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Should I Stay or Should I Go – The Clash
Bpm=113
Key of D , 4/4 time
Uploaded by Pablo Clark G. Dobarganes

All the other tabs I have seen are wrong because they simply don’t fit into the 12-bar
structure of the song. I do not take entire credit for this tab as I didn’t originally
it, I am just writing it down for you guys to play The Clash as good as you can. The
in the recording has a bit of a distortion to it but if played without it, it sounds
normal. I can assure you this is exactly as it is played in the record.
Bass Fig. 1
D         G       D      N.C.      D      G         D   N.C. End Fig 1
||----------------|---------------|----------------|----------------||
||----------------|---------------|----------------|----------------||
||-3h5-r-5---2-3--|5--r--r--r---r-|--5--r-5----2-3-|5--r--r--r---r--||
||--------3-3-----|---------------|--------3-3-----|----------------||

Bass Fig. 2
--Play on 1st time-|-Play on 2nd time-
D         G                         D      N.C.      D      G
||.---------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
||----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
||-5--r-5---2-3---|-3h5-r-5----2-3-|5--r--r--r---r--|--5--r-5----2-3-|
||.-------3-3-----|--------3-3-----|----------------|---------3-3----|
 D     N.C.
|----------------|
|----------------|
|5--r--r--r---r--|
|----------------|

G      F        G                D     G          D      N.C.
|---------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
|---------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
|---------------|----------------|--5--r-5----2-3-|5--r--r--r---r--|
|-3-r-3-1-1-1-1-|3--r--r--r---r--|--------3-3-----|----------------|
 A                A7   N.C.        D     G          D   N.C. End Fig 2
|----------------|----------------|----------------|---------------.||
|----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------||
|----------------|----------------|--5--r-5----2-3-|5--r--r--r---r--||
|-r-5-5-5-5-5-5-5|5--r--r--r---r--|--------3-3-----|---------------.||

Bass Fig. 3
Double-time feel
  D         G      D                         G       D
||----------------|--------7-5-----|----------------|--------7-4-----|
||--------4-5-6-7-|------------7-5-|--------4-5-6-7-|------------6-4-|
||-5-5--5---------|-5-5--5---------|-5-5--5---------|-5-5--5---------|
||----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
  G       F/C     G                D      G         G       End Fig. 3
|----------------|----------------|----------------|--------7-5-----||
|----------------|---------5-3----|--------4-5-6-7-|------------7-5-||
|---------3-3-4-5|-------------5-3|-5-5--5---------|-5-5--5---------||
|3-x-3-3-3-------|3-x-3-3-3-------|----------------|----------------||

Bass Fig. 4
  A7               D    Dsus4  G    D  N.C.
||----------------|----------------|----------------||
||----------7-5---|----------------|----------------||
||-------------7-5|-------5-5-5----|-5--------------||
||-5-x-5-5-5------|-5-r-5-5------3-|----------------||

Bass Fig. 5
G      F        G                D     G          D      N.C.
||---------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
||---------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
||---------------|----------------|--5--r-5----2-3-|5--r--r--r---r--|
||-3-r-3-1-1-1-1-|3--r--r--r---r--|--------3-3-----|----------------|

A                   N.C.           D     G          D      N.C.
|----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------||
|----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------||
|----------------|----------------|--5--r-5----2-3-|5--r--r--r---r--||
|-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5|-5-5--r--r---r--|--------3-3-----|----------------||

Bass Fig. 6
  A7                                D       G        D
||----------------|----------------|----------------|-------7-5------|
||----------7-5---|--------7-5-----|--------4-5-6-7-|-----------7-4--|
||-------------7-5|------------7-5-|-5-5--5---------|-5-5--5---------|
||-5-x-5-5-5------|-5-x-5-5-5------|----------------|----------------|

D       G        D                G       F/C     G
|----------------|-------7-5------|----------------|-----------------|
|--------4-5-6-7-|-----------7-4--|----------------|---------5-3-----|
|-5-5--5---------|-5-5--5---------|---------3-3-4-5|-------------5-3-|
|----------------|----------------|3-x-3-3-3-------|3-x-3-3-3--------|
D          G      D             A7 End double-time                  D
|----------------|-------7-5-----|----------------|-------------------|
|--------4-5-6-7-|-----------7-5-|----------7-5---|-------------------|
|-5-5--5---------|-5-5--5--------|-------------7-5|--------5-5-5----|5|
|----------------|---------------|-5-x-5-5-5------|-5-r-5-5------3----|
Structure
Intro – Bass Fig. 1
Verse 1 – Bass Fig. 2
Chorus 1 – Bass Fig. 3 and Bass Fig. 4
Verse 2 – Bass Fig. 2
Interlude – Bass Fig. 1 and Bass Fig. 5
Chorus/Outro – Bass Fig. 3 and Bass Fig. 6

            
            
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robsuj 92 Jun 15, 2009 10:55 AM

very nice tab! cheers!

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TONE DEFFMAN 10 Apr 20, 2010 02:25 PM

not bad but Version 1 is nearer

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lashistoriade2gamers 242 Jun 03, 2016 09:55 PM

TONE DEFFMAN This is the right tab

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