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Smoke on the Water
Deep Purple
 
Chord Guide
      134
G5:   355xxx
      134
F5:   133xxx
       134
C5:   x355xx
      134
Ab5:  466xxx
 
Strum Guide
Verse Strum (w/palm mute):
D D D D D D D D
1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +
Chorus Strum:
D   D U   U D U
1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +
 
Main Riff:
 
e|-------------|---------------|-------------|-------------
B|-------------|---------------|-------------|-------------
G|---0---3---5-|---0---3---6-5-|---0---3---5-|---3--0------
D|---0---3---5-|---0---3---6-5-|---0---3---5-|---3--0------
A|-------------|---------------|-------------|-------------
E|-------------|---------------|-------------|-------------
 
Intro:  Main Riff x4
 
/ G5 - - - / - - - - /
We all came out to Montreux on the
/ - - F5 - / G5 - - - /
Lake Geneva shoreline
/ G5 - - - / - - - - /
To make records with a mobile
/ - - F5 - / G5 - - - /
We didn't have much time
/ G5 - - - / - - - - /
Frank Zappa and the Mothers
/ - - F5 - / G5 - - - /
Were at the best place around
/ G5 - - - / - - - - /
But some stupid with a flare gun
/ - - F5 - / G5 - - - /
Burned the place to the ground
 
Chorus:
/ C5 - - - / Ab5 - - - / G5 - - - / - - - - /
Smoke on the water, and fire in the sky
/ C5 - - - / Ab5 - - - /
Smoke on the water
 
Main Riff x2
 
/ G5 - - - / - - - - /
They burned down the gambling house
/ - - F5 - / G5 - - - /
It died with an awful sound
/ G5 - - - / - - - - /
The funky Claude was running in and out
/ - - F5 - / G5 - - - /
Pulling kids outa the ground
/ G5 - - - / - - - - /
When it all was over
/ - - F5 - / G5 - - - /
We had to find another place
/ G5 - - - / - - - - /
But Swiss time was running out
/ - - F5 - / G5 - - - /
It seemed that we would lose the race
 
Chorus
 
Main Riff x2
 
/ G5 - - - / - - - - /
We ended up at the grand hotel
/ - - F5 - / G5 - - - /
It was empty cold and bare
/ G5 - - - / - - - - /
But with the rolling truck stones thing just outside 
/ - - F5 - / G5 - - - /
Making our music there
/ G5 - - - / - - - - /
With a few red lights and a few old beds
/ - - F5 - / G5 - - - /
We make a place to sweat
/ G5 - - - / - - - - /
No matter what we get out of this
/ - - F5 - / G5 - - - /
I know we’ll never forget
 
Chorus
 
Main Riff x2

 


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