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Whats So Funny Bout Peace Love And Understanding bass

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Great bass line by Bruce Thomas. I think he's playing it more percussive on the verses than the tabs and youtube covers I've seen. Soul-inflected punk (or punk-inflected soul). Not sure I've nailed the "what's so funny" part. Was this info helpful? Yes No
(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding as recorded by Elvis & the Attractions
Song by Nick Lowe
Bass: Bruce Thomas
Tab by Bezoar

[Intro]
Drum x 4 beats

   1  2  3  4   1 2 3 4
G|------------|---------|
D|------------|---------| X4
A|-----------2|h3-------|
E|/3----------|---------| 

[Verse]
   1   2   3   4     1   2   3   4     1   2   3   4     1   2   3   4
G|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------| 
D|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------| 
A|-----------2-5-2-|-3-3---3-3-3-2-2-|-----------2-5-2-|-3-3---3-3-3-2-2-|  
E|-3-3---3-3-------|-----------------|-3-3---3-3-------|-----------------| 
   through..               this wicked world                 searchin' for

   1   2   3   4     1   2   3   4     1   2   3   4     1   2   3   4
G|----------------|------------------|-----------------|-----------------|
D|-2-2---2--------|------------------|-----4---7-7-5-4-|-----2---5-5-3-2-|  (repeat for verse 2)
A|-----------5-2--|--------2-----2---|-5-5---5---------|-3-3---3---------|
E|----------------|--5-5-------5-----|-----------------|-----------------|
   light...          darkness...     insanity...                  I ask my-


   1   2   3   4     1   2   3   4     1   2   3   4     1   2   3   4
G|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------| 
D|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------| 
A|-----------2-5-2-|-3-3---3-3-3-2-2-|-----------2-5-2-|-3-3---3-3-3-2-2-|  
E|-3-3---3-3-------|-----------------|-3-3---3-3-------|-----------------| 
   self..                  is all hope lost                is there only

   1   2   3   4     1   2   3   4     1   2   3   4     1   2   3   4
G|----------------|------------------|-----------------|-----------------|
D|-2-2---2--------|------------------|-----4---7-7-5-4-|-----2---5-5-3-2-|  (repeat for verse 2)
A|-----------5-2--|--------2-----2---|-5-5---5---------|-3-3---3---------|
E|----------------|--5-5-------5-----|-----------------|-----------------|
   pain...          hatred...         misery...              

[Chorus]
   1   2   3   4     1   2   3   4     1   2   3   4     1   2   3   4
G|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------| 
D|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
A|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-|
E|-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-|-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-|-----------------|
   time I feel like this inside        One thing I wanna know  

   1   2   3   4     1   2   3   4     1   2   3   4     1   2   3   4
G|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------| 
D|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
A|-------3/5-------|-------3/5-------|-7-----7-----7---|-----------------|
E|-3---------------|-3---------------|-----------------|-5-----5-5---5---|
  What's so funny..  Peace,love+under-standing          ooooh...

   1   2   3   4     1   2   3   4     1   2   3   4     1   2   3   4
G|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------| 
D|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
A|-------3/5-------|-------3/5-------|-7-----7-----7---|---5-5-5-5-5-5-5-|
E|-3---------------|-3---------------|-----------------|-----------------|
  What's so funny..  Peace,love+under-standing 

[Re-Intro]
   1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4
G|--------|-------|
D|--------|-------| X4
A|-------2|3------|
E|/3------|-------| 

[Guitar Solo]
(same as Verse)
   1   2   3   4     1   2   3   4     1   2   3   4     1   2   3   4
G|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------| 
D|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------| 
A|-----------2-5-2-|-3-3---3-3-3-2-2-|-----------2-5-2-|-3-3---3-3-3-2-2-|  
E|-3-3---3-3-------|-----------------|-3-3---3-3-------|-----------------| 
 
   1   2   3   4     1   2   3   4     1   2   3   4     1   2   3   4
G|----------------|------------------|-----------------|-----------------|
D|-2-2---2--------|------------------|-----4---7-7-5-4-|-----2---5-5-3-2-|  (repeat for verse 2)
A|-----------5-2--|--------2-----2---|-5-5---5---------|-3-3---3---------|
E|----------------|--5-5-------5-----|-----------------|-----------------|
                                       sooooo           oooh Where are the              

   1   2   3   4     1   2   3   4     1   2   3   4     1   2   3   4
G|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------| 
D|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------| 
A|-----------2-5-2-|-3-3---3-3-3-2-2-|-----------2-5-2-|-3-3---3-3-3-2-2-|  
E|-3-3---3-3-------|-----------------|-3-3---3-3-------|-----------------| 
   Strong? a     ..    And who are the trusted?                Where is the

   1   2   3   4     1   2   3   4     1   2   3   4     1   2   3   4
G|----------------|------------------|-----------------|-----------------|
D|-2-2---2--------|------------------|-----4---7-7-5-4-|-----2---5-5-3-2-|  (repeat for verse 2)
A|-----------5-2--|--------2-----2---|-5-5---5---------|-3-3---3---------|
E|----------------|--5-5-------5-----|-----------------|-----------------|
   Har........                   ..mony.   ..sweet harmony          and each               

[Chorus]
   1   2   3   4     1   2   3   4     1   2   3   4     1   2   3   4
G|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------| 
D|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
A|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-|
E|-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-|-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-|-----------------|
   time I feel like slippin' away      Just makes me wanna cry          

   1   2   3   4     1   2   3   4     1   2   3   4     1   2   3   4
G|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------| 
D|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
A|-------3/5-------|-------3/5-------|-7-----7-----7---|-----------------|
E|-3---------------|-3---------------|-----------------|-5-----5-5---5---|
  What's so funny..  Peace,love+under-standing          ooooh...

   1   2   3   4     1   2   3   4     1   2   3   4     1   2   3   4
G|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------| 
D|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
A|-------3/5-------|-------3/5-------|-7-----7-----7---|-----------------|
E|-3---------------|-3---------------|-----------------|-5-----5-5---5---|
  What's so funny..  Peace,love+under-standing          ooooh...

   1   2   3   4     1   2   3   4     1   2   3   4     1   2   3   4
G|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------| 
D|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
A|-------3/5-------|-------3/5-------|-7---------------|-----------------|
E|-3---------------|-3---------------|-----------------|-----------------|
  What's so funny..  Peace,love+under-standing           (drums alone)

[Outro]
   1   2   3   4     1   2   3   4     1   2   3   4     1   2   3   4
G|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------| 
D|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------| 
A|-----------2-5-2-|-3-3---3-3-3-2-2-|-----------2-5-2-|-3-3---3-3-3-2-2-|  
E|-3-3---3-3-------|-----------------|-3-3---3-3-------|-----------------| ... repeat



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skelethor 273 Mar 19, 2017 09:53 PM

I'm dead sure it starts off with a low G in 8th notes.

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Bezoar 30 Jul 13, 2017 06:25 PM

Saw Elvis play this (with another bass player) and yes, the intro is in 8th notes. I've played it both ways with my band, and with the drummer playing eighths on floor tom in the intro, I like my way better. But skelethor is likely correct about what's on the record.

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