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Take Me To The River Bass Tab

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TAKE ME TO THE RIVER (Bassline)

As recorded by Al Green
(From the 1974 Album AL GREEN EXPLORES YOUR MIND)

Words and Music by Al Green & Mabon "Teenie" Hodges

Transcribed by Slowhand


Gtr I (E A D G) - 'Leroy Hodges - Bass'


 Intro
  Q=118
 4/4
  Gtr I
  W          W            Q  E E E E E E   E E E E +E  E E E
|----------|----------||-----------------|-------7-(7)-9-7----|
|----------|----------||o----------------|-6-7-9--------------|
|----------|----------||o----------------|-----------------7--|
|----------|----------||--0----0-0-0---0-|--------------------|


                                         $
  Q  E E E E E E   E E E E +E  E E E  3x
|----------------|-------7-(7)-9-7----||-|
|----------------|-6-7-9-------------o||-|
|----------------|-----------------7-o||-|
|-0----0-0-0---0-|--------------------||-|


   1st - 3rd Verses
    Q  E E E E E E   E E E E +E  E E E
||-----------------|-------7-(7)-9-7----|
||o----------------|-6-7-9--------------|
||o----------------|-----------------7--|
||--0----0-0-0---0-|--------------------|


  Q  E E E E E E   E E E E +E  E E E   Q  E E E E E E   E E E E +E  E E E
|----------------|-------7-(7)-9-7---|----------------|-------7-(7)-9-7---|
|----------------|-6-7-9-------------|----------------|-6-7-9-------------|
|----------------|-----------------7-|----------------|-----------------7-|
|-0----0-0-0---0-|-------------------|-0----0-0-0---0-|-------------------|


                                       Chorus
  Q  E E E E E E   E E E E +E  E E E    +Q.   E E E E E   +E  E Q  E S S E E
|----------------|-------7-(7)-9-----||-----------------|---------------------|
|----------------|-6-7-9-------------||-----------------|------------------0--|
|----------------|-----------------3-||-(3)---3-3-------|------------2-3-4----|
|-0----0-0-0---0-|-------------------||-----------0-1-3-|-(3)-3-3--3----------|


                                                           2/4
  +Q   Q  E E E E   +Q   E E +Q   E E   +Q   E E +Q   E E   +Q   E E
|-----------------|-------------------|-------------------|----------|
|-(0)--0--0-0-----|-------------------|-------------------|----------|
|-------------0-0-|-(0)----0-(0)----0-|-(0)----0-(0)----0-|-(0)----0-|
|-----------------|------0--------0---|------0--------0---|------0---|


 4/4
  E E Q  E Q  E   E E E E +E  E E E   Q  E E E E E E   E E E E +E  E E E
|---------------|-------7-(7)-9-7---|----------------|-------7-(7)-9-7----|
|---------------|-6-7-9-------------|----------------|-6-7-9--------------|
|---------------|-----------------7-|----------------|-----------------7--|
|---0----0----0-|-------------------|-0----0-0-0---0-|--------------------|


                                                                   To Coda
  Q  E E E E E E   E E E E +E  E E E   Q  E E E E E E   E E E E +E  E E E
|----------------|-------7-(7)-9-7---|----------------|-------7-(7)-9-7------||
|----------------|-6-7-9-------------|----------------|-6-7-9---------------o||
|----------------|-----------------7-|----------------|-----------------7---o||
|-0----0-0-0---0-|-------------------|-0----0-0-0---0-|----------------------||


 Bridge
  Q  Q  E Q  E   +E  E Q  E E E E   +E  E Q  E E E E   +E  E Q  E E E E
|--------------|------------------|------------------|------------------|
|--------------|------------------|------------------|----------------0-|
|-4--4--4-4--0-|-(0)-0-0--0---2-4-|-(4)-4-4--4-4---0-|-(0)-0-0--0-0-4---|
|--------------|------------4-----|--------------4---|------------------|


  +E  E Q  E E E E   +E  E Q  E E E E   +E  E Q  E E E E   +E  E Q  E E E E
|------------------|------------------|------------------|------------------|
|-(0)-0-0--0-0-----|------------------|------------------|------------------|
|--------------0-2-|-(2)-2-2--2-2-2-2-|-(2)-2-2--2-0---2-|-(2)-2-2--2-2-2-2-|
|------------------|------------------|--------------4---|------------------|


  +E  E E E E Q  E   E E E E +E  E E E
|------------------|-------7-(7)-9-7---|
|------------------|-6-7-9-------------|
|-(2)--------------|-----------------7-|
|-----0-0-0-0----0-|-------------------|


                    1.,2.
    Q  E E E E E E   E E E E +E  E E E  3x
||-----------------|-------7-(7)-9-7----||
||o----------------|-6-7-9-------------o||
||o----------------|-----------------7-o||
||--0----0-0-0---0-|--------------------||


                        Outro
  3.
        D.S. al Coda &
  E E E E +E  E E E      Q  E E E E E E   E E E E +E  E E E   7x
|-------7-(7)-9-7----||-----------------|-------7-(7)-9-7-----||
|-6-7-9--------------||o----------------|-6-7-9--------------o||
|-----------------7--||o----------------|-----------------7--o||
|--------------------||--0----0-0-0---0-|---------------------||


Duration Legend
---------------
W - whole; H - half; Q - quarter; E - 8th; S - 16th; T - 32nd; X - 64th; a - acciaccatura
+ - note tied to previous; . - note dotted; .. - note double dotted
Uncapitalized letters represent notes that are staccato (1/2 duration)
Irregular groupings are notated above the duration line
Duration letters will always appear directly above the note/fret number it represents the
duration for.  Duration letters with no fret number below them represent rests.  Multi-
bar rests are notated in the form Wxn, where n is the number of bars to rest for.  Low
melody durations appear below the staff

Tablature Legend
----------------
 h   - hammer-on
 p   - pull-off
 b   - bend
 pb  - pre-bend
 r   - bend release (if no number after the r, then release immediately)
 /\  - slide into or out of (from/to "nowhere")
 s   - legato slide
 S   - shift slide
  - natural harmonic
[n]  - artificial harmonic
n(n) - tapped harmonic
 ~   - vibrato
 tr  - trill
 T   - tap
 TP  - trem. picking
 PM  - palm muting
\n/  - tremolo bar dip; n = amount to dip
 \n  - tremolo bar down
 n/  - tremolo bar up
/n\  - tremolo bar inverted dip
 =   - hold bend; also acts as connecting device for hammers/pulls
 <>  - volume swell (louder/softer)
 x   - on rhythm slash represents muted slash
 o   - on rhythm slash represents single note slash

Misc Legend
-----------
 |  - bar
||  - double bar
||o - repeat start
o|| - repeat end
*|  - double bar (ending)
 :  - bar (freetime)
 $  - Segno
 &  - Coda
Tempo markers -  = BPM(8/16=s8/s16), where s8 = swing 8ths, s16 = swing 16ths



I'd like to dedicate this song to Little Junior Parker, 
a cousin of mine who's gone on 
but we'd like to kinda carry on in his name, by singing

I don't know why I love like I do
After all the changes that you put me through
You stole my money and my cigarettes
And I haven't seen hide nor hair of you yet

I wanna know
Won't you tell me
Am I in love to stay, hey, hey

Take me to the river
Wash me down
Won't you cleanse my soul
Put my feet on the ground

I don't know why she treated me so bad
After all the things that we could have had
Love is a notion that I can't forget
My sweet sixteen I will never regret

I wanna know
Won't you tell me
Am I in love to stay, hey, hey

Hold me, love me, please me, tease me
'Til I can't, 'til I can't take anymore
Take me to the river

I don't know why I love you like I do
After all the things that you put me through
There's sixteen candles that burn on my wall
Turning me into the biggest fool of them all

I wanna know
Can't you tell me
Am I in love to stay, hey, hey
I wanna know
Take me to the river
I wanna know
Won't you dip me in the water
I wanna know
Won't you wash me in the water
Wash me in the water
Wash me in the water
Won't you wash me in the water
Feelin' good
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