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This tab is done in the original tuning of the song from the first B-52's record which is DADxBB low to high - minus the G string. See top "Tuning" section for details. Was this info helpful? Yes No
TUNING NOTES: Ricky Wilson removed his G-string and tuned to Drop D with the High E
String tuned to B
on this song. Alternately you can mute or tune your G string up to B (that's what I do),
but I'm keeping
the string removed for the purpose of accuracy for this tab.  If you have a sharp
picking technique you can
also play this in Drop D and just use the single B string but it's not recommended
because it REALLY ups the
difficulty in playing this song properly.

A little note on Ricky's style as well, he usually uses down strokes for the chords and
upstrokes for the
leads on the upper 2 B strings.  Get used to a lot of wide strumming when playing this
song.  Economy of
movement is key here.

Overall, this should not be too hard to intermediate players who are familiar with
alternate tunings.
The real trick is keeping the rhythm going while playing the leads.

And for the gearheads, the original was recorded using a 1960's Mosrite Ventures into a
Fender Twin or Deluxe
Reverb amp with the reverb cranked and a little bit of overdrive and all done on the
bridge pickup.

TUNING = DADxBB

[Intro]
                         2X                                                              2X
B|-----------------------||-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-2-0--|----------0-0-----------0--||
B|----------------------.||-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-2-0--|----------0-0-----------0-.||
X|-----------------------||----------------------------------|---------------------------||
D|-2-2--0-0--2-0-2-0--0--||-2-2-2-2-0-0-0-0-2-2-2-2-0-0-0-0--|--2-2-2-2------2-2-2-2-----||
A|-2-2--0-0--2-0-2-0--0-.||-2-2-2-2-0-0-0-0-2-2-2-2-0-0-0-0--|--2-2-2-2------2-2-2-2----.||
D|-2-2--0-0--2-0-2-0--0--||-2-2-2-2-0-0-0-0-2-2-2-2-0-0-0-0--|--2-2-2-2------2-2-2-2-----||


[Verses 1&2]
                            8X
B|-0------------------------||-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-5-0-|-3-----------------0-0h3---|
B|-0-----------------------.||-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-5-0-|-3-----------------0-0h3---|
X|--------------------------||---------------------------------|---------------------------|
D|---2-2--0-0--2-0-2-0--0---||-5-5-5-5-0-0-0-0-5-5-5-5-0-0-0-0-|-3--0-2--0-3-0-3-2---------|
A|---2-2--0-0--2-0-2-0--0--.||-5-5-5-5-0-0-0-0-5-5-5-5-0-0-0-0-|-3--0-2--0-3-0-3-2---------|
D|---2-2--0-0--2-0-2-0--0---||-5-5-5-5-0-0-0-0-5-5-5-5-0-0-0-0-|-3--0-2--0-3-0-3-2---------|
  V1  My Lava's burning....
  V2  My love may be as....

B|---------------------0-0-----0----|-----------0-0--3-3--3---3---3---3---3-3--0--3----3-----3----3-------|
B|---------------------0-0-----0----|-----------0-0--3-3--3---3---3---3---3-3--0--3----3-----3----3-------|
X|----------------------------------|---------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|-0-3--0-2--0-3-0-3-2-----0-3--0-2-|-0-3-0-3-2------0-3--0-2---0-3-0-3-2---------0-3--0-2--0-3-0-3-2-----|
A|-0-3--0-2--0-3-0-3-2-----0-3--0-2-|-0-3-0-3-2------0-3--0-2---0-3-0-3-2---------0-3--0-2--0-3-0-3-2-----|
D|-0-3--0-2--0-3-0-3-2-----0-3--0-2-|-0-3-0-3-2------0-3--0-2---0-3-0-3-2---------0-3--0-2--0-3-0-3-2-----|

                               2X                2X
[1st=intro, 2nd=V3]
B|-3-3--0-0--|-----0-0----0-0--||------0------0--||-----------------3--2-0--------------------0-----|
B|-3-3--0-0--|-----0-0----0-0-.||------0------0-.||-----------------3--2-0--------------------0-----|
X|-----------|-----------------||----------------||-------------------------------------------------|
D|-----------|-7-9-9--9-7-7----||-7--9---9--7----||-2-2-2-2-2-2-0-2----------0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0--------|
A|-----------|-7-9-9--9-7-7---.||-7--9---9--7---.||-2-2-2-2-2-2-0-2----------0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0--------|
D|-----------|-----------------||-7--9---9--7----||-2-2-2-2-2-2-0-2----------0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0--------|


[Verse 3 - timing changes a little at the end 2nd time around]
                                                             2X
B|-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-2-0-----------0-0----------0--||
B|-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-2-0-----------0-0----------0-.||
X|-----------------------------------------------------------||
D|-2-2-2-2-0-0-0-0-2-2-2-2-0-0-0-0---2-2-2-2------2-2-2-2----||
A|-2-2-2-2-0-0-0-0-2-2-2-2-0-0-0-0---2-2-2-2------2-2-2-2---.||
E|-2-2-2-2-0-0-0-0-2-2-2-2-0-0-0-0---2-2-2-2------2-2-2-2----||
   My love is burning.......

                      6X
B|-0------------------||-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-2-0----0----0----0-----0--|
B|-0-----------------.||-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-2-0----0----0----0-----0--|
X|--------------------||-------------------------------------------------------|
D|-2--2-0-0--2-0-2-0--||-2-2-2-2-0-0-0-0-2-2-2-2-0-0-0-0----2-2--0-0--2-0-2-0--|
A|-2--2-0-0--2-0-2-0-.||-2-2-2-2-0-0-0-0-2-2-2-2-0-0-0-0----2-2--0-0--2-0-2-0--|
E|-2--2-0-0--2-0-2-0--||-2-2-2-2-0-0-0-0-2-2-2-2-0-0-0-0----2-2--0-0--2-0-2-0--|


B|-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-5-0--3---------------------0-0h3--|
B|-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-5-0--3---------------------0-0h3--|
X|---------------------------------------------------------------|
D|-5-5-5-5-0-0-0-0-5-5-5-5-0-0-0-0----0-3--0-2--0-3-0-3-2--------|
A|-5-5-5-5-0-0-0-0-5-5-5-5-0-0-0-0----0-3--0-2--0-3-0-3-2--------|
E|-5-5-5-5-0-0-0-0-5-5-5-5-0-0-0-0----0-3--0-2--0-3-0-3-2--------|

B|---------------------0-0-----0----|-----------0-0--3-3--3---3---3---3---3-3--0--3----3-----3----3-------|
B|---------------------0-0-----0----|-----------0-0--3-3--3---3---3---3---3-3--0--3----3-----3----3-------|
X|----------------------------------|---------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|-0-3--0-2--0-3-0-3-2-----0-3--0-2-|-0-3-0-3-2------0-3--0-2---0-3-0-3-2---------0-3--0-2--0-3-0-3-2-----|
A|-0-3--0-2--0-3-0-3-2-----0-3--0-2-|-0-3-0-3-2------0-3--0-2---0-3-0-3-2---------0-3--0-2--0-3-0-3-2-----|
D|-0-3--0-2--0-3-0-3-2-----0-3--0-2-|-0-3-0-3-2------0-3--0-2---0-3-0-3-2---------0-3--0-2--0-3-0-3-2-----|

                               2X                4X
   Lead-In to Outro
B|-3-3--0-0--|-----0-0----0-0--||------0------0--||-----------------3--2-0--------------------0--|---2--2--|
B|-3-3--0-0--|-----0-0----0-0-.||------0------0-.||-----------------3--2-0--------------------0--|---2--2--|
X|-----------|-----------------||----------------||----------------------------------------------|---------|
D|-----------|-7-9-9--9-7-7----||-7--9---9--7----||-2-2-2-2-2-2-0-2----------0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-----|---------|
A|-----------|-7-9-9--9-7-7---.||-7--9---9--7---.||-2-2-2-2-2-2-0-2----------0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-----|---------|
D|-----------|-----------------||-7--9---9--7----||-2-2-2-2-2-2-0-2----------0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-----|---------|


[Outro]
                                    8X
B|-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-2-0--||-----------------------------------------------------------|
B|-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-2-0-.||-----------------------------------------------------------|
X|----------------------------------||-----------------------------------------------------------|
D|-2-2-2-2-0-0-0-0-2-2-2-2-0-0-0-0--||-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-0-0-0-0---2---2---|
A|-2-2-2-2-0-0-0-0-2-2-2-2-0-0-0-0-.||-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-0-0-0-0---2---2---|
D|-2-2-2-2-0-0-0-0-2-2-2-2-0-0-0-0--||-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-0-0-0-0---2---2---|
                                       Lava            Red     Hot   Lava-ah
   yeah


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| h   Hammer-on

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Link to Full Song on YouTube = https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5OA9ZSpVsZk

            
            
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