Whipping Post

Words & Music:

Gregg Allman (Allman Brothers Band)

Tabs by Terry Landry & Mike Duncan


INTRO (bass guitar)




|-3h5-5p3h5-3h5-5p3h5-3h5-5p3h5-------5-| repeat


The guitars join.  First, one doubles the bass line.  Then the other does this.

|---------------------------------------|    |----------------------------|

|-------------------------------5h8-5---|    |----------------------------|

|-5h7-7-----5h7-7-----5h7-7-----5h7-5-7-| or |----222-----222----222------| vamp

|-5h7-7-----5h7-7-----5h7-7-----------7-|    |----222-----222----222------|

|---------------------------------------|    |-0--000--0--000--0-000--5-3-|

|---------------------------------------|    |----------------------------|


Main riff:  Am  Bm(2)  Am(5)  Bm(2)  [another version subs C for the AM(5)]


I've been run down, and I've been lied to.

And I don't know why I let that mean woman make me a fool.

She took all my money, wrecked my new car.

Now, she's with one of my good time buddies,

Drinking in some crosstown bar.



Bm7         D7(5)             E7(7)

Sometimes I feel, sometimes I feel,  

               A           D        C     A           D        C

Like I've been tied to the whippin' post, tied to the whippin' post,

A           D        C     A [strum, mute, then n.c.]

Tied to the whippin' post, Good Lord I feel like I'm dying.



   ^full     ^full                        ~~~~~~~~






|----------------------------|---------------------------------| repeat bar


INSTRUMENTAL SOLO OVER Am [try Am pentatonic, A aeolian, C ionian, D dorian, etc.]


My friends tell me that I've been such a fool.

And I have to stand by and take it, babe, all for loving you.

I drown myself in sorrow, 'cause I look at what you've done.

But nothing seems to change, the bad times stay the same & I can't run.





Then we encounter this two octave run of the A aeolian mode















And now a rhythm and lead trade off...

  A        Bm       C        Bm  <---------rhythm guitar, organ }

        ^full    ^full    ^full    ^full                        }

|-----17|------17|------17|------17|---|                        }

|-----20|------20|------20|------20|---|<--lead guitar          }

|--------------------------------------|                        }repeat

|--------------------------------------|                        }

|--------------------------------------|                        }

|-5-5------7-7------8-8------7-7-------|<--bass guitar          }



Sometimes I feel... [repeat chorus in half-time with blues fills]



Fills for Chorus:

                            ^full (release silent)







  sometimes I feel (lead fill in Am [I use this one])


                              ^full^full     ^full







  sometimes I feel (again, one fill I use)



                A             ~~~~~~~






|---------------5------------------------| repeat (at the word "tied")

 Like I've been tied to the whipping post



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