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Return of the Rat
as performed by Nirvana
from the compilation 
"Eight Songs for Greg Sage & the Wipers"
written by Greg Sage & the Wipers
tabbed by  Lee Harvey Oswald 

I don't think a decent tab  of this song exists so I've written one.
It's a simple song to play and fun, too.  One of my favorite Nirvana 
ditties.  Here goes nothin'.

Standard tuning 

  [verse 1]
    A5      C5      G5
e|----------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------o|
G|----------5-5-5-X-----------------|
D|--7-7-7-X-5-5-5-X-5-5-5-5-5-5-5---|
A|--7-7-7-X-3-3-3-X-5-5-5-5-5-5-5--o|
E|--5-5-5-X---------3-3-3-3-3-3-3---|
    You better watch out
    You better beware
    They're coming from all sides of the country
    You better beware

  [chorus]
*1  Return of the rat
    Return of the rat
    Return of the rat
    Ah no no no no 
  
*2  Return of the rat
    Return of the rat
    Return of the rat
    Ah no no no no no no no no no no
  
  *1
    B5    C5   B5    C5   B5    C5 A5
e|-----------------------------------------
B|-----------------------------------------
G|-----------------------------------------
D|--9-9-9/10-X-9-9-9/10-X-9-9-9/10-7-7-7-7-
A|--9-9-9/10-X-9-9-9/10-X-9-9-9/10-7-7-7-7-
E|--7-7-7/8--X-7-7-7/8--X-7-7-7/8--5-5-5-5-
 
  *2
    B5    C5   B5    C5   B5    C5 A5      G5       Em A5
e|-------------------------------------------------------  
B|-------------------------------------------------------
G|-------------------------------------------------------
D|--9-9-9/10-X-9-9-9/10-X-9-9-9/10-7-7-7-7-5-5-5-5\\2//7-
A|--9-9-9/10-X-9-9-9/10-X-9-9-9/10-7-7-7-7-5-5-5-5\\2//7-
E|--7-7-7/8--X-7-7-7/8--X-7-7-7/8--5-5-5-5-3-3-3-3\\0//5-
                                           [the slide from Em
                                            to A5 is a sort of bridge
                                            from chorus to verse  
                                            Just roll right into the 
                                            verse without slowing 
                                            down]

  [verse 2]
    A5      C5      G5
e|----------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------o|
G|----------5-5-5-X-----------------|
D|--7-7-7-X-5-5-5-X-5-5-5-5-5-5-5---|
A|--7-7-7-X-3-3-3-X-5-5-5-5-5-5-5--o|
E|--5-5-5-X---------3-3-3-3-3-3-3---|
    You better confess
 Oh You better confess
    You try to confess  and I've seen em do it
    You better confess

  [chorus] same as before

  [solo]

e|-------------------------------------------
B|--9-7--------7-9-7----9-7--------7-9-7-----  [play twice, I think]
G|------9--7-9-------9------9--7-9-------9---
D|-------------------------------------------
A|-------------------------------------------
E|-------------------------------------------

e|--------------------------------------------
B|--11-9--------9-11-9---11-9--------9-11-9--- [play this twice  
G|-------11-9-11------11-----11-9-11-------11-  then play the  
D|--------------------------------------------  first bit twice
A|--------------------------------------------  more]
E|--------------------------------------------

Repeat the first verse [an old Nirvana trick] and that's it. 

I hope you have found this usefull.  If you come across any glaring 
errors mail me and I'll fix them.  I don't have my guitar right here 
so the solo may be fucked.  If you have difficulties  mail me and 
I'll get you a proper copy.
From v7b39@unb.ca Wed Apr 30 09:42:05 1997
Date: Fri, 21 Mar 1997 08:35:25 GMT-400
From: OSWALD  LEE HARVEY 
To: guitar@olga.net
Cc: icumalot@hotmail.com
Subject: Return of the Rat - Nirvana (solo correction)

Yep, I scewed up the solo.  It's not played on the 2nd and 3rd 
strings but on the 3rd and 4th strings.  Everything else is ok.

e|-------------------------------------------
B|-------------------------------------------
G|--9-7--------7-9-7----9-7--------7-9-7-----  [play twice, I think]
D|------9--7-9-------9------9--7-9-------9---
A|-------------------------------------------
E|-------------------------------------------

e|--------------------------------------------
B|--------------------------------------------
G|--11-9--------9-11-9---11-9--------9-11-9--- [play this twice 
D|-------11-9-11------11-----11-9-11-------11-  then play the 
A|--------------------------------------------  first bit twice
E|--------------------------------------------  more]

            
            
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742627000017 163 Jun 10, 2007 07:35 AM

At the start...you turn off your guitar volume...stand close to your amp...then play the second string and slowly turn up the volume and get feedback

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MonkeysRape 10 May 09, 2009 06:25 PM

I'm pretty sure the
e|----------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------o|
G|----------5-5-5-X-----------------|
D|--7-7-7-X-5-5-5-X-5-5-5-5-5-5-5---|
A|--7-7-7-X-3-3-3-X-5-5-5-5-5-5-5--o|
E|--5-5-5-X---------3-3-3-3-3-3-3---|
Part is supposed to go

e|----------------------------------|
B|----------------------------------o|
G|----------5-5-5-X------------------|
D|--7-7-7-X-5-5-5-X-5-5-5-5-5-5-5/6--|
A|--7-7-7-X-3-3-3-X-5-5-5-5-5-5-5/6-o|
E|--5-5-5-X---------3-3-3-0-3-0-3/4--|
but I'm probably wrong. It sounds good to me though. Nice tab.
I also play the 7 as a 0 on the a but its the same.
5 2
5 2

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MonkeysRape 10 May 09, 2009 06:33 PM

Opps, missed a thing. the e|-------------------------------------------------------
B|-------------------------------------------------------
G|-------------------------------------------------------
D|--9-9-9/10-X-9-9-9/10-X-9-9-9/10-7-7-7-7-5-5-5-5\\2//7-
A|--9-9-9/10-X-9-9-9/10-X-9-9-9/10-7-7-7-7-5-5-5-5\\2//7-
E|--7-7-7/8--X-7-7-7/8--X-7-7-7/8--5-5-5-5-3-3-3-3\\0//5-
part sounds like it goes like this

e|-------------------------------------------------------
B|------------------------------------------------------------------
G|-------------------------------------------------5-5-5-5/7-7-7-7\2
D|--9-9-9/10-X-9-9-9/10-X-9-9-9/10-7-7-7-7-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5/7-7-7-7\2
A|--9-9-9/10-X-9-9-9/10-X-9-9-9/10-7-7-7-7-5-5-5-5-3-3-3-3/5-5-5-5\0
E|--7-7-7/8--X-7-7-7/8--X-7-7-7/8--5-5-5-5-3-3-3-3------------------
the 022 being the begining of the core riff. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Er2T4_9pNcA

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