• Fisticuffs by Primus
  • Tabbed by Jim Wade
  • INTRO
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  • A -2\4h-4-4/2h---4/2h--------|-2\4h-4-4/2h---\8-8-8-|
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  • MAIN RIFF
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  • B -14-------14----14---14\16h-14\16h-17-17/|
  • VERSE
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  • B -2-----2---2---2\4h-2\4h-5-5/|
  • “He knew the game of Fisticuffs...”
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  • They found James Ambrose dead in his cell
    A gaping gash in his arm had drained him down to Hell
    No one knew for sure if Ambrose was his name
  • They called him Yankee Sullivan in early days of fame
    He'd known the game of fisticuffs had always treated him right
    But no one knew the men who came and took his life that
    night

    He'd spent some time in Botany Bay atoning for his sins
    He fought a bout with Hammer Lane and took a tainted win
    He was the hero of the Bowery, a prince of lawless times
    Then was battered by the "Butcherman" in 1849
    He knew the game of fisticuffs, he knew the game of might
    But no one knew the men who came and took his life one night
    He knew the game of fisticuffs
               
  • Lilly and McCoy were shy of a hundred and forty pounds
    In 1842 they went a hundred and eighteen rounds
    They begged McCoy to cash it in, he said that he would not
    Got up and fought one more round then died right on the spot
    He knew the game of fisticuffs, he knew the game of fight
    But no one knew the game would come and take his life that night