Matthew Gruman

Buck 65

Indestrucable Sam (Banjo Tab)

This is done on a 5-string banjo with some heavy droning on the G string 
(the small one at the bottom thats pegged halfway up the neck). 
You'll be safe if you just let it ring out the whole time.

Be sure to let the G drone string ring throughout the song to get the proper sound

Riff 1:

d|--------------------------------------------
B|---------1^3-----------3^1------------------
G|-0-0-0^3-----0-0--0^3-------3--0----0-0-0^3-
D|--------------------------------------------
g|--------------------------------------------

------3^5-3^5-3^5----------
-1^3--3---3---3---3\1------
------------------------3-0
---------------------------
---------------------------

Riff 2:

d|--3^5-----3^5-3^5---3^5-3^5-----3^5-3^5---------
B|--3---------3---3---3---3-------3---3----3\1----
G|---------------------------------------------3-0
D|------------------------------------------------
g|------------------------------------------------

Lyrics:

Well this heres the story of Samuel Donbay
A man like any other at the end of a long day
Guts and muscles and maybe a little more
He worked as a grave digger after the civil war
Miles around competition burned with the deepest rage
The work was hard and Sam did it for the cheapest wage
Seemed that the other Mans shoes didnt fit him
When he was out working the others were out to get him

They called him indestructible Sam,
He promised he would die with a shovel in his hands
Thats right, they called him indestructible Sam
He promised he would die with a shovel in his hands

Diggin all day Sams pockets got richer
But the others were wishing he was out of the picture
So late one night some of the competition went to see Doctor Beauregard
a local magician
They asked if he could help put things in reverse
They pooled all their money for a fifty dollar curse
Next morning at work was a commotion
Digging a grave Sam heard an explosion
Followed by a moaning, cursing and mumbling
From the nearby bushes a figure came stumbling
Sam shrugged his shoulders and surveyed the damages
Later Dr Beauregard was seen wearing bandages
Worse for wear he wasnt taking suggestion
Said hed hex anyone that asked him any questions
The coast wasnt clear trouble kept lurking
The others kept scheming and Sam kept working

They called him indestructible Sam,
He promised he would die with a shovel in his hands
Thats right, they called him indestructible Sam
He promised he would die with a shovel in his hands

The other gravediggers lamented their blown chance
Decided to take matters into their own hands
Thoughts full of poison and making a trap
They blew up the shed where Sam was taking a nap
The others were astonished and totally annoyed
Cause Sam walked away while the shed was destroyed
Next they tied him up and they were sure that they got him when they 
threw him in a lake and watched him sink to the bottom
Below and behold and to the others dismay
Sam was back at work again the very next day
They burned his house down to the ground they were possessed
And when that didnt work they finally shot him in the chest
So hold your head low and fly the flag half mast
But it was actually Samuel who had the last laugh
He recovered again, lord be praised
He lived to be a hundred and dug the others graves

They called him indestructible Sam,
He promised he would die with a shovel in his hands
Thats right, they called him indestructible Sam
He promised he would die with a shovel in his hands

And he did
They called him indestructible Sam,
He promised he would die with a shovel in his hands
Thats right, they called him indestructible Sam
And he died with a shovel in his hands

And this is an even true song
It was wrote on account of old Sam workin so hard
And I reckon thats how it ought to be

From John Zytaruk, Buck 65s touring guitarist

Just lettting you know that Old Man Luedecke played his banjo part on this song using the clawhammer technique and that the tuning is actually G-modal, also known as Mountain Minor or Sawmill and involves raising the pitch of the second string up to C. Once you’re in that tuning, the whole sound of the song will come together much better. All the best-John