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Music & Lyrics by John Butler
From the album "Three" ('2002) By The John Butler Trio

Tabbed by - sarah martin littlejimmypage@hotmail.com
Tuning Open C - C G C G C E

This is basically some improvisation and additions to the Walker/Prince tab
originally submitted, complete with licks and the solo.. have fun with it. :)

[Intro] + palm mute
E|-------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
C|-------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|---------------------------------------------------------------5-5-5-3h5p0-----|
C|-7------------5-7-7p5---/10--------------10-12p10-12p10-------5-5-5------------|
G|--7*-----5/7-----------7-/10--------10/12-----------------12-------------------|
C|---7*--------------------/10---------------------------------------------------|
??mm no.

E|--------------------------------|---------------------------------------------|
C|--------------------------------|---------------------------------------------|
G|--------------------------------|---------------------------------------------|
C|-3-5---5\-7-7-7-------5---------|------------5-7-7p5----10--10-10-------------|
G|----------7-7-7---5h7---7-5h7p5-|--------5/7---------7--10--10-10-------------|
C|----------------7---------------|-7-7-7-----------------10--10-10-------------|


E|-------------------------|----------------------------------------------------|
C|-------------------------|--------------------------5h7p5---------------------|
G|-------10-12h10-12h10----|-5-5-5-5-3h5p0------------------7p5p3-3h5p3---------|
C|-10----10-12h10-12h10-10-|-5-5-5--------5-5-5/7-7-7-------------------5\------|
G|-10h12----------------12-|-5-5-5----------------------------------------------|
C|-------------------------|----------------------------------------------------|

E|-----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
C|---******-------------------********-----------------------------------------|
G|---/7-7-7------------------/10-10-10-------10-12h10-12h10--------------------|
C|---/7-7-7------5-7-7p5-----/10-10-10-10----10-12h10-12h10-10-----------------|
G|---/7-7-7--5h7---------7---/10-10-10-10h12----------------12-----------------|
C|---/7-7-7------------------/10-10-10-----------------------------------------|

E|---******------------------------------------|-------------------------------|
C|---/5-5-5------------------------------------|-------------------------------|
G|---/5-5-5--5-3h5p3---------------------------|------------Repeat-------------|
C|---/5-5-5---------5-5-5/7-7-7------5---------|-------------------------------|
G|---/5-5-5----------------------5h7---7-5h7p5-|-------------------------------|
C|---------------------------------------------|-------------------------------|

[Verse]

John uses a glass slide on his little finger.

Basic riff:

E|-/7--7-7---/10--10-10---/5--5-5---/7--7-7-|
C|-/7--7-7---/10--10-10---/5--5-5---/7--7-7-|
G|-/7--7-7---/10--10-10---/5--5-5---/7--7-7-|
C|-/7--7-7---/10--10-10---/5--5-5---/7--7-7-|
G|-/7--7-7---/10--10-10---/5--5-5---/7--7-7-|
C|-/7--7-7---/10--10-10---/5--5-5---/7--7-7-|

then:
"Don't want to be a thorn in your side..."

E|-\3-3-3----\10-10-10----\5-5-5-5-5-5-|
C|-\3-3-3----\10-10-10----\5-5-5-5-5-5-|
G|-\3-3-3----\10-10-10----\5-5-5-5-5-5-|
C|-\3-3-3----\10-10-10----\5-5-5-5-5-5-|
G|-\3-3-3----\10-10-10----\5-5-5-5-5-5-|
C|-\3-3-3----\10-10-10----\5-5-5-5-5-5-|

This is the instrumental part with the lil licks

E|----------------------------------------------------------------------|
C|-------------5-7----------------/12-10-12-10--------------------------|
G|-/7--7-7--/7-----5--/10--10-10----------------/5--5-5--5p3p0h5--------|
C|-/7--7-7------------/10--10-10----------------/5--5-5----------5-5-5--|
G|-/7--7-7------------/10--10-10----------------/5--5-5-----------------|
C|-/7--7-7------------/10--10-10----------------/5--5-5-----------------|

E|-------------------|--------------------------------------------------|
C|-------------------|-----------------------------/12-10-12-10---------|
G|-/7--7-7-----------|-7--7-7--5p3p0h5--------/10-----------------------|
C|-/7--7-7-----5-7---|-7--7-7----------5-7-7--/10-----------------------|
G|-/7--7-7--/7-----5-|-7--7-7-----------------/10-----------------------|
C|-/7--7-7-----------|-7--7-7-----------------/10-----------------------|

E|----------------------------------------------------------------------|
C|----------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|-/5--5-5-5p3p0h5--------/7--~-----------------------------------------|
C|-/5--5-5---------5-5-5--/7--~-----------------------------------------|
G|-/5--5-5----------------/7--~-----------------------------------------|
C|-/5--5-5----------------/7--~-----------------------------------------|

~The Huge Ass Solo~ (i got a video of john playin betterman on rage
and i gotta make some corrections,)

E|-----------------6p5--------------------------------------------------|
C|-(2)-/--7--~--------5-------------------------------------------------|
G|-(2)-/-(7)-~-----------5\3p0------------------------------------------|
C|--2--/-(7)-~-------------------5/7~-----------7h10--12~---------------|
G|----------------------------------------/7-10-------------------------|
C|----------------------------------------------------------------------|

E|----------------------------------------------------------------------|
C|----------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|-------------------------------------------------------12~------------|
C|-12^14^12h10-----12^14^12h10-----12^14^12h10-----10-12----------------|
G|-------------12--------------12---------------12----------------------|
C|----------------------------------------------------------------------|

E|----------------------------------------------------------------------|
C|-10p9--------(7)~-------------5-5-----------------/(7)--5--5h7--------|
G|-----10-------7-~-----7-7^8^7-----7-5-8-8-5-7-----/-7-----------------|
C|--------(12)----------------------------------------------------------|
G|----------------------------------------------------------------------|
C|----------------------------------------------------------------------|

E|----------------------------------------------------------------------|
C|-12---12---12---12^14^12h10-------------------------------------------|
G|---12---12---12-------------12-10-10h12~-----3h5-5-5p3h5p3-5^6^5-3-5--|
C|----------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|----------------------------------------------------------------------|
C|----------------------------------------------------------------------|
                                            john plays the above part

E|----------------------------------------------------------------------|
C|----------------------------------------------------------5----5----7-|
G|-3h5-5-5p3h5p3-5^6^5-3-5---3h5-5-5p3h5p3-5^6^5-3-5----3h5--5h7--5/7---|
C|----------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|----------------------------------------------------------------------|
C|----------------------------------------------------------------------|

on the 12th frets instead of how i've tabbed it here. its easier.

E|----------------------------------------------------------------------|
C|---------------------------------5-5h7-10-12-12-12^14^12-10----10-----|
G|-3h5-5-5p3h5p3-5^6^5-3-5-----3h5----------------------------12--------|
C|----------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|----------------------------------------------------------------------|
C|----------------------------------------------------------------------|

E|-----------------------13--13-13x13-13x13-----/15-13------------------|
C|-12-12p10----10-12-/14-----14-14x14-14x14------------14-12-10-12p10---|
G|----------12--------------------------------------------12-10------12-|
C|----------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|----------------------------------------------------------------------|
C|----------------------------------------------------------------------|

E|-/15-13-----------------/15-13----------------------------------------|
C|--------14-12\10----12---------14----10----10-12--12-10-12p10----10\--|
G|-----------12\10-10-12------------12-10-12-10-12--------------12p10\--|
C|----------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|----------------------------------------------------------------------|
C|----------------------------------------------------------------------|

E|--------------------------------/13-10--------------------------------|
C|-7\---------7\--------5\---7h10-------12-10h12p10---(7)---------------|
G|-7\---------7\--------5\----------------------------(7)---------------|
C|-7\---------7\--------5\-----------------------------7\-(slow)--------|
G|----------------------------------------------------------------------|
C|----------------------------------------------------------------------|

  this is the bass bit but its fun to play
  anyhows so why not tab it :) play with lots n lots of slide
E|----------------------------------------------------------------------|
C|----------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|----------------------------------------------------------------------|
C|----------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|------------3~---3p0/5~---3-5/7-5-3/5\3\---------------3-3-3----------|
C|-/7~---5--2------------------------------7\~---7-7-5-7-------5\3/7~---|


E|----------------------------------------------------------------------|
C|----------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|----------------------------------------------------------------------|
C|------7-7--7p5-7p5-7------/7-7-7-7-5---7----/10-10-10\----------------|
G|-/5-5----------------5~--------------7-----------------7\-------------|
C|----------------------------------------------------------------------|

E|----------------------------------------------------------------------|
C|----------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|----------------------------------------------------------------------|
C|-/7--7-7-7-5-7-/10~---/7-7-7-7-5--------------------------------------|
G|----------------------------------5-7-/7--5-7-5\~----3-3-5/7--5-3-----|
C|----------------------------------------------------------------------|

E|----------------------------------------------------------------------|
C|----------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|----------------------------------------------------------------------|
C|---------------7~-----------------------------------------------------|
G|-3-3-5/7--5-3---------------------------------------------------------|
C|----------------------------------------------------------------------|

  Back to Johnny B now:
E|-15-15-13-10----------------------------------------------------------|
C|-------------12p10-------10--10h12p10----------5----------------------|
G|-------------12----12----10-----------12-10----5--3h5p3-0-------------|
C|-------------12----12----10-----------12-10----5----------5-----------|
G|----------------------------------------------------------------------|
C|----------------------------------------------------------------------|

E|----------------------------------------------------------------------|
C|-7-----------------7X7--------------10X10--10h12p10----------5X5------|
G|-7-----------------7X7-----5-5------10X10-----------12p10----5X5------|
C|-7-5h7-------------7X7--5h7----7----10X10--------------------5X5------|
G|-------5--5-5h7----7X7--------------10X10--------------------5X5------|
C|----------------------------------------------------------------------|

E|----------------------------------------------------------------------|
C|--------------7X7-----------------------------------------------------|
G|-3h5p3-0------7X7-----5-5---------------------------------------------|
C|---------5----7X7--5h7----7-------------------------------------------|
G|--------------7X7-----------------------------------------------------|
C|----------------------------------------------------------------------|

  Then:
E|----------------------------------------------------------------------|
C|-/7--7-7~-----/10--10-10~-----\5--5-5~-----/7--7-7~-------------------|
G|-/7--7-7~-----/10--10-10~-----\5--5-5~-----/7--7-7~-------------------|
C|-/7--7-7~-----/10--10-10~-----\5--5-5~-----/7--7-7~-------------------|
G|-/7--7-7~-----/10--10-10~-----\5--5-5~-----/7--7-7~-------------------|
C|----------------------------------------------------------------------|

E|--------------------------------------------------------------------|
C|-7~--X-X----7/10~--X-X----10\5~--X-X----5/7~--X-X-------------------|
G|-7~--X-X----7/10~--X-X----10\5~--X-X----5/7~--X-X------REPEAT-------|
C|-7~--X-X----7/10~--X-X----10\5~--X-X----5/7~--X-X-------------------|
G|-7~--X-X----7/10~--X-X----10\5~--X-X----5/7~--X-X-------------------|
C|--------------------------------------------------------------------|


************************************

| ~ Sustain the note
| ^ Bend - e.g '12^14' means bend from 12 up to 14,
             '14^12' is to release the note back to the 12th fret.
| \ Downward slide
| / Upward slide
| X Palm mute
| * Harmonic
| () Ghost note.. u don't have to play it

************************************

            
            
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Shane_O'Mack 10 Jul 19, 2004 08:00 PM

Nice tab mate, only problem that i can see is that you forgot to mention that he plays his on a 12 string guitar, apart from that the tab seems fine mate. Well done, glad i could find a good version of it to play.

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bluesman89 93 Jan 03, 2007 08:52 AM

hey this is a good guideline, and i prefere guidlines coz it lets you create your own way of playing material :)

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food1010 295 Jan 19, 2008 01:50 PM

yeah where you have 7th fret harmonics in the intro, john really plays dead notes.

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