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A relatively simple blues bass line by arguably the greatest rock bass player of all 
time, John Entwistle (10/09/44 - 06/27/02).

Tabbed by: BASSteve

Tuning: EADG

Time signature: 4/4

r = rest (listen for duration)
/ = slide (low to high)
\ = slide (high to low)
()= note inside parenthesis not plucked or hammered on
{}= note inside pointed parenthesis still ringing from previous measure
: = tempo/dynamic level change indicator (w/notation above)

*My tabs are meant to be read in conjunction with listening to the song.
In other words, there are no specific notations to account for note/rest duration.
However, you will find that I’ve made an attempt to strategically space
the notes and rests within their respective measures in order to
represent the appropriate durations.


  (Guitar Intro – 3 measures)
G|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
D|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
A|--------------------------------|12\---------0-----------0---0---|
E|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|


                [3x]
||--------------------------------|| |--------------------------------|
||--------------------------------|| |--------------------------------|
||0-------r---5---4---0---5---4---|| |0---0---2---2---3---3---4---4---|
||--------------------------------|| |--------------------------------|


                [2x]                                [2x]
||--------------------------------|| ||--------------------------------||
||0-------r---5---4---0---5---4---|| ||--------------------------------||
||--------------------------------|| ||0-------r---5---4---0---5---4---||
||--------------------------------|| ||--------------------------------||


                [2x]                  “Rock is dead, they say_________
||--------------------------------|| |--------------------------------|
||------------7---6-------7---6---|| |3-----------5-------------------|
||7-------r-----------7-----------|| |------------------------5-------|
||--------------------------------|| |--------------------------------|


 _______________________Long live rock!”
|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
|{5}-------------------(5)/-(12)-|0---0---r---5---4---0---5---4---|
|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|


  [..............................2 x..............................]
||--------------------------------|--------------------------------||
||--------------------------------|--------------------------------||
||5/-(12)-0---5/-(12)-0---5/-(12)-|0-------r---5---4---0---5---4---||
||--------------------------------|--------------------------------||


                [2x]
||--------------------------------|| |--------------------------------|
||--------------------------------|| |--------------------------------|
||0-------r---5---4---0---5---4---|| |0---0---2---r---3---3---4---4---|
||--------------------------------|| |--------------------------------|



|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
|0---0---r---5---4---0---5---4---|0-------r---5---4---0---5---4---|
|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|


                [2x]                  “Long live rock,________________
||--------------------------------|| |--------------------------------|
||--------------------------------|| |3-----------3-------------------|
||0-------r---5---4---0---5---4---|| |------------------------5-------|
||--------------------------------|| |--------------------------------|


 ____________________________________________________be it dead or
|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
|{5}-----------------------------|{5}\----------------------------|
|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|


 alive!”
|--------------------------------|
|--------------------------------|
|0-------r---5---4---0---5---4---|
|--------------------------------|


  [..............................2 x..............................]
||--------------------------------|--------------------------------||
||--------------------------------|--------------------------------||
||5/-(12)-0---5/-(12)-0---5/-(12)-|0-------r---5---4---0---5---4---||
||--------------------------------|--------------------------------||


                [2x]
||--------------------------------|| |--------------------------------|
||--------------------------------|| |--------------------------------|
||0-------r---5---4---0---5---4---|| |0---0---2---2---3---3---4---4---|
||--------------------------------|| |--------------------------------|


                [2x]                                 [2x]
||--------------------------------|| ||--------------------------------||
||0-------r---5---4---0---5---4---|| ||--------------------------------||
||--------------------------------|| ||0-------r---5---4---0---5---4---||
||--------------------------------|| ||--------------------------------||


                [2x]                  “Rock is dead, they say_________
||--------------------------------|| |--------------------------------|
||------------7---6-------7---6---|| |3-----------5-------------------|
||7-------r-----------7-----------|| |------------------------5-------|
||--------------------------------|| |--------------------------------|


 _______________________Long live rock!”
|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
|{5}-------------------(5)/-(12)-|0---0---r---5---4---0---5---4---|
|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|


  [..............................2 x..............................]
||--------------------------------|--------------------------------||
||--------------------------------|--------------------------------||
||5/-(12)-0---5/-(12)-0---5/-(12)-|0-------r---5---4---0---5---4---||
||--------------------------------|--------------------------------||


                [2x]
||--------------------------------|| |--------------------------------|
||--------------------------------|| |--------------------------------|
||0-------r---5---4---0---5---4---|| |0---0---2---2---3---3---4---4---|
||--------------------------------|| |--------------------------------|


                [2x]                                 [2x]
||--------------------------------|| ||--------------------------------||
||0-------r---5---4---0---5---4---|| ||--------------------------------||
||--------------------------------|| ||0-------r---5---4---0---5---4---||
||--------------------------------|| ||--------------------------------||


 “Long live rock,_________________________________________________
|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
|3-----------3-------------------|--------------------------------|
|------------------------5-------|{5}-----------------------------|
|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|


 ___________________be it dead or alive!”
|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
|{5}\----------------------------|0-------r---5---4---0---5---4---|
|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|



|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
|5/-(12)-0---5/-(12)-0---5/-(12)-|0-------r---5---4---0---5---4---|
|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|



|--------------------------------|
|--------------------------------|
|5/-(12)-0---5/-(12)-0---5/-(12)-|
|--------------------------------|


 [..............................3 x..............................]
|--------------------------------|--------------------------------||
|--------------------------------|--------------------------------||
|7-------------------------------|5---------------0---------------||
|--------------------------------|--------------------------------||


 “Look again,______________________________________________rock is
|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
|7-------------------------------|5-------------------------------|
|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|


 dead,_____________________________________________________rock is
|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
|3-------------------------------|{3}-----------------------------|
|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|


 dead,_____________________________________________________rock is
|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
|2-------------------------------|{2}-----------------------------|
|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|

 (moderately soft crescendo to moderately loud)
 mp. <  mf.
:--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
:--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
:0---0---0---0---0---0---0---0---|0---0---0---0---0---0---0---0---|
:--------------------------------|--------------------------------|



|----------------------------------|--------------------------------|
|---------------13/(14)----13/(14)-|---13/(14)----13/(14)-----------|
|5-------r---12---------12---------|12---------12-----------5---4---|
|----------------------------------|--------------------------------|


                [3x]
||--------------------------------|| |--------------------------------|
||--------------------------------|| |--------------------------------|
||0-------r---5---4---0---5---4---|| |0---0---2---2---3---3---4---4---|
||--------------------------------|| |--------------------------------|


                [2x]                                [2x]
||--------------------------------|| ||--------------------------------||
||0-------r---5---4---0---5---4---|| ||--------------------------------||
||--------------------------------|| ||0-------r---5---4---0---5---4---||
||--------------------------------|| ||--------------------------------||


                [2x]                  “Rock is dead, they say_________
||--------------------------------|| |--------------------------------|
||------------7---6-------7---6---|| |3-----------5-------------------|
||7-------r-----------7-----------|| |------------------------5-------|
||--------------------------------|| |--------------------------------|


 _______________________Long live rock!”
|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
|{5}-------------------(5)/-(12)-|0---0---r---5---4---0---5---4---|
|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|


  [..............................2 x..............................]
||--------------------------------|--------------------------------||
||--------------------------------|--------------------------------||
||5/-(12)-0---5/-(12)-0---5/-(12)-|0---0---r---5---4---0---5---4---||
||--------------------------------|--------------------------------||


                [2x]
||--------------------------------|| |--------------------------------|
||--------------------------------|| |--------------------------------|
||0-------r---5---4---0---5---4---|| |0---0---2---2---3---3---4---4---|
||--------------------------------|| |--------------------------------|


                [2x]                                 [2x]
||--------------------------------|| ||--------------------------------||
||0-------r---5---4---0---5---4---|| ||--------------------------------||
||--------------------------------|| ||0-------r---5---4---0---5---4---||
||--------------------------------|| ||--------------------------------||


 “Long live rock__________________________________________________
|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
|3---3---3---3---3---3-----------|--------------------------------|
|------------------------5-------|{5}-----------------------------|
|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|


 _______________________________”                  [2x]
|--------------------------------| ||--------------------------------||
|--------------------------------| ||--------------------------------||
|{5}\----------------------------| ||0-------r---5---4---0---5---4---||
|--------------------------------| ||--------------------------------||


                [3x]
||--------------------------------|| |--------------------------------|
||--------------------------------|| |--------------------------------|
||0---0---0---0---0---0---0---0---|| |0---0---2---2---3---3---4---4---|
||--------------------------------|| |--------------------------------|


                [2x]                                 [2x]
||--------------------------------|| ||--------------------------------||
||--------------------------------|| ||--------------------------------||
||5---5---5---5---5---5---5---5---|| ||0---0---0---0---0---0---0---0---||
||--------------------------------|| ||--------------------------------||


 “Long live rock,_________________________________________________
|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
|3---3---3---3---3---3-----------|--------------------------------|
|------------------------5-------|{5}-----------------------------|
|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|


 ___________________be it dead or alive!”
|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
|{5}\----------------------------|0---0---4---4---5---5---6---6---|
|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|



|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
|7---5---4-----------------------|--------------------------------|
|------------5-----------5-5-5-5-|5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-|



|--------------------------------|
|--------------------------------|
|--------------------------------|
|5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5\--------------|

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