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Artist: Van Halen
Title: Dead or Alive (D.O.A.)
Album: Van Halen II

Transcribed by: Eric Hutchison/ogrremon@yahoo.com

Standard Tuning: Eb Ab Db Gb Bb eb

Key of A Major

I love playing this song! ENJOY!

     A5

      bar -1.5 (slowly let bar up--------------------------------------------

eb:--0\--(0)-----------------------------------------------------------------|
Bb:--2\--(2)-----------------------------------------------------------------|
Gb:--2\--(2)-----------------------------------------------------------------|
Db:--2\--(2)-----------------------------------------------------------------|
Ab:--0\--(0)-----------------------------------------------------------------|
Eb:--------------------------------------------------------------------------|

     ----------------------------FEEDBACK------------------------------------)
                                     w/bar

eb:--0-------------------------------\--/---\--/--\-/--\-/-\-/-\-----/-------|
Bb:--2-------------------------------\--/---\--/--\-/--\-/-\-/-\----//-------|
Gb:--2-------------------------------\--/---\--/--\-/--\-/-\-/-\---///-------|
Db:--2-------------------------------\--/---\--/--\-/--\-/-\-/-\--////-------|
Ab:--0-------------------------------\--/---\--/--\-/--\-/-\-/-\-/////-------|
Eb:--------------------------------------------------------------------------|


4 count pick slide


eb:----------------------------------|
Bb:----------------------------------|
Gb:--(15)x\\\------------------------|
Db:--(15)x\\\\\----------------------|
Ab:--(15)x\\\\\\\--------------------|
Eb:---------(8)x\\\------------------|

     A5  F#5


eb:--------------------------------------------------------------------------|
Bb:--2---------------2---------------2---------------2----//(17)x\\\---------|
Gb:--2---------------2---------------2---------------2----//(17)x\\\\\-------|
Db:--2---------------2---------------2---------------2----//(17)x\\\\\\\-----|
Ab:--0---4\4\4\4\----0---4\4\4\4\----0---4\4\4\4\----0------------------\----|
Eb:------2\2\2\2\2\0-----2\2\2\2\2\0-----2\2\2\2\2\0-----2/--------------\---|
         w/pick/desc     w/pick/desc     w/pick/desc      flick/pick slide
         |P.M.---|       |-------|       |-------|


(3x/Fill 1, 1x/Fill 2)
     A5  F#5
   2)                                                              We - was
   3)broke and hungry on a summer's day.                   They  sent   the
  1a)sittin' ducks for the po-lice-m a n.                  They found    a

eb:--------------------------------------------------------------------------|
Bb:--2---------------2---------------2---------------2-----------------------|
Gb:--2-4b(6)---------2-4b(6)---------2---------------2-----------------------|
Db:--2---------------2---------------2---------------2-----------------------|
Ab:--0---444-4-4-----0---444-4-4-----0---4\4\4\4\----0---4\4\4\4\------------|
Eb:------222-2-2-2-0-----222-2-2-2-0-----2\2\2\2\2\0-----2\2\2\2\2\0---------|
                                         w/pick          w/pick
         |P.M.|(3rd time only)           |P.M.---|       |-------|

(Fill 1)
     A5  E5

     sheriff down to try and drive us away.                    1a)We - were

eb:--------------------------------------------------------------------------|
Bb:--2---------------2---------------2---------------------------------------|
Gb:--2---------------2---------------2---------------------------------------|
Db:--2---2-----------2---2-----------2----------------------7--10V-----------|
Ab:--0---2-----------0---2-----------0/9*9*9*9*9*90\/9--10-------------------|
Eb:------0-0\0-0-2-0-----0-0\0-0-2-0-----------------------------------------|
            w/pick          w/pick    sl.          sl.
           |PM|            |PM|

(Fill 2)
     A5  E5

  1a)dirty-faced-kid-in-a gar-bage can-ha!    ooooooohhhhhhh!

eb:--------------------------------------------------------------------------|
Bb:--2---------------2---------------2---------------------------------------|
Gb:--2---------------2---------------2*4b6r5--2-4-2--------------------------|
Db:--2---2-----------2---2-----------2-----------5-4-5-4-2h4h5---------------|
Ab:--0---2-----------0---2-----------0------------------------2h4p2----------|
Eb:------0-0\0-0-2-0-----0-x00-0-2-0-------------------------------5b7T(12)/\|
            w/pick         w/pick     (quick bend)        ^ ^  ^ ^         sl.
           |PM|            |PM|

     C#5             D5              C#5           D5

     Im alone on the h i g h-w a y......whoa-yeah!       Dead - or -  A  -

eb:--------------------------------------------------------------------------|
Bb:--------------------------------------------------------------------------|
Gb:--6------V~~~~~~~-7--999-\7-\6-/7-6-------------7--/9(9)9-----------------|
Db:--6------V~~~~~~~-7---------------6-------------7--/9(9)9-----------------|
Ab:--4------V~~~~~~~-5--777-\5-\4-/5-4-------------5--/7(7)7-----------------|
Eb:----------------------------------4--------------------------------/x\----|
                            sl.sl.sl.                sl.              sl.

     A5  F#5                         A5  F#5

  -  l   i   -   v  e. Dead -or- A - l - i- v- e

eb:--------------------------------------------------------------------------|
Bb:--2---------------2---------------2---------------------------------------|
Gb:--2---------------2---------------2------4b6r5-4-2------------------------|
Db:--2---------------2---------------2---------------4-3-2-4-3-2-------------|
Ab:--0---4\4\4\4\----0---4\4\4\4\----0--------------------------4--3--2--p0\-|
Eb:------2\2\2\2\2\0-----2\2\2\2\2\0----------------------------------------\|
         w/pick/desc     w/pick/desc                                     ^ bar -2
         |P.M.---|       |-------|

(1x/Fill 3, 1x/Fill 2)
     A5  F#5

     Broken down-n-dirty, dressed in rags.                 Ah, from - the -
     mayor  down in his  pick-up tru-ck!                  The    ju -  ry -

eb:--------------------------------------------------------------------------|
Bb:--2---------------2---------------2---------------2-----------------------|
Gb:--2-4b(6)---------2-4b(6)---------2---------------2-----------------------|
Db:--2---------------2---------------2---------------2-----------------------|
Ab:--0---444-4-4-----0---444-4-4-----0---4\4\4\4\----0---4\4\4\4\------------|
Eb:------222-2-2-2-0-----222-2-2-2-0-----2\2\2\2\2\0-----2\2\2\2\2\0---------|
                                         w/pick          w/pick
         |P.M.|                          |P.M.---|       |-------|

(Fill 3)
     A5  E5

     day my momma told me boy you pack yo' bags.            I  seen - the -

eb:--------------------------------------------------------------------------|
Bb:--2---------------2---------------2---------------------------------------|
Gb:--2---------------2---------------2-4b6r4b6-T(7)-4b6-T(9)-4b6-T(12)rT12~~~|
Db:--2---2-----------2---2-----------2---------------------------------------|
Ab:--0---2-----------0---2-----------0---------------------------------------|
Eb:------0-0\0-0-2-0-----0-0\0-0-2-0-----------------------------------------|
            w/pick          w/pick    sl.          sl.
           |PM|            |PM|

(Fill 2)
     A5  E5

     looked at me, s a i d, outta luck..ooooooohhhhhhh o o o o  -  y e a h !

eb:--------------------------------------------------------------------------|
Bb:--2---------------2---------------2---------------------------------------|
Gb:--2---------------2---------------2*4b6r5--2-4-2--------------------------|
Db:--2---2-----------2---2-----------2-----------5-4-5-4-2h4h5---------------|
Ab:--0---2-----------0---2-----------0------------------------2h4p2----------|
Eb:------0-0\0-0-2-0-----0-x00-0-2-0-------------------------------5b7T(12)/\|
            w/pick                    (quick bend)        ^ ^  ^ ^         sl.
           |PM|            |PM|

     C#5             D5              C#5           D5

     Im alone on the h i g h-w a y......whoa-yeah!       Dead - or -  A  -

eb:--------------------------------------------------------------------------|
Bb:--------------------------------------------------------------------------|
Gb:--6---------------7--777-\9-\11---6-------------7---999-/11-11------------|
Db:--6---------------7---------------6-------------7-------------------------|
Ab:--4---------------5--555-\7-\9----4-------------5---777-/9--9-------------|
Eb:--4-------------------------------4--------------------------------/x\----|
                            sl.sl.sl.                      sl.        sl.

     A5  F#5                         A5  F#5

  -  l   i   -   v  e. Dead -or- A - l - i- v- e . . . . . . W  -  O  -  W!!!

eb:--------------------------------------------------------------------------|
Bb:--2---------------2---------------2---------------2-----------------------|
Gb:--2---------------2---------------2---------------2-----------------------|
Db:--2---------------2---------------2---------------2-----------------------|
Ab:--0---4\4\4\4\----0---4\4\4\4\----0---4\4\4\4\4\--0-----------------------|
Eb:------2\2\2\2\2\0-----2\2\2\2\2\0-----2\2\2\2\2\0-----0\------------------|
         w/pick/desc     w/pick/desc                     bar full
         |P.M.---|       |-------|

(Guitar Solo #1)
     E                               A5      F#5

eb:--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------17b19-----|
Bb:-------------------------------------14-17b19r-0h14h17-0h13h16-0h12h15-0h11h14-0h12h15p12-/17p14------------|
Gb:--4b6r5-2-4b2-4b2-4b6-2-4--4-2----16b----------------------------------------------------/------16----------|
Db:------------------------------4V----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
Ab:------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
Eb:---------------------------------/--------------------------------------------------------------------------|
                                   sl.             ^  ^    ^  ^    ^  ^    ^  ^    ^  ^  ^  sl. ^

eb:--(0)4-5-7-5*4*5*7*5*4*5*7*5*4---------------------------------------------------14-1719b21r14h17p14(14)----|
Bb:------------------------------7*7*7*5*4-4------------------------1417b19-14-1417---------------------17b19V-|
Gb:---------------------------------------6-6-0-4-2b4r------------14---------16b-------------------------------|
Db:----------------------------------------------------------14-16---------------------------------------------|
Ab:----------------------------------------------------/14-16--------------------------------------------------|
Eb:------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
                                                 |A.H.|sl.                                       ^  ^

     C#5                        D5                  C#5                    D5

eb:-(10)-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
Bb:--13b15V--\/-\/-\/-\/-\/----/15-\14-\10-/12\/12\/12\--(4)--(4)-(4)-(4)--(5)--(5)--(7)--(8)------------------|
Gb:-------------------------------------------------------6b8--6b8-6b8-6b8--7b9--7b9--9b11-10b12-12p0\---------|
Db:---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------\--------|
Ab:------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
Eb:---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------0\-------|
              bar vibrato    sl.AH sl. sl.    bar whips                                            ^ 
dive


     A5  F#5
                        Al-right!       OOHH!                    Now - we're

eb:--------------------------------------------------------------------------|
Bb:--2---------------2---------------2---------------------------------------|
Gb:--2---------------2---------------2-----------------(R)T9//---------------|
Db:--2---------------2---------------2-----------------(L)7/-----------------|
Ab:--0---4\4\4\4\----0---4\4\4\4\----0---4\4\4-------(R)T5/------------------|
Eb:------2\2\2\2\2\0-----2\2\2\2\2\0-----2\2\2\2-----(L)2/---12\-------------|
         w/pick/desc     w/pick/desc     w/pick/desc     overlap slides
         |P.M.---|       |-------|       |-----|     (R/L hands)


     A5  F#5

     Broken down-n-dirty, dressed in rags.                 Ah, from - the -
     sittin' ducks for the po-lice-man                   They found    a
eb:--------------------------------------------------------------------------|
Bb:--2---------------2---------------2---------------2-----------------------|
Gb:--2-4b(6)---------2-4b(6)---------2---------------2-----------------------|
Db:--2---------------2---------------2---------------2-----------------------|
Ab:--0---4-4-4-4-----0---44------4---0--------44-4---0---4\4\4\4\------------|
Eb:------2-2-2-2-2-0-----22------2-2-----2/---22-2-0-----2\2\2\2\2\0---------|
                                          sl.            w/pick
         |P.M.|         (2nd time normal)                |-------|


     A5  E5

     day my momma told me boy you pack yo' bags.                  And we were

eb:--------------------------------------------------------------------------|
Bb:--2---------------2---------------2---------------------------------------|
Gb:--2---------------2---------------2*4b-2-4b6-4-2--------------------------|
Db:--2---2-----------2---2-----------2-------------4-3-2-0-------------------|
Ab:--0---2-----------0---2-----------0---------------------4-----------------|
Eb:------0-0\0-0-2-0-----0-0\0-0-2-0--------------------------/7-----5\------|
            w/pick          w/pick    sl.    AH               sl.    bar
           |PM|            |PM|


     A5  E5

     dirty-faced-kid-in-a gar-bage can-oooohhhooo - ye - heah!

eb:------------------------------------------------------------------------------17b19--|
Bb:--2---------------2-----------------17b19r14-17-17b19r14--14h17--14h17b19r14---------|
Gb:--2---------------2-------------------------------------16-----16-----------16-------|
Db:--2---2-----------2---2--------------------------------------------------------------|
Ab:--0---2-----------0---2--------------------------------------------------------------|
Eb:------0-0\0-0-2-0-----0-x00-0---/----------------------------------------------------|
            w/pick                sl.                          ^      ^     ^
           |PM|            |PM|


     C#5             D5              C#5           D5

     Im alone on the h i g h-w a y......whoa-yeah!       Dead - or -  A  -

eb:--------------------------------------------------------------------------|
Bb:--------------------------------------------------------------------------|
Gb:--6---------------7--777-\9-\11---6-------------7---999-/11-11------------|
Db:--6---------------7---------------6-------------7-------------------------|
Ab:--4---------------5--555-\7-\9----4-------------5---777-/9--9-------------|
Eb:--4-------------------------------4--------------------------------/x\----|
                            sl.sl.sl.                      sl.        sl.

     A5  F#5                         A5  F#5

  -  l   i   -   v  e. Dead -or- A - l - i- v- e . . . . . . W  -  O  -  W!!!

eb:--------------------------------------------------------------------------|
Bb:--2---------------2---------------2---------------2-----------------------|
Gb:--2---------------2---------------2---------------2-----------------------|
Db:--2---------------2---------------2---------------2-----------------------|
Ab:--0---4\4\4\4\----0---4\4\4\4\----0---------------0-----------------------|
Eb:------2\2\2\2\2\0-----2\2\2\2\2\0-----2/-0--0-2\0-----0\------------------|
         w/pick/desc     w/pick/desc                     bar full
         |P.M.---|       |-------|

(Guitar Solo #2)
     C#5                        D5                  C#5                    D5
                                                                                                I m  -

eb:-(10)-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
Bb:--13b15V--\/-\/-\/-\/-\/----/15-\14-\10--/12\---/12\--(4)--(4)-(4)-(4)--(5)--(5)--(7)---------------|
Gb:-------------------------------------------------------6b8--6b8-6b8-6b8--7b9--7b9--9b11----4b6r-p2--|
Db:----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
Ab:----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
Eb:----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
              bar vibrato      sl. sl. sl. sl. bar whips
                                                                          ^
     A5  F#5                  A5  F#5              A5   F#5           A5  F#5
     g o n e .                       o-hoooo-ye-ah!                         OH!

eb:-----------------------------------------12*---17b19p14-17--------14h17p14--------------------|
Bb:----------------------------------12--------14*-----------17b19r14-----------------------0h14h|
Gb:--4**6**9**6**9**11*9*11*14*11*14----14-----------------------------------16b18r14h16V--------|
Db:----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
Ab:----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
Eb:----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
                                                       ^               ^  ^       ^  ^


     A5  F#5                  A5  F#5              A5   F#5               A5  F#5
                                                                                                           
          al-right!

eb:-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------1417b19--------------------------------------|
Bb:--17-0h13h16-0h14h17-0h13h16-0h14h17b19r14-17V--0h13h16-0h12h15-0h11--/14h17p14h17b--------/17\/\/\/\/--------------------------|
Gb:------------------------------------------------0h13h16-0h12h15-0h11----------------------------------16b18r16-14/16b-14/16V----|
Db:--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
Ab:--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
Eb:--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
         ^  ^    ^  ^    ^  ^    ^  ^     ^         ^  ^    ^  ^    ^    sl.^  ^  ^          sl.bar whips  
^  ^     bar    bar


(2x normal tempo, 2x building faster gallops on F#5)
     A5  F#5         A5  F#5         A5  F#5         A5  F#5
                      been down that road.....oh  -  yeah!

eb:--------------------------------------------------------------------------|
Bb:--2---------------2---------------2---------------2-----------------------|
Gb:--2-4b(6)---------2-4b(6)---------2---------------2-----------------------|
Db:--2---------------2---------------2---------------2-----------------------|
Ab:--0---4-4-4-4-----0---4-4-4-4-----0---4\4\4\4\----0---4\4\4\4\------------|
Eb:------2-2-2-2-2-0-----2-2-2-2-2-0-----2\2\2\2\2\0-----2\2\2\2\2\0---------|


     A5  F#5         A5  F#5         A5  F#5         A5  F#5
                           I'm - a - spark on the ho-rizon!           wow!

eb:--------------------------------------------------------------------------|
Bb:--2---------------2---------------2---------------2-----------------------|
Gb:--2-4b(6)---------2-4b(6)---------2---------------2-----------------------|
Db:--2---------------2---------------2---------------2-----------------------|
Ab:--0---4-4-4-4-----0---4-4-4-4-----0---4\4\4\4\----0---4\4\4\4\------------|
Eb:------2-2-2-2-2-0-----2-2-2-2-2-0-----2\2\2\2\2\0-----2\2\2\2\2\0---------|

(Played 2x)
     A5
           la-la-la-la-lao

eb:----------------------------------------------------------------|
Bb:--2--2--x-x-x-x--2--2--x-x-x-x--2--2--x-x-x-x--2--2--x-x-x-x----|
Gb:--2--2--x-x-x-x--2--2--x-x-x-x--2--2--x-x-x-x--2--2--x-x-x-x----|
Db:--2--2--x-x-x-x--2--2--x-x-x-x--2--2--x-x-x-x--2--2--x-x-x-x----|
Ab:--0--0--x-x-x-x--0--0--x-x-x-x--0--0--x-x-x-x--0--0--x-x-x-x----|
Eb:----------------------------------------------------------------|
           |PM---|        |PM---|        |PM---|        |PM--------|

     A5      B5     A5             A5      B5     A5


eb:----------------------------------------------------------------|
Bb:--2--2--x-4---x--2--2--x-x-x-x--2--2--x-4---x--2--2--x-x-x-x----|
Gb:--2--2--x-4---x--2--2--x-x-x-x--2--2--x-4---x--2--2--x-x-x-x----|
Db:--2--2--x-4---x--2--2--x-x-x-x--2--2--x-4---x--2--2--x-x-x-x----|
Ab:--0--0--x-2---x--0--0--x-x-x-x--0--0--x-2---x--0--0--x-x-x-x----|
Eb:----------------------------------------------------------------|
           |PM---|        |-----|        |-----|        |----------|

            
            
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Guitargod5995 10 Apr 22, 2004 08:00 PM

standard tuning is eadgbe

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qb824280 10 Jul 25, 2004 08:00 PM

This song is the ***, and so is your tab. It's very accurate, good job,
PS
I am listening to DOA right now, and I am EVH jr.

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ryanahuey 10 Oct 31, 2007 07:19 AM

this tab is pretty damn good, if you transcribed this yourself i give you mad props man. thanks for posting it so i can learn this kick ass song.

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