Mama Said

"Mama Said" by Metallica, from the album "Load."

Transcribed by Daniel Meijer - p3034558@hardy.ocs.mq.edu.au & dmeijer@zeta.org.au

Some have bagged this as "country music" which is crap, it takes more 
than a pedal steel to make country music. It's more like Led Zeppelin's 
"Tangerine" than anything else. "Load" is great (and I love Master of 
Puppets), it shows a new depth to the band's songwriting.

Some of the lyric transcriptions might be a bit out, feel free to email 
me any corrections!

In the intro and verses, play around with the Dm and Am chords....turn 
them into Dmsus2, Dmsus4, and Amsus4.

Tune down a 1/2 step.


    Dm   Dmsus4   Dmsus2   C    Am  Amsus4   G    F   Bb
e--1------3---------0------0----0-----0------3----1----1--
b--3------3---------3------1----1-----3------0----1----3--
g--2------2---------2------0----2-----2------0----2----3--
d--0------0---------0------2----2-----2------0----3----3--
a--x------x---------x------3----0-----0------2----3----1--
e--x------x---------x------x----x-----x------3----1----x--

Intro:

Dm     C     Am

*Verse*

Dm
Mama she has taught me well
C                Am
Told me when I was young
Dm
Son your life's an open book
      C                    Am
Don't close it before it's done
Dm
The brightest flame burns quickest
      C               Am
Thats what I heard her say
D
The son's heart's owed to mother
    C             Am
But I must find my way....

*Chorus*

Dm  C  Am    G
Let my heart go
Dm  C    Am  G
Let your son grow
     Dm  C  Am    G
Mama let my heart go
     Dm   C   Bb    G  Am
Mama let this heart be still.

*Intro again*

*Verse 2*

Dm
Rebel my new last name
C                Am
Wild blood in my veins
Dm
Apron strings around my neck
    C              Am
The mark that still remains
Dm  
Left home at an early age
    C              Am
of what I heard was wrong (?)
Dm
I never asked forgiveness
    C             Am
For what is said is done....


*Chorus*

Dm  C  Am    G
Let my heart go
Dm  C    Am  G
Let your son grow
     Dm  C  Am    G
Mama let my heart go
     Dm   C   Bb    G  Am
Mama let this heart be still.


*Bridge*

Dm      G
Never I asked of you
C          F
but never I gave
Dm                  G
But you gave me your emptiness
C                 F
that I'll take to my grave
Dm      G
Never I asked of you
C          F
but never I gave
Dm              G
But you gave me your emptiness
           C         F
that I'll take to my grave
     Dm   C   Bb    G  Am
So let this heart be still.


*Verse 3*

Dm
Mama now I'm coming home
         C               Am
I'm not all you wished of me
Dm
A mother's love for her son
C            Am
was spoken heavily(?)
Dm
yeah I took your love for granted
           C                Am
and all the things you said to me
Dm
I need your arms to welcome me
     C                Am
That cold stone's all I see.....


*Chorus*

Dm  C  Am    G
Let my heart go
Dm  C    Am  G
Let your son grow
     Dm  C  Am    G
Mama let my heart go
     Dm   C   Bb    G  Am
Mama let this heart be still.
Dm  C   Am   Dm
Let my heart go
     Dm  C   Am   Dm
Mama let my heart go
          Dm  C   Am   Dm
You never let my heart go
     Dm   C   Bb    G  Am
Mama let this heart be still.


*Bridge*

(solo over Dm G C F twice)

Dm      G
Never I asked of you
C          F
but never I gave
Dm                  G
But you gave me your emptiness
C                 F
that I'll take to my grave
Dm      G
Never I asked of you
C          F
but never I gave
Dm              G
But you gave me your emptiness
           C         F
that I'll take to my grave
     Dm   C   Bb    G  Am
So let this heart be still.


Oh,and here's that riff you all love:
|--^------^-------Full------------------------|
|-15-----15---------^---15--^--15-------------|
|-14--12-14----12--14------14--14--12---------|
|-------Bend-up---Hold----Hold----------------|
|------and-down-------------------------------|
|---------------------------------------------|
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