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Flame Trees bass

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FLAME TREES - COLD CHISEL-BASS TAB (Revised)

This perfectly crafted bass line from Phil Small really shows
how a bass guitar can contribute hugely to the lyricism of a 
performance, while simultaneously defining the chord structure.

Acknowledgement to "Wookiee"'s tab for the verses. 

This is based on "Flame Trees - 2011 Remastered" from Spotify.

  ~ = hold
  + = beat
  ` = syncopated ()
  x = ghost note
(?) = preview of next main beat
{?} = acciaccatura (crushed note)

Intro (0:01) 
    A                E                A                E          
G--|----------------|----------------|------------68~-|--------------6-|
D--|7--------------9|----------------|7---------------|----------------|(7)
A--|----------------|7---------------|----------------|7---------------|
E--|----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
    +   +   +   +    +   +   +   +    +   +   +   +    +   +   +   +   

[Verse 1] (0:17)
Kids out driving Saturday afternoon just pass me by
And I'm just savoring familiar sights

We shared some history -- this town and I
And I can't stop that long-forgotten feeling of her

Time to book a room and stay tonight

    A                E                A                E
G--|----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
D--|7--------------9|----------------|7---------------|------------69~-|(7)
A--|----------------|7---------------|--------44466---|7---------------|
E--|----------------|----------------|---------------7|----------------|
    +   +   +   +    +   +   +   +    +   +   +   +    +   +   +   +   

    A                E                A       B        G#m     A
G--|--------------2/|9---------------|----------------|----------------|
D--|7---------------|------9\--------|7-------9-------|6-------7-------|
A--|----------------|--------7--77---|----------------|-------7--------|
E--|----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
    +   +   +   +    +   +   +   +    +   +   +   +    +   +   +   +   

    A       B        E
G--|----------------|----------------|
D--|7---------------|----------------|
A--|----------------|7------------2-0|(0)
E--|--------7-------|------------4---|
    +   +   +   +    +   +   +   +

[Verse 2] (0:58)

Number 1 is to find some friends and say "You're doing well
After all this time you boys look just the same"

Number 2 is the Happy Hour at one of two hotels
And settle in to play "Do you remember so-and-so?"

Number 3 is never say her name

    A            E                A                E
G--|------------|----------------|----------------|--------------------|
D--|------------|------------69--|7------7\-------|7p6-77/9-11\6--99---|
A--|0---------0/|7--------------7|--------44466---|-------------------0|(0)
E--|------------|----------------|----------------|--------------------|
    +  +  +  +   +   +   +   +    +   +   +   +    +      +    +   +   

    A                E                A       B        G#m     A
G--|----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
D--|----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
A--|0----------44--6|7--------------0|0-----0-2-------|--------0-------|
E--|----------------|----------------|---------------4|4------4--------|
    +   +   +   +    +   +   +   +    +   +   +   +    +   +   +   +   



    A       B        E
G--|----------------|----------------|
D--|----------------|----------------|
A--|0-----7\2-----2/|7---------------|
E--|----------------|----------------|
    +   +   +   +    +   +   +   +

[Chorus] (1:38)And oh the flame trees'll blind a weary driver
And there's nothing else can set fire to this town

There's no change, there's no pace, everything within its place,
Just makes it harder to believe that she won't be around

    A       B        F#m              A       B        E
G--|----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
D--|----------------|------2/4--4--4-|------------4--2|2--22-2/9999~-99|
A--|0-----7\2------2|----------------|0-----7\2-------|----------------|(0)
E--|----------------|2---------------|----------------|----------------|
    +   +   +   +    +   +   +   +    +   +   +   +    +   +   +   +   

    A       B        C#m     E        A       B        E
G--|----------------|------------4~--|----------------|----------------|
D--|---2------------|--------2--2----|----------------|--------------2/|(7)
A--|0------02--22-2-|4--44-4---------|0-------2-------|----------------|
E--|----------------|----------------|----------------|0---------------|
    +   +   +   +    +   +   +   +    +   +   +   +    +   +   +   +   

[Verse 3] (2:09)
Oh, who needs that sentimental bullshit, anyway
You know it takes more than just a memory to make me cry

And I'm happy just to sit here round a table with old friends
And see which one of us can tell the biggest lies

And there's a girl, she's falling in love near where the pianola stands
With a young local factory out-of-worker, just holding hands

    A            E        `     A               E        `   ` ` ` `    
G--|----------2/|9-------6-----|-------14,13,11-|14,13,11,9---6---6-9--|
D--|7-----------|---------9--6~|7---------------|---------------9----9\|(7)
A--|------------|--------------|----------------|----------------------|
E--|------------|--------------|----------------|----------------------|
    +  +  +  +   +  +  +   +    + + +  +         +         +   +   +

    A                E             A                E      
G--|----------------|-------------|----------------|-------------------|   
D--|7---------------|-------------|7-----------799-|-----{11}9-x-----9\|(7)
A--|-----------44--6|7-----------7|---------------7|7-----------7-77---|
E--|----------------|-------------|----------------|-------------------|
    +   +   +   +    +  +  +  +    +   +   +   +    +   +      +   +   

    A                E                A                E  
G--|----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
D--|7-------------79|-----------99---|7-------7\------|----------------|
A--|----------------|7--77-----------|-----------00--0|7--77--77--77777|(0)
E--|----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
    +   +   +   +    +   +   +   +    +   +   +   +    +   +   +   +   

[Bridge] (2:57)
And I'm wondering if he'll go or if he'll stay.  
Do you remember, nothing stopped us on the field in our day

    A     G#     B     
G--|----------------|--------|  [NOTE: Half Bar]
D--|----------------|--------|
A--|0--00--0--------|2--22-2-|(3)
E--|--------4--44-4-|--------|
    +   +   +   +    +   +  

    C       G        C       G       D       E
G--|----------------|----------------|----------------|
D--|----------------|----------------|----------------|
A--|3---------------|3---------------|5--55--577777777|
E--|---33--33--33-3-|---0002-3--33-3-|----------------|
    +   +   +   +    +   +   +   +    +   +   +   +    

[Chorus] (3:14)
    A       B        F#m              A       B        E          `
G--|----------------|----------------|----------------|--------6-------|
D--|------2---------|----------2/4-4x|------2---------|---------9-6-99-|
A--|0--00---2--22-2-|-------2--------|0---0---2--22-2/|7--77-----------|
E--|----------------|2-------2-------|---0------------|----------------|
    +   +   +   +    +   +   +   +    +   +   +   +    +   +   +   +   

    A       B        C#m     E        A       B        E
G--|----------------|--------------4-|----------------|---------4446464|
D--|------2---------|------1-2--22---|----------------|2---------------|
A--|0-------2--22-2-|4--44-----------|0----/7-2------2|----------------|
E--|----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
    +   +   +   +    +   +   +   +    +   +   +   +    +   +   +   +   

[Chorus] (3:45)

    A       B        F#m              A      B         E          
G--|2-----264~------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
D--|-----2-------2/4|----------------|-----------1-1/4|2--22--22/999999|
A--|----------------|-------0---44---|0------2--------|----------------|
E--|----------------|2-------2------0|-----0----------|----------------|
    +   +   +   +    +   +   +   +    +  +   +   +     +   +   +   +   

    A       B        C#m     E        A       B        E
G--|----------------|------------9---|----------------|----------------|
D--|----------------|---------------6|7-------9--99---|----------------|
A--|0-----0-2-----2/|4-----6-7--7----|---------------7|7-------7-------|
E--|---00-----------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
    +   +   +   +    +   +   +   +    +   +   +   +    +   +   +   +   
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