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LEPER MESSIAH
from Metallica's 'Master of Puppets'
Transcribed and tabbed by Juerg M. Blum (blumj@ubaclu.unibas.ch)
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 E e e s E e e s E e s s s E s E s E e e s E 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 E e e s E e e s E e s s s E s E
||------------------------------------------------|
||------------------------------------------------|
||*-----------------------------------------------|
||*--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 E e e s E e e s E e s s s E s E 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 E e e s E e e s E 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 E e s s s E e s s s E 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 E s s s s 3x s E 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 E = 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 (blumj@ubaclu.unibas.ch)
Department of Economics University of Basel
Petersgraben 51 CH-4003 Basel Switzerland
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