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Date: Mon, 25 Sep 95 15:52:37 EDT

From: Winston Campbell

Subject: KNOCK ME DOWN by The Red Hot Chili Peppers

 

 

I was awed into dismay when I saw no trace of this song on the internet. So

I decided to figure it out (guitar-wise). I find that some of the lead

guitar lines are difficult to figure out so I have just transcribed the

simplest chordal parts of this song. I am not sure that most of the minor

chords are sevenths but the song has a cool sound to it and minor sevenths

usually do that. So examine this and write back if you find a problem or if

you want to discuss how it is possible for an object~s dimension to approach

infinity while it~s mass approaches zero while approaching the speed of

light.

 

The opening riff is:

 

E ---------------------|-------------------------|---------------------|---|

B -------------------6-|-------------------6h8p6-|-------------------6-|---|

G -------------------7-|-------------------7-----|-------------------7-|-2-|

D -------------------7-|-------------------7-----|-------------------7-|-3-|

A -----3--0-7-0-3-5----|-----3--0-7-0-3-5--------|-----3--0-7-0-3-5----|-3-|

E -3h5-----------------|-3h5---------------------|-3h5-----------------|-1-|

 

Of course you hold the F chord at the end then the verse appears:

 

Dm Am7 Gm7

Never too soon to be through

Dm C Bb

Being cool too much too soon

Dm Am7 Gm7

Too much for me, too much for you

A5 Bb

You~re gonna lose in time

Em7 Bm7 Am7*

Don~t be afraid to show your friends

Em7 D C

That you hurt inside, inside

Em7 Bm7

Pain~s part of life

Am7*

Don~t hide behind your false pride

B5 C

It~s a lie, you lie

 

D5 C5

If you see me getting mighty

D5 C5

If you see me getting high

Am Em

Knock me down

Em(?)

I~m not bigger than life

D5 C5

If you see me getting mighty

D5 C5

If you see me getting high

Am Em

Knock me down

Em(?)

I~m not bigger than life

 

 

Dm Am7 Gm7 Dm C Bb

 

Dm Am7 Gm7

I~m tired of being untouchable

Dm C Bb

I~m not above the love

Dm Am7 Gm7

I~m part of you and you~re part of me

A5 Bb

Why did you go away

Em7 Bm7 Am7*

Finding what you~re looking for can end up

C#m7 G#m7 F#m7

Being such a bore

Em7 Bm7 Am7*

I pray for you most everyday, I pray for you

C#m7 G#m7 F#m7

Now fly away

 

D5 C5

If you see me getting mighty

D5 C5

If you see me getting high

Am Em

Knock me down

Em(?)

I~m not bigger than life

D5 C5

If you see me getting mighty

D5 C5

If you see me getting high

Am Em

Knock me down

Em(?)

I~m not bigger than life

 

 

(very quickly now, the guitar and bass plays:

 

G ---------

D --------- When the guitar plays the 6th fret (the Bb note), it also plays

A -5p0-7--- a power chord on it and therefore from that note the guitar

E -------6- plays a series of chords that go:

 

Bb5 G5 G5/Bb5 F5 C5 Bb5

 

Cool solo part: A5 F A5 F G5 F A

 

all I just did here was to write down the rhythm chords, I have and will not

do the solo (as little as it may seem). If you listen to the album, you can

figure out how these chords come in. The G5/Bb5 part is when the guitar

slides from G5 to Bb5. Listen and you shall hear, my child. Anyway, the

rest goes something like this:

 

D5 C5

If you see me getting mighty

D5 C5

If you see me getting high

Am Em

Knock me down

Em(?)

I~m not bigger than life

D5 C5

If you see me getting mighty

D5 C5

If you see me getting high

Am Em

Knock me down

Em(?)

I~m not bigger than life

D5 C5

If you see me getting mighty

D5 C5

If you see me getting high

Am Em

Knock me down

Em(?)

I~m not bigger than life

D5 C5

If you see me getting mighty

D5 C5

If you see me getting high

Am Em

Knock me down

Em(?)

I~m not bigger than life

F#5 E5

If you see me getting mighty

F#5 E5

If you see me getting high

C#m G#m

Knock me down

E B

I~m not bigger than life

F#5 E5

If you see me getting mighty

F#5 E5

If you see me getting high

C#m G#m

Knock me down

E B

I~m not bigger than life

 

 

C#m E B

C#m E B

 

C#m E B

It~s so lonely when you don~t even know yourself, it~s so lonely

C#m E B

It~s so lonely when you don~t even know yourself, it~s so lonely...

 

 

Please escuse all the redudancy and other things. I shall explain the

chords now and how I play them. Please remember that this is my best

estimate of this sad song. If you find any errors or so on could you please

email me. Anyway, before explaining every chords, I must explain that the

Em(?) chord does not really exist. I am not sure if there is another chord

that ends the normal chorus so I presume that the Em chord sustains. So my

denoting Em(?) means that I am not sure if it is the Em chord that is

playing at that time. And also, my ways of playing these chords are not by

gospel. Anyway, here we go:

 

 

E A D G B E

----------------

Dm x 5 7 7 6 x

Am7 5 7 5 5 5 x

Gm7 3 5 3 3 3 x

C x 3 5 5 5 x

Bb x 1 3 3 3 x

A5 5 7 7 x x x

Em7 0 2 2 4 3 3 <-- a very weird way to play the Em7 chord

Bm7 x 2 4 2 3 2

Am7* x 0 2 0 1 0

D x x 0 2 3 2

B5 x 2 4 4 x x

D5 x 5 7 7 x x

C5 x 3 5 5 x x

Am x 0 2 2 1 0

Em 0 2 2 0 0 0

C#m7 x 4 6 4 5 4

G#m7 4 6 4 4 4 x

F#m7 2 4 2 2 2 x

Bb5 6 7 7 x x x

G5 3 5 5 x x x

F5 x 8 10 10 x x

F 1 3 3 2 x x

A 5 7 7 6 x x

F#5 x 9 11 11 x x

E5 x 7 9 9 x x

C#m x 4 6 6 5 4

G#m 4 6 6 4 4 x

E 0 2 2 1 0 0

B x 2 4 4 4 x

 

 

Now that I have wasted countless computer space (and if this is printed out,

the trees will die). But I hope this helps out a lot. Bye-bye...

 

 

 

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