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I Say A Little Prayer bass

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I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER (Bassline)

As recorded by Aretha Franklin
(From the 1968 Album ARETHA NOW)

Words and Music by Burt Bacharach & Hal David

Transcribed by Slowhand


Gtr I (E A D G) - 'Jerry Jemmott - Bass'


 Intro
  Q=128
 4/4                                             2/4
  Gtr I
  Q.   E Q.   E   Q.   E Q.   E   Q.   E Q.   E   Q.   E
|---------------|---------------|---------------|--------|
|---------------|---------------|---------------|-2------|
|---------------|-2----2-2------|-2----2-2----2-|--------|
|-2----2-2----2-|-------------2-|---------------|------0-|


 4/4
  Q.   E Q.   E   Q.   E Q.   E   Q.   E Q  E E
|---------------|---------------|---------------||
|---------------|---------------|---------------||
|---------------|-5----5-5------|-4----4--------||
|-5----5-5----5-|-------------5-|--------4--4-3-||


   1st & 2nd Verses
                                                   2/4
    Q.   E Q.   E   Q.   E Q.   E   Q.   E Q.   E   Q.   E
||----------------|---------------|---------------|--------|
||o---------------|---------------|---------------|-2----2-|
||o---------------|-2----2-2------|-2----2-2----2-|--------|
||--2----2-2----2-|-------------2-|---------------|--------|


 4/4
  Q.   E Q.   E   Q.   E Q.   E   Q.   E Q  E E
|---------------|---------------|---------------|
|---------------|---------------|---------------|
|---------------|-5----5-5------|-4----4--------|
|-5----5-5----5-|-------------5-|--------4--4-3-|


                                                 2/4
  Q.   E Q.   E   Q.   E Q.   E   Q.   E Q.   E   Q.   E
|---------------|---------------|---------------|---------|
|---------------|---------------|---------------|-2----2--|
|-------------0-|-2----2-2------|-2----2-2----2-|---------|
|-2----2-2------|-------------2-|---------------|---------|


 4/4
  Q.   E Q.   E   Q.   E Q.   E   Q.   E Q.   E
|---------------|---------------|---------------||
|---------------|---------------|---------------||
|---------------|-5----5-5----5-|-4----4-4----4-||
|-5----5-5----5-|---------------|---------------||


 Chorus
                                3/4
  Q.   E Q.   E   Q  E Q  E Q    Q  E Q  E
|---------------|--------------|-----------|
|--------2----2-|------4--4-4--|-4---------|
|-5----5--------|-4--4---------|----4-0--0-|
|---------------|--------------|-----------|


 4/4                            3/4
  Q.   E Q.   E   Q  E Q  E Q    Q  E Q  E
|---------------|--------------|-----------|
|--------2----2-|------4--4-4--|-4---------|
|-5----5--------|-4--4---------|----4-0--0-|
|---------------|--------------|-----------|


 4/4                            3/4
  Q.   E Q.   E   Q  E Q  E Q    Q  E Q  E
|---------------|--------------|-----------|
|--------2----2-|------4--4-4--|-4---------|
|-5----5--------|-4--4---------|----4-0--0-|
|---------------|--------------|-----------|


 4/4
  |-3-| |-3-|
  Q Q Q Q Q Q   Q  Q  Q  Q    Q  Q  Q  E E
|-------------|----6--------|---------------||
|-------------|-------9--7--|-6------------o||
|-5-5-5-7-7-5-|-4-----------|----9--8--5---o||
|-------------|-------------|------------5--||


 Chorus
                                3/4
  Q.   E Q.   E   Q  E Q  E Q    Q  E Q  E
|---------------|--------------|-----------|
|--------2----2-|------4--4-4--|-4---------|
|-5----5--------|-4--4---------|----4-0--0-|
|---------------|--------------|-----------|


 4/4                            3/4
  Q.   E Q.   E   Q  E Q  E Q    Q  E Q  E
|---------------|--------------|-----------|
|--------2----2-|------4--4-4--|-4---------|
|-5----5--------|-4--4---------|----4-0--0-|
|---------------|--------------|-----------|


 4/4                            3/4
  Q.   E Q.   E   Q  E Q  E Q    Q  E Q  E
|---------------|--------------|-----------|
|--------2----2-|------4--4-4--|-4---------|
|-5----5--------|-4--4---------|----4-0--0-|
|---------------|--------------|-----------|


 4/4
  |-3-| |-3-|
  Q Q Q Q Q Q   Q  Q  Q  Q    Q  Q  Q  Q
|-------------|----6--------|-------------||
|-------------|-------9--7--|-6-----------||
|-5-5-5-7-7-5-|-4-----------|----9--8--5--||
|-------------|-------------|-------------||


 Bridge
                                                                         |-3-|
  Q.   E Q.   E   Q.   E Q.   E   Q.   E Q.   E   Q.   E Q.   E   Q.   E Q Q Q
|---------------|---------------|---------------|---------------|--------------|
|---------------|---------------|---------------|-2----2-2----2-|-2----2-2-2-2-|
|------4-4------|-2----2------2-|-2----2-2----2-|---------------|--------------|
|-2-----------5-|--------2------|---------------|---------------|--------------|


                           |-3-|                          |-3-|
    Q.   E Q.   E   Q.   E Q Q Q   Q.   E Q.   E   Q.   E Q Q Q
||----------------|--------------|---------------|---------------||
||o---------------|--------------|---------------|--------------o||
||o---------------|--------------|---------------|--------------o||
||--5----5-0----0-|-5----5-0-0-0-|-5----5-0----0-|-5----5-0-0-0--||


                         |-3-|
  Q.   E Q.   E   Q.   E Q Q Q   Q.   E Q.   E   Q.   E Q  Q
|---------------|--------------|---------------|--------------||
|---------------|--------------|---------------|--------------||
|---------------|--------------|---------------|--------------||
|-5----5-0----0-|-5----5-0-0-0-|-5----5-5----5-|-5----5-2--0--||


 Chorus
                                3/4
  Q.   E Q.   E   Q  E Q  E Q    Q  E Q  E
|---------------|--------------|-----------|
|--------2------|------4----4--|-4---------|
|-5----2------2-|-4--4----4----|----4-0--0-|
|---------------|--------------|-----------|


 4/4                            3/4
  Q.   E Q.   E   Q  E Q  E Q    Q  E Q  E
|---------------|--------------|-----------|
|--------2------|------4----4--|-4---------|
|-5----2------2-|-4--4----4----|----4-0--0-|
|---------------|--------------|-----------|


 4/4                            3/4
  Q.   E Q.   E   Q  E Q  E Q    Q  E Q  E
|---------------|--------------|-----------|
|--------2------|------4----4--|-4---------|
|-5----2------2-|-4--4----4----|----4-0--0-|
|---------------|--------------|-----------|


 4/4
  |-3-| |-3-|
  Q Q Q Q Q Q   Q  Q  Q  Q    Q  Q  Q  Q
|-------------|----6--------|-------------||
|-------------|-------9--7--|-6-----------||
|-5-5-5-7-7-5-|-4-----------|----9--8--5--||
|-------------|-------------|-------------||


 Outro
                                                                         |-3-|
  Q.   E Q.   E   Q.   E Q.   E   Q.   E Q.   E   Q.   E Q.   E   Q.   E Q Q Q
|---------------|---------------|---------------|---------------|--------------|
|---------------|---------------|---------------|-2----2-2----2-|-2----2-------|
|-------------0-|-2----2------2-|-2----2-2----2-|---------------|--------------|
|-2----2-2------|--------2------|---------------|---------------|--------0-0-0-|


                           |-3-|                          |-3-|
    Q.   E Q.   E   Q.   E Q Q Q   Q.   E Q.   E   Q.   E Q Q Q  4x
||----------------|--------------|---------------|---------------||
||o---------------|--------------|---------------|--------------o||
||o---------------|--------------|---------------|--------------o||
||--5----5-5----5-|-5----5-0-0-0-|-5----5-5----5-|-5----5-5-0-0--||


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



[Verse 1]
The moment I wake up
Before I put on my makeup
I say a little pray for you
While combing my hair now
And wondering what dress to wear now
I say a little prayer for you

[Chorus]
Forever and ever, you'll stay in my heart
And I will love you
Forever and ever, we never will part
Oh, how I love you
Together, forever, that's how it must be
To live without you
Would only mean heartbreak for me

[Verse 2]
I run for the bus, dear
While riding I think of us, dear
I say a little prayer for you
At work I just take time
And all through my coffee break time
I say a little prayer for you

[Chorus]
Forever and ever, you'll stay in my heart
And I will love you
Forever and ever we never will part
Oh, how I'll love you
Together, forever, that's how it must be
To live without you
Would only mean heartbreak for me

[Bridge]
I say a little prayer for you
I say a little prayer for you
My darling, believe me
(Believe me)
For me there is no one but you
Please love me too
(Answer his pray)
And I'm in love with you
(Answer his pray)
Answer my prayer now, babe
(Answer his pray)

[Chorus]
Forever and ever, you'll stay in my heart
And I will love you
Forever and ever we never will part
Oh, how I'll love you
Together, forever, that's how it must be
To live without you
Would only mean heartbreak for me

            
            
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