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Rough Boy - ZZ Top
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Song:  Rough Boy
Band:  ZZ Top
Album: Greatest Hits
Tabbed by:  ShecterMan71

Tempo:  80

This is a great song tabbed from the ZZ Top Anthology book … once again, 
I’ve made this as simple as possible … on the INTRO, Guitar 1 chords are
Strummed 1x

A lot of synthesizer work is done on this song … on most of the chords 
you can do a continuous palm mute in its place … just listen to it

INTRO

Guitar 1 
   A         E      F#m7     C#m7      A         E      F#m7     C#m7
Guitar 2                   
e|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
B|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
G|------9----------|------9----------|------9----------|------9----------|
D|-9/11---11\9---7-|-9/11---11\9-----|-9/11---11\9---7-|-9/11---11\9-----|
A|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
E|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|

Guitar 1 (Palm Mute)                           
   A5                                 F#5
Guitar 2                   
e|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
B|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
G|------9----------|------9----------|------9----------|------9----------|
D|-9/11---11\9--9--|-9/11---11\9-9-7-|-9/11---11\9-9-7-|-9/11---11\9--9\-|
A|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
E|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|

Guitar 1 (Palm Mute)                           
   B5                                 E5
Guitar 2                   
e|-----------------|-----------------|-5----(5)/-------|-5----(5)/-------|
B|-----------------|-----------------|-5----(5)/-9-(9)-|-5----(5)/-9-(9)-|
G|-6b--(6)-4-------|-6-7-----6-4-----|-2----(2)/-------|-2----(2)/-------|
D|--------------7--|-----------------|-2----(2)/-------|-2----(2)/-------|
A|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
E|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|

VERSE 1 - Guitar 1 

A5
What in the world’s come all over me?
F#5
I ain’t got a chance in one in three
      B5
Ain’t got no rap, ain’t got no line
              E5
But if you’ll give me just a minute I’ll be feeling fine

                                          Guitar 2
                                          e|-------0---------|
                                          B|-----3-----------|
                                          G|-1/2-------------|
                                          D|-----------------|
                                          A|-----------------|
                                          E|-----------------|


VERSE 2 - Guitar 1

A5
I am the one who can fade the heat
    F#5
The one they all say, “You just can’t be beat”
     E5
I’ll shoot it to you straight, and look you in the eye
   B5
So give me just a minute and I’ll tell you why

CHORUS

      A5
I’m a rough boy …               I’m a rough boy

Guitar 2
e|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
B|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
G|-------9---------|------9----------|------9----------|-----------------|
D|-14/11--11\9-9-7-|-9/11---11\9-9-7-|-9/11---11\9-9\2-|-----------------|
A|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
E|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|

SOLO - Guitar 2

Guitar 1 chord progression (muted) - C#5 / F#5 / B5 / E5 

VERSE 3 - Guitar 1

A5
I don’t care how you look at me 
  F#5
Because I’m the one and you will see
E5
We can make it work, we can make it by
   B5
So give me one more minute and I’ll tell you why

CHORUS

      A5
I’m a rough boy …               I’m a rough boy

Guitar 2
e|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-------0---------|
B|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----3-----------|
G|-------9---------|------9----------|------9----------|-1/2-------------|
D|-14/11--11\9-9-7-|-9/11---11\9-9-7-|-9/11---11\9-9\2-|-----------------|
A|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
E|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|

OUTRO SOLO - Guitar 2

Note - This outro chord progression is VERY long and complicated … these 
are the correct chords for the rhythm guitar and the majority of them are
one chord per 2 bars … you’ll have to listen to the solo to get the chord 
changes

OUTRO Chord Progression - Guitar 1 (palm mute) 

C#5/F#5/B5/E5 
A5/F#5/B5/E5 
A5/F#5/B5/E5
A5/F#5/B5/E5/A
A/E-A/F#m7/E-F#  
F#m7/E-F#/Bm7
E/E7sus4

That's it!  Hope you enjoyed this in all it's simplicity!


| /  slide up
| \  slide down
| h  hammer-on
| p  pull-off
| ~  vibrato
| +  harmonic
| x  Mute note
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gerardk 30 Apr 03, 2009 03:40 PM

Great tab,but could you tab out the solo if possible?

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MadTaco 20 Sep 04, 2009 05:12 PM

Great tab, there's only one change that I might recommend in the intro -

I find pinching the F and then hammering to the F# on the G makes it sound almost like the album recording.

e|-----------------|-----------------|
B|-----------------|-----------------|
G|-6b--(6)-4-------|- PH6h7-----6-4-----|
D|--------------7--|-----------------|
A|-----------------|-----------------|
E|-----------------|-----------------|

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