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The Rolling Stones first played this song live on a TV special, 'Pop Go The Sixties', on 31 December 1969.
On the recording of the album, Jagger said in a 1995 interview with Rolling Stone,
"Well, it's a very rough, very violent era. The Vietnam War.
Violence on the screens, pillage and burning. And Vietnam was not war as we knew it
in the conventional sense..." On the song itself, he concluded,
"That's a kind of end-of-the-world song, really. It's apocalypse; the whole record's like that."

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Rolling Stones - Gimme Sheleter

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Author And Composer: Mick Jagger and Keith Richards
Song Editor: TAB4U Staff
Category: Rock
Strumming:
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Intro:
C# B A B C# B A B C# C# C# C#
C# B A E B C#

C#                                            
Oh, a storm is threat'ning  my very life today
C#                                   
If I don't get some shelter, oh yeah,
C#                 
I'm gonna fade away

C#   B         A                        E
War, children,   it's just a shot away,  
            B        
it's just a shot away
C#   B         A                        E
War, children,   it's just a shot away,  
            B         C#
it's just a shot away   

Bridge:

   C#                                  
e|-7b9-b9-b9-b9b7---------------------|
B|----------------7--4s5-----8b7------|
G|-----------------------6-------4-6--|
D|------------------------------------|
A|------------------------------------|
E|------------------------------------|

C#                                                 
Ooh, see the fire is sweepin', my very street today
C#                                                 
Burns like a red coal carpet, mad bull lost its way

C#   B         A                        E
War, children,   it's just a shot away,  
            B        
it's just a shot away
C#   B         A                        E
War, children,   it's just a shot away,  
            B         C#
it's just a shot away   

Bridge:
C# C# C# C#
C# B A E B C# B A E B C# B A E B C#

C#    B       A                        E
Rape, murder!   It's just a shot away,  
            B         C#
it's just a shot away   
C#    B       A                        E
Rape, murder!   It's just a shot away,  
            B         C#
it's just a shot away   
C#    B       A                        E
Rape, murder!   It's just a shot away,  
            B         C#
it's just a shot away   
C#                 
Yeah yeahh yeahhhhh

C#                                            
The floods is threat'ning,  my very life today
C#                                           
Gimme, gimme shelter,  or I'm gonna fade away

C#   B         A                        E
War, children,   it's just a shot away,  
            B         C#
it's just a shot away   
C#                    B                       A
It's just a shot away,  it's just a shot away  
A                     E
It's just a shot away  
  B        C#    B       A                       E
I tell you love, sister,   it's just a kiss away  
            B         C#                       B
It's just a kiss away,   it's just a kiss away  
                      A                       
It's just a kiss away,   it's just a kiss away
A         B          C#
Kiss away, kiss away   
Bridge:
C# C# C# C# x4

Ending:
C# B A A B C# B A E B C# B A E B C#
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