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Rock Lobster tab

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About this tab version
My version is composed for the Fender Six String Bass, or Bass VI as it's often called. It's basically a regular 4 string bass with 2 more high strings on it (B and high E), or like a regular guitar, but an octave down. Was this info helpful? Yes No
This is actually an adaptation of the song "Rock Lobster" by the B-52's to be played on a six string (octave
below a six string guitar) bass guitar such as a Fender Bass VI, Eastman Sidejack, or some other variant
of "Deluxe Bass" or "Baritone Guitar" tuned EADGBE (but an octave lower).  It could also be played on a
regular guitar but it's an octave higher.

The whole reason I did this myself originally - was to not have to take 2 strings off one of my guitars
or retune to play this song, having a octave down six-string bass gets around that.  If you are using a
Fender/Squier Bass VI like I am, use the bridge pickup on a amp/modeler set to a clean, heavily reverbed
tone and it should get you close if not on the money tone wise.


(MAIN RIFF/VERSE RIFF)            (CHORUS)

E|---------------------------------||-------------------------------------------------------------------||
B|--------------------------------.||-------------------------------------------------------------------||
G|--------------1--0--1--0----(1)--||---------------------------------1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0---||
D|----0-1-0------------------------||-----------------1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-----------------------------------||
A|--3-------3---------------------.||-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3---------------------------------------------------||
E|---------------------------------}|-------------------------------------------------------------------||




E|----4-3------------------------------------------------------------|-----------------------------------||
B|--3----------------------------------------------------------------|-----------------------------------||
G|------------------------------------1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0|-----------------1-1-1-1-0-0-0-0---||
D|--------------------1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1--------------------------------|---------1-1-1-1-------------------||
A|--------3-3-3-3-3-3------------------------------------------------|-3-3-3-3---------------------------||
E|-------------------------------------------------------------------|-----------------------------------||


                                        (2ND VERSE)               (CHORUS)
                                                                  10X
E|--------------------------------------||---------------------------||-----------------------------------|
B|--------------------------------------||--------------------------.||-----------------------------------|
G|-----1-0-----1-0------1-0-1-0-1-0-1-0-||------------1-0-1-0---1----||-----------------------------------|
D|---1-------1--------1-----------------||---0-1-0-------------------||------------------1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1--|
A|-3-------3--------3-------------------||-3-------3----------------.||--3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3------------------|
E|--------------------------------------||---------------------------||-----------------------------------|
                                         



E|----------------------------------||---4-3--------------------------------------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------.||-3------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0--||------------------------------------1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|
D|----------------------------------||--------------------1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1---------------------------------|
A|---------------------------------.||--------3-3-3-3-3-3-------------------------------------------------|
E|----------------------------------||--------------------------------------------------------------------|


                                                                      (VERSE 3)    
                                     2X                                                              10X
E|------------------------------------||---------------------------------||---------------------------||
B|-----------------------------------.||---------------------------------||--------------------------.||
G|------------------1-1-1-1-0-0-0-0---||-----1-0-----1-0-----1-0-1-0-1-0-||------------1-0-1-0----1---||
D|----------1-1-1-1-------------------||---1-------1-------1-------------||---0-1-0-------------------||
A|--3-3-3-3--------------------------.||-3-------3-------3---------------||-3-------3----------------.||
E|------------------------------------||---------------------------------||---------------------------||


(AFTER "GIANT CLAM")

E|-----------------------------------|-----------------------------------------|-----------------------------|
B|-----------------------------------|-----------------------------------------|-----------------------------|
G|--3--4--5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5|---------------------------------5-5-5-5-|----------5-5-5-5------------|
D|-----------------------------------|-----------------------------------------|-----------------------------|
A|-----------------------------------|-3-3-3-3-3---3-3--3-3---3-3-3-3----------|-3-3-3-3----------3-3-3-3----|
E|-----------------------------------|-----------------------------------------|-----------------------------|


                                            (DOWN DOWN PART)
                                           
E|-------------------------------------------||-13-13-13-13-13-13-13-13-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-|11-11-11-11-|
B|-------------------------------------------||-------------------------------------------------|------------|
G|-5--------5--------5---5---5---5-5------0--||-------------------------------------------------|------------|
D|-------------------------------------------||-------------------------------------------------|------------|
A|-----3---------3-----3---3---3------3------||-------------------------------------------------|------------|
E|-------------------------------------------||-------------------------------------------------|------------|




E|-11-11-11-11-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-|-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-|-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-|
B|-------------------------------------|---------------------------------|-----------------------------------|
G|-------------------------------------|---------------------------------|-----------------------------------|
D|-------------------------------------|---------------------------------|-----------------------------------|
A|-------------------------------------|---------------------------------|-----------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------------|---------------------------------|-----------------------------------|




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


                                (GONG!!!)                              
                                                                        10X
E|-1-1-1-1-0-1-1-1-0-1-1-1-0-1-0-1-0-1-0-1-||----------------------------||---------------------------------|
B|-----------------------------------------||---------------------------.||---------------------------------|
G|-----------------------------------------||-------------1-0-1-0---(1)--||---------------------------------|
D|-----------------------------------------||----0-1-0-------------------||----------------1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1--|
A|-----------------------------------------||--3--------3---------------.||--3-3-3-3-3-3-3------------------|
E|-----------------------------------------||----------------------------||---------------------------------|


                                    3X
E|-----------------------------------||----4--3--------------------------------------------------------------|
B|----------------------------------.||--3-------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0---||--------------------------------------1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|
D|-----------------------------------||----------------------1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1---------------------------------|
A|----------------------------------.||---------3-3-3-3-3-3-3------------------------------------------------|
E|-----------------------------------||----------------------------------------------------------------------|


                                                                       (VERSE 4)
                                   2X                                                                10X
E|----------------------------------||-----------------------------------||---------------------------||
B|---------------------------------.||-----------------------------------||---------------------------||
G|-----------------1-1-1-1-0-0-0-0--||------1-0------1-0-----1-0-1-0-1-0-||------------1-0-1-0---1----||
D|---------1-1-1-1------------------||----1--------1-------1-------------||---0-1-0-------------------||
A|-3-3-3-3-------------------------.||--3--------3-------3---------------||-3-------1-----------------||
E|----------------------------------||-----------------------------------||---------------------------||




(AFTER "FLIPPERS FLIPPIN" - OCTAVE PART AGAIN)

E|------------------------------------|--------------------------------|-------------------------------------|
B|------------------------------------|--------------------------------|-------------------------------------|
G|--3--4--5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-|--------------------------------|-5-5-5-5-----------5-5-5-5-----------|
D|------------------------------------|--------------------------------|-------------------------------------|
A|------------------------------------|-3-3-3-3-3---3-3--3-3---3-3-3-3-|----------3-3-3-3----------3-3-3-3---|
E|------------------------------------|--------------------------------|-------------------------------------|


                                            (DOWN DOWN PART)
                                           
E|-------------------------------------------||-13-13-13-13-13-13-13-13-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-11-11-11-11|
B|-------------------------------------------||-------------------------------------------------------------|
G|-5--------5--------5---5---5---5-5------0--||-------------------------------------------------------------|
D|-------------------------------------------||-------------------------------------------------------------|
A|-----3---------3-----3---3---3------3------||-------------------------------------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------------------||-------------------------------------------------------------|




E|-11-11-11-11-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-|-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-|-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-|
B|-------------------------------------|---------------------------------|-----------------------------------|
G|-------------------------------------|---------------------------------|-----------------------------------|
D|-------------------------------------|---------------------------------|-----------------------------------|
A|-------------------------------------|---------------------------------|-----------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------------|---------------------------------|-----------------------------------|




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


                                (GONG!!!)                              
                                                                        2X
E|-1-1-1-1-0-1-1-1-0-1-1-1-0-1-0-1-0-1-0-1-||----------------------------||
B|-----------------------------------------||---------------------------.||
G|-----------------------------------------||-------------1-0-1-0----1---||
D|-----------------------------------------||----0-1-0-------------------||
A|-----------------------------------------||--3--------3---------------.||
E|-----------------------------------------||----------------------------||


Now Comes the famous breakdown section - this will require some careful and well placed string muting as,
unlike the way Ricky Wilson originally played it in CFxxFF tuning on a regular guitar, we have all six strings
here.  

This is also the trickiest part of the entire tab as I am trying to capture every nuance of what Ricky does on
this part of the song, as each small fill of lead notes leads into the next section, especially during
the Surfboards/Bikini's/Sea Animal noises part of the song.



                         (LOBSTER!!)                   (ROCK!!)   (FIRE ALARM SOLO)
                                                             2X
E|------------------------------------------------------------||-------------------------------------------|
B|--------------------------6--6---------------------------6--||-------------------------------------------|
G|------6---8----8---6-6-6-------------6---8-------6-(6)------||-------------------------------------------|
D|--8---6---8----8---6-6-6---------8---6---8-------6-(6)------||-------------------------------------------|
A|--8------------------------------8--------------------------||--(6)-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6----|
E|------------------------------------------------------------||------8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8----------------------|


                                                                                                  (LET'S ROCK)

E|-----------------------------------|-------------------------------|-------------------------------------|
B|-----------------------------------|-------------------------------|-------------------------------------|
G|-----------------------------------|-------------------------------|-------------------------------------|
D|-----------------------------------|-------------------------------|-------------------------------------|
A|--8-8-8---8-8-8-8--6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-|-8-8-8---8---8-8-6---6---6---6-|-8-8-8-8---8-8-8-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-----|
E|--8-8-8---8-8-8-8------------------|-8-8-8---8---8-8---------------|-8-8-8-8---8-8-8---------------------|




E|----------------------------------|-------------------------------|----------------------------------------|
B|--9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-|-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9---3---|-6-----6---6---------6-----6---6--------|
G|----------------------------------|-------------------------------|----------------------------------------|
D|----------------------------------|-------------------------------|----------------------------------------|
A|--8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-8-|-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-|---8-8---8---6-6-8-6-8-8-8---8---8-6-6--|
E|----------------------------------|-------------------------------|----------------------------------------|



E|-----||-----------------------------|-------------------------|----------------------|---------------------|
B|-----||-6-----------6---------------|-6---------6-------------|-6----------6-----9-8-|-6----------6-------6|
G|-----||-----------------------------|-------------------------|----------------------|---------------------|
D|-----||-----------------------------|-------------------------|----------------------|---------------------|
A|-8-6-||----8-8-8-8----8-6-6-6-6-6-6-|---8-8-8-8----8-6-6--8-6-|----8-8-8-8---8-6-----|----8-8-8-8----6-6---|
E|-----||-----------------------------|-------------------------|----------------------|---------------------|
        Boy's in Bikini....           Girls in Surf Boards....Everybody's Rockin....Everybody's Frugin...



E|----|----------------------------|----------------------|----------------------|---------------------------|
B|-6-6|-6----------6---------------|-6--------6-------9-9-|6---------6-------9-8-|6---------6----------------|
G|----|----------------------------|----------------------|----------------------|---------------------------|
D|----|----------------------------|----------------------|----------------------|---------------------------|
A|----|----8-8-8-8----6-6-6-6-6-6-6|---8-8-8-8---6-6------|--8-8-8-8----6-6------|--8-8-8-8----6-6-6-6-6-6-6-|
E|----|----------------------------|----------------------|----------------------|---------------------------|
  Twistin' round the fire having fun......                Baking Potatoes...      Put on your nose guard...



E|-----------------------|--------------------------|-----------------------|-------------------------------|
B|--6---------6-----9--8-|-6---------6--------------|-6-----------6------9-9|-6-----------6-----------------|
G|-----------------------|--------------------------|-----------------------|-------------------------------|
D|-----------------------|--------------------------|-----------------------|-------------------------------|
A|----8-8-8-8---6-8------|---8-8-8-8---6-6-6-6-6-6-6|---8-8-8-8-8---6-6-----|---8-8-8-8-8----8--6--8--6--8--|
E|-----------------------|--------------------------|-----------------------|-------------------------------|
  Head on the....       Pass The.....                                      There goes a sting ray....




E|------------------------------|--------------------------|-----------------------|------------------------|
B|-6---------6------------------|-6---------6--------------|-6---------6-------9-8-|6---------6-------------|
G|------------------------------|--------------------------|-----------------------|------------------------|
D|------------------------------|--------------------------|-----------------------|------------------------|
A|---8-8-8-8----8--6----6---8-6-|---8-8-8-8---6-6-6-6-6-6-6|---8-8-8-8----6-6------|--8-8-8-8---8--6-6--8-6-|
E|------------------------------|--------------------------|-----------------------|------------------------|
  There goes a Manta Ray...     In Walks a Jellyfish...   ...Dogfish...         ..Catfish...



E|---------------------------|----------------------------|--------------------|----------------------------||
B|-6---------6---------------|-6---------6----------------|-6---------6-----9-8|-6---------6----------------||
G|---------------------------|----------------------------|--------------------|----------------------------||
D|---------------------------|----------------------------|--------------------|----------------------------||
A|---8-8-8-8----8--6--8-6-8-8|---8-8-8-8---6--8--6-8--6-8-|---8-8-8-8---6-6----|---8-8-8-8----6-6-6-6-6-6-6-||
E|---------------------------|----------------------------|--------------------|----------------------------||
 ...Sea Robin..            ....Piranha....             ...Narwhal...         ...BIKINI WHALE....



E|--------------------|-------------------|------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|--9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-|-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-|-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-8-8-6--------8---------------6---------6---|
G|--------------------|-------------------|------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|--------------------|-------------------|------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|--8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-6-|-6-6-6-6-6-6-8-8-8-|-8-8-8-8-8-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6---8-8-8-8--8-6-6-6-6-8-6---8-8-8-8-----|
E|--------------------|-------------------|------------------------------------------------------------------|



                                                              2X                             4X
E|----------||-------------------------------------------------||-----------------------------||
B|------9-9-||--6---------6-----9-8-6---------6---------------.||--6-----------6------0-9--6-.||
G|----------||-------------------------------------------------||-----------------------------||
D|----------||-------------------------------------------------||-----------------------------||
A|--6-6-----||----8-8-8-8---6-6-------8-8-8-8---6-6-6-6-6-6-6-.||-----8-8-8-8-----6-6--------.||
E|----------||-------------------------------------------------||-----------------------------||



There is no need for any sort of Tab legend here as there is no actual string bending or ghost notes
or anything in the entire song.  Aside from the muting aspect of the last half of it, it's all pretty much
simple single note lines.

LYRICS
------
We were at a party
His earlobe fell in the deep
Someone reached in and grabbed it
It was a rock lobster

Rock lobster
Rock lobster

We were at the beach
Everybody had matching towels
Somebody went under a dock
And there they saw a rock
It wasn't a rock
It was a rock lobster

Rock lobster
Rock lobster
Rock lobster
Rock lobster

Motion in the ocean
His air hose broke
Lots of trouble
Lots of bubble
He was in a jam
S'in a giant clam

Rock rock
Rock lobster

Down, down

Lobster rock
Lobster rock

Let's rock!

Boy's in bikinis
Girls in surfboards
Everybody's rockin'
Everybody's fruggin'
Twistin' 'round the fire
Havin' fun
Bakin' potatoes
Bakin' in the sun
Put on your noseguard
Head on the Lifeguard
Pass the Tanning Buttah'

Here Comes a Sting Ray
There goes a Manta Ray
In walks a Jellyfish
There goes a Dog Fish
Chased by a Cat Fish
In to a Sea Robin
Watch out for that Piraha
There goes a Narwhal
There goes Bikini Whale

Rock Lobster
Rock Lobster
Rock Lobster
Rock Lobster


















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