Men at Work - Down Under

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Intro

Bm A Bm G A
Bm A Bm G A

Verse 1

Bm                  A                Bm  G A
   travelling in a fried out kombie---,
Bm             A                 Bm      G A
  on a hippy trail head full of zombie.
Bm                   A    Bm             G A
   I met a strange lady, she made me nervous.
Bm              A             Bm         G A
   she took me in and gave me breakfast,  and she said

Chorus

D                    A                Bm   G A
  Do you come from a land down under---
D                 A             Bm     G A 
  where women glow and men plunder?
D                       A               Bm   G A
  cant ya hear can ya hear the thunder---
    D                  A                Bm    G A
you better run, you better take cover---

Bm A Bm G A
Bm A Bm G A

Verse 2

Bm               A         Bm       G A
Buying bread from a man in Brussels, 
Bm               A         Bm            G A
he was six foot four and full of muscles.
Bm               A         Bm    G A
I said do you speak my language? 
Bm               A         Bm                  G A
He just smiled and gave me a Vegemite sandwich.

And he said:

Chorus

D                    A                Bm   G A
  Do you come from a land down under---
D                 A             Bm     G A 
  where women glow and men plunder?
D                       A               Bm   G A
  cant ya hear can ya hear the thunder---
    D                  A                Bm    G A
you better run, you better take cover---

Bridge

Bm A Bm G A
Bm A Bm G A
Bm A Bm G A
Bm A Bm G A

D A Bm G A
D A Bm G A

Verse 3

Bm      A         Bm     G A
Lying in a den in Bombay, 
Bm      A         Bm                G A
with a slackjaw and not much to say.
Bm      A         Bm                          G A
I said to the man "Are you trying to tempt me? 
Bm      A         Bm                     G A
Because I come from the land of plenty."

And he said:

Chorus

D                    A                Bm   G A
  Do you come from a land down under---
D                 A             Bm     G A 
  where women glow and men plunder?
D                       A               Bm   G A
  cant ya hear can ya hear the thunder---
    D                  A                Bm    G A
you better run, you better take cover---

Bm A Bm G A
Bm A Bm G A

Chorus

D                    A                Bm   G A
  Do you come from a land down under---
D                 A             Bm     G A 
  where women glow and men plunder?
D                       A               Bm   G A
  cant ya hear can ya hear the thunder---
    D                  A                Bm    G A
you better run, you better take cover---

Outtro

Bm A Bm G A
Bm A Bm G A

Dm A Bm G A
Dm A Bm G A

End with D

Notes

  • Beat: About 106 bpm
  • Bar: 4/4. Emphasize on the first beat. In the chords above, each row consists of two bars. E.g., in the chorus, the D and the A chord take up the first bar. The Bm chord takes the first two beats of the second bar. The G and the A chords each take up one beat.

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Bass

According to this source:

  • Verse: BB AA BB GA
  • Chorus: BB AA BB GA

Note in the video that he uses a specific scale and not straightforward open notes:

  • The open-A is replaced by an A on the E-snare (no other options possible, for no other low A available)
  • The G is an octave lower than the open-G. It can only be played on the E-string.

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