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Black and Blue was a big hit in Australia for Chain 
in the early 1970s. if you read the ABC site 
(http:www.abc.net.aulongwayartist_indexchain.htm) 
it says that .....Chain were the first band, and to date the only band, 
to go to No.1 with a blues song. 
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The main riff                            | * final trail off 
-------------------------|---------------|------------------------------------ 
-------------------------|---------------|-10--------------------------------- 
-------------------------|---------------|-10--------------------------------- 
-----5-3---3-------------|-----5-3---3-5-|-10--------------------------------- 
---------5---5-3-5-3-----|---------5-----|------------------------------------ 
-3-3-----------------6-3-|---3-----------|------------------------------------ 
(just bass drum and chains) 
verse 1 
you work me so hard that my back's near broke (chorus chants "we're  
groaning" after each line) 
my brow is wet and my throat's a-choke 
you send me here for 10 long years 
I miss my whisky and I miss my beer 
ain't seen a gal since I don't know when 
and the way you treat me won't see one again 
(band comes in - lead and bass guitar play main riff in G) 
verse 2 
you broke my head cos I sat on a guard 
so don't make me no better you just make me hard 
your water stinks cos it comes from a bog 
and that slop you feed us ain't fit for a dog 
(chorus) 
well you can tease me and try to break me 
and still I spit at you 
you'll never break my spirit, even when my 
body's black and blue 
(harp solo -  indicates 1 bar of 4 beats) 
 (8 trail offs - ie hit D barre chord slide  
down and mute) 
(guitar solo) 
band plays 2 bars of main riff - then stops) 
(just bass drum and chains) 
verse 3 
well in my arm there's a dreadful pain 
it's hard diggin ditches with a ball and chain 
you send me here for 10 long years 
I miss my whisky and I miss my beer 
(band comes in and plays main riff) 
repeat verse 2 
repeat chorus 
band plays shortened version of main riff 4 times, 
NB instead of last bar of main riff play 4 final trail offs * (see above) 
then crescendo and finish