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Holiday

Green Day

 

Capo 1

 

Main Riff Strumming Guide

Chords Used in Main Riff

 
w/swing feel:
Em      C
D   D U D   D U
1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +
G       D
D   D U D U D U
1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +

 

 
e|-----------------|
B|-----------------|
G|-10--6-------8---|
D|-10--6---6---8---|
A|-8---4---6---6---|
E|---------4-------|

 

 

 

Intro Riff x4

 

Main Riff w/Intro Riff x2

 

Em (½)        C (½)              G (½)    D (½)

   Hear the sound of the falling rain,

Em (½)        C (½)           G (½)   B (½)
    Coming down like an Armageddon

Em (½)         C (½)         G (½)         D (½)

flame, the shame, the ones who died

      B (2)

without a name

 

Em (½)         C (½)            G (½)    D (½)
   Hear the dogs howling out of key,

Em (½)   C                  G (½)          B (½)
    To a hymn called "Faith and Misery"

Em        C            G            D            B (2)
    And bleed, the company lost the war today

Chorus:

Em           C                      G                     D
I beg to dream and differ from the hollow lies,

Em             C                    G              B (2, hold last measure)
This is the dawning of the rest of our lives            on Holiday

 

Intro Riff x2

Em (½)         C (½)               G (½)    D (½)

   Hear the drum pounding out of time,

Em (½)         C (½) G (½)      B (½)
   Another protester has crossed the

Em      C           G         D         B (2)
line to find the money's on the other side

Em (½)     C (½)   G (½)      D (½)
   Can I  get   another Amen?

Em (½)         C (½)                G (½)         B (½)
   There's a flag wrapped around the score of

Em        C         G       D             B (2)
men, a gag, a plastic bag on a monument

Chorus

 

Pre-Solo Riff

 

Solo:  / C - - - / G - - - / B - - - / Em - Em/D - /

           / C - - - / G - - - / B - - - / - - - - / - - - - / - - - - /

 

No chord:
The representative from California has the floor
Sieg Heil to the president gas man,
Bombs away is your punishment,
Pulverize the Eiffel towers,
Who criticize your government,
Bang, Bang goes the broken glass, man,
Kill all the ones that don't agree,
Trials by fire setting fire,

                               D (1/4)   B (1/4)  Em (½)
Is not a way that's meant   for       me,

          B (4)
Just cause,
Just cause because we're outlaws, yeah!


Em           C                      G                     D
I beg to dream and differ from the hollow lies,

Em             C                    G              B
This is the dawning of the rest of our lives 

Em           C                      G                     D
I beg to dream and differ from the hollow lies,

Em             C                    G              B (4)
This is the dawning of the rest of our lives   this is our lives on holiday


Main Riff x3

 

End:

Em      C       D   B   Em

D   D U D   D U D   D   D   B

1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +

 

 

Other Riffs Used in Holiday:

 

Intro Riff:          
e|--------------------|
B|-9----6----13---8---|
G|-10---6----13---8---|
D|-x----x----x----x---| 
A|-8----4----11---6---|
E|--------------------|
 
 
Verse (use same strum as Main Riff):
 
   Em  C   G   D      Em  C   G   B     Em  C   G   D   B (x2 measures)
e|----------------------------------------------------------|
B|----------------------------------------------------------|
G|-10--6-------8------10--6-------5-----10--6-------8---5---|
D|-10--6---6---8------10--6---6---5-----10--6---6---8---5---|
A|-8---4---6---6------8---4---6---3-----8---4---6---6---3---|
E|---------4------------------4-----------------4-----------|
 
 
Chorus:
 
Strum: D   D   D U D U     w/swing feel
       1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +
 
   Em     C      G      D      Em     C      G      B  
e|------------------------------------------------------|
B|------------------------------------------------------|
G|--------6-------------8-------------6-------------5---|
D|-3------6------6------8------3------6------6------5---|
A|-3------4------6------6------3------4------6------3---|
E|-1-------------4-------------1-------------4----------|
 
 
Pre Solo:
e|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|---------------------6-------8---------------------------8------10-------|
D|--10\3-3-X---6-6-X---6---8---8--10--(10)\3-3-X---6-6-X---8--10--10--10---| x2 
A|--10\3-3-X---6-6-X---4---8---6--10--(10)\3-3-X---6-6-X---6--10---8--10---|
E|---8\1-1-X---4-4-X-------6-------8---(8)\1-1-X---4-4-X-------8-------8---|
 
 
Solo:
e|---------------------------------8---8------------------------|
B|---6-6-6-8-9----------8-5------6---6---8---6-6-6-8-9----------|
G|-------------8-6-5~-------5~-------------------------8-6-5~---|
D|--------------------------------------------------------------|
A|--------------------------------------------------------------|
E|--------------------------------------------------------------|
 
e|-------------------8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-
B|---8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8--------------------------------------------
G|--------------------------------------------------------------
D|--------------------------------------------------------------
A|--------------------------------------------------------------
E|--------------------------------------------------------------
 
12-12-12-12-12-12-12-13~---|
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