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Song:    Roadhouse Blues
Artist:  The Doors
Album:   Morrison Hotel, 1970
URL:     https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roadhouse_Blues
         https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4pEMd1SdkAE
Tempo:   4|4
Method:  John Lee Hooker ‘Rollin’ Slow Blues’ style (See NOTES 1)
Tuning:  Standard

Chords:            (Optional)
         EADGBe    EADGBe
E        022100    X79997
E11      000100    X77797
A        X02220    577655
A11      X00020    X55655  
A7       X02020    575655
B7       X21201    797877
C7       X32310    81088988
E7       020100    X79797
C#7      X4342X    X46564  
D7       XX0212    X57575
Eb7      XX1323    X68686
E9       020102    XX2432   


INTRO:(Bass, Piano & Harp over)

Bass Riff 1:
g||—————————————————————|——————————————-----——| x4
D||——————————————7h8/9h—|——————-———————7h8/9h—|
A||——7-7^7-7^7-7————————|——7-7^7-7^7-7————————|  
E||—————————————————————|—————————————————————|


VERSE 1:
(E)                E    
Yeah, keep your eyes on the road and your hand upon the wheel,
E                      
Keep your eyes on the road, your hands upon the wheel.
E
Yeah, we're goin' to the Roadhouse,
E     
We're gonna have a real,
E
Good time.


Bridge 1:(Bass and harp over)
|A  |E    |A  |E    |A  |E    |(short dwell on A and back to E)


VERSE 2:
(E)   E
Yeah, back at the Roadhouse they got some bungalows,
E
Yeah, back at the Roadhouse they got some bungalows.
E
And that's for the people,
E
Who like to go down slow.


CHORUS 1:
(A)       A
Let it roll, baby, roll,
A
Let it roll, baby, roll.
A                        A7
Let it roll, baby, roll,
             B7   C7 B7        E
Yeah, let it roll,   all night long.


JM:  “Do it, Robby, do it!”


:: INSTRUMENTAL ::(Lead and harp over)
|A  |E    |A  |E    |A  |E    |(short dwell on A and back to E)

Ah-ya - Right! (Exclamation)

Ah-ya - Yeah!  (Exclamation)


VERSE 3:
(E)       E
You gotta roll, roll, roll,
E
You gotta thrill my soul, all right.
E
Roll, roll, roll, roll,
E
A Feel my soul.
E
You gotta beep a, ya gotta a chu - cha,
E
A Honk konk konk,
E
You gotta each you puna,
E
Each ya bop a luba.
E
Each yall bump a kechonk,
E
Eas - e sum konk,
E
Yeah, ride.


VERSE 4:
(E7)  E7
Ashen lady, (Ashen lady),
E7
Ashen lady, (Ashen lady),
E7
Give up your vows, (give up your vows).
E7
Give up your vows, (give up your vows).
E7
Save our city, (save our city),
E7
Save our city, (save our city),
E7
Right now.


VERSE 5:
(E)     E
Well, I woke up this morning, I got myself a beer,
E
Well, I woke up this morning, and I got myself a beer.
E
The future's uncertain, and the end is always near.


CHORUS 2:
(A)    A
Let it roll, baby, roll,
A
Let it roll, baby, roll.
A                       A7
Let it roll, baby, roll,
             B7   C7 C#7 D7 Eb7 E    E9
Yeah, let it roll,   all night  long.


Outro Riff:(After “…long.”)

e||——15/12^12^12–-—10^10^10——|————10——————7/12h———————|
B||———————————————-----------|——12———12———7/12h———————|
G||——————————————————————————|————————————————————————|
D||——————————————————————————|———————-————————————-———|
A||——————————————————————————|———————-————-———————————| 
E||——————————————————————————|———————-—————-——————————|


JM:  “Yikes!” (Off mike)


[End]


NOTES:
1.  In the verses the main chords are played and then alternate quickly to the 11th form of the chord in 
a rolling motion.  This continues throughout each verse and chorus. Even though scored as E and A 
respectively, it keeps tempo with the bass line (i.e. in the verse = E - E11, E - E11, E - E11, E - E11).  
Lifting the second and third fingers off for the E chord, as well as the second finger for the E7 and 
the first and second finger for the A chord, on the alternate beats.
2.  You can simplify the final chords in the Choruses to suit the speed and melody. 
3.  ”…The song quickly became a concert staple for the group, a live version appearing later on the 
posthumous album An American Prayer and that same version, which has been called "probably one of the best 
live performances of any song", again on In Concert and Greatest Hits. During this version, Jim Morrison 
talks for a short while to a female audience member about his Zodiac sign and, with a sudden, ironic twist 
that causes the audience to erupt in laughter, denounces his beliefs in it. …”  
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roadhouse_Blues  
4.  ”…The sessions only took off on the second day, when resident Elektra guitarist Lonnie Mack 
joined in on bass and harmonicist John Sebastian (appearing under the pseudonym G. Puglese either 
out of loyalty to his recording contract[5] or to avoid affiliation with The Doors after the infamous 
Miami controversy) joined in on the sessions and Manzarek switched from his Wurlitzer electric piano 
to a tack piano (the same used on The Beach Boys "Good Vibrations").[6] A studio version of the song with 
John Lee Hooker sharing vocals with Jim can be found on the Stoned Immaculate: The Music of The Doors 
album. …” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roadhouse_Blues
5.  This 'Take 15' version was a staple of many teenage bands in Australia, in the late 60’s.  For many 
it was their first taste of the Blues. 
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Pastafarian96 870 Nov 26, 2015 02:40 AM

The bass section at the beginning isn't quite right but the rest of it is perfec

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delb0y1967 3,614 Nov 26, 2015 05:12 AM

Great tab to a great song, another winner my friend :)

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