled as fills. Make sure the open-E-string is emphasised (when
indicated). All the notes are shown as occuring on a beat, this isn't
strictly true, the guitar plays 'around' the beat - but it's as accurate
as ascii tab can show, listen to the record to get the proper 'feel'.
The interlude may countain an acoustic guitar deep down in the mix. Its
very difficult to hear exactly whats going on. The chords above the tab
show what the guitar is likely to be playing.
This Transcription (c) Copyright DarkMusic 1994. ReVamped for '96.
Comments, corrections, requests and idle banter welcome.
Wayne Ellis email [email protected]




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