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"Vicious Rumours" by Alice Cooper
  Words and music by Cooper/Hitchings/Scott/Pinera

  From the album Special Forces (1981)

  Transcribed by Brian Gaddis

  = slide down   /= slide up   .= mute note or chord


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D-|--------------.--.--.--.--.--.--.--.--.--.-----------------.--.--.--.--.---|
A-|--------2--2--2--2--2--2--2--2--2--2--2--2--1--0-----2--2--2--2--2--2--2---|
E-|--12---0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--------3--0--0--0--0--0--0--0---|


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D-|--.--.--.--.--.-----------------.--.--.--.--.--.--.--.--.--.---------------|
A-|--2--2--2--2--2--1--0-----2--2--2--2--2--2--2--2--2--2--2--2--1--0-----2--2|
E-|--0--0--0--0--0--------3--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--------3--0--0|


                                       "You feel the knife stuck in your back."
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G-|--------------------------------------------------3-----3----/4--4---------|
D-|--.--.--.--.--.--.--.--.--.--.--------------------3-----3----/4--4---------|
A-|--2--2--2--2--2--2--2--2--2--2--1--0--------------1-----1----/2--2----2----|
E-|--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--------3--0----------------------------0----|


                  "You feel it twist and you hear it crack.         Can't
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G-|----------------------------3-----3--/4--4---------------------------------|
D-|--.--.--.--.--.--.--.-------3-----3--/4--4-----------.--.--.--.--.---------|
A-|--2--2--2--2--2--2--2-------1-----1--/2--2--------2--2--2--2--2--2---------|
E-|--0--0--0--0--0--0--0-----------------------------0--0--0--0--0--0---------|


    "make a  sound for the sudden pain.          You wish your blood were
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B-|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G-|----------3-----3--/4---4-----------------------------------3-----3--------|
D-|--.----.--3-----3--/4---4-----------------------------------3-----3--------|
A-|--2----2--1-----1--/2---2------2--2--2--2--2--2---2----2----1-----1--------|
E-|--0----0-----------------------0--0--0--0--0--0---0----0-------------------|


    "novacaine."
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B-|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G-|-/4--4--2--.--.--.--.--.--.--.--.--.--.--.---------------------------------|
D-|-/4--4--2--2--2--2--2--2--2--2--2--2--2--2--2--2--2--2---------------------|
A-|-/2--2--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0---------------------|
E-|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|


  Note: Play the above verse rhythm with the rest of the verses. Variations
        are transcribed in the Fills.


  2. "You see the smoke and you feel the flak. You're burning up and you're
      turning black. (Fill one) They say you fell and you hit your head.

   Fill one
E-|----------------|
B-|-----------9---|
G-|-----9-----9---|
D-|--.--9--.--9---|
A-|--2--7--7-------|
E-|--0-------------|


    "You're upper bunk is  wetted red.
E-|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B-|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G-|---------------3----3--/4--4---2-------2-----2-----2-----------------------|
D-|--.-----.--.---3----3--/4--4---2-------2--2--2--2--2--2--------------------|
A-|--2-----2--2---1----1--/2--2---0-------0--0--0--0--0--0--------------------|
E-|--0-----0--0---------------------------------------------------------------|


  Chorus one
      "Vicious       rumours,           paranoiac  fears."
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B-|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G-|--5--.-.-.-.-.-.--8---------------2-------------3--------------------------|
D-|--5--5-5-5-5-5-5--8--8-8-8-8-8-8--2--2-2-2-2-2--3--3-3-3-3-3-3-3-----------|
A-|--3--3-3-3-3-3-3--6--6-6-6-6-6-6--0--0-0-0-0-0--1--1-1-1-1-1-1-1-----------|
E-|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|


      "Sonic         boomers           ringing in your ears."
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B-|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G-|--5---------------8--------------3-----------------------------------------|
D-|--5--5-5-5-5-5-5--8-8-8-8-8-8-8--3--3-3-3-3-3-------5----------------------|
A-|--3--3-3-3-3-3-3--6-6-6-6-6-6-6--1--1-1-1-1-1-------5--5--5--5--5--5--5----|
E-|----------------------------------------------------3--3--3--3--3--3--3----|


       "All of this is getting normal now.        Never go back to your
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B-|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G-|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D-|--8-------------------------4------5-----------8---------------------------|
A-|--8--8---8--8---8--8--8-----4------5--5--5--5--8---------------------------|
E-|--6--6---6--6---6--6--6-----2------3--3--3--3--6---------------------------|


    "farm and plow.                 Vicious rumours."
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B-|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G-|-----------------------5---------------------------------------------------|
D-|--4--------5-----------5---------------------------------------------------|
A-|--4--------5--5--5--5--3---------------------------------------------------|
E-|--2--------3--3--3--3------------------------------------------------------|


  3. "You're right at home back in William's flat. You heard a sound, you
      turned and shot your cat! (Fill two)  Your hands are shaking, everybody
      sees and there's a rythm drumming in your knees."

  4.  "And you return a hero for a night. Inside you know something is just
       not right. (Fill three)  Sometimes you duck when you see your pet
       canary turn into a saber jet." (Fill four)

   Fill two       Fill three   Fill four
E-|--------------|------------|----------|
B-|--------------|------------|----------|
G-|--9-----9--9--|--9-----9--|--2-------|
D-|--9--.--9--9--|--9--.--9--|--2-------|
A-|-----7--------|-----7------|--0-------|
E-|--------------|------------|----------|


   Chorus two (Use basically same rythm as Chorus one)
  "Shocked consumer, you're just an average guy. Swelling tumor pushing on
   your eye. And now you know why all the headaches come. And why you're
   getting progressively numb.   Vicious rumours."


  Rhythm fig. three
E-|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B-|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G-|--7--7--7----------9--9--9---------7--7--7----------4--4--4--4-------------|
D-|--7--7--7--7---7---9--9--9--9---7--7--7--7--7---7---4--4--4--4-------------|
A-|--5--5--5--7---7---7--7--7--9---7--5--5--5--7---7---2--2--2--2-------------|
E-|-----------5---5------------7---5-----------5---5--------------------------|


E-|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B-|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G-|--7--7--7----------9--9--9---------7--7--7----------5--5--5--5-------------|
D-|--7--7--7--7---7---9--9--9--9---7--7--7--7--7---7---5--5--5--5-------------|
A-|--5--5--5--7---7---7--7--7--9---7--5--5--5--7---7---3--3--3--3-------------|
E-|-----------5---5------------7---5-----------5---5--------------------------|


E-|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B-|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G-|--7--7--7----------9--9--9---------7--7--7----------4--4--4--4-------------|
D-|--7--7--7--7---7---9--9--9--9---7--7--7--7--7---7---4--4--4--4-------------|
A-|--5--5--5--7---7---7--7--7--9---7--5--5--5--7---7---2--2--2--2-------------|
E-|-----------5---5------------7---5-----------5---5--------------------------|


E-|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B-|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G-|--7--7--7----------9--9--9---------7--7--7----------5----------------------|
D-|--7--7--7--7---7---9--9--9--9---7--7--7--7--7---7---5----------------------|
A-|--5--5--5--7---7---7--7--7--9---7--5--5--5--7---7---3----------------------|
E-|-----------5---5------------7---5-----------5---5--------------------------|



  5. "I've been denied, debriefed, detuned. Sometimes I howl right at the
      moon. (Fill three) My family treats me fragily, they know my volatility."


   Chorus three (Still with same basic chorus rythm)
  "Vicious rumours, paranoiac fears. Sonic boomers ringing in my ears. And now
   I know why all the headaches come and why you're getting progressively
   numb.     Ooh, Vicious rumours."



  End
   w/Rhythm fig. three
  "Vicious rumours."  (Repeat this until fade.)
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