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/ Metallica / Metallica (Black Album) (1991) / Don't Tread On Me guitar tab

Don't Tread On Me
                          by: The Mighty Metallica


This song isn't in OLGA, or wasn't anyways..., so I thought I'd post it for
you die-hards out there who just have to know how to play every Metallica
song ever.  It's not terribly difficult, so here it goes.

All gtrs tune down 1/2 step
eb
Bb
Bb
Db
Ab
Eb

                           Tablature Explanation
     p.m. - palm muting
     ^    - bend, above the staff is the amount of bend
            F - full step     1/2 - half step    2 - two steps...
     tr~~~- trill between note and note in paranthesis
     H    - Hammer on
     P    - Pull off

     Note, in part of the solo, i placed the Hammer ons and pull offs
       above the staff to make reading easier.  I also used lower case
       and upper case for the same reason.  There is no difference in 
       the meanings.


 Rhy. Fig 1---------------------------------------------------------------|
 12/8 time                              two guitars
 p.m. -|            p.m. -|             p.m. ------| (cont muting pattern)
||------------------|------------------|----------------------------------|
||------------------|------------------|----------------------------------|
||------------------|------------------|-------9-9-9----------------------|
||------------------|------------------|-9-9-9-2-2-2--9/11----------------|
||-2-2-2-----2-2----|-2-2-2-----2-2----|-2-2-2--------2/4---12-----7------|          
||-0-0-0-----0-0----|-0-0-0-----0-0----|---------------------5-----0------|

||-----------------------------------|----------------------------------|
||-----------------------------------|----------------------------------|
||-------9-9-9-9/11------------------|------121212--11------------------|
||-9-9-9-2-2-2-2/4----13-------------|121212-5-5-5---4-----12-----------|
||-2-2-2---------------8-----9-------|-5-5-5----------------5-----12----|          
||---------------------------7-------|-----------------------------5----|

6/8 time             12/8 time
p.m.---------------| let ring--------------------------| w/Rhy Fig 1 (3x)
||------------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
||------------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
||------------------|----9------------|-----------------|-----------------|
||---------10-10-10-|-9--2--9---------|(9)--------------|-----------------|
||10-10-10--3--3--3-|-2-----2---------|(2)--------------|-----------------|          
||-3--3--3----------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|

                     Rhy. Fig. 2
                     p.m.--|    p.m.---|    p.m.-----| (sim.)
||------------------|-------------------------|-------------------------|
||------------------|-------------------------|-------------------------|
||------------------|-------------------------|-------------------------|
||------------------|-------3-----------3-----|-------3-----------------|
||------------------|-2-2-2-1---3-2---2-1---3-|-2-2-2-1---3-2---3/5---3-|
||------------------|-0-0-0-----1-0---0-----1-|-0-0-0-----1-0---1/3---1-|
                                     (end Rhy Fig 2)  w/Rhy Fig 2 (2x)
||-------------------------|-------------------------|-----------------|
||-------------------------|-------------------------|-----------------|
||-------------------------|-------------------------|-----------------|
||-------3-----------3-----|-------3-----------------|-----------------|
||-2-2-2-1---3-2---2-1---3-|-2-2-2-1---3-2---3/5---3-|-----------------|          
||-0-0-0-----1-0---0-----1-|-0-0-0-----1-0---1/3---1-|-----------------|

                   Riff A    w/slide
||----------------|---------------------|------------------|-----------------|
||----------------|---------------------|------------------|-----------------|
||----------------|---------/12-\-11--9-|(9)----/12\11-9-9-|------/12-\-11-9-|
||----------------|---------------------|------------------|-----------------|
||----------------|---------------------|------------------|-----------------|          
||----------------|-0-------------------|------------------|-0---------------|
                    Don't tread on me

        (end Riff A)  Rhy Fig 3
||------------------||------------------|-----------------|-----------------|
||------------------||------------------|-----------------|-----------------|
||(9)----/12\11-9-9-||o-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
||------------------||o-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
||------------------||--2-2-2----2--2---|-2-2-2----3--3---|-4-4-4----5--5---|          
||------------------||--0-0-0----0--0---|-0-0-0----1--1---|-2-2-2----3--3---|
                     Liberty or...

      (end Rhy Fig 3) w/Rhy Fig 2
||-------------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
||-------------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
||-------------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
||---------------7---|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
||-6-6-6----7--8-5---|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|          
||-4-4-4----5--6---7-|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
                          Never begins...

                                       w/Rhy Fig 2 (1st 2 bars only)
||------------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
||------------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
||------------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
||------------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
||------------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|          
||------------------|-----------------|-0---------------|(0)--------------|
                               ...rage.                               Say, 
                                                    Rhy Fig 4
||-----------------------|-------------------------|-------------------------|
||-----------------------|-------------------------|-------------------------|
||-----------------------|-------------------------|-------------------------|
||-------4---------------|-------2-----------------|-------------------------|
||-2-222-2-2-2-222-5-2-2-|-2-222-0-2-2-------------|-2---2-2-2-2-2---2-2-2-2-|          
||-0-000---0-0-000-3-0-0-|-0-000---0-0-6-0-5-0-3-0-|-0---0-0-0-0-0---0-0-0-0-|
 don't tread on me                                              So  be  it

                                                        (end Rhy Fig 4)
||-------------------------|----------------------|--------------------|
||-------------------------|----------------------|--------------------|
||-------------------------|----------------------|--------------------|
||---------------------2---|-8---8---8-8-8---8--8-|---------------2--3-|
||-2---2-2-2-2-2-------0---|-5---5---5-5-5---5--5-|-5---5-----6---0--1-|          
||-0---0-0-0-0-0---2-3-----|----------------------|-3---3-----4--------|
            threaten no more        to secure peace               war

 w/Rhy Fig 4 (1st 3 bars only)
||------------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
||--------------9---|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
||----------7/9-----|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
||------------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
||------------------|-----------------|-----------------|-5--5--5-5--5----|          
||------------------|-----------------|-----------------|-3--3--3-3--3----|

                        |--------------------------------------------------
                        |1.
                         w/Rhy Fig 2 & Riff A
||---------------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
||---------------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
||---------------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
||---------------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
||-2-222-5-2-222-5-2-2-|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|          
||-0-000-3-0-000-3-0-0-|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|

--------------------| |--------------------                 Guitar Solo
                    | |2.                              FINE|w/Rhy Fig 2 (2x)
                    | |                     6/8 time        12/8 time
||------------------||---------------------|---------------|-------------------|
||------------------||---------------------|---------------|tr~~~tr~~~tr~~~tr~~|
||-----------------o||---------------------|---------------|12(0)11(0)12(0)11(0|
||-----------------o||---------------------|---------------|-------------------|
||------------------||-5-555-5---8--5---3--|---------------|-------------------|          
||------------------||-3-333-3---6--3---1--|---------------|-------------------|
                                         Don't tread on me!
                                                                         1/2
                                F    F                                     F
||--------------------------|-----------12--------F-12|----------------------
||---------------/12--11-10\|-15^--15^-----15-12--12--|-15-------------------
||-12-(0)-11-(0)------------|-------------------14^---|---12---------H---14^-
||--------------------------|-------------------------|-----14-12--12-14-14^-
||--------------------------|-------------------------|----------14----------          
||--------------------------|-------------------------|----------------------

                         1/2                           1/2
                   F       F    F    F           F       F    F    2
----P-----------|-----------------------------|-----------------------------|
(14)-12---------|---12---14^-----12-----------|---12---14^------12----------|
(14)-12---------|14^--12-14^--14^--14^-12~~~~~|14^--14-14^--14^--14^-12~~~~~|
---------14~~~~~|-----------------------------|-----------------------------|          
----------------|-----------------------------|-----------------------------|
----------------|-----------------------------|-----------------------------|

       F      H P P       H P P    P           H P
||---15^--15141514121412------------------------------|----------------------
||----------------------14151412-1412\1012------------|14-12---14-12---14-12-
||----------------------------------------14-121412---|14-12---14-12---14-12-
||--------------------------------------------------14|-----14------14-------
||----------------------------------------------------|----------------------          
||----------------------------------------------------|----------------------

               P                                                     
------------|1712-12-12------------------------------------|----------------
------------|----------17-12-12-12-----P-------------------|----------------
------------|---------------------12-1712121212----P-------|----------------
-14-14~~~~~~|----------------------------------121712121212|-----------H----
------------|----------------------------------------------|12-17-12\1012-10          
------------|----------------------------------------------|----------------

                        H P  ph   P   p h      P  ph     H P
----------------------|-------------------------------------------------|
----------------------|-----------------------------------------13------|
------------12--------|9129-----1310------11-129-------101310---13---14-|
---------------14~~~~\|----10910----111011------1091010------11---------|
---10--12/14----------|-------------------------------------------------|          
-12-------------------|-------------------------------------------------|
                                                          H      F     F
||-------------------------------------|------------19-/-------13----14---|
||-16-14----16-14----17-15----17-15----|---19----17-----1517---16^---17^--|
||-16-14----16-14----17-15----17-15----|16----19--------------------------|
||-------16-------16-------17-------17-|----------------------------------|
||-------------------------------------|----------------------------------|          
||-------------------------------------|----------------------------------|

     F
||-22^-------~~~~~--|-------------------------|-------------------------|
||------------------|-------------------------|-------------------------|
||------------------|-------------------------|-------------------------|
||------------------|-------------------------|-------2-----------------|
||------------------|-2-222-5-2-2---222-5-2-2-|-2-222-0-2-2--P-----P----|          
||------------------|-0-000-3-0-0-0-000-3-0-0-|-0-000---0-0-6-0-0-5-0-0-|

||-------------------------|-------------------------|-----------------------|
||-------------------------|-------------------------|-----------------------|
||-------------------------|-------------------------|-----------------------|
||-------------------------|-------2-----------------|-----------------------|
||-2-222-5-2-2-2-222-5-2-2-|-2-222-0-2-2------P---P--|-2-222-5-2-2-2-222-5-22|          
||-0-000-3-0-0-0-000-3-0-0-|-0-000---0-0-6-0-5-0-3-0-|-0-000-3-0-0-0-000-3-00|

 Chorus
 w/Rhy Fig 4 
||------------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
||------------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
||--------------9---|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
||----------7/9-----|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
||------------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|          
||------------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
          So be it        threaten...     to secure peace          ...war

 w/Rhy Fig 3      F             1/2  F
||------------------|-----------------|---H----------------|
||-----------F------|-----------17^15^|-1517----\-14-12-12-|
||-12---\----|\-----|-----------------|-----------14-12-12-|
||-12---\---14--12^-|(12)-------------|--------------------|
||------------------|-----------------|--------------------|          
||------------------|-----------------|--------------------|
      Liberty or...

   1/2  1/2   1/2
     F    F     F          D.S. (take 2nd ending) al Fine
||------------------------|-----------------|     
||------------------------|-----------------|   ^^^
||-14^--14^---14^---12-\--|-------------9---|   What this means is go back to 
||-14^--14^---14^---12-\--|---------7/9-----|   the repeat, take 2nd ending
||------------------------|-----------------|   again, and then stop at Fine.
||------------------------|-----------------|
                   tail.          So be it,


Lyrics:

Liberty of death, what we so proudly hail.
Once you provoke her, rattling of her tail.
Never begins is, never but once engaged,
never surrenders, showing the fangs of rage.
Say, Don't tread on me.

Chorus
So be it, threaten no more.
To secure peace is to prepare for war.
So be it, settle the score.
Touch me again for the words that you will hear evermore.

Don't tread on me

Love it or leave it, she, with the deadly bite.
Quick is the blue tongue, forked as the lightning strike.
Shining with brightness, always on surveillance.
The eyes, they never close, emblem of vigilance.
Say, Don't tread on me.


  Welp, I hope you guys like it.  Took me a while, but a figure it's worth
  it to keep all the Metalli-friends jamming.  Oh, don't give me any crap
  about not putting in the Rythem section under the solo... It's not perfect
  but it's as close as care to come....  Hopefully, I'll be sending more
  stuff your way soon.

Kevin Buffington
Largest Metallica Fan in the world
E-mail me at:   klb6222@tam2000.tamu.edu





Metallica albums
2003 St. Anger
1998 Garage Inc.
1997 Reload
1996 Load
1991 Metallica (Black Album)
1988 And Justice For All
1987 Garage Days Re-Revisited
1986 Master of Puppets
1984 Ride The Lightening
1983 Kill'em All
Metallica (Black Album) tabs
01Enter Sandman tabbass tab
02Sad But True tabbass tab
03Holier Than Thou tabbass tab
04The Unforgiven tabbass tab
05Wherever I May Roam tabbass tab
06Don't Tread On Me tabbass tab
07Through The Never tabbass tab
08Nothing Else Matters tabbass tab
09Of Wolf And Man tabbass tab
10The God That Failed tabbass tab
11My Friend Of Misery tabbass tab
12The Struggle Within tabbass tab

 

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