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Papa Legba
(David Byrne)
Lyrics taken from The Original Lyrics File
Transcribed by: Scott Holcomb
Begins with F to G by Schools with Legba percussion rhythm

After the rhythm break, the main riff starts.  Basically,
you play an F on the and of 4, then up to a G on the down
beat.  Repeat this pattern every other measure.

Main Riff (including a little rhythm lick added by JB):
 /       /  /   /  /    /   /   /
------|--------------|----------------
------|--------------|----------------
------|--------------|----------------
---3/-|--5------3----|------3---------
---3/-|--5--3/5------|--3/5---5\3--1--
---1/-|--3-----------|----------------

  /        /  /   /   /   / / / /
--------|---------------|--------|
--------|---------------|--------|
--------|---------------|--------|
-----3/-|--5------3-----|-5------|
--3--3/-|--5--3/5---5\3-|-5------|
-----1/-|--3------------|-3------|

Houser's lead lick:
  / /   / /  /   /   /   /   / /   /    /   / / / /
|----------|---------------|--------------|---------|
|-------5--|-----6---------|-------5------|---------|
|---4/6----|-4/6---6\4-2---|---4/6----4-2-|---------|
|----------|---------------|--------------|---------|
|----------|---------------|--------------|---------|
|----------|---------------|--------------|---------|

  / /   / /  /   /   /   /   / /  /  /     / / / /
|----------|---------------|-------------|---------|
|-------5--|-----6---------|-------------|---------|
|---4/6----|-4/6---6\4-2---|------4--2---|---------|
|----------|---------------|---4-------4-|---------|
|----------|---------------|-------------|---------|
|----------|---------------|-------------|---------|


Verse 1:
F > G                            F > G
      You'll be, hmm-hmm-hmm-hmm,      magnet for money
F > G                         F > G
      You'll be, mm-mm-mm-mm,       magnet for love
F > G                   F > G
      You'll feel, hmm,       light in your body
F > G                    F > G
      Now I'm gonna say,       gonna say these words:

F                E
Rompiendo la monotonia del tiempo (2x)

Verse 2:
It might hmm-mmm-mm-mm, it might rain money
It might hm-hi-hi-hi, it might rain fire
Now I'm gonna call, gonna call on Legba.
Get yourself a sign, Get your love and desire.

Rompiendo la monotonia del tiempo (2x)

Chorus:
A       G
   Papa Legba,
F                    E
   Come and open the gate.
A       G
   Papa Legba,
F                 E
   To the city of camps.
A                  G
   Now, we're your children
F                     E
   Come and ride your horse
A                G
   In the night, in the night
F                     E
   Come and ride your horse

Verse 3:
There is a queen, of six sevens and nines
Dust in your garden, poison in your mind
There is a king, that will steal your soul
Don't let him catch you, don't let him get control.

Rompiendo la monotonia del tiempo (2x)

(Chorus)

Solo (G penatonic?) over the chorus groove


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last updated:8/8/1998

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