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This Wheels On Fire bass

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THIS WHEEL'S ON FIRE (Bassline)

As recorded by Bob Dylan
(From the 1975 Album THE BASEMENT TAPES)

Words and Music by Bob Dylan & Rick Danko

Transcribed by Slowhand


Gtr I (E A D G) - 'Rick Danko - Bass'


 Intro
  Q=94(8=s8)
 4/4
  Gtr I
     |3|
  Q  E Q +H       +H.      Q    Q  Q  a Q  a Q    a H    a Q  a Q
|---------------|-------------|-----------------|------------------||
|------7-(7)----|-(7)---------|------------5h7--|-5h7----5h7--5h7--||
|---------------|-------------|-------5h7-------|------------------||
|---------------|----------0--|-5--5------------|------------------||


 1st Verse
  Q  q  Q  q    Q  q  Q  q    Q  q  Q  q    Q  q  Q  Q
|-------------|-------------|-------------|-------------|
|-------------|----5--7-----|-------------|-------------|
|-------3--5--|-7--------7--|-7--7--5--5--|-8--8--7-----|
|-5--5--------|-------------|-------------|----------6--|


  Q  q  Q  Q    Q  Q  Q  Q    Q  Q  Q  Q    Q  Q  Q  Q
|-------------|-------------|-------------|-------------||
|-------------|-2-----------|-------------|-------------||
|----------2--|----2--------|-5--5--3-----|-------------||
|-0--0--4-----|-------4--0--|----------1--|-5--5--3--5--||


 Pre-Chorus
  Q  Q  Q  Q    Q  Q  Q  Q    Q  Q  Q  Q    Q  Q  Q  E E
|-------------|-------------|-------------|--------------|
|-------------|-------------|-------2--5--|-7------------|
|-3--------1--|-------------|-3--3--------|----7--3--3---|
|----3--0-----|-5--0--5--3--|-------------|------------3-|


  Q  Q  Q  Q    Q  q  Q  q    Q  Q  Q  Q    Q  Q  Q  Q
|-------------|-------------|-------------|-------------||
|-------2-----|-------------|-------------|-------------||
|-3--3-----3--|-------------|-------5--5--|-------------||
|-------------|-5--0--5--0--|-1--1--------|-5--5--0--5--||


 Chorus
  Q  Q  Q  Q    Q  Q  Q  Q    Q  Q  Q  Q    Q  Q  Q  Q
|-------------|-------------|-------------|-------------|
|-------------|-------3--3--|-------------|-------------|
|-5--5--5--5--|-------------|-3--3--3--3--|-------------|
|-------------|-1--1--------|-------------|-3--3--3--3--|


  Q  Q  Q  Q    Q  q  Q  q    Q  q  Q  e E
|-------------|-------------|--------------|
|-------------|-------------|--------------|
|-------0--2--|-3--3--------|-------3------|
|-3--3--------|-------3--3--|-1--1-----3-3-|


  q  Q  Q  q    Q  Q  Q  Q    Q  Q  a Q  Q
|-------------|-------------|----------------||
|-------------|-------------|-------5h7------||
|-1-----------|-------------|------------7---||
|----1--3--3--|-5--5--5--5--|-5--5-----------||


 2nd Verse
  Q  q  Q  q    Q  q  Q  q    Q  q  Q  q    Q  q  Q  Q
|-------------|-------------|-------------|-------------|
|-------------|----7--------|-9--------6--|-------------|
|-------3--5--|-7--------7--|-------5-----|-8--7--5-----|
|-5--5--------|-------5-----|----7--------|----------7--|


  Q  q  Q  Q    Q  Q  Q  Q    Q  Q  Q  Q    Q  Q  Q  Q
|-------------|-------------|-------------|-------------||
|-------------|-2--2--------|-------------|-------------||
|----------2--|-------2-----|-5--5--------|-------------||
|-0--0--4-----|----------0--|-------1--5--|-5--0--3--5--||


 Pre-Chorus
  Q  Q  Q  Q    Q  Q  Q  Q    Q  Q  Q  Q    Q  Q  Q  E E
|-------------|-------------|-------------|--------------|
|-------------|-------------|-------2--5--|-7------------|
|-3-----3--2--|-------------|-3--3--------|----7--3--3---|
|----3--------|-5--0--5--3--|-------------|------------3-|


  Q  Q  Q  Q    Q  q  Q  q    Q  Q  Q  Q    Q  Q  Q  Q
|-------------|-------------|-------------|-------------||
|-------------|-------------|-------------|-------------||
|-3-----3--2--|-------------|-------5--5--|-------------||
|----3--------|-5--0--5--0--|-1--1--------|-5--5--0--5--||


 Chorus
  Q  Q  Q  Q    Q  Q  Q  Q    Q  Q  Q  Q    Q  Q  Q  Q
|-------------|-------------|-------------|-------------|
|-------------|-------------|-------------|-------------|
|-5--5--5--5--|-------------|-3--3--3--3--|-------------|
|-------------|-1--1--1--1--|-------------|-3--3--3--3--|


  Q  Q  Q  Q    Q  q  Q  q    Q  q  Q  q
|-------------|-------------|-------------|
|-------------|-------------|-------------|
|-------0--2--|-3--3--------|-------3--3--|
|-3--3--------|-------3--3--|-1--1--------|


  Q  q  Q  q    H.      Q    Q  Q  a Q  Q
|-------------|------------|----------------||
|-------------|------------|-------5h7------||
|-------------|------------|------------7---||
|-1--1--3--3--|-5-------5--|-5--5-----------||


 3rd Verse
  Q  q  Q  q    Q  q  Q  q    Q  q  Q  q    Q  q  Q  Q
|-------------|-------------|-------------|-------------|
|----7-----5--|-------------|-------------|-------------|
|-------7-----|-7-----------|-------5-----|-8--8--7-----|
|-5-----------|----1--5--5--|-7--7-----7--|----------5--|


  Q  q  Q  Q    Q  Q  Q  Q    Q  Q  Q  Q    Q  Q  Q  Q
|-------------|-------------|-------------|-------------||
|-------------|-2--2--------|-------------|-------------||
|----------2--|-------2-----|-5--5--------|-3-----------||
|-0--0--4-----|----------0--|-------3--1--|----5--3--5--||


 Pre-Chorus
  Q  Q  Q  Q    Q  Q  Q  Q    Q  Q  Q  Q    Q  Q  Q  E E
|-------------|-------------|-------------|--------------|
|-------------|-------------|-------2--5--|-7------------|
|-3-----3--2--|-------------|-3--3--------|----7--3--3---|
|----3--------|-5--0--5--3--|-------------|------------3-|


  Q  Q  Q  Q    Q  q  Q  q    Q  Q  Q  Q    Q  Q  Q  Q
|-------------|-------------|-------------|-------------||
|-------2-----|-------------|-------------|-------------||
|-3--3-----3--|-------------|-------5--5--|-------------||
|-------------|-5--0--5--0--|-1--1--------|-5--5--0--5--||


 Chorus
  Q  Q  Q  Q    Q  Q  Q  Q    Q  Q  Q  Q    Q  Q  Q  Q
|-------------|-------------|-------------|-------------|
|-------------|-------------|-------------|-------------|
|-5--5--5--5--|-------------|-3--3--3--3--|-------------|
|-------------|-1--1--1--1--|-------------|-3--3--3--3--|


  Q  Q  Q  Q    Q  q  Q  q    Q  q  Q  q    Q  q  Q  q
|-------------|-------------|-------------|-------------|
|-------------|-------------|-------------|-------------|
|-------0--2--|-3--3--------|-------3--3--|-------------|
|-3--3--------|-------3--3--|-1--1--------|-1--1--3--3--|


  Q  Q  Q  Q    Q  Q  Q  Q    Q  Q  Q  Q
|-------------|-------------|-------------*|
|-------------|-------------|-------------*|
|-------------|-------------|-------------*|
|-5--5--5--5--|-5--5--5--5--|-5--5--5--5--*|


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 your mem'ry serves you well
We were goin' to meet again and wait
So I'm goin' to unpack all my things
And sit before it gets too late
No man alive will come to you
With another tale to tell
And you know that we shall meet again
If your mem'ry serves you well
This wheel's on fire
Rolling down the road
Best notify my next of kin
This wheel shall explode!

If your mem'ry serves you well
I was goin' to confiscate your lace
And wrap it up in a sailor's knot
And hide it in your case
If I knew for sure that it was yours...
But it was oh so hard to tell
And you knew that we would meet again
If your mem'ry serves you well
This wheel's on fire
Rolling down the road
Best notify my next of kin
This wheel shall explode!

If your mem'ry serves you well
You'll remember you're the one
That called on me to call on them
To get you your favors done
And after ev'ry plan had failed
And there was nothing more to tell
You knew that we would meet again
If your mem'ry serves you well
This wheel's on fire
Rolling down the road
Best notify my next of kin
This wheel shall explode!

            
            
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