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                                   The Boston Rag
                                     Steely Dan

Bass                                                              Donald Fagen
                                                                 Walter Becker
As played Walter Becker

In 2/2

Intro

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|-----------------|-----------------|-----3-----------|-1---------------|
  H.          Q     H.          E E   E E H       E E   E E H       E E

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|-----------------|-5---5-------5---|-----------------|-----------------|
  Q   Q   Q   Q     Q   H       Q     H       E E E E   H       E E E E

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  W                 Q   H       E E   W                 H       E E E E

Verse 1

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  Q   H       E E   Q   H       Q     Q   H       E E   Q   Q   E E Q

Interlude 1

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Verse 2

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|---------------x-|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
|-----------------|---------------0-|-5---5---------0-|-5---5-----------|
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  Q   H       E E   Q   H       E E   Q   H       E E   Q   Q   E E Q

|-----------------|-----------------|
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|-----------------|-----------------|
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  Q   Q   H         Q   Q   Q   Q

Chorus 1

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|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|---------------7-|
|-5---5-----------|-5---5-----------|-1---1-----------|-5---5-----------|
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|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
|-5---------------|-3---------------|-1---------------|-0---------------|
  W                 W                 W                 W

|-----7---9-------|
|-----------------|
|-----------------|
|(0)--------------|
  Q   Q   H

Interlude 2

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

Verse 3

|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
|-2---------------|-3---3-------3---|-----------------|-----------------|
|-----------------|---------------5-|-3---3---------4-|-5---5-------5-6-|
|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
  W                 Q   H       E E   Q   H       E E   Q   H       E E

|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
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|---------------3-|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
|-----------------|---------------0-|-5---5---------0-|-5---5-----------|
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|-3---3---------2-|-1---1-------3---|-----------------|---------5-4-3---|
  Q   H       E E   Q   H       Q     Q   H.            Q   Q   E E Q

Interlude 3

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|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|---------0-1-3-1-|
|-1---1-----------|-1---1-----------|-1---1-----------|-1-1-4-----------|
  Q   Q   H         Q   Q   H         Q   Q   H         E E Q   E E E E

Verse 4

|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
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|-----------------|-----------------|-3---3---------4-|-5---5-----------|
|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
  Q   H.            Q   H.            Q   Q   Q.    E   Q   H.       

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|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
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  Q   H.            Q   H.            Q   Q   Q.    E   Q   H.   

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  Q   H.            Q   H       E E   Q   H.            Q   Q   E E Q

|-----------------|-----------------|
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|-----------------|-----------------|
|-1---1-----------|-1---1-------3/--|
  Q   Q   H         Q   Q   Q   Q

Chorus 2

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|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|---------------7-|
|-5---5-----------|-5---5-----------|-1---1-----------|-5---5-----------|
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  Q   Q   H         Q   Q   H         Q   Q   H         Q   Q   Q   E E

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  Q   Q   H         Q   Q   H         Q   Q   H         Q   Q   Q   Q

|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
|-5---------------|-3---------------|-1---------------|-0---------------|
  W                 W                 W                 W

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|-----------------|
|-----------------|
|(0)--------------|
  W

Piano Break

24 Bars Rest

Solo

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|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
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  Q   Q   Q   Q     Q   E E Q   Q     Q   Q   Q.    E   Q   E E Q   Q

|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
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  Q   Q   Q.    E   Q   E E Q   Q     Q   Q   Q.    E   Q   Q   Q   Q

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|-----------------|-------------3---|-----------------|-------------3---|
  Q   Q   Q.    E   Q   Q   Q   Q     Q   Q   Q.    E   Q   Q   Q   Q

|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
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  Q   Q   Q.    E   Q   Q   Q   Q     Q   Q   Q.    E   Q   Q   Q   Q

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  Q   Q   Q   E E   E E Q   Q.    E   Q   E E Q   E E   E E E E E E Q
                                                         _____   _____
                                                        |  3  | |  3  |
|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
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|-----------------|-----------------|---------------4-|-5--6--7----5--6-|
|-5-------5-----0-|-5---0---3---4---|-5-------5-------|-----------------|
  Q   Q   Q.    E   Q   Q   Q   Q     Q   Q   Q.    E   Q  Q  Q Q  Q  Q

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  Q   Q   H         E E E E Q   Q     Q   E E E E E E   Q   E E E E E E

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|-5---5-----------|-------5---------|-5---5-----------|-----------------|
  Q   Q   H         E E E E E E E E   Q   Q   H         E Q.    E E E E

Chorus 3

|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
|---------7-------|---------7-------|---------3-------|---------7-7-5---|
|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|---------------7-|
|-5---5-----------|-5---5-----------|-1---1-----------|-5---5-----------|
  Q   Q   H         Q   Q   H         Q   Q   H         Q   Q   E E E E

|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
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|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|---------------7-|
|-5---5-----------|-5---5-----------|-1---1-----------|-5---5-----------|
  Q   Q   H         Q   Q   H         Q   Q   H         Q   Q   E E E E

|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
|---------7-------|---------7-------|---------3-------|---------7-5-----|
|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-------------7---|
|-5---5-----------|-5---5-----------|-1---1-------3-4-|-5---5-----------|
  Q   Q   H         Q   Q   H         Q   Q   Q   E E   Q   Q   E E Q

|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
|---------7-------|---------7-------|---------3-------|---------7-6-5---|
|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|---------------7-|
|-5---5-----------|-5---5-----------|-1---1-------3-4-|-5---5-----------|
  Q   Q   H         Q   Q   H         Q   Q   Q   E E   Q   Q   E E E E

|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
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|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
|-5---5-----------|-5---5-----------|-1---1-------3-4-|-5-------3---4---|
  Q   Q   H         Q   Q   H         Q   Q   Q   E E   E E Q   Q   Q

|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
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|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-------------7---|
|-5---5-----------|-5---5-----------|-1---1-----------|-5---5-----------|
  Q   Q   H         Q   Q   H         Q   Q   H         Q   Q   E E E E

|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
|---------7-------|---------7-------|---------3-------|-----7---5---6---|
|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
|-5---5-----------|-5---5-----------|-1---1-------3-4-|-5---------------|
  Q   Q   H         Q   Q   H         Q   Q   Q   E E   Q   Q   Q   Q

|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
|---------7-------|---------7-------|---------5-------|-----7---5---6---|
|-----------------|-----------------|-----3-5-----5---|-----------------|
|-5---5-----------|-5---5-----------|-1-------------3-|-5---------------|
  Q   Q   H         Q   Q   H         Q   E E Q   E E   Q   Q   Q   Q

|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
|---------7-------|---------7-------|---------3-------|---------7-------|
|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
|-5---5-----------|-5---5-----------|-1---1-------3-4-|-5---5-----------|
  Q   Q   H         Q   Q   H         Q   Q   Q   E E   Q   Q   H

|-----------------|-----------------||
|---------7-------|---------7-------||
|-----------------|-----------------||
|-5---5-----------|-5---5-----------||
  Q   Q   H         Q   Q   H       


Key to rhythm notations:

W - Whole Note/Semi-Brieve
H - Half Note/Minim
Q - Quarter Note/Crotchet       Q. - Dotted Quarter Note
E - Eight Note/Quaver           E. - Dotted Eight Note
S - Sixteenth Note/Semi-Quaver  S. - Dotted Sixteenth Note
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dannyseasons 10 Mar 13, 2016 10:35 PM

Amazing brother. Seriously you've spoiled us with these Steely bass tabs. You made my week when I noticed how many you've done. I can't thank you enough.

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