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Machinehead  Bush

TAB: "Machinehead" by Bush
This song may be in a tuning other than standard, but I don't think so.
There really isn't anything in the song that can't be played elsewhere on
the fretboard. Therefore, what I have tabbed here should be pretty damn
accurate. If nothing else, it sounds very much like what is on the CD.
There are several different parts that repeat a few times so I'll just
tab those out with a few tips and let you figure out where they should be.
But there are also a few parts that occur during only one part of the
song so I'll try to be as specific as possible with those bits.
Intro and "Fill 1"
 
 ----------------------------
 ----------------------------
 ----------------------------
 -11-11-13-13-13/14-14/16-16-
 ----------------------------
 -9--9--11-11-11/12-12/14-14- 

Fill 2
 
 ---------------------------- ----------------------------
 ---------------------------- ----------------------------
 ---------------------------- ----------------------------
 -11-11-13-13-13/14-14/16-16- -11-11-13-13-13/14-14/16-16-
 ---------------------------- ----------------------------
 -9--9--11-11-11/12-12/14-14- -9--9--11-11-11/12-12/14-14-
 ------------------------------------------------------------
 14-14-14-14\12-12-12-12/14-14-14-14\12-12-12-12/14-14-14-14\
 13-13-13-13\11-11-11-11/13-13-13-13\11-11-11-11/13-13-13-13\
 ------------------------------------------------------------
 ------------------------------------------------------------
 ------------------------------------------------------------ 

While you keep doing Fill 1 another guitar needs to start doing this:
*-(drums in)
 
 ------ ------ ------ ----- --
 ------ ------ ------ ----- --
 ------ --6--- -10--- -6--- --
 -11--- --7--- -11--- -7--- --
 -11--- --7--- -11--- -7--- --
 -9---- --5--- -9---- -5--- --

*-(stop Fill 1)
 
 --------------------------------------------------------------
 --------------------------------------------------------------
 10-10-------10---10-10---------10-10-------10---10-10---------
 11-11-x-x-x-11---11-11-x-x-x-x-11-11-x-x-x-11---11-11-x-x-x-x-
 11-11-x-x-x-11---11-11-x-x-x-x-11-11-x-x-x-11---11-11-x-x-x-x-
 9--9--x-x-x-9----9--9--x-x-x-x-9--9--x-x-x-9----9--9--x-x-x-x-
 ----------------------------------------------------
 ----------------------------------------------------
 6-6-------6---6-6---------6-6-------6---6-6---------
 7-7-x-x-x-7---7-7-x-x-x-x-7-7-x-x-x-7---7-7-x-x-x-x-
 7-7-x-x-x-7---7-7-x-x-x-x-7-7-x-x-x-7---7-7-x-x-x-x-
 5-5-x-x-x-5---5-5-x-x-x-x-5-5-x-x-x-5---5-5-x-x-x-x- 

*-(begin Fill 2 on second guitar)
 
 --------------------------------------------------------------
 --------------------------------------------------------------
 10-10-------10---10-10---------10-10-------10---10-10---------
 11-11-x-x-x-11---11-11-x-x-x-x-11-11-x-x-x-11---11-11---------
 11-11-x-x-x-11---11-11-x-x-x-x-11-11-x-x-x-11---11-11---------
 9--9--x-x-x-9----9--9--x-x-x-x-9--9--x-x-x-9----9--9--x-x-x-x-
 ----------------------------------------------------
 ----------------------------------------------------
 6-6-------6---6-6---------6-6-------6---6-6---------
 7-7-x-x-x-7---7-7-x-x-x-x-7-7-x-x-x-7---7-7-x-x-x-x-
 7-7-x-x-x-7---7-7-x-x-x-x-7-7-x-x-x-7---7-7-x-x-x-x-
 5-5-x-x-x-5---5-5-x-x-x-x-5-5-x-x-x-5---5-5-x-x-x-x- 

Then the vocals start with the "Breathe in, breathe out" stuff and you start
that main riff over again. Then the lead bit over the first chorus ("Got a
machinehead, it's better than the rest" etc.) is like so:
 
 -----------------
 -4h5-5-5-4h5-5-5- repeat and crescendo until "I walk from my machine..." etc.
 -----------------
 -----------------
 -----------------
 ----------------- 

I think that's it as far as tab goes.
The main chord progressions for the verses and choruses are as follows:
Verse: C# and A
Pre-chorus: ("I walk from my machine..." etc.) F# and A
Chorus: ("Got a machinehead, it's better than the rest..") E B C# A
I think that's it. If I've missed something and you can't figure it out from
what I have here, let me know (by email) and I'll get back to ya'.
Questions/comments/CONSTRUCTIVE criticism welcome (by email).
Flames intelligently rebuked (if I feel like it).
Good Luck!
Paul D. (pdmytrewycz@music.transy.edu)
Machinehead
From BUSH's sixteen stone (c) 1994
Tabbed out by: Bas van Pelt (9250128@bn.fnt.hvu.nl)
Okay this is a fairly simple song (like most songs of this album)
but it sound really good
I tabbed out this song about three months or so but never posted it
(I'm lazy) but when i got the version that was on the net i saw that
mine was much better :) so i decided to post it! (it's completer)
[A5]x [C#5] x
x x
x x
[7] [11]  
[7] [11]  
[5] [9]  
Intro (just guitar no drums or base)
RIFF 1
(guitar 1) repeat a couple of times variation 1
 
 e: ------------------------------ --7/9-9-9-9-9-9-9-7-9---4~~~~~------
 B: -2--2--4--4--4-5--5--5/7-7\--- -------------------------------------
 G: ------------------------------ --^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^---------------
 D: ------------------------------ --play the above part ---------------
 A: ------------------------------ --three times before.........^-------
 E: ------------------------------ -------------------------------------

: variation (listen for it)
:
: (guitar 2) repeat 2 or three times
:
 
 e: -------------------------------------------------------------------
 B: -------------------------------------------------------------------
 G: --------------------------------------------------------------------
 D: ------------------------(11)------11\7---(7)------------------------
 A: ------------------------(11)------11\7---(7)------------------------
 E: ------------------------(9)-------9-\5---(5)------------------------

ahjajahahja hajhajhahaahj (i think) :)
after you did that you just strum those same cords a couple of times
it goes something like this (guitar 2)
figure 1
 
 e: -------------------------------------------------------------------
 B: -------------------------------------------------------------------
 G: -------------------------------------------------------------------
 D: --11--11--x-x-x--11--11--x-x-x-x--11--11--x-x-x--11--11--x-x-x-x---
 A: --11--11--x-x-x--11--11--x-x-x-x--11--11--x-x-x--11--11--x-x-x-x---
 E: --9---9---x-x-x--9---9---x-x-x-x--9---9---x-x-x--9---9---x-x-x-x---
 e: -------------------------------------------------------------------
 B: -------------------------------------------------------------------
 G: -------------------------------------------------------------------
 D: --7---7---x-x-x--7---7---x-x-x-x--7---7---x-x-x--7---7---x-x-x-x---
 A: --7---7---x-x-x--7---7---x-x-x-x--7---7---x-x-x--7---7---x-x-x-x---
 E: --5---5---x-x-x--5---5---x-x-x-x--5---5---x-x-x--5---5---x-x-x-x---

these rakes may be a little of so you'll have to listen
to the record for the exact timing (it's easy though)
okay you play this part 2 times
the second time this riff gets played VARIATON 1(guitar 1) is played over it
Figure 2
 
 e: -------------------------------------------------------------------
 B: -------------------------------------------------------------------
 G: -------------------------------------------------------------------
 D: -------------------------------11\(7)------------------------------
 A: -------------------------------11\(7)------------------------------
 E: -------------------------------9-\(5)------------------------------

Breath in breath out (2x) .. Breath in
Figure 3
 
 e: -------------------------------------------------------------
 B: -------------------------------------------------------------
 G: -------------------------------------------------------------
 D: --x-x--11----------------------x-x-x-x-(7)-------------------
 A: --x-x--11----------------------x-x-x-x-(7)-------------------
 E: --x-x--9-----------------------x-x-x-x-(5)-------------------

Breath in breath out (2x) .. Breath in.......tied to a wheel
Okay from here it's just the C#5 A5 cord (Figure 1) for the verse
here's the lyrics
-tied to a wheel fingers got to feel
-feeling to a tolocate smile
-i spin on a whim i slide to the right
-i felt you like electric light
-for our love
(riff 1 starts here and get's played three times)
-for our fear
-for our rise against the years and years and years
Okay some change here
(guitar stops)
-Got a machinehead better than the rest }
-green to red.... machinehead } this part gets played twice } the second time with this
} the second time with this
} guitar
 
 e: ---------------- -----------
 B: --2h4-5-5------- this gets played -5^fb~~~~r-
 G: ---------------- approx 7 times -----------
 D: ---------------- then -----------
 A: ---------------- -----------
 E: ---------------- ----------- 

-got a machinehead it's better than the rest
-green to red
then something like this follows (listen to the record for exect timing)
figure 4
 
 e: -------------------------------------------------------------------
 B: -------------------------------------------------------------------
 G: -------------------------------------------------------------------
 D: ---4--4--444-444---(7)-x-x-x--------------------------------------
 A: ---4--4--444-444---(7)-x-x-x--------------------------------------
 E: ---2--2--222-222---(5)-x-x-x--------------------------------------

and i walk my machine
i walk my machine
Figure 1 + riff 1 twice + Variation once
Figure 2
Figure 1 with the following lyrics
-deaf dumb and thirty
-starting to deserve this
-leaning on my conscience wall
-blood is like wine
-i'm conscience all the time
-if i had it all again
-i'd change it all
then the next part (2x)
figure 5
 
 e: -------------------------------------------------------------
 B: -------------------------------------------------------------
 G: --9-9-x-x-x--------------------------------------------------
 D: --9-9-x-x-x-9-9-x-x-x-11-11-x-x-x-7-7-x-x-x------------------
 A: --7-7-x-x-x-9-9-x-x-x-11-11-x-x-x-7-7-x-x-x------------------
 E: ------------7-7-x-x-x-9--9--x-x-x-5-5-x-x-x------------------

-got a machine head it's better
-than the rest meachine head
-green to red machine head
Figure 4
- Mumbling riff 1 twice + Variation once
Figure 1 (inc text)
Figure 4 (inc text)
the the last part
 
 e: ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
 B: ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
 G: ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
 D: ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
 A: -4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4--/--7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7--\-slide back to 4-and repeat as many--
 E: -2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2--/--5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5--\-slide back to 2-times as you like---

but for the last
time you play it
play -2 instead of
-0
instead of
[-4] 
[-2] 
after that he strums something in the E chord and thats it!
Tabbed out by: Bas van Pelt (9250128@bn.fnt.hvu.nl)
From haqi@magmacom.com Tue Jun 18 20:20:13 1996
Date: Tue, 18 Jun 1996 15:17:37 -0500
From: haqi@magmacom.com (Ikramul Haq)
Subject: tab: Machinehead by Bush
MACHINEHEAD
by Bush
written by Gavin Rossedale for the album Sixteen Stone
This is a kick ass song. Here it is. Have fun!
Guitar 1
Opening riff (played 10 times):
 
 E -------------------------------------------------------
 B -------------------------------------------------------
 G ---6---6--8--8--8--9--9--11-11-------------------------
 D ---X---X--X--X--X--X--X--X--X--------------------------
 A ---4---4--6--6--6--7--7--9--9--------------------------
 E ------------------------------------------------------- 

Fill #1:
 
 E ---------------------------------------------------------------------------
 B ---------------------------------------------------------------------------
 G --6--6--X--X--X--6--6--6--X--X--X--X--6--6--X--X--X--6--6--6--X--X--X--X---
 D --6--6--X--X--X--6--6--6--X--X--X--X--6--6--X--X--X--6--6--6--X--X--X--X---
 A --4--4--X--X--X--4--4--4--X--X--X--X--4--4--X--X--X--4--4--4--X--X--X--X---
 E ---------------------------------------------------------------------------
 E ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
 B ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
 G ---2--2--X--X--X--2--2--2--X--X--X--X--2--2--X--X--X--2--2--2--X--X--X--X---
 D ---2--2--X--X--X--2--2--2--X--X--X--X--2--2--X--X--X--2--2--2--X--X--X--X---
 A ---0--0--X--X--X--0--0--0--X--X--X--X--0--0--X--X--X--0--0--0--X--X--X--X---
 E ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
 E -------------------------------------------------------------------------
 B -------------------------------------------------------------------------
 G ---6---6--8--8--8--9--9--11-11------6--6--8--8--8--9--9--11-11-----------
 D ---X---X--X--X--X--X--X--X--X-------X--X--X--X--X--X--X--X--X------------
 A ---4---4--6--6--6--7--7--9--9-------4--4--6--6--6--7--7--9--9------------
 E -------------------------------------------------------------------------
 E ----9999/7777/9999/7777 /9999/7777/9999/7777/------------------
 B ----9999/7777/9999/7777/9999/7777/9999/7777/-------------------
 G ---------------------------------------------------------------
 D ---------------------------------------------------------------
 A ---------------------------------------------------------------
 E --------------------------------------------------------------- 

Now the lyrics come in. The guitar starts playing when Gavin says "tied to
a wheel..."
Then you play fill #1 twice:
then this:
 
 E --------------------------------------------------------------------
 B --------------------------------------------------------------------
 G ---6---6--8--8--8--9--9--11-11----- 6--6--8--8--8--9--9--11-11------
 D ---X---X--X--X--X--X--X--X--X-------X--X--X--X--X--X--X--X--X-------
 A ---4---4--6--6--6--7--7--9--9-------4--4--6--6--6--7--7--9--9-------
 E --------------------------------------------------------------------
 E ----9999/7777/9999/7777 /9999/7777/9999/7777/------------------
 B ----9999/7777/9999/7777/9999/7777/9999/7777/-------------------
 G ---------------------------------------------------------------
 D ---------------------------------------------------------------
 A ---------------------------------------------------------------
 E --------------------------------------------------------------- 

Then you start play when Gaving sings "Deaf dumb thirty".
Then you play Fill #1 twice through.
Then there's a pause:
The lyrics go
Got a machine head
Better than the rest
Green to read
Machinehead
Then you play this twice
Fill #2
 
 E --------0---------0---------0---------0-------
 B ----4h5---5---4h5---5---4h5---5---4h5--5------
 G ----------------------------------------------
 D ----------------------------------------------
 A ----------------------------------------------
 E ---------------------------------------------- 

Then the song goes
"I walk for my machine"
And you play this twice
Fill #3
 
 E --------------------------------------------------
 B --------------------------------------------------
 G --------------------------2--2--2-2-2-2--2--2-----
 D --4--4--4-4-4-4--4--4-----2--2--2-2-2-2--2--2-----
 A --4--4--4-4-4-4--4--4-----0--0--0-0-0-0--0--0-----
 E --2--2--2-2-2-2--2--2----------------------------- 

Then the music fades and there's sort of a drum solo:
In the Backround really softly, you can hear the opening riff played twice.
Actually, they use a mixer a you probably don't have one.
Then Gavin starts singing "Breath in, breath out..."
You play Fill #1 once only.
And once thechorus starts, you play this:
 
 E ----------------------------------------------------------------
 B ----------------------------------------------------------------
 G ----9--9--9-----------------------------------------------------
 D ----9--9--9---9--9--9--9--9---11--11--11---7--7--7--7--7--------
 A ----7--7--7---9--9--9--9--9---11--11--11---7--7--7--7--7--------
 E --------------7--7--7--7--7---9---9---9----5--5--5--5--5-------- 

That lasts almost the rest of the song for guitar #1 but when Gavin
Finishes singing
"Yeah yeah yeah", guitar #2 playes this:
 
 E -------------------------------------------------------------------
 B -------------------------------------------------------------------
 G ---9--9--9--11--9--9--9----9--9--9--11--9--9--9--------------------
 D ---X--X--X--X---X--X--X----X--X--X--X---X--X--X--------------------
 A ---7--7--7--9---7--7--7----7--7--7--9---7--7--7--------------------
 E ------------------------------------------------------------------- 

This is played until the end of the song until gaving starts singing
"I walk for my machine........". Then you play this:
 
 E ------------------------------------------------------------------
 B ------------------------------------------------------------------
 G ------------------------------------------------------------------
 D ------------------------------------------------------------------
 A ---4--4--4--4--4--4--4--4hhh7--7--7--7--7--7--7--7----------------
 E ---2--2--2--2--2--2--2--2hhh5--5--5--5--5--5--5--5---------------- 

AND THAT'S THE SONG!
If there are any questiones feel free to e-mail me at haqi@magmacom.com
bye,
Imraan
Date: Tue, 25 Mar 1997 14:56:43 -0500
From: Joe Sargent
I saw BUSH on TV, and found out that the chords posted on here a while
back for the chorus are wrong. I figured out that the chorus goes like
this...
 
 E ------------
 B ------------
 G -9--5--7--5-
 D -9--5--7--5- Guitar one plays this a few times...
 A -7--3--5--3-
 E ------------ 

Guitar Two plays...
 
 E ------------------------
 B ------------------------
 G ------------------------ This is what guitar 2 plays, if it
 D -6-6-XXX-3-3-XXX-------- doesn't sound right, try taking out the
 A -6-6-XXX-3-3-XXX-------- hammer-ons...
 E -4-4-XXX-1-1-XXX-------- 


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