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The General

Dispatch

from the album Bang Bang released in 2000

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Lyrics

Intro

| Bb ... | F ... | Cm ... | G ... | | Eb ... | Bb ... | F ... | F ... | (with riff)

Verse

Bb F There was a decorated general with a heart of gold Cm G That likened him to all the stories he told Eb Bb Of past battles won and lost and legends of old F A seasoned veteran in his own time On the battlefield he gained respectful fame With many medals of bravery and stripes to his name He grew a beard as soon as he could to cover the scars on his face And always urged his men on But on the eve of great battle with the infantry in dream The old general tossed in his sleep and wrestled for its meaning He awoke from the night to tell what he had seen And walked slowly out of his tent All the men stood tall with their chests in the air With a courage in their blood and a fire in their stare It was a gray morning and they all wondered how they would fare Until the old general told them to go home, he said...

Chorus

Bb F Cm G Eb I have seen the others and I have discovered Bb F That this fight is not worth fighting And I've seen their mothers, And I will no other To follow me where I'm going So... take a shower, shine your shoes You've got no time to lose You are young men, you must be living Take a shower, shine your shoes You've got no time to lose You are young men, you must be living F Go now, you are forgiven FF#Gm ... → F ... (x2, with riff) But the men stood fast with their guns on their shoulder Not knowing what to do with the contradicting orders The general said he would do his own duty but he would extend it no further The men could go as they pleased But not a man moved, their eyes gazed straight ahead Till one by one they stepped back, and not a word was said And the old general was left with his own words echoing in his head He then prepared to fight, he said... I have seen the others and I have discovered That this fight is not worth fighting And I've seen their mothers, And I will no other To follow me where I'm going So... take a shower, shine your shoes You've got no time to lose You are young men, you must be living Take a shower, shine your shoes You've got no time to lose You are young men, you must be living Go now, you are forgiven [end with intro chords/riff]

Notes & Tabs

Basic Chords Used

Here's how I generally play the chords used in this song. Note that there are two versions of Bb you'll likely make use of:

e-|---1-----6-----1----3-----3----6-----2----3----
B-|---3-----6-----1----4-----3----8-----2----3----
G-|---3-----7-----2----5-----4----8-----3----3----
D-|---3-----8-----3----5-----5----8-----4----5----
A-|---1-----8-----3----3-----5----6-----4----5----
E-|---------6-----1----------3----------2----3----
      Bb    Bb    F    Cm    G    Eb    F#   Gm 

How to Play the Verse & Chorus

Those chords may look daunting -- but note that this song does a good job in keeping each pair of chords very nearby on the fretboard. Here is the intro / verse / chorus chords in sequence:

            e-|---------------------------------------1-----------------
            B-|-------------3-------------------------1-----------------
Bar the     G-|-------------3-------------------------2-----------------
1st Fret    D-|-------------3-------------------------3-----------------
            A-|-------------1-------------------------3-----------------
            E-|---------------------------------------1-----------------
                            Bb                        F 
               "There was a decorated General, with a heart of gold..."
            e-|--------2----------------------3-------------------------
            B-|--------4----------------------3-------------------------
Bar the     G-|--------5----------------------4-------------------------
3rd Fret    D-|--------5----------------------5-------------------------
            A-|--------3----------------------5-------------------------
            E-|-------------------------------3-------------------------
                       Cm                     G 
                "Which likened him to all the stories he told..."
            e-|----------------------------------------------------------
            B-|-----8----------------------------------------------------
Bar the     G-|-----8------------------------------7---------------------
6rd Fret    D-|-----8------------------------------8---------------------
            A-|-----6------------------------------8---------------------
            E-|------------------------------------6---------------------
                    Eb                             Bb 
                "Of past battles won and lost, and legends of old..."
            e-|-----1---------------------------------------------------
            B-|-----1---------------------------------------------------
Bar the     G-|-----2---------------------------------------------------
1st Fret    D-|-----3---------------------------------------------------
            A-|-----3---------------------------------------------------
            E-|-----1---------------------------------------------------
                    F 
                        "...a seasoned veteran in his own time..."

How to Play the Intro

The intro is a bit more tricky with regard to the fingerwork required. I get by playing something as follows... it isn't 100% exact to what Dispatch plays, but close enough and a good version to learn on. Note that the exact same bar chord principles (shown directly above) apply here, too -- your hands shouldn't be moving up and down the fretboard too much.

          e-|-----------------------|------------1------
          B-|-----------------------|---3---3----1------
Bar the   G-|-----------------------|---3---3----2------
1st Fret  D-|-----------------------|---3---3----3------
          A-|------------1----1-----|---1---1----3------
          E-|---1--2--3----------3--|------------1------
                                        Bb       F 
          e-|-----------------------------|-------------3----
          B-|-----------------------------|---4---4-----3----
Bar the   G-|-----------------------------|---5---5-----4----
3rd Fret  D-|---3--3h5p3--3---------------|---5---5-----5----
          A-|----------------5--3---------|---3---3-----5----
          E-|----------------------6--3---|-------------3----
                                              Cm        G 
          e-|--------------------------|---------------------------------------
          B-|--------------------------|--8------------------------------------
Slide to  G-|--------------------------|--8---------7-------2--2---------2--2--
6rd Fret  D-|--------------------------|--8---------8-------3--3---x-x---3--3--
          A-|---------1--3--1-----1/6--|--6---------8-------3--3---x-x---3--3--
          E-|---1--3-----------3-------|------6--6--6---/1--1--1---x-x---1--1--
                                          Eb        Bb      F 

Riff at the End of the Chorus

There is one last small riff you'll need to learn to finish things off -- which is used at the end of the chorus.

e-|------------3--3---------3--3---|----------------1--1---------1--1----
B-|------------3--3---------3--3---|----------------1--1---------1--1----
G-|------------3--3---------3--3---|---3--5--3------2--2---------2--2----
D-|---3---4----5--5---x-x---5--5---|------------5---3--3---x-x---3--3---- (repeat)
A-|---3---4----5--5---x-x---5--5---|----------------3--3---x-x---3--3----
E-|---1---2----3--3---x-x---3--3---|----------------1--1---x-x---1--1----
      F   F#   Gm                                   F 

Chord Progressions

Intro

| Bb ... | F  ... | Cm ... | G ... |
| Eb ... | Bb ... | F  ... | F ... | (with riff)

Verse

"There was a decorated General with a heart of gold..."
| Bb . . . | F  . . . | Cm . . . | G . . . |
| Eb . . . | Bb . . . | F  . . . | . . . . | (repeat)

Chorus

"I have seen the others, and I have discovered..."
| Bb . . . | F  . . . | Cm . . . | G . . . |
| Eb . . . | Bb . . . | F  . . . | . . . . | (repeat)

Song Info

Song: The General
Artist: Dispatch
Album: Bang Bang
Year: 2000
Label: Universal Records

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