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Ride the Lightning
By: Metallica
Tabbed By: Kane Bochatyn (JenoUnion)

Cliff's original bassline on Ride the Lightning from the Ride the Lightning
album, released in 1984. The link to his bass track is here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jKr7LbISgmU.
A bit different, and a few spots with wah, this bassline composed by
Cliff Burton is nothing short of awesome. Any questions, comments, or
concerns should go to CryofthePlanet@hotmail.com OR DarkCloud1917@aol.com.
----------------------------------------------------------------------------
"Ride the Lightning"
Metallica


[Intro]
A (Play x2)
G|-------------------------|
D|-------------------------|
A|-------------------------|
E|-0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--|

G|--------|
D|--------|
A|--------|
E|-0-12/--|


Intro B
G|--------------------------------------|
D|--------------------------------------|
A|-7--7--7--7--7--7--7------5---7-7-----|
E|-0--0--0--0--0--0--0--5-7---7-----/6--|


[Verse Intro]
G|---------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|-----1-----1---------1-----1---------1-----1---------1-----1-----1*--|
E|-0-0---0-0---0-0-0-0---0-0---0-0-0-0---0-0---0-0-0-0---0-0---000-----|

G|-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|-----1-----1---------1-----1---------1-----1---------1-----1-----------|
E|-0-0---0-0---0-0-0-0---0-0---0-0-0-0---0-0---0-0-0-0---0-0---00000000--|


[Post-Chorus Riff] (Play x4)
G|----------------|----|
D|----------------|----|
A|-------------3--|----|
E|-2--0--2-5-22---|-2--|


[Verse 1](Play x2)
G|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|-3-2-1-----1---------1-----1---------1-----1---------1-----1-------|
E|-------0-0---0-0-0-0---0-0---0-0-0-0---0-0---0-0-0-0---0-0----0-0--|


[Pre-Chorus 1]
G|------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|-------------------------------------------------------------/7\--|
E|-2--22-2-2-2-2-2-2--22-2-2-2-2-2-2--22-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2------|


[Chorus 1 ]              |Apply Wah|
G|-------------------------9---9----|
D|---------------------777-7-7-7-7--|
A|-4-4-4-3-2-2-2-4-0-0--------------|
E|----------------------------------|

G|------------------------------------|
D|------------------------------------|
A|-4-4-4-3-2-2-2-4-0-000-000-000-3h2--|
E|------------------------------------|

G|-----------------------------------|
D|-----------------------------------|
A|-----------------------------------|
E|-2--22-2-2-2-2-2-2--22-2-2-2-2-2-2-|

G|-------------------------9---9--|
D|---------------------777-7-7-7--|
A|-4-4-4-3-2-2-2-4-0-0------------|
E|--------------------------------|

G|-----------------------------------|
D|-----------------------------------|
A|-4-4-4-3-2-2-2-4-0-0-0-000-000-2/--|
E|-----------------------------------|


[Post-Chorus 1] (Play x4)
G|----------------|
D|----------------|
A|-------------3--|
E|-2--0--2-5-22---|


[Verse 2]
G|---------------------------------------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------------------------------------|
A|-1-----1---------1-----1---------1-----1---------1-----1-------|
E|---0-0---0-0-0-0---0-0---0-0-0-0---0-0---0-0-0-0---0-0----0-0--|

G|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|-3-2-1-----1---------1-----1---------1-----1---------1-----1-------|
E|-------0-0---0-0-0-0---0-0---0-0-0-0---0-0---0-0-0-0---0-0----0-0--|


[Pre-Chorus 2]
G|----------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|----------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|-3-2-------------------------------------------------------------/7\--|
E|-----2--22-2-2-2-2-2-2--22-2-2-2-2-2-2--22-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2------|


[Chorus 2]              |Apply Wah|
G|-------------------------9---9----|
D|---------------------777-7-7-7-7--|
A|-4-4-4-3-2-2-2-4-0-0--------------|
E|----------------------------------|

G|------------------------------------|
D|------------------------------------|
A|-4-4-4-3-2-2-2-4-0-000-000-000-3h2--|
E|------------------------------------|

G|-----------------------------------|
D|-----------------------------------|
A|-----------------------------------|
E|-2--22-2-2-2-2-2-2--22-2-2-2-2-2-2-|

G|-------------------------9---9--|
D|---------------------777-7-7-7--|
A|-4-4-4-3-2-2-2-4-0-0------------|
E|--------------------------------|

G|-------------------------------------|
D|-------------------------------------|
A|-4-4-4-3-2-2-2-4-0-0-0-000-000-2/----|
E|----------------------------------0--|


[Bridge] 1A (Play x3)
G|------|-----------------|
D|------|-----------------|
A|------|-----------------|
E|-12/--|-0-003-00003-00--|

G|-------------------|
D|-------------------|
A|-7-6-5-003-0-2-----|
E|---------------3/--|

Bridge 1B
G|---------------------------------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------------------------------|
A|-3-3-3-3-3--3-3-3-3-3-3-3--3-3-2-2-2-2-2--2-2-2-2-2-2-2--|
E|---------------------------------------------------------|

G|-------------------------------------------------------------|
D|-------------------------------------------------------------|
A|-2-2-1-1-1-1-1--1-1-1-1-1-1-1--1-1-0-0-0-0-0--0-0-0-0-0-0-0--|
E|-------------------------------------------------------------|

G|-------------------------------------------------------------|
D|-------------------------------------------------------------|
A|--------------------------------------------------2-2-2-2-2--|
E|--0-0-2--0-0-2--0-0-2-2-2-2-2--2-2-5-5-5-5-5--5-5------------|


Bridge 1C (Play x3)
G|-------------------|
D|-------------------|
A|-7-6-5-003-0-2-----|
E|---------------3/--|

G|-----------------|
D|-----------------|
A|-----------------|
E|-0-003-00003-00--|

G|---------------|
D|---------------|
A|-7-6-5-003~----|
E|---------------|


[Pre-Solo] Bridge A
G|---------------------|
D|---------------------|
A|-3--3-3--3--3-3-3-3--|
E|---------------------|

G|-----------------4-------------------------|
D|---------------4---------------------------|
A|-3-0-3-2--2-2-------2-2-003-2---2----------|
E|------------------------------5---5-3-2-3--|


Pre-Solo Bridge B
G|------------------------|
D|------------------------|
A|------------3--333-3-2--|
E|-0--0-0-3-5-------------|

G|-------------------------------------|
D|-------------------------------------|
A|-------------------------------------|
E|-0-0-3--5--5-5--5-5-3-2-5-555-5-5-5--|

G|-------------------------|
D|-------------------------|
A|------------2-3--3-2-----|
E|-0--0-0-3-5----------5---|

G|-------------------------------------|
D|-------------5-7h5---5-7h5---5-7/----|
A|-------------------7-------7---------|
E|-0-0-3--5-5--------------------------|

[Solo] Backing A
G|-------------------------|
D|-------------------------|
A|------------2-3--3-2-----|
E|-0--0-0-3-5----------5---|

G|------------------------------------|
D|------------------------------------|
A|------------------------------------|
E|-0-3--5-5--5-5-5--5-5-5--5-8-5-5-5--|

G|-------------------------|
D|-------------------------|
A|------------2-3--3-2-----|
E|-0--0-0-3-5----------5---|

G|--------------------------------|
D|--------------------------------|
A|--------------------------------|
E|-0-3--5-5-5-5--5-5-5--5--5-5-3--|

G|-------------------------|
D|-------------------------|
A|------------2-3--3-2-----|
E|-0--0-0-3-5----------5---|

G|------------------------------------------|
D|------------------------------------------|
A|------------------------------------------|
E|-0-3--5-5--5-5-5--5-5-5-5-8-5-5-555--8-5--|

G|-------------------------|
D|-------------------------|
A|------------2-3--3-2-----|
E|-0--0-0-3-5----------5---|

G|----------------------------------|
D|----------------------------------|
A|----------------------------------|
E|-0-3--5-5-5-5--5-5-5--5--555-5-3--|


Solo Backing B
G|----------------------------------------------------------------|
D|----------------------------------------------------------------|
A|---2---2-3-5-5-555-/7-5-----------------------------------------|
E|-5---5------------------0-3-5-5/7-7--7-7-7-7--7-5-3-7--777-5-3--|

G|---------------------------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------------------------|
A|------------2-3-5-5-555-/7-5-----------------------|
E|-5--5-5-3-5------------------0-3-5-5/7-7--7-7-5-7--|

G|---------------------------|
D|-7-9h7---7-9h7---7-9h7-9/--|
A|-------7-------7-----------|
E|---------------------------|

G|----------------------------------------------------------|
D|----------------------------------------------------------|
A|------------2-3-5-5-555-/7-5------------------------------|
E|-5--5-5-3-5------------------0-3-5-5/7-7--7--7-0-7-0-7-0--|

G|----------------------------------------------------------|
D|----------------------------------------------------------|
A|------------2-3-5-5-555-/7-5------------------------------|
E|-5--5-5-3-5------------------0-3-5-5/7-7--7--7-0-7-0-7-0--|

G|-----------------------------------------------------------------|
D|------------------------------------------------9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9--|
A|------------2-3-5-5-555-/7-5-------------------------------------|
E|-5--5-5-3-5------------------0-3-5-5/7-7--7-7--------------------|

G|-----------------|
D|-----------------|
A|-----------------|
E|-5-5-5--3-3--1~--|


Solo Backing C (Play x4)
G|---------------------------|
D|---------------------------|
A|---------------------------|
E|-0-003-00000-0-0000-7-8-7~-|


Solo Backing D (Play x2)
G|---------------------------------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------------------------------|
A|-3-3-3-3-3--3-3-3-3-3-3-3--3-3-2-2-2-2-2--2-2-2-2-2-2-2--|
E|---------------------------------------------------------|

G|-------------------------------------------------------------|
D|-------------------------------------------------------------|
A|-2-2-1-1-1-1-1--1-1-1-1-1-1-1--1-1-0-0-0-0-0--0-0-0-0-0-0-0--|
E|-------------------------------------------------------------|


Solo Backing E
G|--------------------------------------------------------------|
D|--------------------------------------------------------------|
A|-----------------------------------5-5-5-5-5--5-5-1-1-1-1-1/--|
E|--0-0-2--0-0-2--0-0-2-2-2-2-2--2-2----------------------------|

G|---------------------------------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------------------------------|
A|-3-3-3-3-3--3-3-3-3-3-3-3--3-3-2-2-2-2-2--2-2-2-2-2-2-2--|
E|---------------------------------------------------------|

G|-------------------------------------------------------------|
D|-------------------------------------------------------------|
A|-2-2-1-1-1-1-1--1-1-1-1-1-1-1--1-1-0-0-0-0-0--0-0-0-0-0-0-0--|
E|-------------------------------------------------------------|

G|-------------------------------------------------------------|
D|-------------------------------------------------------------|
A|--------------------------------------------------2-2-2-2-2--|
E|--0-0-2--0-0-2--0-0-2-2-2-2-2--2-2-5-5-5-5-5--5-5------------|

Bridge 2A (Play x4)
G|-------------------|
D|-------------------|
A|-7-6-5-003-0-2-----|
E|---------------3---|

G|-----------------|
D|-----------------|
A|-----------------|
E|-0-003-00003-00--|


Bridge 2B
G|---------------------------------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------------------------------|
A|-3-3-3-3-3--3-3-3-3-3-3-3--3-3-2-2-2-2-2--2-2-2-2-2-2-2--|
E|---------------------------------------------------------|

G|-------------------------------------------------------------|
D|-------------------------------------------------------------|
A|-2-2-1-1-1-1-1--1-1-1-1-1-1-1--1-1-0-0-0-0-0--0-0-0-0-0-0-0--|
E|-------------------------------------------------------------|

G|-------------------------------------------------------------|
D|-------------------------------------------------------------|
A|--------------------------------------------------2-2-2-2-2--|
E|--0-0-2--0-0-2--0-0-2-2-2-2-2--2-2-5-5-5-5-5--5-5------------|


Bridge 2C
G|-------------------|
D|-------------------|
A|-7-6-5-003-0-2-----|
E|---------------3/--|

G|-----------------|
D|-----------------|
A|-----------------|
E|-0-003-00003-00--|

G|-------------------|
D|-------------------|
A|-7-6-5-003-0-2-----|
E|---------------3/--|

G|-----------------|
D|-----------------|
A|-----------------|
E|-0-003-00003-00--|

G|-------------------|
D|-------------------|
A|-7-6-5-003-0-2-----|
E|---------------3/--|

G|-----------------|
D|-----------------|
A|-----------------|
E|-0-003-00003-00--|

G|-----------------|
D|-----------------|
A|-7-6-5-003-0-2/--|
E|-----------------|


Intro Riff A (Play x2)
G|-------------------------|
D|-------------------------|
A|-------------------------|
E|-0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--|

G|--------|
D|--------|
A|--------|
E|-0-12/--|


Intro Riff B
G|--------------------------------------|
D|--------------------------------------|
A|-7--7--7--7--7--7--7------5---7-7-----|
E|-0--0--0--0--0--0--0--5-7---7-----/6--|


Verse Riff 2
G|---------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|-----1-----1---------1-----1---------1-----1---------1-----1-----1*--|
E|-0-0---0-0---0-0-0-0---0-0---0-0-0-0---0-0---0-0-0-0---0-0---000-----|

G|---------------------------------------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------------------------------------|
A|-1-----1---------1-----1---------1-----1---------1-----1-------|
E|---0-0---0-0-0-0---0-0---0-0-0-0---0-0---0-0-0-0---0-0----0-0--|


Verse 3 (Play x2)
G|-------|------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|-------|------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|-3-2-1-|-3-2-1-----1---------1-----1---------1-----1---------1-----1------|
E|-------|-------0-0---0-0-0-0---0-0---0-0-0-0---0-0---0-0-0-0---0-0----0-0-|


[Pre-Chorus 3]
G|----------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|----------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|-3-2--------------------------------------------------------------7\--|
E|-----2--22-2-2-2-2-2-2--22-2-2-2-2-2-2--22-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2------|


Chorus 2              |Apply Wah|
G|-------------------------9---9----|
D|---------------------777-7-7-7-7--|
A|-4-4-4-3-2-2-2-4-0-0--------------|
E|----------------------------------|

G|----------------------------------|
D|----------------------------------|
A|-4-4-4-3-2-2-2-4-0-000-000-000-2--|
E|----------------------------------|

G|-----------------------------------|
D|-----------------------------------|
A|-----------------------------------|
E|-2--22-2-2-2-2-2-2--22-2-2-2-2-2-2-|

G|--------------------------9---9--|
D|---------------------/777-7-7-7--|
A|-4-4-4-3-2-2-2-4-0-0-------------|
E|---------------------------------|

G|---------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------|
A|-4-4-4-3-2-2-2-4-0-000-000-000-0-|
E|---------------------------------|


Post-Chorus 2 (Play x4)
G|----------------|
D|----------------|
A|-------------3--|
E|-2--0--2-5-22---|


Outro A (Play x2)
G|-----------------|
D|-----------------|
A|-------------3~--|
E|-2--0--2-5-22----|

G|------------------|
D|------------------|
A|------------------|
E|-2--0--2-5-22-0~--|


Outro B
G|------------------------------|
D|------------------------------|
A|-------------3-3-333-333-332--|
E|-2--0--2-5-22-----------------|

G|------------------|
D|------------------|
A|------------------|
E|-2--0--2-5-22-0~--|

G|-7-7-----7-7------7--|
D|---------------------|  Muted and played quickly, this is the best I can do
A|-----x-x-----x-x-----|
E|---------------------|


G|------------------------------|
D|------------------------------|
A|-------------3-3-333-333-332--|
E|-2--0--2-5-22-----------------|


G|-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7---|
D|-------------------|
A|-------------------| Muted and played quickly
E|-------------------|

G|------------------|
D|------------------|
A|------------------|
E|-2--0--2-5-22-0~--|


Outro C
G|-------------------|
D|-------------------|
A|-------------------|
E|-0--0--0--12-12-0--|

That's it I guess. The part in the Outro is REALLY weird, I have no real
clue how to do it, but I tried to fiddle around a bit and I just put
what sounded closest. If anyone knows how to do it correctly, email me.



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

Key
====
#h# - Hammer-on/Pull-off from indicated fret to another (i.e. 9h7 or 7h9)
#/# - Slide from indicated fret to another (i.e. 5/7)
#* - Staccato, play note quickly and release to make a quick sound (i.e.
1*)
| ~  Vibrato
| x  Dead note

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

            
            
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SmashandBurn 10 Jul 14, 2009 01:19 PM

I wish this had been out when I first learned this song. Yours looks awesome!

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nilschpilsch 213 Sep 21, 2010 12:01 PM

I think the weird outro bit is the 1st time played on the 5th fret G-string not 7th and the mute notes are also on the G-string and 2nd time its just mute notes on the G-string. No comments on the rest of the tab except for that its damn accurate Good job.

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