Blue Collar Man - Styx
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Tabs and lyrics
Tunning: Standard (E A D G B e)
Song: Blue Collar Man
Artist: Styx
Album: Pieces of Eight
Tuning: Standard

[Song Order]
[Intro]
[Verse 1]
[Chorus]
[Verse 2]
[Chorus]
[Bridge]
[Solo]
[Chorus]
[Filler]
[Chorus]
[Outro]

[Intro](keyboard)
e|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-3-3-3---6---3-3-3---9--6--------------------------------------------------|
G|-2-2-2---5---2-2-2---7--5---------------(12br)-----------------------------|
D|-0-0-0---3---0-0-0---5--3----x2--------------------------------------------|
A|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|

[Main Riff]
[Rhythm guitar]
e|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-----------------2---------------------------------------------------------|
G|-----------------3---------------------------------------------------------|
D|-------0-3-2-0---0---------------------------------------------------------|
A|-0-1-3---------3-----------------------------------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|

[Lead guitar]
e|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|----------15-18-17--15--15-------------------------------------------------|
G|-14-15-17-------------17---------------------------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|

[Verse]
e|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|-7---7-7-----------3/5-5--7------------------------------------------------|
D|-7-x-7-7--5---5-5--3/5-5--7------------------------------------------------|
A|-5-x-5-5--5-x-5-5--1/3-3--5------------------------------------------------|
E|----------3-x-3-3-------------5-8------------------------------------------|

e|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|-7---7-7-----------3/5-5--5-4-3-2------------------------------------------|
D|-7-x-7-7--5---5-5--3/5-5--5-4-3-2------------------------------------------|
A|-5-x-5-5--5-x-5-5--1/3-3--3-2-1-0------------------------------------------|
E|----------3-x-3-3-----------------3-1-0------------------------------------|

[Chorus]
e|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|-9--10--7-7--9---3-3-3--5-----5--7-----------------------------------------|
D|-9--10--7-7--9---3-3-3--5-x-5-5--7-----------------------------------------|
A|-7------5-5--7---1-1-1--3-x-5-3--5-----------------------------------------|
E|----------------------------3-------5-8------------------------------------|

e|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|-9--10--7-7--9--------------------------------------------------------------|
D|-9--10--7-7--9--------0-3-2-0---0------------------------------------------|
A|-7------5-5--7--0-1-3---------3--------------------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|

[Bridge](muted)
e|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|------------------------------------------6--6-6--5------------------------|
G|------------------------------------------5--5-5--5---5--------------------|
D|------------------------------------------------------3--------------------|
A|-5-555-555-555-555-555-333-333-333--------------------3--------------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
. . . . . . . . . .

e|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|-0-2-0-3-2-5-3-7-5-8-7-----------------------------------------------------|
A|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|

e|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|------------------------------------6--6-6--5------------------------------|
G|------------------------------------5--5-5--5---5---2-2-2-2----------------|
D|------------------------------------------------3---2-2-2-2----------------|
A|-5-555-555-555-555-555-333-333-333--------------3---0-0-0-0----------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
. . . . . . . . . .

[Solo]
e|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-8brbrbr-8b-8brp6-6-------6-6----------------------------------------------|
G|-----------------7-7--5-7--7---7p5-----------------------------------------|
D|-----------------------------------7-6-5-3---------------------------------|
A|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|

e|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|----------------------------5-5--7br---------------------------------------|
D|---------3-5-5p3-3-3h5--5/7--7---------------------------------------------|
A|-/5-5-3-5------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|

e|------------------13-------------------------------------------------------|
B|-13b-----------13b--13r-10-------------------------------------------------|
G|-----10--12/14------------12-10-10-----------------------------------------|
D|-----------------------------------12p10-----------------------------------|
A|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|

e|-----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|---12-------10---------------------------------------------------------------|
G|---12-x-x-x-10------------------------------/5----0-5--7br-7p6p5---5-7-7p6p5p0-|
D|---12-x-x-x-10--10-------------5b-5-3-5-5b-----5-7--------------7p5------------|
A|-12---x-x-x--------12-11-10-8------------------------------------------------|
E|-----------------------------------------------------------------------------|

e|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|-0h5p0h5p0h5p0h5p0h5p0h5--7b-7-7br-----------------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|

e|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|------------------------------------------------------10-------------------|
D|------10------10------10------10------10--------10--12---
Tunning: Standard (E A D G B e)
#----------------------------------PLEASE NOTE---------------------------------#
#This file is the author's own work and represents their interpretation of the #
#song. You may only use this file for private study, scholarship, or research. #
#------------------------------------------------------------------------------##
From: Dave Mosley
Subject: TAB:Blue Colllar Man -STYX
Date: Mon, 20 Nov 95 09:58:00 PST


TITLE: Blue Collar Man
GROUP: Styx
ALBUM: Pieces of Eight
MANF : A&M CD3224


A line of X's stand for a muted strum, in a vain attempt to
represent rhythm.

The keyboard intro can be simulated (and is later played):

(Guitar 1)
|-------------------------------------|--------------------|
|--7-7-7-7---10---7-7-7-7----12--10---|--------------------|
|*-7-7-7-7---10---7-7-7-7----12--10--*|-----------------2--|
|*-7-7-7-7---10---7-7-7-7----12--10--*|-------0-3-2-0---0--|
|-------------------------------------|-0-1-3---------3----|
|-------------------------------------|--------------------|

(Guitar 2)
|--------------------|
|--------------------|
|-------7-10-9-7---7-|
|-7-8-10---------10--|
|--------------------|
|--------------------|


[verse]
D G Bb C D
|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
|-7--x--7--7--x--x------------3--5--x--x--5--x--x--7--7-------------|
|-7--x--7--7--x--x------------3--5--x--x--5--x--x--7--7-------------|
|-5--x--5--5--x--x---5-x-5-5--1--3--x--x--3--x--x--5--5-------0--3--|
|--------------------3-x-3-3----------------------------------------|

Give me a job, give me security. give me a chance to survive

My mother an father, my wife and my friends I see them laugh in my face


D G Bb C B Bb A
|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
|-7--x--7--7--x--x------------3--5--5--x--5--4--3--2----------------|
|-7--x--7--7--x--x------------3--5--5--x--5--4--3--2----------------|
|-5--x--5--5--x--x---5-x-5-5--1--3--3--x--3--2--1--0----------------|
|--------------------3-x-3-3---------------------------3--1--0------|

I'm just a poor soul in the unemployement line, my God I'm hardly alive

But I've got the power, and I've got the will - I'm not a charity case.
I'll take those


|----------------------------------------------------------|
|----------------------------------------------------------|
|--5---7-------5---------7------3---------5----5/7--7-7-7--|
|--7---8-------5---------7------3---------5----5/7--7-7-7--|
|-------------------------------1---------3----3/5--5-5-5--|
|----------------------------------------------------------|

Long nights, impossible odds. Keepin my eye on the keyhole. If it takes


|--------------------------------------------------------------|
|--------------------------------------------------------------|
|--5---7-------5---------7-----------------------------------2-|
|--7---8-------5---------7-------------------0-3--2---0------0-|
|-----------------------------------0--1-3---------------3-----|
|--------------------------------------------------------------|

All night to be just what I am I'm gonna be a blue collar man


Once more thru the keyboard riff, then thru the verse again.


Make me an offer, that I can't refuse.
Make me a respectable man.
This is my last time in the unemployement line,
so like it or not I'll take those...

then a muted tacit on D5, C5, Bb5, and A:

D5
||--------------------------------------------------|
||--------------------------------------------------|
||*-------------------------------------------------|
||*-7-x-x-7-x-x-7-x-x-7-x-x-7-x-x-7-x-x-7-x-x-7-x-x-|
||--5-x-x-5-x-x-5-x-x-5-x-x-5-x-x-5-x-x-5-x-x-5-x-x-|
||--------------------------------------------------|

...man. Keepin my mind on a

Paradise. Can it be all I

C5
|-------------------------------------------------|
|-------------------------------------------------|
|-------------------------------------------------|
|-5-x-x-5-x-x-5-x-x-5-x-x-5-x-x-5-x-x-5-x-x-5-x-x-|
|-3-x-x-3-x-x-3-x-x-3-x-x-3-x-x-3-x-x-3-x-x-3-x-x-|
|-------------------------------------------------|

better life. Where

heard it was? I

Bb5
|-------------------------------------------------|
|-------------------------------------------------|
|-------------------------------------------------|
|-3-x-x-3-x-x-3-x-x-3-x-x-3-x-x-3-x-x-3-x-x-3-x-x-|
|-1-x-x-1-x-x-1-x-x-1-x-x-1-x-x-1-x-x-1-x-x-1-x-x-|
|-------------------------------------------------|

happiness, is only a heartbeat

close my eyes, and maybe I'm already


A first time second time
|---------------------------||---------------------|
|---------------------------||---------------------|
|---------------------------||---------------------|
|-2-2-----------------------||-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2---|
|-0-0-0-/3-1-/5-3-/7-5-/8-7-||-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0---|
|---------------------------||---------------------|

away.

there.


solo and repeat.
Song info
Blue Collar Man
Styx
2001
  • Rock
  • Classic Rock
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