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Machinehead 
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Bush - 16 Stone Album

Std. Tuning

Chords: (all power/5ths)
C#  = x466xx 
A   = 577xxx (or x022xx)
E   = x799xx
B   = 799xxx (or x244xx)
D#  = x688xx
F   = x81010xx
F#m = 244xxx

This is an interpretation of the song for jamming on a single guitar. Chords for all
rhythm sections included. There are some decent tabs out there for this song, but no
chord posts. This is a Bush song, so I won't try to overcomplicate it as others have. I 
found the tabs extremely hard to follow. My goal is to eliminate all the guess work in
offering a complete and intuitive version.

Note: I'm not playing it exactly per the CD. I am playing on acoustic. I also slow the
song down, eliminate some of the shouting/intensity, and it makes an awesome 
alternative version. Can really put a lot of feeling into this song. (Chords should 
work on electric, and cranked up as well)

Section Details

Intro/Main riff: |C# D# >E >F |C# D# >E >F |C#   A    |C#   A    | (x2)

(moderately fast)

 | C#      D#  > E       > F       |       -------------+
:| 1 . & . 2 . & . 3 . & . 4 . & . |                    |
e|---------------------------------|                    |
B|---------------------------------|                    |
G|-6---6-x-8-8-/-9-9-9-x-/-10x-10x-|                    |
D|-x---x-x-x-x-/-x-x-x-x-/-x-x-x-x-|                    |
A|-4---4-x-6-6-/-7-7-7-x-/-8-x-8-x-|                    |
E|---------------------------------|: (x2)              |
                                                        |
then...                                                 +---- play twice
                                                        |
 | C#              A               |                    |
:| 1 . & . 2 . & . 3 . & . 4 . & . |                    |
e|---------------------------------|                    |
B|---------------------------------|                    |
G|-6(6)6(6)6-x-x-x-----------------|                    |
D|-6(6)6(4)6-x-x-x-7-5h7-5h7-x-x-x-|                    |
A|-4(4)4(4)4-x-x-x-7-5h7-5h7-x-x-x-|                    |
E|-----------------5-5-5-5-5-x-x-x-|: (x2) -------------+
 "(head,   head,   head,   head-head)"
                          "Breathe..." (on last pass)

Verse: |C#    |C#    |A     |A     | (as needed)

("Breathe" Part shown, but same for all verse sections)

"Breathe..."

 | C#                              |       -------------+
:| 1 . & . 2 . & . 3 . & . 4 . & . |                    |
e|---------------------------------|                    |
B|---------------------------------|                    |
G|-6(6)6---x-x-x---6-4h6-4h6-x-x-x-|                    |
D|-6(6)6---x-x-x---6-4h6-4h6-x-x-x-|                    |
A|-4(4)4---x-x-x---4-4-4-4-4-x-x-x-|                    |
E|---------------------------------|: (x2)              |
1)"in...   breathe out...   breathe"                    |
2)"in...   breathe out...   breathe"                    |
                                                        +---- play twice
then...                                                 |
                                                        |
 | A                               |                    |
:| 1 . & . 2 . & . 3 . & . 4 . & . |                    |
e|---------------------------------|                    |
B|---------------------------------|                    |
G|---------------------------------|                    |
D|-7(7)7---x-x-x---7-5h7-5h7-x-x-x-|                    |
A|-7(7)7---x-x-x---7-5h7-5h7-x-x-x-|                    |
E|-5(5)5---x-x-x---5-5-5-5-5-x-x-x-|: (x2) -------------+
1)"in."  
2)                         "Breathe..." (when repeating)
                   "Tied   to  a......" (before verse 1)    
                   "Deaf, dumb, and..." (before verse 2) 

Chorus: |E   B   |C#   A* | (x4) *A not played on last pass, hold C#

 | E               B               | C#              A               |
:| 1 . & . 2 . & . 3 . & . 4 . & . | 1 . & . 2 . & . 3 . & . 4 . & . |
e|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
G|-9---9---9-x-x-x-----------------|-6---6---6-x-x-x-----------------|
D|-9---9---9-x-x-x-9-9--9--9-x-9-x-|-6---6---6-x-x-x-7-7--7--7-x-7-x-|
A|-7---7---7-x-x-x-9-9--9--9-x-9-x-|-4---4---4-x-x-x-7-7--7--7-x-7-x-|
E|-----------------7-7--7--7-x-7-x-|-----------------5-5--5--5-x-5-x-|: (x3)
1)        "Got a   ma--chine.....   head!...         Better than the.."
2)"rest.           Green   to       red!..           Machine---head"
3)        "Got a   ma--chine.....   head!...    It's better than the.."

then...

 | E               B               | C#                              |
 | 1 . & . 2 . & . 3 . & . 4 . & . | 1 . & . 2 . & . 3 . & . 4 . & . |
e|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
G|-9---9---9-x-x-x-----------------|-6-----x-x-x-x---6~~~~~~~~-------|
D|-9---9---9-x-x-x-9-9--9--9-x-9-x-|-6-----x-x-x-x---6~~~~~~~~-------|
A|-7---7---7-x-x-x-9-9--9--9-x-9-x-|-4-----x-x-x-x---4~~~~~~~~-------|
E|-----------------7-7--7--7-x-7-x-|---------------------------------| (x1)
  "rest.          Green    to        red.            Yea!!!"        
                                                        
Post-chorus/bridge: |F#m   |A      | (x2 or x3, depending)

 | F#m                             | A                      (x x x x)|  (mutes on last pass)
:| 1 . & . 2 . & . 3 . & . 4 . & . | 1 . & . 2 . & . 3 . & . 4 . & . |
e|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------|---------------------------------| 
G|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
D|-4---4---x---4---4---4---x---4-/-|-7---7---x---7---7---7---x---7-\-|
A|-4---4---x---4---4---4---x---4-/-|-7---7---x---7---7---7---x---7-\-|
E|-2---2---x---2---2---2---x---2-/-|-5---5---x---5---5---5---x---5-\-|: (x2-3)
              "I  walk for my  ma--chine."

Ending: (not right, but sounds cool/better than nothing...)

 | E               B               | C#             (A)              |
 | 1 . & . 2 . & . 3 . & . 4 . & . | 1 . & . 2 . & . 3 . & . 4 . & . |
e|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
G|-9---9---x-------4---4---x-------|-6~~~~~~~~------(2)------/-------|
D|-9---9---x-------4---4---x-------|-6~~~~~~~~------(2)------/-------|
A|-7---7---x-------2---2---x-------|-4~~~~~~~~------(0)------/-------|
E|---------------------------------|---------------------------------| (x1)

then...

 | E               B               | C#  |
 | 1 . & . 2 . & . 3 . & . 4 . & . | 1 . |
e|---------------------------------|-----|
B|---------------------------------|-----|
G|-9~--------------4~--------------|-6~~-|
D|-9~--------------4~--------------|-6~~-|
A|-7~--------------2~--------------|-4~~-|
E|---------------------------------|-----| (end)

That's it, now here's the complete song with chords & lyrics...

***

Bush - Machine Head

Intro:

|C# D# >E  >F  |
|C# D# >E  >F  |
|C#     A      | (over "head, head, head, head-head")
|C#     A      | (over "head, head, head, head-head")
          
|C# D# >E  >F  |
|C# D# >E  >F  |
|C#     A      | (over "head, head, head, head-head")
|C#     A      | (over "head, head, head. Breathe..")           

Verse 1: (each chord listed for a measure)

       |C#    
Breathe in, breathe out
       |C#
Breathe in, breathe out
       |A               |A            
Breathe in        

       |C#    
Breathe in, breathe out
       |C#
Breathe in, breathe out
       |A               |A            
Breathe in 

         |C#                     |C#               |
Tied to a wheel, my fingers gotta feel
A                            |A
Bleeding through a tourniquet smile
           |C#                     |C#
I spin on a whim, as I slide to the right
 |A                     |A
I felt you like electric light
     *(|C# D# >E  >F   ) 
       |C#
For our love
     *(|C# D# >E  >F   )
       |C#
For our fear
     *(|C#               A                  |C#       A        |)
       |A                                   |A                 |
For our rise against the years and years and years

* can fit a single pass of intro riff over this section as alternative

Chorus:

E       B       |C#      A              |
  Got a ma-chine-head,   better than the
E       B       |C#      A              |
rest    Green to red,    machinehead
E       B       |C#      A              |
  Got a ma-chine-head,   better than the
E       B       |C#                     |
rest    Green to red     (Yea!)

F#m               |A            |
  I walk from my machine
F#m               |A            |
  I walk from my machine

[Intro riff]

C# D# >E  >F  
C# D# >E  >F  
C#     A       
C#     A       

Verse 2:

        C#
Breathe in, breathe out
        C#
Breathe in, breathe out
        A                A
Breathe in

              C#
Deaf dumb and thirty
              C#
Starting to deserve this
A                        A
Leaning on my conscience wall
              C#
Blood is like wine
                    C#
Unconscious all the time
     A      
If I had it all again
              A
I'd change it all

Chorus:

E       B      C#    A               
  Got a machinehead, better than the rest
E       B       C#   A
       Green to red, machinehead
E       B      C#         A               
  Got a machinehead, it's better than the rest
E       B       C#
       Green to red, ..yea

F#m                A
  I walk from my machine
F#m                A
  I walk from my machine

Verse 3: (just the breathe stuff and only 1 time)

        C#  
Breathe in, breathe out
        C#
Breathe in, breathe out
        A                       A
Breathe in, breathe in, breathe in....!!!

Chorus:

E       B      C#    A
  Got a machinehead, better than the rest
E       B      C#    A
      Green to red,  machinehead
E       B      C#         A
  Got a machinehead, it's better than the rest
E       B      C#     A*                    * keep playing chorus through, with A chord
      Green to red, ..yea

E       B      C#    A
  Got a machinehead, better than the rest
E       B      C#    A
      Green to red,  machinehead
E       B      C#    A
  Got a machinehead, better than the rest
E       B      C#    A
      Green to red,  machinehead..

E       B       C#    A
Yea yea yea yea-yea.  Better than the rest
E         B         C#    A
Head head head head-head  Better than the rest
E         B         C#    A
Head head head head-head  Better than the rest
E         B         C#    (no A, hold C#)
Head head head head-head  

F#m                A
  I walk from my machine
F#m                A
  I walk from my machine
F#m                A
  I walk from my machine

E   B   C#~  (A)
E   B   C#~~~~~

*End*

            
            
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Bitterzoet 51 Jul 28, 2011 09:28 AM

Great job. Very complete effort, I thinks it works well as I played it.

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Sherlock_Hulk 41 Apr 05, 2013 06:29 AM

Wow... When you said intermediate you meant it...

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Sherlock_Hulk 41 Jun 10, 2013 11:56 AM

Too* Excuse my grammar.

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