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Great Balls Of Fire Bass Tab

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GREAT BALLS OF FIRE (Bassline)

As recorded by Jerry Lee Lewis
(Released as a Single in 1957)

Words and Music by Jack Hammer & Otis Blackwell

Transcribed by Slowhand


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


 Pre-Verse
  Q=168
 4/4
  Gtr I
  H    E E E E   Q  Q  H      H    E E E E   Q  Q  E E E E
|--------------|------------|--------------|----------------|
|------------2-|-3----------|--------3-2-3-|-5-------5-5-4--|
|--------3-5---|------------|--------------|----------------|
|--------------|------------|--------------|----------------|


  Q  Q  E E E E   Q  Q  H      W
|---------------|------------|------||
|-3-------------|------------|------||
|-------------2-|-3----------|------||
|---------3-5---|------------|------||


 1st Verse
  Q  Q  Q  Q    Q  Q  Q  Q    Q  Q  Q  Q    Q  Q  Q  Q
|----------2--|----------2--|-------------|-------------|
|----2--5-----|----2--5-----|----------0--|----------0--|
|-3-----------|-3-----------|----0--3-----|----0--3-----|
|-------------|-------------|-1-----------|-1-----------|


  Q  Q  Q  Q    Q  Q  Q  Q    Q  Q  H      H    E E E E
|-------------|-------------|------------|--------------||
|----------2--|----------0--|------------|--------------||
|----2--5-----|----0--3-----|-3----------|--------------||
|-3-----------|-1-----------|------------|--------1-1-1-||


   2nd & 3rd Verses
    Q  Q  Q  Q    Q  Q  Q  Q    Q  Q  Q  Q    Q  Q  Q  Q
||--------------|-------------|----------2--|----------2---|
||o----------0--|-1--0--------|----2--5-----|----2--5------|
||o----0--3-----|-------3--0--|-3-----------|-3------------|
||--1-----------|-------------|-------------|--------------|


  Q  Q  Q  Q    Q  Q  Q  Q    Q  Q  H      H    E E E E
|-------------|-------------|------------|--------------|
|----------0--|----------0--|------------|--------------|
|----0--3-----|----0--3-----|------------|--------------|
|-1-----------|-1-----------|-3----------|--------3-3-3-|


  Q  Q  E E E E   Q  Q  E E E E   Q  Q  H      W
|---------------|---------------|------------|------|
|---------------|---------------|------------|------|
|---------------|---------------|------------|------|
|-3-------3-3-3-|-3-------3-3-3-|-3----------|------|


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


                             1.
  Q  Q  Q  Q    Q  Q  Q  Q    Q  Q  H      W
|-------------|-------------|------------|------||
|----------2--|----------0--|------------|------||
|----2--5-----|----0--3-----|------------|------||
|-3-----------|-1-----------|-3----------|------||


 Piano Solo
  Q  Q  Q  Q    Q  Q  Q  Q    E E Q  Q  Q    E E Q  Q  Q
|-------------|-------------|--------------|--------------|
|----------2--|----------2--|-3-3----------|-3-3----------|
|----2--5-----|----2--5-----|-----5--3--5--|-----5--3--5--|
|-3-----------|-3-----------|--------------|--------------|


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


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


  E E E E E E Q    E E E E E E Q    Q  Q  Q  Q    Q  Q  Q  Q
|----------------|----------------|----------2--|----------2---||
|---------3-3-5--|---------1-1-3--|----2--5-----|----2--5-----o||
|-----2-5--------|-----0-3--------|-3-----------|-3-----------o||
|-3-3------------|-1-1------------|-------------|--------------||


 Outro
  2.
  Q  Q  H      H    E E E E   q  Q  H
|------------|--------------|------------*|
|------------|--------------|------------*|
|-3----------|--------3-3-3-|-3----------*|
|------------|--------------|------------*|


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




You shake my nerves and you rattle my brain
Too much love drives a man insane
You broke my will, oh what a thrill
Goodness gracious great balls of fire

[band joins]

I learned to love all of Hollywood money
You came along and you moved me honey
I changed my mind, looking fine
Goodness gracious great balls of fire

You kissed me baba, woo.....it feels good
Hold me baba, learn to let me love you like a lover should
Your fine, so kind
I'm a nervous world that your mine mine mine mine-ine

I cut my nails and I quiver my thumb
I'm really nervous but it sure is fun
Come on baba, you drive me crazy
Goodness gracious great balls of fire

[piano solo]

Well kiss me baba, woo-oooooo....it feels good
Hold me baba
I want to love you like a lover should
Your fine, so kind
I got this world that your mine mine mine mine-ine

I cut my nails and I quiver my thumb
I'm real nervous 'cause it sure is fun
Come on baba, you drive me crazy
Goodness gracious great balls of fire

[guitar solo]

[piano solo]

[guitar and piano jam]

I say goodness gracious great balls of fire...oooh..

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