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(@iraesq)
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02/06/2006 2:49 pm  

I've always liked this song. I think Ben may play it tuned down as step, but I've been working on it in standard tuning (which sounds decent enough). The hardest part is the three string hammer-on in the main A minor riff. Here it is.....let me know if I screwed it up (which is entirely possible).

Oppression - Ben Harper

Am Riff:

D---------------------------------------------------
A--0-h-1----1-------0--------0-----1----------------
F--0-h-2----2-------0--------0-----2----------------
C--0-h-2----2---0-------0----------2----------------
G---------------------------------------------------
D---------------------------------------------------

C Riff:

D---------------------------------------------------
A--1----1-----------1-----0----0--------------------
F--0----0-----------0-----0----0--------------------
C--2----2-----------2-------------------------------
G--3----3-------3-----------------------------------
D-------------------------3----3--------------------

D Riff:

D-------------------------0-------------------------
A--3----3-----------3------------0------------------
F--2----2-----------2------------0------------------
C--0----0-------0-----------------------------------
G---------------------------------------------------
D-------------------------0------3------------------

Outro Riff:

D---------------------------------------------------
A-------------------------------<12>----------------
F-------------------------------<12>----------------
C-----------------<12>------------------------------
G---------<12>--------------------------------------
D--<12>---------------------------------------------

***************************************

Intro: Am Riff x2

[Am Riff] Oppression…………you prey on us [C Riff] when we sleep
[Am Riff] oppression…………you chase after [C Riff] the tired the poor the weak
[Am Riff] oppression…………you know you [C Riff] mean only harm
[Am Riff] oppression…………you reach out [C Riff] with your long arm

but [Am Riff] oppression………I won't let [D Riff] you near me
[Am Riff] oppression………………you shall learn [C Riff] to fear me

[Am Riff] oppression………you seek [C Riff] population control
[Am Riff] oppression………to divide and [C Riff] to conquer is your goal
[Am Riff] oppression………I swear that [C Riff] hatred is your home
[Am Riff] oppression………you just won't [C Riff] leave bad enough alone

but [Am Riff] oppression………I won't let [D Riff] you near me
[Am Riff] oppression………you shall learn [C Riff] to fear me, yes you will

[Am Riff] oppression………I don't see [C Riff] how you sleep
[Am Riff] oppression………for your bleeding [C Riff] conscience I weep
[Am Riff] oppression………you may have [C Riff] the dollar on your side
but [Am Riff] oppression………from the gospel [C Riff] truth you cannot hide

and [Am Riff] oppression………I won't let [D Riff] you near me
[Am Riff] oppression………you shall learn [C Riff] to fear me, yes you will

[Am Riff] oppression………I won't let [D Riff] you near me
[Am Riff] oppression………you [C Riff] shall fear me

Outro

Am Riff x 3

Outro Riff……………Outro Riff……………Outro Riff

That's it. Pretty simple. Enjoy.


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