From: [email protected]
Date: Mon, 1 Jul 1996 13:44:08 -0400
Subject: TAB: Old Friend by Rancid
INTRO / Bridge
A A2 F#
E x E x E x
B 10 B 9 B 7
G 9 G 9 G 6
D 7 D 7 D 4
A x A x A x
E x E x E x
I know the chords are strange. I had to get as close as I could with the
The way you play this song is the most important part about it, and if you
listen to it while practicing these chords it'll just come to you like
nothing. but for those of you who, for
some sad sad reason don't have this album, i'll explain it to you....
it's played in a very SKA way, which is to say there's a lot of whole hand
releases. since the system of running the chords never changes - it's very
important that you understand the changes in the way you do the system.
during the verse, it played
A d u d u A2 d u d u F# d u d u d u d
over and over. d's of course mean down stroke, u's of course mean
upstrokes. you let each ring for about one sixteenth of a second, then pull
your hand up a little.
chorus is played
A d u d u d u d A2 d u d u d u d F# d u d u d u d u d u
with the same pull off procedure.

you're not ALL that stupid. if you know how it's played already, you
shouldn't have bothered reading all that. but, it can help those out there
not farmiliar with the song.
-----aaron kinney
[email protected]

"old friend"
from their album ...and out come the wolves
transcribed by lance morris
okay. here's the more correct tablature for "old friend" by rancid. i
read aaron kinney's version, and he explains the ska strum pretty well,
although i can't understand why anyone who is covering rancid songs
wouldn't know how to play ska. anyway, the chords are way off. if you
play the song that way, it completely doesn't sound right. it's a basic
chord progression, also used in bush's "glycerine" and green day's "when i
come around.
during the intro, play:
Bm D
Bm D
Bm D
play through twice, then:
good morning heartache
F#m D
you're like an old friend, come to see me again

A E F#m D
wake up, you're in cleveland again
A E F#m D
it's a solid line that never ends
i got stories that you'll never believe
and i know it, i wear it, i wear it on my sleeve
there must be something 'bout you that i liked
but right here in this rain, you know it just don't seem right
i always go out, i never hide
but in cleveland, i should've stayed inside
A E F#m D
justify my love for you
and i know it runs deep through your body too
from the cold blacktop to the hot concrete
in the old tin van, it ain't so sweet
intro X 2

A5 E5 F#5 D5
somewhere in america
A5 E5 F#5 D5
in the city at night
A5 E5 F#5 D5
we were far from home,
A5 E5 F#5 D5
but you know, everything's gonna be alright
play chorus form
A E F#m D
the unfortunate get preyed on by vultures' eyes
86 cents in these pockets of mine
you can take my money, you can take my time
but you can't take my heart, it's in the city behind
A5 E5 F#5 D5 A5
Bm D A E F#m
e 2 x 5 x 9
B 3 7 5 9 10
G 4 7 6 9 11
D 4 7 7 9 11
A 2 5 7 7 9
E x x 5 x x
all of these are basic bar chords. aaron kinney had you playing wierd
power chords. the only place power chords are used here are on verse three
and the outro.
A5 E5 F#5 D5
e x x x x
B x x x x
G x x x 7
D 7 2 4 7
A 7 2 4 5
E 5 0 2 x
aaron's intro lead is pretty right. i recommend just picking it up by
listening. that's the great thing about rancid, is that their leads are
easy to pick up.
you don't really need to do this song ska style. it's a great song no
matter what. just use the chords and play it your own way.

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