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HONESTY (Bassline)

As recorded by Billy Joel
(From the 1978 Album 52ND STREET)

Words and Music by Billy Joel

Transcribed by Slowhand


Gtr I (E A D G) - 'Doug Stegmeyer - Bass'


 Intro                    1st Verse
  Q=68
 4/4
  Gtr I
  W          H    H        H    H      Q.   E H
|----------|------------||-----------|-------------|
|----------|------------||------1----|-3----1-0----|
|----------|------8\----||-1---------|-------------|
|----------|------------||-----------|-------------|


  H    H      H    Q  Q    H    Q  +E  S S   Q  E E H
|-----------|------------|-----------------|-5--6---7----|
|-1----5----|-7-------3--|---------------5-|-------------|
|-----------|------3-----|-1----3--(3)-----|-------------|
|-----------|------------|-----------------|-------------|


                             Chorus
  H    H       Q.   E H       H    H      H    Q  Q
|------------|------7-7----||-----------|-------------|
|------7\----|-------------||-1----3----|-4----5--3---|
|-6----------|-5-----------||-----------|-------------|
|------------|-------------||-----------|-------------|


  H    Q  Q    H    E E E E   H    Q  +S  S E   H    Q  Q
|------------|--------------|-------------2---|------------|
|-1----3-----|------0-0-2-4-|-1----3--(3)---3-|-4----5--3--|
|------------|-1------------|-----------------|------------|
|---------1--|--------------|-----------------|------------|


                               2nd Verse
  H    Q  E E   +H.      E E    H    Q  +E  S S   Q.   E H
|-------------|--------------||-----------------|-------------|
|-1----3------|--------------||------1--(1)---2-|-3----1-0----|
|-----------1-|-(1)----------||-1---------------|-------------|
|---------1---|----------1-1-||-----------------|-------------|


  Q.   S S H      H    Q   Q    H    Q  +S  S E   E E E E Q  +S  S E
|---------------|-------------|-----------------|--------------------|
|-1----x-x------|-------------|-----------------|--------------------|
|---------------|-0----3\-----|-1----3--(3)---3-|-3---4---5--(5)---5-|
|----------3----|----------1--|-------------3---|----------------5---|


                                       Chorus
  H     H      E E +E. S E E +S  S E    H     Q  +S  S E   H    Q  Q
|------------|---7-(7)-----7-(7)-----||------------------|-------------|
|------------|-----------------------||-------3--(3)-----|-4----5--3---|
|-6\----0----|-5-------5-5-------5-5-||-6\-----------3---|-------------|
|------------|-----------------------||----------------1-|-------------|


  Q..   S Q  Q    H    E E E E   H    Q  +S  S E   Q  Q  Q  Q
|---------------|--------------|-----------------|-------------|
|-1-----2-3-----|------0-0-2-4-|-1----3--(3)---3-|-------5--3--|
|---------------|-1------------|-------------3---|----5--------|
|------------1--|--------------|-----------------|-2-----------|


                                           Bridge
  H    Q  E E   +H     H      H    H        W
|-------------|-------------|------------||------|
|-----------8-|-(8)----6----|------------||------|
|-6----8------|-------------|-9----8\----||------|
|---------6---|-------------|------------||-3----|


  W          W          H    +E. S E E   Q..   S H
|----------|----------|----------------|--------------|
|----------|----------|------------2---|-1-----1-3----|
|----------|----------|----------3-----|--------------|
|-3--------|-1--------|-0----(0)-------|--------------|


  Q.   E Q..   S   Q..   S E. S e e   H    Q   Q    H.      E E
|------3-3-----4-|-5----------------|-------------|--------------||
|----------------|-------5----------|------4\--0--|-1-------3----||
|-1--------------|---------3--------|-------------|--------------||
|----------------|------------6-5-3-|-1-----------|-----------1--||


 3rd Verse
  H    Q  +S  S E   Q  Q  Q..   S   H    H      H    E E Q
|-----------------|---------------|-----------|--------5-----|
|------1--(1)---1-|-3--1--0-----0-|-1---------|----------3\--|
|-1-----------1---|---------------|-----------|-0----3-------|
|-----------------|---------------|------3----|--------------|


  H    Q  +S  S S S   Q  Q  Q.   E   H     H      E Q  a E +E  E E E
|---------------5---|--------------|------------|---7--5h7-(7)-------||
|-------------5---5-|--------------|------------|--------------0-0-0-||
|-1----3--(3)-------|-3--4--5----5-|-6\----0----|-5------------------||
|-------------------|--------------|------------|--------------------||


 Out-Chorus
  H    Q  +S  S E   Q  Q  Q  Q    Q.   S S Q  Q    Q  Q  E E E E
|-----------------|-------------|----------------|----3-----------|
|-1----3--(3)---3-|-4--4--5--3--|-1----1-2-3-----|-------0-0-2-4--|
|-------------3---|-------------|----------------|-1--------------|
|-----------------|-------------|-------------1--|----------------|


  H    Q  +S  S E   Q  Q  Q  Q    H    Q  E E   +H     H
|-----------------|-------------|-----------3-|-(3)----1----|
|-1----3--(3)-----|----4--5--3--|-1----3------|-------------|
|-------------3---|-------------|---------1---|-------------|
|---------------1-|-2-----------|-------------|-------------|


              H.=H
  H    H      H    Q   Q    W
|-----------|-------------|------*|
|-4----3----|-1----3\-----|------*|
|-----------|----------1--|-1----*|
|-----------|-------------|------*|


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




If you search for tenderness
It isn't hard to find.
You can have the love you need to live.
But if you look for truthfulness
You might just as well be blind.
It always seems to be so hard to give.

Honesty is such a lonely word.
Everyone is so untrue.
Honesty is hardly ever heard.
And mostly what I need from you.

I can always find someone
To say they sympathize.
If I wear my heart out on my sleeve.
But I don't want some pretty face
To tell me pretty lies.
All I want is someone to believe.

Honesty is such a lonely word.
Everyone is so untrue.
Honesty is hardly ever heard.
And mostly what I need from you.

I can find a lover.
I can find a friend.
I can have security until the bitter end.
Anyone can comfort me
With promises again.
I know, I know.

When I'm deep inside of me
Don't be too concerned.
I won't ask for nothin' while I'm gone.
But when I want sincerity
Tell me where else can I turn.
Because you're the one that I depend upon.

Honesty is such a lonely word.
Everyone is so untrue.
Honesty is hardly ever heard.
And mostly what I need from you.

            
            
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