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Author
Inca Roads
Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention
One Size Fits All (1975)


quartal scale
--15---14---12---10---8-7--------------||-------------------------------|
--15---13---12---10---8-7-10---8-------||-------------------------------|
--14---12---11---9----7-5-9----7-------||-------------------------------|
--14---12---10---9----7-5-9----7-------||-------------------------------|
--------------------------9----7-------||-------------------------------|
---------------------------------------||-------------------------------|


Now, here's the opening bassline, and the chord stabs over it.

--------------------------------------------|---------------||----------|
--------------------------------------------|---7-5---7-5---||----------|
--------------------------------------------|---7-5---7-5---||----------|
--------------------------------------------|---7-5---7-5---||----------|
3-3---3-3-----3-5-----3-3---3-3-----3-5-----|---------------||----------|
----------5-3-------------------5-3---------|---------------||----------|
bass line

----6---4---------------------------------||----------------------------|
----7---5---7---5-------------------------||----------------------------|
----7---5---7---5-------------------------||----------------------------|
------------8---6-------------------------||----------------------------|
------------------------------------------||----------------------------|
------------------------------------------||----------------------------|

Melody

  Did a vehicle come  from  somewhere     out there       just  to
----------------------------5-------------5---------------8-----7-------|
------------------------------------------------------------------------|
--4---7-5-4-----------7-----------7-----------7-------------------------|
------------7---5-------------------------------------------------------|
------------------------------------------------------------------------|
------------------------------------------------------------------------|


land  in  the Andes       was it  round   and did it  have  a motor
5---------8---7-5-------------------------------------------------------|
--------------------------8-------------------8-------------------------|
------7-----------------------------------7-----------------7-----------|
------------------------------9---7---------------9---7-------10-9------|
------------------------------------------------------------------------|
------------------------------------------------------------------------|


  or  was it  something     di-if'rent      very fast bit
--------------3-----3-------3-------------|-----------------------|-----|
------------------------------------------|-----------------------|-----|
----------5-----------------------5-------|-----------------------|-----|
--5---3-------------------------5---------|-----------------------|-----|
------------------------------------------|-----------------------|-----|
------------------------------------------|-----------------------|-----|


    did a   vehicle           did   a vehicle   did   a vehicle fly
------------------------------------------------------------------------|
--------------------7-5-7-5---------------------------------7-----------|
----4---7---5-4-----7-5-7-5---4-----7-5-4-------4-----7-5-4-7---4-------|
----------------7-------------------------7-----------------7-----------|
----2---5---3-2---------------------------------------------------------|
----------------5-------------------------------------------------------|


along the mountain   and find  a place   to  park  it  se-e-lf
--------------10-----5---4-----6-3-------4---------3--------------------|
------7---8----------------------------------6--------------------------|
7-5----------------------------------------------------4-7-5-4---4------|
---------------------------------------------------------------7--------|
------------------------------------------------------------------------|
------------------------------------------------------------------------|


                      park  it  se-e-lf
----------------------------3-------------------------------------------|
----------------------6-------------------------------------------------|
--------------------------------4-7-5-4---4-----------------------------|
----6-------6---------------------------7-----10-7---9-7---7-7-10-7-9---|
---------------------------------------------------7--------------------|
--4---4---4---4-4-4-----------------------------------------------------|


        park  it    park  it    or  did someone   build   a place
------------------------------------------------------------------------|
------------------------------------8---------8---6---------------------|
----------------------------------------------------------8-5-----------|
7-------1-----------1-----------5-------5-------------------------------|
--------------2-----------2---------------------------------------------|
------------------------------------------------------------------------|


to  leave   a space     for such a thing  to   land
-----------------------------------11-----10---8-----||-----------------|
------------8-----------8--------8-------------------||-----------------|
----------------------------10-----------------------||-----------------|
5---8---------9--------------------------------------||-----------------|
-----------------------------------------------------||-----------------|
-----------------------------------------------------||-----------------|


flute line                                                            4x
-------------------------------------------------14-10----------------||
-13-15-12-13----------------------------------------------------------||
-------------14-12-------14-------------------14-------11------------*||
----------------------14----------------14-12-------------14-12------*||
-------------------15-------15-12-14-15-------------------------14-12-||
----------------------------------------------------------------------||


Fill over flute line       guitar solo
----||-------------||---------------------------------------------------|
----||--5-7---5-7--||---------------------------------------------------|
----||--5-7---5-7--||---------------------------------------------------|
----||-------------||---------------------------------------------------|
----||-------------||---------------------------------------------------|
----||-------------||---------------------------------------------------|


Here's the vocal melody that brings us out of the guitar solo. The melody is the top 
the other two are the harmonies.


------------------------------------------10-------------|--------------|
7---8---10-----7---8-10-----7-8-7---5-----12---10---10---|--------------|
7---9---11-----7---9-11-----7-9-7---5---7-12---11---11---|--------------|
7---9---10-----7---9-10-----7-9-7---5---9------12---12---|--------------|
----------------------------------------9----------------|--------------|
---------------------------------------------------------|--------------|

------------------------------------------------------------||----------|
--7---8---10-----7---8-10-----7---8-7---5---3--5------------||----------|
--7---9---11-----7---9-11-----7---9-7---5---4--5--5---2---2-||----------|
--7---9---10-----7---9-10-----7---9-7---5---4--5--7---4---4-||----------|
--------------------------------------------------7---3---3-||----------|
------------------------------------------------------------||----------|


The Middle Section.

did a vehicle come  from  somewhere     out there   did a vehicle
------------------------------------------------------------------------|
------------------------------------------------------------------------|
------------------------------------------------------------------------|
--------------------------6-----4-------7-------------------------------|
3---5-4-3-----------6-----------------------8-------3---5-4-3-----------|
----------5---x-----------------------------------------------5---------|


come
----------------------------------|-------------------------------------|
----------------------------------|-------------------------------------|
----------------------------------|-------------------------------------|
--------x-x---x-x-----x-x-----x-x-|-------------------------------------|
--------x-x---x-x-----x-x-----x-x-|-------------------------------------|
4-------x-x---x-x-----x-x-----x-x-|-------------------------------------|


come  from  somewhere     out there   did the indians first   on  the
------------------------------------------------------------------------|
------------------------------------------3-------------------3---------|
----------------------------------------------5-3-----------------3-----|
x-----x-----x-----x-------x---x-------3-----------5---3-----------------|
------------------------------------------------------------------------|
------------------------------------------------------------------------|


bill  carve   up  her hill
------------------------------11----8---------------------------|-------|
--------------3------------------11---8----11-------------------|-------|
5-----------------3---5-----------------10----8-----------------|-------|
------3-----------------------------------------8-10------------|-------|
-----------------------------------------------------10-8-------|-------|
----------------------------------------------------------8-10--|-------|

--------------------------------||--------------------------------------|
---------------------------15---||--------------------------------------|
-12---12-12-12---12--------16---||--------------------------------------|
-12---12-12-12---12---12---17---||--------------------------------------|
-12---12-12-12---12---12--------||--------------------------------------|
----------------------15---17---||--------------------------------------|

------------------------------------------------------------------------|
-------------------10----10----13-12-10----13-12---10-------------------|
------------------------------------------------------12---------12-----|
9-12-10-9-------12----12----12----------12---------------9----12----9---|
----------12-10--------------------------------------------12-----------|
------------------------------------------------------------------------|

------------------------------------------------------------------------|
------------------------------------------------------------------------|
-------------------12-10-12-10------------------------------------------|
---12-10-9------10---------------9-12-10-9----9-12-10-9----9-12-10-9----|
12---------10-8----------------------------12-----------12--------------|
------------------------------------------------------------------------|

-------------------10---------------------------------------------------|
----------------------10-9-11-8-9----8-----8---8--------------8---9-----|
-------------10-12----------------10-------------10-8-------------------|
-----9-12-10---------------------------9-8---8--------10----8---9-------|
12-------------------------------------------------------11-------------|
------------------------------------------------------------------------|

------11-9-8-|----------------------------------------------------------|
---11--------|----------------------------------------------------------|
10-----------|----------------------------------------------------------|
-------------|----------------------------------------------------------|
-------------|----------------------------------------------------------|
-------------|----------------------------------------------------------|


This is the same melody that is played before and after the guitar solo, but twice as 
It ain't easy...

-------------------------------------------------14-10----------------||
-13-15-12-13----------------------------------------------------------||
-------------14-12-------14-------------------14-------11-------------||
----------------------14----------------14-12-------------14-12-------||
-------------------15-------15-12-14-15-------------------------14-12-||
----------------------------------------------------------------------||

------------------------------------------------------------------------|
-------------------10----10-------------------------10----10-------13---|
------------------------------------------------------------------------|
9-12-10-9-------12----12----12---9-12-10-9-------12----12----12-11------|
----------12-10----------------------------12-10------------------------|
------------------------------------------------------------------------|

------------11---------13-11------------|-------------------------------|
11-------------11-13---------13-11-13---|-------------------------------|
---13-12-10-----------------------------|-------------------------------|
----------------------------------------|-------------------------------|
----------------------------------------|-------------------------------|
----------------------------------------|-------------------------------|

11----8---------------------------------------------------------||------|
---11---8----11----------------------------------------------15-||------|
----------10----8------------------12---12-12-12---12--------16-||------|
------------------8-10-------------12---12-12-12---12---12---17-||------|
-----------------------10-8--------12---12-12-12---12---12------||------|
----------------------------8-10------------------------15---17-||------|


7/16
-------------------|---------------------|--------------------|---------|
----------------10-|-12-10---------------|--------------------|---------|
--------9-10-12----|-------13-9----------|---------------9-10-|---------|
9-10-12------------|------------12-11----|-------9-10-12------|---------|
-------------------|------------------12-|-10-12--------------|---------|
-------------------|---------------------|--------------------|---------|

-----------9------|---------------------|-----------------9-|-----------|
---9-10-12---10---|---------------------|-----------10-12---|-----------|
11--------------9-|----12-10-9----------|------9-11---------|-----------|
------------------|-12---------10-12----|-9-11--------------|-----------|
------------------|------------------12-|-------------------|-----------|
------------------|---------------------|-------------------|-----------|

--------------------|--------------------|----------------------|-------|
13-12-10------------|-----------------12-|----------------------|-------|
---------12-10-9----|------11-9-13-11----|-14-12-11-------------|-------|
-----------------12-|-11-9---------------|----------14-12-11----|-------|
--------------------|--------------------|-------------------12-|-------|
--------------------|--------------------|----------------------|-------|

---------------------|----------------------|-------------------|-------|
------------------12-|-13-15----13----------|-------------------|-------|
------------11-13----|-------14----12-14----|-11-14-9-11----9---|-------|
------11-13----------|-------------------14-|------------11---9-|-------|
11-14----------------|----------------------|-------------------|-------|
---------------------|----------------------|-------------------|-------|

-------9-8-----|----------11-10-------|------------10-12-13-|-----------|
-----9-----9---|-------11-------11----|---------13----------|-----------|
-------------8-|-------------------10-|-9-10-12-------------|-----------|
10-8-----------|-12-10----------------|---------------------|-----------|
---------------|----------------------|---------------------|-----------|
---------------|----------------------|---------------------|-----------|

12-10---------------|-----------|---------||----------------------------|
------10------------|-----------|---8-8---||----------------------------|
---------12-11------|---7-7-----|-5-------||----------------------------|
---------------12-9-|-7---------|---------||----------------------------|
--------------------|-----------|---------||----------------------------|
--------------------|-----------|---------||----------------------------|


3/4
------------------------------------------------------------------------|
--------------------------------------------------------------10--------|
------14----14--------------12----12------------10---10----------9------|
---12----12----12-11-----10----10----10-9-----8----8----8-7--------10---|
10---------------------8--------------------6---------------------------|
------------------------------------------------------------------------|

------------12-----------12-----------12---12-----------||--------------|
------------13-----------13----------------13-----------||--------------|
------12-14-12-----12-14-12-----12-14------12-----------||--------------|
9-8-----------------------------------------------------||--------------|
------------13-----------13----------------13-----------||--------------|
--------------------------------------------------------||--------------|

To solo (keyboard or sax)
And then this bit, which is the same as before except (you guessed it) twice as fast. Urrgghh.

---------------------|---------------------|--------------------|-------|
------------------10-|-12-10---------------|--------------------|-------|
----------9-10-12----|-------13-9----------|---------------9-10-|-------|
--9-10-12------------|------------12-11----|-------9-10-12------|-------|
---------------------|------------------12-|-10-12--------------|-------|
---------------------|---------------------|--------------------|-------|

-----------9------|---------------------|-----------------9-|-----------|
---9-10-12---10---|---------------------|-----------10-12---|-----------|
11--------------9-|----12-10-9----------|------9-11---------|-----------|
------------------|-12---------10-12----|-9-11--------------|-----------|
------------------|------------------12-|-------------------|-----------|
------------------|---------------------|-------------------|-----------|

--------------------|--------------------|----------------------|-------|
13-12-10------------|-----------------12-|----------------------|-------|
---------12-10-9----|------11-9-13-11----|-14-12-11-------------|-------|
-----------------12-|-11-9---------------|----------14-12-11----|-------|
--------------------|--------------------|-------------------12-|-------|
--------------------|--------------------|----------------------|-------|

---------------------|----------------------|-------------------|-------|
------------------12-|-13-15----13----------|-------------------|-------|
------------11-13----|-------14----12-14----|-11-14-9-11----9---|-------|
------11-13----------|-------------------14-|------------11---9-|-------|
11-14----------------|----------------------|-------------------|-------|
---------------------|----------------------|-------------------|-------|

-------9-8-----|----------11-10-------|------------10-12-13-|-----------|
-----9-----9---|-------11-------11----|---------13----------|-----------|
-------------8-|-------------------10-|-9-10-12-------------|-----------|
10-8-----------|-12-10----------------|---------------------|-----------|
---------------|----------------------|---------------------|-----------|
---------------|----------------------|---------------------|-----------|

12-10---------------|----------------------------------|----------------|
------10------------|--------------------------10-12---|----------------|
---------12-11------|---7-7------------9-10-12---------|----------------|
---------------12-9-|-7---------9---12-----------------|----------------|
--------------------|----------------------------------|----------------|
--------------------|----------------------------------|----------------|


          (Best Band version)
----------19-14-19-14-19-14-19-||---------------------------------------|
--8-8--------------------------||---------------------------------------|
5------------------------------||---------------------------------------|
-------------------------------||---------------------------------------|
-------------------------------||---------------------------------------|
-------------------------------||---------------------------------------|


did   a  booger bear come from somewhere   out  there  just to land
------------------------------------------------------------------------|
-------------------------------10----------10----------13---12-10-------|
------------------------------------------------------------------------|
9-----12-10-9-------------12--------12----------12----------------------|
----------------12---10-------------------------------------------------|
------------------------------------------------------------------------|


in the  Andes was  it  round  and  did  it  have a  motor  or was
------------------------------------------------------------------------|
---13---12-10-----------------------------------------------------------|
--------------12-------------------12-----------------------------------|
12-----------------9----------12--------9--------12-10-9----------------|
-----------------------12-------------------12-------------10-8---------|
------------------------------------------------------------------------|


it something   diff'rent     guacamole queen  guacamole queen
------------------------------------------------------------------------|
------------------------------------------------------------------------|
---12---10-----12---10--------------------------------------------------|
10---------------------------9-12-10-9--------9-12-10-9-----------------|
---------------------------------------12---------------12--------------|
------------------------------------------------------------------------|


guacamole queen  at  the  arm-a-dillo in Austin Texas her  aura  or
-------------------------------------10---------------------------------|
----------------------------------------10-9-11---8-9--------8----------|
-------------------------------10-12--------------------10--------------|
9-12-10-9----------9---12---10---------------------------------9---8----|
----------12------------------------------------------------------------|
------------------------------------------------------------------------|


  did   someone   clear  the   place  and  leave   a   space   for
------------------------------------------------------------------------|
--8---------8--------------------------------------8-----------9--------|
------------------10-----8----------------------------------------------|
--------8----------------------10----------8-----------9----------------|
--------------------------------------11--------------------------------|
------------------------------------------------------------------------|


Chester's   thing  to  land
------------11-----9---8-|----------------------------------------------|
-----11------------------|----------------------------------------------|
10-----------------------|----------------------------------------------|
-------------------------|----------------------------------------------|
-------------------------|----------------------------------------------|
-------------------------|----------------------------------------------|

(lyrics are from memory - apologies if they're not right)


-------------------------------------------------14-10----------------||
-13-15-12-13----------------------------------------------------------||
-------------14-12-------14-------------------14-------11-------------||
----------------------14----------------14-12-------------14-12-------||
-------------------15-------15-12-14-15-------------------------14-12-||
----------------------------------------------------------------------||


did   a  booger bear come from somewhere   out  there did   a  booger
------------------------------------------------------------------------|
-------------------------------10----------10---------------------------|
------------------------------------------------------------------------|
9-----12-10-9-------------12--------12----------12-11-9-----12-10-9-----|
----------------12---10-------------------------------------------------|
------------------------------------------------------------------------|


bear come from somewhere   out  there    did  the  in-di-ans  first
------------------------------------------------------------------------|
---------------10----------10-----------------13---11-------------------|
------------------------------------------------------13-12---10--------|
----------12--------12----------12-------11-----------------------------|
12---10-----------------------------------------------------------------|
------------------------------------------------------------------------|


  on the  bill carve  up her  hill
--11-----------13-----11-----------|-|----------------------------------|
-----11---13-------------11---13---|-|----------------------------------|
-----------------------------------|-|----------------------------------|
-----------------------------------|-|----------------------------------|
-----------------------------------|-|----------------------------------|
-----------------------------------|-|----------------------------------|

11----8------------------------------------------------0-----4-----3----|
---11---8----11----------------------8---8---8---8-8---3-----4-----3----|
----------10----8--------------------7---7---7---7-7-7-4-----6-----5----|
------------------8-10---------------7---7---7---7-7-7-5-----6-----5----|
-----------------------10-8--------------------------5-0-----4-----3----|
----------------------------8-10----------------------------------------|


      on    ruth  on  ruth            ha  ha  that's      ruth
|-------------------------------------3---------------------||----------|
|---------------------------0-2-4-0-------5---5-------------||----------|
|-----------------3---4-----------------------------------5-||----------|
|-----5-----6-----5---6-------------------------------------||----------|
|---4-----------4-------------------------------------------||----------|
|---4-----------4-----------0-2-4-0-------------------------||----------|

            
            
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FishStik 1,228 Jan 18, 2011 08:00 AM

Awesome tab! Very thorough. :)

Just two tiny mistakes in that all-important flute line. Correct notes should be:

flute line                                                            4x
-------------------------------------------------14-10----------------||
-13-15-12-13-------13-------------------------------------------------||
-------------14-12-------14-------------------12-------11------------*||
----------------------14----------------14-12-------------14-12------*||
----------------------------15-12-14-15-------------------------14-12-||
----------------------------------------------------------------------||


5 stars! :)

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ace man 20 Jun 29, 2013 06:21 AM

How awesome is this song, and to tab out the whole thing? guitar solo's in C Lydian, btw. taken me months to learn the whole thing, nice work.

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swimbody 10 Jan 07, 2017 09:22 PM

Incredible! One of the hardest songs and most beautifully written ever
Frank was a GENIUS

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