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The Shortest Straw Bass Tab

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Metallica
The Shortest Straw
written by Hetfield and Ulrich
as performed on ...And Justice For All
tab by HypaDermic@aol.com


Intro:

G|------------------------------|
D|------------------------------|
A|------------------------------|
E|-0-0-0----0-0-0--0-0-0-3--0-0-|

G|------------------------------|
D|------------------------------|
A|------------------------------|
E|-0-0-0----0-0-0--0-0-0-5--0-0-|

G|------------------------------|
D|------------------------------|
A|------------------------------|
E|-0-0-0----0-0-0--0-0-0-3--0-0-|

G|------------------------------|
D|------------------------------|
A|------------------------------|
E|-0-0-0----0-0-0--0-0-0-0--0-0-|


Chorus:

G|-----------------------------------------------|
D|-----------------------------------------------|
A|-----------------------------------------------|
E|-0-1-0--0-0-000--0-1-0--0-3-0-5--0-1-0-0-0-000-|

G|----------------|
D|----------------|
A|----------------|
E|-0-1-0--0-5-0-3-|

A bar is repeatedly done after a number of the above 
Chorus lick. The bar is below (very simple).

G|----------|
D|----------|
A|----------|
E|-3-3--2-2-|



Verse:

G|----------------------------------------|
D|----------------------------------------|
A|----------------------------------------|
E|-0-0-00--00-0-1-0-1--0-0-00--00-0-3-0-3-|

G|--------------------------------------|
D|--------------------------------------|
A|--------------------------------------|
E|-0-0-00-00-0-1-0-1--0-0-00-00-0-3-2-1-|


After 2 or more times of the above, the same lick goes 
higher, demonstrated directly below.

G|--------------------------------------|
D|--------------------------------------|
A|--------------------------------------|
E|-2-2-22-22-2-3-2-3--2-2-22-22-2-5-2-5-|

G|--------------------------------------|
D|--------------------------------------|
A|--------------------------------------|
E|-2-2-22-22-2-3-2-3--2-2-22-22-2-5-4-3-|



Main lick (used in several parts of song, and after a 
few of the Chorus's...it is also used as a Pre-Chorus. When used as a 
Pre-Chorus, just do the first bar twice):

G|------------------------------------|
D|------8-7-8\------------------------|
A|---/7-------------------------------|
E|-0-------------0-0-0-00--00-0-1-0-1-|

G|----------------------------------|
D|------8-7-8\----------------------|
A|---/7-----------------------------|
E|-0-------------0-0-00--00-0-3-0-3-|

G|----------------------------------|
D|-------8-7-8\---------------------|
A|---/7-----------------------------|
E|-0-------------0-0-00--00-0-5-0-5-|

G|----------------------------------|
D|--------8-7-5\--------------------|
A|---7-8----------------------------|
E|-0--------------3-3-33-33-3-2-2-1-|



Another Bridge or Pre-Chorus is shown below.

G|---------------|-------------------|
D|---------------|-------------------|
A|-2-2-2-2-------|-7----7-7-8--------|
E|---------------|---0---------7h8-8-|

G|-----------------|----------------|-----------------|
D|-----------------|----------------|-----------------|
A|-7h8p7p6-7h8p7p6-|----7-7-8-------|-7h8p7p6-7h8p7p6-|
E|-----------------|-5--------7h8-8-|-----------------|


Pre-Solo

G|---------|----------|---------|----------|
D|---------|----------|---------|----------|
A|---------|----------|---------|----------|
E|-0-------|-1--------|-2-------|-3--------|

G|----------|---------|----------|---------|-------|
D|----------|---------|----------|---------|-------|
A|----------|---------|----------|---------|-------|
E|-0--------|-1-------|-2--------|-3-------|-3-2-1-|

Chorus, then:

G|--------------|-------------|---------------|-------|
D|--------------|-------------|---------------|-------|
A|--------------|-------------|---------------|-------|
E|-0---0-1-0-1--|-0---0-3-0-3-|-0---0-1-0-1-0-|-3-2-1-|

G|-------------|-------------|---------------|-------|
D|-------------|-------------|---------------|-------|
A|-------------|-------------|---------------|-------|
E|-0---0-1-0-1-|-0---0-3-0-3-|-0---0-1-0-1-0-|-3-2-1-|

G|---------|---------|----------|
D|---------|---------|----------|
A|---------|---------|----------|
E|-2-3-4-5-|-2-3-4-5-|-5-4-3--1-|

Chorus, then back to the song (Verse and Chorus)



The ending is below:

G|---------|---------|-------|-----------------------|
D|---------|---------|-------|-----------------------|
A|---------|---------|-------|-----------------------|
E|-2-3-4-5-|-2-3-4-5-|-3-2-1-|-0-0-00-00-0-0-1-0-1-0-|

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Black Ox wrote on June 30 2009, 10:32 pm

This is one of the most cryptic and hard to follow tabs I've ever seen,but you can figure everything out with and I'm pretty sure everything is there. Good job,just lazy and poorly organized.

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