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David Bowie- I'd rather be high
from The Next Day (2013)

Bowie´s been a part of me almost all my life. His death encouraged me to write down these bass tabs
which I'll upload from time to time.

I guess this one's played on a 5 string bass, you can hear some low D's in some parts. There's no problem
if you want to play it on Standard E tuning, but I've tabbed it exactly to the original notes.
You'll need to listen carefully to the song before playing it, hear it and read the tab at least once
before playing the song, it'll help you catch the rhythm right. There are some sick licks. This took
a while, so please let me know your opinions. Enjoy!

Tabbed by Leo Chiurco

[Main Riff 1]
G|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
D|-------7.------------5---.-------|-------7.------------5-----------|
A|-------------5--/7---------------|-------------5--/7-------5---4---|
D|/7---7---------------------------|/7---7---------------------------|
   1 + + + 2 + + + 3 + + + 4 + + +   1 + + + 2 + + + 3 + + + 4 + + +

G|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
D|-------7.------------5---.-------|-------7.------------5-5/7\------|
A|-------------5--/7---------------|-------------5--/7---------------|
D|/7---7---------------------------|/7---7---------------------------|
   1 + + + 2 + + + 3 + + + 4 + + +   1 + + + 2 + + + 3 + + + 4 + + +

G|-------7.------------5-------7---|-------7.------------------------|
D|-------------5--/7---------------|-----------------5---4-----------|
A|/5---5---------------------------|/5---5-------------------5--/7\--|
D|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
   1 + + + 2 + + + 3 + + + 4 + + +   1 + + + 2 + + + 3 + + + 4 + + +

G|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
D|-------7.------------5---.---7---|---------------------------------|
A|-------------5--/7---------------|---------------------------------|
D|/7---7---------------------------|-7-------7-----x-2---5---7-------|
   1 + + + 2 + + + 3 + + + 4 + + +   1 + + + 2 + + + 3 + + + 4 + + +

[Verse 1] "Nabovok is sunlicked now ..."
G|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
A|-2-------2-----2-2---2-------2---|-5-------5-----5-5---5-------5---|
D|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
   1 + + + 2 + + + 3 + + + 4 + + +   1 + + + 2 + + + 3 + + + 4 + + +

G|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
A|-2-------2-----x-2---4---5-------|---------------------------------|
E|-----------------------------4---|-5-------5-----x-5---4---2---4/--|
   1 + + + 2 + + + 3 + + + 4 + + +   1 + + + 2 + + + 3 + + + 4 + + +

G|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
A|-------------5/--12--12--12\-----|---------------------------------|
D|-7-------7-----------------------|-7-------7-----x-2---5---7-------|
   1 + + + 2 + + + 3 + + + 4 + + +   1 + + + 2 + + + 3 + + + 4 + + + 

[Verse 2] "Clare and Lady Manners drink ..."
G|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------|-----------------------------4---|
A|-2-------2-----x-2---2-------4---|-5-------5-----0-5-0-5---7-------|
D|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
   1 + + + 2 + + + 3 + + + 4 + + +   1 + + + 2 + + + 3 + + + 4 + + +

G|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
D|----------------------------/7---|-5-------------------------------|
A|-2-------2-----x-2---4---5-------|---------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------|-------------5-------5---2/------|
   1 + + + 2 + + + 3 + + + 4 + + +   1 + + + 2 + + + 3 + + + 4 + + +

G|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
A|-------------5/--12--12------12\-|---------------------------------|
D|-7-------7-----------------------|-7-------7-----x-7-----5-----4---|
   1 + + + 2 + + + 3 + + + 4 + + +   1 + + + 2 + + + 3 + + + 4 + + + 

[Chorus 1] "I'd rather be high ..."
G|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
A|---------7-------5---7-----------|---------------------------------|
D|-2-----------9---------------9---|-7-----------7---7---7---7h9p7---|
   1 + + + 2 + + + 3 + + + 4 + + +   1 + + + 2 + + + 3 + + + 4 + + +

G|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------|-----------------7-------7-------|
A|-------------2---5h7p5-----------|-------------7-------7-----------|
D|-2---------------------------9---|-7-------------------------------|
   1 + + + 2 + + + 3 + + + 4 + + +   1 + + + 2 + + + 3 + + + 4 + + +

G|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
A|-5-------5-----x-5---5---7---8---|-9-------9-7h9-----7h9-------7---|
D|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
   1 + + + 2 + + + 3 + + + 4 + + +   1 + + + 2 + + + 3 + + + 4 + + +

G|-------------------------7h9-7h9-|-7-------------------------------|
D|---------------------7-----------|---------------------------------|
A|-5-----------0---5---------------|-----------------5---5---7\------|
D|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
   1 + + + 2 + + + 3 + + + 4 + + +   1 + + + 2 + + + 3 + + + 4 + + +

[Main Riff 2]
G|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
D|-------7.------------5---.-------|-------7.------------5-----------|
A|-------------5--/7---------------|-------------5--/7-------5---4---|
D|/7---7---------------------------|/7---7---------------------------|
   1 + + + 2 + + + 3 + + + 4 + + +   1 + + + 2 + + + 3 + + + 4 + + +

G|---------------------------6/7-5h|-6-------------------------------|
D|-------7.------------5-----------|---------7---7-------------------|
A|-------------5--/7---------------|---------------------4-----------|
D|/7---7---------------------------|-------------------------7\------|
   1 + + + 2 + + + 3 + + + 4 + + +   1 + + + 2 + + + 3 + + + 4 + + +

[Verse 3] "The Thames was black"
G|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
A|-2-------2-----x-2---2-------4---|-5-------5-----0-5---5-------7---|
D|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
   1 + + + 2 + + + 3 + + + 4 + + +   1 + + + 2 + + + 3 + + + 4 + + +

G|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
A|-2-------2-----x-2---4---5-------|---------------------------------|
D|-----------------------------4---|-5-------5-----x-5---4---2---4/--|
   1 + + + 2 + + + 3 + + + 4 + + +   1 + + + 2 + + + 3 + + + 4 + + +

G|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
A|-------------5/--12--12------\---|-------------5/--12--12--12\-----|
D|-7-------7-----------------------|-7-------7-----------------------|
   1 + + + 2 + + + 3 + + + 4 + + +   1 + + + 2 + + + 3 + + + 4 + + + 

[Verse 2] "I stumble to the graveyard ...."
G|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------|-----------------------------4---|
A|-2-------2-------2---2-------4---|-5-----x-5-----0-5---5---7-------|
D|---------------4-----------------|---------------------------------|
   1 + + + 2 + + + 3 + + + 4 + + +   1 + + + 2 + + + 3 + + + 4 + + +

G|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------|-5-------5/7\5-------------------|
A|-2-------2-------2---4-------5---|---------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------|---------------------5---2/------|
   1 + + + 2 + + + 3 + + + 4 + + +   1 + + + 2 + + + 3 + + + 4 + + +

G|-------------------------------------------------|------------------------------------------------|
D|-------------------------------------------------|------------------------------------------------|
A|-------------------5/----12-12-12----------12\---|------------------------------------------------|
D|-7-----------7-----------------------------------|-7-----------7--------x--7--------5--------4----|
   1  +  +  +  2  +  +  +  3  +  +  +  4  +  +  +    1  +  +  +  2  +  +  +  3  +  +  +  4  +  +  + 

[Chorus 2] "I'd rather be high ..."
G|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
A|-------------2---5---7-----------|---------------------------------|
D|-2-------------------------------|-7-------7---7---7---7---5---5---|
   1 + + + 2 + + + 3 + + + 4 + + +   1 + + + 2 + + + 3 + + + 4 + + +

G|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
A|-------------2--/9-------7-------|---------------------------------|
D|-2---------------------------9---|-7---7---7---7---7---7---7-------|
   1 + + + 2 + + + 3 + + + 4 + + +   1 + + + 2 + + + 3 + + + 4 + + +

G|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
A|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
D|-0-------0-----x-0---0---2---3---|-4-------4-----4-4---4---4---2---|
   1 + + + 2 + + + 3 + + + 4 + + +   1 + + + 2 + + + 3 + + + 4 + + +

G|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
D|----------------------------12/14|\12------12--12--12--12--12\-----|
A|----------------/12--------------|---------------------------------|
D|-0-------0---0-------------------|---------------------------------|
   1 + + + 2 + + + 3 + + + 4 + + +   1 + + + 2 + + + 3 + + + 4 + + +

[Main Riff 2]
G|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
D|-------7.------------5---.-------|-------7.------------5-----------|
A|-------------5--/7---------------|-------------5--/7-------5---4---|
D|/7---7---------------------------|/7---7---------------------------|
   1 + + + 2 + + + 3 + + + 4 + + +   1 + + + 2 + + + 3 + + + 4 + + +

G|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
D|-------7.------------5-------7---|---------------------------------|
A|-------------5--/7---------------|---------------------------------|
D|/7---7---------------------------|-7-------7-----x-7---7---9---7---|
   1 + + + 2 + + + 3 + + + 4 + + +   1 + + + 2 + + + 3 + + + 4 + + +

[Bridge] "I'm seventeen my looks can prove it ..."
G|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
A|-5---5---5---5---5---5---5---5---|---------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------|-7---7---7-----7-7---7-------7---|
   1 + + + 2 + + + 3 + + + 4 + + +   1 + + + 2 + + + 3 + + + 4 + + +

G|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
A|-5---5---5-----5-5---5-------4-4-|---------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------|-7-------7-----x-7---5-------4---|
   1 + + + 2 + + + 3 + + + 4 + + +   1 + + + 2 + + + 3 + + + 4 + + +

G|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------|----/12-----h12------------------|
A|----------------/7---7-------7---|-5-------------------------------|
D|-2-------2-----------------------|---------------------0---0-------|
   1 + + + 2 + + + 3 + + + 4 + + +   1 + + + 2 + + + 3 + + + 4 + + +

[Main Riff 2]
G|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
D|---------7-----------------------|---------------------------------|
A|----------------/12--12------12\-|---------------------------------|
D|/7-------------------------------|-7-------7-------7-----5-----4---|
   1 + + + 2 + + + 3 + + + 4 + + +   1 + + + 2 + + + 3 + + + 4 + + +

[Chorus 3] "I'd rather be high ..."
G|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
A|---------7-------5---7-----------|---------------------------------|
D|-2-----------9-------------------|-7-------7---7---7---7---7h9p7---|
   1 + + + 2 + + + 3 + + + 4 + + +   1 + + + 2 + + + 3 + + + 4 + + +

G|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
A|---------7-------7/9\7-----------|------------/12--12--12--12\-----|
D|-2-----------9---------------9---|-7-------------------------------|
   1 + + + 2 + + + 3 + + + 4 + + +   1 + + + 2 + + + 3 + + + 4 + + +

G|-------------------------------------------------|------------------------------------------------|
D|------------------/14----------12----------12----|-11-------11-11---------------------------------|
A|-5--------5--5-----------------------------------|-------------------14----12----11----9----------|
D|-------------------------------------------------|------------------------------------------------|
   1  +  +  +  2  +  +  +  3  +  +  +  4  +  +  +    1  +  +  +  2  +  +  +  3  +  +  +  4  +  +  + 

G|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
D|---------------------12-----12/14|\12------12--12--12--12--12\-----|
A|-5-------5---5--/12--------------|---------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
   1 + + + 2 + + + 3 + + + 4 + + +   1 + + + 2 + + + 3 + + + 4 + + +

[Outro]
G|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
D|-------7.------------5---.-------|-------7.------------5-----------|
A|-------------5--/7---------------|-------------5--/7-------5---4---|
D|/7---7---------------------------|/7---7---------------------------|
   1 + + + 2 + + + 3 + + + 4 + + +   1 + + + 2 + + + 3 + + + 4 + + +

G|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
D|-------7.------------5-------7---|-------7.------------5-5/7\------|
A|-------------5--/7---------------|-------------5--/7---------------|
D|/7---7---------------------------|/7---7---------------------------|
   1 + + + 2 + + + 3 + + + 4 + + +   1 + + + 2 + + + 3 + + + 4 + + +

G|----------7.-------------------5----------/12----|-11---------------------------------------------|
D|-------------------5----/7-----------------------|------------/14----12-------12------------------|
A|/5-----5-----------------------------------------|-------------------------------10---------------|
D|-------------------------------------------------|-------------------------------------/7\--------|
   1  +  +  +  2  +  +  +  3  +  +  +  4  +  +  +    1  +  +  +  2  +  +  +  3  +  +  +  4  +  +  + 

G|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
D|-------7.------------5-------7---|-------7.------------------------|
A|-------------5--/7---------------|----------------/12--10----------|
D|/7---7---------------------------|-7---7-------------------14--12--|
   1 + + + 2 + + + 3 + + + 4 + + +   1 + + + 2 + + + 3 + + + 4 + + +

G|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
D|-------7.------------5---.-------|-------7.------------5-----------|
A|-------------5--/7---------------|-------------5--/7---------------|
D|/7---7---------------------------|/7---7-------------------2---5---|
   1 + + + 2 + + + 3 + + + 4 + + +   1 + + + 2 + + + 3 + + + 4 + + +

G|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
D|-------7.------------5---.-------|---------------------------------|
A|-------------5--/7---------10h12-|---10h12-----0---0---0---3---4---|
D|/7---7---------------------------|---------------------------------|
   1 + + + 2 + + + 3 + + + 4 + + +   1 + + + 2 + + + 3 + + + 4 + + +

G|-------7.------------5-------7---|---------7.----------5-----------|
D|-----0-------5--/7---------------|-------------5--/7-------7---5---|
A|-5-------------------------------|/5---5---------------------------|
D|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
   1 + + + 2 + + + 3 + + + 4 + + +   1 + + + 2 + + + 3 + + + 4 + + +

G|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
D|-------7.------------5-------7---|---------------------------------|
A|-------------5--/7---------------|---------------------------------|
D|/7---7---------------------------|-7---7---7---7---7---7.----------|
   1 + + + 2 + + + 3 + + + 4 + + +   1 + + + 2 + + + 3 + + + 4 + + +

PS: I couldn't have figured this out without being high


***********************************

| \  Slide down
| /  Slide up
| h  Hammer on
| P  Pull off
| x  Dead note
| .  End note

***********************************

            
            
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