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The Drugs Don't Work

Ben Harper

from the album Live from Mars released in 2001

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Lyrics

Intro

| C . . . | C . C/B . | Am . . . | Am . . . | | Em . . . | F . G . | C . . G | C . . . |

Verse

C All this talk of getting old C C/B Am Is getting me down my love Em F Like a cat in a bag waiting to drown G C G C This time I'm coming down And I know you're thinking of me As you lay there on your side Now the drugs don't work, they just make you worse But I know I'll see your face again But the drugs don't work, they just make you worse But I know I'll see your face again And I know I'm on a losing streak 'Cause I passed down my old street But if you want a show, just let me know and I'll Sing in your ear again Now the drugs don't work, they just make you worse But I know I'll see your face again

Refrain

F Em So baby, oooohh....... Am G If heaven calls I'm coming too Just like you said If you leave my life I'm better off dead All this talk of getting old Is getting me down my love Like a cat in a bag waiting to drown This time I'm coming down Now the drugs don't work, they just make you worse But I know I'll see your face again So baby, oooohh....... If heaven calls I'm coming too Just like you said If you leave my life I'm better off dead But if you want a show, just let me know and I'll Sing in your ear again Now the drugs don't work, they just make you worse But I know I'll see your face again Yeah I know I'll see your face again... Yeah I know I'll see your face again... Yeah I know I'll see your face again... whoa, Yeah I know I'll see your face again...

Outro

C G Never coming down, now... never coming down No more, no more, no more, no more, no more Never coming down, now... never coming down No more, no more, no more, no more, no more G C (let ring) Whoa... Yeah I know I'll see your face again

Notes & Tabs

Basic Chords Used

Here are the chords this song uses... nice and standard. Listen along to the recording to get an idea of strumming pattern.

e-|----0-----0-----3----0-----0-----1----
B-|----1-----1-----0----1-----0-----1----
G-|----0-----0-----0----2-----0-----2----
D-|----2-----0-----0----2-----2-----3----
A-|----3-----2-----2----0-----2-----3----
E-|----------------3----------0-----1----
       C    C/B    G    Am    Em    F 

Intro & Verse Riff

Ben Harper plays a very simple but distinctive riff on the C and Am during the intro and verse of his Live from Mars recording. Note the hammer-on used on the 3rd and 4th strings. Listen along for the exact strumming pattern.

e-|-------0----0-0------0-----------|---3----3----0----|---0-----3-3-----------
B-|-------1----1-1------1---1--1----|---1----1----1----|---1-----1-1---1--1----
G-|-------0----0-0------0---0--0----|---0----0----2----|---2-----2-2---0--0h2--
D-|-------2----2-2------2---0--0h2--|---2----0----2----|---2-----2-2---0--0h2--
A-|---3---3----3-3---3--3---3--3----|---3----2----0----|---0-----0-0---0--0----
E-|---------------------------------|------------------|-----------------------
      C                                 C   C/B   Am       Am7 

Originally by...

Note, this song is originally by The Verve. It is written by Richard Ashcroft and featured on the album "Urban Hymns". Copyright 1997 on the label Hut.

Chord Progressions

Intro

| C  . . . | . . C C/B | Am . . . | . . . . |
| Em . . . | F . G  .  | C  . . G | C . . . |

Verse

"All this talk of getting old..."
| C  . . . | . . C C/B | Am . . . | . . . . |
| Em . . . | F . G  .  | C  . . G | C . . . |
                                 (repeat as needed)

Refrain

"So baby, oh..."
| F . . . | Em . . . | Am . . . | G . . . |
                                 (repeat as needed)

Outro

"Never coming down, never coming down..."
| C . G . | C . G . | C . G . | C . G . | 
                                 (repeat as needed)

Song Info

Song: The Drugs Don't Work
Artist: Ben Harper
Album: Live from Mars
Year: 2001
Label: Virgin

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My name is David Potsiadlo, and I created Songnotes to share my collection of guitar tabs, chords, and lyrics for my favorite songs.

Since I started playing guitar over 10 years ago, I've often been frustrated by the preponderance of mediocre and incomplete song tabs littered across the internet. To combat this, I started keeping my own collection of notes for each song I learn -- always taking the extra time to make sure accuracy and completeness are never compromised. Years later, my collection grew to the point where I knew I had to share it online with fellow aspiring musicians.

In December 2012, I began designing & developing a website that became Songnotes. Here, I share my personal collection of hand-crafted music notation with all those online. I hope you enjoy.

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