Hammer to Fall

Words and music by Brian May

Hammer to Fall Chords and Tab Transcribed by Shane McDonald

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Intro : (Guitar intro)
A   D  | A   D | A   D | E   A   (x2) (drums start after 1st time)
Verse 1 : 

A       D      A       D     A     D       E       A
Here we stand, here we fall, history don't care at all,

A        D     A         D      A   D              E       A
Make the bed, light the light; Lady mercy won't be home tonight
Chorus :

A         E        D       A                                D          A
You don't waste no time at all, don't hear the bell but you answer the Call.

         E       D     A                                 D         A
Comes to you and to us all, while you-re waiting for the Hammer to Fall.
A   D  | A   D | A   D | E   A  
Verse 2 : 

A     D          A     D    A        D               E       A
Every night, and every day, a little piece of you is falling away

A         D     A            D    A          D               E      A
Lift your face,  the western way; build your muscles as your body decays
Chorus :

A        E        D        A                        D        A
Toe your line and play the game, let the anesthetic cover it all

A        D        A         D     A            D            E         A
Till one day they call your name, you know its time for the Hammer to Fall
A   D  | A   D | A   D | E   A  
Bridge :

E               F#              E                   A    D  A  G  D    G  D
Rich or poor or famous but your truth; it-s all the same Oh No Oh No

E                  F#              E                  A    D  E
Lock your door but rain is pouring through the window pane Oh No

               A                Em
Baby, now your struggles are in vein
Guitar Solo - Album Solo: Each | marks a complete 4 beats
B   E | B   E   F# | G   A | B   E | B   E   F# | G  A |
C5 | C5 | C5 | C5 | C5 | C5 | C5 | C5
A   E |D   A | A | D   E A| A   E |D   A | A | D   E A | D   A | D5 | D
      or
Guitar Solo - Radio Edit / G.Hits II Solo : 
A   E |D   A | A | D   E A| A   E |D   A | A | D   E A | D   A | D5 | D
Verse 3 : 
A       D       A        D      A      D             E        A
You who grew up tall and proud, in the shadow of the mushroom cloud

A             D      A        D      A             D         E                     A
Convinced our voices can't be heard, so we want to scream it louder and louder and louder
Chorus :

A        E       D        A                                 D       A
What the hell we fighting for?  Just surrender and it won't hurt us all

A        E       D        A                                   D                         A   D  
Just got time to say your prayers, while your waiting for the Hammer to Hammer to fall
A   D | A   D | E   A
A   D | A   D | E   A  (Play 5 times with Hammer to Fall as occasional vocals)
Ending :  Play and sustain chord of AMaj at end of the riff above
Then...
No Chord                               A      NC.  (Drum Hit)
 _____________  Give it to me one more time.

Hammer to Fall Lyrics

Here we stand or here we fall History won’t care at all Make the bed light the light Lady mercy won’t be home tonight yeah
 
You don’t waste no time at all Don’t hear the bell but you answer the call It comes to you as to us all We’re just waiting For the Hammer To Fall
 
Oh every night and every day A little piece of you is falling away But lift your face the western way Build your muscles as your body decays yeah
 
Toe your line and play their game yeah Let the anaesthetic cover it all Till one day they call your name You know it’s time for the Hammer To Fall
 
Rich or poor or famous For your truth it’s all the same (oh no, oh no)
Lock your door the rain is pouring Through your window pane (oh no…) Baby now your struggle’s all in vain
 
For we who grew up tall and proud In the shadow of the mushroom cloud Convinced our voices can’t be heard We just wanna scream it louder and louder louder
 
What the hell we fighting for? Just surrender and it won’t hurt at all You just got time to say your prayers While your waiting for the hammer to Hammer To Fall
 
Hammer, you know, Hammer To Fall
While you’re waiting for the Hammer To Fall
Give it to me one more time…

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